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 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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Do you need both a bill of sale and title when buying used car?

I am attempting to make my first used car purchase from a private party in New York. I understand that the title should be transferred to me after the sale but what about a "Bill of Sale" ? Would I ...
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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 ...
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What is the legal background for confiscating cell phones of detained asylum seekers?

On the US southern border, some of the arriving people are detained currently. It is irrelevant here why and how that happens. Cell phones are confiscated when a person found to be an illegal ...
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If a licensee creates a derivative work, do they own the work?

This is a follow up to this question asked on freelanceing SE. The background is, I know some clients want to hire an app developer but want to own everything created. As the developer it would be ...
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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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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 ...