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Questions tagged [public-domain]

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

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Are new editions of public domain works with minor edits copyrighted?

Let's say I want to copy/use a book published 200 years ago. It's definitely in the public domain. Someone publishes a new version of the book (the original copyright holder, if that matters). The new ...
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Copyright When Using Works in CC0/Public Domain

If I use works in the public domain or with a CC0 license (sound effects, images, 3d materials) and alter them (give a 3d model I've created a CC0 material, alter a sound effect in audacity) can I ...
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Data copyright for public domain content or natural resources

So fossil websites such as this, this, and this all say their data is basically it is for personal or educational use not-for-profit. Others such as this are creative commons. From my understanding, ...
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What is meant by 'place of first publication'?

I am currently trying to get my head around the various Laws and Regulations, surrounding Copyright and Public Domain, when it comes to Literature. My initial question opens the discussion, where ...
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What happens if a piece of Literature falls within the Public Domain in one Territory but is Copyrighted within another Territory?

I am considering the use of some literature, for use on products on an e-commerce site. For the most part, the literature is classified as being in the public domain. Thus, free of copyright. For a ...
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Are collaborative forum posts protected by copyright?

There is an online dataset that is freely available (though the licence and copyright situation is unclear). Users are actively (and voluntarily) contributing minor corrections and additions via forum ...
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Is it safe to use public domain images of Wikipedia for commercial purposes (like printing on a product)?

I searched for public domain images on Wikipedia for my t-shirts. Here is an example public domain image. The permission section for the image says: This image consists only of simple geometric ...
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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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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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Can I make YouTube videos where I read parts of a book aloud

I'm learning languages and in my opinion, one way to improve my skills is to read books aloud. Making it a habit would help me with my vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, etc. I also think there ...
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Could Stack Exchange hold their questions for ransom? [duplicate]

Suppose we wake up tomorrow and all of the Stack Exchange sites are replaced by a "For Sale $100,000,000" sign. Stack Exchange Inc wants to sell the business and basically says this price justifies ...
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Le Petit Prince and the public domain status in France

Trying to reply in this question, I found this interesting link: https://www.communia-association.org/2015/01/23/the-little-prince-almost-in-the-public-domain/ This is a 2016 article talking about ...
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Photos of Children Without Permission [duplicate]

In a public coffee shop I sat next to a photographer who, without their knowledge or permission, photographed women and children from the waist down as they stood at the cashier station. I notified ...
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Can you use only the name/brand of GNU open source software?

Suppose there is software released under a GNU public license, like Blender or GIMP or VLC media player, etc. I understand the coding itself can be modified and released, but, if someone wanted to ...
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Is it possible to find all U.S. federal laws digitized and online?

Are all of the federal laws in the United States digitized and available to the public through some free ".gov" website? Is it possible to download them all into, say, PDF?
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What is legally citable from printed material such as books and references when I want to reproduce a photograph of a page?

I'm writing a style guide for programming and one of the examples I'm providing for describing what it's like to read bad code is by comparing it to reading a bad novel. I know through experience ...
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Are photographs of portraits of Mozart that are in the public domain free for commercial use?

While there are photos of Einstein that are in the public domain (e.g. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Albert_Einstein_(Nobel).png), Einstein ,the person, is not in the public domain. For this ...
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Under what circumstances may a misdemeanor property damage charge be unavailable in public Records (South Carolina)?

Thanks in adavance to whoever may be able to shed some light. About 3 years ago, I was charged in SC with misdemeanor malicious property damage (value less than $1000 but greater than $250). The ...
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Can gateways be added to public information?

Archive.org is a repository that has millions of papers, books and archives that are in the public domain, and are freely available. No registration whatsoever is needed. Conversely, Academia.edu, ...
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Can HTML formatting be copyrighted?

A private website that publishes the Constitution of Pakistan carries the following copyright disclaimer We reserve all rights to the HTML formatting and presentation of the entire Constitution and ...
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Are “slavish copies” of public domain work in the public domain?

I had previously been under the impression that the photographed reproductions of public domain artwork were copyrighted - further research has made me question whether this is always the case. I ...
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License for public Google Docs?

If I make a Google Drive document publicly accessible, can others use that information as they wish or is there a specific license that applies? For example, if I record experimental data in a ...
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Will 28th-year copyright renewal by an assignee be locate-able based on the original registration?

I'm attempting to demonstrate that a film registered in 1947 did not have its copyright renewed by the registrant in its 28th year, and thus would have fallen out of copyright and become public domain ...
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How does public domain work?

If a cartoon is in the public domain what does that mean exactly? For example these are all in the public domain: Mighty Mouse: Wolf! Wolf! Betty Boop And Grampy Private Eye Popeye suppressed duck ...
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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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What is the copyright on scans of old books? [duplicate]

Let's consider a very old book (1600s) which is definitely on the public domain now. The book it's very rare and thus few people own physical copies of it. One of these owners chooses to scan its ...
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Is using or selling vintage footage from abandoned personal film reels legal without having a release?

