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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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Is it ethical for students to share the digital textbook? [closed]

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Would it violate copyright to retype a classic mathematics book from the 1960s using modern notation and uploading it online?

Suppose I am reading a classic book in mathematics that was published in the 1960s. This book uses very old notation, which makes it impossible to read it. Suppose further that I want to read the ...
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Is it legal if I print PDF files of Springer books for personal use?

As a Canadian undergraduate student, I have access to all Springer books on their website, provided that I log in with my institutional account. Springer books can be downloaded as PDF files. Because ...
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What is "Title, if not author" in copyright transfer form?

In the ACM Copyright transfer form what is this "Title, if not author" ?
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Volunteering the French-English translation of old research monograph in math - ethical, copyright issues and Latex source?

I am only starting to learn the French, but I already need to read 1971 French mathematical book (https://mathscinet.ams.org/mathscinet-getitem?mr=0344253), others wanted to read it too. I am ...
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Correct acknowledgment for a figure's digital rendering

If I draw a figure freehand, and then ask somebody else to render it digitally, and integrate the resulting product in a publication, what is the correct way of acknowledging this person's work? ...
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Does my PhD dissertation need a copyright notice?

I'm in the final stages of preparing my dissertation. I've noticed that former graduates from my department have included the text "© [student's name]" at the bottom of their title pages. Is ...
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I would like to translate an old dissertation, who owns the copyright?

I have found by absolute chance a doctorate thesis by a foreign author dating from the 70s, having as a subject the village where my parents are from. I was able to order it and have it in my ...
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Is it legal to post an assignment from a book?

If my teacher is posting photos of questions given in a book in our class group for us to solve, is it legal or ethical?
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Can I include Figures and Texts from IEEE/ACM publications in my PhD thesis?

I am currently writing my Ph.D. thesis. The thesis is in computer science specifically the data science domain. The thesis will be based on my 8 first-authored publications in IEEE, ACM and springer. ...
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Is comminit dot com a scam site?

I recently published an open-access paper. Shortly after, someone from the 'Communication Initiative' reached out, regarding a 'summary' of the paper which they would like to share, asking me if I'd ...
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Copyright Rules Regarding Figure Reproduction

A paper I wrote was recently accepted for publication. In one of our figures, we report our results juxtaposed against results from another paper published in a different journal. To perform a ...
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Downloading books from websites that allow book upload but promises to remove ones that violate copyright [closed]

I know of some websites that make it possible for anyone to upload books on their website and then whoever wants to download that book can but the website says they respect copyright and if they found ...
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Can I collect published images of biological specimens in a database for scientific purposes?

I'd like to create a database with published photographs of some biological species to use them for scientific research, but I have questions according copyright law. Can I use published images in a ...
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Can (or should) text from a study protocol be reused when preparing a manuscript for submission to an academic journal?

In an attempt to follow best practices in open sciences, I drafted, published, and shared a protocol for a systematic literature review. I have since completed the data collection and extraction ...
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Copyright transfer of with inclusion of previously CC licensed content

When publishing in a non-open access journal, one (Author) is usually required to sign a copyright transfer agreement with the Publisher such as this. Now, when the paper includes some work, say a ...
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Do I hold the copyright on test answers?

If I turn in a test with my work on it, is that work under copyright by me or the teacher? If the teacher does not want to give me the test contents, can I ask for my answers to the questions as ...
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Re-Using own figure from IEEE conference proceedings, which have not yet been published

Does anyone have experience with re-using their own figure from IEEE conference proceedings, which have not yet been published for another conference (not IEEE)? I have contacted IEEE but have not yet ...
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Paper Copyright When Going From Conference to Journal

Early this year we submitted and presented a paper on an IEEE conference. However, due to the page limit we had leave out quite a few of our experiments and results. As most the work has been carried ...
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Is it ok to share a paper accepted for publication with a single person?

I have a paper that was accepted for publication and we the authors have already filled out the copyright transfer. There was a disclaimer saying we're not allowed to share the paper publicy before 2 ...
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Can a journal prohibit an author from releasing the article after the embargo in a public repository/website, such as ResearchGate?

A few days ago, I received an email from the IEEE copyright team informing me that one of my articles had been removed from my researchgate account due to a copyright violation. However, after the ...
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Collaborator asks me to share a paywalled article - how to deny that request?

A collaborator has asked me to share a PDF of a pay-walled article with her. She can't access the article because it's pay-walled (though her institution should be wealthy enough to provide access). ...
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Copyright permissions vs fair use to include an image from Amazon

Hopefully, this isn't too off-topic or repetitive. I'm writing my dissertation, and I am finishing up the last chapter discussing some of the experiments I did. In that chapter, I discuss a pump I ...
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Do I need to list any references for common knowledge? [duplicate]

When writing a book about a subject, if all your text is in your own words, and, contains only commonly known, fundamental, well established knowledge about the subject, which can all be seen in tons ...
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Can I take questions from an academic textbook and publish them on my "question bank" website?

I have many books and worksheets for JEE (Joint Entrance Examination) in India. I want to make a website that will serve as a question bank for students. I want to take questions from these books and ...
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Permissions of an adapted figure for a thesis

I am looking to use a figure for my thesis. The figure itself is however (heavily) adapted from another paper. I am fine with reaching out to get permissions from both authors, but I am unsure if I ...
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What to do when a section of a published paper has a section which contains similar results as mine?

