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Handwritten "Copyright 2021 Joe Doe" copyright notice on a handwritten 30-page work, published only on social media

Would a handwritten "Copyright 2021 (My First and Last name)" copyright notice, be valid and have it's standard legal aplication in USA as well as in EU, for me - an author form Slovenia (...
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What happens if you create something (e.g. a book/game/show) which includes copyrighted content, then release it into the public domain?

I assume it might be a problem if you have a Patreon or something where people support you for creating the content since you can technically be considered making money off of it even though it's ...
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To whom does copyright of an item belong, if a computer program is used to create it, according to the Deutsches Urheberrecht?

Section 69b of the German Copyright Law "Deutsches Urheberrecht" states that: Where a computer program is created by an employee in the execution of his duties or following the instructions ...
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Can the word "Cola" be used for commercial purposes?

I want to start doing some media stuff on YouTube etc and would like to have the word "Cola" in my name (e.g. names like ColaFinder, ColaCabin, StaleCola etc.). Now I am trying to figure out ...
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You use 1000 3D models in an animated movie, accidentally only one was not yours, then what?

So you record an animated movie in some software and spend hours and years working on it, but shoes on one of the characters were not your copyright and IP. What can the original owner now do? Can he ...
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What's the meaning of © and ℗ on Spotify?

At the bottom of an album page, Spotify shows certain details including © and ℗. For example for Taylor Swift's album 1984 https://open.spotify.com/album/2QJmrSgbdM35R67eoGQo4j © 2014 Big Machine ...
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Am I allowed to use the name of a railway system in advertising?

In Germany, there is the famous ICE (Intercity Express) train that everybody knows and loves. If I run ads in Germany, am I allowed to use this term in messages like Our software XYZ is the ICE of ...
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Are the assignments of tags to Stack Exchange questions licenseable?

Most questions on Stack Exchange have been assigned one or several tags by Stack Exchange users. Are these assignments of tags to Stack Exchange questions licenseable?
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How do I get permission to use a video game character in my book?

So, I am in India and I am writing a novel. I was planning to add a few characters from 2 video games, Bendy from Bendy and The Ink Machine and Sans from Undertale. I am not writing fanfiction and ...
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I am an animator producing a video of dancing cicadas, and would like to use a copyrighted song. Under what conditions is it excusable?

To be clear, this is me fooling around—I am making zero money off of this. I also believe that the band for the song I'm thinking of—specifically Caravan Palace—can and definitely should receive all ...
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If I post my own code to Stack Overflow, can I then use that code in a project that uses a license other than CC-BY-SA?

Suppose that I have a block of code that represents my own original work (i.e. I am the copyright holder), and that I would like to post this code on Stack Overflow--either to answer someone else's ...
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Is licensing required to use an excerpt of a song within a recording?

I'm currently recording a cover version of a song for inclusion on a compilation album which will be sold on Bandcamp. Because Bandcamp does not pay mechanical royalties, the organiser of the ...
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Can you protect graphical designs through written form?

Let's say you design a spider-man costume, but instead of drawing it you write it. To what extent can you protect a graphical design through written form? Using common sense, I would say no since the ...
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How do you protect your intellectual property when you're about to write a screenplay?

How do you protect your intellectual property when you're about to write a screenplay? Is there any particular step you can take in order to make sure that the intellectual property stays firmly in ...
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Copyright on scripts and procedurally generated artwork using GPL software

Using Blender as an example, suppose I programmatically create an artwork using the API that it provides and then proceed to sell this work to someone. My understanding is that I still own the ...
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Is licensing your contributions to stack exchange under CC0 legal?

Some users have added Everything I post on Stack Overflow is licensed to you under CC0 to their profiles. I would like to know whether this is legal, because as far as I know stack exchange uses CC4....
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Is it legal to use others Youtube videos on my website to teach people

First time in this exchange community, if my question needs editing please let me know. I'm wondering is it legal to use/embed youtube videos on my own website (domain in canada). What the website ...
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Collecting chess games for an open source database

There are a few questions on copyright and chess already, but I'm going to be a bit more specific. There currently are big, commercial databases of chess games, such as Chessbase's Mega Database. ...
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What can be the consequences for a github user who forked a repository with illegally uploaded ebooks?

Github is usually used to share code. There is a feature called fork. This is described here: github fork. What happens if a user forks a repository that contains illegally uploaded material like ...
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Can digital signature/Hash sequence be copyrighted?

So in order for you to copyright your piece of work - any work -- it has to meet criteria of minimum creative value. According to "An artist’s guide to copyrights" by Laura Levin-Dando: a ...
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Is everything in an animated TV show copyrighted?

let's use Futurama as the example. I understand all the characters are copyrighted. What about certain objects like slurm? or the holophonor? Are all objects in the whole duration in the episode ...
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Are there any legal issues for commercial emulator software?

There are many emulators for old computer and game console systems (like C64, ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC, NES, Sega, etc). But all I know about are free and open-source software. I was not able to find ...
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What is copyright law for using audio recordings to train machine learning/AI model?

I am considering using audio soundtracks training data for training a machine learning model. Under this consideration, these audio files are speech excerpts obtained from some TV programs posted on ...
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Does Fair Use of copyright apply to educational youtube channels?

