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Copyright of retyped public domain text

In order to copyright something, you have to do an innovative change (photocopying doesn't count) Does converting public domain images into text (through OCR or like wikisource) count as "innovative ...
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What is the meaning of “trade secret” when the secret is being publicly distributed?

Reviewing some software licenses I found statements like this: The software code shall be treated as trade secrets and confidential information. But the source code can be freely downloaded from ...
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Public domain status of works by the state of Texas

Stuff written by employees of the US government as part of their employment are supposed to be public domain simply because they're a US government employee, per Wikipedia. So what about for the ...
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Quora bots are copying a significant amount of Law Stack Exchange questions to Quora, without proper attribution

Quora users/bots are copying a significant amount of Stack Exchange questions to Quora, without proper attribution. It seems quite systematic. For example: Are passengers allowed to record the audio ...
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Do I need permission to use an image from a book from 1942?

The book is On growth and forms by D'arcy Thompson. It was published in 1942 and Thompson died in 1948. Wikipedia uses the image citing public domain. Can I use extracts and images from the book with ...
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Transcribing Ancient Manuscripts from Around the World

As a follow-up/clarification to this question, I would like to ask with a little bit more detail. There are several groups of "ancient" manuscripts and inscriptions which I would like for this to ...
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How can I find the copyright owner?

The American composer Leo Sowerby died on July 7, 1968. At first there were three ways of contacting his heirs: 1. via the Sowerby Foundation, run by his friend Francis Crociata. They had a ...
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Are newspapers' quotes of other people protected by copyright?

I recently came across a New York Times article about Peter Thiel which contained several quotes by him. The quotes seem to have been from comments Thiel made directly to a New York Times reporter. I ...
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Publish rewritten sheet music

I used a scorewriter to notate a musical piece. I did so by ear and I do not own the original sheet music. (If it makes any difference: I wasn't able to find the sheet music for sale anywhere online) ...
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Can I use copyrighted media for strictly personal use?

I know copyright / author's rights definition. I read bunch of texts about them and I am also aware that, for example, there are a kind of tolerance on YouTube about uses of copyrighted media (ex: ...
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Ownership of Work Copyright by Multiple Authors

If a work is "Copyright © year Author One and Author Two" (with no written or verbal agreement between Author One and Author Two regarding regarding ownership), what rights does each individual author ...
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Copyright on User Form Design/Layout

I would like to create a VBA UserForm that has a very similar layout to one that is already shipped by Microsoft with Excel. The UserForm is pretty simple: one ListBox, two TextBoxes and around seven ...
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Renewing copyright for an artistic work

Scenario: A British artist dies and the 70 years pma rule comes into effect. However, his daughter sits on the board for the artist's foundation and does not want copyright to expire after 70 years. ...
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Is it legal to post a photograph that I captured of a stranger in the street?

I captured a photograph in the street. The photograph includes people who I don't know. There is nothing in the photograph that I believe can offend anybody (e.g. no nude or illegal act). I just ...
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Can sharing YouTube links violate copyright laws?

Suppose an app has a collection of links to YouTube videos about a particular topic (e.g., sports). Users can watch video by clicking on the Play video button. This will open up the YouTube video in ...
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What is the practical difference between “fair use” and “fair dealing” in Copyright law?

In the united-states, fair-use is a defence to copyright infringement. In other jurisdictions, particularly members or ex-members of the British Commonwealth such as united-kingdom and australia ...
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Copyright law vs software transformation

As wikipedia says, A major limitation on copyright on ideas is that copyright protects only the original expression of ideas Suppose there are two companies: A and B, that produce software. Now, ...
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Can the US Government assert copyright on a government work internationally?

From what I understand, large swaths of US Government works are considered "public domain", but this unrestricted status applies only within the United States, For this question I am assuming the ...
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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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Who owns the copyright when video recording lectures at a conference (with permission)?

I work for a company that produces recordings of conference lectures. From what I can tell, there are at least three parties that can lay claim to the copyright on the recorded lectures. The ...
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Legality of Proxy sites and DMCA

I own a semi successful proxy website. It was created initially to assist co workers in the web hosting industry for troubleshooting propagation of new websites. Recently I have been receiving DMCA ...
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Can anyone record a cover of a song I put on SoundCloud?

My friend asked me if he could record a cover of a song that I put on SoundCloud called Gratitude (License: All Rights Reserved). What legal rights does my friend have? Does he need my permission? ...
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Is article republishing illegal?

I recently came over this app called Inkl (https://www.inkl.com/), which when you download it, lets you read articles from various news. However it doesn't redirect you to the news website or ...
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Commissioning work: Who owns the rights in this scenario?

