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Creating a cover song for a video game

Based on some cursory internet searches, I understand the following: If you create a cover song, you still need a license for it from whoever owns the original song. If you want to put a song in a ...
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In the US, is ink transfer from poster to canvas a copyright infringement (outside of Ninth Circuit)?

I ask because Canada and the EU's top courts have come to different conclusions. In Allposters, C‑419/13, the CJEU ruled that though the adaptation/derivative right was not harmonized within the EU, ...
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When is a summary a derivative work?

When is a summary a derivative work such that it needs the fair use defense to be legal? For example, consider the following: Farm boy fights evil empire. I don't think that this summary of the ...
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Copyright ownership rights of modified software

Say that I buy a ready-built marketplace platform that is a script sold on codecanyon, re-make that platform more than 60%, and basically make it work entirely different than what it was originally. ...
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AGPL Licensed Software use without linking

Going over the AGPL license, it is very unclear to me what "linked" software means. When proprietary software displays an AGPL GUI inside of it, are they linked? i.e. There is a website that ...
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When the Director differs from the script

Let's assume Alice wrote a bestseller. Then she made a script from it. This script is then given to the movie studio in Hollywood, who contracts Director Bob to make the actual film. The studio doesn'...
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Copyright of derived works without permission

Say Alice produces a copyrighted work. Bob then creates a remix of Alice's work without license or permission to do so, thus violating Alice's copyright. Does Bob still hold the copyright over the ...
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Original work or derivative work if published posthumously and never previously registered?

I'm trying to determine how a literary work should be registered -- as a derivative work with two authors, or as a derivative work with me as claimant and author? Or neither? Details: My mother wrote ...
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Can I use Mario or other similar assets for a banner on my website?

My graphic designer sent me a banner for a gaming website that has Mario on it. He's not the focal point of the banner, but still is clearly visible. My website doesn't sell anything, but makes ...
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Can I quote an article which license is CC-BY-ND

I have a question about direct quotations (i.e. "copy-and-paste" portions of a work - with ellipses "[...]" if necessary -) and paraphrasing the content of a text article which license is CC-BY-ND. As ...
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Right to author book sequel of movie

I would like to write a book that is a sequel to a 2009 movie. I worked out a screenplay but it seems clear that the movie industry will not work on a sequel without permission of the rights owners of ...
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Is copying an infringing derivative an infringement against the original work's author when copying the original would generally be legal?

Suppose someone creates an unauthorized music video to accompany a popular song, thus making an infringing derivative (assuming fair dealing or other exceptions don't apply in this case). This ...
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Can a writer keep an editor's edits despite order cancellation?

I wrote an article and hired a freelance editor who delivered a result that didn't match the value of how much I paid him. He agreed to refund me. There are certain edits of his that I would like to ...
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Is D&D homebrew necessarily a derivative work of the SRD?

Wizards of the Coast, makers of Dungeons & Dragons, fifth edition, has made a subset of the game's core rules (known as the System Reference Document or SRD) freely available under the copyleft-...
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Is rendering Markdown to HTML considered an “adaptation” under CC BY-SA 3.0?

Title pretty much sums it up. Are the rights given to adaptations granted if someone renders Markdown?
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Fair Use of Photos as a Derivative Work

This question comes specifically from a particular example. Within Ethics for the Information Age (Quinn), 5th Edition, there is a chapter on Intellectual Property, and while most of it is well-...
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If I use CC-BY-SA image in a video, must the whole video be CC-BY-SA?

I would like to use an image from Wikipedia, licensed with Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike (CC-BY-SA) license, as a part of my video. The image would appear in its original form, possibly ...
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How can saying a song's name be a copyright violation?

I received an E-mail newsletter inviting me to watch a chorus perform several songs that were arranged for this occasion. They are also selling tickets, so I don't know if half of the profit is sent ...
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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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Legality of selling transcription services on copyrighted material?

I provide an audio transcription service, for which I charge according to the audio length. Mostly I receive either audios or videos that have been produced by the person or organisation that sent me ...
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Is it work-for-hire if the hirer doesn't own copyright on collective work?

Per https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Work_for_hire#Law_in_the_United_States, work done by an an independent contractor may qualify under work-for-hire if it's a contribution to a collective work. But ...
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Can you reuse the text of a contract you've signed with one party with another party?

Relations between individuals and business entities are governed by law; what's not specified in the law, can be specified by a mutually-executed contract. Generally, one party provides the actual ...
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Are olympiad problems and standardized exams copyrighted?

If they are, can anyone change the wording of the exercises and use them? Also could that person be in another country and translate the exercises to another language?
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To what extent do I have the right to quote other works to parody or reference them?

