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

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Is it legal to upload preprint on ResearchGate?

I have few papers already published in certain journals which cannot be uploaded on ResearchGate due to copyright issues, now is it legal to upload my own version of the paper formatted in LaTeX or in ...
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Correctly licensing someone else's photo for publication in open-access journal

When articles are accepted by open-access journals such as PLoS journals, the editors sometimes ask for a 'striking image' to attract attention to the paper on the contents page (see examples here; ...
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Is it legal for IEEE to sell Creative Commons content? [migrated]

Aaron Swartz was working on a book before he committed suicide in 2013. The draft was later published under a Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-SA) license. It can be downloaded for free from tons of sites ...
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May authors opt-out of the proceedings of a conference?

Many conferences in my field (theoretical CS) are organised as follows. They are run by academics, as an endowement, scientific association, or some other not-for-profit organization. Each year, ...
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How to address the issue of the widespread use of protected material in informal publications?

One thing that always bothered me is the liberal use of protected material in informal academic publications (for example Powerpoint presentations, handouts and internal reports rather than published ...
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What is the legal status of an open access academic publication?

I'm interested in the legal status of a published academic open access product. Is it considered a commercial product or not, even if published by a company that usually earns money (in one way or ...
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Consequences for publishing final-version PDF, in violation of publisher policies?

Are there consequences that are typically enforced when an author puts the publisher’s PDF on a personal website or social media (e.g. ResearchGate) in violation of the publisher’s policy? I see many ...
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Retyping some material to obscure source of a textbook with a solution manual?

This is my first time teaching mathematics. I've been giving lessons based on a certain textbook which contains excellent exercises (not just the exercises, but the order in which they appear leads ...
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Usage of a TV show transcript in my Thesis is under fair use exception?

Can I use the data of Friends TV show transcript in my thesis for analysis and publish my paper/findings. Does the usage of TV show transcript data for analysis and construction of new script based on ...
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need information regarding copyright issues for rewriting information of a scientific article [duplicate]

I wonder how websites like 'discovery news', 'live science', 'scince alert', 'how stuff work', 'I fucking love science' manage the copy right issues while utilizing the content of recently ...
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Can I describe in my own word few experiments from some academic papers to write a popular science book?

My book is about a theory that is based upon existing theories and recent experiments in biology. Since biology is not my main field, and since my theory is interesting to the general public, I self-...
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Duplicate publication by the co-authors

July 2015 : We four authors (Fabio, Alex, Haris and Mark) have submitted a paper in July 2015 and transfer of copyrights to the Journal A. Alex was corresponding author and I am Mark the 4th author. ...
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Collaborator published paper on ArXiv without my name

In the last four months, I have been working on a project with a friend. After the completion of writing part of paper, I started searching for conferences and found that my friend had already ...
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Using pictures of 16th–18th century paintings in PhD dissertation?

Can someone please help me get an insight into the use of images, specifically paintings from the 16th to 18th century that reside in churches, museums, etc., and how can one use them in a PhD ...
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Posting previously published content on Arxiv

I have some previously published work in the computer vision domain, and would like to upload them to arXiv to provide greater accessibility. How can I go about finding which licence statement to ...
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Chapter in printed thesis vs. journal article

My computer science PhD thesis contains a chapter which is heavily based on an already published conference paper. I have published my thesis online, and fulfilled the requirements for my degree this ...
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How to obtain the files created by previous university researchers, both legally and physically? [closed]

I'm a post doc at a U.S. University. I need the files of a grad student research assistant who has left the lab. The student was a funded RA. The student created files (data, codes, simulations, ...
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What are your policies regarding ownership of computer code in your lab? [closed]

I work in a large US-based university, in biomedical sciences and am PI of my own research lab. One of my current interests is to develop a research line that uses machine/deep learning (ML) to solve ...
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Can I use a publication's accompanying source code in a commercial software?

Said source code has no explicit license. I know I could reimplement the method described in the paper, but it would be more convenient to just use the code directly. What is the convention in these ...
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Submission to arXiv of PAMS submitted paper

I've recently submitted a paper to Proceedings of American Mathematical Society (PAMS) and it is being handled by an editor. I also want to have it on arXiv. PAMS allows this if you put it on arXiv ...
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Copyright for lectures, slides and textbook: university or professor?

I'll be starting as an adjunct professor soon at a smaller university, and I'm starting to prepare lectures and slides for teaching there. In the future, I'm also thinking of publishing a textbook ...
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Publishing a Bibliography on a Blog

I plan to start a blog on using free technology in the classroom, but I want to have a strong scholarly element to my posts. I would like to keep a site-wide bibliography on the blog that summarizes ...
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Can I include a copyright notice in my paper?

Alright, so I'm kind of curious if it breaks any sort of standard style to put in a copyright notice somewhere at the start or end of my paper. The specific context I inquire for is coursework, not ...
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Do I have to request permission from a website to use an image that they use to promote their product on their site?

I am currently checking proofs for a Springer article. The editor has asked us to provide permission details for all figures. One of the figures is a screenshot from a software product, as found in ...
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Is it okay to share work submitted for undergraduate assessment online?

