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Is releasing this company's documents illegal?

Given the clarification provided in the comments to the question, the company has a copyright in the material and as such is legally entitled to demand that you cease using it.
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Is one free from legal responsibility if the intellectual property has passed the plagiarism check software?

None of the methods suggested protect Bob from a copyright or trademark infringement claim. These methods may protect Bob from a claim that Bob is an intentional infringing party, as opposed to being ...
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At what point is uploading a movie with heavy compression not copyright infringement?

A few years ago, there was a trial in the USA about some short sound on some music CD: One party claimed that one piece of music on the CD contained a sound of less than one second length which is ...
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Lawyer says bumping software’s minor version would cost $2k to “refile” copyright paperwork. Is this typical?

The cost of filing a copyright for an updated filing would generally be the same as the original one. The amount of work isn't much different and there are good reasons why every new version of ...
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Lawyer says bumping software’s minor version would cost $2k to “refile” copyright paperwork. Is this typical?

The US copyright office fees page shows that a standard copyright application may be filed online for $65. The page about registering other digital content (which includes computer programs) offers a ...
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If I wrote code for a personal project, and use some of it in a program at my company, can they now sue me for using the code in my personal project?

In the US, code that you write in the course of employment is the property of your employer. Otherwise, anything that you create is your property. The gray area is things that you write during your ...
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Commissioned a logo that contains a stock image, can I still trademark it?

Not only can’t you trademark it, you can’t use it The original logo is covered by copyright which belongs, prima facie, to the original artist. It doesn’t matter that they are based in Russia; Russia ...
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At what point is uploading a movie with heavy compression not copyright infringement?

Even squeezed down to a single pixel, the animation would still technically be a derivative of the original movie. However, using the movie in such a radically transformative manner would almost ...
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Law behind copying items multiple times

I'll ignore whether a recipe is actually a good example, but I assume you're asking how a person who owns the exclusive rights to copy a thing (copyright) or to use a thing (patent) can allow multiple ...
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Can a wiki for a video game be created without authorization from the game creator?

Yes, such a site can be created without infringing copyright Facts about the game are facts.They are not protected by copyright. Criticism of, and comment about the game, is an activity protected by ...
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If I wrote code for a personal project, and use some of it in a program at my company, can they now sue me for using the code in my personal project?

Is your personal code Published somewhere public? Github? If not, publish it. Give it a permissible licence. Then ask your employer/project manager/collegues if they would allow a niche public library ...
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Is there a license for Google's animal sound effects?

Interesting that they don't give a source and also don't link to anywhere (such as Wikimedia commons). So I assume that content is google's own. So generally speaking: No, when no license is provided, ...
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Lawyer says bumping software’s minor version would cost $2k to “refile” copyright paperwork. Is this typical?

I won't reiterate the points already made in David Siegel's and ohwilleke's fine answers about whether paying $2000 to a lawyer for copyright registration (or even filing a copyright registration for ...
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(Your unlawful act) "will be prosecuted to the maximum extent possible under the law." For real?

How close is such a statement corresponding with the reality? Legally, such language is a meaningless statement of future intent that at best makes clear that the person making the statement isn't ...
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Rewriting math proof from a paywalled paper then posting it to website for free

A proof can be protected by copyright. The underlying facts of math cannot. But if one has copied details of the order of the proof, or of the selection of theorems to use, and if several other ...
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Which license can protect a project's owner and give him ownership over volunteer contributions?

Yes, a work with no license is All Rights Reserved, reserved meaning the creator of the work. Who is the creator of the work ? Everyone who contributed it, unanimously. Yes. If people contributed any ...
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Legality of Aggregating and Publishing Data from Academic Journals

It is clear that facts are not subject to copyright but the expression of them can be copyrightable. From your question it sounds like you are on solid ground but specific things you end up doing may ...
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If I wrote code for a personal project, and use some of it in a program at my company, can they now sue me for using the code in my personal project?

If you wrote it before you started your employment, it is your intellectual property. However, you should not just arbitrarily include intellectual property that the company doesn't own in a project ...
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Is releasing this company's documents illegal?

Is releasing this company's documents illegal? Yes. I run a website where I sell materials for students interested in finance, law and consulting. My website contains case studies from actual ...
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How to know if a patent law firm is credible or any good at all?

As to #1, the US Patent and Trademark Office has a patent practitioner search where you can verify if someone is a registered patent practitioner. If so, it means they passed a [registration process] ...
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In the U.S., what happens to intellectual property that has escheated to a state government?

If the owner of the intellectual property leaves property subject to the jurisdiction of the state of Washington, and it is determined that the owner is dead and has no heirs, then per RCW 11.08.140 ...
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Could attorney 2.0 be a new way to get legal representation?

I think this idea has prior art. It is called "a law firm". There are many ways in which such organizations can be structured, but what you end up with is a team of people with different ...
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If I wrote code for a personal project, and use some of it in a program at my company, can they now sue me for using the code in my personal project?

You can be sued for anything. You will likely get sued if someone believes you caused them damage. With the facts as you describe them (you wrote software in your spare time at your own expenses, you &...
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Is this considered copyright infringement?

It's highly unlikely that A would even recognise this as similar. It's really bog standard. A coloured patterned background (in a different colour and with a different pattern). Two buttons. A picture ...
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Which license can protect a project's owner and give him ownership over volunteer contributions?

A common solution to this problem is to not accept pull requests unless the author signed a contributor license agreement (CLA). The exact wordings of CLAs differ, but they essentially come in two ...
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Would it be legal to use a brand's name (e,g, Samsung, macOS) in my personal email address?

While not categorically illegal, there is a risk that using a trademark in an email name is something that is being done with a purpose to defraud people into thinking that you are affiliated with ...
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Is there a license for Google's animal sound effects?

You can "use" Google's link to their sounds, e,g, a scorpion sound, but you cannot copy the content without their permission. It is not obvious whether you have been given permission to copy ...
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If I wrote code for a personal project, and use some of it in a program at my company, can they now sue me for using the code in my personal project?

At least once I was asked to provide a list of code I had already written (standard utility stuff that mostly now happens in libraries) at hire. Other times I supplied it myself, unasked. A prenup is ...
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At what point is uploading a movie with heavy compression not copyright infringement?

At no point is it not copyright infringement. What is protected is the "expression", and not the physical characteristics of that expression. Thus a Harry Potter novel produced on a ...
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USPTO search says that a practitioner, Bob has status "agent", but his employer advertises him as a "patent attorney"

Florida bar membership is something that can be determined from public records to see if he is an attorney or not. I would be stunned if he was not. It could be that he was an enrolled patent agent ...
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