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Can a video game developer restrict how people stream game content?

I've recently come across this page published by the developers of the game Tsukihime. These "guidelines" state the following: Please be sure to follow the provisions listed below when ...
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What stops stolen software from offering a valid license?

A common pattern in software distribution is to have an installer program that pops up and offers the user a license to the software, and prompts the user to accept it. This End User License Agreement ...
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Is VS Code Server usage a service? [closed]

According to the Common questions section VS Code Server cannot be run as a service. If I preinstall and configure a web instance for each developer, would that be a kind of unpaid “service”?
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Minecraft EULA for mods [closed]

Word on the street is that it's against the EULA to sell Minecraft mods. I took a look at the actual EULA, which they use California/corporate/cutesy/condescending language to say that they don't ...
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Can a software license prohibit using competitors' software?

Say a user purchases Company A's Fast Word Processor software and saves a document using it. Company B released a free document viewer, but Company A doesn't like competition, since they want everyone ...
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When a game's EULA specifies that all user generated content is the property of the game's publisher, which party is responsible for IP infringement?

In recent years there's been an increasing trend of games companies claiming exclusive rights to all user generated content for the game and that the user/modder forfiets all rights of authorship over ...
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Can I Create and Sell Another Virtual Machine Software for macOS?

I would like to know if I can legally create and sell a software that creates, opens, manages, and runs virtual machines for macOS. I know that there are a lot of virtual machine software out there ...
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If a Minecraft server is run through a third party service, like mcprohosting, and whitelisted behind a private Discord, does Mojang have power?

For context, I am part of a LGBTQ+ Minecraft community who ran a Minecraft server catering to adults in the kink community. Recently, without warning our server was blacklisted by Mojang. Apparently ...
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How the rights of the DotA map could be transferred to Valve?

Dota (Defense of the Ancients), was a Warcraft 3 custom map that got the rights transferred to Valve in 2010 when two of their developers (Eul and IceFrog) were hired by Valve. However, Warcraft 3's ...
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Can a debug version of VC++ runtime redistributable shipped with Community Edition of VS be used in a commercial product develope using Pro Edition? [closed]

I am developing a commercial software that is based on Visual Studio 2017 Pro infrastructure (MSVC and CMake) on Windows 10. The software has 3rd party dependencies that require the debug version of ...
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Are apps required to notify users when they update their privacy policy or EULA?

I have noticed that many companies are doing this but definitely not all. Furthermore, what about cases where companies or developers cannot notify users because some users are not logged-in or ...
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Copying Software to a New Computer

I sold a printer I manufactured and software (that I developed on top of an open source project) that runs the printer to a customer, who reached out and said their mainboard (its a motherboard in the ...
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If one purchases a machine and software that has no EULA, etc, can said person legally alter the code of the program purchased?

So say myself or a company sells a printer, and as part of that printer package you have an add-on to purchase software with it. The customer purchases the machine and software and accepts terms you ...
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Is there any safe Threshold of originality internationally for copyright?

I'm maintaining a web service where we ask everybody to accept the EULA (which includes required license to share the user submitted content within the site) before we accept any permanently stored ...
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Am I allowed to use Microsoft's TrueType core fonts outside my computer?

I installed Microsoft's TrueType core fonts for the Web on my Linux computer so that I could use popular fonts such as Arial, Courier New, Comic Sans MS, Times New Roman, etc. Can I use these fonts ...
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Can I include EULA-licensed IP core in GPL codebase?

I work on little hardware project in Verilog. It would be published on GitLab and would be available for Open Source community. It is licensed as GPL 3. I want to include external IP component in my ...
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Is it legal to force users to accept new terms of service by threatening financial loss?

Why isn't it illegal, (extortion or duress), to force users to accept new Terms of Service by threatening financial loss, (like denying access to purchased content, or inhibiting or prohibiting the ...
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Why Is Microsoft Able To Block Your Offline Play Legally?

I bought a Mojang account a couple years ago and I lost both the email and credit card I bought it with so I’m unable to migrate meaning my account was suspended. I understand withholding online ...
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Does a website service for image editing need to be ADA compliant for visually impaired users?

I'm getting ready to launch my website for an image editing service. I had come across quite a few articles on how they need to be ADA compliant to offer service in the US without legal troubles. ...
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How does licensing software not imply ownership? Don't I own a Windows operating system once I pay for it?

Background I've been through the Windows 8.1 EULA and the EULA for computer manufacturers. I've also seen this question where an answer says that Windows is sold as a software service. The EULA states ...
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It is illegal for someone to use software applications on a found laptop computer?

I am curious to know if it is illegal for someone to use software applications on a found laptop computer. For example, let's say that you go to a bus stop and there is a laptop computer sitting on a ...
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Common Practices around Incorporating License Agreements by Reference

As part of my job, I help to negotiate contracts when my company is purchasing software (or hardware with embedded software). For these significant business relationships, we typically negotiate a ...
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Using images downloaded from Freepik, pixabay etc

Can I legally use static vector images downloaded from freepik or pixabay to create my own animations and then sell them? Their license terms are a bit confusing for me. They say that I can use those ...
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Is inappropriate use of a website solely a civil matter, or will it extend to criminal matters as well?

Suppose someone uses a website against its Terms of Service, EULA, etc., such as by using multiple accounts when the website limits users to one account or trial period each (to limit usage), using a ...
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Buy a computer/phone from Apple, disagree to the terms of service after purchase; what's the legal perspective

My question and premise are very simple, but the legal perspectives on the answer are unclear to me. A person purchases an Apple computer/phone product directly from Apple (any device requiring ...
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EULA requiring app users to surrender rights to media they didn't upload?

