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    • Hey Brian, welcome to Cake!

      You said you're based in California so maybe this isn't quite in your wheelhouse, but I'm curious if you have an opinion on the EU's new copyright directive and how it might affect websites like Reddit, Google, and even Cake:

      Is the fear and uncertainty around this justified, or is it being overblown?

    • Welcome, Brian! It sounds like you might know @Victoria 😁

      My question is it's become a thing to name companies with real words like Slack, Lime, Bird... What are the copyright ramifications? When we started with Cake there was the band in Sacramento, Cake php, but nothing that seemed major in our space at the time. While we were in development some other firms adopted the name.

      Do you advise companies to pick something more like Airbnb?

    • So with 2019 being the first year since 1988 to actually have some works have their copyright expire and enter the public domain in the US, do you think we'll finally see the end of "Mickey Mouse Protection" scheme?

    • My question is when I reply to a Post on Cake I sometimes want to make it more interesting by pasting in a link to an image I found on Google. For example,

      Can I get in trouble legally for doing that?

    • Hi Brian! I have a question about artwork. I do a lot of pixel art of athletes and often use other people’s photos as source material for my concepts. If I ever sell prints of the artwork, I try my best to manipulate and collage together the pose, change the colors, change the background so it’s not the same as any one photograph, but I’ve always been curious about how much an artist needs to “change” the image for it to be considered safe from infringement? I often see paintings of athletes that are sold and are clearly from other photographs, for example.

      In the example below, I used a photograph by Jimmy Chin as a source material for a pixel art piece that I drew by hand (in photoshop). Because it’s pretty similar to the original photo, I fully credited the photographer when I posted this to Instagram and don’t sell prints of this particular piece because I didn’t want to infringe on copyright. Was I right to assume this? I’ve always been curious about where that line is. It seems vague and ambiguous. Do you have any insight on these issues?