Questions tagged [intellectual-property]

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

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
0
votes
1answer
39 views

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 ...
-1
votes
3answers
108 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
45 views

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)...
0
votes
0answers
52 views

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 ...
-1
votes
0answers
51 views

Is it legal to use a publc persons likeness in a game?

I was thinking about making a game with a celebrity or multiple celebreties/famous people in it. I would like to make them be playable characters. I know this would be a problem if I for example used ...
0
votes
0answers
14 views

How can I learn about the famous patent cases at USPTO? [migrated]

I need information about the famous cases in 2019 at USPTO about the patent cases.
1
vote
1answer
46 views

Large company intellectual property theft

Say a company stole intellectual property from an employee(accept this as fact pretend he understands the contracts he signed and that this was infact his IP) . This employee is now concerned since ...
-4
votes
2answers
90 views

Insider trading and time travel

For purely academic purposes. This is not an ethics question. John works for Google. Google decides to release a new social media network called Google+. The launch causes every Facebook member to ...
0
votes
1answer
75 views

Would company A be legally liable if a hack is developed by a third party to run company B's software on A's hardware?

So let's assume there are 2 console companies: Company A and company B. Let's say that company A creates the gamesystem X and company B creates the playingmachine 5. Both companies have proprietary ...
0
votes
0answers
31 views

Can a writer keep an editor's edits despite order cancellation?

I wrote an article and hired a freelance editor who delivered a result that didn't match the value of how much I paid him. He agreed to refund me. There are certain edits of his that I would like to ...
-1
votes
1answer
23 views

Am I able to use textbook questions, for commercial purpose in India?

There is a demand for solutions of textbook questions, whose solution manuals are not available online. Let's say I want to start a business creating banks of answers to the questions in these ...
0
votes
0answers
19 views

Why do some contracts have provisions granting a license if ownership can't be transferred?

I've seen some contracts with an ownership provision: for example if an employee invents something, it belongings to the employer. Often times I see a provision beneath it stating "if this isn't ...
2
votes
2answers
105 views

Why are “over-the-air” TV channels considered more important to regulate compared to cable and satellite TV?

I've always heard this legal talk about "over-the-air" television. That is, TV channels that you get into your TV through having a once-ordinary (not sure people still have such things at all) antenna,...
0
votes
1answer
71 views

After I register a copyright for my app, what do I get?

Lets say I took my app (source code) and registered it with the copyright office of my country. After that what form of proof do I get? Do I get papers that have my souce code printed on them and ...
-3
votes
0answers
60 views

is it illegal to download an appstore from the internet? [closed]

The app store is called happy mod and you can download any game that exists on mobile devices for free, uploaded by users from the internet, is it illegal to download from the app store if the game is ...
0
votes
1answer
127 views

Can I use a game to earn “support money”?

Can I use the game to earn the "support money"? Even I not own the game copyright? For example, I use one game to build and made a screen or some character, then I share it, after that I post a link (...
0
votes
0answers
18 views

Can one company sponsoring or advertising on a website cause liabilities for the sponsoring company if the website has problems?

I've always been curious how this works. Say there's Company A and Website B. Website B does things that are in the grey area of law. Company A tries to operate fully legitimately as an actual ...
0
votes
1answer
29 views

Inventorship of a utility patent application that incorporates a provisional application

I am listed as a co-inventor in provisional patent application AA/AAA,AAA. The other co-inventors are PersonA, PersonB and PersonC. One year later my employer company filed a non-provisional utility ...
0
votes
1answer
62 views

Prevented from listing details of work experience both in private (resume, interviews) and public (linkedin, etc.) while trying to look for new job

When starting new employment for a company (Company A) based in India it had asked me to sign an NDA for a company (Company B) based in San Jose, USA. The NDA had addressed to me directly and not ...
2
votes
1answer
41 views

Can an investor block new investment in a software company in order to cause administration and buy assets?

I have a friend who is the CEO of a software startup. As with many software companies a large amount of value of the business lies in the software code, and data which has accrued over time. An ...
2
votes
0answers
64 views

Keygen legality

Say I own a Microsoft Windows license key, but I lose it. I have no proof of purchase or anything. Can I use a keygen, and use that key to use the same software that I technically own? I've done ...
0
votes
0answers
10 views

Open data access and public studies made for tax money by enterprise consultancies

Imagine the following daily business which was traditionally established in the 20th century: government pays a consultancy for some studies what citizen can see at best case is a PDF report with ...
1
vote
2answers
72 views

Could copyright be placed in bearer format?

Related: Who owns copyright on works found in a storage unit/attic? It's well agreed in the above case that simply coming into ownership of a manuscript, even an original one, does not grant ...
0
votes
1answer
56 views

Claiming ownership of a service [closed]

I and a few others created a service (a website that people can subscribe to for content) a while back as a hobby with no agreements and no structure. Now though, I am thinking about taking it further ...
0
votes
1answer
74 views

Is it legal to copy the design of a website only to demonstrate coding ability to clients, nothing more?

I'm trying to find out what is "fair use" or not. I'm a web developer trying to get off the ground and my website portfolio has nothing. So, I'm thinking to have a section of my website called "how-to ...
3
votes
1answer
417 views

In the UK, who owns the intellectual property of a thesis?

Assume the following problem: A person decides to create software for his thesis. His application turns out to be very profitable. If he continues creating it, will the University own the ...
0
votes
1answer
47 views

Is it illegal to create a game that mentions anime (Japanese Tv show) characters?

For example, could I make an app and release it, but it uses the titles of anime and its characters? Would it be illicit to make revenue off of it?
1
vote
3answers
147 views

Cybersquatter posted my domain for sale after I queried it - can I still file a UDRP?

