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

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How to know whether a book site is illegal? [on hold]

I have found a website which contains a lot of books available to download for free. This seems to be both legal and illegal stuff. How to know whether this website illegal? If I download books ...
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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 licenses are compatible with APS publishing?

I'm having some trouble understanding exactly what the APS transfer of copyright agreement does and does not permit, and I was wondering whether someone here may have a clearer insight or previous ...
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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 ...
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Which ACM copyright license to use?

ACM now offers authors of published papers a choice of two copyright licenses: the "traditional" ACM Copyright Transfer Agreement or the ACM Publishing License. How should I choose between these two ...
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Is it acceptable to modify the format when republishing an article?

My faculty has asked for permission to republish one of my articles. This is planned to appear in an upcoming magazine within the school I am currently working in. I have already asked the permission ...
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Are there any legal issues in having someone's book as the basis and as a textbook for an online course?

I want to create an online course and use someone's book as the basis (follow the structure, topics) and as a textbook (use exercises, examples, etc). Note that I'm not going to distribute any parts ...
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How large may included parts from other people's work be in an academic paper?

Of course, it is absolutely important to quote all thoughts that did not originate from the author. This makes one think that it would be OK to include works of others when referencing them correctly. ...
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Can I use a graph or figures of a paywalled paper under fair use?

I am writing a blog post citing several paywalled papers. Could I also put graphs, diagrams or photos from these papers in my blog post under fair use? My field is medical object detection and I ...
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Attribution when creating images from other sources

I'm writing a paper where I've created several images using clipart from various sources. Some sources are Creative Commons, some just require attribution while others require a specific disclaimer ...
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Status regarding co-authorship for a computer science research paper

I am employed as a student in a theoretical computer science research group and part of my job was to assist my supervisor with a scientific paper he has been working on. Concretely, my job was to ...
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Has Anyone Heard of the 'Central Library of Medicine Foundation'?

I recently got a request for an article I'm a coauthor on, which reads: Dear Dr. NAME REMOVED: My name is Victoria Hornos and I am contacting you on behalf of the Central Library of ...
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Is it ok to submit a paper to arXiv after copyright transfer?

I have a paper that was accepted and is already in press (you can download a PDF online), and I have already filled out the copyright transfer. The publisher allows uploading preprint versions ...
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How extended must my extended paper be?

I have been approached to submit an extended version of a research paper in a journal. The original paper is already published in a conference proceedings by publisher A. What "degree of extension" ...
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How tightly enforced are open-access embargoes?

Many academic journals have copyright policies which forbid authors (possibly for a finite embargo time) to make their papers (either preprints, accepted manuscripts, or camera-ready versions) freely ...
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What is the typical payment arrangement for course design?

Occasionally, my university gives me outside work to design courses for other teachers or graduate students. This includes course books and other complete materials so that teachers using them have ...
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Publish a thesis that summarizes papers on arxiv - copyright issues?

Suppose one has written a master's thesis that summarizes several articles, and works out their details, on a complicated topic. It would be of general interest to have this thesis (in polished form) ...
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Reproducible research and corporate identity

My university is on a drive to unify its corporate identity (it makes me sick just typing that). This drive includes branding our lecture slides, research talks, and research posters. The branding ...
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Using a software screenshot in a paper

When writing a paper which, as an aside, talks about the design of a user interface on a particular piece of software, can one insert a (correctly labeled and referenced) screenshot of the software to ...
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How can I ensure that my software is correctly cited?

I have the following situation. I have published a paper and in order to get and analyse the results for my research I created some software. I want to make my software open-source, so that anyone ...
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Why do universities tolerate uploading papers on their websites?

Lots of professors provide their full papers published by scholarly journals on their personal website (in the university official domain). PDF files of their final papers published by different ...
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Publishing a conference version of a journal paper at the same time ? (copyright issues) [duplicate]

This may be a question repeated many times, but I want to know your opinion. I submitted a journal paper for an algorithm (Computer Science). Fearing that the review process take too long, I decided ...
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What can I do with a book summary?

