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Does public domain have international limits?

I've read that the length of time required for a copyright to expire can vary from country to country. If a country were to hypothetically set the length of time for a copyright to expire (and thus ...
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Using screen recording of client's products in promotion

I work at a company that creates software that developers use in their frontend. We have a free and open source version of our software and a paid, non-open-source version. It is easy to detect if a ...
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Google maps app layout copy is considered copyright infringement?

I don't know anything about copyright law so I figured I'll ask it here: I'm developing an app that uses Google Maps heavily, and I'm designing it to mimic Google maps' design and layout in a few ...
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Legal to make an app that organizes other people's youtube videos?

I'd like to make a mobile application that organizes youtube videos into groups, allowing the user to browse groups and watch videos. For example - I'd like to organize certain cooking videos (not ...
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Distributing (for free) defunct software with valid license

I'm thinking about creating and distributing for free a virtual image with Ubuntu that has installed the latest original software from a defunct software provider with valid (paid) licenses. From ...
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Is using a photo reference for pose fair use?

If I draw an imaginary character and use a photograph as reference for human body/pose, is that legal, copyright-wise? Let's say I change the hair and the face? I know it needs to be 80% different, ...
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Legality of creating a SE replica using SE's content

Due to the recent controversy(s) regarding StackExchange, a couple other users and I were discussing the legality of creating a copy of SE and scraping the content. If we did not copy SE's actual ...
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Limitations on using Text to Speech function on Google Cloud TTS API for creating audiobooks

Does anyone know if there are any limitations/restrictions on creating audiobooks using Google Cloud Text to Speech api? Of course I will be selling these audiobooks. Chris
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Trademark Public Domain Clipart

I was reading Can a company trademark a public domain name like "Arkham"? not sure if this is the same. I'm working as volunteer at OpenClipart.org, site that provide Public Domain vector ...
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Cases where a educational non-profit organization was successfully sued for violation of copyright/Fair Use (US)

I am looking for cases where a educational non-profit organization was successfully sued for violation of copyright/Fair Use (US). I am particularly interested in borderline cases (i.e. cases where ...
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Using a website in an app under different name

In mobile development, you can embed a webpage in your app as part of the app. Now someone has asked me to embed a certain webpage from a website which offers a panel (which you have to buy) to their ...
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Is a list of the most common English words copyrightable under US law?

I am currently interested in doing some research performing various measurements and algorithms on the most common words in the English language. I have found a few good word lists online that would ...
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Is rendering Markdown to HTML considered an “adaptation” under CC BY-SA 3.0?

Title pretty much sums it up. Are the rights given to adaptations granted if someone renders Markdown?
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French stance on intellectual property rights for content creatd by artificially intelligent entities

French intellectual property rights consider the "author" as the holder of intellectual property rights for their creation. Now, artificially intelligent, or creative, computers can generate content ...
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Can I use the logo of an ISO standard in an open document

In the frame of a European H2020 project, we are creating educational content for companies on the topic of energy efficiency in industry. The educational content will be made publicly available under ...
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Selling License Exceptions using CLA

I am working on an open-source software project in academia. It is currently licensed under a modified BSD-style license that allows only unmodified, non-commercial usage. We are currently considering ...
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Write song to the tune of a copyrighted song

my wife is considering writing (and selling) some childrens' books which will contain songs which are to the tune of various copyrighted songs (like the "Let It Go!" song from Disney's Frozen). She ...
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Is sending a modified encrypted file with the key being the original encrypted file legal?

I've got a little bit of a conundrum. I have created an animation that uses and contains a copyrighted game character model. I want to distribute this animation without breaching copyright. To attempt ...
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Help in interpreting “no commercial use” of the copyright

I have two questions concerning copyright. I need sometimes, to go to a website and listen to some sound samples to make a decision. If I then specify in a document the items in a contract, based on ...
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D&D Monsters and Copyright

We are making a college board game, and would like to know if we can use a few monsters from dnd to make our game. We don't use the same name as you do, just the images from online and the books.
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GM hood emblem replica

I want to make and sell a replica of a hood emblem for a 60-61 Chevy truck. My replica will be very close to the original but will not have any of the GM numbers on it, but the emblem is the Chevy "...
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I pay for a service, but I miss the broadcast

Say, I pay for a broadcasting service, and lets say due some circumstances I miss it. Does the original copyright (or the fact that it allowed me to watch it), allow me to source the content ...
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Selling old DVD-burned porno movies for less

Normally DVD movies involve a license with rights to the actresses and other people. In the late 80s a license was heavily protected mostly by stakeholders like Brazzers. So I bought a porn movie ...
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If I use CC-BY-SA image in a video, must the whole video be CC-BY-SA?

I would like to use an image from Wikipedia, licensed with Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike (CC-BY-SA) license, as a part of my video. The image would appear in its original form, possibly ...
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Is it legally OK to mirror the facebook, instagram and twitter posts of my account to my website while importing them?

