Assertnull and I have cooked up a little Java utility that we think will be useful for early-stage beginners, and I'm planning to post it for anyone to use. Is there some preferred short copyright/ownership/licence statement that I should include at the start of the code? I know that Daniweb owns the I.P. But I want it to be clear that students etc are free to use or adapt it legally for personal educational purposes or some such.

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Hi, I want to know that is there any kind of copyright issue when you use child theme? As you know that you can modify child themes as you want. As the child theme is property of any other person can that person raise the copyright issue? Help me in this problem.

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OK, I am trying to get this straight before I go any further. if Daniweb copyrights the content on the site (did I get this right?) in order to keep control, I assume this doesn't invalidate the Copyright on my source code I submit unless I sign over Copyright rights to my code. Apparently copyright.gov has a provision for assigning rights to code. Copyright Fair Use Doctrine in their FAQ states that I can copy a "limited amount" of Copyrighted material without permission, without stating how much (as long as it's not the whole thing). and they also talk about …

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Thanks to a federal copyright law ruling on Monday by the Library of Congress, jailbreaking your iPhone doesn’t have to be kept to the underground forums like it's alcohol during a digital prohibition. The process is now completely legal under US law. Grab a glass of e-freedom![ATTACH]16137[/ATTACH]The resulting decision was part of a tri-yearly board review by the Library which discusses exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The legalization of jailbreaking comprised two of the six provisions agreed upon today by the Library. See “[URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story299581.html"][I]DMCA Changes: Copyright Rules Made More Flexible[/URL]”[/I]. The filing was brought forth by the …

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Only recently, I've seen more and more webpages that are violating the US Digital Millenium Copyright Act, via Google's search engine. Am I the only one that's noticing this happening more so recently? It really struck me today when I did a search for web design backgrounds.

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Hi all, I run an image hosting site. A user submitted a copyrighted image and now the copyright holder has asked to take down the offending image, which I did immediately. But he is asking to pay for damages. Which are of ridiculous amounts. Please help and advise what do I do from here. Thanks!

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The University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom has been [researching](www.cs.bham.ac.uk/~tpc/Papers/P2PSecComm2012.pdf) how users of the hugely popular file-sharing BitTorrent peer-to-peer protocol are being monitored by those acting for copyright holders. What the researchers found surprised them, and may surprise those using BitTorrent to download pirated content: the average time it takes to log the IP address of an illegal file sharer is now less than three hours of the pirated content being made available. The researchers reckon that those downloading a single pirated movie, if it is in the top 100 downloads, will be monitored and their IP address logged. …

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Before I start, sorry if this is in the wrong place and also I am aware that this is not a legal forum and thus I should take proper legal advice but any heads up would be appreciated. Ok, So I am looking to create and host my own website and also host a friends website on my server, both of which would allow third parties to submit content in the form of forum posts and comments. I have been doing some research into this and now I've become terrified of all the laws and potential consequences that I didn't …

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I was going to avoid posting anything more until I got this question answered. who owns what? does daniweb own my content and code I submit as answers? daniweb has a blanket copyright statement. I would like to know what exactly is copyrighted. is it only the daniweb web service itself? and by the way, that copyright symbol is not a proper copyright message anymore, it's just a an optional decoration. you have to use the word Copyright or it doesn't hold. you might want to change it and read up on current USA copyright rules. [http://www.copyright.gov/help/faq/faq-protect.html#website](http://www.copyright.gov/help/faq/faq-protect.html#website) [http://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ1.pdf](http://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ1.pdf) [http://www.copyright.gov/help/faq/faq-duration.html](http://www.copyright.gov/help/faq/faq-duration.html) [http://www.copyright.gov/help/faq/faq-register.html#online](http://www.copyright.gov/help/faq/faq-register.html#online)

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Many bloggers have tried to find a business model for blogging, but Steve Gibson's figured out a way to make money off the bloggers themselves. He relies on suing them. Gibson is CEO of Las Vegas company [URL="http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2010/07/copyright-trolling-for-dollars/"]Righthaven[/URL], which purchases the copyright to newspaper content and then sues bloggers and websites that use the articles without obtaining permission. The company, which was formed in March, has filed 80+ federal lawsuits against those using articles from the[I] Las Vegas Review-Journal[/I]. Currently he hopes that Stephens Media, which owns the [I]Las Vegas Review-Journal[/I], will allow him to expand his business to other …

