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

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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 [on hold]

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 ...
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Am I deceiving my former advisor?

I did a successfull research project for my studies. My team created a software prototype and a promising evaluation therefore. It has potential for further research and eventually for an industry ...
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Using others' figures, illustrations, and diagrams

I am writing up a chapter of a literature review and I thought to add two figures to illustrate the theory of that subject of my research. These two figures are available in the literature and they ...
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When writing multiple papers from the same dataset, how do you handle the methods section?

I am planning on publishing two distinct papers based on the same dataset – one is looking at policy implications and the other is a more traditional academic article. The methods sections for both ...
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License of code accompanying a published article

Given a paper that introduces a new algorithm and upon publication copyright is transferred to the publisher. Is an implementation of the presented algorithm considered a derivative of the published ...
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Is it legal to share an electronic copy of a few book chapters?

I have scanned a few chapters of a textbook (about 10%) and I want to make the electronic files available to my classmates. The reason why I scanned the chapters initially was so that I could print ...
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Preparing an IEEE conference accepted manuscript for arxiving

What exactly do I need to do when arxiving a accepted manuscript to an IEEE conference? Which license to select on arxiv? Do I need to add the reference/doi not only to the arxiv metadata but also the ...
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Restrictions on use of a commercial database in publications [closed]

I am considering purchasing a commercial database of retail transactions for a certain industry and time period. My intent is to do basic summary statistics and regression analysis, and publish those ...
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Double publication & parallel submitting a same study as a Paper and Patent

I have seen some discussions in this community about Academia vs. Market world. However, they couldn't satisfy my this question: Assuming what is written in answer of Why is Paper Publishing and ...
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Arxiving accepted manuscript after publication in Elsevier/IEEE/etc

The Elsevier policies state: Authors can share their accepted manuscript: by updating a preprint in arXiv or RePEc with the accepted manuscript I haven’t arxived a preprint; the paper is ...
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Copyright – use of images to train algorithm

I am working on a university project about computer vision. Part of my work requires object recognition, for which I would use cascade classifiers. These cascade classifiers need to be “taught” what ...
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Publishing policies - copyright transfer

I submitted a paper to a journal and now it is under review. Since I would like to publish it on the Research Gate I was reading the journal rules to be sure this is possible. I also had a look on the ...
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Is it okay to keep pdfs of journal articles from my previous university when my current university does not have a subscription?

I've been wondering about this for some time. I did my PhD at the big university A. I had access to hundreds of online journals and ebooks. I was downloading papers and ebooks, classifying them, ...
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I chose wrong license during submission on arXiv, what shall I do?

I am a PhD student from computer science and try to submit a paper to IEEE transactions. In addition, I also submitted it to arXiv under the CC0 license (Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication), ...
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Do publishers simply waive their exclusive rights without any resistance?

Assumption based upon my experience from CS: Typically, the business model of academic publishers is to archive and disseminate papers whose authors have transferred exclusive publication rights to ...
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Am I allowed to share a final copy of my published paper privately?

Suppose I published a paper in a journal with no open-access policy, but with the usual constraints regarding copyright. A researcher that I do not know in person has asked me for a copy of a this ...
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Using the title of famous books as titles in presentations

I want to give a presentation in which I want to use the title of famous books as some of the titles of my slides to add some taste to it. Am I allowed to use for example (Great Expectations) in the ...
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Can I use data and images found online in my project report, under the fair use clause in copyright law?

I am a mechanical engineering graduate student, and am working on my final project. I am doing a finite element analysis of a particular phenomenon. I was hoping to find test data of that particular ...
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Can I publish my Master's Thesis that I've claimed copyright on?

I graduated this past May with my master's in a physical science. Since then, my thesis has been uploaded online by my university, with my copyright on the thesis. I was interested in publishing the ...
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When can/can't I upload full-text to researchgate? [duplicate]

I just joined research gate (finished PhD in December - published 3 papers early this year) and as soon as I made an account, it shows that someone requested full text of one of my papers 20 weeks ...
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Is it okay to upload slides based on others papers?

In some seminar classes, one student presents a paper selected from top conferences or journals with the help of slides. Usually, there is a lot of discussion about the strengths and weaknesses of the ...
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Is there any reason to register the copyright to your PhD dissertation with the US Copyright Office?

