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

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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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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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Transferring public domain material into a country where it is still in copyright

I've noticed that, in Australia, books created by authors who've died before 1955 are in the public domain. For example, all of George Orwell's works are available from the University of Adelaide: ...
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Public Domain provisions in Norwegian law

According to this, Norway has a "joint collecting society in Norway for musicians, performing artists and phonogram producers", Gramo, that performing artists must pay a levy to Gramo when publicly ...
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What is considered “public” in the context of taking videos or audio recordings?

According to the answers in this question it's legal to photograph someone in public without their consent. I'm assuming the answers still hold true for video or audio recording (such as what can be ...
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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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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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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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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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Does the WTFPL legally disclaim warranties?

Say I make software and release it under the WTFPL. Then, someone uses it and it causes their computer to catch fire. I did not design my program to catch their computer on fire, and in fact it might ...
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Are there any restrictions on “Open Access” material?

A video on Wikipedia claims that Open Access articles come with "full reuse rights" (sections 0:04 and 5:38). Are Open Access articles as open as public domain works? Is the definition of the ...
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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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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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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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Public domain status of works by the state of Texas

Stuff written by employees of the US government as part of their employment are supposed to be public domain simply because they're a US government employee, per Wikipedia. So what about for 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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How can a database derived from copyrighted works be public domain?

I've been using the website RefractiveIndex.INFO to get some optical constants for a physics project. It seems like all the graphs reference a book or some source for the data they contain. For ...
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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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Can a provider of content restrict use of the content when they have no intellectual property rights to it?

In this question I asked whether someone who recovers an old, noncopyrighted work via technical processes can claim copyright on the result. The answer suggested that they could not, but that they ...
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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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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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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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How can I release a work into the public domain?

I written a small music composition. I want to make it freely available and disclaim any copyright. How does one release a work into the public domain?
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Does being Public Domain absolve the author/creator of liability?

Specifically, I wonder if a programmer publishes some of her own original source code with a clear intention of it being in the public domain rather than under any specific license, can she be held ...
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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 Soncino 1961 translation in the public domain?

Come-and-hear (an anti-Semitic drivel website) has the full text of the 1961 Soncino translation of the Babylonian Talmud. They claim it is in the Public Domain since The Babylonian Talmud: When ...
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Can I follow and make the similar to a state document that is open to the public

I am trying to make an Request for Proposal (RFP) and I found a similar one made by the state of NM. The RFP is open to the public; other parts are not as they are confidential. Can I make a similar ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 national flags in the public domain?

This is a question, for simplicity's sake concerning UN member states. Are the designs of all national flags in the public domain? Are there any examples of copyrights? I'm looking to use flags in ...
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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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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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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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Can I use a picture commercially if I cannot get ahold of an owner?

I found a picture on a website through Google Images but the website is just a webpage, a single page with two pictures, no contact information. The second picture doesn't relate at all to the first. ...
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Check if a book is in the public domain?

How do you go about finding out if copyright on a book is expired? The particular book I'm looking at is from 1923 published in Europe, I live in Canada. Ideally I'd like a method to figure this ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Has The Unlicense any legal value?

After reading this article about public domain my understanding (which is based on not much so there's a lot of chance I'm actually wrong) is that there's no such thing as public domain for copyright-...
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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 ...