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Questions tagged [copyright]

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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 ...
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Is this copyright infringement? Is it fair use? What if I don't make any money off it?

If someone were hypothetically working on a project that required them to incorporate copies of a copyrighted work (music, movies, books, etc.), how would they know if it would be considered fair use? ...
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Is it illegal to download copyright videos for free?

I want to publish fan-made videos on YouTube that contain clips from movies and TV shows. No money will be gained for myself. Is the act of downloading those movies and TV episodes for free, editing ...
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Legality of “Artist's Renditions”

If I download a copyrighted photograph of prominent person (e.g. a politician or celebrity) and hire an artist to make a portrait of that person, using the photo as a guide, is that legal? I'm ...
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Is it legal to copy property's listing from other's website

as the question suggest. I've built a scrapper which scraps two websites to get property listing from there. As someone told me to scrape other website is illegal. but I think the listing ad of ...
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How to legally exploit an old Jazz music without copyright issues?

I am an amateur musician and I would like to do some mixage (partial exploitation, such as a melody) or remix of some Jazz oldies and publish them in Youtube. I don't earn money from this (no video ...
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Is it recommended/mandatory that i include the ™/© symbols?

In my current scenario i'm required to fill a drop-down with software options so the user can select the options he's familiar with. This list includes names like "AutoDesk AutoCAD" and "Adobe ...
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What is, and is not, considered fact in the scientific and computer science world?

I am having a bit of a hard time with copyright and copyright infringement. I am thinking about writing books about many different things, such as: How to use this software How to be a good ...
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Re-use images uploaded by users on Google Maps for the website

Can I use images uploaded by users on Google Maps to display on my website ? If yes, do I need to reference images back to the Google Maps and how ?
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What is the difference between copyright infringment, and intellectual property violation?

What is the difference between copyright infringment and intellectual property violation?
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If an app doesn't have any EULA is it free?

If an app doesn't come with a license, and the code has not been obfuscated, does that mean that the app code and resources are free and open source?
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Copyright status of an author's letters published posthumously?

I am writing Lovecraftian horror short fiction. I know I can use Lovecraft's material written 1923 and prior. However, I would love to use parts of the genealogy he noted in some of his letters. These ...
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What is meant by 'place of first publication'?

I am currently trying to get my head around the various Laws and Regulations, surrounding Copyright and Public Domain, when it comes to Literature. My initial question opens the discussion, where ...
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Copyright violation: Can a producer/film-maker file a lawsuit if one download a pirated version of their movie?

Recently, a company in Denmark called "Njord Law Firm" sent out about 25,000 penalty letters to Swedish citizens regarding downloading pirate movies from Piratebay, Popcorn time, or as such. They got ...
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Would it be illegal to include a Disney character's name in my business's Name?

For example, "Bambi Publishing" or "Pinocchio Publishing?"
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Is it legal to use scenes from famous TV show FRIENDS to create pop up museum in New York city?

Could someone create a museum based on a TV show without violating copyright law? Imagine, for instance, The Museum of Friends, including replicas of the following parts: Full-scale set of Monica's ...
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Contact Microsoft legal department, or other ways to facilitate reinstatement of a Google Play app

I used an icon of Microsoft Notepad (taken from Wikipedia) as the icon for a free Notepad application Fast Notepad in Google Play. It probably was beneficial for the community, as it had no ads, and ...
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Crawling a web forum and presenting the posts in a search

Is what this site is doing with steam community legal? https://www.steamtrades.com/ I assume that is a grey area, no? So what are the factors that would make it legal or not? I assume one should not ...
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Copyright of recorded sport events

I understand that music concerts are copyrighted and you can't post the music online if you record it with phone or whatever, but how about sport events? Say I attended a tennis match and recorded ...
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is this a trademark or a copyrights violation?

I am in a small country in the middle east called Bahrain, I intend to use the House Stark logo design of Game of Thrones as my company logo and name, is that legal ? however I am in another country ...
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What happens if a piece of Literature falls within the Public Domain in one Territory but is Copyrighted within another Territory?

I am considering the use of some literature, for use on products on an e-commerce site. For the most part, the literature is classified as being in the public domain. Thus, free of copyright. For a ...
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The Ancillary Copyright in the European Union

On 12th September the European Parliament voted for an "Ancillary Copyright" (as well as Uploadfilters) for Press Publishers, which will hold even for smallest snippets of press publications: https://...
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Datamodel transfer between two database technologies

As a purchaser of an application program with an associated database, may I transfer the structure of this database (tables, attributes, links, ...) to another database technology without conflicting ...
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Commercial use of a machine learning trained model whose use is allowed, but use of data is not allowed?

