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 it possible to collect damages for free content?

Some content, especially online, is freely available, such as many pictures, Creative Commons content, and video game modifications. If the creator never makes any money from selling said content, is ...
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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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Can Polaroid force me to remove my app from the store?

A few years ago, I create a simple app that allowed the user to create fake instant camera photos on their smartphone. A few month ago, I received an email from Polaroid stating that my app had to be ...
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Can you prevent AT&T from raising prices by making such suggestion?

As per the recent news (LA Times: Contact AT&T's CEO, hear back from his lawyer), making suggestions to AT&T as an existing lifelong customer results in escalation to their legal dept, which ...
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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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Can I legally fetch tweets without twitter API?

I am doing an RSS notifier, but I would like to add Twitter and Facebook feeds in it. as both social networks shut down their RSS services, I am fetching the content directly from the HTML public ...
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Copyright on User Form Design/Layout

I would like to create a VBA UserForm that has a very similar layout to one that is already shipped by Microsoft with Excel. The UserForm is pretty simple: one ListBox, two TextBoxes and around seven ...
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School tricking/forcing students to create content for school's website

A Computer Engineer school (which shall remain anonymous) has issued an assignment to almost every student, which is to produce a short (3-5min) tutorial of a given student-specific subject. The ...
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Can computer generated images, text, or other artifacts infringe on a copyright? [duplicate]

a few examples: An artificial intelligence draws a picture identical to hello kitty, without having ever seen hello kitty before. an algorithm for generating science fiction novels creates a work ...
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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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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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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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Using BBC podcasts in a software, legality

This software will be a freeware, which will be used to improve language abilities of English exam takers. My software will play a part of their (BBC-United Kingdom) pod cast (a minute or 2) and the ...
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Where can I validate my music compositions?

After somebody creates his/her own new song, where does (s)he need to register/verify to be sure it's not a plagiarism? I'm curious how these things work–who has the power to say a song is a ...
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Is it illegal to "sell" a pro golfer's swing?

Say I use three cameramen to record a pro golfer's swing at a public event in order to subsequently digitize the path of the swing in 3-space. Say I then program a baton (like a Wii remote or a smart ...
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IP Rights in Recordings

Suppose a private party were to pay for the production of a theatrical play in England, and one of these performances was filmed, with the intention that the filming would be later edited into a DVD. ...
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If a software concept is discussed on the job, does the software company own the concept?

A few years ago I worked for a software company and we discussed several hundred different ideas for software, but never did any kind of testing or prototyping, we simply discussed the ideas. In other ...
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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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How risky is modifying the logos of social media sites?

A lot of websites have social media buttons, which allows users to share the page on various sites. These buttons use the logos of these sites. Most social media sites don't allow third parties to ...
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When including libraries licenses, do I need to include the libraries' dependencies' licenses too?

So I am building a project with SDL2_image, and I noticed that it includes libpng, jpeg, libtiff, and other dependencies. If I want the code to be closed sourced, do I need to include the dependencies'...
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Does reviewing material added by users revoke my DMCA safe harbor?

I run a site that has pages for famous people, brands, movies, etc. Each page has a "profile picture" that is added by a user (if no user has submitted a picture yet, a default image is used). When a ...
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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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Is it fair use to discuss a fictional work on a webpage?

On my for-profit website, users can rate and comment on works of literature, film, and music, most of which are copyrighted. The only information I include is: 1.) Title 2.) Release date 3.) MPAA ...
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Would I need permission to make a TV show called "Stackexchange"?

I was thinking about making a TV show about a bunch of teenagers who learn new things everyday from the Stack Exchange sites. Would I need permission to call it "Stackexchange?"
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Is displaying Open Source License Acknowledgments legally mandatory?

When a piece of software explicitly requires that their open source license acknowledgments be included in derivative software (software that uses the open source software), is this a legally ...
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Is using font on a business card considered commercial use?

I'm currently designing a business card for a client and looking for an applicable font. A lot of these fonts are marked with some sort of payment required for commercial use. While I don't plan to ...
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Could a webpage about a fictional character, that reveals no detail about said character, be considered fair use?

