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Is looking up the lyrics for a song illegal?

I was dumbstruck when I found out today that apparently posting the lyrics to a song is copyright infringement. I literally asked ChatGPT for the lyrics to "Around the World" by Daft Punk, ...
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Why are there so many YouTube to MP4 and MP3 download websites online when it is illegal?

If it is illegal to download videos and audios from YouTube due to copyright reasons, why are there so many YouTube to MP4 and MP3 download websites online? For example, https://freevideotomp3.com/, ...
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Are "Plex servers" as they seem to be commonly used actually illegal?

There's a piece of software called "Plex" that basically lets you operate your own private streaming service. You load it up with music and video files, and then you can connect to it from ...
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German Online Law [closed]

Since moving to Germany you're always faced with stories of fees to pay upon internet usage (streaming movies, z-library, google adblocker add-on, VPN add-on etc.) what's the punishable acts online in ...
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Are pirated movies and software legal for personal use?

Is it legal to download pirated movies or software for personal---that is non-commercial---use?
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Is it legal to use a downloaded copy of a sports broadcast for development purposes?

Alice downloads a copy of a college sports game from the internet. She does not have explicit permission from the owner of the broadcast. Alice sends the downloaded video to Bob. Bob uses the ...
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What stops stolen software from offering a valid license?

A common pattern in software distribution is to have an installer program that pops up and offers the user a license to the software, and prompts the user to accept it. This End User License Agreement ...
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John Green once searched something up on a pirated copy of his own book in the US. Is piracy like that illegal even then?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVN9nenCGwM So John had mistakenly believed that there was a quote from Paper Towns, which he wrote and so Hank and his companies made merchandise out of the quote. He ...
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Playing a game I didn't purchase (until now)

For about 6 months I've been playing my brother's copy of the original DOOM and DOOM 2. He purchased it on Steam, however there is no DRM lock-in on the actual IWAD gamefiles (all that's required to ...
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After we sign up online website for services, we give up our phone number and email address,legally what can the company do internally and exterally

During the pandemic time, fond myself signup a lot of food delivery services, where pretty much they all asks my phone, email and address. And some online services Now, I got call from people trying ...
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Closed source code theft prevention via license

Let's say I have an app stored as a closed source code (e.g on github) for which I have a software license in place (Apache 2.0), is this enough to prevent/prosecute an employee or just a random ...
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Would an online article suggesting readers to perform piracy constitute "Incitement" under any jurisdition? [closed]

This question came to mind while discussing in the Arqade.SE chat rom about some recent scandals related to an online gaming news site. Back in October 2021 said media posted an article about a recent ...
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Is using Youtube illegal if the uploader does not have distribution rights?

This question is propted by this one. The answers seems to assume that youtube has a valid licence to distribute the work. What if that is not the case? Is it illegal to watch/listen to a video ...
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Would Joel Tenenbaum or Jammie Thomas-Rasset be sued today?

What I understand is Technically, Joel and Jammie were sued for uploading. Practically, Joel and Jammie were sued for downloading and were unfortunate victims of not turning off seeding after ...
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Computer Fraud and Abuse Act equivalent for citizens

What equivalent do ordinary US citizens have in terms of digital protectionss, as the US government and its financial interests have as defined in the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act?
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Is downloading YouTube videos legal?

I've always been under the assumption that doing such was illegal. I don't see any difference between downloading music from YouTube and downloading music from The Pirate Bay. Apparently, there is ...
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Frequency lists derived from copyrighted works

If someone were to publish word frequency lists derived from copyrighted films or books on their website would this constitute fair use, or be a breach of copyright? The word frequency lists would ...
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Legalities of Extensions that modify websites

I am wondering how it can be legal to make or use extensions that modify the functioning of businesses' websites. Specifically, I am looking at Firefox extensions that modify YouTube's functionality. ...
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Is it legal to run console (Nintendo) games on an emulator if one has an original copy of these games?

It is often believed (and spread) that: Emulators of video game consoles are not illegal; Downloading proprietary games for such consoles and/or running them on emulators is illegal, except if one ...
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How to avoid unwarranted bills as a victim of online order fraud (with zalando)

What has happened A unknown party has ordered multiple items from zalando.ch (a clothing retailer), while using my address as the delivery address. Note: I have no account there, and never ordered, so ...
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Is it legal to download movies in Canada?

For years Canada has been known as a pirates' safe haven, but copyright in Canada has been going under huge reform for the past few years, and it's been hard to keep up with all the changes. With the ...
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Is it legal to rip ISOs/ROMs from physical game discs for use in a PC emulator?

I live in Germany. I own a Wii Console and related hardware, as well as some games in the form of physical discs. I would like to play those games (which I legally own on disk) on my PC using an ...
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How to take down the piracy website that does not respond to DMCAs

Suppose that an app developer, A, finds that a website is distributing copies of A's copyrighted app, without permission. A has sent DMCA takedown notices to the site, but has received no response. ...
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How was The Pirate Bay able to get back online after being shut down?

The Pirate Bay in the past year had its servers raided by Swedish Police and the site was shut down. On what grounds were Swedish police able to raid TPB servers and shut down the site, under Swedish ...
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Downloading music using "online converters"

Is it illegal to use online converters to download .mp3 files of songs from websites such as Soundcloud, YouTube etc. You can search online for terms such as youtube to mp3 or download from ...
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Is linking to illegal free-movie streaming websites itself copyright infringement?

