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Selling programs using PyQt5 without QT [closed]

I need to sell my programs made in Python and Pyqt5 like binary .exe without providing source code. I know I have to buy PyQt5 license (about 550 $), this is not a problem. But need I to buy QT ...
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Implications of providing licensed font over CDN

We have a central web service, which can be used to access various publication and presentation pages. Those are intended to be embedded into customer websites, with the embedding being handled by the ...
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How to change the code so that it does not fall under the violation of the license “partial copying”

Good afternoon! I'm interested in a legal issue regarding code licensing. I am writing an Ansible role for two companies, and each company wants to impose its own license on this code: “full or ...
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Legality of creating a SE replica using SE's content

Due to the recent controversy(s) regarding StackExchange, a couple other users and I were discussing the legality of creating a copy of SE and scraping the content. If we did not copy SE's actual ...
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What steps should be taken in order to legalise and sell medical software?

So I thought about an idea for a medical software and I made just for fun. It wasn't that good but it was much better than what I'd expected to get. Fast forward a couple months, I made the software a ...
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Is Stack Exchange allowed to unilaterally change previously published content license?

The original thread can be found here: Stack Exchange and Stack Overflow are moving to CC BY-SA 4.0 As far as I understand, Stack Exchange can move on to CC BY-SA 4.0 for content published in the ...
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Who is held accountable in case of violation of JSON license's specific 'no evil' clause - the end user, the distro, or both?

The JSON license, as well as the jslint (and the 'jshint' derivative) license, is an otherwise unmodified version of the MIT License except for one peculiar clause which reads: The Software shall ...
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Using the BSD 3-clause license with splash screen

If someone is using a BSD 3-clause licensed software in their own product, what would be considered "endorse or "promote". The license states: Neither the name of the copyright holder nor the ...
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Google Fonts Licensing Question

I am embedding Google Fonts into a commercial website that have either the SIL OFL or Apache License v2.0. Do I need to include the license text or link in the metadata/ elsewhere on the site? I am ...
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How can I determine what license a video is under on youtube?

This video_1 claims it is under "Creative Commons BY-NC-SA", while this video_2 does not. How can I determine what license a video (such as video_2) is under on youtube.
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How can I commercially use a font with a copyright but no licensing information?

I found a free TTF font from freakfonts.com. When I look in its properties, it shows a copyright by Southern Software, Inc. from 1995. Am I allowed to use this font commercially? If not, how do I ...
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License of a code resulting from following a Youtube tutorial

I was following this tutorial on YouTube - https://youtu.be/V_lAhqLXT9A where you download some starter files and then edit them according to the tutorial to make a website. I wonder what legal ...
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Claim copyright over modified code with MIT license in a javascript file

I'm making a web app that I would like to own the copyright of. I used some javascript code from CodePen under MIT license (I believe) that I heavily modified in one of my javascript files. Is it ok ...
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What is the license of the code submitted for review but not yet incorporated in the project?

In the case when there is no explicit mention regarding the rules for such case in the project policy (like, f.e. GitHub has), what is the status of the code/patch submitted for the review (using ...
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Question about copyright, plagiarism and attribution

If I'm going to describe the origin of the word "dinosaur" and I say that the taxon Dinosauria was formally named in 1841 by paleontologist Sir Richard Owen, and that the foregoing description is ...
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What is “open-source software licensed under the MIT license”

I wanted to use laraspace as my laravel boilerplate. It says in the license area "Laraspace is now an open-sourced software licensed under the MIT license." Does this mean I can use this however I ...
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Can I use race track information in my application?

I`m developing a comercial app and I'm going to include some information about racetracks to it. I'm going to use follow information: a name of racetrack, a distance of one lap, names of turns. The ...
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Copyright contract vs license?

What is a difference between a license and a copyright contract? It seems that they achieve the same thing. So what are the use cases for both?
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Why can Disney sue you for a photo of a Disney tshirt on your website?

My wife sews things and she likes to put photos of her creations on her blog. Now we found, that people received cease-and-desist warnings (with a 1000€ charge) for putting photos of clothing on their ...
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Home maintenance: contractor paying separate company to obtain permit

tl/dr: I'm trying to perform some home improvement projects in preparation for selling in 6 months. My jurisdiction requires a permit for one part (replacing siding on one side of the house). I know ...
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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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Is a license required to be an art dealer in NYC?

If Alice wishes to buy and sell art in New York City, New York, USA, is she required to obtain a license from any regulatory board or agency at any level of government?
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How can I get an apostille on a marriage certificate?

I have a Certificate of Marriage issued from NYC signed by the city clerk How do I get it apostilled? Do I mail it to the NYC county clerk or the Department of State? Does it need a letter of ...
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Can I use the EPL-licensed library (Paho) for a commercial project and NOT disclose the source code of the project? [closed]

Can I use the Eclipse Paho library (licensed under EPL) for a commercial project and NOT disclose the whole source code of that project? I'm not going to make any changes to Paho code, I just want to ...
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How are programming books written if language names are trademarked?

