Questions tagged [intellectual-property]

For questions concerning the ownership of ideas, designs and creative work. Specific IP tags include copyright, trademark, and patents.

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What are the legal protections for someone that downloaded a leaked database in the domain of the USA?

My question is what are the legal protections for downloading a leaked database under the premise of not knowing the database in question is actually a "leaked database" as in you think the database ...
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Is it generally legal to develop and provide of API-compatible software services

Is there a legal issue when providing API-compatible services? By API-compatible services, I mean developing systems and providing solutions to customers that mimic other existing cloud computing ...
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company in Ireland with exact same name as a company in Australia offering same service

ie and .co.uk domain name for a company I am starting in Ireland. However I found out that there is a company in Australia that has the same name but under a .com.au domain offering the exact same ...
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Is it possible to require removal of attribution under BY-SA for distributions not yet created?

CC BY-SA 4.0 §3(a)(3) requires that attribution of licensed material be removed if the licensor requests it. As the licensor, is it possible to make this request in advance of the redistribution of ...
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Copyright Infringement for using FontAwesome from other company

We are a small business in Indonesia and being the victim of falsified Copyright Infringement by big corporations. They intend to propose this case to the US court. They have claimed that I have ...
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My app has been suspended from play store due to copyright infringement can i recover it back? [closed]

I am I indie app developer I create apps and publish on play store one of my app got suspended from play store due to copyright infringement I use some video songs inside my app all video is 30sec ...
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“Flash of Genius” - Intermittent Windshield Wipers

In the movie "Flash of Genius," which covered the law suit involving intermittent automobile windshield wipers, it seemed that the individual parts (wipers, control box, electrical components) were ...
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Is usage of a still frame from a video considered a derivative work/adaptation?

Let's say that Alice makes a video and releases it under the CC-BY-ND license. Bob now wants to use a still frame from the video in his work (maybe to showcase or aggregate thumbnails of Creative ...
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Do historical software revisions impact the licensing terms of the latest version of the software?

Hypothetical situation: Our organization developed closed-source commercial software that used open-source libraries whose terms only apply on redistribution. At some point, we decide to open-source ...
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is it legally permissible to take a news picture from the internet and post it as your own for political commentary and not financial gain [duplicate]

Is it legally permissible to take a picture from the internet of Armed Michigan protesters closing the legislature with A CAPTION LIKE "Make America Great? Not! if it is solely for political ...
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What effect does a project's software license have on its cultural works?

0BSD and ISC are software licenses. They grant permissions for software. I guess these granted permissions legally only apply to what fits the legal definition of software. What if a project combines ...
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Can I use droid as a character class in my game?

We all know Droid is trademarked by Lucasfilms but I wanted to use it as a character class for my game. The droid class in my game is also a robot, but it looks nothing like the droids on Lucasfilms....
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If one modifies and distributes intellectual property based on a Creative Commons licensed work, do they have any claim to their modification?

Suppose someone named Alice makes a free-to-play game called "Tubbytown" and releases it under the creative commons license "Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike," which from the Creative Commons ...
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What can happen if I don't register a trademark for my business?

If I register my business name and start operating my business using that business name and a logo that I made which contains the words of the business name, what can happen if I don't register the ...
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Is it illegal to advertise another entity's product?

I'm a retailer of products. One product in particular needs more attention, but the manufacturing company doesn't advertise their products in the media which my customers reside (mainly YouTube). I ...
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Which legal specialty covers the sale of potentially profitable information?

In There Will Be Blood (2007), there is a scene where Paul Sunday sells information about there being oil where he grew up. This struck me as something very difficult to negotiate, because, while ...
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Does a SaaS needs to offer a license grant?

I run a SaaS service (https://pdfshift.io) and I've recently received an email from a potential user that is worried about any IP infringement between them and their client when using our service. ...
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How would you choose a creative commons/open source license for a work of fiction in which the code itself comprises all/part of the story being told?

In cases where there exists a clear delineation between the engine being used to tell the story and the assets being used to tell the story - e.g. your average open source video game - it seems like a ...
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Is offering a proxy web service illegal in India?

Can I offer a service that fetches the page input by user and return the data as it is in response as a web page under my domain? I will simply send a request from my server to the provided
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What would happen if someone wanted to sell something affected by a confidentiality agreement?

For example Bob makes an invention. Joe comes along and argues that Bob's invention infringes on some of his intellectual property. They agree to a settlement where confidentiality is required. What ...
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Does YouTube legally need proactive takedown?

YouTube needs to figure out what to do about people posting copyright material. The actual solution they arrived at, after some negotiation with the media companies, includes programs that scan ...
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Registering a copyright for a web-app: what type?

I'm registering a copyright for a draft of a web-application I'm developing. I shared it with a potential defactor too soon and I want to at least put something down. In the "type of work" section, ...
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Can universities require computer science students to develop software for free?

At my university (it is a public Florida university), one of the core computer science courses required for the degree involves a group project, and the class is divided up into a dozen or so teams, ...
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Should I register a copyright for my android app?

I am about to release an app to the store and I have a feeling that before I publish it I have to do some legal stuff. For the lack of my knowledge in this field, I want to ask you: 1) Should I ...
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Writing a mobile app, to sell, for a physical bluetooth device I did not invent?

