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Questions tagged [licensing]

For questions about permission and terms to use intellectual property.

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Removing Developer Name From Software

I have recently found someone that is using software that I released on GitHub under the Apache License 2.0. The software is a Discord bot that includes a dashboard. I also have the following in the ...
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What widely available software license is appropriate if I want to freely distribute but keep my own right to sell?

I am working on a project and I have the source code on github. I'd like to add a license to it, but I'm not sure exactly what I need. I have the following circumstances: I'd like to eventually be ...
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How can a copyright liccense be irrevocable under US law

The various creative commons licenses and various copy-left and similar licenses all claim to be "perpetual" or "irrevocable" -- to last for the term of the copyright. For example, the CC-BY 4.0 ...
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Rubik's cube image rights EU court decision

In February 2016, I have asked a question (Rubik's cube image rights) regarding image rights of Rubik's Cube. In short - I have developed an Android application allowing user to solve Rubik's Cube,...
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Are there any examples of selling unsealed videogame as “new” being illegal?

Contest: over the years, a mayor videogame reseller company that operates in many countries worldwide has made a practice to unwrap the games it sells, putting only an empty box on display. When you ...
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Windows 10 iotcore for raspberry pi license questions [on hold]

We are looking into making a commercial (offline) instrument with a raspberry pi running windows 10 IOT core. Will we need a license for that? If so which license . I've been looking into this but I'm ...
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Can I use my own Open Source code in commercial software I'm writing?

If I release some code that I wrote myself with an Open Source license (a WordPress plugin with the GPL2 license, https://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-2.0.html), can I then use my own code in commercial ...
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How the rights work about selling a program which works with other open source code?

I'm a little confused about the copyrights and etc. I'm working on an indie game by myself and I don't have the capacity to make everything myself, so I use open source libraries like LWJGL,dyn4j,...
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combining stock images and footage

If I license stock images/video footage from a stock image company and alter and recombine them in a layered composition with my own original elements added to create a new image/video composed of ...
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Who, at a company, is allowed to release code under (open source) license?

Suppose I wanted to release some code I wrote for my employer as an open source project, who at the company would be allowed to do that in the eyes of the law? I ask about open source, but I suppose ...
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Websites using GPL-licensed libraries

If a customer of yours pays you to develop a website (not to buy it, so he doesn't receive a copy of the software), the website uses GPL libraries or frameworks, and the site is installed in a server ...
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Closed-source licence that limits liability and warranty [closed]

Is there any software licence that I can freely grab that only limits my liability while not additionally allowing any distribution and have other open-source permissions? Since what I understand is ...
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Application code shared between GNU and Comercial software

We have a software of our authory and made by our company, We have licensed a sub part of it as GPL v2 and still develloping a professional version with more features and that shares the code we ...
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Responsibility when making claims about the license of a work

Imagine that some person X is running a website where they provide access to some creative work and claim that it is in the public domain, or under a permissive copyright license. Imagine that Y ...
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Why can image search engines use all images without asking for permission? [duplicate]

I have an image on my website, which I created myself. I have not added any license. The photo is just there. Google is showing the image in their image search. They also modified it by creating a ...
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Image source and copyright disagreement

I just have a quick question about image use. For some background, I'm starting a business, and as a placeholder (I am not currently making money, so I guess its personal use right now but that will ...
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I have doubts about the Github licensing issue [closed]

I will go straight to the point, I already read the terms I looked for some information on the issue of licenses I looked at sites but nothing, I did not understand anything is that I have a project ...
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Is there a need for a license agreement when two programmers want to join forces on a common side project?

Recently me and an acquaintance have been talking about working together on a side project. I know he operates his own LLC and probably wants to release the side project under the LLC which is fine. ...
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Do licence terms of Microsoft Visual Studio Community allow me to distribute applications developped with it?

From the licence terms ofMicrosoft Visual Studio Community: Individual License. If you are an individual working on your own applications to sell or for any other purpose, you may use the software ...
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Can I use CC BY-NC licenced music in my freemium mobile game?

According to creativecommons.org, a CC BY-NC license stands for a Creative Commons license that prohibits you to use the material in "Commercial Purposes" and for the commercial purposes they have ...
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Is it legal to use old software illegally?

In this question, I'm talking about the unsupported or discontinued software or the old versions of programs that are no available to buy on their official websites as there is already newer versions (...
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How are open source licenses valid without consideration?

I'm not a lawyer or law student in any capacity, but I've read in multiple sources that a contract is not valid unless there is consideration for both parties. With this in mind, how can licenses for ...
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Legality of reverse engineering when licensing code stops working and the author is deceased?

There is a piece of software floating around there called ASIO Link Pro, but apparently (and sadly) the author of that software has passed away. (https://www.reddit.com/r/obs/comments/7ffn5f/...
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Carelessly used Visual Studio Preview to develop an app that I'd like to release; what are my options?