For example, you might want to talk about Java, but Java and its mother company Oracle are trademark names. Or you want to mention the Spring framework which is a registered trademark. Or mentioning ...
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Copyright licensing and Passenger Ships

As a passenger ship (note; not a cruise ship) we sail port to port, country to country, and in each place we go we run cultural events and conferences for the local people on board in our conference ...
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If someone reviews my software program, when do they share its copyright?

Suppose I refactor my program based on its reviews on codereview.SE. (Or someone reviews my pull request on GitHub.) Presumably, if I include the reviewer's code, they share copyright to my new ...
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Can an open source licence be revoked if it violates employer's IP?

Suppose a developer's contract says that all intellectual property (IP) rights to her code belong to her UK employer. While employed, she develops a library and open-sources it under the Apache 2.0 ...
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License ambiguity - When license version is not specified by author?

I am tasked with making a due diligence of legacy software. Part of this is to reassess all software dependencies and their licensing. However, there are various ambiguities, occurring most commonly ...
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Using short quotes from published, well-known literary works in a product [duplicate]

In order to create and sell a card game with each card having a short (25-50 words) quote from a book, is a licensing agreement needed or is this fair use? Assume the books are recent enough to be ...
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Husband in jail, car loan in both name? [duplicate]

How does the Wife get the tags registered into her name, while husband is in jail, on 8 domestic violence charges? She doesn't have a license. Loan on auto, is in both their names. Licence tags are ...
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Should I raise another complaint or report to publishers?

There is this 3D repository site and marketplace. The site is quite popular, but I won't mention it. I have raised problems with their site in that their users are making available for download 3D ...
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Can a user sell my software (MIT license) without modification?

Basically, I was just wondering if I release a piece of open source software under the MIT license, does that mean that someone could take it and sell it onto people without doing any modification to ...
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Driver's license renewal issue in Virginia

I was recounting an incident that happened to me several years back to a friend. While the issue is "resolved," I never learned of the proper, legal way to resolve the issue. I am curious if someone ...
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Can Hilton claim that they invented the chocolate brownie?

Recently on Good Morning Amercia, Hilton's CEO Chris Nassetta appeared to talk about Hilton's 100th Anniversary. It was discussed, amongst other things, how Hilton has had many 'firsts', including ...
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Copyright and licensing of orphan works

Scenario: A collection of works contributed by independent writers to a collective work/series is published on three different websites. The individual works are all orphan works (the writers are ...
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Prove for someone that a specific app is yours?

So I made an app and I am planning on releasing it, the app contains in app purchases (so users have to pay from inside the app). Now the thing is that when someone pays for a product in my app I will ...
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Trade restrictions on open source software

Apparently the US has put Huawei on a trade blacklist that prevents US companies to trade with Huawei. With hardware and proprietary software it is straightforward how this can be executed (don't make ...
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How are MIDI files of copyrighted music licensed?

Anyone with a music studio can easily download a .midi file from the internet, and then use it to produce a musical track. A midi file exists online for almost every song in the world, and you can ...
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Parody or Infringement? (United States of America)

I am struggling with the difference between these definitions. Q: Is this a Parody or a Copyright Infringement? In a proposed pilot for a TV/Web show aimed at children for edutainment, one of the ...
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OpenJDK. Could the license legally be changed to a commercial one?

I am aware of the new commercial licensing model for Oracle JDK. I also have operational experience with OpenJDK and Oracle JDK. I have tried to find conclusive evidence that Open JDK can and must ...
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Selling License Exceptions using CLA

I am working on an open-source software project in academia. It is currently licensed under a modified BSD-style license that allows only unmodified, non-commercial usage. We are currently considering ...
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Special Licensing [closed]

I’m a normal citizen in Ontario Canada. Authorities are failures on my subject. From police to RCMP and in between. Is it possible to apply for a licence to investigate with similar authorities as a ...
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Open Source Contributor License Agreements / Apache2 and patents

Many CLAs contain the below clause that is more or less taken from the Apache2 license: Grant of Patent License. Subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, You hereby grant to ACME ...
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Is it legal to distribute a modded free application on your website?

There is a free Android app called Google Camera intended for Google Pixel smartphones, and there's a huge online community of people modifying the application so it can run on more different devices. ...
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GPL Licensed code as separate process

We are going to use a GPL licensed application as separate process inside a docker. So here's how it works: Main app ships to client, it doesn't have any GPL code. Does have lots of things and ...
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Are there any AGPL-style licences that require source code modifications to be public?

So my understanding of the AGPL, is that it requires modifications to be distributed to the users of the network service, but I'm looking for a licence that would require any modifications (non-...
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Mobile app broke after an update. Am I entitled to a downgrade / refund?

The immediate problem I have encountered is described here, but I'm interested in the general concepts which apply in situations like this. What happens if a paid app stops working after an update? ...
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How may one add some functionality to publicly available source code for which the license forbids modification?

Is there a way way to add some new functionality to publicly available source code (rewrite completely?) and publish the modified version if the license goes as "You may redistribute the source code ...
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Removing My Name — Difference Between CC BY-SA 3.0 and 4.0

I've seen post(s) on removing a username from a Stack Exchange post, in accordance with CC BY-SA 3.0 -- see, for example, https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/96732/how-do-i-remove-my-name-from-a-...