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Reading and discussing research articles on Twitch?

I want to start a channel on Twitch where I do academic research in philosophy while streaming. I'd like to be able to read significant parts of what I'm reading out loud and/or show part of the ...
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Is using Free apps in commercial services allowed by Google Play ToS?

Here are parts of the Terms of Service I find to be relevant: Free Content. Google may allow you to download, view or use Content free of charge on Google Play. Additional limitations may apply to ...
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How is “publication” different in copyright and defamation cases

There has been some confusion here on Law.Stack exchange as to whether "publication" or "publish" has the same meaning in defamation cases as it does in copyright cases. I am ...
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I used a 3D asset in my game that was distributed under CC license. Later I found the asset's author stole it from another game. Can they sue me?

I am a Czech developer and the game company is British. I've already contacted them but they are not responding. I made a small indie game and released it on Steam. Few days after the game's release, ...
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How to report copyright infringement in YouTube as a third-party?

I was about to buy some tales for reference purpose. Usually, I like to look for more information about the things I buy. Simply, by copying and pasting a title into a search engine, I found a YouTube ...
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Taking donations on website with copyrighted material

I have a personal website where I post educational material and it contains copyrighted material. The legal owner requests to seek permission to use his material before anyone use it in his/her work ...
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Using a stock photo for 3d modeling, and redistributing

I wanted to take a photo from https://www.istockphoto.com/ and use it as a base to create a 3d model. The photo would be an essential feature of the model, without the photo the model could not exist. ...
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Is it legal to use icons from other companies in my app?

For all intents and purposes, if I were to develop an app that provides a service relating to already existing services, how legal would it be to download and use the third party's icons in my app? ...
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Doubt about rights in a project

I worked on a project financed by a state agency in my country, Peru. The legal representative of the project before the organization called Innovate Peru, died recently, the last year and a half due ...
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What is the difference between hotlinking and uploading to an image site WRT copyright?

If one wants to include an image in a post here you have two options. You can use the inline format: ![Text](https://stackoverflow.com/image.jpg) Or you can click the "Image" icon in the ...
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About publishing myself presentation for One NGO via internet [closed]

I have presented some information about The Artificial intelligence for Sentimation analysis and ..., on one academic NGO Group. So this presentation was based on my post via internet (here), and I am ...
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Dutch Portrait rights for persona

I'm no lawyer, so the following is to the best of my understanding. In Dutch copyright law there's the notion of portrait rights. This law specifies certain restrictions for the author of a photo/...
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Which licenses are most applicable for themes within a web app?

Suppose a developer is building a hosted web app which lets people use prebuilt themes on their websites. They can select and apply a theme, and they can also view and edit the HTML, CSS, and ...
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Is a filing in the public domain?

Apparently, a Comic book shop filed a complaint as a comic book. The third amended complaint in the case has, in part, the style of an illustrated novel. But it is also a court filing. Court ...
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Is it illegal if i convert a film to a VideoGame?

is it illegal if i convert a film to a game ? im a Game Developer i got some idea to convert Film Story to Video Game so i worried about is it allowed by owner of film or not at that situation if film ...
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Is there a license that disallows a redistribution of a product, but allows its usage?

I checked BSD, GNU GPL and Creative Commons. They all allow the redistribution with giving the credit. I, however, don't want people to redistribute my product, but only use it. Is there a license for ...
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Should I be worried about Plagiarism here?

I run an online food blog. In the website, I post modified recipes that I find, I improve them, and post them; with credit of course. Does this count as plagiarism? I want to make an eBook, is ...
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What is the meaning of “exploitation” in a publicity agreement and is it necessary for a waiver of claims?

An agreement says: "I hereby expressly release, discharge and waive all claims, demands, losses and liabilities...which may arise from my participation...hereunder or as a result of the ...
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Can I use my GPL library in my proprietary application? [duplicate]

Suppose my company owns (in the sense: has the intellectual property of) libA, and another company owns appB. Then this other company can't use libA in appB, unless the license of appB is changed to ...
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Is a company allowed to break their own Terms of Service (TOS)?

I have spotted multiple counts of a gamecompany breaking their own TOS for their own or "associates/friends" gains, including real world trading (selling items for money) while stated in ...
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Downgrade to more restrictive creative commons license for adapted work

Consider the following scenario (see this question for context and motivation): First, I publish a work under CC-BY. Then, I create an adapted version of the same work and publish it under CC-BY-NC-...
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How should I properly give credit for an image I will use in a software application?

I am making a computer application that I will receive payment for. I have found an image online with a creative commons license (CC BY) allowing it to be used for any purpose with attribution, and I ...
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Selling 3D prints of NASA satellites based on models from their website

I was wondering if it is legal to sell 3D prints of NASA satellites based on models that they have listed on one of their websites: https://nasa3d.arc.nasa.gov/models/printable. I don't see any notes ...
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Quotes from Public Speech or book with POD business?

Please note, This question is a bit different than this one: Intellectual Property Issues associated with a Public Speach? I am trying to sell some T-shirts online by adding my artwork. At the same ...
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How is videogame medium protected by copyright in practical terms?

Before some people get all worked up, the question is being asked in the context of modding. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Video_game_piracy Video game piracy is the unauthorized copying and ...
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Handwritten “Copyright 2021 Joe Doe” copyright notice on a handwritten 30-page work, published only on social media

Would a handwritten "Copyright 2021 (My First and Last name)" copyright notice, be valid and have it's standard legal aplication in USA as well as in EU, for me - an author form Slovenia (...
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What happens if you create something (e.g. a book/game/show) which includes copyrighted content, then release it into the public domain?

