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Can I sell my notes on a book without copyright infringment?

I read a machine learning book. I invested a lot of time to make extensive and clear notes. Some concepts required a lot of research to understand. I have explained some concepts in my own way. ...
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Bypassing website's paywall by modifying HTTP request headers

Recently I see some debates about bypassing paywalls by modifying browser's HTTP request as stated on ghack. Most paywalled websites allow users to read a certain number of free articles before ...
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Posthumous publishing

My deceased father wrote three novels and my sister and I now possess the manuscripts for two. What copyright law applies if we were to publish these works? He has been dead for thirteen years and ...
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Scraping factual data off the web and re-organize to release under proprietary license?

Lots of bits and pieces of information and chaotic data spread across the web and it does cost an arm and a leg to gather them together to form something larger and consistent that would prove to be ...
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Are “slavish copies” of public domain work in the public domain?

I had previously been under the impression that the photographed reproductions of public domain artwork were copyrighted - further research has made me question whether this is always the case. I ...
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How can I legally protect my website from users who upload copyrighted material?

I have a small website that hosts content in the form of text from registered users. The content can be described more specifically as short novels, essays and other personal work. How do I protect ...
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Is it legal for IEEE to sell Creative Commons content?

Aaron Swartz was working on a book before he committed suicide in 2013. The draft was later published under a Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-SA) license. It can be downloaded for free from tons of sites ...
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Performing music in public

I am a musician. I want to perform music. How do I do this without being sued into oblivion? I am particularly interested in UK law. As I understand it, a specific sound recording (of anything) is ...
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Is it possible to legally prohibit someone from linking to specific pages on your website?

By linking I meant to give exact instructions about how to find a specific page on the site, for a user with enough privilege. It can be a URL, or a demonstration of where you should click, etc. The ...
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Can I inspect websites' source in teaching video?

As a web developer, I find that we can learn a ton about HTML, CSS and JavaScript by opening the Developer Tools in Chromium and inspect elements, seeing the names other developer choose for their CSS ...
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Will software ever enter the public domain?

Works enter the public domain after ... years from publication. But most software these days is not sold but "licensed" (per EULA). So the recipient never received said "software", he's just using ...
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Who owns the copyright on a Polly recording?

This is a follow up to this question. If I record my own work (original texts, phrases, sentences, etc.) using Amazon's Polly, who owns the copyright on those recordings? In the AWS TOS section 65.5,...
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Is it possible to collect damages for free content?

Some content, especially online, is freely available, such as many pictures, Creative Commons content, and video game modifications. If the creator never makes any money from selling said content, is ...
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Can a library forbid me to make copies of un-copyrighted material?

There is a book published in 1878 (i.e. not copyrighted anymore) which is currently not available in the public domain. I would like to bring it into the public domain by making a scan of it and ...
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Can you copyright data?

I was reading this link and it says at the bottom that: The panel data are copyrighted by the Initiative on Global Markets and are being analyzed for an article to appear in a leading peer-reviewed ...
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Under what principles can one be sued for not obeying a clickwrap contract they never signed?

Many software packages come with a EULA which uses claims such as "by opening this package you hereby agree to ... (some laws going far beyond classical copyright)". Now, what happens if your friend ...
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If no open source license is given on a github account, what rules apply?

The GitHub help pages says that You're under no obligation to choose a license. It's your right not to include one with your code or project, but please be aware of the implications. Generally ...
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How do websites (or apps) that use pictures or posters of movies not infringe on rights and still make a profit?

Sites like IMDB as well as Rotten Tomatoes and countless other websites or mobile applications (such as flixter, etc.) all use movie posters and images from movies as part of their content which is ...
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Regarding “Right to be Forgotten”, what's the definition of a “search engine”?

§§ — The decision by Europe's highest court allows people living in Europe to ask for links to "inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant" material to be removed from search results,...
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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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Who owns copyright of video gameplay captures?

There are many videos on Youtube and it doesn't seem they are being removed, so one might conclude that they do not infringe copyright of the game publisher. But it could also be that for copyright ...
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In which sense is software cracking illegal?

I wonder which of the following behaviors are illegal in China: Cracking a software and using it. Cracking a software and distribute it without charging. Cracking a software and reselling the cracked ...
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What licensing issues are relevant when writing software using methods from research papers?

I am writing some software that uses methods described in a few papers. The paper describes algorithms in terms of mathematical functions and equations. An example is, for instance, this one). The ...
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Can I release someone else's work under creative commons or some other license, if its fair use?

Okay, let's say a website has some content. You can take a small amount, what would usually constitute fair use, and incorporate into a larger work. You know put this under a creative commons license ...
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Copying HTML: copyright violation?

(I'm reposting this from workplace S.E. where I was advised to ask here; apologies in advance for any inconvenience) tl;dr: in the USA, is copying the HTML code from a site (any site whose code is ...
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What considerations determine copyright infringement?

In copyright case law, what roles do process versus output play in determining infringement via creation of a similar work. By process I mean, "How much access did the creator of the new work have to ...
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Would I get myself into trouble if I say that I'm using pirated material?

Let's say that I am downloading pirated material (pdf books) via bittorrent because I can not afford to pay for the items. If I later say (admit) that I'm downloading and using these pirated ...
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Volunteer Created Work: Who Owns the Copyright?

