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TL;DR You were right in asking the question about copyright, and you can raise more question if the answer is not satisfactory, but after you received a clarification which you seem to agree with, but still refusing to work on the action item is wrong, it can be seen as insubordination. To elaborate, the way I read it: there is an idea to be implemented, ...


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You asked about ethics (and I would consider this unethical, but that's just a personal reaction). However, your boss and his boss should consider the legal implications of the "Trade Dress" doctrine, which specifically says that copying the unique appearance of someone else's product is not permitted. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trade_dress I am no ...


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I think most, if not all of the answers provided are missing the main point. The main question is "is it UNETHICAL" to copy 1:1 the UI developed by another company?" The answer is 100% YES, it is unethical to do so. The counter to this argument has been that if it is not copyright material it is fair game. I am no lawyer, but that might not be necessarily ...


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I am just going to lay out some information that could make reporting an easier choice. I don't think the moral choice is in dispute here. The problem is fundamentally the practical implications of that choice for your friend's family. If we could solve that, then there is no need for the debate. You can report anonymously to the FAA. I assume this is an ...


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Companies often have you pay and then reimburse you to minimize this behavior. Interview practice is always good. Just go, use the interview as free practice, and then enjoy your time in the city complication free. If they offer you the job, just decline. This strategy would almost assuredly avoid legal problems.


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However, the job does seem to be a good job because the owner is really friendly and seems to be a good person. No, that's not the sign of a good job. That's the sign of a good salesman. I think your friend shouldn't sign anything and should look for another job. Anything else would be better than this. He should also contact the Department of Labor ...


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There might be nuances using which you can figure out something to avoid the legalities for avoiding the interview and use that company-provided fund to have a personal tour, but being very straightforward, I'd suggest : Don't do this. Since you already mentioned: Since they won't stop harassing me no matter how many times I tell them to screw off ...


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You seem too emotionally involved. Frankly, I think that continuing to lingering in this hate and vendetta fantasies for the company is not healthy for you; I perfectly get that unfair treatment and being fired is terrible, but you have to move on, emotionally and professionally. Yes, you could play some tricks on them, but you have a commitment as a ...


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Disclaimer I am not lawyer, and I do not provide legal advice. The below statements are based on my personal experience and research with copyright'd material. Copyright Infringement (in the US) Making a work, based on your competitors existing work is considered creating a derivative work. If you do not have explicit permission (license) to create the ...


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I'm going to assume your boss is non-technical and when he said he wants a 1:1 copy, he is simply talking about he wants the same aesthetic and perhaps behavior mimic. He is not asking you to reverse-engineer the webpage and steal code or content. I base this on my own personal decade long experience in the field and in multiple times was asked to "copy" ...


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Being a shy person, I can't counter what she says If she's actually wrong on something she's telling you to do then of course you can counter it. You're choosing not to - I don't say this to get at you. I'm point out that you actually do have the power to act differently. I'm not saying it's easy but you can work on your confidence. Just saying "I can't" ...


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The situation as she and I understand it, is that if the FFA knew what was going on there, they would shut down the, yes, American company. She would lose her job, and her income. If that is true, then the situation would be no different if the aircraft was to crash and cause injuries and deaths. At that point, your friend simply needs to decide if she ...


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Your initial reaction was good. It's always good to keep ethics in mind with any workplace request. However, once they expressed that it isn't a copyright or trademark infringement issue, then you were in the wrong to continue refusing to comply with the request. Unless you're the legal department and thus know objectively and factually that it actually is ...


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It is not unethical. It is just business. The other company is a market leader and the idea behind copying this tool is if it works for them it will work for us. Businesses do this all the time and there is no problem. It is part of how a competitive market functions. I explained I am concerned about the ethics behind doing this. My boss got ...


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I believe, you should ask your manager to change your room/office. Tell them Tim is not a bad guy but he distracts you and you want to perform better. Use adverbs and adjectives to convey the seriousness of your request, they should understand it is of great importance to you. Avoid any verbal engagement with Tim.