I had a research article posted in arXiv on November 2020 and it is currently in review by a leading journal, I call it J1. Today when I was browsing research papers, I found that a research paper has ...
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Where/how can I find out if I can use this paper commercially vs for research purposes only?

I wanted to implement this paper for commercial purposes, but the licence for use is not mentioned at all. https://arxiv.org/pdf/1902.09104.pdf Dynamic Feature Fusion for Semantic Edge Detection Where/...
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Arxiv after acceptance

I had submitted a paper, say X-1, on a reputed Springer (Birkhauser) journal of our field. After two major revisions I received an Ad hoc email from the editor which says that the paper is accepted, ...
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Do instructors make all the necessary (bulk amount of) images on their own for tutorial purposes?

I am an instructor for a machine learning course and I need to make a presentation on all the recent architectures or models. I have to include a lot of images from several research papers and need to ...
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Can I post study notes based on a book to my personal website?

When taking a course I deemed specially important as an undergrad, I would usually choose a book from the bibliography the professor provided and read it independently of the classes; while reading, I ...
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How can I publish an accepted IEEE Paper after the conference and before official publication?

I would like to publish my accepted and presented IEEE paper, since the proceedings probably will be published next year. I did not publish any preprint (since I just finished at conference deadline :-...
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Copyrights on epigrams in a commercial publication of academic work [closed]

An acquaintance of mine - let's call him Robert - is having a book published based on his academic research. The book targets the general public, and the publication is commercial, albeit with a ...
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Posting an author's accepted manuscript on arXiv

Many journals allows one to post an author's accepted manuscript online, provided some embargo period has lapsed and an acknowledgment is included. For example, for Springer Nature journals, an ...
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Can I copy (verbatim) my own arxiv paper into my thesis? [duplicate]

I wrote an arxiv paper during PhD, first author. I have a major chapter in my thesis on that paper and I would like to use the arxiv paper verbatim. Is it OK, to do that? I'm quite unclear about how ...
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If a journal publishes my article against my will, do they have the right to request a publication charge?

Three years ago, I submited my paper to a journal. On their website there was an impact factor. After submitting my work, I discovered that the stated impact factor is not official and the journal ...
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Switch license between arxiv preprint and accepted manuscript for Elsevier publication

I want to submit a paper to Elsevier (yes, I know, evil me - there are specific reasons). Elsevier allows sharing preprints "anywhere at any time". Later, one is allowed to "update a ...
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ArXiv license to choose for a paper to be published in IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems?

I´ve seen similar questions to mine (as Which license should be chosen in arXiv for a paper to be published in IEEE TPDS? or IEEE Access License on Arxiv ) but answers did not completely solve my ...
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Which of the arXiv licenses are compatible with the IOP preprint policy?

IOP policy reads: IOP Publishing Limited ("IOP") supports the early sharing of research via preprint servers and other early sharing platforms and our authors are permitted to share a ...
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I want to include a figure from a paper I wrote and is now published in a blog article, what's the best way to do this?

I was reading this question, and I was wondering what differences related to copyright (if any) there might be if I want to include one of the figures from an article I wrote and had published in a ...
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Is it ethical to share with students a book draft that the author no longer makes publicly available?

Several years ago I taught an upper-division Mathematics course at my former institution. In the course of preparing to teach the course, I discovered that a professor at another university had not ...
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Do I retain patent rights after transferring copyrights? [closed]

I have two questions: I recently published a paper on IEEE and transferred copyrights. Can I apply for a patent after transferring copyright? If I publish an article on alreadly Patented work and ...
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Archiving homework answers from a class

I have taken a math class and answered homework questions from a text (FOAG by Ravi Vakil). Vakil himself stated it was ok to publish answers to questions from his text (although he would prefer that ...
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How to deal with journals requesting incomplete / incorrect attribution for images taken from other sources?

I recently submitted an article containing several images from other publications. I made sure to give the appropriate attribution both for open access images (including stating e.g. CC BY 4.0), as ...
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Plagiarism, ethics, software use, [closed]

I want to prepare video courses in the field of informatics sector such as programming, system administration, network administration, cyber security, etc.. and make profit them on Udemy, YouTube, etc....
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Is publishing paper containing information acquired from sites such as Sci-Hub illegal?

There are already some discussions on whether it's illegal to use Sci-Hub for research purposes, such as in this Academia SE thread. But one answer and comments there open up another question: Is it ...
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Copyright issue of recorded video game when publishing research paper about it?

Background: I'm preparing research about a music-based arcade game, playable in the arcade game center. Requiring video dataset (including music in it), I recorded videos from the game playing by ...
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What is the least amount of effort needed to ensure no copyright issue of using online pictures in lecture notes/slides

I have noticed that in many university's course notes/slides, particularly those in the CS department, and in particular those dealing with computer animation/graphics, a large amount of instructors ...
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Uploading potentially copyrighted material onto Academia.edu

On Academia.edu, a user uploaded a Translation Database of Sun Tzu's Art of War, which includes translations as recent as 2020. Alongside it was a Bibliography Document that references all works shown ...
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Adding co-author without consent of all co-authors [closed]

I have been collaborating with an individual on a scientific paper. I have documents showing that this individual has shared the paper content with other people. Also, the individual has added co-...
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