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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How can one raise a legal case against false education mainly in mathematics? [closed]

The false education actually is not the responsibility of this generation of academic proffessional mathematicians since it is too old and since the start of mathematics by an illusionary object of a ...
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Assignment of Invention - Is it legally enforcable for employers to own unrelated inventions created outside of work? [closed]

Background: I would be a remote working in Texas working for a CA company. I would like to understand if I work on unrelated side projects to my employer's industry on my own time and equipment ...
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Ownership of work done by freelancer using their own licenses

I have hired freelance workers for my commercial project. They own licenses for the products I want them to use (Adobe software) to create illustrations. An Adobe representative told me that whoever ...
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Is Udemy course material copyrighted

Udemy claims that all the videos and course content are copyrighted, but does that also hold for the material of the course? For example, could someone use an app from a Udemy course as a starting ...
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If one is the owner of an MIT licence, can that person relicense the software?

Suppose that someone (S) has supervised a group of students for a school project to produce software. This software is licensed under the MIT License and the copyright notice caries the name of the ...
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Is there an official glossary of intellectual property terms in the UK?

I am writing a research paper on how intellectual property rights terminology in Russia compares to that in the UK. I am looking for an official glossary or a standard approved by the UK government ...
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Is news aggregation for headlines only legal?

Is it legal to display recent news that are collected from multiple news sites on my page? The goal is to show daily news (100 articles), side by side, that are collected from an api. Single instance ...
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What is the reason that the 20 year patent protection term starts from filing dates rather than issue dates? [migrated]

The USPTO backlog has been growing over time. Now, it takes 3-4 years to get a patent approved, with large variation in delays across applications. The patent prosecution time seriously eat into the ...
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Are there countries where patent law is more based on natural rights theory?

In the U.S., the justification for patent law is primarily (though not only) utilitarianism - that is, enforcing patents creates incentives for innovation which benefits society.
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Can novel investable securities have intellectual property rights?

Let's say I'm a bank, and I create this really popular investment product I'm selling left and right (for example, say I'm Lewis Ranieri, and I invented the mortgage-backed security). This product is ...
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Are there any major changes in patent law, besides AIA, in the past two decades?

I'm referring to important rulings or legislation changes that impact how firms apply for patents or how they approach patent strategies.
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Would I be violating copyright by transcribing music that was written over 100 years ago, but published in 1992?

A particular set of piano rolls were recorded before 1913, but to my knowledge were not published until 1989. The recordings are piano transcriptions of symphonic works, performed by their composer/...
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Is it legal for a company to put on their website a picture of my work I sent to them when applying for a job?

I was applying for a landscaping job so I sent images of work I had done, and without my permission he added that photo to his website. This work is not affiliated with his landscaping company ...
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Is VirusTotal's business model violating copyright laws?

For those not familiar, VirusTotal is a Google-owned site that allows anyone to upload any binary so it can be scanned by numerous anti-virus engines. Many third-party products also integrate the ...
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Can I name a business (restaurant) after a fictional character (Jughead Jones from Archie Comics)

I'm far from ready to start a business at the moment, but I'm definitely considering it and working towards being more ready. That being said, I'm mostly considering starting my own restaurant, and I'...
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What are the legal considerations for a creative practioner using a pseudonym? [duplicate]

I am working on a project that involves a few different types of works: website, ebook, video/emovie etc. I am planning to use a pseudonym for myself for all of these works in this project. I am ...
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Can one hold IP anonymously? [duplicate]

Can a writer who wants to maintain his personal anonymity as a book's author publish the book in a manner that would allow him to maintain full control of the copyright and distribution without ...
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Setting a copyright for the future

I know nothing about copyright but I'm pretty sure this isn't allowed. I am aware of a website showcasing a portfolio of work. There are images which are themselves the work or images of things that ...
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Jack Dorsey just sold his first tweet. But was it actually owned by him? What constitutes “ownership” in law?

I'm pretty sure Dorsey owns the copyright on his exact words (if they are capable of copyright and not just a pre-existing or generic text that's been used by others elsewhere), and that Twitter has a ...
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Intellectual Property Ownership as an Employee

I am a final-year college student entering the software industry as an engineer. My job will probably require me to write code all day for a company, using company resources and hardware (company ...
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What are the license restrictions on opencv-contrib-python, 'ximgproc' module to be specific?

I am not able to find solid licensing details for opencv-contrib-python, I am aware that it uses non-free algorithms. https://github.com/opencv/opencv_contrib However, I am not sure if I can use the '...
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Prototype developed outside of work, employer wants me to finalize work in house. Do I automatically lose my IP?

I developed a prototype outside of work using my own materials and time. The end product would be very useful in my field of work so I showed it to my boss, who now wants me to finish development in ...
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How deep can IP piracy lawsuits go?

Assume a person, who has a net worth of ₹1 billion; pirates and resells software worth ₹2 billion. A lawsuit is filed against that person and about ₹1 billion can be recovered. Is it possible to ask ...
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If a contract states “Not a Works for Hire” does the author (programmer) own the IP?

I have been reading about programmers' (authors) rights/ownership of IP based on whether a contract specified (and both sides agreed) whether or not the work performed was a work for hire. In cases ...
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Using Times New Roman for academic paper without license?

As far as I understand Times New Roman is not a free font but a license to use it for personal purposes is included in products like Microsoft Word. Suppose I do not own a copy/license to any such ...
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Why are claims not mandatory in provisional application?