Sometimes when I purchase vintage film equipment from auctions, estates, etc., the cameras or boxes contain old 8mm or 16mm film reels shot by an amateur from decades ago prior to video. No ...
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I want to translate some poems, when does the original copyright expire?

Some poems were first published in South Korea in an anthology alongside the work of two other poets. This particular collection was released in 1946 (72 years ago) and the poet I am interested in ...
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Using code from Github

A public github page has a code exposed which we wish to use in our product. The product is a commercial B2B product and hence wanted to know if the author of the code has specifically mentioned a '...
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Book published in the UK, public domain in home country, still under US copyright?

I'm looking at publishing an e-book from a public domain book, and wondering if I can distribute it in the US. The book is Sex & Culture by J. D. Unwin. The book was published in 1934 and the ...
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How can NaxosofAmerica claim copyright for classical music in Youtube?

I know that classical music is public domain, so no-one can claim that they own classical music. But I add a classical music: I. Allegro in one of my Youtube videos (https://youtu.be/WJ13om_YkKg), and ...
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Can a library forbid me to make copies of un-copyrighted material?

There is a book published in 1878 (i.e. not copyrighted anymore) which is currently not available in the public domain. I would like to bring it into the public domain by making a scan of it and ...
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What are the legal aspects around distribution of a new work based on public domain work but in a new medium?

For example, this fan wiki page contains a list of some work that is now in the public domain. As I understand it, it is legal to sell these works and even new works based on these. What is not so ...
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Can I sell app made from public domain book?

I am mobile developer. I published an app from Black law dictionary, second edition. As far as I know, the second version of Black law dictionary was published in 1910 and is in public domain now. ...
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Are variations of the I(heart)NY logo public domain?

EDIT: On closer inspection of one of the articles I linked to, it appears clear that the original logo is indeed trademarked, though I still don't understand why Wikipedia lists it as public domain. ...
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Is a photo that is in the public domain in US also in the public domain in other countries?

I want to use a photograph that is in the public domain in the United States. However, I would be sending a document with this photograph around entities in Europe. I know that just because something ...
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Is citing public domain materials as such a legal requirement in the U.S.?

Though public domain materials are essentially owned by everyone, there are laws requiring people to cite the sources of public domain items they use. As I understand it, the laws vary between ...
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Can I claim copyright on public data that I have compiled into a database?

I have compiled a bunch of data released by the UNECE and government agencies into a multilingual searchable database on my website. In total it's about 2000 database entries in 4 languages, so about ...
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Can the original author of a WTFPL Project be sued for patent infringement?

So I browsed through the WTFPL Feedback Section and found this question unanswered (actually it was answered but I do not want to gun down people in the streets). So, if somebody sues you, can they ...
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Can I release all my copyrighted works into the public domain upon my death?

I would like all my copyrighted works into the public domain immediately upon my death (rather than the current United States law specifying that it will be released 70 years after my death). Is this ...
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Copyright Status of IP After Retroactive Move to Public Domain by Content Hoster

Suppose I post a piece of intellectual property (e.g. an essay or picture) to an Internet forum. The forum has no explicit licensing policy; therefore I assume my work is under copyright. One year ...
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Does releasing a work into the public domain disclaim any warrants?

My understanding is that the releasing statement assigns "ownership" of the work to the public at large. But obviously one could not sue "the public" if (say) PD software crashed due to a defect and ...
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Can I sell an Android app by taking someone's written work that is in a public domain, and then adding some of my work to it?

publishers are selling their books by taking someone’s written work which is in public domain by adding some commentary, picture and translating it, so can I do the same by taking that work, adding a ...
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copyrighted midi files vs public domain midi files under public domain or creative commons

Here's a scenario. Let's say I use the public domain midi files to make professionally produced sheet music/tablature for teaching purposes. I know I can sell these because I can do whatever with ...
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Why don't publishers release journal articles whose copyright have expired into Public Domain?

Consider this journal article by John Maynard Keynes, a British economist who died in 1946 (the article in question was published in 1943). The journal (still published) is based in the UK, and thus, ...
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Legal distribute a book by Isaac Asimov

The Last Question by Isaac Asimov, is freely available on the web, albeit not being a free work. This is not unusual, as piracy is quite rampant on the web. What I find unusual is the sources that are ...
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Can I leak this database?

Let's say I have access to a... certain... database. I want to make it accessible to the general public, since I believe it would serve the public interest. The content is non-creative - numeric ...
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Copyright expiration and public domain of books

I have been looking that many books published with copyright notice like: Copyright © by [abc] publication. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, copied, or stored in ...
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Are documentaries from the 1940s and 50s allowed to be posted on youtube?

I was noticing that there are a lot of documentaries from the 1940s and 50s (primarily American) on youtube. (Here's a bunch of 'em) I had thought that copyright in the US was life + 70 years, so ...
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In Canada, what is the term of copyright on works owned by a corporation?

As far as I can tell, the Copyright Act only provides for human authors. If an employee or several employees create a work in the course of their employment, do they own the copyright, so that it ...