(Site hosted in Canada) Would a website containing a list of links to free-movie websites be considered illegal? The "free movie websites" are hosting copyrighted movies without permission. ...
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(EU) Can a license agreement demand a specific compensation for unlicensed use of the software?

Scenario: As a software developer I create a WordPress extension that does x which I sell for, let's say, $20. When buying it's clearly mentioned you are only allowed to install it on a single website....
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How do people publicly admit to criminal activity and not typically get arrested?

I've noticed that people on YouTube and even on TV would sometimes say things like "I used to take lots of coke a few years ago" or "I used to smoke weed daily until this and that" or "Yea, I smoke ...
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A legal payment for a product, but obtaining it at illegal place

I'm in the US, and I was looking for the legal ways to watch English Premier League. Unfortunately, most of the legal streaming services do not support Linux, and I have a Linux. Technically, I could ...
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If a (US-based) website repeatedly allows users to post my copyrighted material what legal actions can I take?

I'm a university lecturer in Australia teaching mathematics. I produce question sheets for my students. It takes significant effort to produce high-quality questions. These question sheets are ...
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Would a website that catalogs every possible sequence of letters violate copyright?

Suppose I created a website that cataloged every possible sequence of letters in order. You would start with the letter "a", could swipe right to read "b", and further to find &...
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What factors determine if a person guilty of software piracy receives a custodial sentence?

This article suggests that a person who pirates content in the US is unlikely to receive a custodial sentence if found guilty of criminal software piracy There are 3 amateur legal opinions in the ...
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Is there anything stopping US States from pirating software now, with this new Supreme Court ruling?

Recently, the US Supreme Court ruled that states can't be sued over copyright violations due to sovereign immunity in a lawsuit between North Carolina and a film-maker whose work was infringed by them....
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Downloading pirated software with online license check after buying it

If I buy a license for some software which has mandatory online license check to install (in games, for example. Steam games - or any other online store, actually, but could be non-games, anything), ...
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If I have access to some else's Whatsapp, can I use it as evidence?

I have a client who asked me the following question. Her husband gave her access to his Whatsapp as a trust exercise. She then used it to open Whatsapp web on her computer and follow the ...
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What legal proof is valid for a user to complain under an online privacy policy

Now a days most of website like Bank,Social media,Financial service apps and almost all online service) when we signup or create online a/c or use some online services we need to select privacy policy ...
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How much trouble would a company be for using pirated software and ripping off online course videos and selling them as their own

My Situation I was hired as a UI/graphics designer for company A. This is a startup company and the environment is not very professional which I kinda like. But some people who are friends with ...
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How does copyrighted material distribution and diffusion work on a legal level?

I work in technology, building platforms for companies, which comprise the creation of the technological product and production of the applications. I only want to work on businesses that I believe ...
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Why is Software Piracy Considered Theft?

I know the question sounds mundane and perhaps even silly at first glance, but, consider it for a moment. Our qualm with piracy seems to be premised with some notion of loss at the owners/business' ...
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Does a shareholder of a company also have copyright rights?

If I buy, say, a share in The Walt Disney Company, does that give me part ownership in the intellectual property? Does this ownership then give me the right to copy it?
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Does using pirated software to gain money to pay for the same software make me liable?

If I use a music program illegally to make my own music, sell it, get money, and buy the same program legally while also deleting all pirated versions having not accepted the EULA before I have ...
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Can copyrighted work be distributed for free if it was done so by the owner previously?

Once upon a time a UK music band put one of their songs on their website for free download. Time has passed, the website has changed drastically and the song is not available there anymore. Neither it ...
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Are the people who sell pre-owned copyrighted media on sites such as Amazon breaking a law?

Say you buy a pre-owned (second-hand) copy of a movie on a website like, say, Amazon. AFAIK, no one who made the film or distributed it will ever see the color of your money, therefore, the prejudice ...
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Regarding PDFs of the textbooks [duplicate]

I was reading some mathematics books and I observed that most of them have either of these mentioned before preface. Case I Copyright: All right reserved by XYZ or Case :II Copyright: All ...
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Is a developer liable for illicit use of an app? [duplicate]

A software developer receives a Content Infringement complaint against his app, which facilitates video downloads from YouTube. The software developer believes he is not responsible for the act of ...
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Film based on CC BY-SA 3.0 content

If a film was based on text content under CC BY-SA 3.0 and released in theaters, would there be any way to stop people from ripping the film and uploading it to YouTube or similar content sharing ...
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A network of anonymous content sharing

Am building an anonymous private network, meaning anyone can put whatever they want, As the network Admin, I won't sue or grudge anyone for whatever they host in the network. Now let's say within ...
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Is it legal to sell Pokémon?

In the games, given enough effort and time, a player can get Pokémon with better stats and alternate color palettes, and are highly valued by players. Additionally, there is a built-in function that ...
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Is it piracy to obtain software you purchased in an alternate way?

Lets say you purchased software in the 90s or early 2000s, but lost the license key and or the disc. Another possibility is the company is no longer supporting and or does not provide older versions ...
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Can media illegally downloaded in banned regions be legally used in regions where it is not banned?

Suppose you live in a region where the government has banned the purchase of some media (e.g., songs, movies, or software). So you cannot legally purchase licenses from the owners; the only way to ...