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Hello :) I was just surfing this forum and i want to thank you, because it really helped me. Also, i find the sections of the site very useful. Thank you! :) I've recently started a website that embeds youtube videos, and i have a question. From what you wrote in the article, i understood that it is ok to embed a video as long as the person who uploaded it, is his legal owner. And that i should avoid videos that could have been uploaded illegaly on youtube. Now, my website uses Youtube API, which returns videos directly from …

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Internet marketers using social networks beware - linking to stories on the Internet, much as news bloggers do here on Daniweb and elsewhere, may be about to become a high risk activity. The owner of website [URL="http://www.skyscrapercity.com"]skyscrapercity.com[/URL] is being sued by the Las Vegas Review-Journal for infringement over one of its articles. The arguments are detailed on a [URL="http://www.mediapost.com/publications/?fa=Articles.showArticle&art_aid=133992"]Mediapost[/URL] site. This isn't the right forum to go through the legal arguments, which are on the link if you want them. The main thrust of the defendant's case is that the paper had offered an implied license to reproduce its material …

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Here is a PHP code that writes a string on the bottom of a given image. I want to have the image with the string on it to be saved in a folder. The problem is that this script copies the image without the stamped text. Here is the code: [CODE]<?php $imag = "images/5.jpg"; //text to display $text = "http://www.sitename.com"; //dimensions $wh = getimagesize($imag); $width = $wh[0]; $height = $wh[1]; //call image $im = imageCreateFromJpeg($imag); //RGB color call and shadow call $color = imageColorAllocate($im,255,255,255); $shadow = imageColorAllocate($im,128,128,128); //assign font $font = 'arial.ttf'; //assign size $size = round($width/30); //shadow param $xs …

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The troubled newspaper industry has been railing for years about how the Internet is destroying their business model, and taking actions such as paywalls and talking about [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story220640.html"]changing [/URL]copyright law. Now, one newspaper is going further -- it's taking bloggers that posted its stories to court, with the result that a number of blogs have been shut down and are facing multi-thousand-dollar settlement charges. [ATTACH]16076[/ATTACH] The [I]Las Vegas Review-Journal[/I] set up an agreement with Righthaven LLC that enables Righthaven to sue, on behalf of the [I]Review-Journa[/I]l, bloggers who reposted content from the paper. And it has done so, filing nearly …

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[ATTACH=right]16132[/ATTACH]The U.S. Copyright Office has made new changes to the DMCA and there's some big ones in the mix. For one, it's no longer illegal to circumvent copy protection in order to copy a DVD for use in the classroom - under certain circumstances. Every three years, the office examines American copyright to see how it needs to be adjusted to account for changes in technology. One of the things it looks at is DRM (digital rights management) technology that affects the ability of people to make use of works in a way that does not infringe copyright, such as …

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Scrapping scissors and knitting needles at the ready, sellers on the handcrafting site [URL="http://www.etsy.com/"]www.etsy.com[/URL] are [URL="http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=6425050&page=1"]up in arms[/URL] over what they say are sites stealing their designs and images and then hiring other crafters to produce them. Discussion on the topic started earlier today, with more than 600 postings at this writing. In a real-to-life embodiment of John Naisbitt's "High Tech, High Touch," first publicized in his book [URL="http://www.amazon.com/Megatrends-Ten-Directions-Transforming-Lives/dp/0446356816"][I]Megatrends[/I][/URL], Etsy -- a sort of eBay for the crafty -- has became a runaway success. The website, which bills itself as "Your place to buy and sell all things handmade," raised …

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It's enough to make anyone froth at the mouth: Film parodies making use of a ranting Hitler, with added subtitles explaining what current event he was ranting about -- which have grown increasingly popular on YouTube -- are gradually disappearing after a request from the company that owns the film. Though the spoofs -- which run the gamut from political issues to the loss of the next-generation iPhone -- are parodies and protected by fair use, the technology that YouTube is reportedly using to detect them can't tell the difference, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation. "Because the Content I.D. …