I'm not an official school and I'm not registered or related to any university or any governmental education system. It's only an educational channel on Youtube that aims to teach Arabic. According to ...
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Obtaining source code from an uncooperative company when you're an author

According to an answer on Methods for obtaining source code from an uncooperative company: You're probably out of luck. The company distributing this firmware has an obligation to provide you the ...
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Confused about Intellectual Property Rights

I have applied for a job as a software developer in the UK and have been sent back a contract which has the following wordage: You agree that all rights to all material created in the course of your ...
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Could signing an intellectual property agreement for an algorithm coding job prevent me from working in a similar industry later?

I am a computer coder / algorithm developer and am just getting started in industry where I know I'll have to deal with IP agreements. In particular, the question I'm asking here came about because I ...
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Can I use a symbol that is similar to a trademark?

I don't know if I can use a symbol that is a bit similar to a trademarked symbol. For example, can I use the Alchemist symbol for philosopher's stone. It is very similar to the symbol of deathly ...
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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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Am I free to make use of code snippets found in a bachelor's thesis under an open-source license?

I found an interesting bachelor's thesis recently, with some ideas in it that I have not seen applied in any sort of library that I've come across before. Thus, I would like to create my own library ...
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What files can be transferred without infringing on copyright or a license agreement?

Suppose you transfer files from one device you own to another, including some files which may be associated with an application? What determines whether such file transfer is a violation of copyright ...
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Is it legal to use term from science fiction book for commercial purposes?

I want to use the word "Mentat" in promo materials and documentation for commercial product, because it's perfectly describes what I want to say. So may I use this fictional word as any ...
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Is linking to illegal free-movie streaming websites itself copyright infringement?

(Site hosted in Canada) Would a website containing a list of links to free-movie websites be considered illegal? The "free movie websites" are hosting copyrighted movies without permission. ...
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How to relinquish copyright for hired help [closed]

I have a small video game that I will be selling. Some people volunteered to translate it into different languages. I also paid for assistance creating some music for it. Everything is done already ...
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How to send a document restricting its spread?

I have a personal project I am working on and I wrote a detailed presentation of it, where I describe the internal mechanisms in a certain detail. I do not know how/if I will license it in the future, ...
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"Or otherwise" in Copyright Agreement

I have an agreement presented by an employer that has the following bullet point: Employees are prohibited from using, exploiting, disseminating, or reproducing any intellectual work, in any form or ...
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How do various factors affect the legality of streaming?

I was wondering whether watching a video that was uploaded without permission from the copyright holder was illegal. Also... Which country’s laws apply if a lawsuit were to arise? For example, if a ...
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Using fonts with a pirated version of Photoshop? Violating copyrighted materials?

So Windows and Photoshop copyrighted most of their fonts. Now let's say my friend uses a pirated version of Photoshop and Windows and creates some photo with subtitle or a meme. Then what? Did he ...
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Do communist-era state-published books fall under copyright protection?

I am wondering if books from the communist era in east Europe (specifically Bulgarian books, published around 1981), that are technical in nature and have been published from a state run publishing ...
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Public domain or not so "public domain"?

Works created by the U.S. government's institutions are in the public domain within the U.S. territory - not around the world. However if the U.S. government institution with such clarification on ...
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Are the Walk of Fame costume performers legal?

I recently learned that there are many people (arguably "struggling actors" or possibly just homeless) who dress up in costumes around Hollywood Boulevard to take pictures with tourists for ...
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Can I sell a computer game that is based on a real board game?

As a group of friends we started coding a computer game based on a board game called A (insert a board game, like monopoly). There are already digital forms of the game around made by the original ...
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Is it copyright infringement to transcribe text from a math textbook and show it to people

If I take a math textbook and transcribe some of its text to obtain a pdf copy, is this copyright infringement? Would I be able to show my transcribed pdf copy to other people or post it online? ...
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Copyright on building renovations

Prompted by David Siegel's answer, specifically his final sentence: if a building is old enough that it is not protected by copyright, there is no protection. Would this apply when the building has ...
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Can photographs of landmark properties be used commercially?

Can photographs of historic landmarks be used commercially? For example, let's say a bank used a picture of Marble House in Newport RI in advertisements of their banking services. Could the trustees ...
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What laws should I be aware of if I were to start a business scraping profile content from a website and using this content to build another website? [closed]

The idea is to build websites for people (in the UK (at least to start with)) using content that they have uploaded to another website. I will cold-call them, ask them if they would like a website and ...
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If I have posted my own "homebrew" content on RPG.SE, and plan to publish it (after revising based on feedback), what credits am I required to give?

I have posted numerous homebrew features on Role-playing Games Stack Exchange, and I have used advice gotten from that site to balance most of them. If, one day, I publish the subclass, would I be ...
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Is there a legal obligation for a webhost to attain the identity of a DMCA takedown's issuer?

There has been a rash of false DMCA take-downs affecting artists on Twitter, in conjunction with emails from the attacker offering to stop issuing the take-downs if given a ransom payment in bitcoin. ...
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Copyright in Origami

I'm trying to find any US case law addressing the issue of copyright in origami patterns. Copyright itself does not protect functionality, methods, processes, etc.; and the merger doctrine of ...
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Could Apple legally steal a leaked design and claim it as their own?

Almost every year, millions wait in anticipation to hear about what new products will be announced during Apple's scheduled launch events. Weeks and days before, the press publishes photos obtained ...

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