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USA: Fair use for scholarship, copyrighted code

Take for example the Numerical Recipes code distribution. They have copyrighted their work and do not allow for general public use of their code. http://numerical.recipes/aboutNR3license.html Would ...
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Who is liable for material on a website?

Someone wants to make a website but had trouble registering with the host. He has asked me to do it with my ID. Hypothetically if copyrighted content or something illegal was done with website, who ...
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Re-Release of MIT-licensed open-source app to the iOS App Store

TL:DR someone re-uploaded my MIT-licensed open-source app to the iOS App Store. WHAT HAPPENED I have created a small app for iPhone, which has been available on the App Store for over 2 years now. ...
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When does a fan game fall under parody?

Apparently there was a case in 2013 where the fan game My Little Pony: Fighting is Magic got taken down by Hasbro. This makes me wonder, why did it not fall under fair use in terms of Parody? This ...
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Free fan game music [duplicate]

I am an independent game developer who is thinking of developing a fan game for a band I like. I was wondering if I could include each song on one of their albums in a free fan game without getting ...
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Can I copyright all creative works created hereafter by doing this?

This question is inspired by the TED talk Copyrighting all the melodies to avoid accidental infringement and its Lobsters thread. Basically, the story is that Damien Riehl and Noah Rubin put every ...
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Performing rights on a cruise ship

I've worked for many years on a cruise ship performing my own songs, and I'd like to know how to claim the royalties. I'm a GEMA member and of course, I have reported to them. they said that sent the ...
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Using a concept from UI of anther application

I'm trying to implement the same feature on my application Whatsapp's Swipe to reply.. Will I face legal issues if I use Whatsapp swipe to reply feature on the application, I working on?
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Are Instagram effects protected by copyright?

Are Instagram image effects protected by copyright? Is it allowed to use the image effects for commercial use? Is it allowed to rebuild the effect formulas / curves / matrices, e.g. using SVG filter? ...
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Right to author book sequel of movie

I would like to write a book that is a sequel to a 2009 movie. I worked out a screenplay but it seems clear that the movie industry will not work on a sequel without permission of the rights owners of ...
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What is the law for sites like Fiverr in using purchased “creative works”

So Fiverr for those that aren't familiar is a site for buying and selling creative works essentially, from freelance artists. On some of them you can "add on" either (a) "Commercial Use Rights", or (b)...
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What does “materially different” mean?

My father is an artist who is considering building a sculpture for an organization. as part of the contract he is prohibited from making copies of the sculpture in the future, or any works that are ...
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Copyright laws regarding a book originally published a few hundred years ago, then republished

There is this book (set), that was originally published a few hundred years ago (way before the copyright duration starts), but then recently published again, with some additions, in 1991, and in that ...
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Is copying an infringing derivative an infringement against the original work's author when copying the original would generally be legal?

Suppose someone creates an unauthorized music video to accompany a popular song, thus making an infringing derivative (assuming fair dealing or other exceptions don't apply in this case). This ...
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Can I use these brands in my free app game as collective items

I'm wondering if I can use different items such as Kellog's Cornflakes or Nestle's Cheerios such as items you can collect by playing the game. Example the character will open a box that has a image ...
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cross border copyright claim

i live in EU. somebody from another EU country is writing me that they intend to take me to court for a very minor possible copyright infringement. my question is - if meanwhile i move to live in a ...
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Can I mention the official Dungeons and Dragons campaign names on youtube?

We want to start a YouTube channel playing Dungeons and Dragons. Some of our DM's run official campaigns while other's homebrew. I know I can't use pictures and can use the SRD but can I use other ...
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Can a writer keep an editor's edits despite order cancellation?

I wrote an article and hired a freelance editor who delivered a result that didn't match the value of how much I paid him. He agreed to refund me. There are certain edits of his that I would like to ...
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How should copies of contributions from StackExchange be attributed?

On StackExchange there are two conflicting pieces of information about the requirement of attribution. How should it be done? From https://stackoverflow.blog/2009/06/25/attribution-required/ So ...
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Is breaching ToS of installed software automatically a copyright infringement?

Suppose entity X offers some software (maybe for free, maybe for a price) bundled with some terms of service. Suppose person Y (after paying any relevant price) installs the software following X's ...
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Is creating commercial study guide materials for a trademarked exam considered fair use / illegal?

Provided that no text or diagrams are directly used, is creating commercial study materials considered against fair use / illegal? Given the amount of study guides available for various trademarked ...
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EDIT: Prevent copy right/trademark infringement by not using company logo, but

I want to prevent copy right infringement and therefore I don't use logos or fonts of companies on a site where I want to list them. So it came to my mind to just use a standard open source font and ...
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Do you need to cite the author when using public domain material?

I understand it is illegal in most places to claim public domain works as your own. Say you use a small snippet of public domain code written by John Smith in your software. Having written virtually ...
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Is it legal to sell a web scraper? [duplicate]

I’m just wondering if I will get in trouble for selling a website scraper targeted at a specific site? I see lots of online services offering this, some quite well established like ParseHub and they ...
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Are multiple choice questions copyrightable?

Say there is a company that has published 'sets' (of 30 questions for example) of multiple choice questions that are copyright protected. The questions may include graphs and other diagrams. If you ...
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Am I allowed to reproduce work published on a website for free which bears an “all rights reserved” tag?

