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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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Is it legal to print the Nintendo logo (and trade marks) on retro spare parts?

Marks are to denominate the origin of goods. Nintendo built Gameboys for decades. Some GameBoys have aftermarket parts like the NAKI Action Light, a peripheral never made by Nintendo but was nothing ...
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Can I share a copy of Adobe Standalone Flash Player?

No. Copyright does not have exemptions for obsolete works, use with credit, or non-commercial use. Depending on the purpose for the distribution, this could be fair use, but it is unlikely that a ...
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12 votes

Which license can protect a project's owner and give him ownership over volunteer contributions?

Yes, a work with no license is All Rights Reserved, reserved meaning the creator of the work. Who is the creator of the work ? Everyone who contributed it, unanimously. Yes. If people contributed any ...
11 votes

Copyright transcription of public domain music?

I originally wrote A "transcription" and an "arrangement" are not at all the same thing. But it seems that this was not quite correct. Transcription Merriam-Webste definers the ...
10 votes

Does using Yoda in my brand name violate copyright law of United States?

Copyright is irrelevant, because names are not protected by copyright. Trademark is relevant: a name can be protected by a trademark. "Yoda" is a registered trademark owned by Lucasfilms, a ...
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How does copyright apply to rules, eg ISO standards?

Expression vs Idea As I understand it, copyright applies to creative expression and not for examples rules of games. That is not correct as stated. Game rule, or more exactly the fixed expression of ...
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Which license can protect a project's owner and give him ownership over volunteer contributions?

A common solution to this problem is to not accept pull requests unless the author signed a contributor license agreement (CLA). The exact wordings of CLAs differ, but they essentially come in two ...
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Which license can protect a project's owner and give him ownership over volunteer contributions?

None You can not become owner of any user contributions without all users contributing signing a separate right transfer - For example in a contributor agreement or afterward in a separate right's ...
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Does using Yoda in my brand name violate copyright law of United States?

Copyright law is irrelevant Because the name “Yoda” cannot be copyrighted. Copyright protects artistic and literary expression- the way Yoda looks and the stories about him. Copyright in those lasts ...
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What happens when someone changes their license on an image (or other file) and you are actively using it on your website?

The creative commons licenses explicitly include a paragraph that they cannot be revoked once granted. That is an important concept of all free licenses (CC, but also MIT, Apache etc) Now it's a fact ...
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Can fictional abilities of a character be protected by copyright?

Your example powers are tropes and their basis in public domain The Queen of Pain's scream is modeled after the Banshee, which had a scream that would kill... and there are LOTS of variants of Banshee....
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Does fair use supersede the permission of copyright holders?

Yes, fair use supersedes the requirement of permission from the copyright holder. In general, the holder has the exclusive right to copy the work, publicly perform it, create derivative works, and so ...
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4 votes

Does fair use supersede the permission of copyright holders?

Almost all works recorded in some fixed way that are not a couple of hundred years old or created by a government agency are protected by copyright. In the absence of an exception to the general rule, ...
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Do movie studios need permission to use an AI-recreation of an actor's voice in their works?

Under Cal. Civ. 3344, Any person who knowingly uses another’s name, voice, signature, photograph, or likeness, in any manner, on or in products, merchandise, or goods, or for purposes of advertising ...
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If one purchases a machine and software that has no EULA, etc, can said person legally alter the code of the program purchased?

Recall the basic principle of copyright law, as detailed in 17 USC 106: The copyright holder has the exclusive right to make copies; prepare derivative works; or distribute copies by sale, rental, ...
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How does copyright apply to rules, eg ISO standards?

“In your own words” would be fine. Trouble might come from another source. If you make people believe that the contents of your document is equivalent to a standard, but it isn’t, that could be a ...
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When should you register copyright for countries you don't live in?

That depends very much on the particular countries involved. Some countries do not have a system of copyright registration at all. Of those that do, the benefits vary. In the united-states, one cannot ...
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Are any terms of BCI combinator calculus eligible for copyright?

Short Answer No meaningful intellectual property protection is available for BCI calculus, BI calculus, or SK calculus. Long Answer Copyright Protection There are several categories of things that ...
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Does using Yoda in my brand name violate copyright law of United States?

YODA may qualify as a "well-known" trademark, with different rules. If the PTO recognizes YODA as a "famous" or "well-known" trademark, then likely no one except the ...
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Who holds copyright in a pastor's sermon?

It depends on whether he is an employee of the church hired to write and deliver sermons, or not. The building-owner does not gain ownership of a work by letting a person use their venue, unless that ...
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When does paraphrasing become copyright infringement?

It depends on what you mean by "paraphrase". If you don't copy the actual words of a document and only write down the ideas contained therein (using your own words), that is a traditional ...
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Is there any safe Threshold of originality internationally for copyright?

Under U.S. law, these scenarios are governed by the Digital Millenium Copyright Act and especially by Section 230. User generated content does not create liability for the host, but the host has to ...
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Do movie studios need permission to use an AI-recreation of an actor's voice in their works?

Rights of personality and publicity are primarily controlled by state law, namely the state in which the allegedly infringed person is domiciled. In JEJ's case this would be New York. Until recently,...
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Which license can protect a project's owner and give him ownership over volunteer contributions?

I just want to clarify something (which I hope someone will correct me on if I'm off base): the LICENSE is not the correct mechanism to enforce this. A license, for a piece of software like this, ...
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Is there any safe Threshold of originality internationally for copyright?

I will start with your list: none of these acts are protected under copyright law. The act of replying is universally available to everyone: it is not even protected by patent law. The content of a ...
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Copyright of the photos used in a true crime documentary

Unless the photo is a selfie, the subject doesn’t own it Copyright in a photograph belongs to the photographer; in most cases, apart from a piece of their thumb over the lens, they aren’t in their own ...
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Is creating and hosting a phishing site illegal?

Phishing schemes are generally speaking unlawful as they are designed to harm others economically through fraud. If you are involved in creating a site knowing that it will be used for that purpose, ...
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Am I allowed to use Microsoft's TrueType core fonts outside my computer?

I will assume that the EULA that you linked to is provably the EULA under which your copy of the fonts was licensed. The core paragraph which says what you can do is as follows: GRANT OF LICENSE. ...
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Personal copying of source code from a programming book

The scenes-a-faire (required scenes, or literally "scenes to be made") doctrine recognizes that some aspects of a copyrighted work in some genre may be traits of the genre, and thus not ...
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