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Questions tagged [copyright]

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Will a copyright holder lose the right to enforce copyright if they're not enforcing it on some stuff, or even just have problems enforcing it?

I'll give an example to make the question more clear. Recently a person uploaded and made public a clone of Super Mario, able to run on Commodore 64. This is clearly not just a pirate copy of the old ...
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What is the legal significance of stating that one does not own or claim rights in an uploaded youtube video?

I mean often you see uploaded videos containing content presumably copyrighted by 3rd party with the uploader stating: "I don't own any rights in this video" What effect does stating such have? Is ...
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Are there any AGPL-style licences that require source code modifications to be public?

So my understanding of the AGPL, is that it requires modifications to be distributed to the users of the network service, but I'm looking for a licence that would require any modifications (non-...
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Does my claimant have a right to copyright audio from a popular reciter?

I got plenty of copyright claims on my YouTube channel from Qanawat Audio because I uploaded videos with Abdullah Al-Juhani's recitations in them. I wonder, were they right in copyrighting my video? ...
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What is legal issue of coding a published concept on dribble.com

I've just coded a concept design which had been published on dribbble.com and want to release it under MIT license on (github)[http://www.github.com]. Although, I emailed the owner to acquire a ...
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Is a copyright notice with a non-existent name invalid?

If a person changes their name, do any copyrights registered to them still apply? Or at least, as this is the subject in mind, does any software licensed to them still hold the same copyright?
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Displaying League of Legends Logo in my Mobile App

I am building a mobile app to do things with friends. Among the list of activities, I want to add a game "League of Legends". If I make a custom logo to represent the game (looks similar to the ...
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Do I need permission to use Twitter videos with the embed feature?

I see news agencies always asking for permission to use user shot videos. Most of them go like this, Hi, I am from the XYZ news. Could we use your footage on our website and socials? With ...
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Is it legal to quote a copyrighted work in a tweet?

For example, if you want to tweet a humorous riff on a certain William Carlos Williams poem, would that actually be legal? Examples (though I don't mean to single anyone out): https://twitter.com/...
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Trademark violation for app?

I've just received an email from a Turkish app developer who believes my app infringes on his trademark. I've done some reading and read that essentially I'm not allowed to violate any patents or ...
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Is using Twitch-broadcasts solely for research fair use?

For my bachelor thesis, I need to download ~10Tb of data from Twitch via Twitchleecher. I would like to use it for Deep-learning (emotion recognition), which means processing the data and deleting it ...
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Unknown photographer copyright

I buy a lot of old photos off of ebay. Most of these photos are photos of ships, and date back to the early 1900s or sooner. These are not photos taken by a professional photographer. These are one-of-...
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Ownership of a machine learning model conceived using employer's data

I want to experiment with my employer's proprietary data to create a machine learning model. My employment IP agreement states that this model would not be in the same domain as its operations, thus, ...
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Fair use of hardware/software configuration data

I’ve searched through the questions/answers here and after reading several, I’m still confused about this situation. Wile E. Coyote has purchased the latest and greatest Road Runner Acquisition and ...
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Is a book formatting subject to copyright laws?

I'm an IT professional who happens to be interested in EU law. Currently and for the next about 2 years I am tasked with writing a rather lengthy document (estimations are about 1000 to 1,200 A4 ...
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Can my company get into legal trouble for employees using custom Slack emoji icons of copyrighted material?

My workplace allowed employees to add custom Slack emojis and as expected they went nuts and added thousands of awesome emojis. Mostly memes like party parrot, suspicious raptor and such. Some of ...
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Wikipedia links to books & Mir publishers

In some pages there are links to books on archive.org, does anyone know if these links can be trusted when it comes to not violating copyright rules? I am particularly interested in a book from "Mir ...
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Proportion of copyrighted material that can be distributed without infringement

Is there a threshold or a descriptive proportion that is considered not copyright infringement but merely creative and educational use when distributing some copyright protected material along with ...
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Where to find the Vatican copyrigth law?

This article writes about the current copyrigth law in the Vatican City State. It claims there is a new law from March 19, 2011, no. CXXXI. Where can I find this law? According to this Vatican ...
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Copyrights of material that would be used for both commercial and non-commercially

I want to include some audio materials in a mobile app that I am developing. Those audio materials are "free to use or redistribute for non-commercial use". My app is free but I will put Ads. ...
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Commissioning work: Who owns the rights in this scenario?

My Colleague is currently in debate with someone they previously worked with last year in collaboration, under who owns the rights to the items in the following scenario. The scenario is: A group of ...
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What happens if a creative commons image turns out to be copyright protected?

There are lots of image websites that offer creative commons images that people can download and use for free. When it comes to blogging this is fantastic as it avoids infringing on copyright, but ...
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Is permission needed to put an extract from a book in thesis as a quotation?

I want to use a couple of lines from "What is life?" by Erwin Schrödinger as a quote on the front of my thesis. Would I need permission from the publisher or would that be covered by fair use? Also, ...
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Do I need permission to use an image from a book from 1942?

The book is On growth and forms by D'arcy Thompson. It was published in 1942 and Thompson died in 1948. Wikipedia uses the image citing public domain. Can I use extracts and images from the book with ...
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How can saying a song's name be a copyright violation?

I received an E-mail newsletter inviting me to watch a chorus perform several songs that were arranged for this occasion. They are also selling tickets, so I don't know if half of the profit is sent ...
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Can copyright infringement claims be negotiated without a lawyer?

