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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Is there a special process to render personal belongings for company use?

First of all, I am interested in both European and U.S. jurisdictions. I understand this is very broad but I would just like to get a good idea about whether there might be any underlying procedure ...
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What does “this software is licensed, not sold” really mean?

When paying for software, the EULA often contains the clause "This software is licensed, not sold." I'm confused on what this clause actually means regarding one's ownership of the software. I have ...
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Selling digital tickets who owns the data?

If I sell digital tickets in the UK using an online platform, and they provide the means for me to download that data, who owns that data? Is it the person who paid for the ticket, the platform or me ...
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Plausibility of US Suit over Ownership of Photos of Slaves

Background As reported in this Washington Post news article and many similar articles in other major news organs, a lawsuit has very recently been filed against Harvard University and various ...
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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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Does a university have rights to an invention of product which was created during one's active enrollment?

lets say I have a product which I am the sole creator, and I intend to make a business out of this product. The idea / creation of this product came to fruition during undergraduate enrollment at X ...
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Other customer grabbing my shopping

A situation that was discussed on another site: A goes to a store, sees an item he wants to buy, and puts it into his shopping trolley. It's the only item of that kind left in the store. B comes along....
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Copyright question about selling photographs/postcards of owned antiques

Over the years I have collected many fine arts antiques and/or vintage collectibles. Most notably hand-painted porcelain plates, dinnerware, and figurines or art glass (stained glass windows, lamps, ...
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“Space Data Corp. v. X” on the NDA protection of trade secrets

I have a few questions about the meaning of some stuff in this case: Space Data Corp. v. X. (1) Google first contends that Space Data's claims for misappropriation of trade secrets pursuant to both ...
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Who is the legal owner of the Twitter account?

I often see someone on Twitter saying something like: My account = my rules. And I always wonder…is this actually true? Who is the legal owner of the Twitter account? Is it Twitter or the user who ...
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law about ethical hacker using pirated software or gadgets?

Is there any law if a ethical hacker is invited to our company and he used pirated software? Can we take any legal action or its normal in this field?
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Can copying simple general code cause copyright infringement? And is it even possible to avoid that?

Imagine that during writing software for the employer, I created simple helper function IsPositiveNumber(x) which returns true if x > 0 and false otherwise. Or function TrimBlanks(text) which returns ...
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Who is the legal owner of code in a bitbucket repo?

Who is the owner of code uploaded from a personal account to a private Bitbucket repository and there is no license defined in the code, or there is only the name of the author in the header of the ...
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How do I digitally confirm the ownership of land to an individual?

What I'd like is to have an individual prove ownership of a parcel of land and then verify this claim digitally. What is the conventional process of a person proving ownership of their parcel of land?...
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Who owns the logo of a company after the company declares bankruptcy?

Who owns the logo of a company after the company declares bankruptcy? For example who owns the logo for toys R'us after they declare bankrupt?
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Who owns an un-documented cellar/bunker? (UK Law)

A relative of mine purchased a house about 35 years ago. After a few years he discovered a bricked-up doorway leading to what was probably started as a WW2 bunker. It was abandoned and empty, and ...
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Can only people or businesses legally own something?

FYI I'm a programmer not a lawyer so please bear with me. In the US (or abroad), what type of entity can own something? Particularly, in the blockchain space, there exist "smart contracts" that can ...
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At the end of a lease, who owns the parts used in repairs?

I have found it is usually the landlord who is responsible for most repairs and this is specified in the lease (barring tenant negligence or other stated reasons why a tenant would be responsible). ...
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Does Mabo v the State of Queensland (1992) 175 CLR 1 state that “The Aboriginal people we the traditional owners of the land”?

I'm reading a essay making claims about the case Australian Mabo case from 1992. The essay states: ...the High Court (notwithstanding finding that the Aboriginal people of Australia were the ...
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Stealing my own property back?

I have a guitar that I let my friend Joe borrow on the consensus that he would return it in a couple of days. Joe is a mutual friend of my ex Bob. Bob stole the guitar from Joe once he found out it ...
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What happens if Apple goes bust?

I know this is unlikely... but, many of us now buy our films/books/music through services like Kindle and iTunes. Our purchases stay on the provider's infrastructure until we want them then we can ...
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Fictional Character Copyright?

Person 1 creates a fictional character and said character fits guidelines to pass both the Well-Delineated test and the Sam Spade test. The character has a well-detailed description, personality and ...
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Could a third party revive a dead trademark if another company has unlawfully been using it?

Suppose Company "A" registered the trademark "John Doe" with the EUIPO. Company "A" has declared bankruptcy and been liquefied, but the trademark was retained by Company "A"'s founder. During this ...
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Re-publish 'dead' articles

Some background: I've stumbled on a few so to say "dead" articles. Articles that have great content but the website where they are published is "gone". Thanks to the Internet Archive we can get the ...
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Inventions Assignment Agreement in California

As I was being hired today, I was asked to sign a "Confidentiality and Inventions Assignment Agreement" which partly reads: "I agree that all right (...) to any copyrightable material (...) ...
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Establishing legal ownership of intangible property under technical control by an individual or 3rd party

How would one establish legal ownership of intangible property that is under technical control of a owner, employee or 3rd party? Examples: Domain name: The email address for the account at the ...
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Who can claim ownership of pirated goods?

