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Legal issues regarding a recent Amazon purchase

I have purchased a book on Amazon and it was shipped to me. On the front page of the book, it clearly stated: Circulation of this edition outside the Indian subcontinent is UNAUTHORIZED. I live ...
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Using The Great Seal of the United States, the President Flag and using The 1933 President Seal in a Non-Commercial Game

Can I use the Great Seal of the United States President Flag and 1933 President Seal in a non-commercial game in a way that I’m not breaking the law?
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Can an artist take away a unique character that was first visually displayed in a piece of artwork I commissioned from them and paid for?

The artist did not ask me to sign any agreements and neither did I, the artwork was paid for, but after a personal conflict the artist told me they were "revoking" the character the artwork was of. ...
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Images right on app

I search a way to use image, without paying right, on a app. Think of a simple app (android/ios) where you only show image of celebrity/actor/actress/.... Question is all about the copyright/royalty. ...
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Great Seal of The United States Non-Commercial

Is okay to use the Great Seal of The United States for Non-Commercial use?
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Do guitar tablature websites or websites that provide sheet music have to pay royalties to songs authors?

Do websites that provide guitar tablature or musical notes of popular songs have to pay royalties to song authors or record labels ? I'm talking about websites like: https://www.songsterr.com/ ...
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When can you use images from arxiv papers for commercial purposes?

I was reading https://arxiv.org/abs/1412.6572 and noticed that the key image involving pandas is reproduced all over the Internet. I would like also to use the image in a commercial talk I am to give. ...
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Can I put a song title in my novel?

I know that for put a song i need to pay for it, but what if I put a song title in my novel like the title of a chapter (example: "21st Century Schizoid Man") or the name of a character (example: "...
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Is it generally legal to develop and provide of API-compatible software services

Is there a legal issue when providing API-compatible services? By API-compatible services, I mean developing systems and providing solutions to customers that mimic other existing cloud computing ...
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Can a child release his own work into e.g. the public domain?

I (15 years old; living in Germany) write software now for ~four years and wondered whether I can release it into the public domain or under some free software license without having to ask somebody. ...
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Copyright limits of a Collective Work

Let's say an organization asks a panel of volunteer judges to select the best short stories of the year. The judges select a set of stories, which are all available for free by a CC-BY creative ...
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Is it legal to distribute, in my .NET app, the interop contract (reference) from a third party COM DLL?

When you reference a COM DLL (xyz.dll) in Visual Studio, it creates a interop contract (file interop.xyz.dll) that is used to "communicate" with the DLL. It is usually embedded in your software. If ...
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Can I legally sell merchandise with the face of a celebrity without their permission?

My friends and I want to start selling merchandise of pictures of two celebrities. The pictures are of two celebrities. We want to make sure that we won't have a lawsuit on our hands if we start ...
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Does collaboration with branded products need permission?

my question is simple. If I were to sell a food product at my takeaway shop for example our own chicken wings with Frank's redhot sauce which is a branded sauce, would we be able to advertise as Frank'...
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Publishing a game based on a famous movie to AppStore

Is it allowed to publish a game(or app) based on a famous movie, in which are used real photos of the actors? Will it be rejected because of some author rights issues (US territory) ? If yes, what ...
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Is it possible to require removal of attribution under BY-SA for distributions not yet created?

CC BY-SA 4.0 §3(a)(3) requires that attribution of licensed material be removed if the licensor requests it. As the licensor, is it possible to make this request in advance of the redistribution of ...
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Who is responsible when an image was incorrectly published under a permissive license?

Assuming the following: Alice has drawn a painting. Bob has somehow (legally) gotten a photo/copy of this painting, but does not have any additional rights. Bob then goes on to publish this image on ...
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Copyright Infringement for using FontAwesome from other company

We are a small business in Indonesia and being the victim of falsified Copyright Infringement by big corporations. They intend to propose this case to the US court. They have claimed that I have ...
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Assuming Oracle wins Google v. Oracle America, then would Google have to pay fewer damages if they dropped support for the contested APIs?

As of this writing, the Google v. Oracle America case is yet to be heard by the Supreme Court. Assuming that Oracle wins the case, if Google was to drop support for the contested APIs on the Android ...
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My app has been suspended from play store due to copyright infringement can i recover it back? [closed]

I am I indie app developer I create apps and publish on play store one of my app got suspended from play store due to copyright infringement I use some video songs inside my app all video is 30sec ...
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Can I play the famous song “The Stars and Stripes Forever” in my mobile phone commercial game ? Is there any copyright issue?

The song " The Stars and Stripes Forever " is a very famous song in the US. The song was composed by John Philip Sousa in 1896. By a 1987 act of the U.S. Congress, it is the official National ...
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Is it illegal to reverse engineer a software if the EULA prohibits it for all purposes?

I have installed an Android app that lets me play with networking and HTTP headers. One of the perks of the app is to be able to export a configuration file so other users that also have the app can ...
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Can I include fan art topics in my art idea app?

I have created an Android app, and a Discord bot, "Art Prompts". The point of the project is to give artists inspiration via short prompts, such as Draw a vampire standing in front of a mirror, ...
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Is usage of a still frame from a video considered a derivative work/adaptation?

