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I released a work to the public under a Creative Commons licence. Can I also release it to a specific person under different terms?

I wrote a book. I wrote it on my home computer. Then I put my book, unmodified, on the public Web, releasing it under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 licence. This licence entitles ...
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Could a celebrity theoretically claim copyright on the arrangement of makeup/jewelry/clothing on their persons to sue paparazzi?

Just something I've wondered about for a while. Ownership of our likenesses seems to be fairly weak in the US, but photography of public art such as graffiti can be a copyright violation. Could a ...
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Does the originality requirement within U.S. copyright law mean that some Stack Overflow code snippets are not copyrightable?

I understand that code on Stack Overflow is licensed under a CC BY-SA 4.0 license, and that fair use doctrine may not apply to code snippets. I also recognize that it is ideal to rewrite code posted ...
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is it allowed to make tutorials out of copyrighted material?

I have been reading a lot of books about the IT world in general. I learned from those books. Now I wish to create some tutorials which will be available in public in form of a website. Suppose I ...
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How to take down app using our SDK illegally [closed]

I work for a company that created an image library that contains a lot of effects, it's a windows application. We recently discovered 2 apps for android and ios that provides image effects the same as ...
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Is the creation and usage of a full-text index (for full-text search in a document) a copyright infringement (EU)?

My research points towards "no". From here: Full Text Indexes Are Data About Books, and That’s Fair Use From here: full-text indexing is allowed as fair use under US copyright law. ...
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What are the license restrictions on opencv-contrib-python, 'ximgproc' module to be specific?

I am not able to find solid licensing details for opencv-contrib-python, I am aware that it uses non-free algorithms. https://github.com/opencv/opencv_contrib However, I am not sure if I can use the '...
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Does returning an illegal product back to the seller for the refund make one liable for said product distribution?

Suppose you purchased a product on eBay, realized that it was likely illegal (like a bootleg copy of the advertised copyrighted product), and returned it. Does the act of returning the product make ...
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Is there a licensing recourse to recycling a riff?

I don't mean covering a song and making a few changes to the arrangement; there are mechanical licenses for that. I don't mean sampling, because this involves recording, and I'm thinking of playing ...
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Why does Disney omit the year in their copyright notices?

I was trying to sort a stack of movies chronologically. Most boxes contain a copyright notice e.g. “(c) 1985 Acme Pictures LLC“. However, Walt Disney Pictures consistently omits the year, e.g. “(c) ...
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Why isn't it copyright infringement to condense an NBA game into a 10-minute YouTube video?

There are now many channels whose only purpose is to take a whole NBA game and basically condense it into a 10-minute video. What they do is to show only the plays that lead to a made basket in ...
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Web archives and sites with DMCA

Assume the following: A website is indexed by a web archive like the wayback machine. The website receives a DMCA takedown and the content is removed. Does the web archive need to remove the saved ...
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Am I allowed to cut a 1 second scene from a movie and use it in my 10 minute YouTube video

My YouTube video is 10 minutes long. There is a one-second scene in a movie that I want to insert into my video to create a funny effect. Is this copyright infringement?
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Can an RSA private key be copyrighted? Would the publishing of such a key violate the DMCA 1021 provisions?

Let's say I have found the private key used to digitally sign executables that can be flashed into certain hardware. If I made a tool that took any compatible binary as an input, and used that private ...
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What degree of copyright does a tabletop RPG's DM hold to an instance of a campaign?

So, I have been watching the Youtube channel CritCrab, that deals with various flavors of misbehavior in tabletop roleplaying game groups. One video dealt with a group that had kicked out their DM and ...
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Can I be held liable if users of my Filesharing Site upload copyrighted Material? [duplicate]

So here's my problem. I run a Filesharing Site where Users can upload Files for free and Share them. Now yesterday evening someone filed a DMCA Complaint because someone uploaded a copyrighted file. I ...
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Does Australia's News Media Bargaining Code prevent Australian news being displayed outside of Australia?

The Australian News Bargaining Code, if passed, will prevent companies like Google and Facebook from displaying images and snippets (and possibly even headlines) on their platforms unless they pay ...
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Is this copyright or am I allowed to have this in my math textbook? [closed]

I was recommended from MSE(math) to ask here. I'm creating a fun math book to sell and I don't know whether if I'm allowed to have these in my book due to copyright or not: video game / movie ...
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Who is responsible for comments on YouTube?

Who is responsible for comments which are posted on YouTube? The channel, YouTube or the poster? I am refering to defamation and copyright suits in India. As both YouTube and the video uploader ...
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Do I own derivatives of my music if I released it under CC without the SA provision?

If I release music under the Creative Commons 4.0 license, without the ShareAlike provision (CC-BY-NC), do I still have the right to use derivatives of my own music however I want, as the creator of ...
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In the software license BSD, what is “ Redistribution in binary form must reproduce the above copyright notice…”

I'm trying to understand all the responsibilities of this license. Does redistribution mean: publicly placing a windows .exe using the BSD licensed library for users to download on a website(free and ...
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Re-licensing liability of a work?

Assume a person licences a work to the world as of the terms of a licence O . Basically anyone can use the work but must obey terms O . A person takes it and licences it to third person under the ...
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Are the title and author of a song protected by copyright?

I am developing a platform where users can search songs by BPM and Key. The only thing that came to my mind is: can I show songs' titles and authors after the user does a search, without violating the ...
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Can publishing restrictions be “circumvented” by encrypting the contents?

Let's say I've legally purchased a copy of Best Book Ever.pdf, and the item is copyrighted and I'm not allowed to publish it. Can I encrypt it and store it online on an open server without telling ...
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How does copyright law apply to references of an existing work?

