Copyright issues: publication agreements, copyright transfer upon publication, legal status of work-for-hire in academia, etc.

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where can i publish my draft paper(article) of Ms thesis?

I'm Iranian and now working on a paper related to my MS thesis. Unfortunately, in my country copyright violation is not unusual, and some professors publish students' papers in their own names, ...
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How to use copyrighted images in an article?

I have developed an educational software in which I make use of some copyrighted images, for example from Disney, and am now writing an article about it. How should I reference or cite that those ...
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Can I upload my open access publications on researchgate.net or academia.edu?

Maybe my question is naive, but: If my paper was publish as open access (for example in Springer - http://www.springer.com/gp/open-access), could I upload the paper in researchgate.net and similar ...
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What is the difference between plagiarism and copyright infringement?

In this several times up-voted answer, it is suggested, among other things, that 'if someone using an image [...] that they do not own (it) is inappropriate and should be first reported to the PI of ...
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Is it appropriate to copy a drawing from a book in my master thesis? [duplicate]

I would like to know if it is appropriate to copy a drawing from a book (specifically a directed graph) and develop my theory on that drawing? It is sure that I am going to make a reference for that ...
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Does putting an article I wrote on university site conflict with IEEE publishing rights?

I have published a few months ago a paper for an IEEE Conference, the paper got published and it is indexed in the IEEEXplore. I have received an email from a research coordinator at the university ...
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Does adding “All rights reserved” have no legal usefulness?

My University requires students to add the mention "All rights reserved." on their thesis. The full required copyright notice is "© 2008 Jane Doe. All rights reserved." However, I have read in a ...
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Is it unprofessional to use graphics from Wikipedia in a poster?

Is it an acceptable practice to use simple graphics found on Wikipedia (and hence in Wikimedia Commons) in a conference poster? From the legal point of view, this seems to be fine, as long as the ...
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Is it legal and ethical to post my notes of a conference I am attending on my website?

I'm due to attend a conference soon, and plan to take notes on the talks I attend. My note-taking software of choice (org-mode) can easily export to HTML. Is it legal to post my notes on my website? ...
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Can images with a “noncommercial use only” licence be used in teaching and academic presentations?

Can I use images with a "noncommercial use only" license (such as CC-BY-NC) in my slides, both for teaching and conference talks?
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Am I allowed to write an essay about a scientific theory without violating the copyright?

I have in project to write an essay on the Special Theory of Relativity. My idea is then to publish it as an ebook. I would like to know if I can freely write about this topic or I need to take into ...
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Possibility of translating document when original copyright holder no longer exists? [duplicate]

I'm trying to research a copyright by an old publishing company in Amsterdam called "W. ten Have N.V." The company is apparently no longer in business and the author has since passed away around 1990. ...
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Am I allowed to republish / distribute abstracts?

Example: I have a document containing 1,000 abstracts of research articles from different publishers. Am I allowed to distribute this document for free online? If not, has anyone being sued for doing ...
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Do any scientific publishers have a stated commitment to authors regarding copyright infringement?

Within the debate of whether science should move to an Open Access / CC-license scheme, or remain with a more traditional scheme where the authors transfer copyright to the publisher, one argument ...
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Is an automatic copyright transfer clause in publisher's instructions to authors typically enforced/enforceable?

Some publishers have a clause like the following in their author instructions: Submission of a manuscript implies... that if and when the manuscript is accepted for publication, the authors agree ...
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Copyright for creating a video that is a chapter-by-chapter Analysis of a Technical Book?

There is a technical book that I like a lot and is widely respected in my field. It has about 80 "rules" in it with example code. I would like to create a series of videos to further explain and ...
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Are there any legal issues with publishing part of an unpublished thesis in a journal?

I have recently graduated and I was wondering whether, after submitting my thesis, there are any issues (legal or otherwise) if I publish parts of my thesis as a paper in a journal. My thesis was not ...
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How to ensure that putting a product's photo in a paper does not violate copyright?

I have put into my paper a photo (available here) that I have collected from the company's website available for free. There is no copyright note, except the one at the bottom of the website and ...
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Can participation in online academic competitions destroy patent rights?

I have developed an algorithm/software that does a specific task. I want to let the algorithm compete in an academic competition, where the code is run on a password protected server on a secret test ...
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Confidentiality of thesis data: PhD with industrial partner

In the field of Mechanical Engineering, when doing a PhD in a University but in partnership with a company, generally, an agreement is signed between the company and the university in which the ...
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Does translating an article for a magazine require permission from the author?

Is translating an article (that could be found written in a popular science magazine or online in a science blog or personal webpage say) for a public newspaper or an online blog ...etc, requires ...
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Using proprietary software to demonstrate work in conference

I am going to conduct a workshop on my research work and for that I need to show how it is done on the software. I want to know, Is it ok to display the proprietary software (through TeamViewer) ...
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How can we find who owns an old book's copyright?

How can we find who owns an old book's copyright today, especially if the publishing company who printed said book no longer exists? This would also apply for other (non-book) publications.
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How does copyright work on screen captures?

I am writing an article comparing three pieces of software. I have taken screen shots of all of them and would like to use them in a non-open access article. Given the intended journal, there is a ...
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Can I collect meta information on papers and put this online?

