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I was banned from an online forum. Which law would enable me to force admins to restore my account and issue an apology? (and pin my post to homepage) [closed]

For example - Twitter is very pro freedom of speech. Some online forum - their home - their rules - their Terms & Conditions. I do not like the fact that I was banned, without breaching any rules. ...
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Is it legal to reproduce a print of a book that was printed before being published?

So a guy wrote a book in 2021 and made loose leaf prints of it and I have one of the loose leaf prints. The book at that time didn't have any copyright attached to it and people were freely ...
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On a case of private use of patented technology

Suppose an artist publishes an artwork in a proprietary patented format (a codec to be specific). Here's some specifics in this situation: The artwork itself is fully owned by the said artist, and ...
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In which jurisdictions is publishing false statements a codified crime?

Whereas publishing false statements can often be a civil wrong (e.g. libel/defamation), I am seeking examples of where it has been criminalised and codified. Limitations: Reasonably genuinely ...
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Memoirs - What's Allowed To Write About An Ex

I'm not famous. I've just had a very interesting life story so far. I wish to publish certain aspects of my life, it covers all aspects of my life and includes some chapters about significant ex-...
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Book Revenues/Royalties That are Exempt from the Social Security Tax

Consider the following three was of publishing a book in the United States: (1) Find a publisher that will publish your manuscript. (2) Form an LLC and publish the book under that title. (3) Upload ...
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Selling Reading Guides For Novels

Can I create and sell reading guides for novels on teacher resource sites such as Teacher Pay Teacher without getting into copyright issues. I would, of course credit, the author for all of the book ...
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Is citing research publications in a blog post enough, or are there additional rights one must obtain?

Say someone is writing a blog post on some science topic, and wants to show some mathematical expressions in the piece. What are the rights one has in showing equations that appear in published ...
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voiding contract for research paper publishing in a journal

Hypothetical scenario: a person Adam wrote a research paper in chemistry. He submitted his paper to a less prestigous online journal that publishes articles and research papers on an online website, ...
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Legal Considerations When Self-Publishing a Book

According to https://wordsrated.com/self-published-book-sales-statistics/, 300 million self-published books are sold each year. I am thinking about, in the future, uploading (i.e., self-publishing) ...
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On the Term "Commercial Use" and the Usage of an Apparently Free Font

I am in the process of finishing up a book which I anticipate will be published in the United States. For the book's cover, I would like to make use of a font that is freely downloadable; and, as far ...
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Are the Quotations in a Book of Quotations Copyrighted?

I have a book of quotations that displays a 1967 copyright. I would like to use some of them in a current work of mine that I intend to publish. Many of the quotations in the 1967 book I can trace ...
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publishing images of public art in US

I am a small press book publisher. I'm planning an anthology with 50 photographs of Public Art pieces, mostly sculptures found in Washington state and in Oregon; on the facing pages will be poems ...
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What is the legal status of publishing chess games played by real people? (update)

About a year ago I asked whether I can commercially publish a chess book containing chess positions that were played by real people. I got pretty convincing replies, which solved the question for me (...
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Do I have to attribute Apache font license when using it for e-book and print book?

I'm currently in the process of writing a book, and I'm using mostly OFL fonts in it, but I also find some Apache licensed fonts very attractive and would like to use them. The condition for using ...
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Where are the limits of creative expression in graphical data displays?

In science is is common to show someone else's peer reviewed published graph of data in ones own presentation, in the form "Previously we knew X, see this graph from Y (reference) demonstrating ...
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If a bulletin posts an article that doesn't abide by fair use, who is liable?

If an article that doesn't abide by fair use is published on a bulletin, it definitely seems that the author of the article would be liable. But would the bulletin be as well? In other words, does a ...
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Someone is commercially using a feature of my (free) website. What can I do?