I recently got into a discussion about copyright and ownership. The person was arguing that when you illegally copy an item, then the copy is owned by the original author. As such he argues that they ...
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Domain name registered by co-founder's friend

Founds of an informal organization that's been around for several years want to form an LLC. One of the founders (we'll call Bob) has a friend that own's the domain. Bob doesn't know how to manage ...
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Can one claim unclaimed poultry living on their property?

Some time ago I dug out a pond on my piece of land in a small rural town in New Zealand. The intention was to attract wild ducks there and maybe have some domestic ducks, which I told all my ...
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Trademark Protection for Domain Names

Today I purchased a few new domain names, which are composed of very general words. When I attempted to purchase a different domain, adventure.app, I received warning of a trademark claim. I chose to ...
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Can employer claim ownership of intellectual property made while not at work?

I've heard in job contracts there can be clauses saying that all intellectual property created by the employee during their employment, belongs to the company, regardless if it's done during hours ...
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Hunting rights to land but do not own the land

If a person inherits the hunting rights that are deeded and recorded, can the land owner force one to give the hunting rights back to him just because he wants to sell the land?
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How can I prove that my bike is mine? (Germany)

I have a bike. I got it as a gift from my (then) girlfriend. I have absolutely no papers from it. However, in the case of a later legal dispute, I may need to somehow prove it is mine, both in a ...
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Do the police need probable cause or a search warrant to search a rental car being driven by someone who didnt rent the vehicle?

I'm not seeking legal advice, but rather I'm seeking others thoughts and reasoning on a case that has been disposed of already, which seems to be a violation of constitutional rights afforded to ...
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How does one go about writing TOS?

I'm a sole developer, building a platform in which users can trade intellectual property. (Is it called IP? stuff like music, art etc.) How would I go about mediating this without being sued left, ...
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In what legal form can one shape their de facto occupation of local authority land?

I own a section in a small rural town in New Zealand. The boundaries of it are well known as I did a redefinition survey to find them out. Let's call this land A. Historically, land A has had a piece ...
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Can LLCs be completely anonymous

I was under the impression that in every state, the creator of an LLC or INC must have at least one chief executive, and in some states, a treasurer and secretary. However, in some filings I've come ...
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Joint tenancy survivorship unmarried breaking up no mortage

If the house is paid off and I no longer want to live in it but the joint owner does do I give up any rights by moving out and selling down the road? I want him to be able to stay in the house ...
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Can a seller/producer control future sales of a product?

Let's say I'm an international fruit distributor, and with at least a basic knowledge of economics I know I'm going to need to sell my fruit at a significant discount to less developed regions as ...
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My name was not included in an US patent but I am the main inventor. What process I should initiate so that my name is included as an Inventor?

I found about the patent too late while searching for eventual patent. The main idea of the patent under question was entirely my own. It was first implemented in a prototype, and then a production ...
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Product names on commercial designs?

So, I am a graphic designer and I make a small amount of money selling funny custom t-shirts. These shirts have quick 1-liners which can be interpreted in a number of ways. My current design contains ...
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Child attained legal age, do the parents still hold any rights to medical documents from childhood?

Situation A child, let's call him Pete, went to some medical treatment when he was younger than legal age (18). All documents about this treatment were sent to his parents. Pete is now (way) above ...
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Software Developer in a Startup Company

I'm a software developer who developed a SAAS (software as a service) system for a startup company. I can't provide any additional details into the company since it's under an NDA but they shouldn't ...
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Is it illegal to take home a lost phone?

I experienced a common scenario today: I was walking along and found someone's lost phone on the ground. It was out of battery, so what I wanted to do was take it home, charge it, and then see if we ...
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When does ownership get transferred in a store?

When somebody buys property in a store, is that ownership transferred when a successful payment is accepted at the till? Or does it not transfer until the buyer leaves the store?
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Protecting intellectual property

I have a startup and I just sent via E-Mail some sample images to a family member who owns a small marketing and design company in the US. My parents had suggested it since we are on good terms with ...
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If a computer program qualifies as “orphaned technology” can it be recreated and sold legally?

Particularly MSBOB otherwise known as Microsoft Bob. Can I legally recreate and sell it? And if so are than any restrictions present? Please no comments about "Why you recreate such a piece of junk?"
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who will be the owner of personal blog or website when joining a company

I maintain a personal blog and about to join a new company. Under Intellectual Property Law, will my blog and new posts on it will be the property of my company or will it still belong to me?
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Is there anything special I have to do to associate activity with a company?

Let's say I own an LLC, and I'm also starting a website. In case of legal troubles with the website, I want to be free from personal liability. Is there anything special I have to do to link the ...
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Collateral and Property Rights

I'm not a legal professional or student, curiosity brought me here. I'm trying to figure out how ownership applies items that are financed, and to items that are used as collateral to obtain that ...