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

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Assignment requires to stream music through YouTube, is this acceptable? [on hold]

I know I'm probably being overly paranoid about this, but am curious nonetheless. In an assignment we are asked to use YouTube for streaming music and to include screen shots and a description of us ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...