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

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When will Flash copyright expire?

It would seem, Adobe will kill Flash, but not release it's source code under a free License ! -https://blog.adobe.com/en/publish/2017/07/25/adobe-flash-update.html So, when will Macromedia Flash ...
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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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Not-for-profit use of copyrighted characters?

I’m curious about US laws surrounding the use of copyrighted book content or characters for a not-for-profit purpose. My situation: I’m working an online video game in which many of the characters ...
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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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Do you need to cite the author when using public domain material?

I understand it is illegal in most places to claim public domain works as your own. Say you use a small snippet of public domain code written by John Smith in your software. Having written virtually ...
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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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Can a database be made from essays written in college?

Are graded essays written in college marked for destruction considered published work? What is the legal extent the data from essays can be used? https://academia.stackexchange.com/questions/129934/...
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Can a work copyrighted in the USA enter the public domain sooner in another country?

The duration of copyright in the US is the lifetime of the author plus 60 years. But in Uruguay it is life plus 50 years. Does that mean the work is in the public domain in Uruguay after 50 years? ...
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Is the U.S. Code copyrighted by the Government?

The age of the internet has brought all of human knowledge to our figure tips, this is only possible because of companies finding profitable reasons for storing all of this information for ...
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Is Van Gogh's Starry Night in the public domain?

The image I am talking about is here: The Wikimedia page indicates that: This work is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the ...
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Do objects in the public view need licencing?

I would like to create a game that would use Google Street maps to build a map for gaming. Can pictures or video be obtained from Google maps to produce a game? Google maps already blur signs and ...
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Licensing an idea to public?

With my research, it looks like a patent doesn't really make much profit from it due to the high maintenance fee. So I'm thinking is it possible to license my idea to public (for free or way less ...
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What can I not call my store?

I want a name that creates a reaction from the public. At the beach they have a seafood place called Dirty Dicks. When I left the beach that name stuck with me. How far can I go to having a profane ...
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Can I permanently waive all my past and future copyrights?

Is it possible to commit a "copyright suicide", for example to show disagreement with the system, by publishing a waiver (such as CC0, digitally signed to confirm it was really me who published it) ...
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Is there any way in which a plain electronic copy of a public domain document is copyrightable?

I've noticed for some time that ProQuest PDF copies of historical newspapers, even from the 19th Century, are marked at the bottom of each page "Reproduced with permission of the copyright owner. ...
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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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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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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, is ...