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Questions tagged [copyright]

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Is it legal to use pictures of trademarks?

My question is a little confusing; let me explain. The famous logo "I(heart)NY" is legally protected. You can't legally use it without permission. Yet I've found several pictures of public domain ...
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For a video game that player can build up his own character, any copyright issue if the character similar to Mario, Gundam etc?

The video game do not provide any particular character. It only provides parts for player to build up his own character, such as hat, head, eye, mouth, chest, abdomen, pelvis, shoulder etc. more than ...
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Can i use brand logos on a website template I'm going to be selling?

I'm working on a website template that I intend to sell on a marketplace where people can buy and sell templates (i.e. ThemeForest). I'd like this template to have a "Featured In" section where I'd ...
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Making profit of copyrighted material - when exactly does it become illegal

As I understand copyright is something that is inherent in creative work, as in, if you painted a picture you automatically "own" the copyright to it without having to do anything extra. Say I ...
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How to legally distribute the data of all Internet websites? [closed]

We are a humble startup that's very good at Internet crawling and data mining. Unfortunately after 2 years of struggling, we may soon fail. We have lots of data and we want to release them free ...
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Le Petit Prince and the public domain status in France

Trying to reply in this question, I found this interesting link: https://www.communia-association.org/2015/01/23/the-little-prince-almost-in-the-public-domain/ This is a 2016 article talking about ...
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Is it allowed to sell 3D models of existing brands?

Case: I make 3D models for architecture. Now I made a bundle of IKEA furniture to use in my interior scenes. I do this for clients to give them a visual representation of what a room can be. Because ...
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Do we have to take down the material for 14 days even if the DMCA notice is erroneous?

A very large site and my site are both licensed to use product images created and photographed by the same vendor. Now the large site comes after my site and sends a DMCA notice to my hosting provider,...
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Is a modified version of a trademarked slogan considered infringement?

Since it's not the exact trademarked slogan, it seems the answer would be straightforward - but I've learned that trademark/copyright law is anything but. If the phrase, "Float like a butterfly, ...
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Yacht Rock and the Intellectual Property Rights of Work Trademarked by a Second Party

So I'm curious about the legal standing of an IP trademark owned by a party that did not originate the concept, but which is using it, potentially to the detriment of the original work, to suppress ...
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Can I legally (but without license) sell merchandise with text and images based on a video game? [duplicate]

I am setting up an online shop (or, say, a table/kiosk at conventions) to sell merchandise like t-shirts, mugs, etc, and I want to have merchandise with text and images either from or based on popular ...
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When is it illegal to play someone else's copyrighted song on an instrument?

I am learning guitar and found out that Justin Sandercoe (from famous guitar teaching website justinguitar.com) has been forced to remove some of his lessons because the song he was teaching his ...
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Is writing and publishing a summary narrative of someone else's electronic game story an infringement of copyright?

Our son has watched every episode of UnderTale (which is a video game) and written a narrative describing each episode. He's not a kid who has a lot of self-confidence (he's on the spectrum which may,...
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Is it legal to download subscription based content from a website for personal use?

Is it legal to copy data from a subscription based education site using http://ricks-apps.com/osx/sitesucker/ or https://www.httrack.com. This is to be able to study the material when internet is not ...
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Is it legal to open a museum of certain a brand?

My wife is a big fan of a certain toy company and has a huge collection. She is toying* with the idea of opening a small museum showcasing her collection. Is it legal to name the museum "The [Toy-...
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Can I retain my story's title if it has been trademarked by a large company?

I had a brief comic on a forum that I drew, let's say it is titled "Gourd Lord", several years ago. It has since been a minor thing I reference occasionally in my other work, but I've not had the ...
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Fictional Character Copyright?

Person 1 creates a fictional character and said character fits guidelines to pass both the Well-Delineated test and the Sam Spade test. The character has a well-detailed description, personality and ...
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Is it legal to create derivative works of character descriptions from a music album?

One of my favorite albums of all time is this album that tells a story. It is like a children's album with its story, but I like the characters in it. It is not particularly popular or well-known. I ...
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Is it plagiarism to make a parody?

I created a comics/cartoons Facebook page a few time ago, and I also published my work on reddit. And I made a humoristic comic featuring Spider-Man and Deadpool (two characters owned by Marvel Comics ...
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Is a press release a privileged and/or copyrighted document with ownership rights?

I recently left the firm I was working with for a few years. I have my own advisory firm now. I took part in several deals that closed. I was an active participant and got paid on those deals. I am ...
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Is it illegal to broadcast/stream music for non-commercial purposes?

I have a simple question that I haven't found any answer on, on the web. I have a lot of purchase music on Google Play and I want to create a internet radio just for fun, for non-commercial purposes. ...
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Know if my page violates any rule or copyright, without risking suspension or closure

i'm an administrator of an Instagram page in which I make posts about drawings and covers related to comics. Obviously I am not the author of these drawings but I always add in the description the ...
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Is this pdf a copyright infringment?

The Pontifical Biblical Commision of the Vatican produces documents in several languages - but not in all of them. For instance, the document L'interprétation de la Bible dans l'Église (The ...
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Is it legal to save a copy of software in public cloud?

So I live in Taiwan and most time I'll be facing when I tell my student to download some software they'll need to wait for it to download. So I'm wondering can I store a copy of the software (for ...
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Legality of web scraping for non-commercial use

I would like to scrape data from a website (which is based in USA, and I am not, if this matters) - let's say it's something like IMDb, or something like that. Unlike most other questions asked about ...
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How well can characters be protected?