Suppose tht there is a website that allows users to create musical diagrams (sheet music). It is owned and operated by a person O. Suppose the website allows users to create and share sheet music. All ...
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Can I force an interior designer to stop using photos of my home. We said no photos at the start of the project and i just found them online

interior designer, permission for photos for promotion and or online specifically denied. we like our privacy and said so. Also, some photos online show that the home was staged with additional ...
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Help with "Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License"

I have a dataset to be used for Data Science research. This dataset (will be referenced henceforth as the "Original Dataset"), is licensed (to the best of my knowledge) under CCA-NC-ND. I ...
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If I have posted my own "homebrew" content on RPG.SE, and plan to publish it (after revising based on feedback), what credits am I required to give?

I have posted numerous homebrew features on Role-playing Games Stack Exchange, and I have used advice gotten from that site to balance most of them. If, one day, I publish the subclass, would I be ...
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What is the copyright status of a journal article written more than 70 years ago?

I read (mostly on Wikipedia), that copyright to a written work expires 70 years after the author's death, or 95 years after the publication by a corporation. Having said that, the status of journal ...
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Can I publish a book with hashes of common passwords?

The title says it all. There are already thousands of online websites where you input a character string, and it would output the MD5 hash (or other) or the password. I was wondering about the ...
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Publishing an interview/conversations in a book without explicit consent

Let's say I've conducted an interview/conversation as the interviewer with someone. I didn't tell him I may publish that interview (in a book or elsewhere) as I wasn't thinking of publishing it at the ...
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In Britain, can the "address" part of a "printer's imprint" consist only of their email address?

In Britain it is obligatory [*] for printed publications of many kinds to include the printer's name and address. Can the address be the printer's email address, or does it have to be their street ...
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Why does Disney omit the year in their copyright notices?

I was trying to sort a stack of movies chronologically. Most boxes contain a copyright notice e.g. “(c) 1985 Acme Pictures LLC“. However, Walt Disney Pictures consistently omits the year, e.g. “(c) ...
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I want to translate the Bible to a yet untranslated language. What legal aspects should I look for?

Yes, there exists a language in which the Bible has not yet been translated to. I wish to do that translation. Which version of the Bible can I use, and am I liable for lawsuits? Thanks
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Is it allowed to ignore copyright claimed over an exact reprint of a public domain work?

The question is general, but I will explain it with a specific example I am currently facing. In 1890, a book was published in Germany. Its author died in 1915. According to my understanding of ...
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Can I commercially publish a chess book containing chess positions that were played by real people?

For my own educational purposes, I have written down a few chess positions over the past years. These include games that were played by real players at real tournaments. Now I am thinking of ...
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What goes in to deciding whether a court opinion will be published or not?

Generally, attorneys may not cite to, and courts may not rely upon unpublished opinions. (See for example Cal. Rules of Court §8.1115) Although I can't use them, I read many unpublished opinions ...
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Are Gutenberg books illegal to sell in Germany or any non-US countries?

I am building an eBook reading service (paid) and I aim to distribute free classics available on Gutenberg Project. (at least for the start) I have gone through all Gutenberg terms which allows me to ...
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Is there anything preventing me from digitizing old magazines (pre-1920) for free?

I have a growing collection of publications like Scientific American, Ladies Home Journal, and other magazines that are still in print today. Plus old books for publishers that no longer exist. They ...
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Is Stack Exchange, Inc. a publisher or a public forum?

I'm wondering if Stack Exchange, Inc. is a publisher or a public forum? More specifically do they have the right to censor and suspend users even if they haven't violated their terms of service? P.S. ...
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Fiction featuring illegal elements

I am working on a work of (historical) fiction, where an important element for plot and audience experience is a sexual encounter with an underaged person. I plan to publish this work worldwide, but ...
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Whom can I contact if I'd like to translate a literary work into my mother tongue if the writer is dead and the publishing house no longer exists?

I am carrying out some little translation works for a publishing house and I, personally, want to translate a specific literary work (a novel) that impresses me a lot, into my mother tongue. But the ...
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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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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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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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