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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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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 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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Are Scantron Sheets under Copyright? Or are there non-proprietary alternatives?

Could my institution get into legal hot water if we were to make copies of blank Scantron sheets? If so, are there good free alternatives for machine readable bubble sheets?
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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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Showing figures from a paper in presentation

I'm giving a talk summarizing someone else's paper and I'd like to show some figures from their paper during my presentation. It's an informal talk to fellow students and a few professors at my ...
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Can I publish open access articles on my personal website?

I have written a couple of articles for a print journal which I found, at the time of publication, were available online for free as Open Access. This was around two years ago. Can I also publish them ...
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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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Are there any legal issues in having someone's book as the basis and as a textbook for an online course?

I want to create an online course and use someone's book as the basis (follow the structure, topics) and as a textbook (use exercises, examples, etc). Note that I'm not going to distribute any parts ...
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Sharing set of exercises in a textbook (the morally right way?)

This is possibly a more general question about copyright, but I think I can specify this question into question about teaching, especially on STEM subjects. I don't know exactly whether I should post ...
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How can I best approach journals and academics about paying to re-use content from their papers?

Apologies if this is off-topic - please close away if it is. I am currently engaged in writing a book. This isn't speculative - I have a commission and an advance and a budget to spend on securing ...
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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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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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Copyrights of recorded lectures? [closed]

Most universities around the world are now requesting their lecturers to record lectures and post them on a repository. In my university, we use Moodle to store and share video recordings. My question ...
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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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Is it allowed to re-format a post-print version of a published paper?

I am finishing up my thesis which will include, among other things, a published paper. I am allowed by the journal to use a post-print version, which (if I understand correctly) is the accepted ...
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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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Can I collect meta information on papers and put this online?

For my thesis I have had to go through many different sources to find relevant literature. I want to share my reading list with others to make it easier for people who want to study the same topic to ...
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How often is transfer of Copyright to University required to submit PhD Thesis?

My university apparently requires Ph.D. students to transfer copyright of their thesis completely to the university. The copyright agreement, as written, seems to prevent them from publishing the work ...
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I have the option to retain copyright on my published paper. Should I? [duplicate]

My coauthors and I have just had a paper accepted by a journal. The journal in question is published by a nonprofit professional society and offers two options in their copyright agreement. We ...
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Could lecturing from a textbook constitute copyright infringement?

If a course instructor closely follows a textbook when delivering a lecture (e.g. even listing the subsection they're discussing) could they be in violation of copyright law? What if they upload the ...
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What is the difference between plagiarism and copyright infringement?

In this several times up-voted answer, it is suggested, among other things, that 'if someone using an image [...] that they do not own (it) is inappropriate and should be first reported to the PI of ...
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Can I copyright materials I developed if it was asked to be written by the school I'm working at?

I'm a teacher in a private school and was asked by the school to develop lesson plans for an existing text book. Eventually that's going to be a manual for the teachers to use for that specific text ...
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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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What does assigning the copyright of a paper mean?

I have been reading that a publisher called WIT Press has the following copyright agreement: http://www.icsis.org/WITcopyright.pdf It has one part that says: We will not withhold permission for ...
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Are there any legal issues with publishing part of an unpublished thesis in a journal?

I have recently graduated and I was wondering whether, after submitting my thesis, there are any issues (legal or otherwise) if I publish parts of my thesis as a paper in a journal. My thesis was not ...
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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 large may included parts from other people's work be in an academic paper?

Of course, it is absolutely important to quote all thoughts that did not originate from the author. This makes one think that it would be OK to include works of others when referencing them correctly. ...
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Can I upload my open access publications on researchgate.net or academia.edu?

Maybe my question is naive, but: If my paper was publish as open access (for example in Springer - http://www.springer.com/gp/open-access), could I upload the paper in researchgate.net and similar ...
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Can a supervisor extend the paper and change the order of authors?

Background: In my area, people extend their conference paper to a journal version by adding only 30% contribution. This means that you get a second paper, with the same content (introduction, related ...
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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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Publish a thesis that summarizes papers on arxiv - copyright issues?

Suppose one has written a master's thesis that summarizes several articles, and works out their details, on a complicated topic. It would be of general interest to have this thesis (in polished form) ...
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What percentage of arXiv preprints fall under the CC BY or CC BY-SA licenses?

I am interested in exporting and redistributing arXiv papers and will need the source on them. It looks like this is allowed so long as they fall under CC BY or CC BY-SA licenses. However, I'm not ...
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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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License issue: publishing an image of famous person in the scientific paper

A scientific paper to be published contains an image of someone famous. An image is just picked from the Internet. My questions: Is it a violation to publish such image without permission? From ...
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Does putting an article I wrote on university site conflict with IEEE publishing rights?

I have published a few months ago a paper for an IEEE Conference, the paper got published and it is indexed in the IEEEXplore. I have received an email from a research coordinator at the university ...
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Non-Disclosure Agreement & Data Publication

I am an Industrial Ph.D. and the company involved in my Ph.D. provides data for my research. I signed an NDA with the company since the data comes from proprietary source I cannot disclose. The main ...
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Include code snippet which is licensed under the MIT License in a paper

My paper is about a software I created which uses part of another software licensed under the MIT license. It is available on Github and includes a copy of the MIT license correctly. Additionally the ...
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Can I use images from an arxiv paper (and some others) in my undergrad thesis?

I want to use images (in their unaltered form) from some arXiv papers (and some other venues) in my undergraduate thesis. For instance, here are the papers from which I'm considering using images: ...
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Reusing content in papers, conference preceedings and lecture notes

In physics, it seems to be common practice to reuse your own introductory material, verbatim, multiple times in online lecture notes and conference preceedings, and a final time in a journal article. ...
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Can I send an IEEE paper that I downloaded using my institutional access to a person? Is it personal use or copyright infringement?

Suppose that, I want to send the PDF file of my published IEEE paper to someone in E-mail. So, I use my institutional access and download the PDF file. Now my question is Is it fine to send this file ...
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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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Writing a book chapter. Figure etiquette

I am writing a book chapter in theoretical computer science. I would like to add figures based on figures previously published in relevant papers. In the caption of each Figure I will cite the ...
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Copyright on a research photography

I was part of a research group in a research institute I called 'X'. In this research we used a very interesting, colorful technique so I take some pictures for myself that are very artistic. Now I ...
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Can individual sharing of a published article form a copyright violation?

It is very common for researchers to share published articles upon individual requests, and many copyright transfer statements explicitly allow this. In the case that the copyright transfer statement ...
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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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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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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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Can I write a template just like the Elsevier LaTeX template?

A scientific institute wants me to write a LaTeX template just like the articles which are published on the ScienceDirect website, in other words, the institute wants a template like the following: ...
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Is it okay to directly copy a diagram/image from another research paper into yours?

We are writing a research paper and for our experiments using a model/architecture that was created by other researchers for a specific task. We are using the same model in a modified way for a ...
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Using a public GIT-Hub repository (that was a homework of my group) in my Bachelor thesis

I have a question concerning my special case. In my bachelor thesis, I must implement a CI (e.g. Jenkins) server and show its functionality based on a sample project. This work is handed to other ...

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