I am in the process of submitting my thesis online. I think most of the people here are familiar with ProQuest. One of the option you have is to have them register the copyright to your thesis with ...
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Is it legal in the US for a student to download a copy of a textbook, to study?

(this is coming out of a comment thread regarding this question.) The USA has a Fair Use legal provision restricting its copyright law: 17 U.S.C. § 107 Notwithstanding the provisions of ...
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Is it okay to submit manuscript to arXiv after “revise and resubmit”?

I've read this question about how some publishers (e.g., Springer) allows authors to submit to arXiv before journal submission, but they make authors wait for a year after acceptance to submit to ...
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Is it legal to add your publications to ResearchGate?

I recently created a profile on ResearchGate. And to add your publications list it requires you to upload the paper. Is it legal to upload published journal articles on public servers, where everyone ...
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What determines the copyright year for a publication?

I wonder what determines the copyright year for a publication. I thought that the copyright year would be the same as the publication year, but seeing in (1) put me in doubt (publication year: ...
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How often do publishers sue researchers for copyright infringement for putting their articles on a personal website?

I know that some publishers sometimes send copyright infringement emails to researchers putting their articles on a personal website. How often do publishers actually sue researchers for copyright ...
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Do I have to sign a copyright transfer agreement to publish an article?

In my experience with publishing in some journals, those journals require a signature on a copyright transfer agreement before an article can be published online or in print. Do I have to sign this ...
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Is it OK to publish the slides for a conference paper on a personal Web site?

Due to copyright issues, I cannot provide the full-texts of my conference publications on my personal Web site. Can I make the presentations of these publications available on my Web site?
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Is it okay to upload the PDF of my non-open access papers in academia.edu or research gate?

Is it legal to upload a PDF of my non-open-access papers to research networks, such as ResearchGATE and Academia.edu? I am pretty sure that it could cause some problems, because normally people ...
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Publish book chapters without giving away the rights

I'm currently writing a book where I, during the writing process, would like to try to publish some individual chapters (more or less unchanged) as standalone articles . Once I've written all of the ...
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A student posted my lab materials as a “project” on Instructables, and hid its origin as a lab assignment. How should I address this?

TLDR: A student posted my lab assignment as a “project” on Hackster.io and Instructables. His posts hide its origin as a lab assignment, in which a lot of the materials (texts, circuit diagram and ...
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What criteria need to be matched to be able to distribute a research article openly?

Distributing articles that are not freely available can get you into trouble. However, it is important to share and distribute knowledge. If you are not sure about whether or not you are allowed to ...
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Do I need to cite an artwork? How would I do it? Is permission needed?

In my dissertation, I have well over 100 figures, and would like to use an artwork I found online in one of my figures - it is not published in any book, it is just something they made and posted ...
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Copyright regulations for and sharing implementations of previously published computer code

For my research I programmed several optimization algorithms as close as possible to their original implementation/explanation when they were published. The original codes were some times described ...
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Can I upload multimedia from subscription access journals to third party websites

I am the author of an accepted and published manuscript in a peer-reviewed subscription access article. Accompanying this manuscript are some videos I created. I would like to upload these videos to a ...
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How to legally re-use images in paper and still continue to use and distribute them in slides?

I have created several figures that are a part of presentation slides. As usual for presentation slides, those were not published in any official proceedings (just the underlying paper, that didn't ...
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Possible to put online a PhD dissertation under a Creative Commons license, as some text is (c) by publishers?

It is inevitable that several parts of a PhD dissertation come from published papers. The publishers who claim copyright (or exclusive right to publish) of articles are aware of this, and they allow ...
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Is there an official way to include an image from the internet in a paper?

For a paper we're writing, we need to use a small image of a popular, easily recognized piece of consumer electronics. In previous drafts of the paper, a long time ago, someone made an image for the ...
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Where do I put the Creative Commons license information in a book? [closed]

We're about to publish a book (conference proceedings) as a PDF online and want to license it under Creative Commons. Before each article, we're giving out information for citing the following article ...
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How to protect the copyright of the thesis draft?

I just finished the draft of my thesis and want someone else to do a proofreading on it because I am not a native speaker of English. I wonder if any things I shall do to protect the copyright of the ...