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Can fan art containing the IP of superhero characters be sold?

Let's say it's illegal for anyone to sell fan art they drew of Deadpool online for $4,000 because it contains the intellectual property (IP) of the company Marvel Comics. But what if they drew a ...
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Writing a book on history of structural analysis and use extensively secondary sources. To which extent can I copy long paragraphs of the book while clearly indicating one of the following just cite ...
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What does copyright law have to say about publishing written notation for recorded music?

If you google the name of any popular song, among the top suggestions will be " chords" or "tabs" or "piano arrangement", etc. Many of these hits will take you to forum ...
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Can an operating system make terms for apps that run on it, or can third parties do the same?

This is in continuation to the question here :If an app is built on a GPL Operating System must it also be GPL? Say a user is using a default calendar app and the operating system provides an inbuit ...
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Archaeological sketches of visual works of art in public domain

In several jurisdictions, faithful reproductions of visual works of art in public domain are not subjected to copyright. This include both US with its Bridgeman Art Library v. Corel Corp. decision as ...
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Is the composition of a photo protected by copyright?

Norwegian photographer Stig Håvard Dirdal recently accused a Russian movie of plagiarism due to them recreating his work from 2015: But is this actually something that would be protected by copyright,...
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I'm working on a game and want to reference some other games and movies. How much trouble could I get in with the examples below?

I'm wondering what trouble a game developer could get into with making references to other things that served to inspire the dev. Suppose the dev plans to sell the game; would such references possibly ...
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Website cloning is legal?

Is using CSS, Javascript, HTML, or images from other websites on our website illegal because the contents may involve trademark or copyrighted assets? I am using lot of partial or full content from ...
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In what countries can you *not* disclaim copyright?

I'm interested in some of the legal issues around software licensing, but my question could apply to other copyrightable works too. Most free and open source software is copyrighted but distributed ...
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Copyright transfer on death where copyright cannot be transferred?

The wikipedia page on Copyright transfer mentions that in "some countries, a transfer of copyright is not legally allowed, and only licensing is possible". Does this also apply to the ...
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If the same content is created by more than one person without copying, do all authors have copyright, or just the first author?

In Canada, if person_a creates a copyrightable work, and then later person_b creates (without copying person_a's work) the same work, do both person_a and person_b have copyright, or does only ...
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Does saying that a work of art was inspired by another work mean the former is a derivative work?

Say a composer read a poem. The poem is the published work of a living poet and obviously protected by copyright. This composer was inspired by the poem, and down the road he has written a piece of ...
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Can we be sued for using a meme for naming our company?

Once something like a meme goes viral and is widely used by people, it cannot legally function as a trademark, he said. It will typically take the office around four months to deliver a decision on ...
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Does it constitutes infringement if I translate and share the news and videos of the BBC, Fox etc on my WeChat official accounts?

I am a university student from China. I want to learn English by reading foreign publications and watching foreign news vedio such as BBC, Fox news, etc. And I am preparing to translate it into ...
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Downgrade to more restrictive creative commons license for adapted work

Consider the following scenario (see this question for context and motivation): First, I publish a work under CC-BY. Then, I create an adapted version of the same work and publish it under CC-BY-NC-...
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How is "publication" different in copyright and defamation cases

There has been some confusion here on Law.Stack exchange as to whether "publication" or "publish" has the same meaning in defamation cases as it does in copyright cases. I am ...
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When sharing posts on social media (i.e. copying a post made by someone else) do you need the permission of the author?

A bit of a follow up to Is it legal to copy pictures found on social media and upload them again? When a person takes a picture or writes some text, they are by default the copyright owner. Many ...
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Copyright on characters' quotes?

Are fictional characters' quotes / phrases protected by copyright? For instance, Blizzard Entertainment's video games have characters saying things like "You are not prepared!", "For ...
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Can you show Netflix to CCTV?

When I passed a security camera in the house i'm currently in, while watching Netflix on my phone, I wondered how legal that would be, considering that you are not allowed to make copies or photos of ...
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combining a specific license with a wide license

A directory contains a program's source code, a file named "LICENSE" that indicates that the program is licensed under license A, and a library ("lib.c") containing license B. A is ...
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questions about the Rubik's cube trademark/copyright/patent

i checked Rubik's cube image rights and i'm still confused about the legal protection of Rubik's cube. I know the patent expired and their 3d trademark lost a case in EU. Does this imply they ...
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What counts as redistribution of copyrighted calculation?

In quantitative finance SE, there is a question asking for help calculating an index. If someone writes a program that performs the calculations described in the handbook and shares that program ...
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Sheet music artwork

I would like to take sheet music collection inherited from my grandfather and use the artwork covers to create a coffee table book. I am not copying any of the music, but I will be including photos of ...
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Does AGPL apply to products created by the software, or just the software?

I'm a 3D modeler by trade, and in the past I've used some software to create a base mesh for humanoid renders. I'm seeing now that, while it used to be AGPL and CC0, it's now entirely AGPL, and by ...
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Do you need to do something when your movie's title has the same name as the title of another movie?

Let's say your film's title is Black Pirate, which coincide with the name of a DC Comics superhero. Is this copyright infringement? What if Black Pirate also referred to the name of a character. Is ...
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Are there any AGPL-style licences that require source code modifications to be public?

