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

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How can I find images to use in my thesis that are free/unrestricted by copyright?

I need to add some images to my thesis. I would strongly prefer that these are free (no cost) and not restricted by copyright. I have used Google Image to find images, I don't know how to determine ...
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Can I share my notes of copyrighted materials on my blog?

I make extensive notes on the material I encounter all over the Internet (video courses, textbooks, blogs etc). I want to make my hard earned notes available free over the Internet. But if I do that, ...
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can i use the figures, text of an accepted paper for a journal where the copyyright form has been submitted [duplicate]

After submission of paper and copyright form, i realised the journal has no impact factor. n therefore i am not submitting the fees. By the way its a review paper where i have explained the techniques ...
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Multiple outlets publication

Perhaps, it's a naive question, but I'd like to have some clarification of my own thoughts on the subject. I'm curious about what is the rationale or need of 1) transferring copyright from authors of ...
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Is reproduction of copyrighted material in a research proposal fair use?

Say that I am writing a grant application to be submitted to a funding agency. The application is not a public document and so it will be only accessible to the review panel, the collaborators ...
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“All rights reserved” vs Creative Commons BY-NC-ND [closed]

When choosing a license for a paper, is the most restrictive creative commons (CC Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs (CC BY-NC-ND)) equivalent to "all rights reserved"? I'm having trouble ...
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Author wants to withdraw or insist on re-reviewing at proof stage of publication

I am editing a small scholarly journal published by a learned society. One of our authors, after his manuscript was finally accepted for publication and he had signed and returned the publishing ...
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If my paper is accepted in a Springer journal, can I submit my version of the manuscript to arXiv immediately after acceptance?

I have read the Springer copyrights and self-archiving policy, but they are a bit confusing. For example in the first of them, you may find this: Author may self-archive an author-created version ...
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Publishing vs. putting work online under a free license

Suppose a work (a book with abstract math research) is presented as LaTeX source under a copyleft license available at a public Git hosting service. Will scientists be reluctant to cite such a work, ...
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What are the restrictions placed by copyright laws on reuse of figures in dissertation defense?

In some sense this question follows the question: Is it necessary to obtain permissions for copying figures from published articles in your proposal/dissertation? Following F'x's advice and my own ...
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Are academic questions (used in textbooks etc.) owned by the publisher, or is anyone able to use them in their own content?

I am wondering whether mathematical and scientific questions (or any type of question to be honest) is considered to be owned by the publisher? For example, if I see a math question in a textbook, am ...
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How to find the ISBN from the DOI?

My question is inverse of the following question: How can you find the DOI of an article that doesn't seem to have one? I am looking for the ISBN number (it's a requirement for getting ...
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If using it to debate points can I create a local copy of a web page? [closed]

In a day and age when 'web pages' can be updated or even removed at a whim my question involves debate over entire pages. If I am developing rebuttal arguments for an online debate over contents of ...
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Using movie clips in a conference presentation

I'm a drafting a presentation for an upcoming conference. To illustrate some points I'd like to include some clips from well-known scifi movies about VR. Would this be considered "fair use"? Could ...
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Students working on lab software

I was wondering if any could give me some pointers on the issue of having students working on software that's being developed in the lab. What's the standard procedure on this issue? Is there some ...
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How can Springer and Wiley put a 12 month embargo on posting post-review revisions to the arXiv and similar?

This question was inspired by the recent question on posting to Academia.edu. The general copyright policy for Springer, as listed on SHERPA/RoMEO, is that one can post a pre-review version to the ...
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Uploading papers on sites such as Academia.edu - copyright issues/author copy

I'm in the process of setting up an account on Academia.edu and as you may know there is an area that allows you to add publications. My question is how does this work with a copyright agreement ...
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Is it legal to upload CC BY papers to academia.edu? Terms of Use are vague on this

There have been discussions regarding academia.edu's Terms of Use (https://www.academia.edu/terms) and some responses have stated that it is impossible to upload published papers to academia even with ...
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Who is the copyright holder of a PhD thesis published in ProQuest?

I have a Ph.D thesis obtained from ProQuest. I would like to reuse some of the figures from it in my own work. Every page of the PDF contains this message on the bottom: Reproduced with permission ...
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How could publishers, in particular disreputable ones, prove that you “signed” a copyright agreement?