I assume it might be a problem if you have a Patreon or something where people support you for creating the content since you can technically be considered making money off of it even though it's ...
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To whom does copyright of an item belong, if a computer program is used to create it, according to the Deutsches Urheberrecht?

Section 69b of the German Copyright Law "Deutsches Urheberrecht" states that: Where a computer program is created by an employee in the execution of his duties or following the instructions ...
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Can the word “Cola” be used for commercial purposes?

I want to start doing some media stuff on YouTube etc and would like to have the word "Cola" in my name (e.g. names like ColaFinder, ColaCabin, StaleCola etc.). Now I am trying to figure out ...
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Football Names in a video game [duplicate]

I'm making a simple Football/Soccer Simulation Game. I'm not interested in making any profit from it and would release it as Open Source. Am I allowed to use real League and Club Names or do I have to ...
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You use 1000 3D models in an animated movie, accidentally only one was not yours, then what?

So you record an animated movie in some software and spend hours and years working on it, but shoes on one of the characters were not your copyright and IP. What can the original owner now do? Can he ...
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What's the meaning of © and ℗ on Spotify?

At the bottom of an album page, Spotify shows certain details including © and ℗. For example for Taylor Swift's album 1984 https://open.spotify.com/album/2QJmrSgbdM35R67eoGQo4j © 2014 Big Machine ...
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Am I allowed to use the name of a railway system in advertising?

In Germany, there is the famous ICE (Intercity Express) train that everybody knows and loves. If I run ads in Germany, am I allowed to use this term in messages like Our software XYZ is the ICE of ...
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Are the assignments of tags to Stack Exchange questions licenseable?

Most questions on Stack Exchange have been assigned one or several tags by Stack Exchange users. Are these assignments of tags to Stack Exchange questions licenseable?
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How do I get permission to use a video game character in my book?

So, I am in India and I am writing a novel. I was planning to add a few characters from 2 video games, Bendy from Bendy and The Ink Machine and Sans from Undertale. I am not writing fanfiction and ...
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I am an animator producing a video of dancing cicadas, and would like to use a copyrighted song. Under what conditions is it excusable?

To be clear, this is me fooling around—I am making zero money off of this. I also believe that the band for the song I'm thinking of—specifically Caravan Palace—can and definitely should receive all ...
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If I post my own code to Stack Overflow, can I then use that code in a project that uses a license other than CC-BY-SA?

Suppose that I have a block of code that represents my own original work (i.e. I am the copyright holder), and that I would like to post this code on Stack Overflow--either to answer someone else's ...
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Is licensing required to use an excerpt of a song within a recording?

I'm currently recording a cover version of a song for inclusion on a compilation album which will be sold on Bandcamp. Because Bandcamp does not pay mechanical royalties, the organiser of the ...
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Can you protect graphical designs through written form?

Let's say you design a spider-man costume, but instead of drawing it you write it. To what extent can you protect a graphical design through written form? Using common sense, I would say no since the ...
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How do you protect your intellectual property when you're about to write a screenplay?

How do you protect your intellectual property when you're about to write a screenplay? Is there any particular step you can take in order to make sure that the intellectual property stays firmly in ...
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Copyright on scripts and procedurally generated artwork using GPL software

Using Blender as an example, suppose I programmatically create an artwork using the API that it provides and then proceed to sell this work to someone. My understanding is that I still own the ...
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Is licensing your contributions to stack exchange under CC0 legal?

Some users have added Everything I post on Stack Overflow is licensed to you under CC0 to their profiles. I would like to know whether this is legal, because as far as I know stack exchange uses CC4....
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Is it legal to use others Youtube videos on my website to teach people

First time in this exchange community, if my question needs editing please let me know. I'm wondering is it legal to use/embed youtube videos on my own website (domain in canada). What the website ...
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Collecting chess games for an open source database

There are a few questions on copyright and chess already, but I'm going to be a bit more specific. There currently are big, commercial databases of chess games, such as Chessbase's Mega Database. ...
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What can be the consequences for a github user who forked a repository with illegally uploaded ebooks?

Github is usually used to share code. There is a feature called fork. This is described here: github fork. What happens if a user forks a repository that contains illegally uploaded material like ...
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Can digital signature/Hash sequence be copyrighted?

So in order for you to copyright your piece of work - any work -- it has to meet criteria of minimum creative value. According to "An artist’s guide to copyrights" by Laura Levin-Dando: a ...
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Is everything in an animated TV show copyrighted?

let's use Futurama as the example. I understand all the characters are copyrighted. What about certain objects like slurm? or the holophonor? Are all objects in the whole duration in the episode ...
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Are there any legal issues for commercial emulator software?

There are many emulators for old computer and game console systems (like C64, ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC, NES, Sega, etc). But all I know about are free and open-source software. I was not able to find ...
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What is copyright law for using audio recordings to train machine learning/AI model?

I am considering using audio soundtracks training data for training a machine learning model. Under this consideration, these audio files are speech excerpts obtained from some TV programs posted on ...
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Does Fair Use of copyright apply to educational youtube channels?

I'm not an official school and I'm not registered or related to any university or any governmental education system. It's only an educational channel on Youtube that aims to teach Arabic. According to ...

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