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

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Legal matters: making non-open access content available publicly (mathematics/software context) [closed]

I would like to understand if it is legal to make publicly available results/substantial parts of the content of a journal article/book that is not available in the public domain in the context of ...
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What to do when another researcher used my results without credit in a science documentary?

A former colleague (not collaborator) used main results of two of my published papers in a science documentary featuring their work. They had briefly mention to me at some point, that they wanted to ...
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Am I allowed to modify figures of a dissertation for my dissertation

Can I modify a figure of someone else's dissertation and use the modified picture in my dissertation? Or might this be a problem regarding the copyright? Of course I would cite the source which I got ...
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Is it plagiarism and/or copyright infringement if research started from one person but another diverged onto a different path?

TLDR at the bottom. Odd situational question for everyone (or maybe not) since this is out of scope for me. Hoping to get a clearer insight from a more experienced crowd about research, plagiarism ...
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IEEE Access License on Arxiv

I would like to submit an article to IEEE Access. As per their requirements, I need to add a license statement on my corresponding ArXiv upload, which will look like this: IEEE copyright notice. © ...
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Someone gave me a non-GPL version (under their own authorship header) of some publicly available source code with a GPL license. Can I make it public?

During my Ph.D. work at a university, I followed up on someone else's doctoral work (I am no longer associated with that university). This person provided me with the source code for his work. I ...
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How to avoid being blamed on cheating?

A lecturer of the programming course said: "In this course you can't use Google. If we find you are cheated, you will fail the course". What kind of rights there are if I accidentally write something ...
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Who owns the research data at US research institutions?

When a graduate student, or PI does government funded (NSF/NIH/etc) research at a US R1 institution who owns the data? What portion of the copyright for the research data does the graduate student ...
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Use of a book for a continuing education course

Can I lecture on a subject that references (as required reading) a book that all were required to read? I am not reproducing any portions of the text, and assume they all legally procured the work.
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Reviewer noticed a significant overlap of my submitted draft with an earlier paper of mine [closed]

in a single-blind paper reviewer one of the reviewer comments In total, 12% of the paper contains text from X et al. (2019) which is not properly cited. this cited article, is one of my works. in ...
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When Does “Adapting” An Image Go Too Far? [duplicate]

I am interested in using a particular figure from the literature, but I do not want to go through the hassle of paying to use a figure. What I am wondering is if I made a similar figure, how easy is ...
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How are copyright transfers for a journal article done?

Almost a year back, I have submitted a manuscript for a Journal as a research article, and after almost 11 months and after undergoing two rounds of peer review and referee suggested revisions, I ...
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Acquiring a bound copy of someone else's thesis

I am in Canada and wanted to get a bound copy of someone's doctoral thesis in Sweden. The thesis is fully available online in PDF form for free from the library/publisher, but since there is a ...
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Is it ethical to post an exam question and answer to the internet?

I am a private tutor for (mostly) high school maths and physics students. Recently a student came to me with an elegant little problem that he had been given on an exam. The problem was very short, ...
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How does copyright work on questionnaires with similar items?

I have seen in certain types of questionnaires that the content is very similar, and that, possibly by coincidence, certain phrases are the same. Let me give you an example: the organizational ...
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Copyright in academic software in the UK

I work on statistical data analysis in neuroscience at a university, and to that end regularly develop small pieces of software. Most of that software I also publish on GitHub under the GNU General ...
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Is it proper to use google map image in scientific paper?

I have used a google map image as an illustration of street map within my study area. And I have submitted the paper containing this figure to a journal owned by Elsevier. Meanwhile, the reviewer ...
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Using a figure from a PhD thesis, but changed slightly. Copyright?

I am using a figure from a PhD thesis in an IEEE conference paper. I have changed it slightly, mainly by adding text. Though I will cite the author and publication, do I still need to pay the (what ...
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Show examples of public dataset in master thesis

So I'm currently in the final phase of my master thesis and started writing a few days ago. My thesis bases its work on a public dataset (the authors published it on GitHub an state in their paper ...
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Share copyrighted stimulus material with collaborator

We've been showing a number of copyrighted movies in a psychology experiment. I would like to share the movies with a collaborator at the other side of the world, who wants to run an alternative ...
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Should I order open access if I've got the money? [closed]

A journal accepted a manuscript of mine. After acceptance they ask the author whether the author wants "to order Open Choice". Should I do so if I've got the money? What is it? Is it a way to make a ...
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To include part of a published paper in a dissertation?

Context It's becoming common in the natural sciences for grad students to include papers they have previously published as part of their dissertation as a "sandwich thesis" or "stapled thesis". Some ...
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Uploading paper drafts before first-time publication

I am half-way through a Masters degree in Logic and Philosophy of Science following a BSc in Astrophysics. Although I've dreamed for years about getting a paper published, I still haven't submitted ...
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Can I use images from my published papers in my thesis without copyright infringment?

I have to fill in copyright form for my PHD thesis submission. I have used some of the images already published in my IEEE/IET journal and conference papers. I signed copyright forms during the ...
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How to avoid copyright infringement when using figures in which original authors can't be identified?

