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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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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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Is it legal to republish lyrics?

Can a lyrics web site be legal, assuming there are no special agreements with the artists? Is publishing song lyrics considered "fair use?"
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Meaning of uppercase paragraphs in software licenses

For example, in the MIT license we find this paragraph: THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF ...
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How can a database derived from copyrighted works be public domain?

I've been using the website RefractiveIndex.INFO to get some optical constants for a physics project. It seems like all the graphs reference a book or some source for the data they contain. For ...
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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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Copyright law for an author: Can a word be copyrighted?

So, in everything from World of Warcraft to Dungeons and Dragons, even Warhammer and an assortment of other games, both table top and computer based, there's Arcane magic. I've written a few books and,...
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What are the legal implications of providing software only with a copyright notice?

What does it mean when software is only provided with the following legend: "Copyright (C) 2016 John Doe Inc. All rights reserved." What are exactly the legal consequences of "All rights reserved"? ...
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For amateur recordings, who owns the video? The camera man or performer?

I would like to make a video where I teach something. My friend has a video camera and is willing to record me. Who would own the video? I ask because I plan on uploading it to some sort of streaming ...
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Are fanarts, fansongs, etc not illegal? Then why aren't they being taken down?

Youtube is plagued by works of this kind: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRhRaWNaSPM Deviantart is plagued by works of this kind: https://www.deviantart.com/harwicks-art/art/Know-When-to-Fold-Em-...
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Are you allowed to transcribe a copyrighted manuscript?

Say there is a manuscript such as this that isn't in the Public Domain. I have seen one (don't remember where) where it was a manuscript that the museum said they wanted to share online but is "...
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Is this a violation of copyright? WW2 Infamy Speech

I was watching FDR's Infamy Speech on Youtube which he makes after the Pearl Harbor attack, and noticed that it seems to belong to www.periscopefilm.com. You can see it at the start of the video: At ...
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Copyright on public debate

In the US, two speakers have a public debate. It is free of charge to all who show up at the public venue. No one is paid anything but (possibly) expenses such as travel. Any additional expenses for ...
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Can a provider of content restrict use of the content when they have no intellectual property rights to it?

In this question I asked whether someone who recovers an old, noncopyrighted work via technical processes can claim copyright on the result. The answer suggested that they could not, but that they ...
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Who owns copyright of Chaplin's movies (The Kid)

I wanted to ask whether it is legal to screen publicly Chaplin's The Kid (1921). In US according to Wikipedia, all movies made before 1923 are in the public domain. In UK I think the srory is ...
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Can I ban robots?

Say I have a website with content I want to protect. Say I want people to access that site — but only manually, while sitting at their computer typing the keys — not by writing some computer program ...
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Can I make a sports compilation on Youtube using clips from various broadcasts?

I would like to create a "Top 10"-style compilation of clips from a sports event that I particularly enjoyed watching some weeks ago. Since there are literally thousands of content creators on ...
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Can code logic be copyrighted?

Scenario: I work at company A and write some code for them which is something trivial but used in a product that is proprietary and hence the code is company property. Then I leave the company A and ...
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Job Contract Copyright Waiver

I am starting my first full-time job. It is a software job in the UK, I am a citizen of a different EU country. The contract I am about to sign seems very demanding about the rights to intellectual ...
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Is it copyright infringement if I make a work of art that has already been made before?

Take modern art, for example. People draw a circle and call it art, and apparently it automatically has a copyright after it's made. Then I come along and draw another circle and call that art, and it ...
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Can I build something for personal use if it is patented?

Say I like building things and I see an interesting product on the internet. Having seen this, and having the means to build something similar, the interest in the product, and the ability to ...

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