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Ownership of work done by freelancer using their own licenses

I have hired freelance workers for my commercial project. They own licenses for the products I want them to use (Adobe software) to create illustrations. An Adobe representative told me that whoever ...
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If George Zimmerman wins his $100M lawsuit against Ben Crump, will he lose his license?

Currently, George Zimmerman is suing Ben Crump (and many others) for purposely using a fake witness against Zimmerman in the Martin case. If he wins, which he most likely will as it is undeniable if ...
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Can a company read another company's software tool configuration files?

We are a small software consultancy. Several of our existing clients are unhappy with one of companies they have licensed software from (CompanyX) because that company started abusing their majority ...
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As a non-US person, what license may I have to use public materials from agencies of US government?

I want to reuse a gif published in this website of this US government agency. I don't see any copyright statement anywhere, except a link to Freedom of Information Act. In my vague understanding of ...
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Are open source software licenses really irevocable under US law?

Many open source software licenses, such as the Apache 2.0, the GPL ver 3, the EUPL ver 1.2, the OSL ver 3.0, and other copyleft licenses such as the CC-BY-SA 2.0 license purport to provide a license ...
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laws on “rebranding” modified products

Background: I'm was originally interested in knowing what it would take to sell a phone under my own brand that runs an Android fork (open source Android without Google, essentially modified, open-...
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Can a copyright holder legally remove another holder from license copyright, then expand it to all contributors?

The original author of a MIT-licensed project "merged" a large set of changes I authored, which included an addition of my name to the copyright line of the license. Later on, the original ...
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How does Qt accomplish both GPL and commercial licensing? [closed]

In Qt there are some modules which are licensed with GPL or commercial license: https://doc.qt.io/qt-5/qtmodules.html#gpl-licensed-addons How I read this: I can use those modules in SW that I sell and ...
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publish work under CC BY-NC

I have been creating a rpg system for the past few years, and I wish to put it online for the world to see, use freely, propose modifications and create with it as an inspiration. As I wish to later ...
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Technical Standards and Papers - Can the equations be copyrighted

This question is very similar to Licensing Issues of Methods for software and Copyright of technical standards however, the answers are, likely quite rightly unclear as it may depend on a specific ...
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Obtaining parcel GIS data controlled by a private company that uses public information/funds to maintain it?

I am trying to obtain GIS parcel data for non-commercial purposes. So far, most counties provide this information on their public GIS portals. San Luis Obispo and Orange County said they cannot ...
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Is it legal to use Google Text-to-Speech generated clips to train my own Text-to-Speech model and use it for commercial use? [duplicate]

I have generate 13000 wav clips legally using Google Text-to-Speech service. I have trained a Text-to-Speech model using it. Am I allowed to use my trained model commercially to generate same voice?
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What is an appropriate CC license, if any, for work I may wish to re-use commercially in the future?

I am writing a set of cycling route guides, with photographs, which I intend to publish on a website, free of charge. I would like to license the text and images with a permissive Creative Commons ...
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Are the graphic assets distributed with an open source software project covered under the software license?

I have an open source software project under the 3-Clause BSD license, which includes a logo in its README. Recently, working on another project, I have found that the license text does not explicitly ...
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I released a work to the public under a Creative Commons licence. Can I also release it to a specific person under different terms?

I wrote a book. I wrote it on my home computer. Then I put my book, unmodified, on the public Web, releasing it under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 licence. This licence entitles ...
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Which software license to use as a software agency for my client?

Suppose that a client that wants a project (mobile app) developed and is currently discussing the contract with a developer. The idea of the app is the client's and s/he will start a company soon, ...
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Is an SDPX header legally equivalent to a license header?

I consider to use SDPX headers in stead of the full license headers in my code. However, I wonder whether this is actually legally equivalent. So, for context, this is the SDPX license list: https://...
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What are the license restrictions on opencv-contrib-python, 'ximgproc' module to be specific?

I am not able to find solid licensing details for opencv-contrib-python, I am aware that it uses non-free algorithms. https://github.com/opencv/opencv_contrib However, I am not sure if I can use the '...
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Is it legal for Steam to disable content on my PC?

Some time ago I've downloaded the Demo for the game "Observer" on the Steam platform. I didn't play it immediately though. A few weeks ago I wanted to give it a try and was shocked to find a ...
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Is there a licensing recourse to recycling a riff?

I don't mean covering a song and making a few changes to the arrangement; there are mechanical licenses for that. I don't mean sampling, because this involves recording, and I'm thinking of playing ...
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Am I allowed to use recorded Text to Speech audio files in my Android or iOS App?

Am I allowed to create audio files with apple TextToSpeech on my Mac and then use these recordings in my app or web page?
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Javascript license

I am just entering the field of web development and I was wondering if the Javascript language has a license for the development of web applications for commercial purposes or there is a fee to pay ...
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In the software license BSD, what is “ Redistribution in binary form must reproduce the above copyright notice…”

I'm trying to understand all the responsibilities of this license. Does redistribution mean: publicly placing a windows .exe using the BSD licensed library for users to download on a website(free and ...
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Is it illegal to resell software licenses?

This commentsays Most of the “windows 10 license keys” on eBay are illegitimate. Downvoted I quibble with "most", and believe to be an all or none issue. More importantly, it is a ...
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What is the meaning of “using a file outside a project”?

On the Tatoeba download page, we can download a list of sentences that have an audio file: https://tatoeba.org/eng/downloads. In this file, there is a license field. In the description of the file, it ...
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What are the best practices revolving around forking and redistrubuting an apache 2.0 licensed repo? [closed]

I forked a repo on github and made a few changes to some existing files, I wanted to know whats the "suggested" format/way i make changes to the copyright? The license says i need to add a ...
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Using Times New Roman for academic paper without license?