My Colleague is currently in debate with someone they previously worked with last year in collaboration, under who owns the rights to the items in the following scenario. The scenario is: A group of ...
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Can I sample my synthesizer's sounds to use in my own commercial game releases?

I bought a synthesizer (Yamaha CS1x) back in 1997. Recently I've been developing games for Android and iPhone and need a sound effects source. The CS1x might be useful. Is it legal for me to sample ...
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How are royalties handled for modern orchestral music?

I'm curious how royalties are handled for orchestral compositions (e.g. symphonies, concerti, quartets, etc.) in modern times (20th Century and later). For example, Dmitri Shostakovich's compositions ...
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Liabilty for copied website content on a third-party server

Some time ago, I developed a website for a client. During the development process, I used a staging server which is registered to and operated by me to host the site so they could follow development ...
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Are there legal consequences for giving away my own musical transcriptions of copyrighted works on a website?

I've transcribed a lot of video game music in my lifetime, and am interested in making these sheet music transcriptions freely available for download on a website. I see that a lot of other websites ...
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Can someone print and sell tshirts whose design includes Apache licensed emojis?

Is printing an emoji on tee shirts and selling them copyright infringement if the emoji font is under the Apache open source license?
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Is it legal to use Youtube thumbnails on another website?

Let's say I have a website where each page has an embedded Youtube video, and there are also a list of this web pages, can this list display those video thumbnails as the image of the link to the page ...
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Printing copyrighted logos on t-shirts/jackets/apparel without permission: in which situations is it legal?

If I were to order custom t-shirts from a t-shirt printing company with some copyrighted brand on them, (when) would it be legally OK for me to do so without the copyright owner's permission? Is it ...
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Does the term “commercial” exclude nonprofit?

The terms and conditions for the use of Getty images allows the free use of embedded images legally. As it says at the web site (http://www.gettyimages.com/embed) "Share more than 50 million images. ...
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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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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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Can you duplicate copyright for a copyright transfer?

Normally, when you do a copyright transfer, you're no longer the holder of the copyright, and thus cannot make a copyright claim (in other words, cannot assert copyright in the source code; but can ...
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Are gameplay mechanics subject to copyright?

I'm willing to remake an old video game, first as a hobby project, but in the future I'd like to publish it online, for free or as a commercial project. I've been reading for a while about copyright ...
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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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Legal issues of a website such as [businessname]sucks.com

What kinds of legal issues do websites such as [businessname]sucks.com have in terms of copyright infringement, libel and defamation, and/or other issues? Let's say there is a website called [...
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If a U.S. jurisdiction secedes, can they still keep the old laws?

I've heard that most municipal code is actually copyrighted material, thus, for example, you can't just re-publish it without violating the copyright law. The issue becomes interesting in the case of ...
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Is it legal to record an episode of a TV series or a movie?

Is it legal to record an episode of a TV series or a movie? Isn't it considered as making an illegal copy of the movie?
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Is it legal to record copyrighted media on a VHS and share it

I believe that the legal progresses that were made in the 80s when the first VCRs came out allowed people to record on a physical object, and own, copyrighted media (TV shows, films, documentaries, ...
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Can I use a photo of a person on my website about their fraudulent practices?

There's a fraud conducting business in my state and I want to create a website that warns others of his fraudulent practices. On the website, I would like to place a photo of this individual. The ...
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What happens to copyright owned by a defunct publisher company?

I'm especially interested in books that do not have any commercial value (i.e. the cost of publishing is much higher than any foreseeable return). I know that the answer may vary depending on country....
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Is editing a comment in SO copyright infringement?

As stated at the bottom of this page : site design / logo © 2017 Stack Exchange Inc; user contributions licensed under cc by-sa 3.0 with attribution required I would assume this also applies to ...
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In the UK, who owns the intellectual property of a thesis?

Assume the following problem: A person decides to create software for his thesis. His application turns out to be very profitable. If he continues creating it, will the University own the ...
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Does CC-SA (Share-Alike) force me to provide a free version of the derivative?

I'm currently working on a project that uses work covered by the CC-BY-SA license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/ In the license, it states that I can: Adapt — remix, transform, ...
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Is it legal to point a domain to someone else's ip (website)?

The question is pretty straightforward: Is it legal to point a domain on the web to someone else's ip (website)? The domain owner is not actually copying the content, but just opening the website in ...
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Can a trade show producer copyright an email leads list?

We are vendors who have paid to have a booth a local trade show in Dallas. Trade show attendees register using contact info (Name, Phone, Email, etc). The registration info is used to generate a leads ...

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