So my understanding of the AGPL, is that it requires modifications to be distributed to the users of the network service, but I'm looking for a licence that would require any modifications (non-...
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Does an artist have a claim to the money generated from your IP?

Does an artist have a claim to the money generated from your IP? Let's say that the design was written in paper and then the concept artist represented the written design graphically, does he own any ...
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If a paper under the CC BY-SA 4.0 describes & designs a software X & its implications, does said software must be under a compatible license?

Let's say I wrote a paper which describes & designs a software and its implications, and I license it under the CC BY-SA 4.0. If some else (or me) writes said software, does it need to be in a ...
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Are fictional races from a video game universe protected by copyright?

For instance, the Warcraft Universe contains fictional races (various), such as the Orcs, Humans, Night Elves, Blood Elves, Tauren, etc. Are these races considered "original works" to fall ...
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can I sell products with quotes on them? [duplicate]

I'm interested in selling a product (coffee mug) where the primary design is a quote from an author. The quote would be from a book they have published. The author has not been dead for 75 years or ...
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Is it legal to rip ISOs/ROMs from physical game discs for use in a PC emulator?

I live in Germany. I own a Wii Console and related hardware, as well as some games in the form of physical discs. I would like to play those games (which I legally own on disk) on my PC using an ...
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How do I transfer copyright ownership in India?

Suppose I have a friend who wants to transfer ownership of a piece of their artwork to me. What is the simplest way that my friend can do so? Assume that we both live in India.
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Republishing public domain material from an edition that is not public domain

A certain famous philosopher from the 19th century made an arrangement of a few hundred of his notebook writings that was intended to be the outline for a book. He didn't live long enough to actually ...
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Quizzes based on copyrighted material

The boundaries of fair-use are clearly deliberately vague in that they are often commented on as being a ‘rule of thumb for contextual assessment as not to stifle creative development’ in one way or ...
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Can I get my answers deleted from Stack Exchange?

According to a moderator statement in meta that I read, Stack Exchange claims a "license" on the answers and questions which a user has posted. From a copyright standpoint can a claim be made or a ...
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Gaming private servers?

I did some searching around, specifically on this website actually, and I am a bit confused on this: If you were to reverse engineer a private server and make no money off of it (except maybe ...
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Can I download my own Facebook videos without using Facebook's native downloader?

Each week, I livestream a video from a noncommercial Facebook business page I manage; then, I download it through Facebook's native download button (given to business pages but not personal accounts, ...
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is reverse engineering undocumented API legal in the U.S

I've reverse engineered a Taobao APP's undocumented API to make a helper program, (in case you don't know what Taobao APP is, it's like amazon or ebay), this API allows the APP to place bids and make ...
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Using a stock photo for 3d modeling, and redistributing

I wanted to take a photo from https://www.istockphoto.com/ and use it as a base to create a 3d model. The photo would be an essential feature of the model, without the photo the model could not exist. ...
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Does Canada allow the use of copyrighted materials for self study?

I was reading into the Canadian copyright law and it says that: 29: Fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire does not infringe copyright does this allow ...
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Can I make an audiobook of an old edition of a book that I have in my posession?

I have an old edition of a book (a 1918 reprint) - can I make an audiobook of this work? There is a publisher who publishes this work, but a latter print. The author passed away in 1946. I'm really ...
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Can I make a restaurant from a game and make it into a real business?

Is it illegal to make a restaurant from five nights at Freddy’s and make it into a real life Restaurant? It‘s just a thought that randomly came to mind.
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Can the "de minimis non curat lex" rule render actions that are otherwise illegal, legal?

My understanding is that the rule can be used in court to strike down actions in court. I was wondering whether it might also perhaps be used legitimately by someone, outside of a court case, and ...
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Is it legal to display images found using public APIs on my website?

I have a website about tourist attractions all around the world and we use automatic geolocation based searches in Flickr/Panoramio/Foursquare/500px photo bases using their public APIs. To filter out ...
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Is a revised version of a PD work with no indication of new authorship or copyright notice protected by copyright in the US?

This is a followup to this comment and the subsequent interchange. Suppose that a person A publishes a new edition of a work clearly in the Public Domain (PD) such as Conan Doyle's Adventures of ...
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Can a YTPMV reupload be taken down by the original YTPMV uploader who has voluntarily removed it from the platform?

Without going too deeply into the specifics... One of my favorite YTPMV’s was taken down (by its own creator for some reason) from the YT platform. It was a YTPMV of one of Eminem’s songs. The YTPMV ...
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Is it illegal to stream from a third party website, if I own the respective DVD?

I own a DVD collection but my current laptop does not have a DVD drive. Can I stream the respective movies from free streaming services without legal consequences?
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"Etsy" plans as download - license, restrictions?

"Etsy" is an online platform designed to allow individuals to sell models via a standardized platform. Some sellers off downloadable files, containing plans to recreate those models. Example, rubber ...
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Do ghost writers have a claim of copyright?

Do ghost writers have a claim of copyright? I am seriously wondering. Can a ghostwriter have a claim of copyright when they redact your work? Let's say they write a novel out of your manuscript, what ...
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Is it allowed to use a copyrighted music track on a video, but without integrating the audio into the video?

It's generally known that if you use a song to create a music video, you must have obtained a master use license to publish the track as a part of the music video, and also a synchronization license ...

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