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For copyright determination purposes, how can AI-generated content (eg.lyrics) be proven as such rather than human generated?

Most answers I have seen to the question of whether AI-generated content is copyrightable cite law in the US and other countries limiting copyright to human-created content. However all the answers I ...
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Is it legal in the US to name a business after a property in the public domain? [duplicate]

For example, if I were to name my LLC "Sherlock Holmes Enterprises LLC", would that be legal?
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Criminal repercussions for sellers of fake items

Say Rob is selling fake copies* of certain rare/collectable Christmas cards on UK eBay. The originals of these cards are issued in limited quantities by a certain well known artist every year (each ...
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Why is a license necessary to design a microarchitecture for the arm family of instruction set architectures?

In order to design a microarchitecture that uses the ARM instruction set architecture (ISA), one has to buy an "architectural license".[1] However, I don't understand by what mechanism ARM ...
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What rights do I have to improve upon patented inventions?

Intel, NVIDIA, and AMD have tons of patents. I want to do research in the GPU and computer architecture fields, and publish my findings in reputed journals. Am I legally allowed to use their ...
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Would it be legal to make videos on publicly available textbooks?

Suppose a textbook exists in the public domain, then would it be legal to make publicly available youtube videos on working through it and it's problems? In particular I am thinking of this
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Legally creating server emulator for proprietary game

Can I create an alternative implementation (server emulator) of the server part of the game legally? Details: An alternative implementation involves reverse engineering the game and creating a server ...
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Do creative commons licenses forbid immoral use?

Looking at Pixabay's license summary, I like this: You cannot use Content in any immoral or illegal way, especially Content which features recognisable people. Similarly, on Pixabay's terms of ...
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Is it legal to hire an actor to imitate another performance (to which you don't have the rights)?

Say that Dave the director really likes Keanu Reeves in John Wick, and wants a character just like that for his original movie. But Dave can't get Keanu, copyrights to the character, or anything ...
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Is there any law to reference to support copyright derivation wrt software libraries depending on the availability of alternatives?

In a 2019 answer that the bot has just pumped there is an excellent description of a way I have heard how the the rules regarding copyright derivation in respect to software libraries function: I don'...
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Buying, rebinding, and reselling books

If I were to buy a load of old books and rebind them artistically in leather, would I be free to resell them?
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What are "copies" in a digital context?

"Copies" are apparently defined as: material objects, other than phonorecords, in which a work is fixed by any method now known or later developed, and from which the work can be perceived, ...
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Can I copyright the recording of someone reading a work licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License?

A written work is published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. This is explicitly stated by the publisher: Open Access This book is licensed under the ...
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Using Google Maps 3D models without api for non commercial purposes

I am currently making a phone app for a school project, to show in a powerpoint presentation and possibly, in the future, in my resume. I wanted to use 3d models of my city from google maps as a map ...
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Effects of making a copyright claim under a fictitious name

In the United States, the author of a work has published it with a claim like this: Copyright © 2024 Dubious Publishing Company. Dubious Publishing Company is not an incorporated entity in any ...
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Does having a photographic memory cause issues with copyright law? [duplicate]

Assuming someone has a photographic memory, or a good enough memory to memorize entire copyright-protected works, does memorizing and then writing out verbatim (reproducing) the work, count as "...
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Is looking up the lyrics for a song illegal?

I was dumbstruck when I found out today that apparently posting the lyrics to a song is copyright infringement. I literally asked ChatGPT for the lyrics to "Around the World" by Daft Punk, ...
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Can I buy a same domain name with different TLD and add similar content? [closed]

Can I buy a same domain name with different TLD and add similar content with different design of site? Is there any copyright issue? to be more precise, imagine site which have function ''remove bg ...
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Copyright infringement when an image is turned into sound?

With the SoundArt app one can convert images into sound. It is possible to then convert the resulting sound files back into the same pictures. Is such an audio file considered a derivative work, and ...
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What is the impact of the reasoning in the dismissal of X v Bright Data that prevents content hosts from prohibiting the scraping of content?

The US District Court in the Northern District of California recently dismissed X Corp. v Bright Data Ltd. (order, article). I'm most interested in the second part, the claims based on scraping and ...
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Literary translation and copyright

A US friend would like to translate literary works published in Farsi. What should they do (if anything) to ensure this is legal assuming the works are not yet in the public domain? Or do the ...
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Do I need to pay Performance Royalties at a wedding?

As mentioned in this question, one must obtain a statutory or compulsory license to perform music in a public setting. By extension, this should mean that one must obtain a license to sing at a ...
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Is it legal to use random images from the Internet in my personal study notes? [duplicate]

It's the images of objects, the images are helping learn new vocabulary. I don't know if they're under copyright. I mean if I get them from some website. I want to use them only in my personal notes ...
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"Dogpile" situations with state taxes and remote work

Consider this scenario. California has a (illegal/conconstitual, but that's immaterial) web API where they scrape information from the SSA database and gain information on all individuals in America ...
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Drawing of Drawing and Copyright laws

Let's say someone makes a drawing of a drawing made on a popular TV show then puts it on a t shirt and sells it.. Is that violating copyright laws? Let's say someone just puts the drawing made on a ...
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Is the use of fictional names from a video game in the source code subject to the copyright of the original work? [duplicate]

If I were to reproduce a large amount of names (of characters, abilities, locations, items, etc.) from a video game, then use these names in the source code of a new software being developed, would ...
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Can a website that hosts Public Domain images forbid commercial use of such images

I notice that Wikimedia Commons hosts many images clearly in the public domain (published before 1929 in the US) that have been uploaded from Worthpoint.com. WorthPoint's Terms of Use forbid ...
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Can copy-pasting a word definition from a dictionary site cause a copyright issue?

