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

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Is it legal to produce GI tagged products without using the tag outside the tagged region

A Geographic Indication (GI) tag gives exclusive rights to use a particular name/tag to certain people/region regarding a product. Does this mean it is still legal for other people/regions to produce ...
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Reproduction of phrases from characters for reuse

Would be there any legal issues if phrases said by characters in a video game were reproduced for reuse, with or without modifications? Words and (very) short phrases are not subject to copyright so ...
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Does a non-commercial software project constitute an outside activity and does declaring it to my employer risk any transfer of IP?

Background I am based in the UK, and about to enter into a new full-time job as a software engineer at a UK-based software company. I have been asked to declare my outside activities. I have several ...
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Parade floats - Copyright Infringement or Fair Use?

In various countries in Europe, we have these parades in which floats drive around in a parade. These floats are sort of forms of art displayed to the public during a parade, thereafter often sold or ...
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It is true that character classes are stock characters?

It is true that character classes from a game are considered "stock characters" and therefore excluded from copyright protection? If they are not considered "stock characters" what ...
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What can be re-used when creating a video game like World of Warcraft?

When creating a such game, what can be reused from WoW? I know that the character classes, resource types, and generic races can be borrowed, but not the characters, lore, specific races and ability ...
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It is considered copyright infringement to get paid apps free?

It is a copyright infringement to use services that offer paid mobile apps for free? Various sources apparently say that is.
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Can I, as a contractor, take IP with me to a new company?

I am currently working part-time as an independent contractor, software developer, in the United States for a startup my friend founded. I saw it mostly as helping a friend, so we never formalized the ...
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Who owns the intellectual property rights relating to a stolen NFT?

Bored Ape non-fungible blockchain tokens (NFTs) change hands for tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars. For this money you get two things, A) the technical ability to create transactions involving ...
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Is bypassing Content Security Policy illegal?

In HTTP protocol, there is so called Content Security Policy (CSP) that (among other things) allows the creator of a site to disallow browsers to put the site framed inside another site. All ...
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What intellectual property rights are being surrendered with this contract?

Alice has worked for an quango/academic organisation “The Establishment”, which is part of a larger “Wider Establishment” for some years. She was recently made redundant on pretty good terms and ...
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Would it be legal to use a brand's name(ex; Samsung, Mac OS) in my personal email address

(this may be a silly question but i don't want to get in legal trouble) i have my main email as "mer************windows14@gmail.com" (censored for safety) now in the email, it has "...
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How illegal would it be to use fictional locations, companies, etc. from a video game in a different video game?

Let's say I wanted to create a knock-off GTA-esqe game. If I wanted to use locations like Los Santos, San Andreas, Blaine County, Paleto Bay, etc. would there be any IP concerns? If I wanted to use ...
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Providing hyperlinks to another website that is publicly accessible. (UK Law)

I have a question about the ability to link to another website, either through hyperlinks alone, or by also using the thumbnail of the hyperlink. This question is specifically relating to the UK (if ...
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Could attorney 2.0 be a new way to get legal representation?

I'm thinking about getting a patent and was wondering about an alternative to spending $400 per hour on one attorney. What if someone spent $200 and got 2 attorneys/law firms that work together ...
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Legalities of Extensions that modify websites

I am wondering how it can be legal to make or use extensions that modify the functioning of businesses' websites. Specifically, I am looking at Firefox extensions that modify YouTube's functionality. ...
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Credit card charged but domain not booked by a domain registrar where should I go against an International Merchant [closed]

Sav.com had latency in the month of October. Therefore, Domains were not posted in my account, but the amount debited from the credit card. The same is accepted in written correspondence by sav.com ...
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A lawyer with an E&E Engineering Degree with no Background in Intellectual Property

I am a lawyer with an E&E Engineering Degree and want to do Intellectual Property work online (Upwork & Fiverr) however I have no experience in the field. I want to learn as much as possible ...
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US Jurisdiction, can a foreigner register a trademark in the US?

Pretty much self-explanatory. I am not an American, I live outside the US and, so far, my only relationship with the US is going there for holidays from time to time. I have a software product with a ...
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How do I know if a game I made is copyrighted?

I am using the unreal engine that supports c++ language. Now I don't know anything about copyright and I don't know how to know anything about it. I live in Egypt. I worked on a game for 8 months. ...
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Does alternate spelling provide sufficient differentiation to avoid trademark infringement?

In Australia, one infringes on another's trademark if: The sign1 is substantially identical or deceptively similar or: The goods or services are closely related or in the same description or: The ...
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When is a person a co-author of a joint work? What rights do co-authors have?

This question is partly inspired by this comment on this answer When does a person become a co-author of a joint work for copyright purposes? What rights does a co-author have? How is being a co-...
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Where are the limits of creative expression in graphical data displays?

In science is is common to show someone else's peer reviewed published graph of data in ones own presentation, in the form "Previously we knew X, see this graph from Y (reference) demonstrating ...
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Intellectual property while employed (UK/USA)

I work for a USA based company but I live and work in the UK. I'm a software engineer and I was curious about the wording around intellectual property on my contract. Lets say the company I work for ...
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Is the list of character classes from a video game tied to IP?