I don't understand how the "damages" amount is decided on for image copyright. Trying to claim one million vs 1000 isn't much different if the person doesn't have the money to pay for it. What are ...
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Who is infringing copyright when hotlinking is involved?

When a page at "Pirate Site" embeds images from "Example Site" by hotlinking, we have the following situation: Pirate Site isn't actually copying, storing, or manipulating anything. The pages only ...
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Famous old paint/art: can I use on my web site?

I'm developing a web site for artist, and i need to do a demo: Can I use famous old paint (when I say old, i mean year 1400). Do paint owner museum own also copyright on it ? Thanks
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Regarding the legal use of a trademarked name in my Android application's package name

I'm not sure if this is the correct place to ask, but I had a quick question regarding using the word/trademark "GitHub" in my Android application's source code (not that actual part that users can ...
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Can I use brand names in my video game? [duplicate]

I'm currently developing a video game set in the Old West and I'm wanting to know if I can use period gun brand names in my game: Colt, Winchester, etc. Do I need special permission from the companies ...
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EU copyright reform: Right to publish books online that are no longer sold

I read that the EU copyright reform changes the rights regarding books that are no longer sold. It should become possible to publish them for non-commercial use (probably under conditions). Is this ...
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When I am inspired by code on Stack Overflow, and make workable code on basis of that code, is that also pastiche?

So I've been reading through the new copyright directive proposal and saw the pastiche exemption. So take this hypothetical: I forgot how anime.js worked to animate something. I find a piece of ...
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Recreating images from video games in a stats app

I am making a Discord bot that tracks in game stats for many popular video games and I'm having trouble discerning whether it's ok or not to display these stats in a format that replicates the in game ...
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Can I make An App Which Uses Data From Other Apps? [closed]

Google Hangouts is closing down soon and I want to make a messaging app which lets you import your Hangouts conversations into it via Google Takeout. I'm not sure if this is legal though, since Google ...
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Are fanarts, fansongs, etc not illegal? Then why aren't they being taken down?

Youtube is plagued by works of this kind: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRhRaWNaSPM Deviantart is plagued by works of this kind: https://www.deviantart.com/harwicks-art/art/Know-When-to-Fold-Em-...
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Can copyright of a book be extended by the authors relatives?

The book in question is Dale Carnegie's "How to Win Friends and Influence People". This is a screenshot taken from the amazon listing of the book: https://i.imgur.com/pYt4ws9.png This is the text as ...
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Can a work copyrighted in the USA enter the public domain sooner in another country?

The duration of copyright in the US is the lifetime of the author plus 60 years. But in Uruguay it is life plus 50 years. Does that mean the work is in the public domain in Uruguay after 50 years? ...
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How to enforce GPL if the copyright holder doesn't have access to the source code of violating software?

I'd like to publish a C library project that I have written on GitHub and license it under GPL, so I am doing some research on open source licenses and some confusion comes to mind. Let's say Evil ...
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Youtube, downloading videos and local temporary files

Other posts have discussed whether downloading videos from Youtube is legal or not, but I want to point out something else. When you stream a video from Youtube or another streaming service, the ...
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When is an image considered a recreation of another image?

In scientific articles and textbooks I've found the following images (seen at end of this post). These images were created by different authors at different times. The images all describe the same ...
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Is the U.S. Code copyrighted by the Government?

The age of the internet has brought all of human knowledge to our figure tips, this is only possible because of companies finding profitable reasons for storing all of this information for ...
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Can a deleted Gmail message be used as proof?

Suppose I have a message in my email client with full headers, but the message isn't available in Gmail anymore. In a copyright infringement dispute or something similar, can that message be used as ...
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Has the scope of Share Alike narrowed between CC 3.0 and 4.0?

What's the issue? The wording of CC BY-SA licenses changed significantly between versions 3.0 and 4.0, but I don't believe Creative Commons (CC) intended to narrow the scope of share alike (I explain ...
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Is it legal to cut a designer logo off of a piece of clothing, sew it onto another and sell it?

What if I were to cut the Versace or Nike logo off of an old, ruined piece of clothing, sew or glue the logo onto other piece of clothing and then sell it. I would tell the buyer in advance that the ...
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Understanding 'Adapted Material' for illustrations in a book

Suppose an author is intending to create a book using several (unmodified, pre-arranged/ordered) illustrations which are available under a CC BY-SA 4.0 license. Is the author required to share the ...
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Is Van Gogh's Starry Night in the public domain?

The image I am talking about is here: The Wikimedia page indicates that: This work is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the ...
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RE: Image permission

A property management company wants to use images of the properties which it manages within its portfolio on its website and social media/marketing materials. They are just images of the building/...
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Can a game designer be successfully sued for using a image of a gun off of google and modeling it and putting it in a game?

If a game designer usse an image of an M4A1 ar, and a Glock and models the guns then put them into a game, can the designer be successfully sued, either by the gun maker or by the artist who created ...
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Can infringement of a trademark be pursued for using a company's name in a sentence?

If I have a sentence on my business website stating something similar to "Mr. Smith participated in the process that ended with Pepsi acquiring Silly Sally's Sodas" Is this a basis for ...
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Legality of selling transcription services on copyrighted material?

I provide an audio transcription service, for which I charge according to the audio length. Mostly I receive either audios or videos that have been produced by the person or organisation that sent me ...