A game. It started as an academic project, though I've always intended to release it (for free) at some point. I checked the licence terms of Visual Studio 2017 Community. Happy, happy, joy joy: ...
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Using older version of JDK8 after January, 2019

I'm using Oracle JDK8 for some web services and it's a bit difficult to move to OpenJdk right now. As public support for JDK8 is ending on January, 2019, is it possible continue using Oracle JDK8 ...
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Open source licenses and auxiliary content

Apparently, images and other auxiliary content can be licensed with typical software licenses such as MIT. Let's assume the following: I have a repository with different kinds of files I want to ...
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When does software copyright expire on defunct products (i.e. Lotus 1-2-3)

There are a lot of people still using "defunct" software such as Lotus 1-2-3 and Lotus Organizer. We also use existing software today that will be cancelled in the near future but may still have ...
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Are software licenses copyrighted?

If someone wanted to 'fork' a private company's license, could they legally do so? That is to say, if, for instance, the company Grammarly found that significant portions of the company Evernote's ...
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Java SE 11 New commercial license

Oracle has changed the commercial license since Java SE 11, as I understand. Does this impact products created using Java. For example I have a program written in Java I plan to sell. Also is it the ...
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Do I have to link to the glyphicon website?

The Bootstrap homepage states : Glyphicons Halflings are normally not available for free, but their creator has made them available for Bootstrap free of cost. As a thank you, we only ask that you ...
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JetBrains Student Licenses - OSS allowed?

According to this question(and the license agreement) : Am I allowed to use a students license for my Bachelor Thesis at work? I may not use JetBrains IDE's which I have access to using an "...
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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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Can I use non-commercial software for a project that may earn money in the future?

I am using syntevo's SmartGit software for hobbyist projects, which falls under their non-commercial license so I can use the tool for free: 3.2.1 If a SOFTWARE Non-Commercial License is agreed-...
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If Internet Businesses need City Business Licenses

Say you have registered a cloud technology business with the state you live in to obtain your Business Entity Number, and you have also obtained your EIN tax number. It seems that the next step is to ...
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Removing footer credit for this specific theme

I was wondering if after I purchased this theme I could remove the footer credit under a regular license for this theme? https://themes.getbootstrap.com/product/boomerang-bootstrap-4-business-...
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Can I use GPLv3 license in my project even if I am below 18 years old

My question is can I license my Game project with GPLv3 and have my name right of the copyright notice even if I am below 18?
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Code compatible with a GPL licensed program published under a different license (GNU gettext)

Context: The Python standard library already contains a gettext module roughly compatible with the original GNU gettext library. Simply this module does not use the hash tables present in mo files to ...
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Licensing - can any intangible thing of value to which an individual holds exclusive rights be licensed?

Provided an intangible thing is of value and an individual holds the exclusive rights to that thing of value, is there any limitation to what can and cannot be licensed? Can an individual license ...
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Can a professor patent and license a technology if the development used software with non-commerical license?

Suppose a professor or student at a university uses software like Rosetta (a protein folding software) for their research. Rosetta has free academic licenses as well as paid commercial licenses ...
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Illegal to have a driver's license in multiple states?

In New Hampshire they have a law that it makes it illegal to issue a driver's license unless the person has no other license in another state: 263:4 Driver Limited to One License. – No person shall ...
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Closed Source License with No Liability?

I’m writing a closed source program with a small group of people. We will be distributing it without the code, but I’m worried about two things: If my program deletes the user’s files or causes any ...
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Can i get sued for using another person's/company's code without knowing it belongs to them

Let's say i made an app that notifies the user when a game on Steam became free for a limited time. Some other person or company makes an app that notifies the user when there's a specific item on ...
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Legality of the use of commercial fonts available for free from uxfree.com

I am interested in using the Futura PT family of fonts in a web application for the company at which I work. I initially found Futura PT listed on fonts.google.com, but the font wasn't available for ...
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What to do if a police officer as oppressed you? Can you take revenge on him?

Context I have heard a disturbing story from my grandmother saying that my aunt was driving her car in a place where there is no traffic and suddenly a police officer has stopped her and suspended my ...
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Does creating an unpaid event poster for a commercial event constitute commercial use?

Licenses of artworks or stock photos often state that they are free for non-commercial use. Assume I create a poster for an event. I do not sell the poster, but the event is commercial (has an entry ...
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Is it legal to use “Java” in a domain name for a website?

I want to register a domain (within Poland) that contains "Java" word in it. Am I allowed to it, or is it illegal? I heard about the case of Vavr (formerly Javaslang) which changed the name due to ...
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How can one verify a purportedly freely licensed image on a user-content site?

Based partly on comments to this question, how can a person who finds an image on a site, such as flickr, that hosts user-uploaded images verify that the it is in fact free to use. Suppose that the ...
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What to do after an employee leaked our algorithm?

One of my company's internally developed algorithms was published online. It's a complex algorithm that took years to develop, I have a pretty good idea of which employee leaked it based on the team ...
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Selling custom electronic projects online in the uk

(Sorry if I am posting in the wrong forum) I am wanting to have a go at selling some of my projects (mostly lighting: epoxy, led strips) after doing a search, it sounds like there are a lot of ...
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Does Unity's “Reference Only” license allow anything that copyrighted publication would not?

I recently encountered the Unity Reference-Only License. Is there any freedom allowed by this license that wouldn't be allowed already simply by an "All Rights Reserved" copyrighted publication of ...