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RSS client and copyright

I'm developing some apps that rely on RSS feeds for it's contents, these apps never store the feed data, and always pull the fresh atom xml from the server. I limit the char count to 100 chars, so it ...
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If I can prove that my drawing/illustration was constructed from various image references, can't I be prosecuted?

Background: For my design work, I sometimes create portraits to illustrate campaigns and other media. In an effort to avoid mis-appropriating someone's likeness, I tend to draw from a collection of ...
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Copyright law and distribution terms for public versions or derivatives

The present question is a special case of Can one take BSD licensed code and distribute it under GPL?. Looking recently at OpenBSD's LibreSSL, I've noticed that SSLeay that it traces its roots to (...
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Web Developer Portflolio Using Themes

I am a student just doing some freelance work over my summer break. I call myself a web "designer" as people in my country are more used to that term when they want a website created. I develop ...
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Is it legal to distribute any version of a public domain film?

There's an extensive selection of public domain feature films available, but video quality is universally extremely poor as users generally prefer low filesize over high bitrate. Some of the films ("...
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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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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 this usage fall under “fair use”?

I am considering writing an open source software, which would help writers and editors in their work. For this means, it would incorporate suggestions based on statistical analysis of English book ...
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Can I make and sell printable worksheets for board games without infringing on copyright?

I'm hoping to sell printable worksheets online for around $2 dollars each that are designed to reformat the character sheets that came with the base board game. Where I believe I am adding value is ...
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If the KJV is still in copyright in the UK could I have a problem if people buy something quoting it from the US?

I'm creating a Christian game with KJV quotes which will be printed and published -via self-publishing- in the US. I understand the KJV is in the public domain worldwide, except for the UK. Could I ...
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Can the IEEE legally take a picture of an author anywhere, at any time, and use it in an ad?

I read in some IEEE copyright and consent form for a conference the following section: In connection with the permission granted in Section 1, the author hereby grants IEEE the unlimited, worldwide,...
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How do sites like Imgur avoid Copyright infringement?

How do companies like Imgur avoid getting sued. Some of their users upload copyrighted material. I want to build a site similar to Imgur, where the user can upload images and gifs. I am worried ...
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Respecting MIT license in JavaScript files

In my website I am using some JavaScript libraries, released under the MIT license. One of them is: https://github.com/olado/doT Now, the MIT license states: The above copyright notice and this ...
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Ship of Theseus paradox for developers

Suppose you are employed as a software developer. You work in a business where you code a lot of components. During this period, you also work as a freelancer to earn extra cash. These freelance ...
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Copyright IP of own effort and the boundaries of “Capital asset” in IRS tax law, wrt. donations

In "Instructions for Form 8283"1, it says you can donate and deduct: Intellectual property. The FMV of intellectual property must be reduced to figure the amount of your deduction, as explained ...
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Ingesting source files from other open source project into mine

I am publishing an open-source code project under the MIT-style license. I have the full notice in the LICENSE file of the source repository. I want to take a whole file from another open-source ...
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Trading Card Database - Copyright Infringement or Fair Use?

I would like to create a text-only database for collectible trading card games. The database would contain card names, ability text, flavor text, etc. Images would not be included. This project would ...
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Is it possible to license only parts of a derivative work?

This is kind of a follow-up question to one I asked earlier. I thought that if I generalize it, it would be better to ask it separately. I want to create a derivative work of another work, which is ...
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What are the steps to follow to use sample from a movie in song?

I wrote a song and I'd like to insert in it a dialogue extracted from a movie. Since I believe the original source is covered by copyrights, I'd like to understand how to proceed to get the permission ...
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Can I follow and make the similar to a state document that is open to the public

I am trying to make an Request for Proposal (RFP) and I found a similar one made by the state of NM. The RFP is open to the public; other parts are not as they are confidential. Can I make a similar ...
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Commercial/free third-party application to browse/watch YouTube, is that legal?

Let's say there is an internet browser that allows browsing/watching content from YouTube while blocking their ads. Also the browser can be a free or paid application, or can show ads from a third-...
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How far does fair-use apply for a source that contains several critiqued resources?

As far as I'm aware, if you're writing an article on a movie (or something similar), you can use screenshots and such from the movie to illustrate your points under fair use law. Example: Under fair ...
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Cases where a educational non-profit organization was successfully sued for violation of copyright/Fair Use (US)

I am looking for cases where a educational non-profit organization was successfully sued for violation of copyright/Fair Use (US). I am particularly interested in borderline cases (i.e. cases where ...
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Is sending a modified encrypted file with the key being the original encrypted file legal?