This seems like a silly question to me, and only a hypothetical at the moment, but I needed to ask! It's specific to United States copyright law, just to be clear. Let's say an app author builds a ...
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Is it enforceable to restrict publication of work created with my tool

I created a software compiler, that produces some object code from original source code, and designed processes around it such as documentation and pre-processing. I plan to sell this tool providing ...
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Any laws governing the mode of recieving of information about changes in EULA or terms of services?

Is there any legal obligation to inform the users about any changes in the privacy or terms of service or EULA? For example, I add a clause that decompiling is not permitted in the EULA is just ...
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How can I implement GDPR in a simple program?

I would like to get some analytics from a simple program that I wrote to manage a game server. The data I want are (collected every 15 min): operative system (windows/linux 32/64bit) machine id (...
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Would I be liable to EULA & Terms of Use when reverse engineering a product (for research) without a formal contract/agreement?

I'd like to possibly to my bachelor thesis in Computer Science by reverse engineering some IoT devices such as security cameras & smart locks. The items will be purchased by myself (probably ...
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Is a EULA required for each software update?

When installing our software, end users must agree to a EULA before installation. After a software update/patch is deployed, is it required that the EULA is accepted again, or is an updated version of ...
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Is it legal to demand a user agree to an EULA after the product has already been purchased?

First I'd like to note that I'm primarely interested in Canadian law, but answers about the law in other countries is fine as well. I've encountered this situation on multiple occasions, such as when ...
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Anti-Piracy measures (freeware software)

So I was checking out the license agreement of a software product that I acquired the past days and noticed this section, please notice it was freeware software: You agree that if you are found to be ...
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Playing a game I didn't purchase (until now)

For about 6 months I've been playing my brother's copy of the original DOOM and DOOM 2. He purchased it on Steam, however there is no DRM lock-in on the actual IWAD gamefiles (all that's required to ...
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Is it illegal to reverse engineer a software if the EULA prohibits it for all purposes?

I have installed an Android app that lets me play with networking and HTTP headers. One of the perks of the app is to be able to export a configuration file so other users that also have the app can ...
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Is there a comprehensive web source for a list of european union protections against aggresive contracts?

Some time ago I found interesting information on the web about additional legal protections that customers from the European Union automatically have when signing up to various services (even services ...
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Blizzard's EULA for map editor claims that all content created in it is their sole property

Recently release Warcraft III Reforged's EULA includes this passage: Ownership Custom Games are and shall remain the sole and exclusive property of Blizzard. Without limiting the foregoing, you ...
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GDPR & CCPA compliance involving terms of service violation

If a user writes a comment on a website that gets flagged and removed+archived are we still obligated to delete the user content and/or the association of that comment with the person? According to ...
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Can we write anything in a Terms & Conditions agreement?

I'm wondering if anything can be written in Terms & Conditions agreements and, if some rules apply, what are they (preferably in the EU)? There's this famous South Park episode HUMANCENTiPAD ...
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Is there a general EULA I can use that will gurantee my conditions?

Is there a general EULA that companies starting out can include with there software? I need it to guarantee the following, License Requirements: The code remains my intellectual property They have ...
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EULA questions about Microsoft Windows and Samsung [closed]

I have questions about two EULAs, Samsung and Microsoft, and a BONUS one too if you know it off-hand. Samsung I got no clear answer from from them, and am now asking the dev forum, but I won't be ...
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Using BSD licensed in closed source software

As far as I'm aware, it is ok to use BSD licensed source code in a closed source application for commercial purposes, but do you have to reference the BSD licensed code at all? In other words, do you ...
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EULA acceptance [duplicate]

If I have a EULA radio button on website to be clicked before downloading software, does it actually comply that user is really accepting it. It doesnt record anything in DB. it's just simple ...
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Can liability for data disclosure be waived by T&Cs under GDPR?

I live in Ireland, an EU county subject to the GDPR. I see in a service T&Cs the line: "Despite our use of commercially reasonable efforts to protect your Personal Information from ...
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how are companies like metasploit and trustedsec and rapid7 legally protected?

rapid7 and trustedsec develop professional penetration testing software rapid7 also sells a pro version of metasploit...my question is that if someone uses their software illegally how are those ...
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Does a EULA protect the developer [closed]

I have a simple question...If a client asks a developer to develop a penetration testing / security related software and that he is ready to accept the EULA which comes with the software...does that ...
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Can disabling Windows 10 updates be considered a crime?

There's a pretty (in)famous post on Russian Microsoft Answers site (just search by UID to see it referenced in many news stories) where user asks how he can disable Windows Update through registry due ...
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Is there always a legal way to make an open source product integrate against the will of a proprietary vendor?

This question is tightly related to other questions here. I'm asking for the USA. Rather than questioning a method of evasion, or predicating the question on any specific contract let's assume there ...
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can I get sued without accepting EULA

I plan publishing information in an article about Software which is the result of people reverse engineering the software. The author of the software has been attempting to sue people who made use of ...
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Does Mojang break the law with restrictions in their EULA for Minecraft?

Minecraft is a world building game that is produced/sold by Mojang AB. Minecraft may be played both offline (local data) or online (connecting to a server). Minecraft's EULA says that you may not ...
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