I finished reading a textbook of about 250 pages. For my personal reference, I created a summary in note form of about 30 pages. Formulations are close to the original text with some variation on my ...
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Request for high res figures: what should I be mindful of?

A researcher in my field has written to ask me high resolution files for 5 figures from 3 different papers of mine. He states: Currently I am revising one review article where I have used several ...
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Ownership of the code

My advisor sets the problem. I implement the solution for this particular problem and for the set of similar problems using a programming language. My question is, can I put the code in the public ...
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What versions of a paper do I still hold rights to?

I just had my first paper accepted for publication (hooray!), but I'm wondering how copyright works for the paper. I know that for this publication, the publishing house owns the copyright of the ...
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Can I hand out students a few pages from books as supplementary materials?

No textbook is perfect. So if I want to supplement my course with some material (a few pages from different references every now and then, on topics I find lacking or weak in the textbook): is it ...
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Can I use images showing up in Google search for my presentations without violating any copyright?

I am teaching a freshman science course for the first time and I am doing also outreach activities in high schools. To be able to attract the young generation to science one has to connect the ...
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What licensing concerns are there for using content from Stack Exchange in an academic paper?

All content under Stack Exchange is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license. Does this mean that any academic paper that uses content from Stack Exchange must also be licensed ...
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Co-authorship for not very involved supervisor

I have now completed my PhD by research. I received support from my supervisor in the form of advice on my chapters (for which I am indebted to him; we have a very good working relationship). The ...
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How successful are publication agreement addenda?

I work in the field of chemistry, where some of the prominent publishers have very invasive (or restrictive) copyright transfer agreements. Thus, I'm considering the use of amendments (or addenda) to ...
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Copyright issue for talks

I have a question about copyright. When I make a presentation based on my research (together with co-authors from other countries), who owns the copyright of the presentation? I think, only I have the ...
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Military usage of scientific work

I'm currently writing my diploma thesis (old equivalent of master in Germany) in mathematics. It's about a fairly new combinatorical optimization problem which has military applications. In fact, the ...
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How much do figures need to differ to avoid copyright claims?

It sometimes arise that I need to use, for an article, a book chapter or any other written work, figures that I have already published (not figures published by others). These are usually schematic ...
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Is it necessary to obtain permissions for copying figures from published articles in your proposal/dissertation?

I am currently writing a proposal for my research topic and I want to copy figures from published articles into my proposal document. To put it in perspective, almost all the copied figures are to go ...
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Can “Feel free to contact me if you are interested in a copy of any of my publications.” cause legal issues?

I know that some journals allow public archiving of publications (making them available for download) on a researcher's personal website. Some of these journals (at least in my field), however, ...
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Is it a faux pas to ask for a colleague's figure in a separate but related publication?

I'm an undergraduate with virtually no experience with the expectations of academia (so I apologize in advance for the silly question). I'm finishing up a paper describing my research and would like ...
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I'd like to use a figure from a paper, what's the best way to do this?

So, I've seen a really nice figure in a paper; what's the best way to 'get a copy'? Will it be on the publisher's website? Do I need to draw my own version? Email the author? And, finally, how does ...
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What to do when principal investigator publishes your work without putting you down as a coauthor?

Say I am post-doc in the USA, and my PI (principal investigator) just published a review I wrote, with pictures I took of my experiments without putting my name as the author. What tools do I have at ...
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Why is Paper Publishing and getting a patent completely unrelated?

I know that not all, but many papers (that are accepted and published) are based on ideas that can be patented as well. So, why is that there is no system in which a person can apply for a Publishing ...
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Who holds intellectual property rights on a thesis?

I thought of an interesting idea for a thesis for my Masters program and I think I would eventually be able to sell a product that is built from the algorithms/code that I develop for this thesis. I ...
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Citing sources of problems in assignments

This question was raised by Dave Clarke here. When a textbook author approaches a topic in a novel way or presents a particularly interesting example, I believe that a teacher who creates lecture ...