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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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US Copyright Status of Software Source Code Created Prior to 1980?

I've been unable to find an answer to this even after doing extensive searching and I'm pretty good at searching if I do say so myself. Does US copyright apply to software source code which has been ...
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Is it legal to create an online video course based on a book?

I read a great book about programming and I want to create an online video course based on it. Essentially, "convert" it into a video format by explaining the things I understood in my own words, but ...
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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?

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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Can a child release his own work into e.g. the public domain?

I (15 years old; living in Germany) write software now for ~four years and wondered whether I can release it into the public domain or under some free software license without having to ask somebody. ...
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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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Can companies use code that I wrote during a coding interview in their products?

Suppose a company's programmers are struggling to code a portion of a complex program. HR orders the questions of an upcoming interview to be replaced with that of the unfinished complex program. It ...
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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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Can the use of trademarked and/or copyrighted logos in a game be lawful?

Can a software application lawfully include and display trademarked and/or copyrighted logos, when they are used as, for example, part of a Bingo-like "spotting" game, without permission ...
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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 this copyright infringement? Is it fair use? What if I don't make any money off it?

If someone were hypothetically working on a project that required them to incorporate copies of a copyrighted work (music, movies, books, etc.), how would they know if it would be considered fair use? ...
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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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What is the copyright status of game screenshots?

Game art is under copyright of the designer or their company. When I play the game and take a screenshot, whose is the copyright? Mine, because I played the game to that point and created the ...
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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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Questions about real people and fictional characters in novels

I was wondering if any legal experts can give me any advice about how much freedom a writer has to refer to real people and places in a fictional work and in what situations it's best to get ...
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Unknown photographer copyright

I buy a lot of old photos off of ebay. Most of these photos are photos of ships, and date back to the early 1900s or sooner. These are not photos taken by a professional photographer. These are one-of-...
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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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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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Why are there so many YouTube to MP4 and MP3 download websites online when it is illegal?

If it is illegal to download videos and audios from YouTube due to copyright reasons, why are there so many YouTube to MP4 and MP3 download websites online? For example, https://freevideotomp3.com/, ...
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What are the guidelines for making a product image for a branded product? Would it be copyright infringement to have them in the picture? [closed]

I was just wondering as I wanted to add different products to my online store, and I was going to make some markups for the products. If I could use to any extent a branded product in them, an example ...
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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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Is there any protocol for a legally adequate restriction of distribution of intellectual property that goes beyond fair use in copyright law?

To explain the train of thought: there is a risk that existing laws can be used as tools to enable fraud. Let's suppose that there is some legally required disclosure of information, and that the ...
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Can I release someone else's work under Creative Commons or some other license, if it's fair use?

Let's say a website has some content. You can take a small amount, what would usually constitute fair use, and incorporate it into a larger work. You know put this under a Creative Commons license or ...
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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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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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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 browser cache not count as copyright infringement?

My browser is saving a copy of the web pages I visit on my computer. How is that not copyright infringement? in this answer I read: I would hazard a guess that displaying an HTML webpage online is ...
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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 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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Use-wrap contract formation for locally-run licensed software

In this answer, the Microsoft Windows license agreement is describe as having a sort of use-wrap method of action, where using Microsoft Windows creates an agreement between you and Microsoft because ...
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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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National Parks Trademarks / Copyright

I would like to create a stamp collection book/journal about National Parks, and one would be about U.S. National Parks. Am I infringing any copyright or trademarks if I list the U.S. National Parks? ...
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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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Library of babel image archives. Copyright and illegal images?

I just learned about the library of babel image archives. It works exactly like the version with the books. There are all possible images with that specific size available. For the copyright part, I ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Consequential damages for copyright infringement?

Many software license agreements (or even terms of sale for physical copies) include prohibitions on reverse engineering as a condition. If I legitimately purchase and install and use the software, I ...

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