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Commercial redistribution of Ubuntu

The company I work for is in the process of porting their software to run on Linux. I am one of the software developers working on this and a big part of my job is building the Linux image that the ...
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Are user interface elements subject to trademark?

If yes what ones are? (Color schemes, layouts, etc..)? And it is still infringement when the UI doesn't appear on the advertising?
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Legal restrictions on shortcuts, hotkeys, or keybindings

vim keybindings are very popular among programmers, and used across many tools. Vim happens to be open source, so anyone can use the keybindings. However, for a new tool, would it be possible to ...
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Do I need to pay Performance Royalties at a wedding?

As mentioned in this question, one must obtain a statutory or compulsory license to perform music in a public setting. By extension, this should mean that one must obtain a license to sing at a ...
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Can photos of misspelled public business signs (or links to Google Street View) be used to advertise a spelling consultancy?

If a business has a sign above their door or elsewhere displayed along a public road such that it is prominently displayed to passing car and pedestrian traffic, what would the main legal issues be if ...
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Can a website that hosts Public Domain images forbid commercial use of such images

I notice that Wikimedia Commons hosts many images clearly in the public domain (published before 1929 in the US) that have been uploaded from Worthpoint.com. WorthPoint's Terms of Use forbid ...
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Does a WIPO patent supersede a US patent?

If a United States utility patent has expired but a virtually identical World Intellectual Property Organization patent is still in effect, would the WIPO patent prevent any US manufacturers from ...
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Protecting AI related IP by assigning all current and future IP to an LLC

Consider a fairly typical IP assignment clause, such as I understand that the provisions of this Agreement requiring assignment of Inventions to the Company do not apply to any Invention that I have ...
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Is an "Untitled" copyright registration protected the same as a titled one?

I understand that putting "Untitled"* in the Title field means people would not be able to search your copyrighted material by name. And I understand why it is not recommended. But does it ...
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What legal protection is there for movie screenplays/treatments?

Bob writes a movie screenplay (or a "treatment", meaning a detailed plot/screenplay approximation) and sends it to Rob at a movie studio which in turn makes a movie based on the screenplay ...
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"Secure browsing" and the law

With all the tools legally available to “secure” one’s connection to the internet nowadays, why aren’t government organizations like the FBI taking any legal action against the companies and people ...
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Can I legally change my name to "Darth Misogynus", or would I get sued by Disney?

Obviously, Darth comes from Star Wars, which is currently owned by Disney. Misogynus is an expression of my ideological beliefs. If I legally change my name to "Darth Misogynus", will I get ...
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Can I be held liable for a client's private file upload? [Bad Question]

I posted a question on Code Review (link below) on whether a webpage that takes a client's file and then displays (mirrors) it back to them (only stored as a temporary file, and only returned to the ...
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Publish a vocabulary list from a Korean Comic

I'm learning Korean through comics. So everytime I read a chapter, I always make an extensive vocabulary list containing an English translation for each Korean word in that chapter. My question is: ...
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Can a big company push out a smaller companies trademarked name?

From what I understand about trademarks, the mark that has seniority (was used first in commerce) to identify a good, is the mark that has the legal trademark rights to use that mark. There is also ...
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How did a patent claim priority from an earlier patent?

I was looking up the notorious Baer patent on video games and noticed this text: 1969-03-18 Priority claimed from FR6907714A 1971-03-22 Application filed by Sanders Associates Inc ... On the face of ...
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Work-for-hire unpaid: who owns the IP?

Suppose X is a software developer, the only employee of sole proprietor Y. The contract is oral, "build an app like (famous app), earn $wage per week". Laws breached by this are outside the ...
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Which type of attorney should I consult for a complex case involving employment, contract, and IP law?

This question concerns another Stack Exchange question: https://workplace.stackexchange.com/questions/195267/agreement-made-at-hire-is-unenforceable-due-to-a-technicality-employer-refuses What type of ...
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Is it possible to have a CC-SA turn into a CC-ND

I'm trying to license images in a way that allows the original image to be modified, but then not being able to make second derivative based off the original derivative (CC Clauses that aren't shown ...
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Who would own the copyright to the original character in a freelance commissioned art piece?

I was debating some friends who were very into Dungeons and Dragons (DnD). They created these original characters. One friend commissioned a piece of art for their original character. It was a simple ...
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Is making a copycat proprietary software against the law?

Suppose I build and sell closed-source and proprietary software that exactly looks like Microsoft Visual Studio 2022, both in appearance and functionality, but uses a different source code, name, and ...
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Examples of misquotes resulting in costly lawsuits?

I'm looking for examples of misquotes resulting in expensive lawsuits or at least embarrassing retractions or otherwise costly or cumbersome consequences. This includes misquotes that resulted in a ...
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Are art styles subject to IP protection?

Is the art style of a comic, film, video game, etc. protectable by IP (copyright, trade dress, trademark, etc.)?
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Does a Creative Commons license permit tracing of a licensed artwork if derivatives are permitted?

