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Questions tagged [copyright]

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Is it illegal in the EU / in Germany to download a scientific e-book?

Suppose there's a scientific monograph I really want to read but don't want to buy. I find an e-book on some website (where it is accessible to the public without restrictions) and download it. I don'...
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Using Brand Names as our Customers for advertising [closed]

I am the owner of a marketing business, XYZ Solutions (Ind) Pvt. Ltd. Now, I want to increase my sales so can I use Brand Names like Amazon, Flipkart, Ebay, Google, etc as my customers in my Website? ...
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Does creating an unpaid event poster for a commercial event constitute commercial use?

Licenses of artworks or stock photos often state that they are free for non-commercial use. Assume I create a poster for an event. I do not sell the poster, but the event is commercial (has an entry ...
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Can I recreate the Risk board game for personal use?

My friend wants to make a 'risk table', which would have the risk board carved into it, as part of a larger game board challenge. He would be making all the pieces and the board himself. I'm ...
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Writing play based on translated poem

I am currently writing a short 10 minute play adaptation of Layla and Majnun, a poem written in the 12th century by Nizami. To do this I am making use of an English translation of the Persian poem by ...
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Who owns the logo of a company after the company declares bankruptcy?

Who owns the logo of a company after the company declares bankruptcy? For example who owns the logo for toys R'us after they declare bankrupt?
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Chrome Extensions That Inject Content On Retail Sites [closed]

I am prototyping a chrome extension that adds functionality to eCommerce sites. It injects HTML/JS/CSS into the page and adds UI elements that when clicked perform some sort of action. i.e. Adding a ...
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Is it legal to sell products whose design uses titles of copyrighted songs?

There are some similar questions here, but I believe mine is a little different. Is it legal to sell products (t-shirts, mugs, etc.) that use typography art of the titles of famous songs. Also, can ...
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Is it ok to name a character after a real life fighter jet?

I have a character in a world i am making along with a few others who are named after real life fighter jets both new and old however i was wondering if whatever i have made took off and got poplular ...
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Copying programming problems (with proper citation) in order to write explanations on how to solve them in a blog/website.

I will be doing two things: Make a blog/website and copy and paste algorithmic questions and other programming problems word by word (could be from books or other websites) and properly cite them. ...
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Difference between Change and Adaptation - Non derivative Creative Commons License

The Creative Commons license CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 AU contains the following two statements: You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. ...
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Are new editions of public domain works with minor edits copyrighted?

Let's say I want to copy/use a book published 200 years ago. It's definitely in the public domain. Someone publishes a new version of the book (the original copyright holder, if that matters). The new ...
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Can you legally copy curated data from a software program?

Say someone has curated a lot of data, such as molecule data, astronomical data, animal data and such like into a software program. Can you legally harvest all that data and put it in your own ...
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Do short quiz questions on copyrighed material need permission?

If I make a question and answer game based on a mix of popular licences such as Harry Potter, Marvel, Lord Of The Rings and so on, do I need rightsholder permission?
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Regarding PDFs of the textbooks [duplicate]

I was reading some mathematics books and I observed that most of them have either of these mentioned before preface. Case I Copyright: All right reserved by XYZ or Case :II Copyright: All ...
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How can one verify a purportedly freely licensed image on a user-content site?

Based partly on comments to this question, how can a person who finds an image on a site, such as flickr, that hosts user-uploaded images verify that the it is in fact free to use. Suppose that the ...
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Using Tinder photos for machine learning

I would like to download images from Tinder to use with an image classification app. (Tensorflow with Imagenet to be precise.) Is it illegal to download those images for that purpose? Also, can I ...
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Creative commons for erotic purpose

I am a young writer and I need free photos of girls's body ( so with faces covered ) for the cover of my erotic book similar to 50 shades of grey. Can I use the photos of flickr under this licence ...
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Modifying Open Source System Files to Cheat

I am asking this question primarily as a follow up to this question: Is creating and selling "cheats" or "hacks" for games illegal? The consensus in that question seems that it is ...
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Is a shop that prints your photos on cakes allowed to print photos including people wearing (licensed) brand t-shirts?

A large supermarket chain in the UK allows you to have photos printed on to cakes (they print it onto a layer of icing, then stick that on a cake). It's someone's special birthday and my wife took in ...
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Can i post an unofficial advertisement?

So I have a school assignment to make an advertisement video. I did a Wacom tablet advertisement. Can I post it online for a portfolio and sharing, or might it be a copyright infringement?
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In Canada, how big does a work need to be to qualify for copyright?

I understand that a single letter, or even a word cannot be copyrighted, because they are too short to be a unique work. So how big does a work need to be to qualify?
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Transcribing Ancient Manuscripts from Around the World

As a follow-up/clarification to this question, I would like to ask with a little bit more detail. There are several groups of "ancient" manuscripts and inscriptions which I would like for this to ...
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Commercial usage of photos of extreme close-up of popular electronics

Let's say I make a photo of iPhone screen through the microscope, so field of view of the photo is just several pixels and individual RGB components of the screen are visible - so it's not possible ...
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Public domain English translation of Mein Kampf

As I understand it, Hitler's book Mein Kampf was originally copyrighted by Hitler, but, after the war, the Allies gave the copyright to Bavaria. (Was this legal? I guess I should post that as a ...
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Are you allowed to transcribe a copyrighted manuscript?

