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Questions tagged [copyright]

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Can I use `© 2019 My Name` in a application created by me without registering for official copyright in India?

Indian gov copyright site Ques: Is it necessary to register a work to claim copyright? Ans: No. Acquisition of copyright is automatic and it does not require any formality. Copyright ...
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Can I make a copy of a well-known movie or video game character in my own artistic style?

If I were to take a well-known character from a movie or video game, lets say Super Mario, and I drew an image of him in my own art style, completely from scratch. Would I be infringing on Nintendos ...
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Are slogans protected under trademark?

A US-based wine company created a slogan. Later it found a Canadian wine company had already been using the same slogan. Could the U.S. company's used violate copyright or trademark?
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Would a booklet of music and film quotes infringe on copyright?

I am considering creating a booklet with quotes from pop media for commercial use. Something like a list of one-liners from songs from the 80s for example or movies. Would this be legal? I am aware ...
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Can you sell a product with a “custom” image, if that image ends up being copyright or trademark?

As a printing company, can you sell a item titled "custom" if a customer uploads a copyrighted or trademarked logo? They are only ordering one, and the item itself is not titled after the logo that ...
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Capturing photos of a book

I have taken a book from my university's library and it states in the second page : The law of March 11, 1957 authorizes only "copies or reproductions strictly reserved for the private use of the ...
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Can trademark attorneys advertise in UK?

In some countries, it's illegal for trademark and patent attorneys to advertise. Is it also the case in the UK?
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Copyright Law for Logo Design that Incorporates a Royalty Free Vector Design [closed]

I am designing a logo for a for profit company. This logo design consists of letters that represent the name of the company but also incorporate a silhouette of a city skyline merged with these ...
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Can i share ebook which i bought to multiple person without enabling them to download

Can i show share ebook which i bought to multiple person without enabling them to download ?. So i won't be making multiple copies of the ebook but will be showing it to multiple users. Is there any ...
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Will I need permission from the work owner of a 2D sketch to make it a 3D model?

This is the situation: I have a booklet that contains sketches (2D drawings) of human teeth. I would like to use them as reference materials to build 3D models (using blender) and publish the models ...
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How does copyrighted material distribution and diffusion work on a legal level?

I work in technology, building platforms for companies, which comprise the creation of the technological product and production of the applications. I only want to work on businesses that I believe ...
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Can pricing be copyrighted?

Say a service is offered with pricing for 1 hour, 2 hours ... 12 hours. Assume there is some sort of custom calculation used to determine discounts after the first hour (e.g. if the first hour is $100,...
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Doubt on legality of image modification

I am a photoshop enthusiast, and I have a doubt regarding a specific scenario, however I am very agnostic to law, and there is a scenario where I can't find appropriate information by myself. So the ...
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Is it legal to create a carbon copy of an application?

A couple of days ago, an acquaintance of mine asked for help with an application for his non-profit company. This application was already done previously by people who the client hired previously. He ...
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The “Weeping Angels” (statues) from Doctor Who

I haven't been able to find any clearance on this. There are these "monsters" in Doctor Who called the Weeping Angels. I love the concept and would want to use it in a VR game. But are these ...
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CC-0 derived work can it be locked by copyright?

Let's say someone released something, a detailed scene of a story, as a CC-0 work. An author took that work, expanded on it (the work became a part of the story), and protected their complete work ...
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Can I use a copyrighted work made by a company if that company is out of business?

So I have considered sharing music clips made by a company and am worried about getting sued. The company in question has gone out of business a few years ago. I also tried to look up the work in ...
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Is it legal to point a domain to someone else's ip (website)?

The question is pretty straightforward: Is it legal to point a domain on the web to someone else's ip (website)? The domain owner is not actually copying the content, but just opening the website in ...
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MIT License - Footer Link and Paid Removal Option

I have developed a small web app we want to release for free to the public. We want to leave a link in the footer of the web app to our website and perhaps have a small charge to remove the link that ...
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What is the legality of using patented hardware with open-source software?

I'm working with hardware from a company that is very serious about intellectual property protection. There are over 2,000 patents filed on the technology this hardware enables. The hardware is ...
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Designer starting business and what area of laws to investigate

What arrears of laws would be best to investigate if I am trying to open a original design business (flyers, graphic tees, paper products)? Contract law,Business law, Copyright law? Specific ...
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Popular websites using images from other websites with a link-back to source in the credit

I've seen this happen all the time. Hugely popular websites like Buzzfeed, Scoopwhoop and several other use images from other websites and leave a link back to source in the credits. What is the ...
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Would this be an Infringement of expression of pacman in my own game?

In my mobile game I use a top down maze which the player navigates. I have been careful not to mimic the expression of games like pacman, and it is by no means a pacman rip off or anything to do with ...
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Freely accessible work on the Internet: publication or public performance/display?

I have long been under the impression that making one's own copyrightable work available on the Internet for free does constitute publication for the purposes of copyright law in most/all Western ...
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How can a copyright liccense be irrevocable under US law

The various creative commons licenses and various copy-left and similar licenses all claim to be "perpetual" or "irrevocable" -- to last for the term of the copyright. For example, the CC-BY 4.0 ...
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Can a copyrighted work be asigned via an adhesion contract?

