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Is blurring a watermark on a video clip a violation of copyright law, or is it legal?

We own a list channel on YouTube, we make videos such as “7 Biggest Houses in the World” everything is under fair use (we have a voiceover over the clips and we use minimal footage as possible) and ...
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Can one use already said sentences as examples on a language lesson?

Suppose I teach English (at school or I'm a private teacher, or I'm writing a book, or I'm creating an app - the point is that people pay me). In my teaching materials I give examples of correct ...
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Using Images from the Web for personal use

I would like to include images from the web on my personal website(non-profit & non-commercial use), how do I say that the images are not mine and they belong to their respective owners? does this ...
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What are legal risks/consequences of buying cheap software licenses from ebay/aliexpress

I was disputing with one person about buying software licenses. For example, on ebay/aliexpress there are offers to buy Microsoft Office for 2 USD or Adobe PhotoShop for 3 USD. For me, it cannot be ...
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How do these no name companies get rights to use copyrighted characters?

I see ads for these companies all the time, they seem like tiny companies and all they have going for them is that they make use of major copyrighted characters in their products. Examples: https://...
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Can the copyright status for unreleased musical work expire

This may be an iterative of a common question, though I feel the specific scenario justifies asking. Is there an established guideline regarding the longevity of copyright protection status for an ...
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Does copyright law apply if I download films in Iran?

I live at Iran. I would like to know if downloading films, like Hollywood films, via internet is illegal, if I don't pay money to the owner? I'm asking because I read this: Iran's copyright law does ...
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Does section 230 protect users who distribute pirated content?

From my non-lawyer reading, it seems the prime protection in section 230 is clause (c)(1): (1)Treatment of publisher or speaker No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated ...
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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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Is it allowed to show Pinterest images that I used as a reference, in a video about my art creation process? [closed]

I use Pinterest images as an inspirational reference while creating my art (3D, AR Filters, etc.). I'm going to record a video of my work process, and possibly monetise this video on youtube. Which ...
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Are chess games copyrighted?

First and foremost, I've already done some research regarding my question - web pages including, but not limited to the following ones, weren't able to answer my question to it's full extent: https://...
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Are there any AGPL-style licences that require source code modifications to be public?

So my understanding of the AGPL, is that it requires modifications to be distributed to the users of the network service, but I'm looking for a licence that would require any modifications (non-...
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Should I worry about code plagiarism if it's my code?

If I wrote a code by myself, which I know is my code because I myself have thought about the logic and code while developing it. But if the same logic and code was thought by somebody else and is used ...
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What are the rights of the software owners if their software is used to make money?

Let's assume that I have an iPhone and I tell how to use it (e.g. how an app is downloaded, how a photo is taken), I mention about its functions, features (e.g. how a contact is created, how Wi-Fi is ...
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How can a website operator be protected from copyright claims

Suppose that a person creates a website where the users can upload text (eBooks). There is no obvious way to be sure that users own the copyright to text that they upload. Assume that the website is ...
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Does copyright law extend to ideas expressed in movies?

My main question is in regards to ideas expressed in movies, but which are not fully explored. For example, if a science fiction movie presents a race which has a particular habit or nuance which is ...
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Is it legal to print pirated pdfs?

I mean if someone pirated some books and print them and then sold them to us (without informing us that these books were pirated printed books), is there any lawsuit threatening us?
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Licenses similar to CC BY-NC-SA and CC BY-NC-ND, but for software [migrated]

The creative commons licenses state explicitly that they should not be used for software. What alternatives exists for CC BY-NC-SA and CC BY-NC-ND suitable for software that is published on the ...
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Adapting the US FLAG for subversive activities [duplicate]

I have noticed more and more black and white American flags with blue lines in a black and white field using OUR copyrighted AMERICAN FLAG? Some have hideous comic skulls included. Plus some now being ...
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If I don’t profit in any way and have disclaimers, can I use Pokémon names in my app?

Suppose a developer creates a simplistic web-based educational game that uses Pokémon names, but not images. It has a similar battle style to the old Gameboy games, but all the images are original. If ...
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Can I use a Public Domain work commercially, if I extracted data from a Non-Commercial use digital copy

There is a number of digital libraries such as Europeana, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, Kramerius, Polona and so forth. Each offers a large colletion of digitized books. Many of these books are ...
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Can I use my Stack Overflow profile to release the contents of my questions and answers under a secondary license?

As I understand, when I post something on Stack Overflow (or other Stack Exchange sites), I have copyright on the contents of the post and I've licensed significant redistribution and re-licensing ...
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If my app is published in multiple countries, which jurisdiction does it fall under? [duplicate]

If I submit my app to Korean Appstore, but if it's also published in other countries' appstores as well (US, Japan, Mexico, etc), which country's jurisdiction does my app fall under? If it falls under ...
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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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Software license for non-commerical reproducible research [migrated]

I am a researcher at a university with a guest status. I am not employed though and the work I do is my own. The software I develop belongs to me. For reproducible research I want to publish some of ...
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Is it allowed to ignore copyright claimed over an exact reprint of a public domain work?

