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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Is a teacher playing music in the hallway legal?

I am a highschooler in Alabama (USA) in a school of 700 or more (not 100% sure). When walking through the school, there is a teacher playing music into the hallways. The issue is that the songs she ...
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Why can many company make wind turbines?

I am curious to know that how it can be that so many companies can build wind turbines. Did these companies buy the patent from the inventor of wind turbine? Or is this technology not patentable? Or, ...
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What are legal risks/consequences of buying cheap software licenses from ebay/aliexpress

I was disputing with one person about buying software licenses. For example, on ebay/aliexpress there are offers to buy Microsoft Office for 2 USD or Adobe PhotoShop for 3 USD. For me, it cannot be ...
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Can I get in trouble legally if I use the code that I contributed in an unofficial project?

My Issue Me and my "friends" started a common project on github where we were writing code.I left the project many months before they decided to make everything official (start a company). I ...
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Do Directors of a company have automatic right to access that company's IP?

If a company brings on a new director, are they obliged to share their IP with that new director? And what about if they were to bring on a new shareholder — would they be obliged to share their IP?
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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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Are chess games copyrighted?

First and foremost, I've already done some research regarding my question - web pages including, but not limited to the following ones, weren't able to answer my question to it's full extent: https://...
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Are employers required to report intellectual property theft to the owner of the IP?

Let’s say company A hires an employee from company B. Unbeknownst to company A, the employee steals IP when they leave company B and incorporates it in their work for company A. If later company A ...
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If my app is published in multiple countries, which jurisdiction does it fall under? [duplicate]

If I submit my app to Korean Appstore, but if it's also published in other countries' appstores as well (US, Japan, Mexico, etc), which country's jurisdiction does my app fall under? If it falls under ...
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Is it allowed to ignore copyright claimed over an exact reprint of a public domain work?

The question is general, but I will explain it with a specific example I am currently facing. In 1890, a book was published in Germany. Its author died in 1915. According to my understanding of ...
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What are the rights of the software owners if their software is used to make money?

Let's assume that I have an iPhone and I tell how to use it (e.g. how an app is downloaded, how a photo is taken), I mention about its functions, features (e.g. how a contact is created, how Wi-Fi is ...
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May I show a printed circuit board of a device on the internet?

Do I need a permission to show pictures of a printed circuit board of a device (consumer electronics) on my personal blog? I would like to show how certain modifications to the product can be made. I ...
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EULA requiring app users to surrender rights to media they didn't upload?

This seems like a silly question to me, and only a hypothetical at the moment, but I needed to ask! It's specific to United States copyright law, just to be clear. Let's say an app author builds a ...
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Are there any licensing rules regarding code samples that I could include in my book?

I'm thinking to write a book where I could need to use some code samples regarding a proprietary software (SAS in particular). So my question is, should I pay something to the software owner just for ...
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Can anybody create their own software license?

For example, there's the GPL license: https://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-3.0.en.html And I assume they made it themselves. Can anybody create their own license? That is to say, can I for example create ...
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What exactly are screen rights to a story?

This article tells us how 16 different companies are bidding over the screen rights to a N.Y. Times kidnapping revenge article. What I don't understand is what kind of rights they are trying to get. ...
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How does Google and other websites avoid infringing on 3rd party copyrights for displaying images for 'commercial' purposes?

I really hope someone would be able to clear things up, because this question has been bugging me for a long time now. Google Images (and frequently Google Search as well) shows images associated with ...
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Can we legally monetize the translation of videos on our service using YouTube API? [closed]

The question arose whether we would violate API policy when creating a new service ( 7th and 9th point in the link https://developers.google.com/youtube/terms/developer-policies) We are a team of ...
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Is it legal to copy a design in a Youtube video?

I'm thinking about making a Youtube video in which I would model in 3D the design from a 2D game and 3D print it. Would I be allowed to do that, without having to ask the permission to the designer of ...
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Can a non-registered student use the instructor's intellectual property under fair use?

What is the transaction being made by paying tuition at most US colleges/universities? Are you paying for the time spent teaching, the price of education/intellectual property, or the diploma itself? ...
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Can I commercially publish a chess book containing chess positions that were played by real people?

For my own educational purposes, I have written down a few chess positions over the past years. These include games that were played by real players at real tournaments. Now I am thinking of ...
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Is it legal if I collect and sell public data from Twitter?

Let's assume that, technically i am able to collect the public information from Twitter (including user's profile and their tweets) from Twitter. I am wondering, is it legal to sell this data? How ...
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How to patent a technology as public domain? [duplicate]

If an inventor comes up with a technology that could benefit humankind and instead of keeping it for themselves they decide they want to make it freely available to all, what would the legal process ...
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How can a game publisher legally “pull their game off” of geforce now?

I do not know exactly what category this question should be under. So this is what geforce now basically is: GeForce Now lets users access a virtual computer, where they can install their existing ...
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University and Intellectual Property: What does it means for my university to own my final year project?

