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Is there a Legal Requirement for Computer Companies to Include an Operating System when Selling a PC?

I asked a company if they could sell me a PC without an installed Operating System, as I plan to install my own. Their response was that "We have to legally include a OS with all of our systems. So ...
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Is it forbidden to sell a device that mimicks a third party's device USB descriptor?

This is a pretty USB specific question, I was redirected here from the technical stack exchange. I am trying to figure out what the legislation is around the development by company A of a USB ...
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Selling second hand and copyright

If I sell a bit of GPL'ed software I am required to provide source code, or an offer of same. This is based on the "distribution" clause of the GPL. According to this question, if I sell GPL'ed ...
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Is it legal to incorporate replacement parts for another product into a new product?

In particular, I wonder about the use of mobile phone camera modules. Due to demand, price for replacement camera modules for mobile phones is very low. Is it legal in the US to purchase such ...
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What is the legal status of data (intentionally deleted or not) on a second-hand computer?

If a person purchases a second-hand computer, and the seller has not wiped the hard drives of that computer before the sale, is it legal for the buyer to access the data on it? Alternatively, if the ...
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Is it legal to replace something's firmware?

I'm a software/hardware hacker and I am wondering about how legal it is to replace the firmware of something. This something can be a car a chinese quadcopter a phone a Canon EOS 5D a (connected) ...
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License notices when shipping hardware and firmware

I'm planning to release a hardware device with proprietary firmware source code, using some MIT, BSD, Public Domain libraries. I have a question about a clause like this: Redistributions in binary ...
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Would the Oracle v. Google lawsuit imply that any API can be re-implemented, including hardware CPU ISAs?

I understood that the lawsuit implies that APIs are not copyrightable. Hardware CPU ISAs (e.g. x86 and ARM) are an API (?), and could have different implementations. However, there are precedents ...