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Questions on use and classification of intellectual-property as "public domain"

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Is the Scarborough Fair Melody Really in the Public Domain?

According to Wikimedia Commons: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Scarborough-Fair-Melody.png the melody to the tune Scarborough Fair (which had been popularized in the 1960s by Simon and ...
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Can I convert an emoji to PNG or SVG and use them as an clipart in my videos,games,logos etc

Hey everyone I am bit confused with emojis license. I have made a website that convert an emoji into PNG and SVG. Curious to know if they can be used as an clipart(commercial purpose) in videos,games,...
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Distribute Public Domain Material Hosted on a Website

There is a website that hosts text for a book I am interested in which is in the public domain. The website has a standard copyright icon on the bottom with the text "All Rights Reserved". ...
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Can I "license" my project under the public domain if it uses MIT licensed NPM packages?

I'm creating a project in TypeScript with express right now, which I would like to pulish under the public domain once I release it. However, express is MIT licensed, and the TypeScript NPM package is ...
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How can I obtain a NY LLC Biennial Statement?

In New York, limited liability corporations are required to file biennial reports. Are these biennial reports public documents, and if so, how can a member of the public get a copy of an LLC's ...
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Archaeological sketches of visual works of art in public domain

In several jurisdictions, faithful reproductions of visual works of art in public domain are not subjected to copyright. This include both US with its Bridgeman Art Library v. Corel Corp. decision as ...
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Can we be sued for using a meme for naming our company?

Once something like a meme goes viral and is widely used by people, it cannot legally function as a trademark, he said. It will typically take the office around four months to deliver a decision on ...
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Can one download the original Hebrew bible text from websites that say "all rights reserved"?

For example, there's a website that has the entire hebrew bible text online [and I assume the original hebrew letters [without translation] is public domain [correct me if I'm wrong]] but the website ...
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Trademarking Public Domain Material

I have a question about a public domain self-help book that has lapsed copyrights in the USA and has been in the public domain for a few decades. The organization is still in operation and they ...
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Is CBS Radio Mystery Theater in the Public Domain in the US?

The Internet Archive says it is but that's just something a user wrote. I can't find any information on this elsewhere.
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Can I include public domain pictures in my book, without explicit attribution/consent?

Currently I'm writing a book, in which it would be interesting to include some relevant pictures. The pictures I'm planning to include are in the public domain. Here is an example. That picture, ...
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Used public domain image from Wikimedia commons; Image was removed after I used it. What happens now?

I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this, but here goes. So, a couple months ago, I joined a video contest in which I used an image from Wikimedia commons. At the time it was listed as ...
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Making public/open-source datasets from royalty-free image sources

I am working on a small face-related dataset that will be publicly available for open research. I have looked into many copyright-free image sources like https://pikwizard.com/ and https://www.pexels....
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What happens if you create something (e.g. a book/game/show) which includes copyrighted content, then release it into the public domain?

I assume it might be a problem if you have a Patreon or something where people support you for creating the content since you can technically be considered making money off of it even though it's ...
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Using fonts with a pirated version of Photoshop? Violating copyrighted materials?

So Windows and Photoshop copyrighted most of their fonts. Now let's say my friend uses a pirated version of Photoshop and Windows and creates some photo with subtitle or a meme. Then what? Did he ...
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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 copyright status of a journal article written more than 70 years ago?

I read (mostly on Wikipedia), that copyright to a written work expires 70 years after the author's death, or 95 years after the publication by a corporation. Having said that, the status of journal ...
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Public procurement laws or regulations similar to HIPAA or PCI?

United States here, and potentially also involving two states, New York and Vermont. If a business is a vendor that sells goods to the federal government (as a GSA awarded contractor) and also sells ...
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Can I use a Public Domain work commercially, if I extracted data from a Non-Commercial use digital copy

There is a number of digital libraries such as Europeana, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, Kramerius, Polona and so forth. Each offers a large colletion of digitized books. Many of these books are ...
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Is it allowed to ignore copyright claimed over an exact reprint of a public domain work?

The question is general, but I will explain it with a specific example I am currently facing. In 1890, a book was published in Germany. Its author died in 1915. According to my understanding of ...
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Can a work based on a public domain work be released somewhere the original work is not public domain yet?

So, in Europe, works written by authors who died in 1950 will enter the public domain, including things like 1984 and Animal Farm, whose author, George Orwell, died in 1950. However, since they were ...
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Can I use public domain MIDI files commercially? [closed]

Lets say I made professional music with the hope of selling them from public domain MIDI files. The files would have been modified slightly with the notes arranged slightly differently. Would that be ...
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Are Gutenberg books illegal to sell in Germany or any non-US countries?

I am building an eBook reading service (paid) and I aim to distribute free classics available on Gutenberg Project. (at least for the start) I have gone through all Gutenberg terms which allows me to ...
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Is using proxies to circumvent rate limit to scrape data legal in India?

I'm in India, and this is what the Indian Information Act of 2000/66F says on the matter: Indian Information Act 2000/66F Punishment for cyber terrorism.– Whoever,– with intent to threaten the unity, ...
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Is a mall considered a "public place" for copyright purposes?

