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Questions tagged [copyright]

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Will I get in legal trouble if I use somebody else’s picture?

I was banned from a site. To evade it, I plan on impersonating a fictional cousin of mine with a fictional name, but if people suspect that it is a sock puppet account, I plan on uploading a picture ...
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How non-public could a disclosure/publication be, and still count as such for patent “prior art” and copyright purposes?

The essence of both patent and copyright is that a creator/inventor gets legal protection and exclusivity within broad limits, in exchange for some form of publication/public disclosure. Similarly a ...
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Song lyrics as (trademarked) slogan

So just wondering, will it be legal to use a few lines of song lyrics as your service/company's slogan? For example, "You just gotta ignite the light, and let it shine" (Katy Perry's firework) as a ...
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Write Play based on translation

I am in the midst of writing a play based on the Persian poem Layla and Majnun by Nizami Ganjavi. To do this I plan to make use of quotes from an English translated version of the poem. Archive.org ...
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Can I have “Amazon” in my company's domain name?

I am developing a website that sells gift cards and at this point in time I am planning on selling only Amazon gift cards (in the beginning at least). I'm at the point where I need to pick a domain ...
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How do I determine whether or not a book cover and its imagery is in the public domain?

I'd like to use scans/photos of old book covers in a product I'm selling. Are the laws regarding the images on the cover different from the ones regarding the content of the book? How to I check to ...
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Is Minecraft doing enough to comply with the licenses of its dependencies?

Minecraft has a list of "attributions" here, which only includes links (and only to some dependencies) rather than copyright and license notices. The EULA does not include any of this information. As ...
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Is there any way in which a plain electronic copy of a public domain document is copyrightable?

I've noticed for some time that ProQuest PDF copies of historical newspapers, even from the 19th Century, are marked at the bottom of each page "Reproduced with permission of the copyright owner. ...
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copyright question (constructs and presentations)

I got a threatening email from someone today alleging copyright infringement on a website that I built as a personal project back in 2013 to crowdsource the latest trail data from the long-distance ...
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What copyright terminology do I need to include in my thesis (for a new encryption algorithm)?

I'm about to publish a thesis on a new encryption algorithm I devised, and was told by my Committee Chair that I would need to include: A copyright page - to safeguard my work from being patented by ...
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Is it legal to include verbatim exercises from a book in videos/on a blog?

I live in Florida, U.S. I recently purchased a math book that I really like, and I am thinking about making a video series or a blog where I would succcessively resolve the exercises from the book. ...
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Can copying simple general code cause copyright infringement? And is it even possible to avoid that?

Imagine that during writing software for the employer, I created simple helper function IsPositiveNumber(x) which returns true if x > 0 and false otherwise. Or function TrimBlanks(text) which returns ...
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Same game company name, but in a different country

I finally came up with a good name for my game studio, however after searching for it there appears to be another game company with the same/very similar name. They were founded this year, have an ...
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is there any law for using unlicensed or cracked software?

Is there any law for using unlicensed or cracked software for our personal use? Can we use cracked versions of software in organization?
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Who is the legal owner of code in a bitbucket repo?

Who is the owner of code uploaded from a personal account to a private Bitbucket repository and there is no license defined in the code, or there is only the name of the author in the header of the ...
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Is it legal to scrape freelance websites like upwork.com, freelancer.com or guru.com? [duplicate]

The main idea is pretty simple and general - I want to make a freelance job parser which will automatically aggregate projects by search filters and send them to users in readable format by email. I ...
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YouTube Copyright

What could happen if I copy some content from an article on a website and narrate it on my YouTube channel with some modifications? What copyright issues would I be facing?
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Are there anything misleading about this ads?

https://skylinktvantenna.com/orderint-mod-sh/vsl1.php I removed all tracking links There is this statement that I believe is fraudulent But how can you watch all this for free? The secret lies ...
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Uploading to YouTube from 3rd party website

We are planning on starting a website that gives uploaders a service for their videos. The users upload their video to the site, and the site is ranking their videos, letting them have a community ...
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How can I determine whether a copyright troll actually owns the copyright they claim?

In recent years "copyright trolls" have been sending demand letters to web sites that claim images found on the sites infringe copyrights, and that they (the trolls) are authorized to settle the ...
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Is it a crime if someone inserts ads inside an existing software?

If you search on Internet, you would be able to find apps that are modified to insert code that shows ads here and there. For example, you can take the official WhatsApp Android APK and insert code to ...
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Can people distribute trademarked/copyright products if they aren't monetized?

If I made a bunch of Winnie the Pooh stuffed animals or screen printed a bunch of t-shirts with pictures from Godzilla films or something, would I be infringing on copyrights/trademarks if I ...
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Is it unlawful to receive a photocopied book?

In the following, all parties live and all actions are taken entirely within the United States. Let us say that a person (Bob) has purchased a book from the book store. Bob likes the book enough ...
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Can i get sued for using another person's/company's code without knowing it belongs to them

Let's say i made an app that notifies the user when a game on Steam became free for a limited time. Some other person or company makes an app that notifies the user when there's a specific item on ...
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Copyrights if a self made code contains unlicenced code?

