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Everything you put into a book that is not your original work must be done with permission. This refers to both artwork and text. Items in the public domain have blanket permission for others to use. That's what being public domain means. Sometimes a creator will put a work into Creative Commons or another program. In this case there will be very clear ...


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You would need written permission from the copyright holder, and would generally need to pay for it, unless you can establish "fair use." I am not a lawyer, so I can't give legal advice, but fair use generally involves uses of low-fidelity or excerpted reproductions, used strictly for reference purposes, and that cannot be held to compete with the ...


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Prince was not the creator of the name "Violet Raine" and does not own or control any rights to it. You can name your kids Violet Raine. You can name yourself Violet Raine. You can name your fictional characters Violet Raine. You can even trace the ancestral history of actual people named Violet Raine or Violet Raines, many of whom predate the song by ...


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This is not a copyright issue. Summary: I am not a lawyer, of course. You can't violate copyright just by using a word, name, title, or other short phrase that somebody else used. A different intellectual property right might apply, but as long as it's clear that you're writing fiction, it should be fine. If you use a real person's name, though, be careful ...


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It might not violate copyright, but that doesn't mean that it's a good idea. In the Japanese manga Jojo's Bizarre Adventures, many of the characters were named after musicians and pop songs. However, when it was translated to English, many of those characters had their names altered to avoid legal issues with the record companies who owned the rights to ...


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This will depend entirely on the employment contract your friend had with the organisation and local employment law (I'm not in the US and I'm not a lawyer) but in most cases work done by an employee is entirely the property of the organisation, and they can do what they like with it. In many cases the employer will not only own the copyright to the employee'...


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Naming your character Violet Raine does not violate copyright. You can throw in a joke about the mom being a Prince fan but the father drew the line at naming the kid Purple. This would be contextualizing your story in the real world. Since he has passed on, you can even make Prince a character in the story – I know that's not your question, but it's my ...


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Photographs belong to the photographer (or to a business which has a contract with the photographer such that they own the copyright). It makes no difference if the subject is alive or dead. A lot of stuff on the internet doesn't have proper attribution. You will need to track down the copyright holder. If the picture is in the public domain, you don'...


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As of 2017, the collective works of H.G. Wells, including The Time Machine, are in the public domain. Not only that, Wikipedia also lists over a dozen stories based on The Time Machine, almost all of which were written before that date (I can only assume its US copyright expired much earlier) and only one of which is mentioned to have been authorised by ...


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