For instance, the video game Hearthstone has 9 character classes, as seen on their official site. If I reuse these classes on a name generator, or another video game, without changing the names, or ...
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What are the best legal methods to protect one's jewelry designs? [closed]

As handcrafted jewelry producers, our cooperative has created literally thousands of original jewelry designs over the past 30 + years. What would be the most effective and practical ways to protect ...
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Art commission and copyright issues

There are artists who takes commission on internet: they create a work based on my request, and I pay them for the work. If I make a request which involves other intellectual property, would it be ...
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Bypassing trademarks by changing words if a name is a combination of multiple words

It is possible to avoid trademarks by changing them slightly, such as replacing words if a name is a combination of multiple common language words? I have seen various media (video games, films) re-...
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Intellectual property with hiring minor as software engineer

I'm currently running a startup in California, and I'm looking to hire a few minors as paid software engineering interns. Since minors are unable to sign contracts, will I run into any issues with ...
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Can copyright or trademark protection of names expire because they have become common?

Can the copyright protection of the own names from books, like the names of the monsters, expire because they have become a common words? For example, if a very popular MMORPG game have included giant ...
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What IPs does my personal coding project have?

Hi I am a software engineering student, say I code a random personal program and upload it as a website. And I make the code closed-source. What IPs/trademarks/copyrights do I automatically have? I ...
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Can fan art containing the IP of superhero characters be sold?

Let's say it's illegal for anyone to sell fan art they drew of Deadpool online for $4,000 because it contains the intellectual property (IP) of the company Marvel Comics. But what if they drew a ...
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Could I write a "Parry Hotter" novel?

There is a question over at the Writing SE which was wondering whether J. K. Rowling would consent to somebody writing a Harry Potter sequel. The answer was, predictably in hindsight, "you would ...
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Does it constitutes infringement if I translate and share the news and videos of the BBC, Fox etc on my WeChat official accounts?

I am a university student from China. I want to learn English by reading foreign publications and watching foreign news vedio such as BBC, Fox news, etc. And I am preparing to translate it into ...
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Can we be sued for using a meme for naming our company?

Once something like a meme goes viral and is widely used by people, it cannot legally function as a trademark, he said. It will typically take the office around four months to deliver a decision on ...
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Copyright on characters' quotes?

Are fictional characters' quotes / phrases protected by copyright? For instance, Blizzard Entertainment's video games have characters saying things like "You are not prepared!", "For ...
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Is it permissible to assign the ALL the proceeds of an anticipated judgement to the lawyer(s)?

In the case of an artisan group that only wants to redeem its good name, and to get back to work, is is allowed to motivate attornies by assigning them all the proceeds of an anticipated judgement?
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Does an artist have a claim to the money generated from your IP?

Does an artist have a claim to the money generated from your IP? Let's say that the design was written in paper and then the concept artist represented the written design graphically, does he own any ...
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Is it legal to assign future judgment payments to supporters?

Is it legal to involve supporters by promising them payments from legal judgements or sanctions resulting from a law suit?
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Am I allowed to use a short clip from a movie for an art project without acquiring any rights?

I would like to use 7-second clip from a movie (a famous Hollywood production if that makes any difference) in my art project (a 4 minute video). I was told that you are allowed to do that if the clip ...
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Does 'Doing Research' Count as 'Working On' a Personal Project On Company Property?

I have been given approval from the company I work at to be able to own my side projects. I am a Support Technician (Customer Service) who does not code anything during my work day. However, my ...
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is reverse engineering undocumented API legal in the U.S

I've reverse engineered a Taobao APP's undocumented API to make a helper program, (in case you don't know what Taobao APP is, it's like amazon or ebay), this API allows the APP to place bids and make ...
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Can I download my own Facebook videos without using Facebook's native downloader?

Each week, I livestream a video from a noncommercial Facebook business page I manage; then, I download it through Facebook's native download button (given to business pages but not personal accounts, ...
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Can a business allow employees to use their own developed software for work as a way to protect its proprietary software?

Can a business allow employees to use their own software for work as a way to make sure that if the company has to declare bankruptcy and sell all its assets, then it can hide its proprietary software ...
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Do ghost writers have a claim of copyright?

Do ghost writers have a claim of copyright? I am seriously wondering. Can a ghostwriter have a claim of copyright when they redact your work? Let's say they write a novel out of your manuscript, what ...
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Can possession of an asset be assumed in US civil court?

I'm wondering about what facts can be assumed in a civil court, or in different terms, is civil court more concerned about the exact argument between parties, rather than actual facts? In Bitcoin news,...
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When is it illegal to use artistic material from a TV show for an app? [closed]

The TV show is Korean (Squid Game) but the app would be launched in the UK. I wish to call my app Squid < Something >, perhaps Squid Racing or Squid Bingo etc. And I wish the app to follow the ...
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How can I exclude any rights for my own software projects from the contract?

I'm about to sign a long terms terms contract for software development and maintenance. This job implies working with several applications and creating new ones. It seems to be difficult to put all of ...
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Can a game asset violate a trademark or a patent of a product?

Can placing a model of a real life recliner/keyboard/car in my commercial game, violate the trade-dress/trademarks/patents of the manufacturer/brand if it looks and functions like the real thing? Or ...
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Can I publish on my website numbers and quoted text from another site with link to the original?

Let me describe what I am trying to achieve. I want to aggregate stock forecasts from different sources (example https://en.freedom24.com/ideas/10969-crocs-investidea). I want to publish tables (...
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