I would like to have a job from programming. I was suggested to put projects on Github. But what makes me worry is that what kind of copyright issues are there. So do I have to make sure I have been ...
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Are olympiad problems and standardized exams copyrighted?

If they are, can anyone change the wording of the exercises and use them? Also could that person be in another country and translate the exercises to another language?
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Is it illegal in the EU / in Germany to download a scientific e-book?

Suppose there's a scientific monograph I really want to read but don't want to buy. I find an e-book on some website (where it is accessible to the public without restrictions) and download it. I don'...
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Using Brand Names as our Customers for advertising [closed]

I am the owner of a marketing business, XYZ Solutions (Ind) Pvt. Ltd. Now, I want to increase my sales so can I use Brand Names like Amazon, Flipkart, Ebay, Google, etc as my customers in my Website? ...
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Does creating an unpaid event poster for a commercial event constitute commercial use?

Licenses of artworks or stock photos often state that they are free for non-commercial use. Assume I create a poster for an event. I do not sell the poster, but the event is commercial (has an entry ...
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Can I recreate the Risk board game for personal use?

My friend wants to make a 'risk table', which would have the risk board carved into it, as part of a larger game board challenge. He would be making all the pieces and the board himself. I'm ...
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Writing play based on translated poem

I am currently writing a short 10 minute play adaptation of Layla and Majnun, a poem written in the 12th century by Nizami. To do this I am making use of an English translation of the Persian poem by ...
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Who owns the logo of a company after the company declares bankruptcy?

Who owns the logo of a company after the company declares bankruptcy? For example who owns the logo for toys R'us after they declare bankrupt?
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Chrome Extensions That Inject Content On Retail Sites [closed]

I am prototyping a chrome extension that adds functionality to eCommerce sites. It injects HTML/JS/CSS into the page and adds UI elements that when clicked perform some sort of action. i.e. Adding a ...
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Is it legal to sell products whose design uses titles of copyrighted songs?

There are some similar questions here, but I believe mine is a little different. Is it legal to sell products (t-shirts, mugs, etc.) that use typography art of the titles of famous songs. Also, can ...
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Is it ok to name a character after a real life fighter jet?

I have a character in a world i am making along with a few others who are named after real life fighter jets both new and old however i was wondering if whatever i have made took off and got poplular ...
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Copying programming problems (with proper citation) in order to write explanations on how to solve them in a blog/website.

I will be doing two things: Make a blog/website and copy and paste algorithmic questions and other programming problems word by word (could be from books or other websites) and properly cite them. ...
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Difference between Change and Adaptation - Non derivative Creative Commons License

The Creative Commons license CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 AU contains the following two statements: You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. ...
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Are new editions of public domain works with minor edits copyrighted?

Let's say I want to copy/use a book published 200 years ago. It's definitely in the public domain. Someone publishes a new version of the book (the original copyright holder, if that matters). The new ...
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Can you legally copy curated data from a software program?

Say someone has curated a lot of data, such as molecule data, astronomical data, animal data and such like into a software program. Can you legally harvest all that data and put it in your own ...
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Do short quiz questions on copyrighed material need permission?

If I make a question and answer game based on a mix of popular licences such as Harry Potter, Marvel, Lord Of The Rings and so on, do I need rightsholder permission?
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Regarding PDFs of the textbooks [duplicate]

I was reading some mathematics books and I observed that most of them have either of these mentioned before preface. Case I Copyright: All right reserved by XYZ or Case :II Copyright: All ...
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Including images from another site… How does Google do it legally? [duplicate]

Doing a small amount of research tells me that including an image found on Google Images on my own website could be a copyright violation. My question is.... how is it not a copyright violation for ...
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How can one verify a purportedly freely licensed image on a user-content site?

Based partly on comments to this question, how can a person who finds an image on a site, such as flickr, that hosts user-uploaded images verify that the it is in fact free to use. Suppose that the ...
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Using Tinder photos for machine learning

I would like to download images from Tinder to use with an image classification app. (Tensorflow with Imagenet to be precise.) Is it illegal to download those images for that purpose? Also, can I ...
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Creative commons for erotic purpose

I am a young writer and I need free photos of girls's body ( so with faces covered ) for the cover of my erotic book similar to 50 shades of grey. Can I use the photos of flickr under this licence ...
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Modifying Open Source System Files to Cheat

I am asking this question primarily as a follow up to this question: Is creating and selling "cheats" or "hacks" for games illegal? The consensus in that question seems that it is ...
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Is a shop that prints your photos on cakes allowed to print photos including people wearing (licensed) brand t-shirts?

A large supermarket chain in the UK allows you to have photos printed on to cakes (they print it onto a layer of icing, then stick that on a cake). It's someone's special birthday and my wife took in ...
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Can i post an unofficial advertisement?

So I have a school assignment to make an advertisement video. I did a Wacom tablet advertisement. Can I post it online for a portfolio and sharing, or might it be a copyright infringement?
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In Canada, how big does a work need to be to qualify for copyright?

I understand that a single letter, or even a word cannot be copyrighted, because they are too short to be a unique work. So how big does a work need to be to qualify?
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Transcribing Ancient Manuscripts from Around the World

As a follow-up/clarification to this question, I would like to ask with a little bit more detail. There are several groups of "ancient" manuscripts and inscriptions which I would like for this to ...