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Can i use brand logos on a website template I'm going to be selling?

I'm working on a website template that I intend to sell on a marketplace where people can buy and sell templates (i.e. ThemeForest). I'd like this template to have a "Featured In" section where I'd ...
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Making profit of copyrighted material - when exactly does it become illegal

As I understand copyright is something that is inherent in creative work, as in, if you painted a picture you automatically "own" the copyright to it without having to do anything extra. Say I ...
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How to legally distribute the data of all Internet websites? [on hold]

We are a humble startup that's very good at Internet crawling and data mining. Unfortunately after 2 years of struggling, we may soon fail. We have lots of data and we want to release them free ...
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Le Petit Prince and the public domain status in France

Trying to reply in this question, I found this interesting link: https://www.communia-association.org/2015/01/23/the-little-prince-almost-in-the-public-domain/ This is a 2016 article talking about ...
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Is it allowed to sell 3D models of existing brands?

Case: I make 3D models for architecture. Now I made a bundle of IKEA furniture to use in my interior scenes. I do this for clients to give them a visual representation of what a room can be. Because ...
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Do we have to take down the material for 14 days even if the DMCA notice is erroneous?

A very large site and my site are both licensed to use product images created and photographed by the same vendor. Now the large site comes after my site and sends a DMCA notice to my hosting provider,...
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Is a modified version of a trademarked slogan considered infringement?

Since it's not the exact trademarked slogan, it seems the answer would be straightforward - but I've learned that trademark/copyright law is anything but. If the phrase, "Float like a butterfly, ...
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Yacht Rock and the Intellectual Property Rights of Work Trademarked by a Second Party

So I'm curious about the legal standing of an IP trademark owned by a party that did not originate the concept, but which is using it, potentially to the detriment of the original work, to suppress ...
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Can I legally (but without license) sell merchandise with text and images based on a video game?

I am setting up an online shop (or, say, a table/kiosk at conventions) to sell merchandise like t-shirts, mugs, etc, and I want to have merchandise with text and images either from or based on popular ...
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When is it illegal to play someone else's copyrighted song on an instrument?

I am learning guitar and found out that Justin Sandercoe (from famous guitar teaching website justinguitar.com) has been forced to remove some of his lessons because the song he was teaching his ...
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Is writing and publishing a summary narrative of someone else's electronic game story an infringement of copyright?

Our son has watched every episode of UnderTale (which is a video game) and written a narrative describing each episode. He's not a kid who has a lot of self-confidence (he's on the spectrum which may,...
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Is it legal to download subscription based content from a website for personal use?

Is it legal to copy data from a subscription based education site using http://ricks-apps.com/osx/sitesucker/ or https://www.httrack.com. This is to be able to study the material when internet is not ...
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Is it possible to use Reddit images commercially? [on hold]

There are many subreddits where people post pictures, where on Reddit itself or in Imgur. Can I use those images, say, to make a T-shirt design? Does it matter the country I'm in? How about the ...
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Will this project encounter copyright infringement? [on hold]

So now I'm planning to make a web service for mobile phone that generates a video file that combines the video with caption file. Currently I let user input the caption URL and video URL and merge it ...
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Copyright - Using another company's name [duplicate]

So I'm creating a video game where you can rob warehouses or office buildings. If I add a feature where you can rob an "Amazon Warehouse" in the game. Is that considered illegal because I'm using ...
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Is it legal to open a museum of certain a brand?

My wife is a big fan of a certain toy company and has a huge collection. She is toying* with the idea of opening a small museum showcasing her collection. Is it legal to name the museum "The [Toy-...
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Can I retain my story's title if it has been trademarked by a large company?

I had a brief comic on a forum that I drew, let's say it is titled "Gourd Lord", several years ago. It has since been a minor thing I reference occasionally in my other work, but I've not had the ...
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Fictional Character Copyright?

Person 1 creates a fictional character and said character fits guidelines to pass both the Well-Delineated test and the Sam Spade test. The character has a well-detailed description, personality and ...
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Who has ownership and rights over this work? [on hold]

In the event where Person A creates the setting for a work and Persons B, C and D create characters for the work, determine the personalities and appearance details of the characters, and determine ...
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Can my app retain conversations between users on another website?

I'm planning to build an app that allows users to archive messages between users on an open and public section of a chatting website. The website has this in their terms and conditions however. You ...
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Anime Screenshots or Wallpapers and Copyright Laws

I was trying to use this anime image as my profile image and I wondered if it would be legel to use due to copyright law. How do I know copyright laws of a certain image, like this one? https://www....
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Is it legal to create derivative works of character descriptions from a music album?

One of my favorite albums of all time is this album that tells a story. It is like a children's album with its story, but I like the characters in it. It is not particularly popular or well-known. I ...
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Is it illegal for me to share fanart from DeviantArtonline without crediting the artist?

According to the Creative Commons copyright that DeviantArt images have by default, in Sections 4.C: If You Distribute, or Publicly Perform the Work or Collections, You must, unless a request has ...
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Is it plagiarism to make a parody?

I created a comics/cartoons Facebook page a few time ago, and I also published my work on reddit. And I made a humoristic comic featuring Spider-Man and Deadpool (two characters owned by Marvel Comics ...
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Is a press release a privileged and/or copyrighted document with ownership rights?