I am almost ready to publish my research project. In my project, I used different clipart and created a couple of figures for my participants to view. For example, I created an image of a person ...
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Copyright issues of using free clipart

I'm a master student in psychology. A year ago, I downloaded a lot of free clipart online to create my study stimuli. For example, some clipart are from this website: http://clipart-library.com. I ...
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does conference presentation topic need approval from PI

I want to present a piece of work done with a former PI in a conference. If I go to this conference, I use my own funding. Do I need this PI's approval to allow me to present this work in that ...
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Can a cat be a co-author in academic paper? [duplicate]

One of the most famous cat physicians must be F. D. Willard, who co-authored many physical papers. My question is simple: Is it academically correct to have a cat/dog as a co-author of a paper, in ...
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Have there been attempts to get around “DeWitt clause”-like license restrictions?

(This is a complementary question to: Has the DeWitt Clause, which prevents publication of named DBMS benchmarks, ever been successfully defended in court?) Several commercial database vendors ...
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Ownership of an Idea

Suppose that I am a PhD student that works as an RA in the lab of my PhD advisor. While I am in the lab, I come up with some interesting idea, and then I spend time reading and planning out a possible ...
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How to report pirated textbooks on Academia.edu?

I received a notification today from Academia.edu of a recently-uploaded "paper" that was similar to one I previously downloaded. On clicking through, the "paper" turned out to be a PDF of a pirated ...
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How to indicate that a drawing has been re-adapted and expanded or integrated from another published illustration?

I've got this illustration of a block diagram published in a book. It's quite a basic concept of surface metrology but I've been inspired by it, I've redrawn the diagram using LaTeX with another ...
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If I wrote a textbook, or other form of academic material, is it okay to use problems found online?

Lets say I decided to write a small textbook, similar to how people have all sorts of "Learn to Program" books, but for other subjects like Calc, Chemistry, or similar. If I used examples problems, ...
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Permission on reproduction of data extracted from a figure

I have been studying a recent paper, and wanted to extract the some data from it, in an effort to reproduce it. I wrote to the authors, and got no response, so I got the raw data by digitalizing a ...
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Can I publish photos or reconstructed drawing of the internal part of a patented instrument?

I am doing a publication using a specific optical instrument protected by different patents. To see how it works I opened it and I have redrawn the arrangement of the optical components. Am I allow to ...
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Fair use: Instructor sharing notes from textbooks

I am a new instructor, planning a course; this post comes from good faith. Basically, I am designing a course and am trying to give my students the best learning outcomes without demanding that they ...
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Is it unethical to use a published code in my PhD thesis work?

I have used a code published in a published Masters thesis into my PhD work. I have modified just 10% of the code to suit my research requirement. However, most of the code is as developed by the ...
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How do I protect my research algorithm and findings from being infringed or stolen by anyone, including a professor of mine?

I have been working on an NLP project (Natural Language Processing) regarding a variety of Arabic. I had to observe and look for patterns and rules in this variety as the resources are almost absent ...
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How to preserve a rare version of a book respecting the copyright as well?

Electromagnetism by EM Purcell is a classic book on electromagnetism. Luckily in my college library I found all the three editions of this book. After many months of observation, I found that the ...
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Do I need to ask permission to use image from a publication

I am involved in an EU H2020 project in which we are developping some educational and support material for companies to support them in implementing energy effeciency measures. Factsheets will be made ...
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Does posting paper online anonymously prevent me from publishing it in journal?

I am a high school student and I am trying to publish my first research paper in mathematics. However, I have already had my full paper posted without author information on the website of another ...
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What to do if a colleague plans to submit the paper you worked on together without your name on it?

I have been working with another postdoc on a paper, here is what happened: I presented a work of mine before it was published (but it is in my thesis and on arxiv) and he decided he will use the same ...
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Changing the Reference but keep the paragraph as is

I am doing research for PhD in Artificial Intelligence. When I started my first writing I used to look for any article in the web. There are many articles in good websites that are specialized in AI ...
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Do I need permission to use an image from a book from 1942?

The book is On growth and forms by D'arcy Thompson. It was published in 1942 and Thompson died in 1948. Wikipedia uses the image citing public domain. Can I use extracts and images from the book with ...
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Can I release my drawings with creative common licence before using them in non-open access journal or proceedings?

I spend quite a lot of time drawing images for my research projects, I really don't like that when the editor publish these images I lose the rights on them. So usually I release them on the web under ...
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What are the considerations when using an advertising slogan, song lyric, etc. in the title of my paper?

I've noticed that in economics and business, people often use catchy or interesting titles for their papers. I was wondering specifically about the use of references to song lyrics, slogans, TV shows, ...
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Copyright issue for uploading books to Mendeley

I wonder whether importing a pdf file of a book that I downloaded in my Mendeley library is illegal or not. Any advice?
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Can/should one put a copyright notice on one's CV or resume? Why/why not? [closed]

I have not yet seen anyone in academia put a copyright notice on their CV or resume. Why is this? One might expect that even if the content is implicitly copyrighted, the layout/format/style of the ...
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Posting what I learn and notes from my classes moral dilemma

So basically, I have my own personal site where I write about what I learn and study. I use it to write notes and details on what I am working on. I specifically try to avoid posting anything ...
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Work flow for publishing figures under Common Creative license (in order to ease re-use in journal publications)

There are already answered questions on academia.SE about the re-use of already published figures. Here, a IMHO quite simple solution was proposed but triggered the question "Why is not everyone doing ...

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