I am writing a mobile app for a bluetooth device which I did not create / invent. To do this, I received specs from someone else on how the device communicates over Bluetooth; it's a non-standard, not ...
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Fairness to the consumer regarding geolocked digital products

First, a little disclaimer. I won't be mentioning company names as this inquiry is solely about the responsibility of the parties involved, and not specifically about the entities themselves. I ...
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posted an edited copyrighted document for internal use at a small hospital

I work at a rural hospital in the US that is currently dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic. I work in IT, and am keeping up the intranet for internal staff. For reference, I have been asked to post ...
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To what extent does copyright protect software functionality?

Suppose I see an innovative piece of (commercial) software that delivers considerable, non-trivial functionality. Can I re-implement it? Suppose I study it carefully, work out what it does and how ...
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Not-for-profit use of copyrighted characters?

I’m curious about US laws surrounding the use of copyrighted book content or characters for a not-for-profit purpose. My situation: I’m working an online video game in which many of the characters ...
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What countries' copyright laws would I need to abide by if I wrote a heavily modified rearrangement of an existing song for third-party usage?

Let's say that I, citizen of Alicetopia in the EU, were creating a derivative work of a copyrighted composition. This would be a heavily modified instrumental rearrangement of an existing song, to the ...
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Ownership of video lecture

Due to the pandemic, my university moves all classes online. This is a new situation and the administration is not well-prepared for this (which is understandable). I will give lectures online, in one ...
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Intellectual property when leaving the employment

Company's time, company's laptop, company's idea submitted to the internal innovation platform. It was rejected by the corporate immune system: We are to inform you that your idea has been ...
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If someone lets you use their (e.g. Netflix) account, is it legal to let others use it?

If someone gives me the credentials to login to a streaming site they have an account for, would it be illegal for me to share the credentials with someone else? For example, if Joe tells me the ...
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If I develop a roll of film bought second-hand, and it contains illegal or copyrighted imagery, would I be held liable?

I found a roll of camera film in a box of old cameras purchased second-hand at a thrift store. I'm interested in having it developed. However, I'm concerned as to what might happen if there were to be ...
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Is it illegal to change one's personal name to one derived from a published fictional work?

In particular, I wonder about this because I believe most published works tend to have statements to the effect that "all characters, ... are trademarks of ..." and from what I've heard, it is not ...
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Intellectual property after leaving job

I am a software engineer. While I was working for a previous employer I built a software system from scratch. Part of my employment agreement was anything made for that employer on company time or ...
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Can you legaly own intellectual property while only licensing it to your own company?

Is there any way one can have their own intellectual property licensed to their own company, such that the person owns that IP and not the company? A concrete example: I thought of a good premise for ...
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How can I protect my company name?

I have a fair working knowledge of copyright law and trademarks, but I'm not certain how business or company names are protected. If I apply to have "Spincity" designated a trademark in a particular ...
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Can content be licensed in a singular place but licensed another way everywhere else?

If I want to create a content publishing website where authors can write works (and derivative works of other authors), is it legal (and, perhaps more helpfully, is it ever a practice) to have a two-...
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Reporting poor privacy practices in a mobile app

I found a vulnerability in a paid Smartphone app. It is supposed to contain a lot of private details. There is a logging option for support that you can switch off and on, to extract the part that ...
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Questions about teaching an online course about a copyrighted game

I’m trying to put together a Udemy class about playing (winning ; )) a Zynga game (Words With Friends). I know that there are people who have written e-books about the same, but I want to make sure I’...
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Is it legal to use “VMware Workstation 15 Player” with earning money purpose?

I am planning to open a blog webpage, publish technology-based content on it and make money via blogger earning methods like Google AdSense. The software I mentioned in the title, which is available ...
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Do participants basically give up the rights to their ideas and IP under the rule of this competition?

I would like to ask the participants basically give up the rights to their ideas and IP under the rule of this competition posted here? While 14.b states that: b. ...all Intellectual Property ...
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Circumstances where Eminent Domain cannot condemn intellectual property?

Would it be possible to effectively prevent Eminent Domain from being used on intellectual property?
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Intellectual Property rights

Does the idea of using plastic for making roads and generating electricity using plastic, come under the intellectual Property Rights ? How can one protect their product if it's not under the ...
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Who is liable for material on a website?

Someone wants to make a website but had trouble registering with the host. He has asked me to do it with my ID. Hypothetically if copyrighted content or something illegal was done with website, who ...
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LGPL for closed source software?

Is there any license that behaves like LGPL as in permitting the user/customer of the software to use/and change the software as they want, but has the following properties: Does not allow to open ...
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Can I copyright all creative works created hereafter by doing this?

This question is inspired by the TED talk Copyrighting all the melodies to avoid accidental infringement and its Lobsters thread. Basically, the story is that Damien Riehl and Noah Rubin put every ...
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What is the law for sites like Fiverr in using purchased “creative works”

So Fiverr for those that aren't familiar is a site for buying and selling creative works essentially, from freelance artists. On some of them you can "add on" either (a) "Commercial Use Rights", or (b)...
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Intellectual property in the Age of Industry 4.0

I am looking for specific references describing guidance principles around the interplay between IP (intellectual property) and Artificial Intelligence algorithms. For example, Company A has a large ...

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