Let's say that Alice makes a video and releases it under the CC-BY-ND license. Bob now wants to use a still frame from the video in his work (maybe to showcase or aggregate thumbnails of Creative ...
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Can Someone Else's Patent Affect My Copyright?

In Canada, if I hold copyright on a program's code but not a patent on what it does, and someone else patents "what it does", how would this affect my copyright? Lets assume this person did not learn "...
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Do historical software revisions impact the licensing terms of the latest version of the software?

Hypothetical situation: Our organization developed closed-source commercial software that used open-source libraries whose terms only apply on redistribution. At some point, we decide to open-source ...
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Using part of a copyrighted or trademark name in a product name

There is a software that called Mautic, i devloped an App/plugin that extends it's features and named it Mautify... Today i received an email from that software company telling me that my use to the ...
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Is it legal to create a 4 second gif from a movie clip? [duplicate]

I run a fun page on social media. I want to create gif from movie clips and use it for creative memes, purely for entertainment purpose. Will it come under fair usage if I give credit to the source on ...
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Guidance on Web Scraping

On our website, we publish lists of content from different websites and platforms. Now, we are launching another list and for that, we are planning to crawl the content from a website. I am aware of ...
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Using Windows EXE file format in operating system

I know that adding Windows .exe file format can be very very hard. I want my OS to run .exe files and I'd like to know if I can use them freely in my OS without any risk or if I have to contact ...
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Legaltiy of Creating A Star Wars Podracers Clone [duplicate]

This could be generalized to a lot of clones (games that are heavily inspired by another), but I was wondering if Disney/Lucasfilms would come after someone for making an open-source, community-driven ...
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Can someone sue me over this?

I have an idea to develop a app i basically was ready to make it with everything , but that is when i come across an app which has a similar function and also has the same color theme (orange and ...
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Does “general information and use only” means that I can use for commercial purpose?

The following text shows the terms and conditions of this site: https://alltransistors.com/terms.php Welcome to our website. If you continue to browse and use this website, you are agreeing to ...
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Quora bots are copying a significant amount of Law Stack Exchange questions to Quora, without proper attribution

Quora users/bots are copying a significant amount of Stack Exchange questions to Quora, without proper attribution. It seems quite systematic. For example: Are passengers allowed to record the audio ...
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Licensing an image and artwork

A musician asked me to create his latest album cover off one of my photographs. He's not famous and will only publish his work on a few music websites, so he will use the artwork as a digital file ...
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Copyright issue of the interface of Windows Notepad

I'm developing Windows application. It is crypto-functioning notepad. And its design(UI interface) is almost(approx 90%?) same with Microsoft Windows Notepad. Differences are only some buttons and ...
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Online version of the “Risk” board game

I am in the process of creating an online version of a popular board game. The rules of the game are taken from a version in a particular language. The game would be completely free to play and all ...
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What is the equivalent to “fair use” in Europe?

I'm preparing to publish an open source library. In order to research local law, I wanted to know if there is an equivalent term for the USA "fair use" in European law?
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Why Genius doesn't have problems with lyrics copyright?

I know that lyrics of almost all songs are subject to copyright law (am I right?). But I never heard that Genius (genius.com) where such lyrics are posted without any care had any problems with the ...
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Is it legal to completely retell a film in text?

Let's say I watched a film and I really liked it. Now I want to tell my subscribers on Facebook the entire plot of the film. I don't use the real script of the film. I create a post where I retell the ...
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How to legally serve og:image

Im building a simple website where people can save links and eventually share them with others. When a user enters an url, I fetch the meta data to present the link. The text, like title and ...
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What is legal and what is illegal when accessing a virtual machine in another geographic area?

I've been looking for what is considered illegal if you have a vm in different geographical area. For example, if there is a blocked website in my geographical area, can I access it from the vm in ...
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What constitutes “fair use” when using or modifying a CAD, architectural drawing

I'm planning, and doing a write-up for a low voltage systems installation instructions for a new building in California (in case that's relevant ). I was given CAD drawing by the building owner, so I ...
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Is it legal to copy site content when providing link to original

Lets say I have a website and the content on my website originates for the most part from other websites. But when the content is from an other website i provide a link to this original content with ...
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Legality of youtube-dl

I have a concern similar to that expressed in another question0, but more clear-cut. I am the author of software similar to youtube-dl but for a subscription website. The basic flow is that users ...
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Would it be copyright infringement if I were to remake a whole movie?

I want to take The Little Mermaid and remake it. I heard that the original story by the author was actually about how he liked another man, and incorporated that into The Little Mermaid. I want to ...
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Can a minor get a copyright registered in India?

Can a person below 18 register copyright in India?
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Is it legal to copy large amount of data peer to peer in Canada

Is it legal to transfer large amounts of encrypted data peer to peer in Canada? I transfer data from my friend PC in another country. The data is encrypted, so nobody can ever know which data it is. ...
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What does the BY in CC BY and CC BY-SA etc mean?

What does BY refer to in the context of this license name please: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/ I'm sure it's something really obvious that I'm missing.
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Can freelancers publish code in GitHub and claim it to be theirs?

I am curious to know the legal process of a collaborated effort for a code at a small startup. Say I am the technical head of a startup, and I have about 90% of the code/commits. The other 10% is by ...

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