I just saw the following at the English language and usage stack exchange meta forum (ELU meta). We should not be pasting definitions from online dictionaries into answers when their terms of service ...
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Does copyright law apply? [closed]

I wish to sell an item similar to one that a well-known international auction house had sold on a particular date. Can I write this in my sales pitch or am I infringing on the auction house’s ...
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Can I get into trouble for using a DnD monster name for a username?

I had planned on creating a Twitch/YouTube channel. My username on ps4 and other places contains the name of a DnD monster (the bugbear.) Would my channel ever be in danger of action against it from ...
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Can I use clips of another show I created in my own feature film? [closed]

The opening scene of my film is of a out-of-work TV writer, explaining his background to two TV network commissioners, where he plays a brief clip (2 seconds) of a sitcom pilot that he created. The ...
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Can titles of published papers be used for commercial purposes?

Let's say I want to sell t-shirts, and I want to include the title of famous scientific papers. I am also considering adding some other visuals to the shirt; in some cases let's say I would consider ...
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Download of YouTube Videos for personal use [duplicate]

Is it legal to download YouTube Videos without YouTube Premium for personal use only?
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Why are software licenses required to access a piece of software?

According to the GTA 4 EULA: LICENSE. Subject to this Agreement and its terms and conditions, Licensor hereby grants you the nonexclusive, non-transferable, limited right and license to use one copy ...
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Why does Creative Commons explictly state they're not a law firm?

When I read Creative Commons licenses, I noticed that they always clearly state that they (Creative Commons) are not a law firm, the public licenses are distributed as-is without any liability and ...
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Is an "Untitled" copyright registration protected the same as a titled one?

I understand that putting "Untitled"* in the Title field means people would not be able to search your copyrighted material by name. And I understand why it is not recommended. But does it ...
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Could Youtubers use the default legal system against people who unfairly use their content?

If there is a youtuber who does XYZ and another youtuber does a reaction video on that content, are they allowed to use the legal default such as a cease and desist or a DMCA (or some other form of ...
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Will quotes written in my self-published book fall under fair use category? [duplicate]

I hold an M.S. in Counseling Psychology and have decided to start writing workbook journals to help people with anxiety, depression, isolation, and various other challenges that people face. ...To do ...
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Copyright Laws - App Development

I have made an app which is published on an app store for £0.29. It is basically just the website embedded into the app with no actual added functionality. The real website's name is mentioned in the ...
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Using an asset from a game as logo [closed]

I am part of a relatively small FIRST Tech Challenge robotics team. For the past few years we have used the Redstone icon from Minecraft as our logo, but we have now decided to put a little more ...
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Is it Fair when a Use might affect “the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work” only in conjunction with other material?

Fair Use in the United States depends upon four factors: the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes; the ...
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Japanese Law: Do I need to get permissions and pay fees to create 3D models of ancient Japanese temples?

I want to create 3D models of Japanese ancient temples such as the "Fujiyoshida, Japan at Chureito Pagoda and Mt. Fuji" for my commercial mobile app. Here is the link to this temple: https://...
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Italian and Greek Law: Do I need to get permissions and pay fees to create 3D models of ancient Greek buildings and ancient Italian buildings?

If I want to create some 3D models of ancient Greek buildings such as the Parthenon and some ancient Italian buildings such as the Pantheon for a mobile app, do I need to get the permission or ...
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Egypt Law: Do I need to get permissions and pay fees to create 3D models of the pyramids, Sphinx, and their other ancient antiquities?

If I want to create some 3D models of the pyramids and the Sphinx for a mobile app, do I need to obtain the permission or purchase the license from anyone or from the Egyptian government ? It seems ...
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Using science paper's method in commercial product

Is it possible to use the method (method or algorithm, model, etc.) described in an open scientific publication (license is arbitrary) in a commercial product in closed source code? That is, the ...
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What legal protection is there for movie screenplays/treatments?

Bob writes a movie screenplay (or a "treatment", meaning a detailed plot/screenplay approximation) and sends it to Rob at a movie studio which in turn makes a movie based on the screenplay ...
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If a company uses an idea from an online wishlist for a videogame can they be sued for copyright infringement?

I posted a very specific / blueprint idea for features in a videogame and the corporation 100% used it and made millions from it. This wasn't just 1 idea, this was a nearly 1000-word "blueprint&...
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How can an inherited copyright be released under a Creative Commons license?

Alice created a work and died without publishing it. Bob and Charlie jointly inherited the copyright. Bob wants to release it under a Creative Commons license without involving Charlie. Can he do this?...
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Can I sneak around my copyleft obligations with adhesion contracts?

Some licenses, like the GPL, mandate that I license derivative works under the same license and not a more restrictive license. I believe this is called "copyleft". But say I want to have ...
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Can I legally change my name to "Darth Misogynus", or would I get sued by Disney?

Obviously, Darth comes from Star Wars, which is currently owned by Disney. Misogynus is an expression of my ideological beliefs. If I legally change my name to "Darth Misogynus", will I get ...
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