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Legality of Aggregating and Publishing Data from Academic Journals

It is clear that facts are not subject to copyright but the expression of them can be copyrightable. From your question it sounds like you are on solid ground but specific things you end up doing may ...
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Using a recipe in a YouTube video

Copyright In most (all?) jurisdictions, copyright protects creative expression, not ideas. In united-states doctrine, that is known as the idea-expression distinction, but that concept is not US-...
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What are the legal issues when using copyrighted images to advertise a product that doesn't contain them?

The issue you identify isn't really a copyright issue. The same issue would arise if the product contained public domain images in the advertisements that aren't present in the work itself. ...
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When does a retail flight simulator, or racing game, need to license aircraft or vehicles from their manufacturers?

It is not per se necessary to license objects depicted in a video game. A 2020 court case has decided that the same rules apply to video games as to other forms of art. Just like you don't need to ...
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Are random generators that use the names of fictional characters not infringing?

You would be in poorly-tested waters under US law. The invented name "Cthulhu" as appearing in a novel is not protected by copyright. A collection of invented names and other words assembled ...
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Using a recipe in a YouTube video

Many, perhaps most, recopies have no copyright protection at all. More specifically, the list of ingredients, and the steps to follow are all facts, and as such are not protected by copyright. ...
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Who owns the IP for some software that I created in my spare time? Employee or Employer?

Based on the contract language quoted in the question, and the facts stated there, it would seem that the employee owns the copyright on the software. It would seem that the software was not created &...
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Does the lack of copyright on facts mean that it is legal to reimplement a simple name generator?

You can take inspiration from the function of a website and create something that functions similarly – assuming that you don't copy the graphic design. You also can't just copy their code used to ...
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Is it legal for someone to publish a conversation from the Youtube comments section? What if they were one of the commenters?

If publishing the content qualifies as fair-use, then that's the answer. If not, then Google's terms of service apply: Rights you Grant You retain ownership rights in your Content. However, we do ...
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Legality of Aggregating and Publishing Data from Academic Journals

Summarizing data is legal. A good example of that is the Particle Data Group which summarizes the bottom line conclusions of high energy physics experiments in an organized manner and cites to the ...
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