Questions tagged [copyright]

Questions involving matters of copyright, encapsulating parody and level of similarity questions, reprinting and publishing of copyrighted works, public domain, attribution, fanfiction, legality, and fair use questions. Any question involving copyright law in the U.S. or abroad should be given this tag.

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Penalties for copyright infringements [closed]

How the infringement damages are calculated (EU countries) if there are few images failed to licence for copyright. For example, if the profit of a publication is 1000 USD and there are 3 images out ...
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How far does using the same words from copy righted works go?

In my story, I have this world that is referred to as the chaos realm. A quick Google search gives me results for World of Warcraft (although only in the form of a mod apparently), War Hammer and ...
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Write a book with “protected” characters/ideas without copyright?

I want to write a book about an idea/story I've had for many years that I find many will truly enjoy when furnished out; however, I don't want this to be "open-source"; I don't want anyone to be able ...
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Can I mention Sherlock Holmes in my story? [duplicate]

Now that character SHERLOCK HOLMES is no longer under copyright and is in public domain, can I bring him into my fantasy story where the Protagonist meets him to get some help?
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Who is responsible for copyrighted materials (publisher or writer)?

Imagine that Writer A's book includes copyrighted material created by Creator B, and Creator B sues for copyright infringement. Will Writer A be held liable, or will the book publisher? I think the ...
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Universe similar to Transformers

I have in mind a story that would be about a transforming robots like Transformers, but with slightly different origins of their creation and what they're really are. I'm a bit afraid of using ...
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Can the outline of a short story be reason for plagiarism?

3 years ago a friend of mine shared the outline of a short story ( 1 page) inspired by Wild Swans the fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen. Last year I began to write a screenplay inspired by the same ...
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At what point is permission needed to reference meta-characters and works in my own?

In this question it is mentioned that you can't use a character from another novel in your own novel. But if characters in my book talk about fictional characters in other books, that seems to be ok. ...
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Intellectual Property Rights & Reuse of the Written Material

Many times a client asks that the content delivered should be his/her Property and me ( the original writer) won't have any right on that written material once I deliver it and get paid. So my ...
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Copyright: is it OK to include very short (paragraph-length) text from other novels?

Writing a novel, is it legal in terms of copyright to have a character reading aloud a passage from an existing book? Something like this: John opened Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire and ...
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Is permission needed to use a fictitious character from another novel in my story as a point of reference?

I am writing a novel and I would like to introduce characters from other published works as time travelers. Is this a bad idea or even legal? Copyright infringement comes to mind... Is there a legal ...
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Can I Copyright My FaceBook Status Post?

Can I copyright my Facebook status updates? In the terms and agreements I didn't see a clear statement stating that Facebook owns my material. Secondly, if I can't copyright the material I post on ...
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In literary fiction, when does allusion, pastiche or intertextuality cross over into plagiarism?

I want to write a novella that to some degree translates Conrad's Heart of Darkness to a modern urban setting, and I want the astute reader to be able to make multiple connections between the two ...
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Meaning of 'Adapted by [another person's name]' written on book cover?

Some of the books have written on their covers this: Adapted by [another person's name] Content of such textbooks is more or less same, maybe some new chapters are added. What does 'adapted by' ...
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Ownership on slide presentation

Last night I did a presentation (on poetry) at the local library. It was packed with a lot of information, only some of which was covered in the handout. It was requested that I pass the slides to the ...
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What if my published short story is made a movie or a novel, without my permission?

I am writing a short story and thinking of publishing it in the next month. But then, I had a doubt. What if somebody takes it, expands it and changes it a bit and makes a movie or a novel out of it? ...
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How to enter a self published book into Russian library

My late father wrote a book in Russian. He self published it, and registered it with the USA Library of Congress. I tried twice to upload a picture here but keep getting error messages. His deep ...
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Do I stand to lose anything if I reprint an already published story on my own site?

I've got a story published in print with limited circulation. From what I can tell, my first publication rights are spent. I like this story and I want to make it available to more people, so I'm ...
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Including (public domain?) lyrics of a song in my screenplay?

In my screenplay, the lyrics of "Shenandoah", a traditional American folk song, are heard once. May I publish a few lines with the words?
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How similar can something be before an idea is *stolen*?

I'm looking to write a Metamorphosis style short story where the reader wakes up as an animal for no apparent reason, and everything goes crazy. Now, the Kafkain influence is clear just from this ...
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What is legal and illegal in writing? [closed]

I am planning to write a book in my mother tongue (so excuse my bad grammar). It's in "Business and Management" So, while I was reading books for my references, I found a well organized book. I took ...
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Is fan fiction publishable?

This is a question that has been touched on here and there, and yet I can't find a good answer. Suppose I am writing a story set in the Star Wars universe. I don't want to dodge copyrights and ...
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What is the best way to copyright my manuscript?

I wanted to ask what is fastest and safest way to register a manuscript? There are a lot of Websites that offer registering books. I'm really confused and don't know which one to trust, besides ...
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How can I get permission to translate and republish a book?

I am interested in translating an English book into my native language. How can I get permission to translate the book? Would that also include permission to republish the book in the native ...
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In a business novel can characters read real books?

