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Stealing my own property back?

No. This would not be illegal. You are not trespassing or breaking and entering since you have permission to be on the premises, and you are the rightful owner of the guitar so you are not depriving ...
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Stealing my own property back?

Ohwilleke's answer is good, but there is a further point to consider. You say that Bob is your ex. Are there grounds for him thinking that this guitar was a joint purchase while you were a couple, ...
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Who owns the washing machine?

The house Owner owns the washing machine. Paying the deductible on Owner's warranty has nothing to do with (changing of) the ownership of it. Effectively, the tenant has incurred expenses just for ...
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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?

In general, people have less expectation of privacy in cars than in their homes. To challenge a search and/or seizure under the Fourth Amendment, a person must have standing - the right to sue (that ...
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Can a person hack bitcoin private keys and legally claim the bitcoins for himself?

In the UK it is an offence to cause a computer to gain unauthorised access to any program or data held in any computer (s1 Computer Misuse Act 1990). It seems likely that other European jurisdictions ...
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Is it illegal to take home a lost phone?

There are two issues, one is the legal issue of whether what you are doing is a crime, and the other is the evidentiary issue of proving that that is what happened. If you take the phone home with ...
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Can someone's name be removed from software they created if they transferred ownership of the software?

Presumably Blue Team are all employees of some company ("the employer"), so the software is a work for hire and copyright is owned by the employer. However in the UK and some other countries (but not ...
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Legal standing as a house-sitter during a bailiff visit

england-and-wales (things might be different in scotland and assuming the Enforcement Agents are in possession of a lawful writ or warrant) Short Answer: The house sitter has to prove ownership Long ...
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If I accidentally send a package to the wrong person, is it still my property?

I would think that this would be treated the same as lost property. In most places, if you notice lost property (for example because the postman hands it to you) you have the choice of ignoring it (...
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Stealing my own property back?

In England and Wales, it is possible that you could be found guilty of theft. The "property belonging to another" includes where somebody has "posession and control" over somebody else's property. ...
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What does "this software is licensed, not sold" really mean?

Choice 2 is what the writers of the license have in mind. You own the physical media on which the copy is delivered, such as a DVD or floppy disk (if there was physical media). But you do not own the ...
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What is the legality of an individual of dismantling very clearly abandoned bikes locked to fixtures and fences in a public area?

There is an ordinance about abandoned bicycles which defines a derelict bicycle as well as a ghost bike (also "public property"). The key to removing the bicycle is that In the event that a ...
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What kind of objects can be reclaimed?

When selling a residential property in the UK, you normally fill out a form called the TA10 Fittings and Contents Form, which outlines everything in the property included in the sale. This isn't a ...
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Who owns an un-documented cellar/bunker? (UK Law)

Who Owns The Bunker? Your relative obviously owns the cellar up to their land property boundary. The people who own the other land would have originally been the owners of that portion of the ...
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Can a thief legally use force to prevent you from take your property back, in Germany

The Law The relevant sections of the German Civil Code (BGB) for posession and protection of posession of movable things (not land) are (semi-official translation): Section 858 Unlawful ...
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Can I copyright all creative works created hereafter by doing this?

Copyright requires originality Your infinity hard drive appears to be a machine designed to violate copyright by immediately copying anything presented to it. Damien Riehl and Noah Rubin were ...
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Who owns the washing machine?

As an addition to Greendrake's answer: A lot will depend on the exact nature of the agreements, both the original lease agreement, and any agreement around the repair of the washing machine. As ...
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I want to transfer ownership of my AI startup LLC to my AI. How would this change the legal / corperate dynamics (litigations, taxes, etc)?

You can't You are asking the analogue of "What happens when you start a game of chess with the black queen on D1?" and the only correct answer is "That is not a legal starting position, ...
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Can copying simple general code cause copyright infringement? And is it even possible to avoid that?

As you've presented them, I doubt the functions are protected by copyright in the first place. Originality is one of the threshold requirements for copyright protection, and it demands that the work ...
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Ownership of Work Copyright by Multiple Authors

A copyright notice like that could mean the authors are claiming copyright in different portions of the work, or claiming a joint copyright. With the former, standard copyright law applies with ...
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Who owns the trash?

I'll assume a real question here and not one about a fan film on YouTube. Take the trash from a trash deposit container outside my neighbor's house, without asking permission? All depends on the ...
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Do any US laws restrict ownership?

A random example I found is 16 USC 363, which forbids anyone to own a bathhouse in Hot Springs National Park which has been granted a hot water supply, if they already own another bathhouse nearby. ...
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Do any US laws restrict ownership?

A few examples that come immediately to mind: There are laws that make it a crime to own a large percentage of the stock of a company without disclosing it. An ownership interest in a "corrupt" ...
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Who can claim ownership of pirated goods?

The owner of IP owns the abstract thing that is protected by law (the intellectual property), and not the concrete product that relied on (illegally) using that abstraction. The person who made the ...
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Who owns the logo of a company after the company declares bankruptcy?

Whoever buys it. When a company declares bankruptcy then its assets are owned by its creditors, as compensation for the standing debts. Since usually there are multiple creditors, what happens is ...
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Plausibility of US Suit over Ownership of Photos of Slaves

is it plausibly the case that ownership of an original photograph would be awarded to the subject (or the subject's heirs) because the subject did not consent to the making of the photograph? No The ...
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Can a market store refuse service and kick me out because I asked other customer to cover mouth after coughing with no mask protection amid COVID-19

Farmer's Market is private property, which means that the owner gets to set the rule according to which you are allowed to enter and remain on their property. There is no fundamental right to be in a ...
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If one is the owner of an MIT licence, can that person relicense the software?

The MIT license is non-exclusive. If S is the sole copyright holder, S can issue any other non-exclusive license in parallel, and can also stop offering the software under the MIT license. However, ...
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Can software vendors add a ToS that would give them monetary privileges over things created by their software?

Under your proposal, the author cannot effectively use the software at all, much less sell his creative efforts. The EULA clearly states that copyright is automatically transferred to the vendor when ...
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