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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How would you choose a creative commons/open source license for a work of fiction in which the code itself comprises all/part of the story being told?

In cases where there exists a clear delineation between the engine being used to tell the story and the assets being used to tell the story - e.g. your average open source video game - it seems like a ...
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Is offering a proxy web service illegal in India?

Can I offer a service that fetches the page input by user and return the data as it is in response as a web page under my domain? I will simply send a request from my server to the provided
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What would happen if someone wanted to sell something affected by a confidentiality agreement?

For example Bob makes an invention. Joe comes along and argues that Bob's invention infringes on some of his intellectual property. They agree to a settlement where confidentiality is required. What ...
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Does YouTube legally need proactive takedown?

YouTube needs to figure out what to do about people posting copyright material. The actual solution they arrived at, after some negotiation with the media companies, includes programs that scan ...
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Registering a copyright for a web-app: what type?

I'm registering a copyright for a draft of a web-application I'm developing. I shared it with a potential defactor too soon and I want to at least put something down. In the "type of work" section, ...
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Can universities require computer science students to develop software for free?

At my university (it is a public Florida university), one of the core computer science courses required for the degree involves a group project, and the class is divided up into a dozen or so teams, ...
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Should I register a copyright for my android app?

I am about to release an app to the store and I have a feeling that before I publish it I have to do some legal stuff. For the lack of my knowledge in this field, I want to ask you: 1) Should I ...
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Writing a mobile app, to sell, for a physical bluetooth device I did not invent?

I am writing a mobile app for a bluetooth device which I did not create / invent. To do this, I received specs from someone else on how the device communicates over Bluetooth; it's a non-standard, not ...
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Fairness to the consumer regarding geolocked digital products

First, a little disclaimer. I won't be mentioning company names as this inquiry is solely about the responsibility of the parties involved, and not specifically about the entities themselves. I ...
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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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To what extent does copyright protect software functionality?

Suppose I see an innovative piece of (commercial) software that delivers considerable, non-trivial functionality. Can I re-implement it? Suppose I study it carefully, work out what it does and how ...
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Not-for-profit use of copyrighted characters?

I’m curious about US laws surrounding the use of copyrighted book content or characters for a not-for-profit purpose. My situation: I’m working an online video game in which many of the characters ...
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What countries' copyright laws would I need to abide by if I wrote a heavily modified rearrangement of an existing song for third-party usage?

Let's say that I, citizen of Alicetopia in the EU, were creating a derivative work of a copyrighted composition. This would be a heavily modified instrumental rearrangement of an existing song, to the ...
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Ownership of video lecture

Due to the pandemic, my university moves all classes online. This is a new situation and the administration is not well-prepared for this (which is understandable). I will give lectures online, in one ...
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Intellectual property when leaving the employment

Company's time, company's laptop, company's idea submitted to the internal innovation platform. It was rejected by the corporate immune system: We are to inform you that your idea has been Backlogged....
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If someone lets you use their (e.g. Netflix) account, is it legal to let others use it?

If someone gives me the credentials to login to a streaming site they have an account for, would it be illegal for me to share the credentials with someone else? For example, if Joe tells me the ...
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If I develop a roll of film bought second-hand, and it contains illegal or copyrighted imagery, would I be held liable?

I found a roll of camera film in a box of old cameras purchased second-hand at a thrift store. I'm interested in having it developed. However, I'm concerned as to what might happen if there were to be ...
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Is it illegal to change one's personal name to one derived from a published fictional work?

In particular, I wonder about this because I believe most published works tend to have statements to the effect that "all characters, ... are trademarks of ..." and from what I've heard, it is not ...
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Intellectual property after leaving job

I am a software engineer. While I was working for a previous employer I built a software system from scratch. Part of my employment agreement was anything made for that employer on company time or ...
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Can you legaly own intellectual property while only licensing it to your own company?

Is there any way one can have their own intellectual property licensed to their own company, such that the person owns that IP and not the company? A concrete example: I thought of a good premise for ...
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How can I protect my company name?

I have a fair working knowledge of copyright law and trademarks, but I'm not certain how business or company names are protected. If I apply to have "Spincity" designated a trademark in a particular ...
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Can content be licensed in a singular place but licensed another way everywhere else?

If I want to create a content publishing website where authors can write works (and derivative works of other authors), is it legal (and, perhaps more helpfully, is it ever a practice) to have a two-...
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Reporting poor privacy practices in a mobile app

I found a vulnerability in a paid Smartphone app. It is supposed to contain a lot of private details. There is a logging option for support that you can switch off and on, to extract the part that ...
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Questions about teaching an online course about a copyrighted game

I’m trying to put together a Udemy class about playing (winning ; )) a Zynga game (Words With Friends). I know that there are people who have written e-books about the same, but I want to make sure I’...
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Is it legal to use “VMware Workstation 15 Player” with earning money purpose?

I am planning to open a blog webpage, publish technology-based content on it and make money via blogger earning methods like Google AdSense. The software I mentioned in the title, which is available ...
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Do participants basically give up the rights to their ideas and IP under the rule of this competition?

I would like to ask the participants basically give up the rights to their ideas and IP under the rule of this competition posted here? While 14.b states that: b. ...all Intellectual Property Rights.....
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Circumstances where Eminent Domain cannot condemn intellectual property?

Would it be possible to effectively prevent Eminent Domain from being used on intellectual property?
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Intellectual Property rights

Does the idea of using plastic for making roads and generating electricity using plastic, come under the intellectual Property Rights ? How can one protect their product if it's not under the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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