I've found several questions similar to this, but none of them had the same details of my case: There is a publicly available trained model released under public domain by its creator. But creators of ...
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Can we use Marines' sign for personal signature?

So I'm asking here as a normal person, not as Marine Corps. So as a marine fan, is it possible (legal) to add Marines' Eagle, Globe, and Anchor (EGA) sign before your name in the end of documents or ...
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How can I ensure EU citizens can share my content?

I've been hearing things about the new Article 11 and Article 13 legislation which recently passed in the European parliament which regulate the ways that, for example, social media or news ...
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Is downloading YouTube videos legal for personal use? [duplicate]

Hypothetical: I am learning a language at the moment and have found certain playlists very useful. I want to have them on the go and have written an application to download and manage downloaded ...
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What are the copyright terms on patents?

Are patents (and the attached text, diagrams, images etc) covered by copyright? Or are they, by virtue of being published patents, in the public domain?
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Can I legally publish a compilation of copyrighted material without licence? How?

I have bought a book A which contains much content, and a second book B which relies on some of that content. I took the time to compile only the content from A that is relevant for use with B into a ...
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Which Supreme Court justices have been the most anti-intellectual property? [closed]

Which Supreme Court justices, present or historical, have ruled the most against intellectual property rights?
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Am I allowed to use other peoples instruments in my music?

I'm new to creating music and trying to understand how everything works. I have been trying to look for instruments I like and I just can not find any good download packs. I have even bought a couple ...
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Legal ramifications for having video game source code available for download?

I'm currently developing a game for which I want to document my experience with online through my website. On the site, one of things I want to offer anyone who subscribes to my mailing list is access ...
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To what extent do I have the right to quote other works to parody or reference them?

Do I have the right to have my character "blast off at the speed of light" as a reference to Pokemon's Team Rocket Trio? Do I have the right to have my character lock another character in an office ...
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Correct Creative Commons attribution for emojis on a website

Many emoji sets have a Creative Commons license that requires attribution, and while I think I know what to write in the attribution, I don't know where I am required to place it. Quoting some info I ...
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Will my app i'm building be breaching any copyright laws [closed]

Currently building an app where it may include copyrighted words as its running like a karaoke type app With it including things that are copyrighted what can I do in regards to this?
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Why register a logo as trademark if copyright protects it?

If everything I created is protected by the copyright; No one can use it without my permission. Why would I need to register it as a trademark to protect it? If something is too simple to create, it ...
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May I claim fair use for public commentary of a political ad?

Preface I am not a legal professional I know that fair use is such an ambiguous area. Hypothetical Scenario I want to publish (online) a marked up copy of a political candidate's campaign ...
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violation of the terms of service

literally i have an app(to earn money) that parses google.translate results. Changes it(info from google) and puts it in. And it seem I am violating terms of service because i am scraping google....
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Is it safe to use public domain images of Wikipedia for commercial purposes (like printing on a product)?

I searched for public domain images on Wikipedia for my t-shirts. Here is an example public domain image. The permission section for the image says: This image consists only of simple geometric ...
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Is an adaptation or translation of a public domain hymn also in the public domain?

In Christian hymnbooks today it is common to find hymns that were written in the 1700s or 1800s. However, most of the time these hymns have been adapted, to modernize older language, or to adjust the ...
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Is it legal to use google translate output in my own app?

I am little bit confused about legal aspect of retrieving translation from google.translate. Is it legal to programmatically open google.translate page (user do not see it) -> then my program gets ...
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Do I have to add owner's of images if they also belong to me?

Let's suppose I am running a car shop where I import cars from a manufacturer. On my website, I will put some images of the cars I sell. If these images belong to the manufacturer, but I have those ...
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Can the US Government assert copyright on a government work internationally?

From what I understand, large swaths of US Government works are considered "public domain", but this unrestricted status applies only within the United States, For this question I am assuming the ...
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copyright on patterns in CorelDraw

If I made an image that includes a pattern that comes with CorelDraw X4 and attempted to sell it printed on a T-shirt online, would that be a copyright violation? This is from the CorelDraw license ...
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Is work done on paid time off “work for hire” in California?

I am curious about this, because my understanding was that unless my employment contract stated to the contrary, work done in my spare time without using company resources is not “work for hire” in ...
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What EU law regulates the service providers liabilities and responsibilities for user posted content?

This question is closely related to: How do community websites and forums defend against copyright claims?, but it didn't exactly answer my question as my question is about servers based in Europe. ...