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If someone reviews my software program, when do they share its copyright?

Suppose I refactor my program based on its reviews on codereview.SE. (Or someone reviews my pull request on GitHub.) Presumably, if I include the reviewer's code, they share copyright to my new ...
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Displaying a website in a webview inside a mobile application - copyright infringment

Is it a breach of copyright to create a mobile application which simply displays another website in a webview as it is available online?
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Will there be any copyright issue if we use an existing product's name?

In software industry, while naming a new app or a product, will there be any copyright issue if we use an existing name?
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Writing a Script Based on Existing World

Would there be anything illegal if i were to write a script based in the same world as one already existing movie, making reference to some of the characters? For example, if I wrote a script based ...
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Do I still have rights over an app I gave away?

I have created an application all by myself. I have then given its source code to a different person without explicitly agreeing on any terms of licensing. In such a case, do I still retain the ...
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Does printing several journal articles for a friend run afoul of copyright law?

I am a graduate student. For a fellow graduate student's upcoming birthday, I wanted to give him a collection of seminal papers in his field. The idea was to print a collection of 10 papers, totaling ...
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Apart from trademark protection, what kind of intellectual property protection may logos have according to US law?

Apart from trademark protection, what kind of intellectual property protection may logos have under US law? Could a logo be considered a graphical "work", therefore copyrightable? If it could, how? ...
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Is it legal to record a clip from a TV show for a voicemail greeting?

Is it legal to record a clip from a TV show to use as my voicemail greeting? E.g. A clip from the Simpsons on Youtube.
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Bypassing website's paywall by modifying HTTP request headers

Recently I see some debates about bypassing paywalls by modifying browser's HTTP request as stated on ghack. Most paywalled websites allow users to read a certain number of free articles before ...
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Does utilizing “copyleft” programs like git and gcc imply that the output has to be under the same license?

GPL v2.0 states the following as git's license: b) You must cause any work that you distribute or publish, that in whole or in part contains or is derived from the Program or any part thereof, to ...
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Does CC-SA (Share-Alike) force me to provide a free version of the derivative?

I'm currently working on a project that uses work covered by the CC-BY-SA license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/ In the license, it states that I can: Adapt — remix, transform, ...
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Can an open source licence be revoked if it violates employer's IP?

Suppose a developer's contract says that all intellectual property (IP) rights to her code belong to her UK employer. While employed, she develops a library and open-sources it under the Apache 2.0 ...
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Can a registered user of a word mark which was registered as whole, break the word into parts and use it in the products sold?

As the question says if a user of a particular wordmark breaks his word into 2 and uses it on goods sold(tm is engraved on goods) then can he seek protection in case of potential infringement.
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Quoting from a book with “All rights reserved”. Fair use?

Is it considered "fair use/fair dealing" to quote a short sentence or two from a book who's copyright statement mentions only "All rights reserved"? I'm writing a book and explaining some concept. To ...
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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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Hiring part-time IT contractors who are under an IP assignment clause in their day contract

I plan to engage a contract developer part-time in the UK through his own Ltd. He's currently contracting in the day time for a software company. My project is in a very different area. However, that ...
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Legality of creating your own backup copies of video games you own

As far as backup copies of games you legally own are concerned, is there clear stance on what would be considered illegal? Nintendo's legal page pertaining to this matter states the following: Can ...
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Using short quotes from published, well-known literary works in a product [duplicate]

In order to create and sell a card game with each card having a short (25-50 words) quote from a book, is a licensing agreement needed or is this fair use? Assume the books are recent enough to be ...
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Legal to create a backup of website that is shutting down?

Is it illegal for me to create a backup of a website that is shutting down, including all assets, etc., and host it on my website?
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Should I raise another complaint or report to publishers?

There is this 3D repository site and marketplace. The site is quite popular, but I won't mention it. I have raised problems with their site in that their users are making available for download 3D ...
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Can I translate a copyrighted book with the intent of publishing it? [duplicate]

I recently read a book that impressed me so much I want to buy a copy as a gift for a friend. Unfortunately, the friend does not speak the language the book was written in, and no translations exist ...
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Legality of replacing manufacturer's labels when repairing equipment?

For example, lets say I rebuild water pumps commercially. My business consists of buying used pumps, replacing all the wearable components (seals, bearings, etc), thoroughly testing them, then selling ...
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Patent application: can the citation of a figure from another author be considered fair use?

I would like to include a figure from a scientific paper which illustrates some background for my invention. I can cite the source and I can make it clear that I'm using it for illustration and ...
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Registering an app with a copyright office [duplicate]

So the big goal that I want to achieve is to have a proof that I made an app for any thing that might come up later. After asking and researching I found out that I can register a copyright for my app ...
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Are the pictures inside an old book that became PD because of lack of renewal, also PD?