0 I do social media with facebook, instagram and twitter. Now I want to mirror the posts of all the channels to my website in a central news wall. For this I nightly import the posts from the ...
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GPL-3.0's “Open-Sourceness”, Images and Image Formats

I took an SVG image from a set which is distributed under GPL-3.0 and used it as (a large) part of an icon I made to a software of mine, which is also distributed under GPL-3.0. So far, everything is ...
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Registering game studio

So I understand that the situation I'm enquiring about is probably quite unique, strange even but here goes: A conglomerate of strangers-come-friends on Discord have together to try and make/publish ...
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guidelines for using fragments of film within other film

I'm writing a screenplay where a character is obsessed with a movie, and I want to show him watching this movie three times, each scene includes a segment of about a 60 seconds. What would be the ...
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copyrighted midi files vs public domain midi files under public domain or creative commons

Here's a scenario. Let's say I use the public domain midi files to make professionally produced sheet music/tablature for teaching purposes. I know I can sell these because I can do whatever with ...
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Manipulating YouTube videos in mobile application [closed]

If a developer creates Android and IOS applications that use YouTube API, what limits are legally applicable?. Suppose the applications will get videos from YouTube, then will manipulate these videos, ...
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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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Legal Name and/or Pseudonym and Record Keeping

Q re U.S. Copyright registration: I understand that by leaving blank the space asking for an author's (legal) name but indicating the author's pseudonym that the two names won't be linked and thus ...
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How far does the derivative work copyright go for 3D printed objects?

Though similar questions have been asked before, I could not find one that answers this exact premise. Say, there is a 3D printable file distributed under e.g. the CC BY-NC 4.0 license. This license ...
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Are public monuments like the Elizabeth Tower and the Eiffel Tower copyrighted?

Let's say I want to make a miniature replica of Big Ben and sell it online. Do I need any kind of permission for that? I'm assuming that given its age, Big Ben has to be public domain. But I'm not ...
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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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Conditions on using the Java Virtual Machine specification

The appendix to the Java Virtual Machine specification states: License for Evaluation Purposes. Specification Lead hereby grants you a fully-paid, non-exclusive, non-transferable, ...
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Is using image as an example fair use?

I am in the process of creating a startup, and want to send a technology flyer to potentially interested business customers. It is far easier to explain why my technology is beneficial if I can ...
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Are there de facto limitations on freedom of speech in the us?

Consider someone hacking the super bowl and playing a Holocaust denial ad. Ignore the trivial charges like hacking that occur regardless of the content. Is there any further prosecution of the ...
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How can I commercially use a font with a copyright but no licensing information?

I found a free TTF font from freakfonts.com. When I look in its properties, it shows a copyright by Southern Software, Inc. from 1995. Am I allowed to use this font commercially? If not, how do I ...
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Is downloading a non-copyright paid video course illegal? [duplicate]

I have found an online video course that the user is selling for around $200, and it says on the website that the course is copyrighted in the footer. However, I have checked everywhere online but ...
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Do I need permission to use Twitter videos with the embed feature?

I see news agencies always asking for permission to use user shot videos. Most of them go like this, Hi, I am from the XYZ news. Could we use your footage on our website and socials? With ...
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If Linked-In loses the web scraping lawsuit to hiQ, will that mean that other companies like Google will also be open for public webscraping?

To my understanding, the lawsuit against hiQ from Linked-In is about being able to scrape publicly available information from sites. Would that generalize so that if Linked-In loses the web scraping ...
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Can I use a trademarked name in a project, if I don't own the trademark?

I'm currently making a game, based on Pokémon. I do not own the trademark, copyright, or anything legally related to Pokémon (just some rando on the net). In my code, I use Pokemon to describe a ...
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Google translations and copyright

I want to translate Turkish sentences through Google Translate for the purpose of using it in a work. Is this subject to copyright?
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Caricature card

I'd like to use a caricature of a monopoly card as the cover for a short story of mine. I have altered significantly the look of the card, changed some of the wording and caricatured the monopoly man ...
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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 tracing an aerial photo infringe copyright?

The maps on Google and Bing are mostly, if not all, copyrighted images. Suppose I use the "Earth" view and zoom in on a building. If I were to draw an outline of that building (with the help of the ...
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Are sentences on websites subject to copyright?

Does using snippet sentence from sites like Wikipedia, BBC, Times, Science Daily, etc. for use in a dictionary that will be published online violate copyright?
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U.S. copyright law

Hypothetical facts Alice buys a hardback book from the publisher for $70. Alice makes a digital copy of the book and posts it online to an account only Alice can access. For one week, Alice rents ...
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using snippet sentence for an bilingual dictionary violate copyright? [duplicate]

Does using snippet sentence from sites like Wikipedia, BBC, Times, Science Daily, etc. for use in a dictionary that will be published online violate copyright?