If an author were to reference an existing work of fiction in their novel, how does that interact with copyright law? For instance, let's say a character in a novel thinks they're a fictional ...
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What are the potential implications of publishing excerpts from 3rd party copyrighted material in EU?

Case description a person in the European Union (not US) collects digital written notes on research they are conducting. These take a form of excerpts (sometimes even multiple paragraphs), ...
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Brand and advertising citation [closed]

Please if possible avoid legalese jargon in the answer. Can a person use a brand citation (e.g. reproduce the brand logo and/or the brand name) under fair use or is permission required? I would also ...
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Conflicting different country laws when browsing the Internet, as you connect to servers worldwide [duplicate]

When a user browses the Internet, downloads or views content and websites, which law are they under, the law from its own country, from where they are browsing the Internet, or the law from the ...
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Do I need a license to play music on free internet radio?

I want to make an internet radio station where I play music I like. If there are no adds and I don't make any money whatsoever, do I need to worry about copyright?
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Gaming private servers?

I did some searching around, specifically on this website actually, and I am a bit confused on this: If you were to reverse engineer a private server and make no money off of it (except maybe ...
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What are UK rules on written material that is sexually explicit?

D is an adult who writes sexually explicit fan fiction which D posts to Tumblr and Archive Of Our Own. D always marks such writing as 18+ only and warns minors not to read or interact. The fan fiction ...
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Is there any caselaw on when a sound recording lacks authorship because it was “captured by purely mechanical means without originality of any kind”?

The Copyright Office circular 56, seemingly quoting the House report for the Copyright Act of 1976, says "Sound recordings captured by purely mechanical means without originality of any kind also ...
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Use a Netflix Show Title in a Product [closed]

I'm a music arranger, and I am preparing a series of string quartet pieces. I want to use an "Inspired by the Netflix series 'Bridgerton'" phrase (or some such phrasing) on the packaging and ...
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What are the best practices revolving around forking and redistrubuting an apache 2.0 licensed repo? [closed]

I forked a repo on github and made a few changes to some existing files, I wanted to know whats the "suggested" format/way i make changes to the copyright? The license says i need to add a ...
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Using Times New Roman for academic paper without license?

As far as I understand Times New Roman is not a free font but a license to use it for personal purposes is included in products like Microsoft Word. Suppose I do not own a copy/license to any such ...
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Licencing restriction and first sale doctrine UK re. secondhand book

Does a geographical licence restriction hold after resale as secondhand item? I have a book (in UK) that is no longer of any use to me, that I now plan to sell on, and notice that there is a ...
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Can I use text from other web-sites to create a publicly available text corpus (dataset) for training language models? [duplicate]

Let's assume that we have a web site that regularly publish some content which is free. In other words, anyone can access this content without registration and any payment. To make it more specific, ...
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Copyright defence societies and their “all-in” annual charges

In some countries (the one in question is Belgium), societies set up by statute collect "all-in" royalties on behalf of copyright holders (authors) whose works are otherwise illicitly copied ...
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Trademark/Copyright of Fantasy species in games / tabletops / books

I'm a game developer trying to make something fantasy related I'm heavily inspired by the fantasy genre but I am trying not to get sued, not worried just was researching the topic and could not find ...
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Is there USA trademark or copyright law regarding using word titles seen on youtube to create their own logo?

Is there USA trademark or copyright law regarding using word titles seen on youtube to create their own logo? For example, if the title of a YouTube Video was "Avocado Sunrise" could one ...
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Resume Writer asks: Who owns the copyright - me or my client?

I'm a professional resume writer (among other things). Clients regularly pay me to completely overhaul their resumes. Over the years I've amassed a large collection of well-written resumes. I would ...
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Manipulating Images for Promotion & Potentially Profit [closed]

Based in UK. I am a graphic designer and during lockdown have been practicing my photoshop skills by digitally manipulating images of some local 'celebrities'. The digital manipulations mostly involve ...
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Is it legal to make a 3D model of a person without their consent?

These would be 3D models of celebrities, famous people etc. Do I need consent for this? https://www.turbosquid.com/Search/3D-Models/trump Country - India
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Is it ok to set up a private music website without royalties? [closed]

Suppose that there is a private band. They occasionally record covers for the fun of it, they don't distribute, sell, or perform live so don't require any permission / royalties for their covers. ...
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Will Naver own all user content on Wattpad when the sale goes through?

On January 19, the Naver buy of Wattpad was reported. I am concerned. To my knowledge, Wattpad has allowed users to retain the copyright on their content published on the site, as supported by this ...
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What is the difference between “mandatory fair compensation” and “license” in EU copyright law?

I have been reading laws about exceptions to copyright in the EU. Article 5 of the CDSM, for example, talks about licenses and about fair compensation to right holders. What is the difference between ...
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Is it legal to sell fan merch based of a group but only uses their name as promotional tags

So I was wondering if it was legal to sell fan merch while only using the groups name for tags. The name wouldn't be listed under the product or could i say its xyz inspired. If this is still bad, ...
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Copyright law and importation [duplicate]

I was wondering wether it would be illegal to import a work from a country (let's say the US) where in that country it is in the public domain, but in Australia in still is in copyright. This is ...
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Can one use already said sentences as examples on a language lesson?

Suppose I teach English (at school or I'm a private teacher, or I'm writing a book, or I'm creating an app - the point is that people pay me). In my teaching materials I give examples of correct ...
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Using Images from the Web for personal use

I would like to include images from the web on my personal website(non-profit & non-commercial use), how do I say that the images are not mine and they belong to their respective owners? does this ...

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