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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 all ORIGINAL VERSION classical sheet music in the public domain?

I know that copyright of any musical composition expires 70 years after a composer's death. Does this apply to written forms of such music, like sheet music? I find many pieces of classical sheet ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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 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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Status of a trademarked but public domain work of fiction

There is a series of books published in the early 20th century. Copyright on at least some of them have expired; they are in the public domain, and are being widely republished. However, the ...
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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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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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Copyright status of restored works

Suppose some kind of work was created long enough ago that the work itself has entered the public domain. But suppose the work has been "lost" so that it's not available anymore. Now suppose someone ...
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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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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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File a patent disclosure after paper publication

We were trying to file a patent, but unfortunately delayed the submission of the disclosure. Now the paper is accepted by the conference, not yet published. However, we uploaded the paper in advanced ...
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Does the United Kingdom have any copyfraud legislation?

A quick and (hopefully) simple question: Does the United Kingdom have any Copyfraud legislation? The linked Wiki page shows that the U.S. probably does, but it doesn't seem to be a specific offence ...
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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 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 ...