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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 ...