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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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Does utilizing “copyleft” programs like git and gcc imply that the output has to be under the same license?

GPL v2.0 states the following as git's license: b) You must cause any work that you distribute or publish, that in whole or in part contains or is derived from the Program or any part thereof, to ...
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What is the meaning of 'the rights reverted to the author of the book in 1951'?

I am trying to show some illustrations and pictures from the pages of a 1931 book in my YouTube educational video. The author is dead with no known living descendants. A scanned copy of the book can ...
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Is lending a physical PS or Xbox disc protected under the first-sale doctrine?

If I wanted to share or sell my used games (original disc) is it legal?
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Does the “70 years after death” rule always apply unconditionally?

Let's say I've found an image of artwork online and I know who the creator of the original artwork was, and I know that the creator died more than 70 years ago. Can I be 100% cetrain that the image ...
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Is it work-for-hire if the hirer doesn't own copyright on collective work?

Per https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Work_for_hire#Law_in_the_United_States, work done by an an independent contractor may qualify under work-for-hire if it's a contribution to a collective work. But ...
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Particular Copyright Transfer Agreement - dubious or clear?

Could anyone please help me to understand a few rather confusing moments in one particular Copyright Transfer Agreement? The said Agreement is issued by the Journal of Materials Research and can be ...
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Could GitHub change its ToS to change ownership over the code?

During an online discussion about the possible steps MS might take after acquiring GitHub, the other user suggested that MS could change the ToS so that they become the owners of the code. So ...
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Copyright and derivative works

This question relates to images published in academic journals. I recently had two requests from doctoral students who want to use diagrams I published in their theses. In at least one case, probably ...
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Will 28th-year copyright renewal by an assignee be locate-able based on the original registration?

I'm attempting to demonstrate that a film registered in 1947 did not have its copyright renewed by the registrant in its 28th year, and thus would have fallen out of copyright and become public domain ...
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How do I split the copyright from my employer?

I have gotten permission from my employer to publish a project of mine as open source, but I have the opposite problem from this question—my employer doesn't want their name associated with the open-...
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Can I use a sports car in my TV commercial

Can I use a sports car in my TV commercial without asking the manufacrturers permission if I cover up the brand logo ?
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Can I get user submissions on a website and ask that user to post it on my website?

I'm planning to write an automated tool that will get some informations about a service being sold on auctions sites and send an email to the owner of the website to ask if he wants to also post on my ...
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Book out of print - copyright?

I wrote a math book and published it with a publishing company in Germany. It went out of print after 12 years. The company still holds the rights and does not allow anybody to print or publish it. I ...
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Song titles and copyrights

As the copyright owner of a song, can another artist decide to change its title? Or should that be open to change by a performer who wants to perform the song?
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Copyright breach – how close can I go?

Recently I was working on usability for a web applicatioin (which I'm not allowed to share :( and the UI ended up looking just like the Gmail. Would there be any copyrights issue if I churn out ...
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Can copyright “exploitation rights” be sold?

Someone recently explained to be that copyright cannot be sold, only the exploitation rights can. Even if they are exclusive and indefinite. Is this the case, or can you still copyright?
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Paid Music Collaboration, Assignment of Copyright

My wife (a violinist) is recording an album and paying a musician to play the piano improvisationally, as she described what she wanted, and to protect her rights to distribute and earn money from the ...
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Can a 15 year old transfer copyright?

I have an artist working on some things for me and I've just found out that they are 15. In the UK, can a 15 year old legally sign over copyright to another person? The assumptions made by me are 1....
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Moral rights / attribution for software written for a company

I understand that software written during a employment/contract with a Company belongs to said Company (e.g. they hold the copyright to software source code and other IP produced during the course of ...
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Would ripping DVDs for individuals violates the copyright law?

I have the following scenario: A friend of mine asked me to rip a few DVDs that he has and he wants me to place the digital asset (video) on the cloud and asked to give him all the rights to play it ...
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Can you duplicate copyright for a copyright transfer?

Normally, when you do a copyright transfer, you're no longer the holder of the copyright, and thus cannot make a copyright claim (in other words, cannot assert copyright in the source code; but can ...