I'm an undergraduate theoretical physics student in the UK nearing the end of my degree. Over the course of my studies, I've produced a lot of computational code and written reports that I think would ...
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Is it acceptable to copy verbatim the description of a software package?

I just read an article where the description of a software package was lifted verbatim from the package's site itself. It's a whole paragraph where not a single comma was changed. There are no ...
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Writing two different books with some overlap

I am in the process of writing a book on machine learning. I have also been contacted to co-author another book, on the topic of deep learning. The books are quite different, but they do have some ...
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Is scanning a chapter from a library book illegal?

I love to visit the library and read a lot of books. However I am not particularly wealthy and consciously try to limit the number of books I buy for grad school. Besides the cost, there is a chance ...
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Can I include images licensed CC BY-NC 4.0 in a conference paper?

I'm writing an academic paper, which hopefully will be accepted and published in the conference proceeding. In order to explain my idea, I'm also drawing a figure including a free image licensed by ...
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Fair use amount in short journal articles?

When it comes to how much one is allowed to copy from a book or a journal article, I often read about it as being 10% of the total pages number or a whole complete chapter (whichever is higher). ...
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How long does it take before an academic article can no longer be kept behind a paywall?

Just a curiosity: after how many years does publications become public (cannot be kept behind a paywall anymore)?
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Do Nature journals wrongly claim copyright in their published pdfs?

I just noticed this and I'm slightly confused by a small detail. The Nature Publishing Group states in its Publishing Licences page that the copyright on articles remains with the author: NPG ...
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Can we use a book figure/illustration in a review article and cite the source without getting permissions?

I included two figures from book in review article. I emailed the editor and author of the chapter for permissions, but they didn't reply. I also mailed CRC publisher for permissions, but still didn't ...
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What does the “final published version” refer to in copyright?

I'm trying to figure out if I can put a PDF that I give Springer on arXiv. Note that this PDF has had further changes made to it after it has been already accepted by a conference; it's not the same ...
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Do journals have legal copyrights to the online supplemental information?

I have a paper in an biology journal (Wiley is the publisher) for which I would like to put a much more mathematical version on ArXiV, mainly the theorems and proofs located in the online supplement (...
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Permission for using publicly available questionnaires in Dissertations

I have used and/or adapted several questionnaires for my dissertation study. I have already asked the authors for permission to use their scales. However, I have not received a reply from an author ...
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Linking to printed books on archive.org

I am a postgrad PhD student. I occasionally participate in answering academic questions a Q & A site when I hit a block with getting on with my thesis. I often cite a particular large and well-...
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Do I own the copyright to my Master's thesis? or does it belong to my university?

I am just done with my Masters degree in one of the universities in Germany. I am wondering if I can make my Master's thesis open for public to download and read. I am not talking about submitting ...
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Public dataset without license: what is allowed?

Many public scientific datasets are accompanied by a license, for example variations of Creative Commons are used quite often. However, in many cases public academic datasets lack any licensing ...
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If the name I used on the publication is different from my legal name, which one should I use in the copyright form?

If the name I used on the publication is different from my legal name, which one should I use in the copyright form? Let's say the names are Joseph (legal name) and Joe (name in the paper), or even ...
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Using previously developed code for research at a new place

My ex student developed a useful program while working with me and some other students/postdocs in my group. Nowadays the student is a postdoc at a European university. She has a copy of the code and ...
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Software copyright issues [closed]

Who owns the intellectual rights for the newly developed software if it was developed during the employee's free time? The developer was 1) working as full-time employee at university X in Western ...
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Does a preprint include revisions made in response to peer review?

This is related to but not answered in this question about the difference between various stages of a manuscript in the publication process. After an author has submitted a manuscript to a journal ...
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Fair use and copyrighted materials explicitly stating not to use

I am currently sourcing some ideas from a few books (through Google Books) and I sometimes stumble upon introductory messages from the authors/editors of these books saying something like: "All ...
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Google Books fair use and paraphrasing

I am writing some essays for some MBA courses and I will start writing my master thesis soon. I always prefer to source ideas out of books and journals, rather than online resources. Google Books is a ...
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Can I upload a modified version of a code from a journal paper to Github?

I am new to Github and I want to upload some scripts that I developed during my research. One of the scripts requires the use of a small external program (not mine) whose source code is included as ...
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How to acknowledge copyright for figure reproduced from arXiv preprint?

I am coauthor of a review article, in which we reuse a figure from another article that is, so far, available only on the arXiv. In such a case, one would usually obtain the copyright from the ...
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can I reuse Coursera material for my lecture notes?

I have some doubts about reusing some material from Coursera for a set of lecture notes that I put online as part of the courses that I am lecturing. In some ocassions I use some Coursera material, ...
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Usage of a web application that I sold for an academic project: Copyright issues?

I am currently a master's student and really glad that I learned almost everything about plagiarism prior to my master's thesis, I really want it to be perfect. Anyway, I have an issue that has been ...
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Why don't academics bypass restrictions on the distribution of their papers the same way as an institutional open access policy seems to do?

I've learned that academics can ensure that their papers can be freely distributed, even when those papers are published at places that require transferring copyright, simply by granting a ...