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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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Meeting the "traditional" requirement for Protected Designation of Origin (PDO)

The EU's Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) scheme is defined in Regulation (EU) No 1151/2012 of the European Parliament and supplemented by Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 664/2014 (http://...
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Proprietary data formats: When converting to another format, when is it no longer proprietary?

I am an architect on a redesign of an old software system into a new system. One of the big problems of this older vendor based system is that it only communicated out on its interfaces in the ...
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I want to add a "like" functionality to my site, but will i get into hot water with Facebook?

I have a site that would I would like to add some "like" functionality to. After lots of digging I couldn't find any evidence to suggest that I would get into any bother with Facebook if I did. Does ...
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How is NTFS licensed?

What are the restrictions on NTFS and in what ways can I use NTFS? Can I boot from NTFS without worrying about Microsoft suing me? Is it based on if I have a Windows license? I asked a similar ...
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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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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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License for an Internet radio with User feedback

I'd like to start an internet radio station app. The station will collect feedback, like thumbs-up and thumbs-down, from listeners in order to select the best songs to play next. The algorithm will be ...
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How do sites like Imgur avoid Copyright infringement?

How do companies like Imgur avoid getting sued. Some of their users upload copyrighted material. I want to build a site similar to Imgur, where the user can upload images and gifs. I am worried ...
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Copyright IP of own effort and the boundaries of "Capital asset" in IRS tax law, wrt. donations

In "Instructions for Form 8283"1, it says you can donate and deduct: Intellectual property. The FMV of intellectual property must be reduced to figure the amount of your deduction, as explained ...
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Can I follow and make the similar to a state document that is open to the public

I am trying to make an Request for Proposal (RFP) and I found a similar one made by the state of NM. The RFP is open to the public; other parts are not as they are confidential. Can I make a similar ...
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Competition research legality

Is it illegal to do competition research for somebody and thus be paid to do that? What if the competition has in its Terms of Use agreement a directive like: User may not use any information on the ...
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EU trademark registered in bad faith

Company A has been using an unregistered trademark for 15+ years in the EU. Newly established company B registers the trademark in EU, and sends a cease and desist to company A. My understanding is ...
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Can I remove a watermark applied by a software on my own work?

I was wondering if I can remove a watermark from an image created by me. I used a software to create the image (namely, Visual Paradigm Online): if I subscribe to a commercial license, the software ...
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Is work done on paid time off “work for hire” in California?

I am curious about this, because my understanding was that unless my employment contract stated to the contrary, work done in my spare time without using company resources is not “work for hire” in ...
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Retrieve software on girlfriends computer

Ok this is a purely hypothetical question, I'm simply curious as to how this would play out. I'm a software developer, in order to make iOS apps you need a Apple computer to build/publish it on. ...
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Can I include (similar styled) art/characters from other apps in my free trading card game app?

Say I wanted to make a free (+no ads etc.) app which is essentially a trading card game but the cards consist of characters designed to be similar to ones from other apps. For example, one card would ...
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IP rights for using quotes?

If someone sells something associated to a famous quote from someone or something, how would they ensure that they are within the law to be able to do so? I'm very curious about how this would work ...
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Can I make my own barcode pattern based on existing pattern?

There is a number of barcode patterns out there. One of them is RSS-14 (aka GS1 DataBar). It's even been standartized in ISO/IEC 24724:2011. Now, while I like the general format of the barcode, I ...
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What is the difference between the patents register and patents journal in the UK?

Whilst studying for my CIPA foundational exam 'UK Patent Law' I am coming across two terms: 'the patents journal' and 'the patents register'. The patents journal is published by the UK government ...
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Using another company's name on my website?

I'm building a website with some friends that does social media analytics. As part of this website, there's several places on our site where a website user is prompted to enter some text with the ...
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AGPL-3.0 license

If make a service for a open source software with this license that interact but isn't part of the software itself, only connected to it, i would need to provide a open source distribution of the ...
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Can recursive acronyms for projects consist trademark brands?

Example of known recursive acronyms: GNU - GNU's Not Unix Wine - Wine Is Not an Emulator Can you use similar approach by including into your project name the letters from major registered trademark ...
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Intellectual property and AI: Is the output a derivative work of the training set?

Deep fakes are audio or video outputs of generative adversarial networks (GANs) that are trained on real audio/video and can be difficult to distinguish from that produced by people. Famously this ...
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Where in the world is decompilation and reverse engineering for security research legal?

Disclaimer: IANAL, the following is just my research up to now. I understand that in many jurisdictions, reverse engineering - and especially decompilation of software without explicit permission from ...
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What laws cover patented DNA in humans in relation to the patent owner?

