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Copyright is a legal concept enacted by most governments to give creators of original works exclusive rights to it. This is usually time-limited, and is intended to allow the creator to be compensated for their work.

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Do I need to be a company to run my start-up like web entertainment portal?

Let's assume I have created quite a successful online service for entertainment, which does not sell anything and the only potential income would come from advertisement. Let's assume it is big enough ...
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Recruiter forwarding freelancer's profile without consent

Recently I responded to a request from a recruiter of a UK-based, "award-winning" recruitment company. We talked on the phone, and the recruiter proposed to submit my profile to a project as well as ...
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If I am licensing a website to a client, what should the copyright on the site say?

I am currently negotiating a license agreement with a former client that I have stopped developing for. It was up till now just work based on a verbal agreement. Now as we are going seperate ways we ...
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Can I distribute/sell the results of contracted work done for me?

I need to get a 3D model done for a game I'm working on, and I plan on using cgtrader.com to "hire" someone. Later, I want to release the model for other people to use once my game is done, and I want ...
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Is it bad to release work as free after it's sold?

A client is paying me to write a program for them. This program could be useful to many people though, so after they've paid me, I'm thinking of putting the program and source code online for free. ...
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Is it correct to store freelance projects publicly on github?

No NDA was signed and nothing was discussed with customer in this relation. Then I'm tempted to store projects in my public github and post links to them in my blog as a demo for potential customers. ...
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How do I secure an idea when approaching a company?

The website of a major webservices company could benefit from a simple additional feature. Technically, it would be straightforward to implement this feature (they don't need me for this). ...
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Copyright - Teaching propietary framework for customer who has the licence

Framework (x) is under propietary licence, it's API and documentation is publicly availbale for anyone. Commercial use without permission is prohibited. Customer (A) is licensed to use the framework ...
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I found out that a client is using the work I did for him to sell fraud courses

About a year ago, I completed a simple project for a client on his already existing website: he's actually someone I know (a friend of friends) and we only had a verbal agreement. It is an automated ...
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Who own the “copyright” or intellectual property for the code you have written?

Assuming it has not been exclusively spelled out in the client contract, do the software developer own the rights to the code that he has written for the client? Can he reuse the code in other ...
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Developing an app for someone but retaining ownership of source?

I've been asked to develop some apps for people and I was wondering what the common procedure is in relation to ownership of source. Ideally, I'd like to retain ownership of the source so I can reuse ...
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Is it okay to use screenshots of other websites on my websites “sales” page?

I'm a new web design freelancer and don't really have a portfolio to show my potential clients, therefore I've been having a tough time in getting them to visualize what exactly it is that I'll be ...
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Can I put rejected test tasks in my portfolio?

I am a fairly new UI/UX designer. Sometimes during interview process a client would ask me to complete a test mockup. Since I'm eager to prove myself and get more work, I spend a considerable amount ...
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Legality of providing freelance support for a product which my current employer previously supported

I currently provide technical support for a very niche product sold by a relatively big-name company (at least within this particular industry). However, they are planning on ending support in a ...
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Web design copyright norm

I’m getting started doing some freelance web design and front end development, and had a question about what is the norm for copyrights in the US. When you create a custom web site for a client, do ...
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What to do with code after oDesk job completion?

I am using oDesk and I completed my first job. I have a GitHub account where I put all my open source code. I and the client are continents far. I live in India while the client lives in Texas. We ...
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Creating a portfolio that could include copyright material or sensitive info?

I have a question regarding my portfolio. I'm a UX worker who has been employed either client side or for agencies. What am I allowed to produce or publish onto an online portfolio? I want to avoid ...
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Copyright on freelance work

I'm going to start a side job to create a custom program for a couple guys. They've sent me a contract, which I'm attempting to understand. It looks fairly standard, but I'm not sure about the part ...
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Contributing back to open source projects you've used and improved on the job?

Update: Sept, 2 The answers of @mysterycommand and @Hiroto gave some good insight and prompted me to be more clear. I've rephrased my question with explicit details; the intent is the same, hopefully ...
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Selling programming language courses - copyright issues?

Are there any copyright problems in selling courses (in PDF format) online and in real life, on a programming language linked to a particular company? My concern is with the VBA language, linked to ...
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Retain intellectual property for art sold on CafePress?

I’m interested in selling some of my art on CafePress, but I don’t want to allow others to use my art for profit. Sure, CafePress takes a cut of sales. But I decide when my art goes up. And (as I ...
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Freelancing and Using Open Source/GPL code to make money

Is it possible for a freelance programmer to use Open Source products under GNU Public License and make money given that he cannot stop his customers from freely distributing his products?
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What steps can I take to protect my reputation if my CV is plagiarised?

A number of my recruiter contacts recently drew my attention to the fact that a CV was doing the rounds that was effectively my CV with a different name and part of someone else's CV tacked onto the ...
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How to learn copyright laws affecting freelancers and self-employed people

I've been considering starting my own company or doing some freelance work. I've heard through mainstream media that copyright law affects lots and lots of different types of work, especially the ...