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If I add a copyright disclaimer to my app, am I exempt of charges?

Imagine if the answer was a simple yes: adding a disclaimer was enough to exempt you from any and all copyright and trademark law suits. If that was the case, there would be no point in copyright or ...
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Could I write a "Parry Hotter" novel?

Using the setting and characters of an existing and current book would probably, indeed almost surely, make it a derivative work. Creating a derivative work from a work protected by copyright requires ...
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Are the Quotations in a Book of Quotations Copyrighted?

The copyright on the book of quotations protects the collection. That is, it protects the author's choice of which quotations to include, and of what order to list them in. It also covers any ...
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If I add a copyright disclaimer to my app, am I exempt of charges?

"No infringement intended" is meaningless. One of these things is true: The copy isn't an infringement. The copy is an infringement, and the responsible person knows it. The copy is an ...
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Why don't law collections show who the author of the law is?

Laws are collective works that often have multiple authors. Law do not have, in general, a single author, although minor, uncontroversial legislation that passed more or less unanimously without much ...
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Could I write a "Parry Hotter" novel?

You can try but don't expect it to be easy. In the Western world at least. There is this Tanya Grotter precedent already.
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Authorship in work dedicated to the public domain

PD means you have no rights No as in not a single right. CC0/PD means they can do anything legally: they can take the work, make a trivial edit and put their name on it [at least in addition] and you ...
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If I add a copyright disclaimer to my app, am I exempt of charges?

Neither the disclaimer nor the ads make any real difference. Using Nintendo-copyright images is potentially copyright infringement. Regardless of whether you earn money for it or put a disclaimer ...
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Are there any precedents for sombody being held accountable for a mistake in a textbook?

In the US, due to free speech protections (i.e. the first amendment), it seems that the majority of lawsuits for negligent publication fail. It's worth noting that the author might be more liable than ...
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Can I monetize a Pokemon themed App in Google Store

Your app is a simple case of copyright infringement. All the Pokémon are copyrighted, the lettering and names are also protect by trademarks. Trying to claim fair use will be outright impossible: you'...
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Why don't law collections show who the author of the law is?

canada Public acts The legally relevant portions of the legislative process are public acts, not dependent on the identity of the person who actually chose the words, if such an individual could even ...
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Why don't law collections show who the author of the law is?

It doesn't matter The individual person who wrote a law is irrelevant to its application. The legislature that passed it matters, of course, but not the person who wrote it. It is important to know ...
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If I add a copyright disclaimer to my app, am I exempt of charges?

That disclaimer really doesn't do much other than make it clear that what you're doing is not official. It isn't going to protect you. Using a company's intellectual property without their permission ...
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Why don't law collections show who the author of the law is?

In the united-kingdom, there is one example I know of where authors are identified within the text of an Act. (There are also some historical laws often attributed by name, such as "Lord Brougham'...
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Why don't law collections show who the author of the law is?

switzerland In Switzerland laws are written by the administration (upon a motion by parliament or an initiative by the voters) and then debated, modified and approved (or not) by the parliament (and, ...
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What exactly are screen rights to a story?

The right in question would be the right to create a derivative work based on the story. Since this is a news story, it is presumably based on fact. Anyone may base a work (non-fiction book, novel, ...
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Is it a personal care or a Company care to correct the list of Authors of a Patent owned by the Company?

You will want to speak with a patent attorney, not a labor attorney. Some of the facts you are presenting are entirely wrong. Patents have inventors, copyrights have authors. Inventorship has strict ...
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What to do about images whose author is unknown?

Everything you see there is copyright and trademark the Tolkien estate or a derivative work thereof. It's all illegal.
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Can copyright of a book be extended by the authors relatives?

Copyright in the US has changed Prior to 1978 copyright lasted 28 years and could be renewed for another 28 (hence 1936 and 1964). Anything that was still under copyright then now has copyright for ...
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Can Bob provide translations to copyrighted articles on his websites?

The facts you describe are very likely an infringing derivative work which would provide a basis for a lawsuit against the person operating the website. But, nothing is certain, and these ...
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Must Terms of Service be written by a lawyer?

It’s impossible to say There are several hundred (at least) jurisdictions in the world. There are 28 nations in the EU (shortly to be 27) and many of them have sub-national jurisdictions (the UK has 3)...
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Copyright laws regarding a book originally published a few hundred years ago, then republished

They have copyright in their additional text, and possibly in things like their visual design choices (fonts, layout etc). They may also have introduced a few deliberate typos to detect any literal ...
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Can I make YouTube videos where I read parts of a book aloud

The following answer is based on US-law. I am not a lawyer; this is not legal advice. If the book you read is in the public domain* you should be fine. Otherwise what you are doing is copyright ...
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Can Bob provide translations to copyrighted articles on his websites?

In essence, this is no different to translating and publishing a book. Imagine if all the not-in-English Harry Potter books were made and published without the original publisher's permission. ...
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Lossless version as proof of copyright in court, alternative protection measures

People often confuse "proof" and "evidence" and in the legal system we often use them interchangeably when we probably shouldn't. Proof, in a scientific or mathematical sense, is something that is ...
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Application code shared between GNU and Comercial software

If you use some GPL licensed software in violation of the license, the copyright holder can sue you for copyright infringement. The copyright holder. Nobody else. Nobody else can sue you for copyright ...
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Can Author or Publisher be sued for this

I am assuming that they are asking about whether or not they can be sued for saying that the books "contain 100% questions" even though maybe only 90% of the questions of the real exams were included. ...
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Apart from trademark protection, what kind of intellectual property protection may logos have according to US law?

Trademark can protect a designed logo as well as a "short phrase" or title, it must be used in commerce and be renewed every 10 years, but if so renewed can continue forever. Copyright cannot protect ...
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Am I subject to my own license's NonCommercial clause?

A license is permission given by the copyright holder to someone who would not otherwise be legally able to use the content lawfully. Since the holder may freely use his or her own content in any way, ...
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