For my thesis I have had to go through many different sources to find relevant literature. I want to share my reading list with others to make it easier for people who want to study the same topic to ...
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What are the publisher's obligations when a research paper's term of copyright ends?

When a research paper's term of copyright ends, say, N years after publication, does the publication house have to make it freely (i.e. no cost) available for use by general public? Assume that ...
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What is an effective way to copyright my teaching material?

I am an adjunct instructor at a technical college in the US. I was tasked with creating a new class which I would teach in the spring. I have finished all of my course materials (.pdfs, lab sheets, ...
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Is it okay to digitize/modify figures “reproduced from reference” in a thesis?

I am a student starting preparations for a masters thesis in a U.S. research university (on a physics/materials science topic). I have seen digital versions of past MS theses and PhD dissertations ...
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How can I “time-stamp” my data without publishing it?

If I have a DB or set of data, and want to grant access to it to a limited group of experts in a field (not general access), and don't want others using it for their own publications, nor seeing the ...
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Am I allowed to use a figure drawn by co-author in another paper? [duplicate]

I published paper 1 with a co-author A, who drew a very good illustrative figure in the introduction. I want to submit paper 2 which addresses the same problem (but uses a completely different ...
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Can a conference paper be an extended version of a previous conference paper? Will it face copyright issues?

I am currently reviewing a conference paper, which I found is just extended version of a previous conference paper. I have heard that a journal paper can be a new version of a conference paper with ...
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How should I prepare e-prints (pre-prints and post-prints) of already published papers?

I am about to embark on the publication of pre-prints or post-prints of about a dozen papers that have already been published in peer-reviewed journals. I plan to use the SHERPA/RoMEO database to ...
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Attaching reprints of published but copyrighted papers with job application

How wise and legal is it to attach my published but copyrighted papers with my job application or even put up on the personal (academic) website? I see a lot of people posting their papers that I ...
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Is it legal to provide a copy of published IEEE paper on my personal website?

As the second author of a paper published by IEEE am I allowed to provide a download link to a copy of that paper on my own website? The official paper can only be found at the IEEE CS Digital Library ...
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Are Scantron Sheets under Copyright? Or are there non-proprietary alternatives?

Could my institution get into legal hot water if we were to make copies of blank Scantron sheets? If so, are there good free alternatives for machine readable bubble sheets?
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I have the option to retain copyright on my published paper. Should I? [duplicate]

My coauthors and I have just had a paper accepted by a journal. The journal in question is published by a nonprofit professional society and offers two options in their copyright agreement. We ...
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can I use instagram pictures for an academic work

The question is pretty easy and fit in the title. So: can I use instagram pictures for an academic work? I think I have to ask people who posted them if they agree but I'm not sure. I don't want any ...
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What copyright issues could arise if I write a book based on one of my articles?

If I publish a 187 pages article extracted from a 244 (yet unpublished) page book, do I have the future right to publish this book without consent from the article copyright holder? What if the book ...
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How do authors deal with figure copyrights when writing review articles?

Assuming I'm writing a review article and I'd like to use figures after [1]" or similar? How am I expected to deal with copyright? Obviously a review article is going to use existing figures, more ...
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Can I submit published articles to arXiv as well?

I have several math research articles on my site. Some of my articles are published in open access journals. Some of my articles are currently available only from my site. I may probably publish ...
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What arXiv CC licenses are compatible with American Physical Society publishing?

I'm having some trouble understanding exactly what the American Physical Society (APS) transfer of copyright agreement does and does not permit, and I was wondering whether someone here may have a ...
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How do I ask the author of a book in English if I can translate it into my native language?

I want to translate an English book, but before translating it, I want to be sure if the author will permit me to do so. I am not doing this for financial gain. Since it is a book about a new ...
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Creating a schematic figure based on an existing one

In the context material chapter of my masters dissertation, between other things, I must write about the state of the art on the thematic presented. There are some very expressive and simple schemes ...
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Why does academia.edu reserve the right to sell, modify, and “exploit” my papers if I post them there?

In academia.edu's terms of service, it says By making available any Member Content on or through the Site or Services, you hereby grant to Academia.edu a worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual, ...
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Shortened version of a math book (without proofs)

I've authored a math research monograph (which can be however used as a textbook, as it is structured like a textbook). Is it worth to make short version of it containing only definitions and ...
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Re-typesetting an old paper, what to do with the result?

I am using an old paper, published in 1986. It is in the form of a "Letter to Nature" (which is a scientific journal). It doesn't appear to be typeset in TeX, at least not TeX as we know it today. ...
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Copyright and ownership for rejected papers that are edited based on peer review

I submitted a paper to a journal and I got extensive reviews, and the paper was rejected, but they encouraged resubmission if I successfully did a bit more science and made other drastic revisions. ...
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What kind of content should one avoid when publishing (math) notes online?

I am a math undergrad doing an independent study course this semester, and I want to practice my math exposition skills by publishing some reading notes online. I'm guessing I shouldn't publish my ...
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Can I use a Google map in my PhD thesis?

I want to use a map downloaded from Google maps in my PhD thesis. Does Google allow me to do this? Do I need permission from Google?
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Code in journal papers

Most papers do not specify a separate license for the source code, so presumably it would be licensed under the same terms as the rest of the paper. Typically, this means that the copyright lies with ...