I've got a little bit of a conundrum. I have created an animation that uses and contains a copyrighted game character model. I want to distribute this animation without breaching copyright. To attempt ...
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Write song to the tune of a copyrighted song

my wife is considering writing (and selling) some childrens' books which will contain songs which are to the tune of various copyrighted songs (like the "Let It Go!" song from Disney's Frozen). She ...
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What license considerations are there when reproducing Soviet art?

I've found some impressive Soviet propaganda posters and I intend to have them printed and hanged in the living room. This is for personal use but it got me thinking. Let's assume I wanted to start a ...
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Can the owner of a copyrighted work use an unauthorised derivative work?

Let's say a company makes video games and unauthorised fanart of one of the game's characters is made and posted on the internet. The company finds this fanart and uses it in merchandising etc. Who ...
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Is it legal to create an alternative implementation of proprietary game server?

There are various multiplayer MOBA or MMORPG games, that have no publicly available documentation for their proprietary server protocols, and which only have one official client that provides an ...
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Is rendering Markdown to HTML considered an “adaptation” under CC BY-SA 3.0?

Title pretty much sums it up. Are the rights given to adaptations granted if someone renders Markdown?
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Is it possible for something to be Creative Commons and have exclusivity?

I came across this Licensing and Copyright. By submitting to an open access agreement under Creative Commons 4.0 Attribution Non Commercial International conditions an author or creator is ...
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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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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 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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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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Reverse engineering for security research

Is it legal to reverse engineer a closed source application in order to check how secure it is if: the software came preinstalled on the device (i.e. I have not signed an EULA) I have signed an ...
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Why does there appear to be a difference between depicting vehicles in games vs. in movies?

I've been trying to wrap my head around trademark/copyright/trade dress law in the US as it pertains to the depictions of real brands in fictional works. As far as I can identify, it is legal to ...
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Does creating a wrapper library infringe copyright?

I am thinking about writing a wrapper library for a proprietary library. Due to the nature of a wrapper library, its API would be very similar to the API of the original library in terms of what ...
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What is the “equitable rule of reason” in the fair use doctrine?

In Sony Corp. v. Universal City Studios, Inc., 464 U.S. 417 (1984), the Court decided that Sony's manufacturing and selling of VTR's did not infringe the copyrights of Universal Studios and Walt ...
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How does copyright on Recipes work?

Say there's website X that features a bunch of recipes authored by themselves. The recipes feature Afaik you can't have copyright on a recipe, only on the imagery and textual description of how to ...
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Does a merger clause nullify implied terms?

The SE legal link says that using SE constitutes an agreement to certain terms. Section 3 on subscriber content states that "all Subscriber Content that You contribute to the Network is perpetually ...
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Google Map image use in public presentation

The IP statement supplied by Google Maps outlining permissible use of images of their maps is rather vague (to me at least) see link (https://www.google.com/permissions/geoguidelines.html). They give ...
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Media consent form for summer camp

We have a media consent form that parents have signed for the campers at our summer camp. The wording is as follows: The Participant identified below desires to participate in the [insert summer ...
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Can I include (similar styled) art/characters from other apps in my free trading card game app?

Say I wanted to make a free (+no ads etc.) app which is essentially a trading card game but the cards consist of characters designed to be similar to ones from other apps. For example, one card would ...
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Is web scraping content from the web illegal ?

I would like to create a service that gathers contents from other news websites and display them in a way that may not necessarily be violating the source's terms. The intent is to aggregate data ...
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Two mobile apps have same function/near identical names - copyright trouble?

I'm developing a mobile app and recently discovered that another app was published to the iOS App Store in 2011 with a similar name and almost identical function. Should I anticipate copyright ...
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Is it legal to distribute e-books in a company (NL)?

If a company owns copies of several e-books that have commercial licenses, can it distribute these e-books to employees? For instance with software like Koha. If not, is there a common other way to ...
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Is it ok to post a clone of a famous game up for review or in a website?

I recently wrote a clone of the famous Jeopardy! game. It is copyrighted but I believe that if I my copy was made for educational and recreational uses only (no commercial) it falls under FAIR USE, am ...
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Copyright on mobile, clone an entire website

One person I know is currently building an iOS application, in the main page there are some icons where inside one of them he clones my whole website. In the World Wide Web it's always a copyright ...
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ISP / Internet Cafe liability for copyright infringement in NZ

I recently visited an Internet Cafe in New Zealand that has "Popcorn Time" installed on their computers. "Popcorn Time" is software designed to torrent videos and play them in more-or-less real time. ...
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is creating an app/website/software which uses youtube-dl for videos download from YouTube legal?

I'm pretty sure that it won't be legal in some or the work way. However, I want to clarify my doubt about legal issues again. I read this article about it - is it legal to download youtube videos? ...