It is my understanding that since fictional characters generally belong to copyrighted works, revealing details about a fictional character on a for-profit website falls outside of fair use and makes ...
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Legality of using data obtained by hacking to make a blog post

As a data scientist, based in the UK, I am thinking about downloading the recently leaked Ashley Madison data, producing some interesting statistics (none of them incriminating), and using them to ...
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Can one publish an assignment completed during a hiring process?

Say a company gives a week long assignment during the hiring process of a Software Engineer role and ask for the project´s codebase to remain private. Can they morally and legally ask to keep that ...
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When selling my own cover version of a song, is it legal to mention its appearance in a film for promotion?

Let's say I wish to record my own version of the song Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon. It is obvious that I'm required to pay royalties to the original owner of the song. But while promoting my song, ...
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Using Paintings for Commercial Purposes

I am in the process of developing an IOS application that displays paintings as part of it, ranging from the Mona Lisa to Picasso to Bob Ross's landscapes (there are many others in between). This app ...
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Are pictures that don't have model releases protected under the DMCA?

Let's say a user of my website posted a picture. I know that as long as my website and the picture satisfies the conditions of the DMCA, I have a safe harbor against copyright claims by the individual ...
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Is a general Indemnification rule related to IP enforcable in Germany?

I, living in Germany, am developing an app based on the API of a company that has to following rules in their Legal section: ... don't want to get sued. Therefore, you agree that we can use, copy, ...
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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 technology patents useful?

A friend tells me it's not worth it to get a patent on a web application because they are not useful. Either: the USPTO has stopped granting patents on "process" improvements (i.e. web apps) or ...
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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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Is downloading YouTube videos legal?

I've always been under the assumption that doing such was illegal. I don't see any difference between downloading music from YouTube and downloading music from The Pirate Bay. Apparently, there is ...
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Too restrictive IP transfer

As a consultant I was asked to sign an IP transfer agreement that differs a bit from what I was signing in the past. There is a particular bit that throws me off: Intellectual Property Rights: (i) ...
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How It is with sharing content on Facebook

Facebook Terms of Service contains (3.8.2015) the following text in section 2.4: When you publish content or information using the Public setting, it means that you are allowing everyone, ...
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Under U.S. Law, what does "Notwithstanding" mean?

I am being asked to sign an non-disclosure agreement and one of the sections focuses on the ownership of any "works" (defined broadly to include everything from ideas to tangible products) which I ...
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Copying a website's set of options when developing a new one

For example I want to create/develop new booking.com All the options from booking.com will be used on this one. I don't plan to steal the code or design, I will code and design it from scratch ...
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Re-posting a screenshot on Stack Exchange or Quora

Can Bob legally post a screenshot of a program in a Stack Exchange or Quora post, and if so does he need to add any form of credit along with the screenshot? Bob didn't take the screenshot himself, he ...
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Can an author of an app use logos that belong to auto manufacturers?

Consider a mobile app related to automobiles. In order to identify the make of a vehicle within the app (in list views, menus, and buttons, for example), the author might choose to use logos that ...
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To what extent, if any, do I have ownership over, and rights to, works I create on my own time?

I am a software engineer in California. If I create a piece of software, in my own time, using my own equipment, do I own the copyright on that creation, or does my employer? I see things such as "...
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Is it legal to publish schematics from reversed engineered electronics?

If I were to analyze an electronic device and reproduce the circuit schematics, would it be legal to publish the schematic? I know that there might be issues with selling a clone but I am not so ...
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Open Source Software and Legal Responsibility for Software Content

I'm working with a few folks on updating some serious software for mechanism design. Engineered mechanisms have existed in the world now for a few hundred years or so. The science here isn't really ...
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Apple AppStore app rejection and Freedom of speech/press

My question relates to one Apple App Store guideline: Referencing third-party platforms in your app or its metadata is not appropriate on the App Store. I understand this to mean that it is ...
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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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Do I as a European Union citizen have the right to watch TV shows outside my country and download in my country?

In the UK, it is possible to download TV shows in the UK and watch them afterwards outside the UK. http://iplayerhelp.external.bbc.co.uk/tv/watch_outside_uk I would like to know if this is based on ...
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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 ...