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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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Anime Inspired Games

Can you legally create a game which is inspired off an anime? If so, can you use concepts / ideas but labelled under something else without issue?
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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 ...
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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.
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Does the USPTO distinguish between downloadable software regarding trademarks?

Trademarks protect marks within their own categories, which can loosely be defined as fields or industries. However, some categories, like IC009, which covers downloadable software, is very broad. As ...
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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,...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Do you have to surrender “ideas” in intellectual property transfer?

I'm looking at an MSA for software services that reads, in part, emphasis mine: Contractor agrees that all of the work product produced under this Agreement, including without limitation all notes, ...
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Is all ORIGINAL VERSION classical sheet music in the public domain?

I know that copyright of any musical composition expires 70 years after a composer's death. Does this apply to written forms of such music, like sheet music? I find many pieces of classical sheet ...
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Why are private game servers illegal?

Over on Arqade we were discussing a question which was asking about private servers for a game called World of Warcraft. The discussion was about if using and/or hosting a private server is illegal ...
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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 (...
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Can a beer brewery and liquor distribution company have almost the same names, since they are different classes/categories?

If a beer brewery has already trademarked the name barrelhouse, and I own a liquor distribution company, for wine and spirits, that I wanted to trademark as barrelhouse selections would this pass?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Leagalities of recreating a website design but not using publically

I am wanting to try and "copy" a website design, for an example let's use facebook. What I am going to do is simply try to recreate the page layout completely from scratch. The only resources I will ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Is it allowed to sell 3D models of existing brands?

Case: I make 3D models for architecture. Now I made a bundle of IKEA furniture to use in my interior scenes. I do this for clients to give them a visual representation of what a room can be. Because ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Yacht Rock and the Intellectual Property Rights of Work Trademarked by a Second Party

So I'm curious about the legal standing of an IP trademark owned by a party that did not originate the concept, but which is using it, potentially to the detriment of the original work, to suppress ...
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Is Encrypted Intellectual Property still considered Intellectual Property?

TL;DR I posted a question yesterday; the answer to which gave me a new question: Is Encrypted Intellectual Property still considered Intellectual Property in most (or, relevant) cases? Here's some ...
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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 ...
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“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 ...
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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?
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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 ...
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If I don't patent my invention, how closely can a competitor copy my product?

Introduction: I had an idea for how to make a certain product much better. I'm currently in the prototyping stage for a product based on that idea. That idea (the solution to the problem of improving ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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? ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...

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