Questions tagged [copyright]

A legal concept intended to protect the intellectual property rights of authors and artists by making unauthorized copying a civil or criminal offense.

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Can you be sued for using publicly used images on a blog without copyright permission?

Lets say I write a blog post about the new Batman movie or a the new Grand Theft Auto game and i decide to use the boxart/poster or a wallpaper as the main image for the blog post, can I be sued for ...
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How do I copyright my website?

My website has been in development for a long time and cost a lot of money. How do I go about securing an enforceable copyright on my website design and what is the proper way to post a copyright ...
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How much of your content needs to be copied before you can file a DMCA complaint?

I run a blog with a number of articles, and I noticed that there are a few sites out there that have copied the articles, or parts of articles. Where they have copied an entire article, I understand ...
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Website content copied - How can I prove that I wrote it?

One of our competitors constantly copies all our website content. Now, I assume the trouble is to proof that we wrote the content first and that it is not the other way round. I checked on http://www....
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Is in-line linking (hot linking) photos and videos OK on my website, or is it unfair to the site which hosts them?

I am interested in hearing the community's thoughts about "in-line linking". That is, the act of embedding photo/video/written content into a particular website via code, such that a website can ...
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Responsibility in case of copyright infringing user-submitted content

Not sure if this is the right place to ask, but it seemed like one of the better options. Example here. Say, I have an online library where users can submit e-books and PDFs they created. All fine ...
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Someone is duplicating/reproducing my site what can I do?

Someone has created an exact copy of my site. At first, the code of his pages were identical to mine. A few days later he just replaced my internal links with the same links to his own domain. At ...
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Putting altered social media logo icons on my website, can I get sued?

I would say most websites with a somewhat thought-through graphical design use social media icons (i.e Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, etc) which are altered to fit the theme and design of the site. Now, ...
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Legal information on a website

I'm in the process of re-developing my website. We're currently a non-monetary website, funded entirely by ourselves, but we'd like to start earning some money from adverts and possibly paid content. ...
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Can I use the words Python, Ruby, or Perl in a domain name?

I was wondering, can I use any of the following words in a commercial domain relating to that specific industry? www.xxxxxPython.com Python doesn't seem to be trademarked as this word and also there ...
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Can CSS be copyrighted?

I know CSS on a website is protected under the website's copyright since it is considered part of the overall design. I also know that images used in CSS are copyrightable. How about when CSS is used ...
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Can I use product images from official websites?

I would like to promote some laptop products. For example Lets say Acer Laptop. Am I allowed to copy image from that website and use it in my website? I'm promoting their products. So its not ...
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Am I allowed to link to the movie posters from IMDB?

I am planning on making a site that deals specifically with movie trailers. I would like to know if I am allowed to link to the movie posters from imdb and display them on my site. I am mainly ...
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Website “theft” - what is the best way of dealing with these individuals?

I was doing a duplicate content search on the web for our site content and found that someone has downloaded/mirrored our entire website and is hosting it on a subdomain of their own main domain. When ...
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Would it be wrong to register a local domain (.ro) which has the same name as a famous forum .com?

Let's say there is a niche forum called HowToChopOnionWithoutCrying.com (I'm making it up, of course) and it's in English. And I want to create a similar forum in Romanian, registering ...
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User Upload of Images & Copyright Issues

I have a hand-coded site. I just started working on a strategy that will allow users to integrate their images and drawings into the site. The problem is that I know users will start uploading images ...
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Copyright word or symbol

After reading this post I was wondering which is best to use for websites out of the following, Copyright © 2010 "COMPANY" © 2010 Copyright 2010 Also, if we license everything we produce ...
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Photos being copied all over the place

We have a rather popular website with plenty of photos. Our whole business depends on our content - and the photos are important in this. We invest a lot of time, effort, and money into taking these ...
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Help! How to deal with Mirror Sites

Someone sneakily copied part of the contents on our website and made a mirror website that looks almost like ours! This will be real confusing for many people and I am worrying this will lead to many ...
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What's the legal way to stream music online?

It's really hard getting a definite answer on this so I'm going to ask it here. Is there a legal way to stream new music on a website without getting artist consent first. There seems to be a lot of ...
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Do you have to be in the United States to file a DMCA complaint?

I understand that DMCA complaints only work for search engines and webhosts which are based in the US. However, does the person filing the complaint also have to be in the US, or can anyone in any ...
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Avoid Copyright Infringment through hotlinking

I am planning to run an image site similar to this one, and what I've noticed is that every single image there are hosted externally through inline-linking. Is this a way to avoid copyright ...
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Best practices for protecting exclusive images

I've noticed that many computer hardware websites watermark substantial portions of "exclusive" images, rather than just place a logo in the corner of the image. An example is the GPU chip image in ...
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How copyright laws apply for commonly public things?

I am making website which display quotes like brainyquote.com. So how copyright laws affected in this situation? I know that all quotes ( I have around 10,000+ quotes) are on the different ...
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Is it legal to cache RSS images on my server?

I have some RSS feeds showing on my website, for speed up loading time I like to cache images directly on my server. Is it legal to credits the source inside the post and store images from those ...
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Our website has been 'cloned' and is now running under a .vn domain - course of action?

Our website http://llidesign.co.uk (design and developed in house and completely hand coded, no templates) has been cloned at http://menplus.vn and is now being hosted on a .vn (Vietnam) domain. ...
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How to deal with a site that has plagiarized mine? [duplicate]

I have an established blog that has been putting out content for a year. Today I noticed that somebody has cloned my entire website, word-for-word, and hosted it on a separate domain. When I say ...
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Can I use others' content on my own website without their permission?

I would like to ask if is it legal to put someone content on own website (content will be changed to match my own design) without asking the owner of that site for permission. I would like to get some ...