As far as I understand Times New Roman is not a free font but a license to use it for personal purposes is included in products like Microsoft Word. Suppose I do not own a copy/license to any such ...
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Licencing restriction and first sale doctrine UK re. secondhand book

Does a geographical licence restriction hold after resale as secondhand item? I have a book (in UK) that is no longer of any use to me, that I now plan to sell on, and notice that there is a ...
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Is a teacher playing music in the hallway legal?

I am a highschooler in Alabama (USA) in a school of 700 or more (not 100% sure). When walking through the school, there is a teacher playing music into the hallways. The issue is that the songs she ...
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What are legal risks/consequences of buying cheap software licenses from ebay/aliexpress

I was disputing with one person about buying software licenses. For example, on ebay/aliexpress there are offers to buy Microsoft Office for 2 USD or Adobe PhotoShop for 3 USD. For me, it cannot be ...
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Can the Secretary of State exempt people over 75 requiring a TV licence under section 363 of the UK's Communications Act 2003?

Can the Secretary of State exempt people over 75 requiring a TV licence under section 363 of the UK's Communications Act 2003? I don't have any legal background but below is an extract from ...
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Can I copy pieces of Apache-Licensed source code if I attribute?

Suppose that there is a library (Lib A) licensed under Apache 2.0 Can a develop[er wishing to create a new library (lib B) take pieces of the source code from Lib A and put it into the source for Lib ...
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What avenues exist for licensing software code to one's employer while retaining the rights to use it in other projects?

Let's say someone works on personal software projects on their own time while also working for a software company. One day a situation arises such that the source code of one of these personal ...
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Can I use a Public Domain work commercially, if I extracted data from a Non-Commercial use digital copy

There is a number of digital libraries such as Europeana, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, Kramerius, Polona and so forth. Each offers a large colletion of digitized books. Many of these books are ...
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If my app is published in multiple countries, which jurisdiction does it fall under? [duplicate]

If I submit my app to Korean Appstore, but if it's also published in other countries' appstores as well (US, Japan, Mexico, etc), which country's jurisdiction does my app fall under? If it falls under ...
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Is it allowed to ignore copyright claimed over an exact reprint of a public domain work?

The question is general, but I will explain it with a specific example I am currently facing. In 1890, a book was published in Germany. Its author died in 1915. According to my understanding of ...
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License incompatibility between PHP and MariaDB?

I plan to make a simple website with HTML, CSS, PHP and MarìaDB; however, when I read the MariaDB license (GPL V2) I noticed that it is incompatible with the PHP license (this can be seen in the GNU ...
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Can the maintainers of a LGPL project use contributed code after the original contributor withdrew it and was kicked out from the community?

Suppose that out there in the web there is a project, let's call it <PROJECT NAME>, licensed under LGPL v 2.1 or, at the end user's discretion, above. An external contributor (not officially ...
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Could you fix and carry (for self defense) antique firearms in 2010 New York?

Forgive me for basing this on a pop-culture reference. I heard this on a TV show: Abe: They (antique guns) are considered collectibles, so they don't have to be registered. Castle: Making it pretty ...
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Can a person use a picture of copyrighted work commercially?

I was reading a book which had a picture of a car on it. I started wondering whether the author needed to get permission or a licence from the brand, or could they use the picture without infringing ...
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Would I be allowed to use a device hardened using a hardening guideline provided under a cc-nc license to do commercial stuff?

I want to install a new OS on my main computer. After I install it, I want to harden it according to these guidelines: https://learn.cisecurity.org/benchmarks I am not part of any company yet, and the ...
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Can I use a picture of a car for an album cover?

Assume I want to use a picture from unsplash of an old Dodge pickup for an album cover. Can I use the picture without infringing on the car designer’s copyright? Would I need to obscure branding or ...
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Can I use public domain MIDI files commercially? [closed]

Lets say I made professional music with the hope of selling them from public domain MIDI files. The files would have been modified slightly with the notes arranged slightly differently. Would that be ...
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How does Google and other websites avoid infringing on 3rd party copyrights for displaying images for 'commercial' purposes?

I really hope someone would be able to clear things up, because this question has been bugging me for a long time now. Google Images (and frequently Google Search as well) shows images associated with ...
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Licensing self-written software and trademark to the company which I own

I wrote software (as a hobby) a while ago and also registered a trademark for it. I thought about trying to commercialize the software, and realized that in order to limit my risks it makes sense to ...
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What does it mean that, for commercial use of this font, “a license is highly recommended”?

I intend to be running a web application in the browser for commercial use. The font I am considering at the moment is: Akzidenz Grotesk which can be downloaded for free provided it is for personal ...
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Can an API forbid caching of the data it provides?

Not sure whether this is the best place for this kind of question, happy to move it if needed. I'm designing a web application that will make use of a (non-free) third-party API. Paying a monthly ...
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University and Intellectual Property: What does it means for my university to own my final year project?

Note: I have absolutely 0 experience in this type of thing. Problem summary: I am a final year student doing my final year project. I created an innovative product (a software) as part of my research. ...
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Selling my own label-making software for Zebra printers

I did a little research on Google about the licensing problem of selling original label-making software for Zebra printers and failed to find anything related to it. Normally there shouldn't be any ...
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About tinyMCE editor license

I am using WordPress and WordPress using TinyMCE version 4 and it's old and not the best for our projects if we include the latest version of TinyMCE (5) in our projects many issues will happen so we ...

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