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Questions tagged [copyright]

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Are software licenses copyrighted?

If someone wanted to 'fork' a private company's license, could they legally do so? That is to say, if, for instance, the company Grammarly found that significant portions of the company Evernote's ...
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Is it legal to crawl the internet and use content to inform ML models?

This is largely what Google (et al.) do -- crawling the web and informing models as to the associations between various things. Copyright appears to mostly pertain to reproduction, which Google and ...
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Does a Copyright owner lose his copyright if another one registered before him?

If I didn't register my copyrighted material, and another one did. Do I lose my copyright?
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When Is It Illegal To Show Emails That Were Sent To Me

I emailed messages to a particular business that were replied to with the business having consistently giving rude and just-don't-care-about-the-customer responses and even grossly incompetent ...
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Can I permanently waive all my past and future copyrights?

Is it possible to commit a "copyright suicide", for example to show disagreement with the system, by publishing a waiver (such as CC0, digitally signed to confirm it was really me who published it) ...
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Java SE 11 New commercial license

Oracle has changed the commercial license since Java SE 11, as I understand. Does this impact products created using Java. For example I have a program written in Java I plan to sell. Also is it the ...
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I want to use a cover of a song by Alicia Keys and want to know if anyone here can help me figure it out

If an amateur filmmaker wants to use a short clip of a popular song, sung (covered) by a singer other than the one who wrote and popularized it, what permissions, if any, are needed?
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Do I need a copyright symbol or similar when referencing program names?

DISCLAIMER I am writing a paper for school and while I won't get in trouble for forgetting the copyright symbol I am interested in the use of it in case I need it on a more professional basis. I am ...
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Trademark holder doesn't grant permission due to 'high request volume'; any risks?

I requested permission for MATLAB's trademarked logo usage on my site, https://dragonnotes.org/ , from MathWorks (trademark holder) - who responded, "Due to the high number of these types of ...
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Particular Copyright Transfer Agreement - dubious or clear?

Could anyone please help me to understand a few rather confusing moments in one particular Copyright Transfer Agreement? The said Agreement is issued by the Journal of Materials Research and can be ...
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Copyright laws regarding using the suffix of an established Brand name

I'm a copywriter with a flair in creating games for children. I'm working for hire to create a board game in the lines of Monopoly without using any of their copyrighted terms like "Go to jail" etc. ...
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Is it okay to commercially use Youtube videos that have creative commons license?

Sometimes, more than one youtube channel upload the same video under different licenses. Different licenses can be "Standard youtube license" and "creative commons". If I reused that video, will I ...
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Can I sample my synthesizer's sounds to use in my own commercial game releases?

I bought a synthesizer (Yamaha CS1x) back in 1997. Recently I've been developing games for Android and iPhone and need a sound effects source. The CS1x might be useful. Is it legal for me to sample ...
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Who is the owner of website client or agency?

Story : I wanted to build a website so i have hired a New Delhi India based agency. Initially they told me it will charge $2000 but they have charged me $6000 till now. And they have not completed ...
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Can I use a branded product name and/or product pictures in their retail packaging in my paid cooking video?

I'm making cooking videos of my own recipes for selling on line. In order to help viewers replicate my recipes exactly, I'd like to: Refer to brand-name ingredients in my video, e.g., "Great Value ...
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Is it legal to have a “Create custom x” in your D&D program, if that can result in the enduser violating the copyright?

First an introduction to what i am doing! I am creating a tool for players and DMs of D&D. The reason i've been trying to understand the copyright law in regards to this issue is that upon using ...
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How to prevent no one can copy my app design and name

Can an application developer from outside the USA prevent other developers in the US from copying the name and design of the application? How will this work? How can a developer who has published a ...
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United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

if I used United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) for my game name and publish google play store then in this world no one can use my name to publish both App Store and google play or ...
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what is the validation of logo design?

Recently I notice two game in one is appstore and another one is google play store. but there different company but using almost same logo. My question: is there a violation of copyright?.
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Is it allowed to “copy” a video game concept? [closed]

I am developing a little mobile MMORPG which is Google Maps based and uses your GPS position to make you play around your area. I came up with the idea after a famous and beloved game called "...
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Is the White House Weekly Address copyrighted?

I understand that US government films are not protected by copyright laws, but does this include White House Weekly Address? Are all episodes of weekly addresses free from copyright protection, ...
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Copyright question about selling photographs/postcards of owned antiques

Over the years I have collected many fine arts antiques and/or vintage collectibles. Most notably hand-painted porcelain plates, dinnerware, and figurines or art glass (stained glass windows, lamps, ...
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Does copyright law extend to ideas expressed in movies?

My main question is in regards to ideas expressed in movies, but which are not fully explored. For example, if a science fiction movie presents a race which has a particular habit or nuance which is ...
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What recourse do I have when someone has bought an old domain of mine, and mirrored my content (badly)?

I am based in the UK and I have run the opendomesday.org website as a free, non-profit history site for many years. When I originally built the site, about 8 years ago, I registered it at domesdaymap....
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How much of a copyrighted book can I display in a web app?

