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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Can you be accused of hotlinking/copyright violation if you use an iframe?

Can you be accused of hotlinking or copyright infringement if you use an iframe (web element) of another website? Can you be sued for this if the website doesn't prevent iframe using and doesn't ...
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How can “factual” intellectual property be protected?

As noted in this answer: Facts and information cannot be copyrighted. Just because a work is copyrighted, doesn't mean every part of that work is copyrighted, and factual information conveyed ...
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Can I name a real company after a fictional company found in a book?

Can I name my company after a fictional company (of the same type) found in a book?
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Does copyrighted code protect intellectual property rights on novel algorithms it implements?

Imagine you have come up with a novel algorithm to solve a problem, and have implemented it in, e.g., javascript, and have put its src, along with an appropriate copyright, on a publicly available ...
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Can Google legally host images for its search results without permission?

Google crawls websites, and downloads the images to their servers along with the related metadata. These images are then presented to the user when searching Google for related images. If the owner ...
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How legal is offering abandonware for download?

A quick background to my project (it's essential to the question, as you'll see later): My project offers a multiplayer server platform for server listings for a game (Crysis Wars), allowing players ...
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Re-use images uploaded by users on Google Maps for the website

Can I use images uploaded by users on Google Maps to display on my website ? If yes, do I need to reference images back to the Google Maps and how ?
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What is the value in adding an email confidentiality notice?

The company I work for adds a disclaimer on the bottom of each email. I was wondering if it had any value. I'll list part of it below: CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This e-mail message is for the sole ...
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Who owns the code when my employer wants something similar to my existing open source project?

I have a similar situation to this question. My employer hired me knowing that I work on some open source projects, but for a long time, showed no interest in my open source projects. Now they want ...
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Can you keep illegal information?

This answer to the question Can numbers be illegal? makes a good argument, and AFAIK it comports with the law. It follows other answers in observing that any piece of information can be encoded by ...
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Trade restrictions on open source software

Apparently the US has put Huawei on a trade blacklist that prevents US companies to trade with Huawei. With hardware and proprietary software it is straightforward how this can be executed (don't make ...
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Is there a legal reason why fictional shows use imitation brand names?

Often, when I watch TV shows, I'll see or hear about an imitation of a real brand name. As an example, here is a parody of Walmart from The Simpsons The store in the picture is unambiguously ...
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Is it legal to republish lyrics?

Can a lyrics web site be legal, assuming there are no special agreements with the artists? Is publishing song lyrics considered "fair use?"
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Is Streaming Copyrighted Content Illegal in the UK

Obviously, it is illegal in most countries to download films, games, music etc without paying for them. However, there are a growing number of people who argue that streaming is not illegal as, they ...
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Are tweets or Instagram posts copyrighted?

There are accounts on Twitter and Instagram that make money by posting sponsored content. Let's say another account does the same thing, but it just copies the tweets/posts from the more popular ...
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Republishing in old book, what are ones rights and obligations?

I have an old book on shelf, published in, and copyright date of 1913 (US). Looking over a copyright law page on the subject, I am thinking the copyright has expired but am not 100% sure. What kind ...
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Work for hire as a contractor without payment, can you withhold IP?

Context: Canadian law; contract work; software IP If a contractor signs a work for hire agreement at the outset of a project and agrees that all work done for a company is the company's IP, can the ...
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Is it legal to keep or make a digital copy of a physical book I bought?

If we assume the book is copyrighted or a specific book that is not free of charge, it is commercial, can I make or download a digital copy of a book that I bought? I didn't buy the copyright and we ...
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Can UPS really trademark the color brown?

So, today as I received an email from UPS, I read the disclaimer at the end and it said: © 2016 United Parcel Service of America, Inc. UPS, the UPS brandmark, and the color brown are trademarks of ...
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Prove my work is not a trade secret violation

I have recently developed a medical software application. One of my previous employers X (from 4 years ago) sells a similar application. (You can see where this is going.) X is now alleging that I ...
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Can you be bound to an unsigned contract even though services are rendered informally?

So you are working on a project to build a SaaS (Software as a Service). You prepare a technical contract and have it reviewed by intellectual property lawyers and it passes their approval. You ...
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Can pricing be copyrighted?

Say a service is offered with pricing for 1 hour, 2 hours ... 12 hours. Assume there is some sort of custom calculation used to determine discounts after the first hour (e.g. if the first hour is $100,...
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Do faculty own the copyright to course materials they create even if their contract or university IP policy specify otherwise?

An answer on Academia.SE claims that in general, any lectures, slides, textbooks, or scholarly articles you [as faculty] write belong to you and not your school, and this is true regardless of ...
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Is it legal to write a program using a DB scheme deliberately compatible to an existing software?

Ok, so there is this commercial software X that uses an SQLite DB (or rather multiple SQLite DBs that can be added/removed) for storage, so anyone can look at the scheme by just opening it. We want ...
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Is it legal to unlock artificially limited hardware yourself?

