Questions tagged [ownership]

Questions about ownership of property. More specific tags include real-estate, intellectual-property, common-property, community-property. More general tags include property.

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If you borrow something but can't contact the owner to return it, does it become yours?

Do I become the owner of a device someone lets me borrow if I can't return it? Say someone lets me borrow their iPad since I need an Apple platform for a project. They say I don't need to return it ...
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If someone reading a computer programming text book types an example program into a computer, who owns it and how can it be used? [duplicate]

A bit of a follow up to If you create something by following a YouTube tutorial, who owns it? Often times a book that teaches computer programing contains code snippets that the reader is intended to ...
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From where do the non-physical ownership rights over the HeLa cell line derive?

The HeLa cell line is the first studied immortal cell line. It was taken from a tumor in Henrietta Lacks without her knowledge, consent or property transfer agreement. It has developed into an ...
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who is the owner of the ordered goods?

I would like to solve this problem: let’s suppose there are two companies, company A and company B.Now they stipulate a contract: company A pays in advance for some devices, and company B needs to ...
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Can you use force to make your way when someone is trying to stop you without legal right to do so?

Suppose you are walking on a public land and there are no legal restrictions to you doing it. Suddenly someone appears on your way and says you can't walk here. They are not a law enforcement officer ...
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Does use of university servers give them ownership over IP?

I'm currently pursuing my undergrad at an Indian university. I (and a few of my batchmates) have created a website in our free time, for which we intend to apply for a patent. The website was ...
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Is a subsidiary partnership (i.e. where a General Partner (GP) owned 96% of the stock) also considered "wholly-owned" (i.e. by the GP)

I get how, according to US partnership constructive ownership attribution rules, a partner that has less than 5% of the partnership stock isn't treated as an owner. However does this also mean that a ...
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UK - Can contracts override property deeds

If a property is held 50/50 on the deed by two people, can a contract be written up to adjust the ownership based on further conditions? Is there a specific name for this? For Example: A home is ...
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Refusal to Transfer Ownership of Laptop

I have purchased a laptop, but the company from which I bought it is refusing to officially transfer the ownership. It's a Dell laptop and Dell have a form for transferring ownership. I am based in ...
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Who owns the object? [duplicate]

I am having difficulties with something I've been trying to find an answer to on my own. Person A purchased a house from person B. Person B had never lived in the house prior to person A purchasing it....
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How do you determine who has the best claim to lost and hidden objects?

This is a question that relates to the nature of the land -- property law. How do you determine who has a claim over an object they found and in which situations would they have a claim? Say, person A ...
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What kind of objects can be reclaimed?

What if you're purchasing a house and the previous owner wishes to reclaim some of the objects in your house? Wouldn't all the objects now be owned by the current owner, and if not, what kind of ...
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Can software vendors add a ToS that would give them monetary privileges over things created by their software?

Imagine that a software user typed an original novel into a word processor (e.g Microsoft Word or Google Docs). Imaging that the software vendor added something to the terms of service (ToS) saying ...
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What legal rights does ownership of music grant me?

I am looking into music distribution service called TuneCore and can see the following in the terms of music distribution: (b) By clicking the “I Agree” button, you irrevocably grant to Company, ...
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How to get current insurance information from car owner of son's hit-and-run charges

A month ago I had a hit-and-run on my property and car, and a few hours later they were found at his mother's house. Car owned by mother, driver is her adult son. Mother finally gave investigating ...
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Ownership of work done by freelancer using their own licenses

I have hired freelance workers for my commercial project. They own licenses for the products I want them to use (Adobe software) to create illustrations. An Adobe representative told me that whoever ...
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If one is the owner of an MIT licence, can that person relicense the software?

Suppose that someone (S) has supervised a group of students for a school project to produce software. This software is licensed under the MIT License and the copyright notice caries the name of the ...
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Can vehicle owners ever be held to account for accidents caused by someone else driving?

Bob owns a car. Rob borrows it, drives, breaks some road rules and causes an accident with a hell lot of damage, blood and sorrow (all hypothetical). Under what circumstances can Bob be held liable ...
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What is the legality of an individual of dismantling very clearly abandoned bikes locked to fixtures and fences in a public area?

I live in New York City. Brooklyn to be exact. And while this city is far from bike friendly, there are still a lot of bikes here. Including many bikes that are clearly abandoned and utter garbage in ...
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Jack Dorsey just sold his first tweet. But was it actually owned by him? What constitutes "ownership" in law?