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You're young, and inexperienced, both in terms of your technical skills, and your interpersonal skills. You still have a lot of maturing and growing to do. Is what happened in that meeting fair? Absolutely not. Is it unusual? Sadly, no. As others have already told you, the company probably needed a senior, polished, and experienced member of the team ...


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Do I tell him he's forgetting or reap the benefits of additional time off since we only get so many days a year? It might entirely be possible that the manager is just keeping a separate note somewhere for all the leaves applied by all the employees (which are approved) and updating the system only once in a while. Though not very common, it's possible. It ...


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Unless he's directly causing or threatening harm to you or anyone else, mind your own business or take it up directly with him. Not his employer. And if he is posing an obvious physical threat to you or anyone, then take it to the police. Not his employer.


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Is this a normal way of dealing with a colleague? it is my first job so I have no idea It's certainly not uncommon - many people don't feel comfortable giving negative feedback direct to a colleague that they don't have managerial supervision of. It's hard to say for sure without knowing exactly what the feedback was but in many cases they were doing ...


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If an in-house recruiter of a 'fairly well known company' doesn't follow up and keeps his promises, there are three options I can think of now: Forget about it and deal with them as @Charmander explains in his answer. Get in contact with the recruiter again hoping he will keep his promises (unlikely). If you really would like to work there, you can bypass ...


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Unethical I personally would feel that it's unethical, but I would also try to create an alternative mockup which solves the same problem, but without being a direct copy. Perhaps start out by creating a mockup that you might make if you had never seen any version of the tool at all. Then iterate it a bit, and take into consideration the design elements ...


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Do I tell him ? Yes, but do it in writing. You want to create a paper trail that clearly shows that this is not your error or even malicious intent. Not logging time-off correctly is a potentially serious offense that can be interpreted "stealing from the company" or "fraud". You want to make crystal clear that whatever happened is not your fault and that ...


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I wouldn't worry too much about the PMO taking credit for the design in front of the customers. If you have been promoted 2 steps that suggests your employers see what a good job you are doing and appreciate your hard work. Customer sometimes need to see their work is being handled by the most senior people in the company in order to feel loved or like ...


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If these homophobic posts are of the "hate crime" variety (I support mass shootings of gays in a nightclub, I think all those fa***ts should burn, etc.) then report them straight to the police, and Facebook. If they're of the "I have homophobic views" variety (I don't think gay people should be in the military, I don't think gay couples should adopt) then, ...


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I think you’re right to make sure there’s no nefarious intent (IE breaching copyright or trying to pass your calculator off as theirs) but other than that, copying good ideas is a good thing. If there’s a company that does something better than you do, why not emulate them? Would you refuse to use a good idea just because you weren’t the one who thought of ...


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What is more disconcerting is that my friend then received an email the next day asking them to sign a document which is revised to include clauses like "there is no guarantee of the draws" and "commission is not guaranteed". So your friend is on 100% commission pay, but (according to this revised document) the commission isn't guaranteed - and while during ...


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Do I tell him he's forgetting Yes, but in a nice way. Something like: Hello boss, do you remember that you approved me a sick leave on ... (date). I see that it does not appear in the system, and I worry that ... (reason; e.g. you will not have enough vacation days) Will you please verify and eventually enter the info again? You might continue: Maybe ...


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It is hard to determine with a certainty why Tim acts this way. I guess\suspect he may be trying to become involved\chat at any cost - like a child who is ignored so they act up to get any type of attention. I suspect this because of the repetition, as if he is out of material, the butting into conversations he is not in, the use of your name in that way to ...


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Ignore him and remove him from your network so you don't have to deal with this recruiter ever again. I'd also add their number to my contact list and tag them with a keyword such as "avoid" or similar, so if they call you, you know you should ignore that call. Be mindful that someone else from that company might call you with that number, so perhaps if they ...


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You are being ethical "and" annoying As the skilled labor, what you should be ding is certain: You should inform your manager about the legal consequences of his request, let him know about the copyright laws. If you want you can spice it up with ethics too - although it would be weird in your case, as most corporations steals from each other the second ...


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