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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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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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Creative Commons License question

You are free: to Share—to copy, distribute and transmit the work, and to Remix—to adapt the work Under the following conditions: Attribution—You must attribute the work in the manner specified ...
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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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Can embedding a content from another website be considered as a violation of copyright law?

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 ...
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Does naming my website like this cause a copyright infrigment?

I want to create a website for a particular industry. There is a term that is used quite widely in the industry - for the sake of argument, lets say the expression is "great scott". The term is used ...
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Does a DMCA takedown require you to prevent the same file from being uploaded again?

If I allow users to upload media (images, videos, etc.) and I get a DMCA takedown notice for a specific file, do I have to prevent users from uploading that same file in the future?
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Are copyright notices really required?

Ever since I made my first web page 13 years ago I have followed the pattern of showing a copyright notice in the footer of each page. Over the years the format of this notice has changed in the ...
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How does delicious.com avoid being sued for copyright infringement?

With the recent redesign of delicious.com, they've added a much more graphical home page. The site continues to be a service for people to bookmark and share websites they come across on the web. The ...
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Copyright my website name. Is this possible?

I am wondering if besides owning my domain name, should I copyright the actual name of the site? If my site is called mysite.com. Could I go to http://www.copyright.gov/ and copyright mysite? Or do ...
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Photos - do I really need to look for the author and ask his permission when posting them on my site?

When I find a photo somewhere on the internet, without any explicit information of whether I can re-publish it on my own website, without any hint of who is the owner/author of that photo, can I still ...
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Business Website Fraudulently Copied; What Can We Do to Get Fraudulent Chinese Site Taken Down [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Alot of Pirated Material on Someone's Website - What Can Be Done? My company, http://www.dakim.com, has had its content mirrored by another site, www.ebrainease.com. They ...
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protect website images with copyright

i have a website where firms can have a page dedicated to them ( like a directory ) and the sellers of my website are responsible for taking photos of what in the firm the administration of the firm ...
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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 ...
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Website copyright- Should I use my name or the website's name

If possible, I'd like to know whether to use my name or the website's name when making the copyright notice for my website. I read here that when I add a copyright notice to my website I should ...
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Non-intentional hosting of material that is protected by copyright law

I am interested how copyright law works in the case of Rapidshare, Youtube and etc. Just hypothetically speaking, what if I create a website for uploading and sharing MP3 files, and some users start ...
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We've had our content copied under a different URL - why and what do we do?

We have a problem. We've noticed a large amount of traffic showing up on our Google Analytics. Upon further investigation we have found that we've had our content copied under a different URL. Our ...
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Does having an old copyright date on a website have any negative SEO impact?

In that a client feels having an old copyright date displayed in the footer across a site will have a negative SEO impact? My opinion is that it should make very little difference SEO wise and should ...
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Images in blog posts

I see a lot of blogs (coding horror for example) that seem to feature random pictures in the entries. Would I be correct in saying they probably didn't seek permission to use those images? What are ...
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How to collect articles for my new Article Directory

I've an idea and just want suggestions and comments about it. I'm launching an free article directory, which as usual will allow to have author's dofollow backlinks. How do I get good articles? Can ...
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Blatant copyright theft

Found a user on the forum trying to solicit business for his website, a good user reported it and I checked the website out. Firstly and most dangerously it's attempting to sell our original software,...
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Is there a service available to help continuously check for plagiarism online?

We have a website with several thousand pages and it is frequently copied elsewhere; we'd like to know when and where this takes place to so we can make sure we are attributed correctly.
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Using other's contents in your website

How can I use someone other's article/post on my own website? What is the legal way of doing this? Usually what I do is that I mention the source from where I got that post. Is there any other way? ...
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title, content copied and title, name used! trademark issue?

I have a video website, server and domain bought 3 months 1 week ago, website actually started 1 month 1 week ago. Domain name plain and simple, easy to remember, bought with a yearly fee, nothing ...
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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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Reporting Copied (Stolen) Product Descriptions to Google

If a competitor copies your unique product descriptions on an eCommerce site, what is the proper way to report the copied content to google? Do you have to take different action for Web Organic search ...
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Foreign logos on my site - disclaimer

on my app website are the logos of Twitter, Blogger, Facebook, Windows and others to describe the functionality of the application. Do I need a disclaimer that the logos are not mine or something ...
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Should I patent a web application before launching it?