Well, a claim refers to the extent of the protection conferred by a patent. If claims are so important so why they are not mandatory for the provisional application? There has to be a reason for such ...
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Can I “de-commodify” ideas by means of the Creative Commons?

I often have ideas for a product or a company. Instead of resorting to intellectual property law and patents to protect my ideas, I'd like to encourage as many people and organizations as possible to ...
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Trademark/Copyright of Fantasy species in games / tabletops / books

I'm a game developer trying to make something fantasy related I'm heavily inspired by the fantasy genre but I am trying not to get sued, not worried just was researching the topic and could not find ...
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Manipulating Images for Promotion & Potentially Profit [closed]

Based in UK. I am a graphic designer and during lockdown have been practicing my photoshop skills by digitally manipulating images of some local 'celebrities'. The digital manipulations mostly involve ...
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Could asking feedback from competing app's users be considered as unfair competition that could result in legal consequences?

I developed a chat app. I wanted to develop a good chat app and wanted a perspective from users. But I kind of stepped over the line and asked users of competing app for feedback. I went to their ...
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Is a teacher playing music in the hallway legal?

I am a highschooler in Alabama (USA) in a school of 700 or more (not 100% sure). When walking through the school, there is a teacher playing music into the hallways. The issue is that the songs she ...
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Why can multiple companies make wind turbines? Why don't they run into patent violations?

I am curious to know that how it can be that so many companies can build wind turbines. Did these companies buy the patent from the inventor of wind turbine? Or is this technology not patentable? Or ...
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What are legal risks/consequences of buying cheap software licenses from ebay/aliexpress

I was disputing with one person about buying software licenses. For example, on ebay/aliexpress there are offers to buy Microsoft Office for 2 USD or Adobe PhotoShop for 3 USD. For me, it cannot be ...
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Can I get in trouble legally if I use the code that I contributed in an unofficial project? [closed]

My Issue Me and my "friends" started a common project on github where we were writing code.I left the project many months before they decided to make everything official (start a company). I ...
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Do Directors of a company have automatic right to access that company's IP?

If a company brings on a new director, are they obliged to share their IP with that new director? And what about if they were to bring on a new shareholder — would they be obliged to share their IP?
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Patent ownership for inventions by employees on unpaid COVID leave

According to the employment contract, anything an employee comes up with, at any time (e.g. during weekends and completely unrelated to work) is the property of the company. It seems harsh but as ...
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Are chess games copyrighted?

First and foremost, I've already done some research regarding my question - web pages including, but not limited to the following ones, weren't able to answer my question to it's full extent: https://...
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Are employers required to report intellectual property theft to the owner of the IP?

Let’s say company A hires an employee from company B. Unbeknownst to company A, the employee steals IP when they leave company B and incorporates it in their work for company A. If later company A ...
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If my app is published in multiple countries, which jurisdiction does it fall under? [duplicate]

If I submit my app to Korean Appstore, but if it's also published in other countries' appstores as well (US, Japan, Mexico, etc), which country's jurisdiction does my app fall under? If it falls under ...
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Is it allowed to ignore copyright claimed over an exact reprint of a public domain work?

The question is general, but I will explain it with a specific example I am currently facing. In 1890, a book was published in Germany. Its author died in 1915. According to my understanding of ...
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What are the rights of the software owners if their software is used to make money?

Let's assume that I have an iPhone and I tell how to use it (e.g. how an app is downloaded, how a photo is taken), I mention about its functions, features (e.g. how a contact is created, how Wi-Fi is ...
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May I show a printed circuit board of a device on the internet?

Do I need a permission to show pictures of a printed circuit board of a device (consumer electronics) on my personal blog? I would like to show how certain modifications to the product can be made. I ...
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EULA requiring app users to surrender rights to media they didn't upload?

This seems like a silly question to me, and only a hypothetical at the moment, but I needed to ask! It's specific to United States copyright law, just to be clear. Let's say an app author builds a ...
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Are there any licensing rules regarding code samples that I could include in my book?

I'm thinking to write a book where I could need to use some code samples regarding a proprietary software (SAS in particular). So my question is, should I pay something to the software owner just for ...
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Can anybody create their own software license?

For example, there's the GPL license: https://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-3.0.en.html And I assume they made it themselves. Can anybody create their own license? That is to say, can I for example create ...
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What exactly are screen rights to a story?

This article tells us how 16 different companies are bidding over the screen rights to a N.Y. Times kidnapping revenge article. What I don't understand is what kind of rights they are trying to get. ...
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How does Google and other websites avoid infringing on 3rd party copyrights for displaying images for 'commercial' purposes?

I really hope someone would be able to clear things up, because this question has been bugging me for a long time now. Google Images (and frequently Google Search as well) shows images associated with ...
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Can we legally monetize the translation of videos on our service using YouTube API? [closed]

The question arose whether we would violate API policy when creating a new service ( 7th and 9th point in the link https://developers.google.com/youtube/terms/developer-policies) We are a team of ...
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Is it legal to copy a design in a Youtube video?

I'm thinking about making a Youtube video in which I would model in 3D the design from a 2D game and 3D print it. Would I be allowed to do that, without having to ask the permission to the designer of ...
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Can a non-registered student use the instructor's intellectual property under fair use?

What is the transaction being made by paying tuition at most US colleges/universities? Are you paying for the time spent teaching, the price of education/intellectual property, or the diploma itself? ...

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