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It is required to get authorization to use fictional/invented names as a codename?

Overview There are two issues here. First, is the name protected as a trademark? Secondly, if it is protected, is the proposed use an infringement? There is no copyright issue because names, like ...
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Rewriting math proof from a paywalled paper then posting it to website for free

Copyright law only protects "original expression". The originality of a mathematical proof lies in the underlying idea, but that idea is not itself protected by copyright. What is protected ...
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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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Is it legal to produce GI tagged products without using the tag outside the tagged region

Yes You can legally make a a product with the same method. For example, sparkling wine using the same method as champagne. But it it is not made in the right region, it can not be sold under that ...
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Reproduction of phrases from characters for reuse

US Copyright Office Circular 33 says (on page 2): Words and short phrases, such as names, titles, and slogans, are uncopyrightable because they contain an insufficient amount of authorship. The ...
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Does a non-commercial software project constitute an outside activity and does declaring it to my employer risk any transfer of IP?

There is no fixed definition in the law of "outside activities" that is applied generally. This will depend entirely on how the employment agreement defines it, and/or how the management of ...
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It is true that character classes are stock characters?

Arguably not (or, the example terms are not restricted by copyright, but not for the reasons given, which means this protection may not extend past the examples given in all cases). The protection for ...
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What can be re-used when creating a video game like World of Warcraft?

only ideas No model, no line of script, those are expressions of an idea. Only the bare ideas can ve taken, and remixed with the own expression into something substantially different.
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It is considered copyright infringement to get paid apps free?

That depends on how one does it. If one simply hacks a site offering what are supposed to be paid services so as to get them for free, that is probably theft of services rather than copyright ...
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Register own surname as a trademark

There are a number of misconceptions about registering popular and personal names as trademarks. It is clear that we are surrounded by names, and that they are well safeguarded. The key to protecting ...
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