While discussing a website idea I had with friends and worked on it, they told me to be wary of theft regarding the website. Since the code I'd be working on would be mostly JavaScript and HTML, the ...
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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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Using licensed custom fonts for commercial site

What are the legalities regarding using licensed fonts for webpages? It will be used for a for a commercial site. I do not want to get into trouble by using it without a license, (although I do hear a ...
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Is it legal to show RSS feeds on my website from another website

I want to display the feeds from multiple news website on my website and create a site which would be something like http://paper.li So is it legal to display those feeds directly on my website? The ...
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What to do about features of a website copied by another bigger one?

Early last year I implemented several new and unique features on Neocamera and most have been copied by DPReview. They announced the latest one this morning. It is called 'My Short List' there while ...
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Better to ignore competitor who looks like a copycat, or send a notice?

My new SAAS product is a month or two from launch, and I've had a temporary (trademark approved) site up for a long time, and announced it publicly at a conference in January to potential customers &...
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How to Automate Checking for Stolen Content?

So I know about tools like Copyscape and Google Alerts.. great tools, but it's quite tedious for me to copy and paste an URL or phrase for every one of my pages in my sites. Is there any tool out ...
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New website, plans to go large. How do you protect yourself?

I'm planning to create a new site that (in hopes) will make it to a decent state of popularity and use. I have made sites before, but they weren't serious, with any intended purpose other than ...
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Alot of Pirated Material on Someone's Website - What Can Be Done?

We've developed our website for over 10 years. Recently a website in China has begun to pirate our images and product descriptions (they are showing "new" March offerings). Nearly all of the ...
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Redesigning foreign website for my portfolio and offer it?

I've had an interest in web design for a long time and am constantly trying to learn something new. I do not have any references in my portfolio, but would like to start freelancing. Is it bad ...
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Is it allowed to use one frame of a hollywood blockbuster on my website?

I want to build a website where users can upload screenshots from movies. Does anybody knows if this is (il)legal? I'm living in europe/germany.
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Protecting design ideas from being copied by other websites?

I'm planning a project at the moment, while building a completely different project at the same time. Both of these projects are quite innovative in the way they either work or the way they are ...
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Rss legal issues

I know it is illegal to post full articles of a website on yours beacuse of copyright. Is it legal to post the rss feeds of a website on your website?
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Is adding "all rights reserved" or copyright in the bottom of my webapp necessary? And why?

Some background: Based on Django User submitted content I'm in the USA (NYC to be exact) Any other relevant information you need to make a suggestion, just ask in comments.
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Is it important to show the current year alongside my (c) Copyright symbol?

Should I update the copyright notice every January? as in © ACME Corp 2011 I'm not asking about how or whether to claim copyright at all (that is dealt with here), but whether the year has ...
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If someone takes a photo of my product and posts it on the web do I have the right to use it on my website?

If someone takes a photo of my product and posts it on the web do I have the right to use it on my website?
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Add copyright notice to a website

I want to add a copyright notice to a website I created. Something like (c) Me 2010. All rights reserved. I am aware that everything written by someone is automatically copyrighted (if I'm not ...
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Would creative commons be good option for bloggers to keep owenership on their contents

I just want that if someone use my contents on their site, they should give a link to my site or some credit. For this purpose i just want to go for creative commons licensing. Would creative commons ...
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Using Associated Press photos

I am kinda unclear on how/if I can use AP photos. There are quite a few sites that use it with a credit underneath it. Is that enough? Do you still need the express written consent they talk about ...
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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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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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Can I steal someone else's idea?

I'm from Ireland and I want to set up an internet radio station. I thought of a good name but someone else from Ireland is planning on using this name. They own *radioname*fm.eu and have Twitter and ...
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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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Legal standing for a copyright notice placed by prior web developer? (long backstory)

Let's say a prior web developer placed a copyright notice on a website in the web developer's and not the client's name. The prior web developer has been hostile and actually took the site down for ...
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