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Is it legally problematic to use the same WordPress theme as my competitor?

Copyright applies to content. So copyright would not apply here since the content is uniquely yours (assumption) and that the theme is available for use by many. Trademarks should be registered (...
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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?

No, it's not OK, unless you have permission to do so from the content owner and host. It wastes resources and if it's an image meant to be seen on a page, it wastes potential conversions (+ credit) ...
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How should copyright notices be formatted on websites?

They are technically all correct because the proper usage of a copyright notice is to inform its users there is a copyright license or agreement on the website in question, therefor regardless of the ...
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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've seen some very embarrassing/hocking examples of hotlinking payback/revenge which caused users to be banned from the forums they had posted a hotlink in. To go more into detail for some who may ...
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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?

Linking to resources on another site such as images is generally frowned upon unless the site that hosts the images intends for this to happen. The reason for this is simple. It can take a lot of ...
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Can I use images from the manufacturer's website or other retailers for my eCommerce site?

No. You cannot. Copyright and trademark law applies no matter what you are using it for or for whom. But just ask for permission. This removes all ambiguity. Promoting their product that you are ...
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4 votes

How should copyright notices be formatted on websites?

First needs to come "©". "Copyright" "©" are the same thing so you could choose either. You only need one of them and you shouldn't use both. You could also use "(c)" or "Copr." instead if you ...
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Can you be sued for using publicly used images on a blog without copyright permission?

Each country has it's own laws, however, in the U.S., the law is quite clear. 17 U.S.C. § 107 Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 17 U.S.C. § 106 and 17 U.S.C. § 106A, the fair use of ...
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Is it legally problematic to use the same WordPress theme as my competitor?

Just adding to closetnoc's answer. Wordpress is released with GPLv2 (or later) from the free software foundation. Part of this license outlines requirements for derivative works, such as plugins or ...
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Someone is duplicating/reproducing my site what can I do?

If you haven't already, you probably want to verify your site on both Google Search Console and Bing Webmaster Tools. Adding the verification will help the search engines recognize the legitimate ...
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I've read many books and became an expert in a subject area - would it be a copyright infringement if I share my knowledge on my blog?

According to copyright.gov: Copyright protects original works of authorship [...] Ideas and discoveries are not protected by the copyright law, although the way in which they are expressed may be. ...
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Opengraph image and license

I can't imagine any case where this could result in legal action. The worst I could imagine is a court ordered cease-and-desist if they already asked you to remove it and you did not. There is no ...
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Spam site re-proxying my site, how do I stop this?

Yes. You have a problem. Explorebuncombe.com: Is an events site and does not appear to have a copy of your site but may have in the past- who knows. It is not related to the next two sites. ...
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What is the copyright status of user-generated content on public key servers?

If there isn't a TOS policy preventing the user's copyright, the creator of the key would have the right to claim a copyright for any information that is not considered just a fact. If they wrote a ...
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3 votes
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Why should we keep the copyright year on websites static?

Copyright protection law can be interpreted differently by legal systems in different countries. In the U.S., as indicated by the United States Copyright Office here, copyright protection begins: ...
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3 votes
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Best practices for protecting exclusive images

Watermarks are excellent. Some image editors allow you to embed copyright data into the image that is extremely difficult to remove since it is interspersed within the image data. You can optionally ...
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3 votes

How should creative commons attribution for images be shown?

There is a Google Webmaster post from 2009 saying that you should wrap image and license like that: <div about="image.jpg"> <img src="image.jpg"> <a rel="license" href="https://...
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Copying content from other websites and linking to the original post

I want to create a website that will grab content from other news websites using their RSS and insert it in my database. I am only going to show the title and an excerpt with a link to the original ...
3 votes

Is in-line linking (hot linking) photos and videos OK on my website, or is it unfair to the site which hosts them?

It may interest you that the highest court in the European Union has ruled that hotlinking content is always legal, except if the content isn't publicly accessible at the site where it its hosted. (...
3 votes

Do I need permission to use a company's logo for my website application?

Depends on the company. Some might be ok with you using the logo, some might not be ok, some might even require you do follow certain rules. For example Microsoft has very specific rules for using ...
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Creative Commons 3 - can I make a rework, with copyright?

If you check out this page https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ that I found by searching for CC3 reuse of work you will see that: You are free to: Share — copy and redistribute the ...
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Is it legally problematic to use the same WordPress theme as my competitor?

Would I be right in saying that as they do not own the intelluctual rights this wouldn't be a problem to do. No. Copyright is far from the only applicable law here. For instance in Brookfield ...
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Do you need to credit a thumbnail photo?

Several court cases have held that using thumbnail images is fair use when: They are small enough that they don't don't satisfy the users' desire to see the larger original. They serve a different ...
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My site built on information from Wikipedia was rejected by google for AdSense - We found some policy violations on your site

The AdSense quality guidelines state: Make sure your site adds value. Publishers are not allowed to create multiple pages, sub-domains, or domains with substantially duplicate content. ...
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I've read many books and became an expert in a subject area - would it be a copyright infringement if I share my knowledge on my blog?

As long as you don't copy the book's contents but explain it in your own words, it's legal. You can even provide links to the book as proof. In any case, read the copyright notice in the book and ...
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Embedding complete articles from another site on your own website. Legal?

I long as you clearly mention the author or the article and the source, I don't see why it's illegal (unless the source has clearly stated so). But embed or iframes usually provides a bad user ...
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Disable hotlinking or saving or your images online?

Practically speaking, disabling hotlinking can be achieved by looking at the REFERER attribute sent by web browsers and not displaying the image if the REFERER is not approved. Disabling if images ...
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3 votes
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Usage of product name on commercial website

The large corporations such as those you've mentioned have certain guidelines when it comes to usage of their brand names (and logos). If you search for "corporation name" + copyright ...
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What's the legal way to stream music online?

In the US, there are statutory licenses that enable people who are doing broadcasting or streaming, to pay a flat fee for all the music they play. This is so they can avoid individual agreements with ...
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Does having an old copyright date on a website have any negative SEO impact?

A clarification worth mentioning in regards to the currently accepted answer is that the age of a page does matter, but search engines do not automatically use the written copyright date to influence ...

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