I would like to embed a content from another website (a webcam object) to my website. Can it be considered as a violation of copyright law? Both my website and the embedded are within EU. There is no copyright claim at the website I'd like to embed.
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I think it can.
Everything created is protected by copyright, even if not claimed through a visible line of text.
In your case, I should try and contact the rightful owner of the other website to ask for permission. Make sure you have this literally written down by the opposite webmaster for future reference.
Not only embedding but also just linking to other content without prior explicit permission of rights holder is violation of Copyright Law.
Read, for example:
Update (Answering @Thomas's question in comment):
Someone would die, either internet or copyright with author rights. They are dig-graving each another now.
I've just cited a few verdicts but they are thousands, I wrote: "google on it". You are asking easily searchable banalities, it is why nobody was answering you here
Why it is incredible? All internet, especially search engines, is based on explicit violation of Copyright Law and author rights.
Now, discussions (answering questions to answers) are explicit violations of this board for which my accounts were suspended here many times and still is in some of stackExchange boards.