Google Books and Amazon both display significant portions of copyrighted material for free. In the case of Google, there is an option to select books based on the qualifications Any books Preview ...
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if I use a meme in a video game can I legally profit off of it

If were to be building a video game that I would be profiting off of (through ads or some buying feature), could I use memes that are derivative of copyrighted materials. For example, There is a ...
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Can I sue the person who posted my private email online?

I reached out to someone who runs a niche website two times about a sad personal matter that fits their niche and after being ignored two times I sent an email where I blew up at the individual for ...
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Can you reuse the text of a contract you've signed with one party with another party?

Relations between individuals and business entities are governed by law; what's not specified in the law, can be specified by a mutually-executed contract. Generally, one party provides the actual ...
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Will I get in legal trouble if I use somebody else’s picture?

I was banned from a site. To evade it, I plan on impersonating a fictional cousin of mine with a fictional name, but if people suspect that it is a sock puppet account, I plan on uploading a picture ...
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How non-public could a disclosure/publication be, and still count as such for patent “prior art” and copyright purposes? [closed]

The essence of both patent and copyright is that a creator/inventor gets legal protection and exclusivity within broad limits, in exchange for some form of publication/public disclosure. Similarly a ...
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Song lyrics as (trademarked) slogan

So just wondering, will it be legal to use a few lines of song lyrics as your service/company's slogan? For example, "You just gotta ignite the light, and let it shine" (Katy Perry's firework) as a ...
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Write Play based on translation

I am in the midst of writing a play based on the Persian poem Layla and Majnun by Nizami Ganjavi. To do this I plan to make use of quotes from an English translated version of the poem. Archive.org ...
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Can I have “Amazon” in my company's domain name?

I am developing a website that sells gift cards and at this point in time I am planning on selling only Amazon gift cards (in the beginning at least). I'm at the point where I need to pick a domain ...
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How do I determine whether or not a book cover and its imagery is in the public domain?

I'd like to use scans/photos of old book covers in a product I'm selling. Are the laws regarding the images on the cover different from the ones regarding the content of the book? How to I check to ...
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Is there any way in which a plain electronic copy of a public domain document is copyrightable?

I've noticed for some time that ProQuest PDF copies of historical newspapers, even from the 19th Century, are marked at the bottom of each page "Reproduced with permission of the copyright owner. ...
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copyright question (constructs and presentations)

I got a threatening email from someone today alleging copyright infringement on a website that I built as a personal project back in 2013 to crowdsource the latest trail data from the long-distance ...
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What copyright terminology do I need to include in my thesis (for a new encryption algorithm)?

I'm about to publish a thesis on a new encryption algorithm I devised, and was told by my Committee Chair that I would need to include: A copyright page - to safeguard my work from being patented by ...
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Is it legal to include verbatim exercises from a book in videos/on a blog?

I live in Florida, U.S. I recently purchased a math book that I really like, and I am thinking about making a video series or a blog where I would succcessively resolve the exercises from the book. ...
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Can copying simple general code cause copyright infringement? And is it even possible to avoid that?

Imagine that during writing software for the employer, I created simple helper function IsPositiveNumber(x) which returns true if x > 0 and false otherwise. Or function TrimBlanks(text) which returns ...
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Same game company name, but in a different country

I finally came up with a good name for my game studio, however after searching for it there appears to be another game company with the same/very similar name. They were founded this year, have an ...
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is there any law for using unlicensed or cracked software?

Is there any law for using unlicensed or cracked software for our personal use? Can we use cracked versions of software in organization?
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Who is the legal owner of code in a bitbucket repo?

Who is the owner of code uploaded from a personal account to a private Bitbucket repository and there is no license defined in the code, or there is only the name of the author in the header of the ...
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YouTube Copyright

What could happen if I copy some content from an article on a website and narrate it on my YouTube channel with some modifications? What copyright issues would I be facing?
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Are there anything misleading about this ads?

https://skylinktvantenna.com/orderint-mod-sh/vsl1.php I removed all tracking links There is this statement that I believe is fraudulent But how can you watch all this for free? The secret lies ...
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Uploading to YouTube from 3rd party website

We are planning on starting a website that gives uploaders a service for their videos. The users upload their video to the site, and the site is ranking their videos, letting them have a community ...
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How can I determine whether a copyright troll actually owns the copyright they claim?

In recent years "copyright trolls" have been sending demand letters to web sites that claim images found on the sites infringe copyrights, and that they (the trolls) are authorized to settle the ...
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Is it a crime if someone inserts ads inside an existing software?

If you search on Internet, you would be able to find apps that are modified to insert code that shows ads here and there. For example, you can take the official WhatsApp Android APK and insert code to ...
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Can people distribute trademarked/copyright products if they aren't monetized?

If I made a bunch of Winnie the Pooh stuffed animals or screen printed a bunch of t-shirts with pictures from Godzilla films or something, would I be infringing on copyrights/trademarks if I ...
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Is it unlawful to receive a photocopied book?

In the following, all parties live and all actions are taken entirely within the United States. Let us say that a person (Bob) has purchased a book from the book store. Bob likes the book enough ...
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Can i get sued for using another person's/company's code without knowing it belongs to them

Let's say i made an app that notifies the user when a game on Steam became free for a limited time. Some other person or company makes an app that notifies the user when there's a specific item on ...