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Are the Walk of Fame costume performers legal?

I recently learned that there are many people (arguably "struggling actors" or possibly just homeless) who dress up in costumes around Hollywood Boulevard to take pictures with tourists for ...
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Technical Standards and Papers - Can the equations be copyrighted

This question is very similar to Licensing Issues of Methods for software and Copyright of technical standards however, the answers are, likely quite rightly unclear as it may depend on a specific ...
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Is hosting copyrighted 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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Can I sell a computer game that is based on a real board game?

As a group of friends we started coding a computer game based on a board game called A (insert a board game, like monopoly). There are already digital forms of the game around made by the original ...
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Is it copyright infringement to transcribe text from a math textbook and show it to people

If I take a math textbook and transcribe some of its text to obtain a pdf copy, is this copyright infringement? Would I be able to show my transcribed pdf copy to other people or post it online? ...
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Copyright on building renovations

Prompted by David Siegel's answer, specifically his final sentence: if a building is old enough that it is not protected by copyright, there is no protection. Would this apply when the building has ...
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Can photographs of landmark properties be used commercially?

Can photographs of historic landmarks be used commercially? For example, let's say a bank used a picture of Marble House in Newport RI in advertisements of their banking services. Could the trustees ...
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How can Heroes of Might and Magic 3 feature Beholders when the same thing was banned from Tibia by Wizards of the Coast?

Facts that I managed to find: Heroes of Might and Magic 3 features beholders (a monster in the Dungeon town), a flying brain-like blob with multiple eyestalks and one large center eye that shoots ...
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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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If I have posted my own “homebrew” content on RPG.SE, and plan to publish it (after revising based on feedback), what credits am I required to give?

I have posted numerous homebrew features on Role-playing Games Stack Exchange, and I have used advice gotten from that site to balance most of them. If, one day, I publish the subclass, would I be ...
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What laws should I be aware of if I were to start a business scraping profile content from a website and using this content to build another website?

The idea is to build websites for people (in the UK (at least to start with)) using content that they have uploaded to another website. I will cold-call them, ask them if they would like a website and ...
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Can I produce or write my own recipe book based on what my action in cooking using other's recipe book or online?

I have done my research but the stack exchange provides no further answer that I needed. My research is as follows: A StackExchange user comments Selection and ordering of the recipes could be a "...
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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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Is there a legal obligation for a webhost to attain the identity of a DMCA takedown's issuer?

There has been a rash of false DMCA take-downs affecting artists on Twitter, in conjunction with emails from the attacker offering to stop issuing the take-downs if given a ransom payment in bitcoin. ...
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Can I use logos of companies and products on my social network-like website? [duplicate]

I'm planning on creating a website for communities around specific products and companies (like a subreddit or a FB page for a product) Q - Can I use publicly available logos on pages for these ...
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Copyright in Origami

I'm trying to find any US case law addressing the issue of copyright in origami patterns. Copyright itself does not protect functionality, methods, processes, etc.; and the merger doctrine of ...
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Someone took a picture of me with my camera, at my request. Who owns the copyright? [duplicate]

I am digitally archiving photographs taken by my deceased relative. Most of the time it is clear they took the pictures, but once in a while in a film roll there is a picture of the relative, clearly ...
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Could Apple legally steal a leaked design and claim it as their own?

Almost every year, millions wait in anticipation to hear about what new products will be announced during Apple's scheduled launch events. Weeks and days before, the press publishes photos obtained ...
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If a copyrighted article is published in a copyrighted platform, then who own the copyright?

For example, this article Law and Ideology is posted in the platform Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. In the bottom of the article it cites: Copyright © 2019 by Christine Sypnowich christine....
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Can I use Football Team Names and Logos on my website [duplicate]

I have recently uploaded my 3rd year project about creating a premier league refereeing website. I've had quite a lot of fun developing it and I want to develop this further outside of the university ...
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Using copyrighted content as a profile image in the European Union

In online communities such as the StackExchange network, many people use images of their favorite movie or comic characters as profile images/avatars. In the US, this is apparently legal due to the &...
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How risky is modifying the logos of social media sites?

A lot of websites have social media buttons, which allows users to share the page on various sites. These buttons use the logos of these sites. Most social media sites don't allow third parties to ...
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Is it allowed to use an Apple/Google logo on an QR code linking to their app stores?

Typically, online you have got badges with links to app stores. However, in print media it makes sense to use QR code. But then, if you have two QR codes, one for Apple and one for Google, they will ...
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Reusing copyrighted content (science/EU)

This question is similar to Can taking notes violate copyright? Is taking notes copyright infringement? However, I seek an answer in the context of the laws of the European Union (not, necessarily, ...
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Does volunteer photographer own copyright?