I understand that if I want to take a picture of an area for commercial use, I am beholden to copyright laws. As per 17 US 120, The copyright in an architectural work that has been constructed does ...
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Fallback license for the case public domain is unavailable [closed]

Suppose a software developer wants to release a software project into the public domain. However the developer knows that this sometimes causes more troubles than it solves due to the problem that ...
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Does copyright apply to Stack Exchange answers and comments?

So I asked a question on Worldbuilding Stack Exchange, and I got an answer that I really enjoyed. I loved the way the person described it. So I thought, is it okay to copy this and use it in other ...
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Copyright of a children's song with no author or date information

As a follow-up on Copyright of children's folklore songs, artist A wants to use the melody of "Five little ducks". The song is not on the list of public domain songs. A sound recording ...
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When will Flash copyright expire?

It would seem Adobe will kill Flash, but not release its source code under a free license. So, when will Macromedia Flash’s copyright expire?
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Is posting in blog format notes from out-of-print book where some content is original and other content is copied word-for-word illegal?

The out-of-print book is Commutative Algebra by Matsumura. For example, you can't buy it on Amazon. I take notes, solve the exercises, but sometimes in my notes (typed) I just copy word-for-word what ...
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Copyright of children's folklore songs

Suppose artist A wanted to include a song to the tune of a children's nursery rhyme, such as Pretty Little Dutch Girl. This song was written in the 1940s, so if the composer was Australian, it would ...
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when will a UK-published English translation of a Chilean novel reach the public domain in USA

I'm a US ebook publisher looking for out of print books which might be in the public domain which I can digitize. I found a novel which I'd like to investigate. It was originally published in ...
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Is any sort of "Public Domain Mark" required when using public domain content?

Say I wanted to use a painting from the public domain for a book cover. Is it necessary to apply any sort of "public domain mark"? If so, does it need to appear in a particular place (e.g., ...
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How to get legal confirmation that a book is not copyrighted?

Check if a book is in the public domain? asks how one can research whether a book has fallen in the public domain. Is there a way to go one step further, to protect oneself, either getting some ...
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Should I assume a deceased person's work is public domain if I can find no evidence of an estate?

If I can find no evidence that a writer or artist left an estate, and their work was published over 100 years ago, is it safe to assume it is public domain and therefor, free to use? Specifically I'm ...
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Copyright on public domain images

I created a symbol based from a symbol I searched from the internet. It was a Celtic symbol. I revised it a little bit and put some colors in it. Considering that the symbol is already very old and I ...
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Threat to remove company from a crowdsourced website [closed]

I belong to a service very similar to Glassdoor (much more smaller) for a niche in Europe. In this case Portugal. So, the people can: Review companies Review interviews Add new companies After two ...
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Copyright laws regarding a book originally published a few hundred years ago, then republished

There is this book (set), that was originally published a few hundred years ago (way before the copyright duration starts), but then recently published again, with some additions, in 1991, and in that ...
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Can the layout of a printed work be subject to copyright?

This is a follow-on to How can I determine what elements of a work are covered by a copyright mark? which dealt with sheet music for public domain compositions that, nevertheless, claimed copyright ...
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Is NASA content public domain?

I wonder whether 3D models & textures by NASA are public domain. Their GitHub repo implies so: We offer these assets for your use, free and without copyright. Or according to Wikipedia, ...
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Can I get sued for copying a 1973 Swedish film?

I am a newbie novelist and in my novel, I have copied a small part from the 1973 Swedish film Scenes from a Marriage. I am from India and the film is Swedish. I want to ask, is the film in public ...
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Is it possible to enter a work into public domain by transfering copyright to a dead person?

If I were to find a dead Canadian, who is deceased long enough that all copyrights they hold have expired, and if this person has no heirs, and if this person has no departing legal requests regarding ...
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Can I publically share these `Public Domain` books from Lulu?

Question: Can I publicly share these 'Public Domain' books from Lulu? In order to tackle the potential x and y problem I want to also share why I want to do this. I am working with a kind of theology ...
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If Van Gogh is in Public Domain, why there are restrictions in the Van Gogh museum?

I've been to the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam, and I was a little disappointed because there were no pictures of some of his most famous work - "The Starry Night" and "Starry Night Over the Rhône". ...
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Does public domain have international limits?

I've read that the length of time required for a copyright to expire can vary from country to country. If a country were to hypothetically set the length of time for a copyright to expire (and thus ...
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Trademark Public Domain Clipart

I was reading Can a company trademark a public domain name like "Arkham"? not sure if this is the same. I'm working as volunteer at OpenClipart.org, site that provide Public Domain vector ...
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Could I write a new Frankenstein book since it's public domain?

I was largely just wondering about this as there are a number of very fun, interesting things that could be done with the character.
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Can I use the PDF of a public domain work to publish a hard copy book?

Suppose I download a PDF file of a book (one that is undisputably in the public domain, like a mid-1800s Bible). The PDF is created from source files using a combination of automated conversion and ...
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Using a public domain opera, recorded by someone else, in a parody

I found a YouTube video of a public domain opera, and I want to use the sound portion in a musical parody. I will only use parts of it, alter it dramatically, and wish to claim "Fair Use." Is it ...
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Copyright related issue on publishing a technical book?

I am preparing to publish a technical book on programming that contains figures and charts (like, compiler, linker, ASCII table, keywords list) created by myself by taking references from many sources....
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