Say there is a manuscript such as this that isn't in the Public Domain. I have seen one (don't remember where) where it was a manuscript that the museum said they wanted to share online but is "...
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Does selling game hacks based on personal user agreement is legal?

There are so many websites who sell the game hacks and game companies never sue them for that("because they have their own terms and conditions - that's what I think basically"). So if I sell hacks ...
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How to acquire copyright for Digimon franchise?

I'm not sure if this is the correct exchange to ask but hopefully it is. Now if I want to acquire Digimon franchise copyright (Correct the term for me if I'm mistaken) for example for my Smartphone ...
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Does Unity's “Reference Only” license allow anything that copyrighted publication would not?

I recently encountered the Unity Reference-Only License. Is there any freedom allowed by this license that wouldn't be allowed already simply by an "All Rights Reserved" copyrighted publication of ...
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Is Unsplash a liability trap?

They claim to provide photos for universal use under a perpetual no-royalty no-attribution license. From https://unsplash.com/license All photos published on Unsplash can be used for free. You ...
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Can I write about a *copy* of a dead celebrity?

I'm writing a science fiction novel and I want to use Jim Morrison (lead singer for The Doors who died 47 years ago) as a minor character. Actually, it is a copy of Jim Morrison uploaded after his ...
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Is service provider obliged by law to provide me with copy of DMCA takedown notice?

I'm running into problem with my content being removed from certain website through copyright notice. The biggest problem is that I don't even know who posted DMCA notice or what copyright my post ...
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Data copyright for public domain content or natural resources

So fossil websites such as this, this, and this all say their data is basically it is for personal or educational use not-for-profit. Others such as this are creative commons. From my understanding, ...
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Is it legal to reproduce the image of AlexNet?

In the seminal paper, "ImageNet Classification with Deep Convolutional Neural Networks", there is an image of Alexnet as shown below: Is it allowed to reproduce a copy of the image or is it protected ...
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Can I download pictures from Pinterest and send them to a client as an example of work?

I am a wedding florist, and clients want to see lots of different pictures to help them choose their arrangements. There are lots of pictures people have posted online, such as on pinterest. Can I ...
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Does GNU FDL 1.3 restrict the copyright holder's distribution rights?

I'm running into a ball of confusion between people on how exactly GFDL limits (or if it does or even can limit) the author's rights. In our specific case, a copyright holder has provided work to us, ...
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Licensing an image that contains a licensed image

Suppose I collect three or four public domain images, modify them, build upon them and put them together to form an image that I can claim as my own. Then I purchase an image from some online site ...
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Is there copyright issue in the following condition?

Organisation A conducts exam every year,question paper goes out with student(There is no copyright claim on paper by A). Company B collects them and publishes them with some charge. Now, if company C ...
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Selling pictures of famous people

Imagine hiring an artist to view a series of photographs of a famous celebrity or corporate executive - John doe, for example - then create an original drawing - not a derivative, but a unique work of ...
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Derivative softwares copyrigths from a more generic software

Imagine consultancy C has a generic software for analyzing data S. Now C has a client C1 and from the software S it derives a software S1 to analyzed some specific data for C1. The overall dependency ...
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Is there any “enforceable” protection for the uploader from fake DMCA takedown requests?

I know that a request must be "under penalty of perjury". But that doesn't protect against fake information. Anyone, and especially parties outside US jurisdiction, (and even more so in countries ...
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Copyright on code from public source

Let's imagine consultancy A develops a code for client B that use some free available code from a website so it's a derivative work from the free code (MIT license). Can consultancy A re-use the same ...
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software copyright : implementing the same class structure but for different specific clients and purpose

Let's assume the same consultancy implements for client A a software to analyze text data from internal communication of the company. The client B asked the same software to analyze text data from ...
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Why don't companies supply all of the needed information about their DMCA designated agents?

I wrote "why" for lack of a better short way of saying: I'm assuming these large companies won't take a chance of being sued for this, and furthermore assume that they know the law requires it, so ...
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Does DMCA cover apps?

I'm planning on selling an app where users will be able to upload content, and other users will be able to see it. The content will not be available on a website. The content will be stored on my web ...
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Using the Wizard of Oz' Scarecrow as a symbol

According to Wikipedia, this photo of the Wizard of Oz' famous scarecrow is in the public domain. Suppose I used the scarecrow as a symbol of farmers in a book, with the Tin Man serving as a symbol ...
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Can I use Creative Common remixes of original songs in my apps?

I am starting to develop an advent calendar ready for December. For this app, I want to have Christmas music. In order to make sure that I don't run into any copyright issues, I am using Creative ...
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GNU application in work other than software

As we know, GPL is intended especially for software products, but it may be used for any work if the creator thinks it is OK. If the original work and a modified work are both software, I see no ...
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If I include an unmodified CC-BY-SA work in a book, does the whole book have to be CC-BY-SA?

I'm working on a book. Say I include a single unmodified work in the book that's licensed under Creative Commons-Attribute-Share Alike, for example one picture. Do I have to make the entire book CC-...
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Copyright vs Facebook images inadvertently displayed via links

I recently learned that images that you find on Facebook can be legally used by simply crediting Facebook. Imagine someone posts a link to one of my web pages on Google without my knowledge. One of ...