An amateur photographer at a scenic rest stop sees a couple trying to compose a decent photo of themselves with the beautiful river in the background. This happens so often that as he approaches ...
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Would this be infringement?

Would a journalist who copied another journalist's work substantially be accused of copyright infringement? Are journalists able to use the 'fair dealing' as per U.K. law to make use of one's work ...
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Does something have to be original to be a work?

I've read the multiple definitions of 'originality' regarding copyright, and I am still not convinced whether something has to be a work first for it to classify as possibly an original one if that's ...
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Licence for Windows API

Is a licence required for calling operating system functions provided by Windows or calling its kernel? Is any licence required to use dll files of win API (linking but not distributing)? If yes, what ...
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Idea-expression dichotomy

Would it lead to copyright protection if one were to record someone's speech, a speech in which the most half-baked ideas are advanced with such conviction that the general public takes them seriously?...
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Can you post a picture in your business to embarrass or defame a customer?

I paid a debt to the late husband of a woman who now owns the local hardware store. Without talking to me about the debt, she posted my photograph of me that she copied off my Facebook account. She ...
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Using lyrics in an app to learn languages

I am working on an app to learn languages, and beside the usual texts, dialogues, and lists of words, I was thinking to include also written lyrics of famous songs, to help the users practicing the ...
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Is a work copyrighted on fixation or publication? What's the difference? How is it proved?

This is in part a followup to this comment in which a user wrote: “fixation” broadly depends on publication. How else d’you think fixation is established? In a later comment the same user wrote: In ...
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Are exercises in language books copyrighted?

Good afternoon, I am working on a language app to learn languages, and I was thinking to include sentences and dialogues for the users to practice their languages.
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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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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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Can I use the government's seals and logos without its permission?

Is it permissible to use a governmental seal for editorial purposes in a magazine? For example, in a news story about the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, could I use ATF's logo to accompany ...
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Can I post on Twitter a stock photo without paying?

Found a cool image: https://www.gettyimages.co.uk/detail/photo/urban-crowds-of-people-from-above-royalty-free-image/1180113568 There are many jurisdictions: Twitter jurisdiction Getty Images ...
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Examples for songs copyright violation

it looks like you have to learn from examples of what constitutes copyright violation when sampling someone else's tune for example in a hip hop song (or even in a rap song). I used search engine ...
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Is caching copyrighted content illegal in EU?

I found this question and this article on wiki about copyright aspects in EU. However they don't talk about caching (I found only this for US). Imagine the scenario where there's a service/website ...
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Creative Commons ShareALike LaTeX template

I am writing a book in LaTeX. I am using a LaTeX template that has a Creative Commons NonCommercial ShareALike license (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0). I would like my ebook (pdf and epub formats) to have the ...
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My employee used someone else's work. Am I liable?

Suppose that an employer has hired a work-for-hire employee who was directed to produce some work for the employer. It was clearly stated in their contract that everything submitted by the employee ...
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Can an operating system make terms for apps that run on it, or can third parties do the same?

This is in continuation to the question here :If an app is built on a GPL Operating System must it also be GPL? Say a user is using a default calendar app and the operating system provides an inbuit ...
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Is loading assets from another game's install folder copyright infringement?

Suppose I make a video game which uses assets from another game. The assets are however not included, but rather obtained by loading them from the other game's install folder (the player needs to have ...
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Does selling game hacks based on personal user agreement is legal?

There are so many websites who sell the game hacks and game companies never sue them for that("because they have their own terms and conditions - that's what I think basically"). So if I sell hacks ...
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What legal rights does ownership of music grant me?

I am looking into music distribution service called TuneCore and can see the following in the terms of music distribution: (b) By clicking the “I Agree” button, you irrevocably grant to Company, ...
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Legality of dual use software that could help with games

Say I have tremors, and I edit my GPL mouse driver to use image analysis to identify icons on the screen that I am trying to click on, and click on them for me, similar to a snap to grid functionality....
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What if a copyright registration service goes bust?

When I create a song I immediately upload it to dropbox. That way I can make sure I can recover it if my hard drive is failing (as i don't have redundancy) but also to show I have a tangible form of ...
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How similar should a tune be to constitute theft of someone else's tune?

i am a composer of hip hop songs. As opposed to rap songs, hip hop songs are very melodic by nature. now sometimes i get inspired by someone else's tune, or write my own tune and then find out ...
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When to publish my song

When i work on a song i usually start with the beat. I then add some lyrics and change their melodic composition until it fits with the beat. i then do improvement, for example try singing like a girl ...
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Music- what if I move or cancel distribution service

Suppose a songwriter wants to use a distribution service to push songs to spotify. From reviews on YouTube all of the distributors (ditto, distro kid, ccd babe etc.) they all have their influencers ...

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