Do I have the right to have my character "blast off at the speed of light" as a reference to Pokemon's Team Rocket Trio? Do I have the right to have my character lock another character in an office ...
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Is an adaptation or translation of a public domain hymn also in the public domain?

In Christian hymnbooks today it is common to find hymns that were written in the 1700s or 1800s. However, most of the time these hymns have been adapted, to modernize older language, or to adjust the ...
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Fictional Character Copyright?

Person 1 creates a fictional character and said character fits guidelines to pass both the Well-Delineated test and the Sam Spade test. The character has a well-detailed description, personality and ...
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Copyright and Encrypted Backups

A person's computer stores a variety of copyrighted files which they have a license to use and store (such as video games, operating system files, and purchased or freely available media). However, ...
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Is creating a new GPS trace a derivative work while using GPS-based ADAS?

There is a database of precise GPS traces. A trace from this database can be used in an Advanced driver-assistance system to help keep the vehicle in its lane. The vehicle in question is driven by a ...
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Can I file a DMCA takedown notice for a derivative book I made without authorization of the author which was published on the internet by my students?

I made a summary book of a larger book and I provided it to my students six years ago. This derivative book has my name on it and was made without authorization of the editorial of the original book. ...
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If I include in an animation a scene derivative from someone's photograph, would it be copyright infringement?

I'm the author of a realistic 3D animated fiction which has a scene inspired by a photograph. When I saw that picture, I liked the fact that the person in it matches perfectly a character from my work,...
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Can I write (and sell) a non-fiction technical book based on other(s) book(s)?

I have been reading and studying a lot of materials about learning. I'm interested in writing a book (in a language different than the original) explaining the same concepts in different ways. In ...
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Does altering a photo allow someone to use it without infringing upon copyright laws?

Just curious, I am creating a cover for a song that I will be releasing soon on some streaming services and the cover I have designed is pretty simple, minimalistic, mostly original except for one ...
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Would fair use apply to the usage of Pac-Man within a QR code?

I thought I was rather clever putting Pac-Man and the four ghosts within a QR code for my business card, but I started thinking about the inherently gray copyright laws that I admittedly know too ...
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How to avoid copyright infringement when quoting/sourcing a reference work?

If I was engaging in a for-profit activity (writing a book that will be sold or starting a monetized blog, for example) that required the use of many scientific facts, how would I go about collecting ...
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Would someone actually sue me for attributing them?

My goal is to openly copy copyrighted work in a perfectly legal way. Sometimes people go to court to debate whether someone copied part of a work or made it from scratch. We'll assume I copied part of ...
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Can cropping a sprite invalidate copyright?

US Law — Can cropping (sub-sampling) a copyrighted work in some cases be considered an original work that I can copyright? In general, I understand I can't use art from a copyrighted video game for ...
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Is spoken R2D2 language illegal?

With the help of http://www.r2d2translator.com/, I try to communicate with users of my android app. For example "warning", results in lots of bleeps that hopefully could be picked up by remote ...
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Using informations from wikipedia in a paid quiz game

I am trying to create a card game. Physical cards from paper will be used (no computer / mobile game). However, I guess that the form does not matter when considering the folowing question. It will ...
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Is modifying software and creating derivative works synonymous?

When granting a software license: the right to modify the software the right to create derivative works Are these two distinct rights or the one and the same right said in two different ways?
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Is translating and posting comic original text + translation w/o image considered legal?

I'm interested in doing translation for Gundam Japanese comics that haven't been licensed outside of Japan for the purpose of enabling other people outside of Japan to do research (e.g. characters, ...
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Does copyright for artwork cover redrawings of the artwork?

Let's say I redrew one of the below fairly accurately (maybe even completely accurately), and tried to redistribute it for free or even commercially, would I be in breach of copyright laws? Mona Lisa ...
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Derivative works vs original work

I have a question regarding copyright law. Take this for example: Company A owns the copyrights of Picture A. Some designer came across this picture and proceeded to save the picture into his ...
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Product name: legal laws about patent rights

I would like to start an English newspaper in Denmark. I'm not very creative with names. I would like to use a derivative name of big English newspapers. But I don't know if it's legal. So I saw that ...
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How much of this image do I need to modify in order to avoid copyright violation?

There is a browser game that I want to port the Android. The problem is I do not want to use the same image assets because of copyright violations. Would this example be enough to prevent a ...
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Does a 3D print of a CAD file constitute a derivative work?

This came up in a comment discussion on a news story of someone selling prints of models that were licensed CC-BY-NC-ND. Ignoring that the seller themselve seems pretty clueless and we can disregard ...
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Can I port something distributed under Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States license?

I'm a software engineer and I'd like to port (translate) a library from programming language A to programming language B. The library is distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution-...
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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 (...