Note: I have absolutely 0 experience in this type of thing. Problem summary: I am a final year student doing my final year project. I created an innovative product (a software) as part of my research. ...
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Is publishing copyrighted material (product brochure) is an acceptable fair use?

I'm applying for grant money: https://genesis.re/wiki#CaaS:_Civilisation_as_a_Service Some time ago I've received a brochure from a vendor that is copyrighted material. This document, all text and ...
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Do you automatically own half the IP created by your spouse?

https://twitter.com/richgel999/status/1334061416433807360 This Twitter thread raised an idea I'd never heard before: that in a marriage intellectual property is jointly owned by the spouses, which ...
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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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Discrepancy between robots.txt and TOS

This question made me think of a situation: Alice asks Bob to crawl web site realestate.example.com and return results of the regular expression "Price:([0-9]*).*Size:([0-9]*)" Bob points a ...
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Must a person obtain a license from console manufacturer before making a game for it? What was different in the 80s?

In this YouTube video around 2:30 it is stated There was no way to stop another company from making a game for your system. and Unlike now where you have to obtain a license to make a game legally ...
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How is value of intellectual property decided?

This question is with respect to tax law in India(you may also answer with respect to USA).If someone makes a software then popularizes it .The person has invested RS 100000 in making tghe software ...
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Can the POPI act land the CEO of a tech giant in a South African jail?

How likely is it that a breach of POPI act will lead to a CEO of a tech giant being subject to jail?Will it really be the CEO or other officials? The South African POPI Act could impose imprisonment ...
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Is it legal to publish a third-party server software that allows people to host their own dedicated server for a game?

One of our favorite online games recently got all its servers shut down so that it isn't playable anymore. As a few friends and I are quite experienced at programming and reverse engineering, we have ...
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What are the copyright requirements/restrictions to quote song lyrics and other copyrighted works in a novel?

I am working on writing a story (not actually sure if it will qualify as a novel or short story or what-have-you, but that's not relevant) In the story, a character is described to vividly remember ...
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Is it legal to alter and resell a product under its original name?

I recently picked up a little business on the side, and I am thinking of bringing it a step further by approaching a store that can sell the product for me, which got me thinking about the legality of ...
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Is possible to prevent a site using my code?

I was told even when we cannot patent the code, there is a copyright or intellectual property on it. But what can we do with that? is that protecting from someone else using the code? If yes, what are ...
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Are clothing designs described in literature protected by copyright?

Here's an example (source is Artemis Fowl: The Atlantis Complex) Yes, [the t-shirt] is so cool. There's a picture of a boy who for some reason has no neck and only three fingers on each hand, and ...
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Is it legal to publish a game that already exists but it was 100% developed by me

I am a lover of classic games and I've developed some classical games such as: Connect 4 Monopoly Trivial Battleship My main question is what will happen if I publish any of these applications in ...
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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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Is it legal to depict public government buildings in a video game?

At my business, some people are deliberating about adding public government buildings to a level in our game. There are concerns about whether this is legal. I thought for sure I played games in the ...
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Does this Intellectual Property Agreement assign the rights to IP created after employment ends?

This is an extract from a software developer Intellectual Property Agreement: “Intellectual Property Rights”: patents, rights to Inventions, utility models, copyright and neighboring and related ...
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At what point does an AI become a person?

When is a fully autonomous machine that can communicate with society and think for it self become classified as a being that can "own" property and manage others? Also, do they have certain ...
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Do licenses created by a company dissolve, void, or simply invalidate if said company bankrupts / sells assets?

So I made a previous question about a dissolved or possibly bankrupted company that I wanted to use assets of for a fan-made remaster / remake of their game. The said company has given access to their ...
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Why can Domain Registrars sell trademarked Domains?

For example, as of writing this, Vanillacoke.org is available for purchase. There would be nothing to stop me from buying this and Godaddy or whichever Registrar profiting from it. Why are domain ...
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Is it legal to redistribute a digital copy of a library book?

My library provides two ways to get a digital copy of a book: If the book is already digitized, then for a reasonable fee they allow to download it in PDF. For another very reasonable fee, they allow ...
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I might get sued for web scraping

So I recently made a video on Youtube. This video would help people create a bot that will purchase a product on a famous website called Newegg. The bot will automatically refresh the website every 45 ...
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Copyright Enforcement of Specification Sheets

For the sake of keeping this question focused, I am limiting the subject matter to technical data sheets. More so, to electronic component data sheets. I.e. for such components as resistors, ...
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Legal status of js code on web-site

Normally, every code, distributed to be run on user machines, come with a license. If you do not agree with a license, you can't run a code. Moreover, license clearly states responsibility of the ...
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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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If Google wins Google v. Oracle America then would creating API compatible software clones be legal?

As of this writing, the Google v. Oracle America case over some of the Java APIs is set for argument on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 in the US Supreme court. If Google wins the case will that mean that ...

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