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Hello, if I start to distribute some software I have written under a copyright, using a free software license, I would like to know what do the dates of the copyright stand for. If I say (c) 2009-2010 Vernon Swanepoel, what does it mean that I did on those dates. The reason I am asking is can I do something like this (written in Python) [CODE]def copyrightText(): from time import localtime if localtime()[0] == 2009: crD = "2009" else: crD = "2009 - %d" % localtime()[0] return crD[/CODE] So that each year, the material's copyright simply updates itself. Is there …

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Keeping the Internet safe for satire, the World Intellectual Property Organization [URL="http://didglennbeckrapeandmurderayounggirlin1990.com/legal.php"]ruled[/URL] that the domain name glennbeckrapedandmurderedayounggirlin1990.com was not a violation of the conservative political commentator's intellectual property. The WIPO [URL="http://reporter.blogs.com/files/decision-d2009-1182.pdf"]ruling[/URL] "dismissed Beck's argument that Internet users could be confused by the domain name and its accompanying Web site," noted an NPR [URL="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2009/11/glenn_beck_loses_domain_name_d.html?sc=fb&cc=fp"]article[/URL]. "'Even a 'moron in a hurry,'" read the decision, quoting Eiland-Hall's attorney, "would not likely conclude that Complainant sponsored, endorsed or was affiliated with the website addressed by the disputed domain name."" Indeed, in an excellent example of the [URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Streisand_effect"]Streisand Effect[/URL], Beck's September lawsuit actually brought more …

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A couple of months ago DaniWeb reported how British singer Lily Allen [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story226113.html"]turned the music copyright debate into a copywrong farce[/URL] with some ill conceived blogging. Things went quiet soon after the media had swarmed all over Allen and her odd arguments, not least as she [URL="http://torrentfreak.com/lily-allen-deletes-pro-copyright-blog-and-ends-career-090924/"]closed down her blog[/URL] complaining of getting too much abuse. Now, following an interview with the [URL="http://www.nme.com/news/lily-allen/48488"]music press[/URL] it seems that Allen has jumped straight back into the controversy with both feet. This time she appears to be confusing price and value, claiming that she wants her fans to appreciate the value of her …

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A [URL="http://gawker.com/5367093/mcsteamy-v-gawker-media-llc/gallery/5"]lawsuit[/URL] over a website's [URL="http://gawker.com/5339221/danes-anatomy-mcsteamy-his-wife-and-a-fallen-beauty-queens-naked-threesome"]publication[/URL] of a celebrity threesome sex tape is provoking some [URL="http://www.pbs.org/mediashift/2009/11/does-gawkers-publication-of-mcsteamy-sex-tape-constitute-fair-use315.html"]thoughtful discussion[/URL] about fair use. Not to mention giving PBS, [URL="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2009/11/what_a_celebrity_sex_tape_laws.html?sc=fb&cc=fp"]NPR[/URL], and the [URL="http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/09/25/mcsteamy-vid-lawsuit-its-a-copyright-beef/"][I]New York Times[/I][/URL] the opportunity to talk about sex tapes. The tape consists of [I]Grey's Anatomy[/I] actor Eric Dane and his wife Rebecca Gayheart, as well as Kari Ann Peniche -- a former Miss United States Teen beauty queen who was dethroned after posing for Playboy, went on a reality show to be treated for sex addiction, and reportedly is now a Hollywood madam -- engaged in various activities. The original tape …

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Just when you thought it was safe to return to those keyboards knowing that all is well with the world and the ownership of Unix is happy with its rightful owner, Novell; he's baaaack. I'm sure that I'm not the first to look at this latest news and say "WHAA? AGAIN? I thought we had this settled." But noooo, Linux arch nemesis SCO with the inimitable Darl McBride at the helm is at it again. I am so shocked at this latest attempt by the perhaps brain-damaged judges panel in the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver to …