I am doing a YouTube video about the history of deep sea exploration. I want to show pictures from a 1934 book and I came to the conclusion that the book is public domain because of lack of copyright ...
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Copyright and transcripts [closed]

Am I breaking copyright law if I embed an educational video on my site and also provide a transcript of the video? I have searched the w3c website as well as Youtube and cannot get a clear answer.
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What is the meaning of 'the rights reverted to the author of the book in 1951'?

I am trying to show some illustrations and pictures from the pages of a 1931 book in my YouTube educational video. The author is dead with no known living descendants. A scanned copy of the book can ...
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Is it legal to create scoring program in Excel of a copyright protected questionnaire?

I have made a scoring calculator in Excel from a copyright protected test/questionnaire that have 12 items with respective scores. In my Excel application I have included the names of the test items, ...
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Implications of inlcuding copyright notice from other work

Im 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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how does copyright work for performer and singing cover tunes and or singing a translation i worote

I have translated a few songs from the 19 century and early 20th century. i sing as well and would like to perform them and post them on my youtube page and or record them . One one of the ...
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How far does copyright go in creature design?

I'm trying to make some dragons for my game and I'm wondering how far I can go with inspiration before I get in trouble. Obviously, I can't just take a picture and make a 3D model that looks exactly ...
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Copyright and licensing of orphan works

Scenario: A collection of works contributed by independent writers to a collective work/series is published on three different websites. The individual works are all orphan works (the writers are ...
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Is article republishing illegal?

I recently came over this app called Inkl (https://www.inkl.com/), which when you download it, lets you read articles from various news. However it doesn't redirect you to the news website or ...
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How would copyright law affect a seedable random text generator?

Lets say I create a program that generates random text based on a seed value. I then create a secondary program, which uses incremental seeds with the initial program to generate several trillion ...
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Can I use an image from The Wolf of Wallstreet for a social media vacancy? [closed]

I hope this is the right site for a question like this, but I want to use an image of Donnie Azoff (Jonah Hill) from the movie The Wolf of Wallstreet to use as a background for a social media post ...
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On the legality of using artwork as 'character references' for a roleplay site

I'm planning on doing a bit of a web app project, but worried that it may be in a legal gray area and looking for some clarification and perhaps warnings on what not to do. The project outline is more ...
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Want to know Permission Condition of a book

I bought a book from local vendor who buy books from foreign countries and then re-sell them. Book publisher name is Penguin On the book, The following has been written: Except in the United ...
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Is lending a physical PS or Xbox disc protected under the first-sale doctrine?

If I wanted to share or sell my used games (original disc) is it legal?
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Copyright law vs software transformation

As wikipedia says, A major limitation on copyright on ideas is that copyright protects only the original expression of ideas Suppose there are two companies: A and B, that produce software. Now, ...
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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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When we are calculating the cost for implementing a new web application, should we have separate cost for providing the source code to the client [closed]

I am working on a new asp.net core MVC web application as an out sourced senior software developer/architecture. now i did many requirements gathering sessions with the client, and i came our with a ...
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Distribute Licensed library with stripped code [closed]

I am currently having a bit of a struggle. I wrote a software that uses some methods from Mojangs Minecraft Server Software. The project is open source and I want to compile, test, etc. my project ...
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Return of Software

I wrote some software that I licensed to a university club as part of their operations. Due to disagreements about the value of the software, I would like to revoke permissions for use of the software ...
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How does the Supreme Court ruling in *Fourth Estate* not undermine the DMCA's notice-and-takedown process?

The Supreme Court recently ruled in Fourth Estate v. Wall-Street.com that copyright registration occurs (and thus an infringement action can be brought) only after the Copyright Office takes action ...
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Selling my own second hand product that I bought off Amazon, using original Amazon images (UK)

I had bought a giant bean bag from Amazon that I would like to sell on Gumtree. Am I allowed to use the original images downloaded from Amazon, for my ad on Gumtree, in the UK? It feels illegal ...
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Copyright related issue on publishing a technical book?

I am preparing to publish a technical book on programming that contains figures and charts (like, compiler, linker, ASCII table, keywords list) created by myself by taking references from many sources....
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If I were to make a custom band shirt for personal use, could I get sued?

I've recently gotten into a fairly obscure band that a lot of people describe as a "one hit wonder". Nobody is making merchandise for them anymore as the band stopped making music long ago. There aren'...
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Who owns the copyright of events if a company has closed? [duplicate]

Say a company (incorporated in England and Wales) promotes and makes recordings of live events. When that company is dissolved, what would happen to the copyright of those recordings? My ...
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Publishing copyrighted material on GitHub for phishing

I want to publish some demo code on github that deals with a new type of phishing attack. However, I've used a Google-branded sign-in page for the demo. Will this be a problem with copyright or any ...
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How are MIDI files of copyrighted music licensed?

Anyone with a music studio can easily download a .midi file from the internet, and then use it to produce a musical track. A midi file exists online for almost every song in the world, and you can ...