The question is general, but I will explain it with a specific example I am currently facing. In 1890, a book was published in Germany. Its author died in 1915. According to my understanding of ...
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Can I add software logos in my video?

I make a video about the AR filter that I created, showing my work process. Can I add logos of the applications that I used in this video? And is there any official source fo these logos, or can I ...
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What are the license/legal requirements to write a guidebook about a specific product?

As the title says. I'm writing guide and reference books (Amazon short-reads) aimed at people who aren't tech-savvy with the goal of improving their tech literacy. I've seen books like the one linked ...
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Can a work based on a public domain work be released somewhere the original work is not public domain yet?

So, in Europe, works written by authors who died in 1950 will enter the public domain, including things like 1984 and Animal Farm, whose author, George Orwell, died in 1950. However, since they were ...
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Trading Card Database - Copyright Infringement or Fair Use?

I would like to create a text-only database for collectible trading card games. The database would contain card names, ability text, flavor text, etc. Images would not be included. This project would ...
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Can I use a picture of a car for an album cover?

Assume I want to use a picture from unsplash of an old Dodge pickup for an album cover. Can I use the picture without infringing on the car designer’s copyright? Would I need to obscure branding or ...
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Can I use photos of cars in promotional material if the photos come from unsplash and pexel? [duplicate]

I run a Shopify store, and I'm creating promotional material for social media accounts. I want to use photos of cars that match the color schemes of my products. The photos are free and come from ...
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Can fonts be used commercially?

If a font comes installed on your computer can you use it commercially? If you use the font do you need to say what font it is? Are fonts copyrighted? (Am I using font wrong? Am I talking about a ...
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Brands in a picture [closed]

Is it legal to sell something that uses another brand in a picture. For example I want sell t-shirt and use magazine in the secenary, like a props in the pictures. Is possible? Thanks a lot in advance....
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What is the difference between typeface derivative works and a “document created using the font”

I like the Humor Sans font and have been using it to create infographics. These are png/jpg files and do not contain information about the font typeface, nor do they contain any of the source code of ...
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Does making a mobile app using textures/content from a video game violate copyright?

I would like to make an Android app which replicates a puzzle board game played as a small side feature within a popular action video game. Am I allowed to create such an Android game with the same ...
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Creating a cover song for a video game

Based on some cursory internet searches, I understand the following: If you create a cover song, you still need a license for it from whoever owns the original song. If you want to put a song in a ...
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How does Google and other websites avoid infringing on 3rd party copyrights for displaying images for 'commercial' purposes?

I really hope someone would be able to clear things up, because this question has been bugging me for a long time now. Google Images (and frequently Google Search as well) shows images associated with ...
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Where to find the Vatican copyright law?

This article writes about the current copyright law in the Vatican City State. It claims there is a new law from March 19, 2011, no. CXXXII. Where can I find this law? According to this Vatican ...
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May I show a printed circuit board of a device on the internet?

Do I need a permission to show pictures of a printed circuit board of a device (consumer electronics) on my personal blog? I would like to show how certain modifications to the product can be made. I ...
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Copyright in video games

I noticed in Assassin's Creed : Odyssey that they implemented a feature very similar to Shadow of Mordor's nemesis with mercenaries . By that I mean automatically and randomly generated ennemies with ...
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Do you automatically own half the IP created by your spouse?

https://twitter.com/richgel999/status/1334061416433807360 This Twitter thread raised an idea I'd never heard before: that in a marriage intellectual property is jointly owned by the spouses, which ...
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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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Yacht Rock and the Intellectual Property Rights of Work Trademarked by a Second Party

So I'm curious about the legal standing of an IP trademark owned by a party that did not originate the concept, but which is using it, potentially to the detriment of the original work, to suppress ...
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EULA requiring app users to surrender rights to media they didn't upload?

This seems like a silly question to me, and only a hypothetical at the moment, but I needed to ask! It's specific to United States copyright law, just to be clear. Let's say an app author builds a ...
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What license considerations are there when reproducing Soviet art?

I've found some impressive Soviet propaganda posters and I intend to have them printed and hanged in the living room. This is for personal use but it got me thinking. Let's assume I wanted to start a ...
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Is Van Gogh's Starry Night in the public domain?

The image I am talking about is here: The Wikimedia page indicates that: This work is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the ...
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Can I edit a (copyrighted) logo to use for my website?

I've made a website that notifies users when an item on another site (lets call it source site) is on special (the source site does have this feature, but it doesn't work well). For the logo for my ...
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Are there any licensing rules regarding code samples that I could include in my book?

I'm thinking to write a book where I could need to use some code samples regarding a proprietary software (SAS in particular). So my question is, should I pay something to the software owner just for ...
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Using photos from another website to sell merchandise

Under what conditions is using some other brand's logos and pictures on a commercial website allowed? Could I use, for example, a picture of a Dell computer (taken from their website) of a given model ...

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