Some conspiracy theorists make the absurd claim that if patented DNA ends up in your genome, then you become a patented GMO, and thus the patent owner has some degree of legal control over you and/or ...
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Can I display my photo of a subject protected by intellectual property laws?

EDIT: the suggested duplicate: a) Refers to the UK. b) Only addresses one issue I mentioned. c) Perhaps wrong/misleading (at least in the US) - From the USPTO site: "To support a trademark ...
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Can a game publisher restrict distributing homebrew cards?

Looney Labs' website contains the following (excerpted here; much longer there): Q: Can I make copies of my home-brewed Fluxx (or Chrono, or Nano, etc.) deck to give free to my friends? A: ...
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What are the legal protections for someone that downloaded a leaked database in the domain of the USA?

My question is what are the legal protections for downloading a leaked database under the premise of not knowing the database in question is actually a "leaked database" as in you think the database ...
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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 ...
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In principle, what actions might be open to Lego in this situation?

It's my understanding that Lego System A/S, doing business as The Lego Group, no longer holds a registered design protection or design patents on the Lego interlocking block system itself, hence the ...
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Does the UK have a legal precedent for "inherence" with refunding digital goods (& associated contracts)?

For example, if one were to purchase a digitally distributed video game, then a year or two later purchase DLC (or other content reliant on the game to be used), if a refund was obtained on the ...
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Can creative element owners claim copyright on Machine Learning models or its output?

In this question if the ML model is trained using TensorFlow (C - software) and TacoTron or TacoTron 2 (B - algorithm), which both are free for commercial use, can the owner of that creative work (A) ...
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Have watermarks in digital downloads ever been used to prosecute uploaders?

Most digital downloads (music, ebooks) today are protected by watermarks. But I'm not aware of any high-profile cases where these watermarks have been used to prosecute uploaders of said works to e.g. ...
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What information can I ask as the owner of a website to the clients of site?

I am not knowledgeable when it comes to IP and copyrights ! Any replies are greatly appreciated! I am planing to go on Kickstarter with a website that offers speech synthesis to its users. I want ...
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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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OEM Legislation

As an OEM, is it legal to use branded motherboards, such as ASUS in our own enclosures. I am aware that the other parts get used by major computer makers such as HP. However they usually make their ...
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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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Mobile Application Trademark Dispute Help

I am owner of "EXAMPLE" word. This Trademark word is registered on November 2021. This trademark is registered in only India. Now one Android app in Google Play Store is using this trademark ...
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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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Do I own the copyright of a source code if I work only part of it as a freelancer

If a group of freelancers work on a project without a contract from the client(this one refuses to pay), who own the copyright of that source code? I know in the US, one who write the code own the ...
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Creating a new Rest API that allow to download contents from publicly accessible website

Let say I am planning to create a new Rest API web service Which allows to download contents from a given URL End user can provide a URL and set which item they like to download, it could be images, ...
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Why do some online services and cloud apps market their security and privacy based on legal jurisdiction?

I noticed many privacy focused apps make a point of selecting which country their servers and data is stored in. Why is this and is their reasoning valid? For example this article compares the cloud ...
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Can I make use of intellectual property if my employer does not make use of it?

I have recently made an invention (software) at work and my employer is deliberating wether or not to file a patent. There are several pros and cons to filing a patent and it is unclear what the final ...
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Can I use the font Collegiate FLF for commercial use without legal consequences?

I would like to use the typeface Collegiate FLF, the designers went out of business back in 2003 - Casady-Greene I have been searching for a commercial license for this typeface to no avail. I am not ...
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Can you patent product based on another companies IP

If I had a prototype for a product that was heavily based on another company's IP is there any way I can get legal protection for the product's design? I don't want to go and sell the prototype to the ...
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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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What are the intellectual property rights around an idea for film?

Consider this hypothetical scenario. Person W (for Writer) wrote document X summarizing other documents publicly available; document X is copyrighted and available to the public in exchange for an ...
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Extracting an item from a real game inside a comic

Suppose I make a webcomic, where at some point one of the characters wields a portal gun, similar to the one in Valve's "Portal"; in fact, the point is that this gun, in the comic universe, ...
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Someone else's Python code to create poetry

I have a legal and ethical question. I am in the process of trying to create text processing programming code to generate text that will be used for poetry that I plan to write using Python, while ...
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posted an edited copyrighted document for internal use at a small hospital

I work at a rural hospital in the US that is currently dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic. I work in IT, and am keeping up the intranet for internal staff. For reference, I have been asked to post ...
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