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Can I use clips of another show I created in my own feature film? [closed]

The opening scene of my film is of a out-of-work TV writer, explaining his background to two TV network commissioners, where he plays a brief clip (2 seconds) of a sitcom pilot that he created. The ...
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Is it legal to distribute video live-streamed, but where the saved copy was actually accessed from company databases?

A friend of mine recently asked for advice regarding an incident at the place they work. They work at a dog daycare in Pennsylvania which offers a live feed on the cameras. On one of their off days, ...
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Can a journal legally publish research conducted on copyrighted data?

This is about the following question on Academia.SE. The OP in that question says that they have acquired some copyrighted data, which was made available to them on condition that they don't analyze ...
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What counts as "news and communications media" under the Ethics in Government Act?

Title 1 of the Ethics in Government Act of 1978, as amended, 5 U.S.C. app. § 105(c), states that: (1) It shall be unlawful for any person to obtain or use a report (A) for any unlawful purpose; (B) ...
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April Fools Day, Journalism, Liability, and Tort law. (U.S.)

If a company or journalist known for publishing non-satirical news was to stray from their normal reporting on April fools day, and publish something like; "Amazon hit with ransomware, customer ...
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Do I need permission from the media company if I want to write a news article from the same topic, using the original article as the only source?

Suppose I want to write an article from a topic and there is an article that I want to use as the only source (I know that's not ideal, but this is just a hypothetical situation). The facts would 100% ...
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Who gets in trouble if a user uploads pirated content on an open platform?

I have made this site similar to Youtube/Instagram where users can upload photos/videos to their profile and share it with others. Recently, some users have started to pirate content (some have ...
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Legality of avoiding paywalls

Many news sites have paywalls to incentivise people to pay them for their content. There are a number of ways one can get access to this content, depending on the form of the paywall: f12 In some ...
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Can Tucker Carlson be penalized or punished by the US government?

Tucker Carlson has often shown much bias in his reporting and opinions. It has now been reported that a Russian internal memo shows that they too consider him a good 'asset' because he is the western ...
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Should a business testimonial advertisement without any contact information be used "as is" in a publication?

A testimonial advertisement was provided by a business (for their own endorsement) in a publication. Traditionally, print advertisements may need some sort of visual text contact information to be ...
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Can I download my own Facebook videos without using Facebook's native downloader?

Each week, I livestream a video from a noncommercial Facebook business page I manage; then, I download it through Facebook's native download button (given to business pages but not personal accounts, ...
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Stop, in the name of the law

Does the popular media cliche Stop, in the name of the law have any founding in actual law or policing practice, either current or historical? Did police ever say this as a matter of course? If so why?...
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At what point is unsolicited explicit material considered harassment?

My significant other and I were talking about how often she seems to get explicit advertisements on Pandora or Youtube. I'm sure many of you have heard one or two at some point - I can type out some ...
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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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What is the point of the disclaimer in Narcos?

Each episode of Narcos opens with a disclaimer that "Any similarity to name, character, history of any person is entirely coincidental and unintentional". Why do they have this disclaimer, ...
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What could be done if a TV show used a person's music without that person's permission?

What would happen in the scenario where a show on a TV network played a tune during the show that another person owned? Let's say that the show was broadcast a few years after the music was composed, ...
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Copyright compliance for music used in a TV show

How do shows recorded and syndicated for replay on television (and comparable media) comply with the copyright of a music they play but do not own?
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Can the President of the United States legally discredit or promote mass media organizations?

Whereas freedom of the press and freedom of speech are both inalienable rights in our country, the same might not be said of every citizen--particularly members of the military per 10 U.S. Code § 888: ...
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Is CNN Chris Cuomo right about Clinton's emails: "it's different for the media"?

In 2016, CNN reporter Chris Cuomo, said about Hillary Clinton's hacked emails: Also interesting is remember...it's illegal to possess the stolen documents. It's different for the media. So ...
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Is google maps legal?

This is the image of my house on Google Maps: (not really. Just to make a point). I gave no permission to Google to publish a satellite image of my back garden (including swimming pool, children's ...
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What is the difference between a private exhibition and public performance with regards to showing films?

Most films for home video in the US begin with an FBI warning that includes some variation of this message: Licensed only for non commercial private exhibition in homes. Any public performance other ...
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Instagram: publishing a publication image if it has been modified by some third-party app?

I am addressing the legal community. My question concerns Instagram: The user is the owner of the image he has published on Instagram. The user has published on Instagram an image of which he is not ...
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Are there laws that govern what you can say or can't say in political attack ads?

I was wondering if there is some sort of law that governs what you can say or can't say when it comes to attack ads against an opponent during election season. Shouldn't dissemination of political ...
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can you hire a witness as your lawyer to exclude their testimony?

I'm was just watching "American Crime Story" season 1 (O.J. Simpson trial), episode 4, around 38:30. The prosecutors were discussing the case when one asked about the testimony of Robert ...
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Client asks me to re-brand supplied media

As a backend web developer in UK, I do some frontend work on a side. A client of mine sent me a brochure of another company and more or less asked me to place his logos over that company's logos, or ...
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The Ancillary Copyright in the European Union

On 12th September the European Parliament voted for an "Ancillary Copyright" (as well as Uploadfilters) for Press Publishers, which will hold even for smallest snippets of press publications: https://...
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