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Manipulating YouTube videos in mobile application

We are trying to build Android and IOS applications that use YouTube API. In my applications, we will get videos from YouTube, then we will manipulate (accelerating, slowing down, playing only certain ...
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Is downloading a non-copyright paid video course illegal?

I have found an online video course that the user is selling for around $200, and it says on the website that the course is copyrighted in the footer. However, I have checked everywhere online but ...
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Use of names on public records

I understand that by leaving blank the space asking for an author's (legal) name but indicating the author's pseudonym that the two names won't be linked and thus the correlation will not be made ...
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Movies from unpublished books [on hold]

My agent is getting funding for my book series that has not been published yet. The adaption is underway.and she has a lot of interest in the books. Has anyone heard of this my publisher said she hasn'...
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Caricature card

I'd like to use a caricature of a monopoly card as the cover for a short story of mine. I have altered significantly the look of the card, changed some of the wording and caricatured the monopoly man ...
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Google translations and copyright

I want to translate Turkish sentences through Google Translate for the purpose of using it in a work. Is this subject to copyright?
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U.S. copyright law (revisited)

A revisiting of this question. Hypothetical facts Alice buys a hardback book from the publisher for $70. On Wednesday, Wanda pays Alice $10 rent for the exclusive right to use the physical book in ...
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using snippet sentence for an bilingual dictionary violate copyright? [duplicate]

Does using snippet sentence from sites like Wikipedia, BBC, Times, Science Daily, etc. for use in a dictionary that will be published online violate copyright?
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U.S. copyright law

Hypothetical facts Alice buys a hardback book from the publisher for $70. Alice makes a digital copy of the book and posts it online to an account only Alice can access. For one week, Alice rents ...
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Can I use the PDF of a public domain work to publish a hard copy book?

Suppose I download a PDF file of a book (one that is undisputably in the public domain, like a mid-1800s Bible). The PDF is created from source files using a combination of automated conversion and ...
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Volunteer Created Work: Who Owns the Copyright?

A volunteer creates many works for a nonprofit, without signing anything or giving ownership of the works to the nonprofit. The work is used, but after about a year, the volunteer resigns and, a month ...
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Can I use a trademarked name in a project, if I don't own the trademark?

I'm currently making a game, based on Pokémon. I do not own the trademark, copyright, or anything legally related to Pokémon (just some rando on the net). In my code, I use Pokemon to describe a ...
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Are sentences on websites subject to copyright?

Does using snippet sentence from sites like Wikipedia, BBC, Times, Science Daily, etc. for use in a dictionary that will be published online violate copyright?
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Is it illegal to copy and use codes that are mentioned in a coding tutorial?

Can someone get in legal trouble if he/she copies or uses some code mentioned or used in a tutorial on youtube or other websites/sources?is it considered as fair use?
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Is sending a modified encrypted file with the key being the original encrypted file legal?

I've got a little bit of a conundrum. I have created an animation that uses and contains a copyrighted game character model. I want to distribute this animation without breaching copyright. To attempt ...
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Using a public domain opera, recorded by someone else, in a parody

I found a YouTube video of a public domain opera, and I want to use the sound portion in a musical parody. I will only use parts of it, alter it dramatically, and wish to claim "Fair Use." Is it ...
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Are there consequences for not filing a DMCA (any country)

Awhile ago, I linked someone to a fansite of people who read his indie fiction and he cursed me out because there were illegal copies to his work on it. He told me that he was legally bound to file ...
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is the alphabetical word order subject to copyright?

I want to prepare a dictionary(English to Turkish) consisting of example sentences And for a list of English words, I use "Oxford Dictionary of Current English". Is the alphabetical word order subject ...
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GPL-3.0's “Open-Sourceness”, Images and Image Formats

I took an SVG image from a set which is distributed under GPL-3.0 and used it as (a large) part of an icon I made to a software of mine, which is also distributed under GPL-3.0. So far, everything is ...
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Are NDAs enforceable if they require violating copyright?

As NDAs and copyright violation usually do not go together, I'll provide some background: Suppose that a company, we'll call them Olio, created a smartwatch that uses publicly available computer code ...
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questions about the Rubik's cube trademark/copyright/patent

i checked Rubik's cube image rights and i'm still confused about the legal protection of Rubik's cube. I know the patent expired and their 3d trademark lost a case in EU. Does this imply they ...
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What is the license of the code submitted for review but not yet incorporated in the project?

In the case when there is no explicit mention regarding the rules for such case in the project policy (like, f.e. GitHub has), what is the status of the code/patch submitted for the review (using ...
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Copyright notices: a team or project declared as copyright holder

Sometimes I see copyright notices like Copyright © 2016-2018 The TokTok team. Copyright © 2013 Tox project. I wonder if I can use similar copyright notices in a project of mine (licensed ...
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Copyright holder and license of the output files produced by a libre software

Consider for example the libre software LAMMPS, which uses GNU General Public License. The user writes an input file. Then the software performs some calculations based on the instructions in the ...
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Naming a product using the first letter of a persons name?