Let's say you're the author of a book. Then you want to post a chapter online on some website. Or upload it for ePublishing. It doesn't matter where, but let's say that somewhere in that site's eight-...
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What practical confidentiality protections can BSA offer to software piracy whistleblowers?

This question refers to a form for reporting software piracy. That page has an FAQ question: If I report software piracy to the BSA, will my name be kept confidential? Your name will never be ...
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Is it legal to translate light novel works from Korea and publishing it on a website located in the EU?

According to this article Translation is typically considered a derivative work. While this varies from country to country, translation is considered derivative because it exists in relation to an ...
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Is it legal to store copyrighted content on other mediums for personal use?

Suppose, I have purchased a DVD of movie and my PC's DVD drive has problem. Is it legal to copy content the DVD of movie to a flash memory and then use it on my PC?
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Way to first publish a work outside of the US in the Internet era

Suppose that I live outside of the US and have a standalone website where I post original works created by myself: photos, articles, software sources, music etc. The site is hosted outside of the US ...
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Must I always ask permission if I use code someone other wrote?

I was told that it might be useful to publish something on Github to get a job. I was wondering if there are any copyright issues here: Suppose I got an idea of a small program. I do it mostly by my ...
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Can Snapchat sue me if I use name “Snap” in my commercial project?

I plan to name my commercial web project as ____Snap. My website will be unrelated to what SnapChat is offering and in a different industry, but idea of short living content is the same.
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Can I use my own Open Source code in commercial software I'm writing?

If I release some code that I wrote myself with an Open Source license (a WordPress plugin with the GPL2 license, https://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-2.0.html), can I then use my own code in commercial ...
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Is making a home music server legal?

I am planning to make a Local-Area-Network personal music server program. The idea is that the program lets you host your music so you can stream it from any of your devices on your local network (...
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Can you unilaterally renege on a signed contract if the other party tries to push you into doing something illegal?

This question came up when I was reading this recent thread: Is it illegal to infringe copyright if your boss or your client ordered you to do it? in which that the poster was asking about a ...
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Are the images pulled from the google places API allowed to be used on our website?

We want to pull info and images from google’s places API for our travel website. We are trying to figure out if these images are able to be used or will we run into copyright issues? Thanks
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How the rights work about selling a program which works with other open source code?

I'm a little confused about the copyrights and etc. I'm working on an indie game by myself and I don't have the capacity to make everything myself, so I use open source libraries like LWJGL,dyn4j,...
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combining stock images and footage

If I license stock images/video footage from a stock image company and alter and recombine them in a layered composition with my own original elements added to create a new image/video composed of ...
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Single Frame from a 1973 Movie [closed]

I want to use a single frame from a movie made in 1973 in an email marketing piece. The thing being sold is software used in law schools and is not entertainment. It's use is to compare the 1973 ...
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Private copies of books

Consider a book copyrighted by someone. Is it legal (in India? in USA?) to make an audio recording of the book and give copies privately to a handful interested people who ask for it?
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Is it illegal to infringe copyright if your boss or your client ordered you to do it?

The first possible scenario is this: suppose you work in a company, and you need to install some software for a client. The software needs to be purchased, but the boss tells you to just download it ...
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Does this image with a subject containing graffiti in the background infringe on the graffiti artist's copyright?

Here's the image in question: Basically, the subject in the foreground is showcasing a company's product for an advertisement. The graffiti holder has argued that the image infringes on their ...
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Data Scraping public athlete name and performance data. Does this need to be treated as personal data?

Consider the following data for amateur/professional athletes: Athlete name, Athletic event + best performance data e.g.: Joe Bloggs 5k 19:00 10k 40:00 Half Marathon 85:00 other events etc... and ...
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Does a shareholder of a company also have copyright rights?

If I buy, say, a share in The Walt Disney Company, does that give me part ownership in the intellectual property? Does this ownership then give me the right to copy it?
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Closed-source licence that limits liability and warranty [closed]

Is there any software licence that I can freely grab that only limits my liability while not additionally allowing any distribution and have other open-source permissions? Since what I understand is ...
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Is it legit to use Custom Controller Buttons in Games?

I'm making buttons for my own controller in my Game. For example, the attached images will appear to indicate the player to press the A or B Buttons. The image resembles Xbox Controller Buttons. So, ...
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Application code shared between GNU and Comercial software

We have a software of our authory and made by our company, We have licensed a sub part of it as GPL v2 and still develloping a professional version with more features and that shares the code we ...
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Jurisdition of copyright infrigment [duplicate]

No actual case going on here, just a question for my general understanding. Lets say there is a project release under a GPL license, or any other open source license. Given that most open source is ...
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Can I legally live stream or publish a Stratego game video without permission?

I play imperfect information games, such as Stratego. Live streaming and publishing on YouTube / Twitch is a thing nowadays. On gaming sites, people use avatars that do not directly identify their ...
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Is the Pelosi-Trump “f-you clap” State of the Union photo in the public domain?

According to https://www.cjr.org/covering_trump/viral-nancy-pelosi-photo-clap.php, one photographer from The New York Times was given exclusive photography privileges for this federal government event:...