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Can Meta create a Twitter clone?

More generally, can anyone just copy an existing website (without copying the code or images)? Yes. Could I make a website that lets people post pictures like Instagram but call it MyPics? Yes. In ...
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Is it legal for a train company to create an art gallery using photographs of the graffiti on their locomotives and train cars?

Copyright law doesn't say the art isn't copyrighted if it was made unlawfully. It seems the art can be copyrighted and the act of making it can be a criminal offence. I'm not aware of any such ...
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What stops stolen software from offering a valid license?

I've never seen a license agreement like this make that license conditional on having actually paid for the software. Careful reading of license agreements shows that this isn't accurate. Commercial ...
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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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Is it legal for a train company to create an art gallery using photographs of the graffiti on their locomotives and train cars?

No You are conflating two different ownership concepts: the art in which the copyright exists, and the artwork that is the expression of the art (my terminology). The artist owns the art, the train ...
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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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Is it legal to sell emails?

Without a data privacy document provided by the client that exactly describes what they want to do with the data, that would be an absolute no-go for me. Additionally for me, they would need to sign a ...
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Italian and Greek Law: Do I need to get permissions and pay fees to create 3D models of ancient Greek buildings and ancient Italian buildings?

Both Italy and Greece are EU members. In EU countries, copyright protects your intellectual property until 70 years after your death or 70 years after the death of the last surviving author in the ...
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Is it legal to intentionally wait before filing a copyright lawsuit to maximize profits?

Equitable remedies such as disgorgement (recovery of profits) are typically subject to equitable bars to recovery such as laches. Laches reflects the maxim that "equity aids the vigilant and not ...
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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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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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What is the law on scanning pages from a copyright book for a friend?

It should not surprise you that copyright protects the right to (among other things) make copies. There are limited exceptions that are considered "fair use", like if you reproduce a limited ...
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Is it legal to sell emails?

If the gdpr applies to you (you didn't say where you live or work from or who your clients are), this would be illegal. You said you are working and not a private person with their friends list on a ...
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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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Is voice copyrightable after death?

The characteristics of an individual's voice are not subject to copyright protection. A recording of someone's voice is, or may be, but it is the audio recording that is protected by copyright; the ...
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What stops stolen software from offering a valid license?

A computer can’t enter into a contract A EULA is a contract between the software company (not the computer) and the end user. If the software is obtained in a manner authorized by the publisher, then ...
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What is the legality of using copyrighted DnD monsters in personal writing?

It's legal if published with universal free access, because WotC permits it. Law as written generally requires the original copyright holder's permission to publish a story around copyrighted ...
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What are the consequences that European standards being cited in law must be publicly accessible, but are protected by copyright?

The judgement is of no effect on the Standards Organisation They were not a party to the case and any ruling it makes does not affect them. The obligation to make the standard(s) available is on the ...
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Does the DMCA takedown procedure apply if the original work is not online?

The relevant law requires only that the notice must provide "Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed" and "Identification of the material that is claimed ...
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Legality of Using Unofficial API

If the app (and the service accessed from the app) truly doesn't have any EULA, ToS, or license agreement, to include restrictions on reverse engineering, you can probably create an alternate front ...
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Does memorizing a copyrighted work create a copy?

Memorizing a work is not copyright infringement. Infringement requires doing something that is an exclusive right of the copyright owner. One of the exclusive rights of a copyright owner is the right ...
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Italian and Greek Law: Do I need to get permissions and pay fees to create 3D models of ancient Greek buildings and ancient Italian buildings?

italy Even though the copyright has expired, cultural heritage is still protected. The Italian Cultural Heritage Code (Legislative Decree n. 42/2014) states that derivative works of "cultural ...
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Can Meta create a Twitter clone?

Copyright applies to creative expressions, not abstract ideas. Copying the general functionality of an application is not a copyright violation. Only copying the code, art assets etc. is. However, ...
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Can my music player app have the same name as a musician band? It's common words

This is a trademark question, not a copyright question. The core ultimate legal question is whether the music app name creates a reasonable probability of confusion, for a typical consumer of the ...
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Is it legal for a train company to create an art gallery using photographs of the graffiti on their locomotives and train cars?

I have been wondering that since a train company owns its locomotives and train cars, then I am assuming that this means that they own any graffiti that has been painted on their locomotives and train ...
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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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Can a court’s decision be copyrighted?

No in united-states The court is part of the trifecta of government - it's part of the Judicative. The government can not have copyright in its works: 17 USC 105 declares such papers to be without ...
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What is the law on scanning pages from a copyright book for a friend?

It depends on the use your friend will make of the copy Any amount of copying is prima facie copyright infringement. UK law allows fair dealing copying for specific use cases. You don’t tell us why ...
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Does an illegal mode of creation or fixation remove a work from copyrightability?

The Copyright Act provides that (17 U.S.C. § 102): Copyright protection subsists, in accordance with this title, in original works of authorship fixed1 in any tangible medium of expression, now known ...
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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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