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Web scraping legal question

There’s a difference between the two examples Search Engines There have been a number of cases decided in the USA about the legality of web scraping, cacheing, thumbnails, etc. for the purposes of ...
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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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Publish a vocabulary list from a Korean Comic

The same principles as for word frequency lists should apply here. The set of words in a copyrighted work is a fact, not itself a copyrightable work. As long as you write your own definitions and you ...
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Is it okay to create an application that stores youtube & spotify links with showing the thumbnails of the content related to the links?

This is not legal advice for your specific situation. If you need that, you need to see a lawyer in your juristiction. But generally speaking: The preview you see when you paste a link into a chat ...
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Why does browser cache not count as copyright infringement?

When a computer program is executed or even just installed on a computer, there are zillions of copies made. In the U.S., Title 17, Chapter 1, Section 117 acknowledges this reality and the ...
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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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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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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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Can you own a copyright of something where no remaining copies exist?

We can assume it's not a TV recording of the show, nor the original filming tapes with actors, etc. but only a manuscript, otherwise the work would have many copies lying around (tv station, etc.). So ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Does re-implementing a software API violate copyright?

In Google v. Oracle, the US Supreme Court avoided deciding whether the Java API is subject to copyright: We shall assume, but purely for argument’s sake, that the entire Sun Java API falls within the ...
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Can I use Windows fonts for my game?

Typically, "using" a font is selecting letters from it and arranging them on a canvas. You have a license to use the font. You do not have a license to sublicense use to a third party. That ...
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Volunteer Created Work: Who Owns the Copyright?

If nothing else is done, the volunteer owns the copyright and does not matter how exactly the volunteer contribution "walks or quacks". Of course it looks like a job but it is not, and even ...
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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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German Online Law

Streaming movies (pirated movies) and similar actions are surely not only problematic in Germany. Adblocker and vpn are probably fairy tales.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Are pirated movies and software legal for personal use?

It depends on where you are in the world. Some countries do not enforce intellectual property laws. Such that, you can very well start a business selling movies downloaded from the internet. So long ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Write song to the tune of a copyrighted song

The copyright holder of a piece of music has the authority to forbid any transcriptions or public performances of that music in association with unapproved lyrics, but at least in the USA has no ...
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Does memorizing a copyrighted work create a copy?

The issue with AI training is they didn’t buy the book of poetry If you change your analogy to printing out a book of poetry you scraped from the internet and then memorising it, it is the print out ...
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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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Do book editors get copyright?

Under US copyright law, there are two questions that must be answered: is the book is a work of joint authorship? do the editor's contributions qualify as "work made for hire"? For Bob to ...
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