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If Google wins Google v. Oracle America then would creating API compatible software clones be legal?

As of this writing, the Google v. Oracle America case over some of the Java APIs is set for argument on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 in the US Supreme court. If Google wins the case will that mean that ...
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Is it illegal if someone posts a photo of me that was taken by their front doorbell without me knowing?

I was given an address from someone who owes me money. I went to the address and rung the door bell, a lady answered the door. I asked if Tom was there, she replied no and no Tom lives here. I ...
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Using Other People's Recipes In a Video?

I want to take other people's published recipes and then make a video out of them. So, say I find a recipe on some food blog or a different YouTube video, I want to take the recipe and record my own ...
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Does EU/US copyright law follows its citizens wherever they go?

Abby lives in the European Union or United States. Abby visits Ben in Country X, which has no copyright laws. Ben has a copy of a movie that is protected under the copyright laws of Abby's home ...
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Can information posted without a license and meant to be spread be assumed to allow commercial use?

Our organization has a cyber threat intelligence server, which we use commercially. There are a number of feeds posted by various organizations or individuals which contain things like malicious IPs, ...
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Commercial use of the movies/shows subtitles

I want to develop an application where users in some way can see subtitles for a movie/show. There are two key points: Users won't be able to download subtitles for any movie Users even won't be able ...
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Can you legally reconstruct public domain content from copyrighted works based on public domain works?

On Worldbuilding Stack Exchange, I described a scenario where Beethoven's 10th Symphony was discovered (in sheet music form). Beethoven is long dead, so the symphony is public domain (to my ...
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D&D Manual Copyright

I'm working on a program for D&D enthusiasts that helps dungeon masters keep track of their characters and streamline battles. I want to transcribe the all the monster data in the Monster Manual ...
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How far does parody go in copyright laws in Canada?

I'm wondering how far does parody go in Canadian copyright act? Is copying someone else's open source code and modifying it then protecting it considered as infringement? The code is from a ...
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Social media posts ownership: US Copyright Office

The US Copyright Office recently introduced in August 2020 the option of copyrighting "short online literary works such as blog entries, social media posts, and short online articles" https:/...
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How can I be safe to use existing exercises without running in copyright issues?

I want to create a mobile app which offers exercises routines. To create them I made some research and combine found exercises in an order which fits in my opinion. I only use publicly available ...
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Implications of including copyright notice from other work

I'm writing a book largely based on a OASIS open standard. I assume this would constitute derivative work. I wondering about the following phrasing in the copyright. The document(s) and translations ...
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Steps necessary to protect my ideas if I am to offer them to a certain network company in another country?

so I have seen similar questions but they were asking about ideas of products or inventions. I have some ideas that I think might get some related people interested in them. lets say My ideas are in ...
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Is Including a Watermark in Content a Form of Copyright Infringement?

About 10 years ago, I uploaded a video to Youtube that I presume was created with a presumably free video editor that left a Watermark in the video. I know a copyright claim being filed is unlikely, ...
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Can I use word list from a book which I purchased to publish a word game book?

I have purchased a book which contains multiple lists of English vocabulary words. The book as a whole is copyrighted. The word lists contains around 1000 words each.I wish to publish a word game(say ...
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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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Copyright ownership rights of modified software

Say that I buy a ready-built marketplace platform that is a script sold on codecanyon, re-make that platform more than 60%, and basically make it work entirely different than what it was originally. ...
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Who owns the work created on freelance platforms like Fiverr?

Imagine this scenario: I go on Fiverr and hire an artist to create a piece of artwork for me. Everything went well, the artist created the piece, I'm happy with it and I paid for it. Now, who owns the ...
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Does a performer have a responsibility to acertain copyright permission?

Hypothetical: You are a top-flight vocal performer with numerous recordings, concerts and theatrical roles. You are hired to perform as live entertainment at a major event (political convention, ...
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Can textbook questions be quoted in the source code of an open source project?

The specific case I am referring to is here: https://github.com/dharmatech/Symbolism#examples. I am considering following suit and quote textbook questions which act as test cases in my own open ...
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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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Free english content, translation rights and fan translation

An editor published a free scenario for a role-playing game. The French editor possesses the translation rights for all the content of the game, free content included. Is it possible for the French ...
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A legal payment for a product, but obtaining it at illegal place

I'm in the US, and I was looking for the legal ways to watch English Premier League. Unfortunately, most of the legal streaming services do not support Linux, and I have a Linux. Technically, I could ...
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Can a photo that contains a trademark be used by a political campaign?

There's a current kerfuffle regarding a campaign photo used by the Biden campaign. The photo shows the logo for the Washington Redskins in the original photo but removed in the photo displayed on CNN....
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If a (US-based) website repeatedly allows users to post my copyrighted material what legal actions can I take?