Background If an artist releases their artwork under a Creative Commons license, they have the option to permit a user of the work to create derivatives of said work. Assuming the artist uses the ...
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Can I use stack overflow for fixing problems [closed]

As I developer Can I use or (refer) stack overflow for fixing my problem . If I use stack overflow for getting solution is there any issue on copyright Also learn solution from stack overflow is legal....
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Legal status of training image-to-image style transfer model

A image-to-image style transfer is a machine learning model designed to change the art style of a image by providing a "source" image and the desired image to change the style. However, a ...
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If you blend copyrighted voices to create a unique voice, does the resulting creation become exempt from copyright restrictions?

Suppose I blend copyrighted voices taken from popular media to craft an entirely distinct vocal composite. For instance, combining snippets of various celebrity voices (like Leonardo Dicaprio and Mr. ...
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Workloads on Flux Cloud, who is accountable / responsible for any kind of content hosted on the platform?

I recently stumbled across the https://runonflux.io platform which promises to host decentralized web applications by distributing the workload among many individual locations / distributed nodes. &...
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Is sitting in a shop and reading an entire newspaper an intellectual property violation?

Bob goes into a shop, sits down at one of the tables in its seating area, and reads an entire newspaper that is for sale which he then puts back onto the shelf without paying for. What is the legal ...
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Can I sell a figurine of iconic football moments [closed]

I am making a football star figurine replicating an iconic goal scoring moment. I want to sell these figurines on Etsy. Is there any legal requirements for the UK where I have to say something or I ...
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About learn, teach, copy some code for solving solution [closed]

"I have read the terms and conditions of almost all learning websites. I am totally confused because, after reading their terms, it seems they state that, copying any content from their website ...
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Commercial Use of Steam Digital Reviews

After analyzing the Steam Web API Terms of Service and the Subscriber Agreement, it is unclear to me whether the reviews, which are otherwise freely available through Steam's official programmatic ...
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Do plant breeders' rights prevent me from sequencing the genome?

The International Convention for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (1991) provides some exclusive rights over particular plants: [Article 14(1)(a)] Subject to Article 15 and Article 16, the ...
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Can I publish a novel based on a viral tiktok? [duplicate]

Scrolling through tiktok I came across a video . And it sparked an idea for a holiday romance. In the tiktok a daughter explains a tradition her mom has and how it’s evolved over the years. Can I ...
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Can you be accused of copyright infringement for basing a commercial work on anonymous internet content?

There is a horror story from 4chan which I feel would make an excellent film if adapted into a full-length screenplay, and I was pondering the implications of this. The story was anonymously posted ...
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Is it plagiarism to exchange video-editing techniques?

My question is based on a real-life incident that is making the rounds recently. One YouTuber ("iilluminaughtii", real name Blair) sued (or threatened to sue) another YouTuber ("...
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Web scraping of an online dictionary [closed]

1.I made a web scraper of an online dictionary. It scrapes and saves to a text file definitions and examples of sentences of words in a list. I want to make this scraper publicly available on GitHub. ...
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Is a non-exclusive and revocable license valid consideration for a legal agreement/contract?

This question pertains to U.S. law, and California law specifically, if it matters. The motivation behind this question is the scenario where a company has supplied parts or equipment usage to a non-...
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In U.S. is there any IP concern when my own company pays expenses for prototype development? [closed]

This question pertains to U.S. law, and California specifically if that matters. Suppose person A founds a company that is owned by themselves and a trusted partner person B. Person A has a majority ...
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Can I use a 4 letter acronym of a state agency in my app

So I have made an android weather app which uses data from a state environment agency which is referred to as SORA (acronym). The name of my app is "SORA weather - unofficial". So I have ...
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OpenAI employees' move to Microsoft: Non-compete regulations?

A few days ago, Sam Altman was fired from his position as OpenAI's CEO in a surprise move. Altman has, as of now, accepted an offer by Microsoft to join the company as head of an AI lab. Microsoft has ...
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Cartoons vs Publicity Rights

I've learned that it's legal to write about famous people without their permission as long as the use is "expressive" rather than advertising. However, I believe it's illegal to use pictures ...
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Can a software license be conditional on the actions of others?

I recently had an idea for a "threshold conditional" software license that works like this: Any person/entity can purchase a license and gain the unconditional right to use the software any ...
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App Store app Ownership

Lets say hypothetically 5 years ago someone (Person A) created a company with someone else (Person B) and they split the company 80 (Person B) / 20 (Person A) and then used that company information to ...
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Extent of employer's ownership of personal IP

My employer's Code of Business Conduct & Ethics document that I have to sign has the following snippet. My employer is in oil and gas in Calgary, Canada. I have artistic projects like games that I'...
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USA Employment Law: Job Search with Moonlighting

I am a Software Developer contractor but I also want to have my own side-hustle business. This side hustle business might contain programming, research or developing new software products. However, it ...
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It is a 'fair use' of trademark if a book's advertising refers to a famous book series?

For instance can a book based on (or about) ancient mythologies be advertised as 'for fans of the Percy Jackson books'?
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Is the public domain revocable?

If a work enters the public domain, can someone "privatize" it by trying to copyright/trademark/etc. the same work without changes?
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When a historical name is trademarked, will the trademark be considered 'weaker' than an invented name?

Like the names of important people of medieval Europe, names of planets of the Solar System and its moons or geographical features etc.
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Burden of proof in intellectual property disputes involving generative media

I've been pondering a hypothetical situation where someone claims that a piece of art I created could not possibly be my intellectual property, asserting that it was AI-generated. In such a scenario, ...
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