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How can I make a fan game entirely legally?

17 U.S. Code § 106 - Exclusive rights in copyrighted works Subject to sections 107 through 122, the owner of copyright under this title has the exclusive rights to do and to authorize any of the ...
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Can you own a copyright of something where no remaining copies exist?

Does this have any effect on Bob's ownership of the copyright? No. You can own a copyright to something you don't have a copy of. Enforcing it might indeed be difficult however.
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How can I make a fan game entirely legally?

The other answers seem to miss the fact that you are in canada. Section 29.21 of Canada's Copyright Modernization Act provides an exception in that may apply to your case: (1) It is not an ...
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After reading a fact from a copyrighted textbook, does asking about that fact on a public forum infringe copyright?

In most copyright law (India is no exception), facts and ideas cannot be copyrighted. A particular expression of a fact or idea (i.e. the words used to say it) can be copyrighted, but not the ...
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Finding the license for a widely-used photograph

Standard investigation paths would involve contacting: Gwen Bell Gordon Bell curators at the Computer History Museum Nokia (as acquirer of Acetel-Lucent, former via a merger with Lucent) Nokia Bell ...
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Finding the license for a widely-used photograph

I checked the Wikipedia article about Ken Thompson which shows a version of this picture. It appears to be the same room, equipment, etc. but a slightly different angle and positions of Ken and Dennis....
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How can I make a fan game entirely legally?

1. Wait for copyright to expire. Life of author+70 years, or 95 years from publication, for works authored by a company (and not a group of individuals). Frozen, from Disney, falls under the latter ...
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Can you own a copyright of something where no remaining copies exist?

Though you don't have to register a copyright to hold the rights, you do have to register it before you can bring a lawsuit for infringement. If the video was already registered, then there may still ...
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After reading a fact from a copyrighted textbook, does asking about that fact on a public forum infringe copyright?

Nuclear Hoagie's answer correctly notes that repeating the ideas and knowledge of facts is not copyright infringement when expressed in your own words. Further, if you decide to include a short ...
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Can an animal commit copyright infringement?

Can an animal commit copyright infringement? Suppose Bob has a parrot who has learned a song from listening to the radio. If the parrot presses a button on Bob's computer to start a Livestream (or ...
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Finding the license for a widely-used photograph

Are you sure you need a licence? united-states It’s certain that someone owns the copyright in the photo, so to use it legally, you need their permission or your use needs to be fair use. This ...
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is it legal to monetize a translation of a foreign song

Most copyright questions at this site are close. This one is not. Your work, in any of the permutations you suggested, would clearly infringe the copyright of the original song copyright owners as a ...
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How can I make a fan game entirely legally?

How can I make a fan game entirely legally? By asking the IP's owner for permission to make the game. It's very common for videogame companies to do that.
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Finding the license for a widely-used photograph

If you're in the US, one case to look at might be Hunley v. Instagram, LLC. In this case, the Ninth Circuit court of appeals found that copyright is only violated when you host a copy of the photo on ...
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What options are available to protect one's copyright-protected work if one does not register it?

There are several options that can give effect to one's exclusive rights conferred by copyright, without requiring registration: demand letters; DMCA takedown notices (where the infringing copy is ...
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Video games that are no longer commercially available - can we still make videos showcasing them?

All game streaming without permission is problematic All video games, whether current or obsolescent, are protected by copyright. By recording the playing of a video game, the player(s) are making a ...
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Finding the license for a widely-used photograph

You're in luck: that photograph is from "circa 1970". According to the Cornell chart of copyright terms, photographs from that era published in the United States were required to have a ...
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Can a Japanese Company sue another Japanesse Company in US Court?

You can sue for copyright violation in each and every jurisdiction where a violation occurred So, if they violate copyright in Japan, you sue in Japan, in the USA you sue in the USA, in Australia you ...
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Are "Plex servers" as they seem to be commonly used actually illegal?

This is one of those "are kitchen knives illegal since they can be used to kill people" questions. Legally, handing out logins to your private streaming service is no different from simply ...
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When does transmitting something create a copy of it?

17 U.S.C. § 101: "Copies" are material objects, other than phonorecords, in which a work is fixed by any method now known or later developed, and from which the work can be perceived, ...
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Is Microsoft allowed to bring Playstation games (that were ported to PC) to Xbox, or would they face legal backlash?

It depends "Make playable" can be done in two ways: Either you modify the game to make it playable on a specific machine, or you modify the machine to be able to read the game. Microsoft ...
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Are "Plex servers" as they seem to be commonly used actually illegal?

australia Sometimes Format shifting for private use is allowed under copyright law since 2007. There are restrictions: the owner must make the copy, only one copy in each format is allowed (which ...
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Who would own the copyright to the original character in a freelance commissioned art piece?

There's multiple copyrights The Character (description) Alice has a cool character: Bob the Barbarian. She describes him in an e-mail. That affixes her description of Bob in a tangible matter. Alice ...
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In places where religion is officially recognized, can they give any human or group of humans a copyright over religious scriptures?

Yes. The government can grant legal rights to anyone it wants for whatever reason it wants. Unlike the Quran, nobody claims that copyright statutes or similar legal rights are a product of the word of ...
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Does acknowledging derivative works reduce the ability for a license-holder to seek legal remedy?

Does this reduce Alice's ability to sue Bob for copyright infringement at some point in the future (i.e., due to either some form of estoppel or because she's accidentally created an implicit license)?...
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Can i use the name of a university on a map

A mere name cannot be protected by copyright. Copyright also does not protect mere facts, such as the location of places. See, e.g., Feist Publications, Inc. v. Rural Telephone Service Company, Inc., ...
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What options are available to protect one's copyright-protected work if one does not register it?

Historical accident The USA was a latecomer to the Berne Convention and had developed its own system of copyright in which registration and a copyright notice were prerequisites for copyright to exist ...
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German Online Law

I suspect you are getting garbled accounts of Störerhaftung and Unterlassungserklärung. As the operator of a WLAN, you are held liable for illegal use of this device even if there is no personal, ...
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Do we know if using computer games to make CGI for history youtubes is fair use?

(tl;dr: We don't know. It's probably okay legally if we take your example description at face value, and practically many companies openly or implicitly permit even less convincingly "fair use&...
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Is an implicit copyright license sublicensable?

No A court will imply terms into a contract only to the extent that they are necessary to make the contract effective. See BP Refinery (Westernport) Pty Ltd v Shire of Hastings [1977] UKPC 13. Your ...
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