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Can the word "Cola" be used for commercial purposes? It depends on what you want to do with it, but most uses would be permissible. "Cola" is, as you note, a generic term, comparable to "trout" or "sugar" or "beer." Still, generic words may be subject to trademark protection. Even "coca" is a ...


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united-states Under US copyright law, I do not think this is copyrightable. See the US Copyright Office's Compendium of the U.S. Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition, Chapter 300, Section 313.4(B). The Supreme Court held in Feist v. Rural Telephone (499 US 340, 1991) that "copyright protects only those constituent elements of a work that possess ...


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"public performance" is a term used in copyright law mostly for music, dance, drama, and audio-visual works, where it means to actually perform the work in front of an audience. For a book it could mean to read the book aloud in front of an audience. It is not largely used for software. I suppose that demonstrating or running the software in front ...


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I want to include excerpts from two other songs within my recording - it would be an entirely new recording by me with no samples, but there would be two lines from two different songs along with the recognisable melodies. Covering a song in a recognizable fashion is, in practice, only rarely fair use (a sample almost never is), but the license can be ...


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Whether the use of excerpts from songs protected by copyright in the cover version of a different song is a "fair use" under US law is always a fact-driven question, and often there is no clear answer to fair use issues short of a lawsuit. One must remember that fair use is a specifically united-states legal concept, and that reproduction of such a ...


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