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How to properly maintain website footer copyright notice?

There are often 3 copyright notice formats one might come across in the footer of website: Copyright © [Year the site or page was published]-[Year always kept current] Copyright © [Year this page on ...
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Post-dated copyright notices?

In the spring of 2005, a professor handed me a copy of his newest textbook. As I browsed it, I was surprised that the copyright notice had 2006 (the next year) rather than 2005 (the current year). I ...
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Is Wikipedia in violation of GNU Free Documentation License?

Consider this article. The main photo on the right ("A female African bush elephant in Mikumi National Park, Tanzania") is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License version 1.2. ...
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Should I use "and" in legal documents for lists?

Permission is hereby granted to all parties to copy, distribute copies of this license... Should I use and here instead, or is omitting it more clear?
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Using SIL Fonts in a Game

I would like to use a custom font in the game I am developing. I found out that the most common license for commercial use is SIL. This license indicates that: Original or Modified Versions of the ...
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How does copyrights work for mobile/web applications?

If a mobile/web developer creates an application like Uber, then sells it to a company, and the company also wants the copyrights for the application, what happens if after few months another company ...
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Can I screenshot a world map from Microsoft Bing and use it for Youtube videos?

I have this nice screenshot of Microsoft Bing's map, along with the copyright mark at the bottom right corner. For the OpenStreetMap they said it clearly that I must acknowledge/credit them (https://...
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Copyright, Binary Code, and Share-Alike Clauses?

I do extensive personal work in the modding/romhacking space of games. This space is about taking existing commercial games and adding custom content or features to them, generally through unofficial ...
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I got a copyright infringement notice from my ISP. Am I in trouble?

I received an email from my ISP(Spectrum) saying that I received a copyright infringement notice. I read through the whole thing, but I don’t know what to do next. Am I in trouble, do I need to pay, ...
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Does doing reaction/commenting video of other people videos cause copyright infringement? if so, who is the copy holder of the original video?

People do reaction video of other people videos, would that make a "huge" different if difference if the people do get permission from the original copyright holder? Who become the ...
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Can I claim copyright if my code is used in a game without full payment?

I wrote a game's code for this guy, he has paid half of the agreed amount when the code was delivered, but when the game was published, and I asked for the rest of my payment, he denied and blocked me....
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What does it mean to 'reserve' a right?

The phrase "all rights reserved" is now technically obsolete, though still in use. In this context, what does it mean to 'reserve' a right? In particular, if one were to create a work, e.g. ...
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Copyrightability of Third Party Technical Specifications

Lately I've been writing a lot of specifications of (MIDI-ish) music formats for old commercial video games based on my own research (I have no access to anything by the games' authors). To what ...
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What relevance does the stated year have in online copyright claims?

I've noticed that many websites will use a bit of JavaScript to keep the declared copyright year at the bottom of the page up to date. For example: new Date().getFullYear() (which simply reports the ...
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With copyrighted material, as long as Bob blog a snippet of it and provide their offical website link and comply with the (DMCA) law, safe enough?

Bob would like to start a blog where Bos shares some how-to tutorials. Bob would like to show some credibility and educational suggestion, so Bob would quote some instructions from the manual and ...
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Do I have to cite the website I used to draw a circuit?

I need to draw some boolean circuits. If I use a web-app like https://logic.ly/demo/, do I need to cite or refer to them? Or somehow attribute that the icons are not owned by me? To put it explicitly: ...
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Benefits of registering copyright - Should I register or not?

I have a question regarding copyright registration in Canada. From what I read, it is not mandatory to register copyright in Canada. But at the same time, some folks suggest you should register your ...
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Find out if "Further reproduction prohibited without permission" document is original

There are many documents containing "Reproduced with permission of copyright owner. Further reproduction prohibited without permission". I'd like to read those which were legally uploaded. ...
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Copyright situation of small parts of different YouTube videos put together creatively?

In my YouTube channel I want to make a video about topic x. Now I find that in a number of other videos on YouTube there are content about x. I take small parts of each of these videos (a couple of ...
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The copyright issue of a movie review on YouTube

I want to review one part of a movie (less than 15 min of it) in my channel in YouTube. I will review the part from a different angle, interpret it differently from a psychological and philosophical ...
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In a copyright statement, should the year or copyright holder go first?

I have seen both of the following formats used: Copyright © Some Company 2021-2022 Copyright © 2021-2022 Some Company Which one of these is correct? Which should go first? If both are valid, are there ...
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Are new works without a copyright notice automatically copyrighted under the Berne Convention?

Does the Berne Convention automatically give copyright protection for new works that lack a copyright notice? For example, if I wrote and released a PDF book but forgot to include a copyright notice, ...
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Web Speech API for website with ads (commercial use)

I want to use Web Speech API and the code provided here (https://github.com/mdn/web-speech-api) in a website that i will put ads or it will support paid subscription (commercial use) Am i allowed to ...
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copyright, trademark and patent

Can someone trademark a logo that is well established because it is on a company website and the company did not trademark it? Can someone patent your logo if you did not patent it? Or are all the ...
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If a bulletin posts an article that doesn't abide by fair use, who is liable?