A volunteer creates many works for a nonprofit, without signing anything or giving ownership of the works to the nonprofit. The work is used, but after about a year, the volunteer resigns and, a month ...
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Does using Java or Mono open me up to the possibility of being sued by Oracle or Microsoft?

Given the recent lawsuit between Google and Oracle due to Oracle's claims of the unfair usage of the Java API's in Android. I have a large amount of Java and C# code for certain back end processes on ...
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Is it illegal for someone in the USA to access Sci-Hub?

Sci-Hub self-describes as "the first pirate website in the world to provide mass and public access to tens of millions of research papers". A Russian researcher posted most of the academic research ...
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In which context would the difference in licensing rules between CC BY-SA 3.0 and CC BY-SA 4.0 actually matter?

Quoth Jonathan Reez in this MSE question: Currently there's a big controversy over SE changing the licensing from CC 3.0 to CC 4.0. Regardless of whether this change was legally solid or not, ...
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Uploading images of music notation: Do we violate copyright laws?

As I have noticed, it is rather common on music.SE to post a photo of a few bars and ask for help how to play it, e.g. fingering, how to play ornaments, etc. Is that according to copyright laws? My ...
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Is it legal to write a program using a DB scheme deliberately compatible to an existing software?

Ok, so there is this commercial software X that uses an SQLite DB (or rather multiple SQLite DBs that can be added/removed) for storage, so anyone can look at the scheme by just opening it. We want ...
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Can I set an expiration date on works I publish?

I think the current "death + 70 years" expiration is absurd, and I doubt that by then any work I publish will be culturally relevant, much less marketable. Suppose I publish a book or blog post today,...
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What is the Copyright Status of code posted on JSFiddle?

Programmers share code on the site JSFiddle http://jsfiddle.net, the website section called Licence states: All code posted to the site belongs to the poster and no license is enforced. jsFiddle are ...
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Youtube Ad Revenue + Guitar tutorial video - Can I make ad revenue from teaching copyrighted guitar songs?

On youtube, can i do the following whilst collecting ad revenue? Teach someone to play a copyrighted song on guitar (i.e. ed sheeran)? Is this an infringement of copyright? I have found some ...
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How should multiple copyright holders be credited using the MIT license?

Let's say three coders write a program and want to release it under the MIT license. How should the copyright notice look like? I have something like this in mind: Copyright (c) 2017 Alice, Bob, ...
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Legal Backups: Can copies of other owners' backups be used?

Many legal systems protect the rights of legal owners of copies (of copyrighted works) to backup these copies. If I own a DVD or a book, I can* rip that DVD and scan that book to a PDF. But what if ...
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Why is Pirate Bay charged but not Kickass Torrents?

Why is only Pirate Bay charged with copyright infringement, and not other sites? Because, for example, Kickass Torrents (KAT) also does the same things as Pirate Bay and it's not charged. Why so? KAT ...
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Remove liability for user submitted content

I run a website and recently had a small legal dispute with content posted by a user. A copyright owner wanted me to remove content, I acknowledged the request, requested for proof of ownership, ...
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What is required to transfer copyright when purchasing an original work (with out a contract)?

So this is a follow on question to this. Lets say I buy an original art work (e.g., a painting, not a print) I would expect that the right to make reproductions would now transfer to myself; and ...
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Copyright infringement question, photography of public art

Near Las Vegas is an outdoor earth art piece called Seven Magic Mountains. I have taken many photos there, the one above I took, well its a frame from a movie from my drone. I am out a few weeks ago ...
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What is the legal status of intimate photos sent to your (now) ex-partner after a break-up?

When I met my now ex-boyfriend, we were both already over 18. I took digital nude pictures of myself and transferred them electronically to him, i. e. I was sexting him. He didn't specifically ask for ...
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Is it legal to sell scale models of buildings I have no affiliation with?

If not, what is required from the owner of the building to have the rights to sell scale models of their buildings?
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How can the NFL assert copyright over “any pictures, descriptions, or accounts of the game”?

The NFL's copyright statement for today's big game, and presumably for other football games, contains language like "Any other use of this telecast or any pictures, descriptions, or accounts of the ...
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How can “factual” intellectual property be protected?

As noted in this answer: Facts and information cannot be copyrighted. Just because a work is copyrighted, doesn't mean every part of that work is copyrighted, and factual information conveyed ...
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Is it illegal in the EU / in Germany to download a scientific e-book?

Suppose there's a scientific monograph I really want to read but don't want to buy. I find an e-book on some website (where it is accessible to the public without restrictions) and download it. I don'...
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Copyright status of restored works

Suppose some kind of work was created long enough ago that the work itself has entered the public domain. But suppose the work has been "lost" so that it's not available anymore. Now suppose someone ...
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Why is it possible to sue non-original distributers of Pirated items?

I apologise in advance if this is a silly question. Let's say you have a person A who bought a song from an online service, and is distributing it without permission. Person F obtains a copy of this ...
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Is it illegal to play a cover song?

A group decides to cover a protected piece of music. In this example, lets say "Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen". Is the act of playing this song violate any copyright law? Does it make a difference if ...

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