I'm in a situation where a cybersquatter holds a domain name that I have trademarked. My company "Example Ltd" is based in the UK, and we've been established under our brand name for over 30 years. ...
0
votes
1answer
67 views

Could there be legal reprecussions for using a TV show/Anime/Series as a design for T-Shirts?

For example, if I wanted to make a T-shirt of a character for the Arrow Tv series, but I drew it myself/designed it myself. Is it legal for me to sell products (T-shirts) of it?
1
vote
1answer
49 views

Copyright of vocabulary collections?

I recently stumbled across an answer to a question stating that certain content could not be copyrighted. I wonder if this is also the case for collections of vocabs found online. Can they be ...
1
vote
1answer
61 views

Would it be copyright infringement to use a name of a D&D spell/creature in an unrelated game?

If I were to create a video game with mechanics and a story that are divorced from D&D, but still used a name like "Eldritch Blast" for an attack move, is this still infringing on WoTC's IP? ...
0
votes
1answer
98 views

How Could the Winklevoss Twins Have Legally Prevented Anyone from Stealing their Facebook Idea

Please give me legal, black-and-white answer. Winklevoss Twins say someone stole their idea for Facebook and Judge awarded them some millions. But how could have Winklevoss Twins protected ...
0
votes
1answer
78 views

Employment intellectual property ownership loopholes

Thanks in advance for any suggestions or help. I work for a large software corporation and have in my employment contract the standard clauses saying the company owns essentially any idea of mine ...
4
votes
2answers
1k views

Trademark: “Lyft” and acquired dictinctiveness

I want to understand why "Lyft" was trademarked for "transportation of passengers by motorized vehicle". When Lyft Inc originally filed for "Lyft" trademark in 2012 (serial# 85/743120), the use was ...
0
votes
4answers
82 views

Register own surname as a trademark

Can I legally register my own surname as a trademark? Supposing my name is Jeck Galifianakis, can I sue by law all the business entities (or maybe individuals too) that hold name Galifianakis in its ...
0
votes
1answer
60 views

What is the status of arts at museums?

I'm in more interest of intellectual property stuff. For example if I'd like to take a picture of some masterpiece painting in the Louvre museum, can I spread thic pic or even sell via different ...
0
votes
1answer
46 views

Making use of client side website files to figure out API endpoints being used

There is a utility website witch I presumed used a backend API. There is no authentication or anything on the website, it's just for public use. Now, I want to build a mobile app that makes use of the ...
0
votes
1answer
45 views

Can I use screenshot of a TV show on slides of a talk?

I have been invited to give a TEDx talk quite soon and the topic of the talk is really close to an episode of Black Mirror. I'd therefore like to use some images of the show in my talk. Other movies ...
1
vote
1answer
51 views

“Etsy” plans as download - license, restrictions?

"Etsy" is an online platform designed to allow individuals to sell models via a standardized platform. Some sellers off downloadable files, containing plans to recreate those models. Example, rubber ...
0
votes
2answers
27 views

Picture credits -> must the page of inclusion be named?

we're currently developing a website. For this we use pictures for which we need to place an attribution on the legal notice page. Now we're wondering if it's enough to place the following ...
0
votes
0answers
20 views

Scraping legal disclosure reports to build a database?

I am thinking of scraping business related data from websites like the UK's National Storage Mechanism, where all UK publicly traded security issuers must periodically report various bits of ...
1
vote
1answer
58 views

Can I use a pen name that is a trademark?

I am about to publish my first novel under a pen name. This is not the name, but I will use the example of Monique Jay-Wood. I have done a trademark search and "Jay Wood" is trademarked. Is it better ...
1
vote
2answers
53 views

Resources for assigning employee intellectual property back?

As an employee of a software company they own my personal time projects, this is not in question. That said, my employer is quite reasonable about said things and at least verbally quite willing to ...
0
votes
0answers
65 views

Distributing (for free) defunct software with valid license [duplicate]

I'm thinking about creating and distributing for free a virtual image with Ubuntu that has installed the latest original software from a defunct software provider with valid (paid) licenses. From ...
2
votes
0answers
65 views

Is it okay to use my own software for a job with another company?

Over the last year I setup (registered) my own company so I could do freelance and contracting. I also produced some digital products for sale on the app stores. During that time I built a very ...
1
vote
1answer
75 views

Are all emails confidential?

I have a workmanship issue regarding vinyl siding installed on my home which the contractor refuses to address. We’ve had several email exchanges. Can I publish his email replies? I’d like to include ...
0
votes
0answers
23 views

Copying job ads from top brands

Is it illegal to copying job posting from top brand's websites ie: Facebook, Google, Amazon, TCS, Tesla, SpaceX etc? Such brands always post open job position: Is it illegal to spider/crawl or ...
1
vote
1answer
64 views

Are intellectual property indemnity clause, which requires the employee to indemnify the employer, enforceable?

Jurisdiction is England (UK), and it's a clause in an employment contract (permanent). The following question has been posted on reddit, and I happen to be on the same boat. I've been offered a ...
1
vote
1answer
70 views

French stance on intellectual property rights for content creatd by artificially intelligent entities

French intellectual property rights consider the "author" as the holder of intellectual property rights for their creation. Now, artificially intelligent, or creative, computers can generate content ...
1
vote
1answer
45 views

Assignment of Inventions to employer - exclusion of Inventions assigned or licensed to me?

A NY law employment contract states in a section entitled All Inventions are Exclusively the Property of the Firm: Employee assigns to the Firm... without any additional consideration, all of ...

1 2 3 4 5 13