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Academic Use of Microsoft Software

I'm hoping to use software from the Windows 10 Operating System in an academic research project. I'm struggling to understand some of the wording in the terms found here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-...
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“GPL version N or later”-licensed code and publishing an EULA as GPL v4

Oftentimes source code is licensed as "GPL version N or later". But what stops some company from taking their EULA, publishing it as GPL version 4 and happily using whatever code they want to use in a ...
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Which open-source licenses do I need to provide if I use OpenJDK + Eclipse

My company uses Eclipse environment (in combination with OpenJDK) as a container (some kind of app store, like Google Play Store or Microsoft Store) for many applications/software made in-house. Some ...
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Do I need to attribute icons not used anymore but visible on GitHub's previous commits?

I'm developing a mobile app and I'm using GitHub for source code which is set to public, so I can show my friends. I was using some free icons from www.flaticon.com/home , which required the ...
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If someone lets you use their (e.g. Netflix) account, is it legal to let others use it?

If someone gives me the credentials to login to a streaming site they have an account for, would it be illegal for me to share the credentials with someone else? For example, if Joe tells me the ...
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Can I use my StackOverflow profile to release the contents of my questions and answers under a secondary license?

As I understand, when I post something on StackOverflow (or other StackExchange sites), I have copyright on the contents of the post and I've licensed significant redistribution and re-licensing ...
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How novel does a Stack Overflow answer need to be from a copyright perspective?

As I understand, when I post something on Stack Overflow (or other Stack Exchange sites), I have copyright on the contents of the post and I've licensed significant redistribution and re-licensing ...
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Uniform License Agreement

In section 3B of the United States v Microsoft Corp Final Decision the court orders that "Microsoft's provision of Windows Operating System Products to Covered OEMs shall be pursuant to uniform ...
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Can content be licensed in a singular place but licensed another way everywhere else?

If I want to create a content publishing website where authors can write works (and derivative works of other authors), is it legal (and, perhaps more helpfully, is it ever a practice) to have a two-...
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Is it legal to use “VMware Workstation 15 Player” with earning money purpose?

I am planning to open a blog webpage, publish technology-based content on it and make money via blogger earning methods like Google AdSense. The software I mentioned in the title, which is available ...
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Modifying and Using Open Source Software licensed under GNU Lesser General Public License, v2.1 [migrated]

TL;DR: Is it legal to use a modified version of the product licensed under LGPL 2.1, for commercial purposes and without the permission of the author (because the authors cannot be reached), and ...
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Using CARLA for commercial and for-profit use

I know that CARLA is licensed under MIT license that means that it can be used even for commercial purposes, but how is it with UNREAL Engine on which CARLA runs, using this engine for commercial ...
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Is opening a blog, publishing technological/educational content on it and earning money via blogger earning methods like AdSense legal?

I am planning to open a blog website and publish technology-based educational content as articles in Turkish language on it. Topics I'll cover are Microsoft and Linux system administration, cyber ...
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What licensing do I need for a non-profit?

I'm building a website for a non-profit. for this I'd like to use some fonts on the internet. I'm assuming that personal use doesn't cover us, but I'm not sure on commercial use because we aren't ...
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Fair use in (PowerPoint) presentations

Any search engine has an image search service. Typically they make profits (with ads) offering images, they do not own and, since it is unlikely that images are in the public domain, they use ...
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Is it legal to reverse-engineer free US government software?

The US government provides a number of closed-source software packages to the public for free. Some packages are explicitly listed as "public domain"; other packages list a specific agency as the ...
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Microsoft C++ Build Tools (2019) not allowed for use with Visual Studio Code?

Technically, it seems to be possible to use Visual Studio Code as IDE for C++ development in combination with the Microsoft C++ Build Tools (2019), see https://code.visualstudio.com/docs/cpp/config-...
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What is a gratis basis?

From DistroKid's Lyric Agreement (emphasis mine): a. For good and valuable consideration (including any consideration set forth in the Distribution Agreement) you hereby grant to us, on a ...
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How “infectious” is Unreal Engine 4 license? What is the scope of “product” definition?

According to Epic's EULA for Publishers, they want 5% of any gross revenue you might make out of using software built with their engine, including in-app purchases and advertising, before tax ...
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Why can an open source program use closed source file formats?

I have been wondered following: Excel and Word are closed source product. But still, Libreoffice can write Excel and Word documents, at least to some extent. Is it true that it is not criminal to ...
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Why does MirOS licence have liability exception?

MirOS licence has this warranty disclaimer: This work is provided “AS IS” and WITHOUT WARRANTY of any kind, to the utmost extent permitted by applicable law, neither express nor implied; ...
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LGPL for closed source software?

Is there any license that behaves like LGPL as in permitting the user/customer of the software to use/and change the software as they want, but has the following properties: Does not allow to open ...
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Must the Privacy Policy be Included In-App, or is a Hyperlink Good Enough?

The title says it: I'm wondering if my company has to have a copy of our app's Privacy Policy included in the actual software package. On the one hand, I could see a copy of the Policy being required,...
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Do you have to live in California to have a California's Driver's License?