I'm aware of this answer Quoting from a book with "All rights reserved". Fair use? but my case is slightly different, so I will ask another question. There is a website which contains ...
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Blizzard's EULA for map editor claims that all content created in it is their sole property

Recently release Warcraft III Reforged's EULA includes this passage: Ownership Custom Games are and shall remain the sole and exclusive property of Blizzard. Without limiting the foregoing, you ...
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Can I 'lend' an ebook?

I am aware that ebooks actually have a license (usually) which prohibits a user from sharing an ebook. I am curious, if, as a programmer, I can have a system (say an online session) where only one ...
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Agreement for voluntary contribution on a non-open source project

I'm the owner of a free, but non-open source, Android app. I have received many offers by my users to voluntarily contribute by translating the app in other languages. What does this mean by a legal ...
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MOOC and copyright

I've read a lot of articles right now (I'm french) on this topic, and I gotta say I'm pretty confused. I perfectly understand that unless some uni teacher directly allows me to use his work, I don't ...
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Can i get into trouble for scraping of news from a news website using “All rights reserved”/cc licence?

I am not a law expert but i have this idea to create a website that scrap's news posts from different news websites. Mostly news sites that use the Creative Commons license. I will include the source ...
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Can the layout of a printed work be subject to copyright?

This is a follow-on to How can I determine what elements of a work are covered by a copyright mark? which dealt with sheet music for public domain compositions that, nevertheless, claimed copyright ...
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Original author of project that a company abandoned

I'm the original author of a project that was made on company time and resources. While waiting for this project to come to life it just died without any support on marketing it and not using it at ...
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After I register a copyright for my app, what do I get?

Lets say I took my app (source code) and registered it with the copyright office of my country. After that what form of proof do I get? Do I get papers that have my souce code printed on them and ...
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Who are the copyright holders of softwares that students develop during their studies?

The outputs of a software developed from scratch by a student during his/her studies are used in writing his/her thesis. Can the student's supervisor or the University claim to be a copyright holder ...
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Is it legal to use football players names and their football team names in my statistic app without permision? [duplicate]

I am getting all the data via webscraping. In the app there won't be any logos, only text with names of the football players and their teams. Also there will be modified photos of the players(drawings)...
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What happens to Rights and IPs after a company dissolve?

So I'm currently trying to figure out what happens to IPs, Copyright, Patents, Trademarks, etc. that a company owns, if said company decides to dissolve itself and cease all operations entirely. Are ...
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For amateur recordings, who owns the video? The camera man or performer?

I would like to make a video where I teach something. My friend has a video camera and is willing to record me. Who would own the video? I ask because I plan on uploading it to some sort of streaming ...
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How can I determine what elements of a work are covered by a copyright mark?

I have sheet music for a piece of classical music that bears the following copyright claim: © 1927 Carl Fischer, New York. © renewed 1955 Fritz Fischer Fischer is a well-known publisher of ...
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Is it legal to create an app, that “streams” a specific game from a website?

It's hard to tell what I mean in just one sentence. For example: If I would create a mobile JnR-App, with Super Mario Textures, Nintendo can sue me. But now, for another example let's take "Gravity ...
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What is the practical difference between “fair use” and “fair dealing” in Copyright law?

In the united-states, fair-use is a defence to copyright infringement. In other jurisdictions, particularly members or ex-members of the British Commonwealth such as united-kingdom and australia ...
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I'm a digital painter, will the art I make be 50% owned by my spouse after marriage?

If I make art like digital paintings, will my spouse own the original files? What about copies of the originals being sold? Is it possible that whatever I do with my creativity can be owned by my ...
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Designating an individual or third-party as DMCA Agent gives extra protection? And is it liable?

According to the United States Copyright Office, https://www.copyright.gov/rulemaking/onlinesp/NPR/faq.html: “A designated agent may be an individual (e.g., “Jane Doe”), a specific position or ...
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Can I use a game to earn “support money”?

Can I use the game to earn the "support money"? Even I not own the game copyright? For example, I use one game to build and made a screen or some character, then I share it, after that I post a link (...
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Is it legal to show real apps screenshots in Udemy course?

I’m making an app design course for udemy. In my course I would like to show screenshots from apps like Instagram, Facebook, Amazon to show different design approaches. Is it legal to show screenshots ...
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Can screenshots from YouTube videos be used in technical manuals and on websites, according to copyright laws?

The screenshots have no persons visible, at least no faces. Is there a difference if the screenshots have been processed with an art filter to look like a drawings.
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Are computer programs copyrightable work?

If the platform is not open-source, is the computer program copyrightable?
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How to protect computer science project from being stolen by “employees” as an individual

I am developing an online platform for renting computer hardware and I've reached the point where I need to create the website. I do not have the required expertise to do that, so I thought I would ...
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How legal is it to use the OLD Minecraft textures in my own game?

Since 1.14, Minecraft has replaced all there texture files with new textures. They still offer the old ones as "Programmer art." I am making my own block sandbox game, and I need textures. However, ...
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Am I Infringing copyright by posting a bunch of (verbatim) quotes from books?

I run a self-improvement oriented community. I continuously read books, some of them quite famous, and provide a summary along with textual quotations from each of the books reviewed. Now here's the ...

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