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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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Can I get flight prices from airline websites by screen scraping them, and publish them on my website?

I am planning to create a website comparing flight prices. I am concerned about the legality of obtaining data from airline websites by screen scrapping them. The terms and conditions of these ...
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Are Word-Frequency lists copyrightable?

If someone generates word frequency lists somehow. For example by analysing a web corpus or data from keyboards. Is this form of list of words and their frequencies copyrightable? For example if ...
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Minecraft EULA | Am I allowed to publish my custom client (mod)?

I like Minecraft very much and want to publish a mod. I used the "Mod Coder Pack" to decompile the sources and coded a custom Minecraft-Client. The problem is that this exported client ...
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Can I use Microsoft Word to write a book that I plan on selling?

One of the most popular document processing software is Microsoft Word. If I write a book using this software, am I legally allowed to sell it without paying royalties to Microsoft? As far as I'm ...
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Can I use chess diagrams in my book without infringing any copyrights/having to pay any royalties?

I am thinking about writing a book that has chess diagrams in it. For the fonts I am using the "Chess Merida" font, which is the "default" chess font used in almost all chess books....
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Can I use whole poems from classic writers in my book?

I'm writing a non technical book and would like to add a poem in one of my chapters to emphasize an idea. Any work published before 1924 should be safe to use, but since copyright law is just full of ...
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Could i “Publish” a Open-Source Game/Software on a Platform without consens of the Development Team

If i saw a Software or Game that is Open-Source (like on GitHub). Could i be something like a "Publisher" and take this Open-Source Game and put it on a Platform (like Steam) and put my Number as a ...
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Posthumous publishing

My deceased father wrote three novels and my sister and I now possess the manuscripts for two. What copyright law applies if we were to publish these works? He has been dead for thirteen years and ...
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Argument on possible defamation after court acquittal

I have been discussing some reporting of a high-profile trial with some colleagues. We disagree on one point. Background: High-profile figure acquitted by a Scottish court of a number of sexual ...
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Am I allowed to reproduce work published on a website for free which bears an “all rights reserved” tag?

I'm aware of this answer Quoting from a book with "All rights reserved". Fair use? but my case is slightly different, so I will ask another question. There is a website which contains ...
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When translating a work of fiction, is the agreement of the original publisher neccessary?

Assume that the author is willing to see their work translated, the translator is hired and the publication on the receiving side has been dealt with. Does the opinion of the original publishing house ...
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Free english content, translation rights and fan translation

An editor published a free scenario for a role-playing game. The French editor possesses the translation rights for all the content of the game, free content included. Is it possible for the French ...
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Can a website incur liability for linking to a funding campaign for a lawsuit against it?

A large website that hosts user-created content has recently announced that it is redacting links to a fundraising campaign for a lawsuit against it "under direction from [its] legal team." Is there a ...
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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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Can I translate a copyrighted book with the intent of publishing it? [duplicate]

I recently read a book that impressed me so much I want to buy a copy as a gift for a friend. Unfortunately, the friend does not speak the language the book was written in, and no translations exist ...
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Copyright and licensing of orphan works

Scenario: A collection of works contributed by independent writers to a collective work/series is published on three different websites. The individual works are all orphan works (the writers are ...
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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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EU copyright reform: Right to publish books online that are no longer sold

I read that the EU copyright reform changes the rights regarding books that are no longer sold. It should become possible to publish them for non-commercial use (probably under conditions). Is this ...
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Can i share ebook which i bought to multiple person without enabling them to download

Can i show share ebook which i bought to multiple person without enabling them to download ?. So i won't be making multiple copies of the ebook but will be showing it to multiple users. Is there any ...
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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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How do I legally quote one or two lines of lyrics in a novel I plan to publish?

I've been thinking about publishing my novel on SmashWords and CreateSpace after having written it five years ago. However, in a paragraph, I quoted two lines of Lyrics, but didn't give the name of ...
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How can the Belgium law allowing Belgium-funded research to be made open access be retroactive?

Belgium recently passed a law allowing researchers to make any of their article open access if the majority of the research funding came from Belgian public funding. The law is retroactive. How can ...
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Re-publish 'dead' articles

Some background: I've stumbled on a few so to say "dead" articles. Articles that have great content but the website where they are published is "gone". Thanks to the Internet Archive we can get the ...
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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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U.S (mississippi?) illegal to write offensive erotic fiction

Is it true that it's illegal (in mississippi I think) in some states to write 'offensive' erotic fiction? Regardless of whether or not it's published or meant for public consumption. I read something ...
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Someone copied and published content from my blog post - is this legal?

About two and a half years ago I wrote a technical article on Medium.com, which included some graphs. I recently came across a book that was published (which I bought to see the content) last year ...
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Legality of online publishing of public records containing home addresses of large #'s of people?

Suppose that: (1) a person living in Washington state receives a large number of documents from a public records request, each containing names and mailing addresses (for hundreds of thousands of ...
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Who is liable for copyright infringement in an “unofficial book” with copyrighted images, the publisher or the author?

This question contains an example of a potentially infringing work, but I believe it is fine because the book does not contain copyrighted images and is basically a discussion of another book. My ...