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OK, I can't resist this whole SCO thing, since it has again raised its ugly head. My [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry4658.html"]previous post[/URL] on the subject the other day drew a lot of attention from a diverse gaggle of readers and commenters so I thought I'd go back to the well at least once more for good measure. Here's the real shocker in the whole SCO v. Everyone mess--they still think that they own Unix. Though they never produced proof in the past 6 or so years since the original lawsuit maelstrom began. They are so convinced that they own Unix, that they have …

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In the final days of a failing model, old media made one last futile attempt to save its fading way of life by trying to expand copyright law to exclude fair use and linking. Just this morning, my DaniWeb colleague, Sharon Fisher wrote a post called [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry4479.html"]This Blog Post Could Be Illegal[/URL]. Seems Richard Posner, a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago has written a [URL="http://www.becker-posner-blog.com/archives/2009/06/the_future_of_n.html"]blog post[/URL] of his own (note the irony here) that copyright should be expanded to bar access to any copyrighted material without the copyright holders express consent …

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If Richard Posner, a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago, gets his way, blog postings like this one could be illegal. On his [URL="http://www.becker-posner-blog.com/archives/2009/06/the_future_of_n.html"]blog[/URL], Posner recently suggested that copyright law might need to be expanded. "Expanding copyright law to bar online access to copyrighted materials without the copyright holder's consent, or to bar linking to or paraphrasing copyrighted materials without the copyright holder's consent, might be necessary to keep free riding on content financed by online newspapers from so impairing the incentive to create costly news-gathering operations that news services like Reuters …

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Seems like a silly question, right? But $80,000 per track is exactly how much Jammie Thomas-Rasset, a single mother from Minneapolis, has been charged. Well, I say charged but actually she was fined this amount for each of 24 songs downloaded via a file-sharing site at the end of a jury trial which found her to be liable for wilful copyright infringement in every case. The $1.92 million in damages for the four record labels involved sets a new record, if you will excuse the pun. Her attorney told reporters he was angry about the damages, but Thomas-Rasset was more …

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A California Senate candidate is using a Don Henley song in a campaign video on YouTube, and when Henley sued for copyright violation, the candidate fired back that it was his first amendment rights to use the song. It seems he failed to understand the nuances of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Maybe he should be complaining to the RIAA instead. [B]Some Background[/B] [URL="http://www.cnn.com/2009/SHOWBIZ/Music/04/18/henley.lawsuit/"]CNN reports[/URL] that Henley got his feathers ruffled when he heard that California Republican Senate candidate Charles DeVore used two of his songs, "The Boys of Summer" and "All She Wants to Do Is Dance" without permission. …

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It might seem like something of an odd question, unless your idea of a good night in is a box of popcorn and a copy of some dodgy DVD featuring a Captain Jack lookalike doing unmentionable things to his crew. Yet the answer is that these two things, the illegal file-sharing we commonly refer to as piracy and the porn business, have loads more in common than you might imagine. For starters, both are hugely popular online. Pornography has traditionally been something of a driver of e-commerce innovation. After all, most pornographers are in the business for profit rather than …

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It looks like common sense has broken out in New Zealand. There was a proposal to allow people to cut off customers completely when they were suspected of flouting copyright laws. Now that appears to be on [URL="http://www.out-law.com/default.aspx?page=9831"]hold[/URL]. I hope it won't come back. Let's be honest, I don't like people who flout copyright. They make my skin crawl - as a journalist and author I rely on retaining the rights to my work as part of my livelihood. So I'm biased and you might find it surprising that I'm so anti this measure. In fact I applaud the idea …

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A belated word about last week's [URL="http://www.facebook.com"]Facebook[/URL] fiasco, if I may. You might remember the company aroused all sorts of excitement when it changed its terms and conditions to allow itself rights in perpetuity to images on its servers. The BBC had a [URL="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7897824.stm"]social media expert[/URL] in to explain how the company was getting a little above itself. I should declare an interest, albeit an indirect one; I've just been asked to write a book on social media. I know a little about what I'm talking about. So, of course, does this guy. He doesn't mention, though, the obvious reason …

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