I recently left the firm I was working with for a few years. I have my own advisory firm now. I took part in several deals that closed. I was an active participant and got paid on those deals. I am ...
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Is it illegal to broadcast/stream music for non-commercial purposes?

I have a simple question that I haven't found any answer on, on the web. I have a lot of purchase music on Google Play and I want to create a internet radio just for fun, for non-commercial purposes. ...
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An employee wants me to print their company logo on a shirt. Who do I need permission from?

Let's say I run a t-shirt printing company and an employee from Starbucks emails me asking for the Starbucks logo on the shirt. Their email is an @starbucks address. What steps do I have to take to ...
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Can i use a GPLv2 module in my commercial application? [migrated]

I am developing a commercial wordpress plugin. There is a form module that i have to develop however, i found one already built under GPL2 here https://github.com/weDevsOfficial/weforms All other ...
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Know if my page violates any rule or copyright, without risking suspension or closure

i'm an administrator of an Instagram page in which I make posts about drawings and covers related to comics. Obviously I am not the author of these drawings but I always add in the description the ...
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Is this pdf a copyright infringment?

The Pontifical Biblical Commision of the Vatican produces documents in several languages - but not in all of them. For instance, the document L'interprétation de la Bible dans l'Église (The ...
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Is it legal to save a copy of software in public cloud?

So I live in Taiwan and most time I'll be facing when I tell my student to download some software they'll need to wait for it to download. So I'm wondering can I store a copy of the software (for ...
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Legality of web scraping for non-commercial use

I would like to scrape data from a website (which is based in USA, and I am not, if this matters) - let's say it's something like IMDb, or something like that. Unlike most other questions asked about ...
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How well can characters be protected?

There are lots of attributes that are better covered by either a copyright or trademark, but suppose there is a business that makes movies, short films or games or comics uses and "Darth Vader" in ...
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Can I use a name which is registered in another country?

For example there is a technology feature under a Brandname® which is (R) Registered. It is in another country. Lets say Germany. If I registered a .com name under the same name and created a ...
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Can you report use of product copy/likeness in video games for compensation?

If a video game (created outside of the US) has an exact copy on a 3D model used from a large world-wide corporation's (based in US) product is there a way of: Reporting the use of likeness/copy ...
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Is a real life story subject to copyright by those who lived it?

The title basic summarizes my question. Is a real life story subject to copyright by those who lived it? Or could someones create a book or movie about the history without contacting those who ...
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How could the USPS be sued by the architect of Las Vegas' Statue of Liberty?

I've seen reports that the USPS had to pay $3.5 million for using a picture of "Robert Davidson's Las Vegas replica" instead of the original. But it seems that the US has "freedom of panorama", which ...
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Am I allowed to use a car model closely based on a real life car in a commercial game?

I’m in the process of creating my own videogame app and I was wondering, am I allowed to use a model of a car based on a real life car, if I model it myself using blueprints for reference? While also ...
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Can I register a trademark after leaving a company in the UK?

I've been working on a new product for a company as a software developer (creating it from scratch). I've come up with a name for it as well which my manager didn't tell me to do but I decided to be ...
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Do I violate a copyright law if I reconstruct the sound effect scenario, but use only my own sounds in it?

By "my own sounds", I mean that I generated them or bought them.
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What if i host popcorn time - a torrent sharing platform [duplicate]

Popcorn time https://popcorntime.sh/ is a service that lets you watch pirated movies via torrents. Now let's imagine I own a pirate internet of some sort, within this internet, I create a policy that ...
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A network of anonymous content sharing

Am building an anonymous private network, meaning anyone can put whatever they want, As the network Admin, I won't sue or grudge anyone for whatever they host in the network. Now let's say within ...
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Copyright Law and Terms and Services

Terms and Conditions for websites often include provisions pertaining to Copyright Law. To what extent can those Terms and Conditions, as a contract, alter standard copyright law and Fair Use? Can ...
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Copyright issues with sharing music and videos on social media

What are the copyright issues with sharing music and videos that I find on social media? Not ones that I upload, but ones that I find besides my own. Like when I hit "share" on Facebook. Have I ...
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How do I let others to share my research paper but without modifying its content?

I'm about to publish a paper. It will be in PDF format. I want others to copy and share that file. But I don't want them to modify the content. What copyright license I should use for that?
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Am I violating copyright by sharing photos of pages of books I read or quoting them?

I read a lot of books, and when I come across an interesting part, I take a photo and share it on my social media. I also do book reviews on my blog which always includes some paragraphs from the book ...
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Is it ok to create a Parody (fake) app?

Recently I had made an android app which imitates the WhatsApp messenger. My app has the provision wherein users can create fake conversation by setting both incoming and outgoing messages. Set the ...
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Re-publish 'dead' articles

Some background: I've stumbled on a few so to say "dead" articles. Articles that have great content but the website where they are published is "gone". Thanks to the Internet Archive we can get the ...
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What protections does Common Law copyright give me?

What does Common Law copyright protection give me exactly? From my research, all I've found is that if I create a work, it is automatically protected by common law copyright, and that if I register ...
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Where can I find the Copyright Registration form for Software, if any? (US)

So I've been building this game for the past couple of months, and I was thinking of releasing it to the public, but I didn't want to release it as open-source, so I thought of filing copyright for it....