I was thinking about naming our products using the first letter in a cause or person that we'd like to bring attention to. For our first product I was thinking FS R, with the last letter being the ...
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Using someone else's registered trademark

This seems like a very textbook and common question, but I can't find it anywhere. Here's an example of the situation: A card game called Cards Against Humanity sometimes uses other company's names ...
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Find the status of an IP

I've been trying to find a way to check the status of IPs, specifically if an IP is in the public domain or not. But despite my best effort, I have been unable to find a way to check for that kind of ...
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Is this excerpt from a classical piece copyrighted?

I am writing a progressive rock song of around 10 minutes in length. For the first two minutes, I play Shostakovich's Fugue in A Major. This piece is not in public domain, so I know I have to make ...
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Working on code with uncertain licensing at another company's behest

so the situation I want to ask you about is as follows: The Client Company has a project that is made of three parts: A front-end web app A back-office An API (back-end) The front/back parts were ...
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Downloading an image from wallofcelebrities.com

Is Wallofcelebrities a legal place to download images from? I would like to get one of Kayla Compton, but I'm not sure if these photos are being illegally distributed.
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Question about copyright, plagiarism and attribution

If I'm going to describe the origin of the word "dinosaur" and I say that the taxon Dinosauria was formally named in 1841 by paleontologist Sir Richard Owen, and that the foregoing description is ...
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Can I legally make a real mobile app based on a fictional app from a TV show?

There's a fictional mobile app in a Netflix TV show that I'd like to make a real thing. I'm an independent developer, I don't plan on monetizing it in any way, and it's going to be open-source. Is it ...
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Is it okay to upload a code 'based' on the book? [closed]

I would like to upload a code based on the book. In other words, there is no code, but explanations or pseudo code, in the book, and I would like to upload a code based on those and some simple ...
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youtube video IP

I am assuming (please to correct if not true) that copyright is not automatically conferred and that there is a process that must be followed. Assume the venue is the USA Videos are often used to ...
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Is it legal to scrape commonly known data (not definitions) from a 3rd party dictionary for my own app?

I'm building an app for learning Japanese vocabulary. I would like to include pitch-accent information for each word, but I would have to scrape it from a dictionary. Basically, words in Japanese ...
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Use of historic characters [duplicate]

I am a screenwriter who has been approached by an actor with an idea for a script. The story is based on literary criticism articles which posit that Herman Melville and Nathaniel Hawthorne had a "...
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File copying and deletion before employee leaves to competitor

This may be a mundane question but I cannot find an answer for it, as the law is not my area of expertise. If an employee is under contract and copies files (on mass to a personal cloud storage) for ...
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Are names used within a TV show (for example, the name of a fictional business) automatically copyrighted?

According to the personal account of one of the founders of the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co, he waited hours outside the gates of Paramount Studios to license the name "Bubba Gump Shrimp" (which first ...
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Can I make a sports compilation on Youtube using clips from various broadcasts?

I would like to create a "Top 10"-style compilation of clips from a sports event that I particularly enjoyed watching some weeks ago. Since there are literally thousands of content creators on ...
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Can I use the shapes in Microsoft Office in my software?

I want to use the shapes provided by Microsoft PowerPoint in my commercial software. Am I able to use the images I create using these shapes and am I able to use just the shapes themselves without ...
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Including geometry dervied from copyrighted fonts in open source software

I'm developing a open source software that (internally) uses font glyph identification. The glyphs I'd like to detect come from copyrighted fonts, to which I have personal use licenses. By font glyph ...
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Can I start an online business, where i sell Rock band merchandise without the band's permission?

Can I start an online business, where i sell Rock band merchandise without the band's permission? I have noticed that there are online shops in China that sell rock music merchandise for cheap. Can I ...
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Copying an existing HTML page and use it, is that against any copyright law?

I found an online calculator that determines certain parameters I need. However, that calculator can be improved and more information added. I have improved it and now I want to make it public on my ...
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Copyright contract vs license?

What is a difference between a license and a copyright contract? It seems that they achieve the same thing. So what are the use cases for both?
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Make money with a service that depends on third-party software

I play this video game which is developed by a small company. This game is great but it does not allow online multiplayer, you must play with other people on the same console. Recently, I learned that ...
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Music Transposition Copyright

So I am designing a mobile app that transposes music for the user. The user can only transpose four notes at a time, and they are required to input the notes themselves. Are there any copyright laws ...
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Original unpublished, derivative work published, is original now considered published?

Let's say it's 1910 and a photographer takes a photo but never publishes the original. Later someone else (with permission) uses that original photo to make a colorized postcard and publishes it. If ...
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Does tracing and distributing the shape of a commercial longboard infringe copyright?

I found an Instructable that blatantly copies a commercial design without making any changes. They even show using photoshop to copy it exactly then post the template for others to use. I know that ...
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What is the legal status of intimate photos sent to your (now) ex-partner after a break-up?

When I met my now ex-boyfriend, we were both already over 18. I took digital nude pictures of myself and transferred them electronically to him, i. e. I was sexting him. He didn't specifically ask for ...
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Why is Capcom listed twice here?

On the official Super Smash Bros. Ultimate website, there is a part in the footer that lists all the owners for the different characters that appear in the game. Capcom has Mega Man, Ryu and Ken ...