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As an Iranian, can I sign an Independent contractor agreement, and work remotely for a EU company from Iran?

Are there any restrictions for citizens of sanctioned countries such as Iran to work "remotely" for Europe companies or foundations? if it matters, work mentioned in question is about mobile ...
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Concerns with working as a Teenager

I am a 13 year old. I am wanting to work at my town's local book shop. I live in Washington, USA. I can't find any online documents regarding if I can or cannot work there. According to official D.O.L....
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My employee used someone else's work. Am I liable?

Suppose that an employer has hired a work-for-hire employee who was directed to produce some work for the employer. It was clearly stated in their contract that everything submitted by the employee ...
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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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Resume Writer asks: Who owns the copyright - me or my client?

I'm a professional resume writer (among other things). Clients regularly pay me to completely overhaul their resumes. Over the years I've amassed a large collection of well-written resumes. I would ...
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How do I check that my work is not "work made for hire"?

I work as a secondary public school teacher in the US. I teach a fairly niche subject, that has few resources for. I am working on writing my own textbook set for this subject area. It will include a ...
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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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Could a programmer use the code that they made for another company?

If someone made a piece of software for another company but never gave away the intellectual property rights or signed anything, could they use that code in other similar software? Could they sell it?...
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Moral right of integrity in works for hire

How does the moral right of a creator in a work made for hire interact with the copyright owner's rights to make use of their property? (Question edited to include the definition of "integrity", and ...
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Is Medium at risk of legal action?

Medium is sort of a content facilitator that charges its users for premium content and passes on part of that fee to authors, when the reader interacts with their work. However, over recent months, ...
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Hiring freelancers in Germany

This question is the counterpart to Tax law and freelancing as a side-job in Germany. What are the laws concerning hiring a freelancer for a short project (for example an international freelancer ...
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Can I use confidential information provided under an NDA for other work?

Let's say that ABC Inc provided me some confidential information (CI) for a potential contract that never went through. Now XYZ Inc has approached me and asked to work on this contract with them. ...
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I want to terminate my contract as an independent contractor [closed]

I'm in the US, California, and I entered into an independent contractor agreement while I was in college with this rich kid (trust fund kid) who was paying a low wage for my background to have me ...
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Is it work-for-hire if the hirer doesn't own copyright on collective work?

Per https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Work_for_hire#Law_in_the_United_States, work done by an an independent contractor may qualify under work-for-hire if it's a contribution to a collective work. But ...
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Am I allowed to ask a company to sign a contract?

I am an undergraduate student. I recently got an internship in a company in Mauritius. I started the internship 3 weeks ago but I have a concern. The company has not created any internship contract/...
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Application to a new job requires applicant to solve a programing problem, what about intellectual property?

I recently clicked on an advertisement on StackOverflow about a job as a professional front end designer because I was interested. I passed through the first stage of the application which was an ...
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Is it legal to work for commision only in Canada?

I am interested in the province British Columbia, in Canada. Is it legal to work a job that pays only based on commission and has no base pay? I heard not as per something in here but am unclear if it ...
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Negotiating "work for hire" rights back?

On this page it says: "Even when you create works as part of your job, it may be possible for you to negotiate to obtain some rights back from your employer." How would you go about doing ...
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Do faculty own the copyright to course materials they create even if their contract or university IP policy specify otherwise?

An answer on Academia.SE claims that in general, any lectures, slides, textbooks, or scholarly articles you [as faculty] write belong to you and not your school, and this is true regardless of ...
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Do I retain ownership over software written at work, if I have not signed any sort of intellectual property contract?

At my current job, I was hired to be a call center rep and was moved to full-time software development under the same title/pay (I've been programming 8 hours/day for 5 months here). There are no ...
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