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Is there any sort of legal contract ... Yes, these are commonly called non-disclosure agreements. Anyone can draft them: lawyers do it more reliably than most. ... the disclosing party has already told the receiving party about the idea in the past (prior to the signing of the contract). If so, the discloser is what is known as f*%#~d - a technical ...


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You can keep the idea/concept/invention confidential until you have enough money to file a patent. People with no previous background who write and file their own patents do not often end up with the protection they desired but it is possible for you to make a serious study of patent law and patent office procedures. I recommend David Pressman's Patent It ...


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It depends what you mean by "prevent anyone from registering it". Someone else could not validly claim copyright in a logo you create (assuming that it is complex and original enough to be protected by copyright, not all logos are). Publication, such as on GitHub, would be evidence that you had created it, or at least claimed to have done so, on a particular ...


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Do you have permission of the person? In general, product names fall under trademark law, not copyright. And while it's possible to use the name of a non-employee as a trademark, doing so without the permission of that person is rather dangerous. That person may sue you for a number of different reasons, with different demands - chiefly financial ...


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You need a written contract Lawyers draft them. You need a correctable lawyer versed in Australian commercial and copyright law and the law of the country of the other party.


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Many products and organizations are named using initials, often the initials of an owner or founder, or of a former business name. I recently hired an exterminator which game its name simply as "RPC" but their literature indicated this stood for 'Ron's Pest Control". The company IBM was once International Business machines, and 3M was once Minnesota Mining ...


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What is the legality of implementing an unrevealed killswitch in software? This is a late answer, but the US government does not seem warm to the idea. From Schneier's Insider Logic Bombs: According to court documents, [David] Tinley provided software services for Siemens' Monroeville, PA offices for nearly ten years. Among the work he was asked to ...


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Patents: yes. Registered designs: yes. Copyright: no. Registered Trademarks: yes. Common law Trademarks: no.


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Terms and conditions aren't necessarily binding It's worth noting that while activities such as the Wayback Machine have had many legal issues, they're mostly centered on copyright, not regarding terms and conditions. A key part of this is that terms and conditions are not law, and they're not binding contract to which you've somehow agreed. Quoting ...


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Based on this Wikipedia article this is a commercial collection of previously issued commercial games. If you were hired by the publisher, I would expect there to be a contract spelling out exactly what rights each party has, and quite likely assigning all rights to the publisher in return for your fee. If you have created this image to illustrate someone ...


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In the circumstances described it seems likely the deletion of the files will be (1) a breach of contract with possibly serious damages (depending on consequences of deletion) and (2) a criminal offence under s3 Unauthorised acts with intent to impair Computer Misuse Act 1990. One example case is R v Steffan Needham, reported by The Register): The "...


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The copyright holder has the rights in whatever he created. If you have created something new based on his idea, the law will generally not be interested; but if your expression is recognisably a copy with a few changes, he can prevent publication or demand royalties. If you are uncertain which side of the line you fall, you should ask a lawyer (or, more ...


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It is still "breaking the law". Any unauthorized copying is a violation of copyright law. It is presumably also a breach of contract. The copyright restriction is not limited to "and then using or sharing". Nor are sanctions resulting from breach of contract limited by the fact that you did not "use or share". The "did not use or share" consideration would ...


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English law answer: That is a pretty badly drafted clause, at least with respect to how it would be viewed in an English court. Perhaps the clause is part of a larger section which sets out the scope of all clauses as relating to the employee's employment? The word "term" means that any intellectual property the person has created shall vest into the ...


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In my country - Australia - that would not be enforceable at all and would be seen as an unfair restraint of trade. Employers would ordinarily only own what you create in the course of your employment. Employers don't own you.


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I suggest you take legal advice on the issue. There are two types of these clauses, ones that go too far and aren't enforceable and ones that don't. I don't know what you do or what you invent, or whether your job is to invent. However, when it comes to entitlement disputes (that is a dispute between owners/or wannabe owners) between employee and ...


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Generally speaking, if a contract states that any intellectual property authored by you during the course of your employment belongs to your employer, then it does, and is no longer your intellectual property. The first thing you should do, if you're serious about this idea, is see a solicitor, always. Anyway, there are some points to consider: Is this "...


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