There are lots of attributes that are better covered by either a copyright or trademark, but suppose there is a business that makes movies, short films or games or comics uses and "Darth Vader" in ...
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Can you report use of product copy/likeness in video games for compensation?

If a video game (created outside of the US) has an exact copy on a 3D model used from a large world-wide corporation's (based in US) product is there a way of: Reporting the use of likeness/copy ...
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Is a real life story subject to copyright by those who lived it?

The title basic summarizes my question. Is a real life story subject to copyright by those who lived it? Or could someones create a book or movie about the history without contacting those who ...
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How could the USPS be sued by the architect of Las Vegas' Statue of Liberty?

I've seen reports that the USPS had to pay $3.5 million for using a picture of "Robert Davidson's Las Vegas replica" instead of the original. But it seems that the US has "freedom of panorama", which ...
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Can I register a trademark after leaving a company in the UK?

I've been working on a new product for a company as a software developer (creating it from scratch). I've come up with a name for it as well which my manager didn't tell me to do but I decided to be ...
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Do I violate a copyright law if I reconstruct the sound effect scenario, but use only my own sounds in it?

By "my own sounds", I mean that I generated them or bought them.
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What if i host popcorn time - a torrent sharing platform [duplicate]

Popcorn time https://popcorntime.sh/ is a service that lets you watch pirated movies via torrents. Now let's imagine I own a pirate internet of some sort, within this internet, I create a policy that ...
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A network of anonymous content sharing

Am building an anonymous private network, meaning anyone can put whatever they want, As the network Admin, I won't sue or grudge anyone for whatever they host in the network. Now let's say within ...
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Copyright Law and Terms and Services

Terms and Conditions for websites often include provisions pertaining to Copyright Law. To what extent can those Terms and Conditions, as a contract, alter standard copyright law and Fair Use? Can ...
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Copyright issues with sharing music and videos on social media

What are the copyright issues with sharing music and videos that I find on social media? Not ones that I upload, but ones that I find besides my own. Like when I hit "share" on Facebook. Have I ...
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How do I let others to share my research paper but without modifying its content?

I'm about to publish a paper. It will be in PDF format. I want others to copy and share that file. But I don't want them to modify the content. What copyright license I should use for that?
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Am I violating copyright by sharing photos of pages of books I read or quoting them?

I read a lot of books, and when I come across an interesting part, I take a photo and share it on my social media. I also do book reviews on my blog which always includes some paragraphs from the book ...
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Re-publish 'dead' articles

Some background: I've stumbled on a few so to say "dead" articles. Articles that have great content but the website where they are published is "gone". Thanks to the Internet Archive we can get the ...
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What protections does Common Law copyright give me?

What does Common Law copyright protection give me exactly? From my research, all I've found is that if I create a work, it is automatically protected by common law copyright, and that if I register ...
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Copyright shakedown

I've been receiving threatening letters from a law firm regarding a meme I posted on my blog 2 years ago. Turns out the image was derived from a photo by Agence France Presse. I took it down ...
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Are photographs of portraits of Mozart that are in the public domain free for commercial use?

While there are photos of Einstein that are in the public domain (e.g. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Albert_Einstein_(Nobel).png), Einstein ,the person, is not in the public domain. For this ...
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Legalities on summarizing the content of publishers and publishing to our app for readers

We have built a technology which gets trending things happening on internet from publishers like techcrunch, bbc, time of India and many more leading publishers. Then it summarizes the content of the ...
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I've created a website where users can upload images. How to protect myself and the website from people who might upload copyright material [duplicate]

Image this situation - I release my website and it gains a certain amount of visitors, then one of those visitors uploads an image which is not his own and by chance the real owner of that image finds ...
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The Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market, also known as EU Copyright Directive and file 2016/0280(COD)

Going to WikiPedia, I have been drawn attention to a new EU directive on Copyright. The Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market, also known as EU Copyright Directive and file 2016/0280(...
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Does the knowledge from a Creative Commons licensed work require attribution?

I have question about the popular Creative Commons licenses, but this question may also apply to other licenses. When somebody reads answers on a forum or other content licensed under a Creative ...
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Transcrbing Website Articles for the Blind and Copyright Laws

What are the legalities for a website article transcribing service for the blind. Essentially a service that reads articles to create audio files so that the blind can listen to the content instead of ...
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Recruiter forwarding freelancer's profile without consent

I work as a freelancer, so being contacted by recruiters is a regular occurrence. Recently I responded to a request from a recruiter of a UK-based, "award-winning" recruitment company. We talked on ...
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Is it legal (fair use) to use lyrics as part of a personal project?

Hypothetical question: Imagine I am working on a memorial bench for a family member who recently passed away. As part of this project I would like to use two stanzas from a commercially released song ...
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Do I have copyright over the code I write in my Computer Science class

Hypothetical Question: Do I have the right (copyright) over the code I write in my Computer Science class and thus all rights that come along with having something copyrighted? I was wondering if I ...
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Is modifying a song's audio using youtube's Phase Vococer to slow it down to 0.25% a copyright violation?

On the surface, this seems like a simple question. At quick glance, you might immediately say: "Yes, changing the speed of a song is a derivative work". According to wikipedia, a transformed work is ...