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Adding Youtube to my Android app with webview

I want to add Youtube to my flutter app, I have looked at Youtube's api services but I think they are not enough in many ways. That's why I want to add youtube with a browser. If I add youtube to my ...
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Non Profit Granting Rights of Use of Software to For Profit

we have two organizations - one for profit and one non-profit, that are related. The Non-profit benefits from use of Slack, GSuite and other tools at a discount due to the non-profit nature of the ...
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Am I allowed to use H.264/MP4 video files in a commercial game?

I use Adobe Media Encoder to convert my files to h.264/mp4 files. Am I allowed to use these converted files in a commercial project? webm is another option, but in comparison to mp4 files, they are ...
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Does the license need to be specified in every file of a project?

It is common for open source projects to have a LICENSE file containing (obviously) the project's license. It is however also common for open source projects to copy said license in each file of the ...
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question about choseing the right open source license [migrated]

My goals for the open-source license is credit for contributions like I get credit for the code I write and I would like if a person shows me a concept of how to do something and I implement it I want ...
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Licensing requirement for usage of win32com APIs through python package (pywin32)

For my project work testing, I want to use win32com APIs through python package (pywin32). Is there any license restriction for this? OR in other words what is the license clause if this python script ...
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Do you have to unlock your devices for TV licence inspections?

In this answer Matthew mentions that Section 366 of the Communications Act 2003 grants the person executing the warrant the power to examine your equipment. Specifically it says give the person ...
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Do I need a TV licence to watch internet live streams?

I am aware I need a TV licence to watch any live TV (including via the channel’s online catchup service), and I need a TV licence in order to watch any content on iPlayer. In the answer here: https://...
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How should I describe the license of a document that embeds alternately-licensed content?

I wish to distribute a document under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license. I have written most of this document myself, with the exception of sections which are formed of examples of code (written by ...
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LoRaWAN: is it allowed to write that my product is compatible with LoRaWAN even if it is not certified by LoRa Alliance?

I have a question concerning LoRaWAN protocol: Is it allowed to write that my product is compatible with LoRaWAN even if it is not certified by LoRa Alliance? I do not know exactly what can I write in ...
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Does the UK TV licensing rules disregard innocent until proven guilty?

I don't have a TV license, I use netflix and amazon prime. In the UK you have to state that you don't have a TV license and sign a declaration to that effect every 2 years (unless you then get a ...
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Law regarding licensing database of publicly available factual information

Some friends and I were working on a startup and we plan to consult with actual lawyers before moving forward. We want to get a list of company names in an industry and we found firm that as a ...
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Helping a friend = Too many fines and not enough money

A insured a motor bike for B, who signed it over to A. Since then, A has gotten close to $1000 in photo radar tickets. After multiple attempts to stop B from speeding, A cancelled the insurance. After ...
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Is it legit to fork an unlicensed repository for non-commercial purposes?

Edit: bear in mind that I'm not asking for which license, I'm asking whether it's fair or not. I want to use the treepedia_dl_public library as a core part of a new website. I checked the repository ...
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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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How to register a license for a software in India?

I have decided that I want to go ahead with the AGPL license for my software. What is the procedure that one has to go through in India so that the LICENSE holds in court. Will a LICENSE file along ...
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How is the liability part in a software license meaningful for open licenses?

The core text of the WTFPL (Do What The Fuck You Want to Public License) is short: 0. You just DO WHAT THE FUCK YOU WANT TO. This is in sharp contrast with another open license such as MIT (and then ...
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Is it legal to write a program that does something illegal but make sure the code won't ever be executed? [duplicate]

I was wondering the following: Suppose a programmer writes a program that has no license info but does something illegal, never runs the code but puts it to the Github. According to this: What are the ...
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Using Windows Media Player SDK in a commercial software

Does anyone know what license does the Windows Media Player SDK use? I am implementing a video player to commercial software written in Visual Basic and I couldn't find any license information ...
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Attribution of a photo under the “GNU Free Documentation License 1.2”

What would be a way for attributing a photo using the GNU Free Documentation License 1.2 only? Hypothetically, would this be one way? : “Image by Jon Proctor. Retrieved June 24, 2020, from https://...
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Legality of Embedding Games From Other Websites On My Website [duplicate]

Is it legal to embed flash games from other websites on my website? So far I've only embedded open-source games with MIT or similar licenses. What if a game on another website doesn't have any license ...
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When a library's license expires

We manage an application for a customer who owns all source code and all software licenses for this application. Application use Syncfusion library, customer have acquired the license in his name. ...
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Who licenses Stack Exchange content to end users?

If I take content that's posted on Stack Exchange (or, more generically, from a site that publishes user content based on a CC BY-SA license) and re-use it elsewhere, who is my license from? Is it the ...
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Can I shoot my homemade bow and arrow in my backyard in Beaverton Oregon?

I have a PVC homemade bow in my backyard that I want to shoot. Can I shoot it at a target that is up against the fence? I will put cardboard around it, but I have neighbors on three sides of my house ...
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Removal of Content under creative commons

I wrote content for 2 years on a website licensed under creative commons license CC-SA-BY 3.0. The community has become increasingly toxic and abusive and I no longer wished to be affiliated with the ...
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Does the acceptance of a software licence constitute a contract? Can such a contract be closed without using said software?

