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The term in copyright law for such a "platform" is a "collective work" or "compilations ". US law, 17 USC 101, says: A “collective work” is a work, such as a periodical issue, anthology, or encyclopedia, in which a number of contributions, constituting separate and independent works in themselves, are assembled into a ...


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A platform will have copyright on its selection of articles, for example. Even if you get permission of all authors who are published on the platform, you couldn't just copy their selection of articles. It's like me publishing a CD "Best of the Beatles", I'd have copyright on my choice as what I regard as the best 20 Beatles songs. You can't just ...


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Yes, the original designer (or the designer's employer) would have a legal right to the design, insofar as it included protectable design elements. Copyright on the design of "useful" products is limited, and the exact limitations vary from country to country. However, it might be hard for the designer (or the company for which the designer works) ...


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The resulting figure could surely be covered by copyright, if it is original. A new set of folds to make a known figure might not be separately protectable under US law. In this news story A court in Japan is said to have held that: the folding instructions are indeed a copyrightable subject matter, because (i) the author’s selection of 10 out of 32 folding ...


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If the third party designer lies about who designed it, that doesn’t change who the copyright owner is. The only difference it makes: if I had a contract with Apple that allows me to use all their designs, and I used yours because you lied, you’d have a problem getting damages for me. If Apple took and used that design, you could take them to court. Your ...


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Copyright is held by the person who creates the work, not the person who owns the device (typewriter, camera, chisel). However, copyright may be held by the person who hired the creator to create the work, that is, the work may be a "work for hire". In the US, this refers to "a work prepared by an employee within the scope of his or her ...


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Recipe books can be, and often are, protected by copyright. If the individual recipes are by others, this would constitute a collective work or compilation. See this recent answer for more on the rights protected for a collective work. The selection of which recipes to include would be a creative element, protected by copyright, and could not be copied or ...


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