I'm pretty sure Dorsey owns the copyright on his exact words (if they are capable of copyright and not just a pre-existing or generic text that's been used by others elsewhere), and that Twitter has a ...
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Manipulating Images for Promotion & Potentially Profit [closed]

Based in UK. I am a graphic designer and during lockdown have been practicing my photoshop skills by digitally manipulating images of some local 'celebrities'. The digital manipulations mostly involve ...
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I signed a lease with on site manager then the following day the owner of the property wanted to void the lease

I was approved to move into a lot,, so i paid a $100 deposit on a space rent and the onsite management made an agreement with me to pay the remaining 435 by the 15th of the month. 24 hours later the ...
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If a company silently shuts down, what happens to their assets and legal status? [duplicate]

Edit: By assets, I mean actual game assets, like art and music, not legal assets I’m working on a fan game / remaster of a dead game called “Deepworld” that was developed by a... well... also dead ...
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What happens to assets intended for incorporation that never forms?

I purchased two domain names with intention to use in a company with a partner. We both signed a Letter of Agreement that these domains were to be used in the not-yet-formed company, and otherwise ...
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How does legal ownership work with second hand goods, e.g. sold on ebay / Facebook Marketplace?

This question applies in the UK but I'm also curious as to how it works generally in other countries. If I go into a shop and buy, for example, a laptop I have a receipt which proves I paid for it and ...
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Copyright ownership rights of modified software

Say that I buy a ready-built marketplace platform that is a script sold on codecanyon, re-make that platform more than 60%, and basically make it work entirely different than what it was originally. ...
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Who owns the work created on freelance platforms like Fiverr?

Imagine this scenario: I go on Fiverr and hire an artist to create a piece of artwork for me. Everything went well, the artist created the piece, I'm happy with it and I paid for it. Now, who owns the ...
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The big-boys want to use our condo-fee to repair their private portion

I live in a small condominium with eight units. Two units have their private balconies with private entrance. They want to have a major repair done for their private portion. The expected cost is ...
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Who will get the possession of the property in this case? [closed]

Two children are fighting over the possession of a flute. A has made the flute B is simply very poor and has no other toys to play. In this case, who will get the possession of the flute - A or B? ...
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"Personal ideas" website: using contributions from readers freely

Let's say I'm thinking about an unsolved mathematical problem for a hobby and I draw some conclusions of my own. I'd like to make these ideas public, allow anyone to use them absolutely freely (even ...
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How many vehicles can I register under my name in Virginia (USA)?

I'm currently trying to move all my business cars under my name and I was wondering if there is any limit on how many vehicles I can have registered under my name or under my business? I couldn't find ...
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Rights of Joint administrators of a property

If legal heirs of a joint property have acquired the letter of administration of the joint property, can a single co-owner sell his share (in india)? Edited to add: Can the said co-owner go for a ...
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Hypothetical - new land ownership

I am intentionally not specifying a country for the following as I am interested in answers for different countries. Lets say that instead of global warming we would have global cooling - the ice ...
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Can someone's name be removed from software they created if they transferred ownership of the software?

Let's say that John is on Blue Team. Blue Team is a private, non-profit entity in the US that receives some funding from the federal government. John wrote some software while on Blue Team that was ...
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Abandoned Purchase

I sell online. My customers build a box with me to save on shipping. After 30 days of inactivity I close boxes,pack and bill for shipping. I also ship when a customer requests. I've sent repeated ...
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Can a person hack bitcoin private keys and legally claim the bitcoins for himself?

First, some background knowledge — bitcoins are a form of cryptocurrency that can be stored in "addresses". Each bitcoin address is linked to a specific private key. To access bitcoins in a specific ...
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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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Can a market store refuse service and kick me out because I asked other customer to cover mouth after coughing with no mask protection amid COVID-19

Today while inside a Farmers Market in California, I asked a shopper to cover her mouth after coughing with no mask protection. The owner of the store came to me asking me to get out of the store and ...
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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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Who owns the washing machine?

This scenario is based on a real life event but is a purely hypothetical question (because this isn't remotely worth going to court or even arguing over). The situation seems surprisingly complicated,...
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In California, who owns buildings or soil left on a leased farm after abandonment?

If a tenant builds a building on leased land, and purchases soil deposited on the land, whose is it after the tenant abandons the property? For the purposes of this question, assume the lease did not ...
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Can I be legally compelled, in the U.S., to return/destroy old work emails that are on my own laptop?

I used to work remotely and had my own hardware, etc. The company used Microsoft exchange (or similar) to run their email, store it on servers, etc. They killed my email account when I left but all my ...
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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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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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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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Can a thief legally use force to prevent you from take your property back, in Germany

In this comment on another stack a user claims: Even in thoroughly socialist places such as e.g. Germany where criminals have more rights than lawful people (see e.g. BGB 858 and 859 which not only ...
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Legal to make an app that organizes other people's youtube videos?

I'd like to make a mobile application that organizes youtube videos into groups, allowing the user to browse groups and watch videos. For example - I'd like to organize certain cooking videos (not ...
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Letting out a property without permission of everyone on the title deed

Following on from a comment I made on this question, I have a three part question. If there were two, or more people on the title deed of a property, and one of those people let the property out ...
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intellectual property rights infringement

if i download a picture of product from merchant website, who owns the IPR of the picture? manufacturer or merchant. The product picture can be anything like mobile phone, a picture of a house or ...