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Questions tagged [intellectual-property]

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I want to sell web app and share source code but not to be redistributed. How do I do that?

I want to sell web app to be hosted internally and share source code with that specific client but not to be redistributed(commercially or non-commercially) to outside the office. They can edit and ...
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What does it mean for a software to be copyrighted, but the source is also offered?

I recently found a website (LINK) which explains various ways of performing curve fitting using Math.Net. This is one of the only websites I have found that explains the methods and also provides ...
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Using your home project source code for company project

I have a home project, which is not open-source. To save time I'd like to use that source code for company project. How can I protect myself against the claim that I stole company source code? It is ...
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Open Source Licensing and Intellectual Property Rights [closed]

Is it possible for a developer to lose rights to work on a self-created, open-source-licensed project after an outside company, developer, or organization copyrights (or takes some other legal action ...
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Who is the copyright owner of a contribution (commit) to a GPL-licensed project? [duplicate]

Suppose, that Alice started a GPL-licensed project. Later, Bob married Alice, joined the project and made a 50% contribution to it. Then they broke up, Alice sued Bob and by court decision took his ...
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Using private vs company devices for development at work

I'm employed at a mobile app development company since 4 months as Android developer. Currently I'm using my two private Android devices for development. Is it common practice that developers use ...
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Is it possible to escape the GPL by deriving the same work from multiple sources?

Suppose you have an arbitrary code base, C, possibly composed of multiple programs, none of which fall under a copyleft license. Suppose this code, taken together, does the same job as a nice ...
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How to Protect Intellectual property violations from one's own team [duplicate]

I have an android app idea, I want to make the app along with a few batch-mates in my collage. (1) How do I make sure that these guys will not compromise the intellectual properties involved? In the ...
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Protect Database Design - SQL

Perhaps a bit of an odd question but I can't think of a way to achieve what I want. I produce a product which ends up installed on-site at clients premises. It is a business critical and high ...
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How to rewrite from scratch a code for which I own the copyright so I can use it on my job without losing the rights to the first version?

Well I don't want to make it open-source! That's the problem. But I do want to use it on my current job. Company did not agree to sign any alternative license with me and told me to rewrite everything ...
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Who owns the code, who owns the algorithm, who owns the idea?

This question got me thinking what products of the programming effort belong to the employer, and what don't. The two extremes are (0) the code - it apparently belongs to the employer and (1) the ...
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When working with contractors/interns how protective should one be of your codebase?

We're considering hiring a contractor or intern to work with us on our iOS project but this causes me to get really paranoid that we're giving somebody who doesn't work for the company access to our ...
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About Intellectual-Property agreement with employer [closed]

In IP agreement IP is define as below Intellectual Property (whether or not patentable and whether or not made during working hours) is defined as but not limited to: all product specifications, ...
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Do I have to deliver my utility and helper code to clients?

Over the years I've created a bunch of Java utility and helper libraries which I just attach to new projects. Then, when I deliver code to my clients, I send all the code except for the libraries ...
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Easter eggs as IP protection in software

I work in embedded software, and for some reason, management wants to hide an Easter egg as means of IP protection. They call it a watermark, and since our software interact with the video preview ...
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Detecting Internet code leaks [closed]

I'm curious after reading today about a minor code leakage from a large project to some blogs & forums (to say it short: the guys forgot to anonymize the code before asking for help), all detected ...
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Charging for a project where you retain the IP for the end product

I have read up on quite a few of these questions asked on here regarding "how much should I charge for..." such as: How should I charge for programming things which take two minutes to fix? https://...
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How to protect intellectual property when oursourcing software development? [closed]

I'm a small company needing to outsource software development. I've written both functional and technical specifications for GUI developers and back-end (C or PHP) developers to implement my software ...
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Bringing your previous intellectual property to your employer

Assume that in my free time I have developed library X before signing a contract or being employed by company A. I then sign a contract with company A and begin working. It becomes apparent that ...
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Why do companies tell me they want me as an in-house employee, not as a contractor? [closed]

Context I am looking for work as a contractor in my field of expertise and would prefer to earn less money and have less benefits working as a short-term contractor. The problem: Companies say I ...
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Who Owns an Idea on the Web? [closed]

Let us say that person "A" mentioned an idea for a software project on the web (ie. in a forum). Person "B" sees this idea and implements it. Can person "A" claim ownership of the idea? Has person "B" ...
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What are some precedents on how substantial a snippet must be to be copyrightable? [duplicate]

I occasionally worry that when I borrow snippets of code from websites, etc. there's at least the theoretical possibility that this will be copyright infringement. However, small pieces of code to ...
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Intellectual Property for in house development [closed]

My company is a sub contractor on a major government contract. Over the past 5 years we've been developing in house applications to help support our company and streamline our work. Apparently in ...
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Does Apple own any rights to software you create with their developer tools? [closed]

Does Apple own any rights to software you create with their developer tools? Or do you own the rights to any software you create, regardless of whether you used tools supplied by a third party?