I’m considering writing a piece of business fiction to discuss some agile and testing principles. Given the wide number of books in this area it seems most appropriate to have characters discover the ...
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Can I publish a book containing content licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License version 1.2?

I'm writing a book and I'd like to include text that I found under the GNU Free Documentation License, version 1.2 I have no problems attributing the content to the source, but I don't understand the ...
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Pitching an RPG to a publisher: what to bring and how to safeguard the work

I'm not sure how different it would be to pitch an RPG (Role Playing Game) manual to a publisher compared to pitching a novel, but I don't have any experience so it's all the same for me. Let's say I ...
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Are tweets copyrighted?

I am writing a book which tells the story of a year in a particular niche. I want to include some tweets in the book as images like you see embedded in web pages all the time. Do I need to ask for ...
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Required Notices On Publishing A Public Domain Works

I am in the process of editing works in the Public Domain. I want them to be as clean as possible, so they are more like works of art. No Introductions, no foot-notes, no prefaces, etc.. I really ...
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If a software project has a permissive open source license is it plagarism to copy text to a paper without attribution?

Many open source software projects have licenses that allow freely copying source code and using it however you want. Some of these licenses do not even require attribution. Source code is just text ...
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Unofficial Fan Fictions - How can I Secure Them?

For a long time now, I have been writing fan fictions based off of the storyline of a board game. I have posted these fan fictions on a website dedicated to the same board game. I am not the only ...
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How to copyright ideas? [closed]

I'm a phd student in physics/math who has some ideas about how these phenomenon occur. However, I do not have the experiments and mathematical theory done yet to support these ideas, and it may take ...
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Do I need a star's permission to write a fiction TV series inspired but not exactly as his life?

I want to write a fiction TV series inspired by a true love story between a star and his fans except that I'm going to represent the fans as an actual female character and make it a romantic series. ...
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What is “Buying Back My Book”?

I have read on a few different author blogs, as well as some answers here I think, references to the author needing to "buy back" rights to their books. Having not yet explored all these options, ...
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Can I retell a popular manga series as a novel and query it to an agent?

I’m working on my first draft of a retelling of a popular manga series from the 90s. It has been adapted and redone at least 6-10 times as an Asian drama TV series in many different countries. I’m ...
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How can I publish a translation of a book?

I'm in the process of translating a book (scientific publication) for private use. If I ever decide to publish it: what is the procedure? Who is the right person to ask for publishing rights and ...
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How to license my translation to be published under my copyright?

I am planning to translate a paper and distribute it with my name as translator with a license that permits free redistribution of the work with my copyright notice and welcomes donation support. What ...
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Editing an Anthology or Compilation

I'm interested in putting together an anthology --a work containing some original material, but also lengthy excerpts and/or full text of previously published material by other authors, from a variety ...
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What will be the copyright situation if I self-publish an anthology of my unpublished short stories?

If I'm planning on self-publishing an anthology of unpublished short stories that I wrote, do I also need to copyright each story, or will the entire anthology's copyright suffice for each story?
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What are the copyright laws and permission requirements for a teacher using a student's work as an example?

If a teacher makes a writing assignment for students (some would be minors), can the teacher use those writings as examples in the future? The teacher would examine the writings and provide analysis ...
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How to quote a book in my novel?

I write as a hobby and so my works are pretty amateur, but I still try to keep my writing as legitimate and proper as I can. My novel is about how a teenage boy (who is notorious for being a bad ...
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What font should I use to write alien language?

In my story, I'm using the font WingDings to represent the language for the alien race. Should I be using something different or am I ok with using WingDings to represent a constructed language? Any ...
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When a publisher buys the copyright for my books, does that include the pen name I used?

Years ago, I wrote many westerns under half a dozen names for a publisher. They bought the copyright and published them. Now I'm hoping to write for a different publisher. Can I still use one of the ...
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Writing without a contract

About 8 months ago a small game development company approached me to write dialogue for quests. They loved my writing and I quickly became the narrative designer for the game. I had to use characters ...
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Do I violate copyright when I write about historical figures?

I want to write a book about historical figures. Do I violate copyright when I do so?
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Can I add quotes from other authors in my book?

Can I add quotes from other authors in my book, mentioning their names. E.g. I want to mention quotes by authors like Franz Kafka, Michael Crichton, George Orwell before some of my chapters. Can I ...
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Can I do small changes after the copyright of a novel?

Can I do small changes after the copyright of a novel? My changes includes grammatical error, sentence reformation and fixing logical errors?
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Are there any well-known fiction author-publisher fights about royalty and copyright retention?

I read an earlier question on the same/similar topic with interest. I also read author's guild of America sharing to authors to keep the copyright with them. While it is much easier to get Music ...
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Can I rewrite and sell the material of already published history of literature book in the form of Q & A?

Can I rewrite and sell the material of an already published book about the history of literature in the form of Q&A? The purpose is educational/competitive. Will this be a breach of the Copy ...
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Can my work be stolen if I post excerpts and ideas on critique sites?

Participating in writing-related sites (for example on critique sites) sometimes involves describing a plot problem or sharing an excerpt from my work. I'm usually vague because of the fear that ...

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