This question revolves around the (unresolved) question in the open source community, whether "dynamic linking" against a GPL-licensed library requires your software to be GPL-licensed, as well. I ...
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Is my overseas music distributor in breach of their licensing agreement? How do I get money owed to me? [closed]

When I first started making music several years ago I used a service called Music Kickup; they're based in Helsinki, Finland and I am based in California, US. They take music I send them, put it on ...
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Can I use company-licensed Software for private projects?

I got a Visual Studio 2019 Pro License at work, that is registered to my Work-Mail-Account. Now I was wondering if I could also install VS Pro with that license on my PC at home and create stuff with ...
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Can a game publisher restrict distributing homebrew cards?

Looney Labs' website contains the following (excerpted here; much longer there): Q: Can I make copies of my home-brewed Fluxx (or Chrono, or Nano, etc.) deck to give free to my friends? A: ...
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Applying for new license plate for vehicle from a different state in India

In India when you change the state you are required to get an No Objection Certificate(NOC) from Regional Transportation Office (RTO) and submit that to the state's RTO where you are moving to, to ...
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Copyright in copyleft licence?

Is the copyright mentioned in GPL v3 used just for the sake of defining the word? (It's not copyrighted, but the word encompasses the same actions that would violate the copyright if it was ...
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Can I play the famous song “The Stars and Stripes Forever” in my mobile phone commercial game ? Is there any copyright issue?

The song " The Stars and Stripes Forever " is a very famous song in the US. The song was composed by John Philip Sousa in 1896. By a 1987 act of the U.S. Congress, it is the official National ...
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Do historical software revisions impact the licensing terms of the latest version of the software?

Hypothetical situation: Our organization developed closed-source commercial software that used open-source libraries whose terms only apply on redistribution. At some point, we decide to open-source ...
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What's the license of a license?

If I were to take license texts of publicy available licenses, such as the WTFPL, to add some paragraphs and create my own license, which I then ship with content created by me, would that be legal? ...
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What effect does a project's software license have on its cultural works?

0BSD and ISC are software licenses. They grant permissions for software. I guess these granted permissions legally only apply to what fits the legal definition of software. What if a project combines ...
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Using Windows EXE file format in operating system

I know that adding Windows .exe file format can be very very hard. I want my OS to run .exe files and I'd like to know if I can use them freely in my OS without any risk or if I have to contact ...
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Licensing an image and artwork

A musician asked me to create his latest album cover off one of my photographs. He's not famous and will only publish his work on a few music websites, so he will use the artwork as a digital file ...
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Can I quote an article which license is CC-BY-ND

I have a question about direct quotations (i.e. "copy-and-paste" portions of a work - with ellipses "[...]" if necessary -) and paraphrasing the content of a text article which license is CC-BY-ND. As ...
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What's the point of adding a disclaimer in a PDF file to respect Adobe's licensing policy when editing the PDF?

I see that the International Organization for Standardization has the following disclaimer in some of its standards (example: https://web.archive.org/web/20200503214211/https://people.engr.ncsu.edu/...
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What does `remedy' mean when applied to `malfunction'?

In a legal document, referenced from the license, describing the support service of a commercial software product, the obligations of the latter are described thus: When Licensee reports ...
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Does a grammatical error in a license annul the statement?

In a license for commercial software, I have recently encountered the following perl pearl of perspicuous and immaculate syntax: [company] does not warrant that use of the Software will operate ...
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Can i use preinstalled fonts in my commerical software

I making a commerical software but license requied for using fonts come with Windows. I not redisturbriting. My app uses fonts in labels etc but i was not included ttf file on app folder. It's just ...
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Would automated builds of a game violate single-user licenses on assets?

I have access to a number of sound effect libraries via a personal single-user commercial license, allowing one backup copy each (which I am understanding GitHub to count as, purely out of caution) ...
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Free, conditional permission/service: contract or not?

This can be seen as another "is a free licence a contract?" question (inspired by this and this), but it focuses on the very basics of the underlying relation between parties. Alice and Bob do not ...
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Can freelancers publish code in GitHub and claim it to be theirs?

I am curious to know the legal process of a collaborated effort for a code at a small startup. Say I am the technical head of a startup, and I have about 90% of the code/commits. The other 10% is by ...
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Minecraft - must you accept EULA if you write your own server software?

Note: This question is just for my curiosity So from what I know, it is 100% legal to write your own Minecraft server software that is interoperable with the Minecraft client. This can be done by ...
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Licensing code which uses a few lines from another library

I have a header and source file which the majority is mine, however there is at least one function which uses a few lines of code from another library (Apache 2.0) I will license said files with the ...
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Can I write code using libraries with these licences (apache, mit, boost) in this way?

I have a simple question. I am writing some code (c++) and that uses libraries licensed as Mit and Apache 2.0 (which I know are compatible). My question is can I use libraries that have a boost 1.0 ...
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Can I get benefits of others' contributions to my GPL licensed software to use these contributions in my proprietary software?

I have my own code of a software, purely coded by me. I am intending to open source it, GPLv3 or Apache 2.0. Then I will add them to Github to let others get benefits of source code and contribute ...
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Choosing an open source license — allow commercial use for myself only

Context I'm writing a web app (and a REST API) and I plan to make my users pay for the software, in order to pay the server costs, but the code is available if some user wants to host the service ...

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