Some companies sell hardware that is limited by some means, so that they can charge for upgrades. For example some Tesla cars have batteries with some capacity unavailable to the user unless they pay ...
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Big corporation in the UK, Intellectual Property and a Contract

I've recently been offered a job at a large technology corporation based in the UK. I've yet to sign the contract but I found something in it which concerns me. Intellectual property, ideas and ...
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What does “reasonable” mean?

I have seen the phrase 'reasonable conditions' used quite often in legal texts, and I always get nervous, as I don't know how to interpret it. Imagine a Confidentiality and Assignment Agreement with ...
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Is there a “standard template” NDA contract that covers a majority of businesses requiring protection of proprietary information?

The following paragraph stood out as unusual for an NDA that a friend was asked to sign: “Terms and Termination. This Agreement shall terminate two (2) year(s) after the Effective Date. The ...
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Who can claim copyrights on Machine Learning models?

Consider the following: person A owns a lot of data person B develops an algorithm that can be trained on this kind of data to produce a ML model that can make statistical predictions person C ...
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Would someone actually sue me for attributing them?

My goal is to openly copy copyrighted work in a perfectly legal way. Sometimes people go to court to debate whether someone copied part of a work or made it from scratch. We'll assume I copied part of ...
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Usage of a gun's design

I am developing a game, and will be using guns in my game, I just am unsure of a few things. From what I understand, I need written permission to use the name of a gun due to the name being IP, but ...
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Copyright status of restored works

Suppose some kind of work was created long enough ago that the work itself has entered the public domain. But suppose the work has been "lost" so that it's not available anymore. Now suppose someone ...
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What happens to IP owned by a defunct company?

Say you have a tech company that over the course of its run develops several projects worth of proprietary software and related IP. Then for whatever reason (insolvency/winding up, voluntary ...
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Can you trademark a proper noun from a work of fiction?

We were just having a discussion whether Lush's naming of a mouthwash as "Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster" is benefiting from the popularity of the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy series, which led to the ...
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Is it legal to record copyrighted media on a VHS and share it

I believe that the legal progresses that were made in the 80s when the first VCRs came out allowed people to record on a physical object, and own, copyrighted media (TV shows, films, documentaries, ...
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If I create slightly altered version of apple emoji glyphs, would that protect me legally?

I want to use apple's emoji font in my android application. Both ios and android market is flooded with the apps that use apple emoji glyphs in their app and I am sure none of them are licensed with ...
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How do I promote my idea using a video without the risk of it being copied?

I plan to create a video to promote my idea for an app. Quite similar to how Google's Pokemon Challenge Video turned into Pokemon Go. I would like people to see how my app would look like and how it ...
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Can a provider of content restrict use of the content when they have no intellectual property rights to it?

In this question I asked whether someone who recovers an old, noncopyrighted work via technical processes can claim copyright on the result. The answer suggested that they could not, but that they ...
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Is sharing onlnie a video with copyrighted song in background illegal?

I am helping a friend make a Facebook page. I am one of the admins. The page is for her clothing modeling. She had me upload a video of her walking down a run way modeling, but Facebook notified me it ...
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Copyright issues regarding an individual's likeness and name for a toy

I'm not sure if copyright is the correct term, but you likely understand what I mean. I'll flesh it out a bit more: Assume a toy was made in the likeness of a celebrity, and from its movement and ...
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Can I legally scrape data from a website for use in my app?

I'm working on a little app that need AIS boats data. Without cracking something I've found that a website give it: http://shipfinder.co/endpoint/shipDeltaUpdate.php?bounds=49.439658,0.061074,49....
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Open source idea closely related to product at work

For a while I have had an idea for an open source project. Now, I've started building something similar at work as an internal tool (so not public). So does that mean I can not go on and do the ...
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To share a summary of a book, and put my name on it, is illegal?

I made a summary of a book I used in class years ago in order share it with my students. In the summary, I took whole sentences and equations from the original book, and reduce the pages from 600 to ...
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Which year to put in copyright notice when mixing old content?

I'm from India and I know that copyright rules may vary from country to country, however, I hope that this question is much general and could be answered based on a general convention. I'm writing a ...
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Am I allowed to open source my Dr. Seuss txt files on GitHub?

I've been working on building a Dr. Seuss dataset which provides training data for my recurrent neural network. The goal is to use machine learning to get the computer to generate Seuss-like works. ...
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In the US, is it possible to protect a business idea?

Provided the idea is new and meaningfully different from any other existing business. Is there a way to prevent others from profiting off that idea?
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In light of the Alice case, are patents for ideas such as HotOrNot still considered enforceable?

The Alice case seems to have set the precedent for invalidating a number of software/internet patents. I am curious what this implies for ideas (as well as implementations) which are obviously unique, ...
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Fair use: is legality of use determined separately from legality of source?

Youtube and other content sites have extensive resources (Youtube Fair Use Guidelines) that describe the conditions for fair-use. However, these do not contain adequate treatments of legal content ...
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Is scraping real estate data illegal in anyway?

So a relative of mine works in the real estate business and she wants me to write a Python script that scrapes property prices and lot size from a website, calculate price per sqft, and email her the ...
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Assignment of Inventions with Employer

I have signed assignment of inventions with my employer. The exact wordings is not available to me - however I remember vaguely that it dealt with all inventions by employees being company's property. ...