I'm a university lecturer in Australia teaching mathematics. I produce question sheets for my students. It takes significant effort to produce high-quality questions. These question sheets are ...
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Writing theater play based on a movie (translated)

I am written a theater play based on a hollywood movie. I am from Bulgaria so I have wrote my play based on a transaction from the original movie script. My question is to whom I have to write if I ...
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How can a different company make a sequel if the original game company goes bankrupt?

Say a game company goes bankrupt but another company wants to make a sequel. Is it possible for the other company to obtain rights to make a sequel? Who would they even contact about this?
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Legality of second-hand selling and swapping [closed]

I was wondering if there are any restrictions in some parts of the world to sell second-hand/share items such as books/CDs due to copyright/intellectual properties? I'm asking because I know that in ...
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Can music publishers/agents demand service fees for compulsory copyright licenses

By my reading of the compulsory copyright licensing rules, if I want to record a cover of a song and sell one copy of it, I would need to obtain a license, but if I send in a proper notice along with ...
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Can i apply for patent for my game?

I am an Individual developer.I am making a game.I like to know can i apply for patent or is there any way to protect that game concept/idea,So that if any other developer or company wants to use that ...
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Should I ask author/publisher for permission if I want to create a free game out of the book?

I want to create a free and open-source (licensed with GNU (A)GPL v3) using the plot and maybe the title of the book. I won't sell it and will have no income from it. I have some questions: Should I ...
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Legal issues with using 30 seconds of a song in an app for users to make a video with? [duplicate]

In an app, I am planning on adding a feature so that you can add music to a video. I plan on offering popular music (e.g. a Justin Bieber song..) but only a select 30 seconds from it. After selecting ...
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How does Bing get away with showing Youtube videos on its own site?

Bing shows Youtube videos directly on its own page instead of sending the traffic to Youtube. How do they get away with copyright etc? Do you have legal support by only writing who uploaded it and ...
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Amazon just announced today that they are coming out with a Sports/Fitness tracker and calling it HALO

Does this mean that Microsoft is allowing use of their HALO trademark for this purpose if they don't defend it?. Many companies have coveted the use of the name HALO for their products and have ...
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Is there case law supporting the view that literary themes are protected by copyright?

(I am not certain that "literary theme is the technically correct term: my question is contain in the body of the question). It is standard legal knowledge that copyright law protects expression ...
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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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Would a website that catalogs every possible sequence of letters violate copyright?

Suppose I created a website that cataloged every possible sequence of letters in order. You would start with the letter "a", could swipe right to read "b", and further to find &...
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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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Could a programmer use the code that they made for another company?

If someone made a piece of software for another company but never gave away the intellectual property rights or signed anything, could they use that code in other similar software? Could they sell it?...
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Are animated GIFs Recognised as videos or images in court?

When settling legal disputes about copyrighted GIFs (or apngs webps etc) are they recognised by the court as videos or images (Or does it make no difference)? It's worth mentioning that they are (in ...
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Is it trademark infringement if you put the word 'the' in front? [closed]

There is a trademarked company by the name "good vibe tribe", registered for "Hosting an online community web site featuring the bringing of people together for the common good and ...
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How to get legal confirmation that a book is not copyrighted?

Check if a book is in the public domain? asks how one can research whether a book has fallen in the public domain. Is there a way to go one step further, to protect oneself, either getting some ...
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“Etsy” plans as download - license, restrictions?

"Etsy" is an online platform designed to allow individuals to sell models via a standardized platform. Some sellers off downloadable files, containing plans to recreate those models. Example, rubber ...
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Copyright laws on music instrumental tracks?

First off, I know very little about the law whatsoever - so please bear with me on this one! :) In my spare time, I've being making instrumental accompaniments to some of my favourites musicals and ...
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Misidentified Copyright Takedown [closed]

I'm a full time youtuber and I recently received a copyright takedown that I am 99.9% sure is either a mistake or outright fraud. I went through youtube's system to dispute the claim, but it was ...
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Copyright Infringement Guide [closed]

I'm thinking of making a website that explains about games (walkthroughs, level-passing guide, etc.) which will include screenshots and the game content. Will these violate some kinds of copyright ...
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Section 2870 of the California Labor Code - Can former employer claim ownership of former employee's project?

Silicon Valley tech companies in California require employees to sign a contract that assigns all inventions to the employer. The only protection employees have are in the form of Section 2870 of the ...
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Can I display my photo of a subject protected by intellectual property laws?

EDIT: the suggested duplicate: a) Refers to the UK. b) Only addresses one issue I mentioned. c) Perhaps wrong/misleading (at least in the US) - From the USPTO site: "To support a trademark ...

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