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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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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 ...
closetnoc's user avatar
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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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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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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 ...
Steve's user avatar
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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 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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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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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. (...
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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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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 ...
Kate's user avatar
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What license should mention in footer as website theme provider

A little subjective but generally for copyrighting you will use the copyright, or symbol with the company name. Below is just a few examples to put you in the right direction: © 2017 Company Name ...
Simon Hayter's user avatar
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Will a "report" feature on a user generated content website satisfy copyright owners?

I was wondering if I add a report feature and a way to take the content down if you are the copyright owner will companies use this or will they go straight to my web host? Depends on how visible ...
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Is it legal to cache RSS images on my server?

Much of this depends upon what country you are in. In the U.S., the law is quite clear. Your scenario does not provide enough information. For example, do you have permission to use the RSS and ...
closetnoc's user avatar
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Do I need permission to use a company's logo for my website application?

In addition to Pit's answer, also there's matter of copyrighted material. Most of the companies have registered name / trademark, so you need to ask them if they are willing to participate.
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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 have some client sites for companies that will write you a very nasty letter to immediately remove those links and will sue you if don't remove them immediately. You should presume any content on ...
Rob's user avatar
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How do I copyright my website?

I'm a Copyright Attorney. The above answers are, unfortunately (and understandably), misinformed. "Copyrighted" "copyright" "copyrightable" and "Registered Copyright" are different words with very ...
Steven Thrasher's user avatar
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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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How biggest website like Facebook, YouTube, Imgur, StackOverFlow prevent from legal copyright issues?

Source: In the United States, they are protected from copyright issues by a law that makes it so content creators cannot sue these websites. They have to sue the uploader. The Digital ...
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Do I have to provide email and an agent for Copyright Complaints?

There is no specific requirement on how to receive takedown notices as long as third party authors can send you notices easily. Dropbox, for example, has an online form: While 500px uses an email ...
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Is it legally problematic to use the same WordPress theme as my competitor?

You and your competitor are using someone else's product for the product's intended use. You are both allowed to use the product in the same way. What matters are the things that aren't part of the ...
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