If an article that doesn't abide by fair use is published on a bulletin, it definitely seems that the author of the article would be liable. But would the bulletin be as well? In other words, does a ...
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Is it possible to add a time clause to the license of an intellectual work?

Would it be possible (and legal) to add the following copyright notice to an intellectual work (for example, a book): All rights reserved until January 1st 2030 and CC-BY license from this date. ...
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Is hosting copyrighted material for personal backup purposes illegal

Suppose that there is a website that allows users to upload game ROMs. These are copyrighted material. Users can only access files that they have uploaded. Is this illegal? Would having the files ...
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If I add a copyright disclaimer to my app, am I exempt of charges?

I'm creating a Pokemon Wiki app for Android with a lot of data related to Pokemon, including images, names etc. I've seen in the Google Play store a lot of apps like mine that contains ads and in-app ...
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Handwritten "Copyright 2021 Joe Doe" copyright notice on a handwritten 30-page work, published only on social media

Would a handwritten "Copyright 2021 (My First and Last name)" copyright notice, be valid and have it's standard legal aplication in USA as well as in EU, for me - an author form Slovenia (...
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Use of other calendars in copyright notice and contracts

Year If I look at a copyright notice, I see Copyright (c) <YEAR> <OWNER>. The part this question is about is the definition on <YEAR>. The number represented in <YEAR> is based ...
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Fair Use and DMCA [closed]

My project (EditVideoBot) is an automated 'Twitter bot' program that allows users to edit videos within Twitter (they can add music to the video, or their own text, etc). My first account I ran this ...
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Do copyright notices need to be placed at the beginning of a file?

I'm a student and won't be publishing code any time soon, but I am working on improving the composition of my code. I'm interested in open source and I've only seen copyright notices and license text ...
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Receiving PDF book from a classmate to write a book review for the University course evaluation is it a crime?

Let's imagine this scenario: "I was looking for a book online and my classmate texted me oh I have that book in PDF, I can send you. Then I read this book and wrote a book review to complete one ...
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Why big corporations do not include the copyright notice into their WEB [HTML] code?

One of the first things that I learned when writing code was to copyright it. As far as I know, the things to do are: Create a license file that describes the copyright and lists the software files. ...
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Can I host copyrighted content until I get a DMCA notice?

The content is subtitles in my case. Can I host it until I get a DMCA notice? Or can I not even host it? Can copyright holders cause trouble without first filing a DMCA notice? Most creators wouldn't ...
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Would hiding a footer (with copyright information) on a website template be legal?

Let's say that I decide to create a website template that users can download for free or purchase a license. The free version includes a footer on the sidebar that includes something like: © ...
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Can I put a copyright notice on modified open source files?

I have a software project which is essentially a heavily modified piece of open source software. I'm wanting to add copyright notices to the file headers to protect my work, as it is possible for ...
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Can I monetize a Pokemon themed App in Google Store [closed]

I have created a Pokemon themed app , and I'm going to upload it to Google Store but I have some doubts. I have two versions of the app , one free and another "premium" which costs 2$ , also ...
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Using pictures from Wikimedia commons?

I'm writing a book (script for students) about art that will be published. I have a lot of images from Wikimedia Commons (photos of sculptures,...). Most of them are licenced so that "You must ...
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How can Nintendo cartoon Captain N use video game characters owned by different companies without those companies appearing in the show's copyright?

Captain N was a late 80s cartoon which uses characters and settings from several games that are playable on the Nintendo Entertainment System console. Some of these are Nintendo owned, but there is a ...
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Usage rights for a composition that later turned out to be plagiarism

If an artist makes a composition and later turns out to be a plagiarism from another, who bought the rights, or perhaps used it because it was released under creative commons, will it have ...
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Using a website in an app under different name

In mobile development, you can embed a webpage in your app as part of the app. Now someone has asked me to embed a certain webpage from a website which offers a panel (which you have to buy) to their ...
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Copyright statement with domain name

I am curious is there any legal force in a statement like Copyright (c) MyDomain.com. In other words, the copyright holder is a domain name or the owner of the domain.
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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 remove and ignore a valid response for copyright infringement notice in the EU?

There is a Hungarian non-profit organization in the EU, which has a website. One of the members posted an article on that website and use a copyrighted image as an illustration. The image was ...
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Copyright notice year date after small revision?

We produce a Swedish boardgame in Sweden for the Swedish market, which includes a 4 page leaflet describing the game rules. This was originally published in 2008. We are now producing a new batch, and ...
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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 under GPL). ...
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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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DMCA Takedown and counter notice when service provider

There's something I have trouble understanding. My app is considered a service provider and registered with copyright.gov Some time ago someone found some copyrighted work and filed a DMCA notice to ...
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Can copyright of a book be extended by the authors relatives?

The book in question is Dale Carnegie's "How to Win Friends and Influence People". This is a screenshot taken from the amazon listing of the book: https://i.stack.imgur.com/TRRLA.png This is ...