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Intellectual property laws are constructions of their time. It is becomming increasingly evident that the base asumptions they make do not always apply. You have hit on one of the corner cases. Who is the inventor/artist when the machine did it? In general its the owner of the program. There are also experiments where the whole job of generation and ...


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No one can claim to be the original author on a public domain work. That is considered Copyfraud. Assingning a different license to a public domain work and redistributing it is possible. But that does not change the original public domain dedication. So there will be no way of enforcing those restrictions ;)


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There is one thing that a user of the work cannot do, and that is to claim copyright on the original work. One of two things happens (legally) with CC0: either the work is released into the public domain (if local copyright law permits that); or the author of the work retains full copyright, but the work is licensed for any and all uses. Effectively (though ...


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I'm not a lawyer, however to my knowledge... Yes that is illegal and a copyright issue, thats why copyright includes the word, "Likeness." Trademark Protection for Cartoon Characters by Tonya Gisselberg, http://www.gisselberglawfirm.com/downloads/trademark-cartoon2.pdf The court applied the likelihood of confusion factors used by the Third Circuit, ...


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If you don't like the rules of the game, don't play. I agree with you that it is pretty scummy. But legality is determined by lawyers, laws, and lawsuits. As others have noted, this falls under "spec" work and any organization promoting or practicing such practices is giving a clear signal of how they do not really value design work.


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It is reasonable that if they request you to do some work, they expect to own that work. What they are basically stating is that any work done for them is under a work-for-hire agreement and it is no different than if you were an employee. Many, many, many companies hire contract professionals under these types of agreement. It is neither unusual nor ...


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Ryan is correct about enlargements. All enlargements will lose quality but one common way to enlarge a print is using the "Photoshop enlarge 10% trick". There are also proprietary enlarge photo software out there like Perfect Resize by OnOne or like Scott has said, Photoshop has increased their enlargement algorithms. For the size you want to print is up to ...


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Some additional remarks: Works that have been created in the 19th century can still be realistically copyrightable, because the relevant date in many copyright laws, in particular the German one, is the death of the creator. As of now, a work enters the public domain after 70 full calendar years have passed since the creator’s death. So if the creator died ...


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In the US, design patents are issued for a maximum of 14 years. Thereafter, the designs are public domain. Other countries have similar laws and negotiate international agreements. In the US and elsewhere, trademarks may be renewed indefinitely, and revival developers have been sued for infringement of typeface names. The Library of Congress has never ...



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