With almost every question from people having dealing with predatory publishers, the question comes up whether they have already signed a copyright agreement. This always makes me ask myself this ...
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Has there ever been a successful copyright infringement suit against someone using a small amount of a protected work in an academic publication?

I am familiar with what the US Code says about copyright and fair use, and am specifically interested in actual practice regarding academic publications which use small amount (under 10% of the ...
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Using fragments of online images in a paper

I am preparing a paper and want to include some images from historical maps. There are several online examples and I want to snip a fragment (no more than 10% of the total image area), maybe clean it ...
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Showing figures from a paper in presentation

I'm giving a talk summarizing someone else's paper and I'd like to show some figures from their paper during my presentation. It's an informal talk to fellow students and a few professors at my ...
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What does assigning the copyright of a paper mean?

I have been reading that a publisher called WIT Press has the following copyright agreement: http://www.icsis.org/WITcopyright.pdf It has one part that says: We will not withhold permission for ...
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Using other college/universities notes for practice?

I like to get as much practice as I can before an exam so is it permissable to use other colleges or universities' practice exams or handouts for practice. I am not distributing them to anyone, ...
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Distributing your own papers in your thesis

I published three papers during my PhD, I'm now writing my thesis. I have written three chapters, each based around each paper, but re-written so as not to fall foul of self-plagiarism rules. ...
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Academic fair use and using publication images in your thesis

In the introductory chapter of my thesis, I've been surveying the previous work in my field. As part of this, I've used images from some of those publications and included them as Figures in my own ...
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What is the legal status of using copyrighted images in academic/conference talks?

I am told that we can use copyrighted images in our lectures to students now as they are for purely educational purposes, as long as we correctly attribute them. That is to say there is no need to ask ...
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How to acknowledge a colleague's authorship of text in a syllabus

Here is a situation that I have been in several times, but have only recently begun to give careful thought to. Suppose you are asked to teach a course that you have not taught before. A fairly ...
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How can I get a Copyright Transfer Form without notifying my advisor?

My case is that we already have an adviser. She's not allowing us to register for conference (rank B). We have prepared everything after getting acceptance letter. Now she's telling us to submit the ...
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Solution manual and copyright?

Recently, I have worked out a solution manual for a book. I have not found on the Internet any existing complete solution manual for this book. Since the solution manual of mine contains every ...
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Should a scientific paper have copyright? [closed]

Should a scientific paper have copyright? I guess not. It seems to me that science and copyright are not compatible. Let's say I wrote a very important paper in, say, cell biology. Suppose I have ...
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Who Owns the Publishing Rights of my Ph.D. Thesis?

I wrote my Ph.D. thesis without copy/pasting any of my prior published articles. Now that the university library got hold of my Ph.D. thesis; I'm wondering who owns the entire publishing rights of my ...
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Can my institute use my figure and put their name on it for press releases, etc.?

I was wondering if my institute can use a figure which I made for a paper that has been published and crop it slightly and use it for press releases, etc., and instead of putting my name underneath ...
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Author attribution for books used in promotional video?

I work at a University Library in Canada, we've recently produced a promotional video for a book scanner. In the video, we demonstrate the use of the book scanner using a random book off the shelf, ...
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Can I reuse my published images

I have written respectively co-written papers where we have added images to illustrate our contribution. The images are far from technical and show prototypes in the field of HCI. It is not uncommon ...
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Sign copyright agreement before paper acceptance?

I am submitting a research paper to a journal and they asked me to sign the copyright agreement in favour of the editor before the paper is accepted. Is this right? And what happens in this case is ...
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How much duplication is permissible in letters of recommendation?

Anybody has idea, how much copying is allowed in a recommendation letter and whether they really run a copying test on the letters of recommendation?
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Does posting papers on Academia.edu count as publishing?

Does posting papers on websites such as Academia.edu or ResearchGate count as "publishing" for the sake of future journal submission? That is, if I have uploaded my paper to Academia.edu, can I later ...
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How can I find out whether I am permitted to re-use an online questionnaire in my own research?

So, I get this page's link: User Interface Usability Evaluation with Web-Based Questionnaires from my friend. I want to make one of them as Questionnaire for the design I made for Academic Research. ...
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Is it OK to upload thesis including published work to personal website?

I think the question is simple, but answers may be quite different - I fear. I have recently written my Thesis, which also includes some peer-reviewed published papers. As a general rule, is it ok to ...
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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? ...