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

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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 ...
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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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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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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 ...
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Copyright expiration on a translated work

I am writing a video game, which I intend to sell (so it is not free to download), and would like to include a full version of a short story accessible within the game. The story was published in 1939,...
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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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Is it OK to mix and distribute data licensed under CC0 and Public Domain?

I would like to create an style-unified collection of cartographic symbols - mainly for use with free SW like QGIS. I would like to use (probably modify) some already prepared ones from various CC0 ...
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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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Use of CC0 images in an Android app

I'm making an app, and it need some images that the users can use to personalize their phone. I'm planning to use unsplash.com as images source. The licence says that they are CC0: https://unsplash....
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Can public domain content be licensed?

I was skimming the "Stack Exchange Network Terms of Service" until I came across: Profile Content that is available via the Stack Exchange API ("API Profile Content") is ...
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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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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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Can a company trademark a public domain name like “Arkham”?

The town of arkham was invented by H.P.Lovecraft for his horror stories. They are now largely public domain. The town name of Arkham, therefore, is public domain. Yet WB Games have launched a ...
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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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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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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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What are the copyright restrictions regarding USA's icons/monuments?

I'm working on a project that will compile some of the most iconic elements of the United States of America (e.g. Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore, the Navy, the Air Force, the Liberty Bell, the ...
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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 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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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 ...