I lived in California for many years under a work visa. I then moved back to Canada. Can I keep/renew by California driver's license if I currently operate a business in California (and thus currently ...
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How should copies of contributions from StackExchange be attributed?

On StackExchange there are two conflicting pieces of information about the requirement of attribution. How should it be done? From https://stackoverflow.blog/2009/06/25/attribution-required/ So ...
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Is it legal to sell a web scraper? [duplicate]

I’m just wondering if I will get in trouble for selling a website scraper targeted at a specific site? I see lots of online services offering this, some quite well established like ParseHub and they ...
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Can an invoice factoring company operate abroad?

Premise: Invoice factoring is a transaction in which a factor (or factoring company) purchases invoices from a business. The transaction involved is literally purchasing receivables and, for ...
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Why are “over-the-air” TV channels considered more important to regulate compared to cable and satellite TV?

I've always heard this legal talk about "over-the-air" television. That is, TV channels that you get into your TV through having a once-ordinary (not sure people still have such things at all) antenna,...
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After I register a copyright for my app, what do I get?

Lets say I took my app (source code) and registered it with the copyright office of my country. After that what form of proof do I get? Do I get papers that have my souce code printed on them and ...
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What happens to Rights and IPs after a company dissolve?

So I'm currently trying to figure out what happens to IPs, Copyright, Patents, Trademarks, etc. that a company owns, if said company decides to dissolve itself and cease all operations entirely. Are ...
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What are the “default rights” for the source code on the Internet without license shown?

Suppose that one finds programming code from a web-page without any license. How a reader of the web page can use it? Can she copy it to own computer, compile it, run it, do some statistical analysis ...
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Do I have to include copyright notice in research paper based on code under MIT (or BSD-3) licences?

I am publishing a machine learning research paper which is based on code using several open-source libraries. Do I have to include the copyright notice also in the paper or is it enough to include it ...
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If running Linux on same physical computer as Windows, can one legally use Microsoft's files?

I bought a computer with Windows 10 pre-installed. I then also installed Linux on the same computer so that I can choose between Windows or Linux at boot time (dual booting). I also have it set up ...
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Can I use a proprietary software in my web service?

My goal is to develop a web service that is automating multiple software together. I plan to sell the whole web service as a SaaS for a monthly fee. Problem is, one of the software programs I plan to ...
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Can Australians Accept The Ritchey Permissive License?

According to this post, in Australia you cannot disclaim all warranties. The Ritchey Permissive License does ("The material is provided without warranties of any kind"), but it also states "You must ...
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Is there a legal way to define the value of a private company that would hold up in court?

I'm a software developer who wants to charge companies based off any reasonable metric of worth I can find. For public companies, "Market Cap" is a pretty straight-forward choice. It can be defined ...
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End-user licence agreement: About insurrance

As a service provider, I've been requested to sign an End-User licence agreement for the user to use my service. The contracts looks correct except that part that I'm not sure: INSURANCE: You will, ...
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Is NASA content public domain?

I wonder whether 3D models & textures by NASA are public domain. Their GitHub repo implies so: We offer these assets for your use, free and without copyright. Or according to Wikipedia, ...
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Is musescore.com violating CC-BY-NC by requiring a paid account to download such files?

On musescore.com, there are several song arrangements released under CC-BY-NC (or CC-BY-NC-SA or CC-BY-NC-ND) licenses. However, musescore.com won't let you download many of these unless you have a ...
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Am I allowed to use another company’s Software License?

Say I work on a software project where I want to publish the source code (for example on GitHub) solely for review (= access, analyse, test and otherwise review the code as a reference). Now, I asked ...
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Does a business require jurisdiction permits when operating across jurisdictions? [closed]

a hypothetical site provides independent contractors to do massage and this site offers contractors in many countries and in almost any city of u.s.a. but i know that the municipal codes of many ...
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Is it legal to edit an EPL v2 licensed plugin given the circumstances given below?

Can I LEGALLY modify Cross GCC plugin, so that it becomes MinGW-w64 plugin given that I preserve the comment at the top of certain Java source files and plugin.xml and just add myself to the list of ...
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Implications of changing terms of a free license (LGPL, Apache, MIT, Eclipse, etc) after I started using software on old terms

While creating my software (as a developer / startup owner) I rely on the fact that I can use some (software) library for free. I also rely on the fact that I can use it for commercial purpose and ...
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Tasks which require professional licenses by non-licensed persons

Background (as I understand it in California) My friends, some stranger, or myself are allowed to do minor repairs (minor plumbing or electrical work) to a home, without the need for professional ...
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Is a contribution clause necessary in dual-licensed MIT-or-Apache code?

I’ve noticed a lot of dual-licensed MIT-or-Apache Rust projects have added this clause concerning contributions: ### Contribution Unless you explicitly state otherwise, any contribution ...
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Can licenses and disclaimers be summarized?

Software licenses try to avoid ambiguity, which results in them being rather lengthy and hard to read. Would I be okay with flippantly summarizing the gist or spirit of a license in another place (...
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How to dissuade certain organizations using my open source code?

I want to prevent military, policing, and surveillance companies from using my open source code in their projects, through a custom permissive license. Of course, I can't tell the military itself ...
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When I have the right to use/copy/publish/distribute/etc. content, does this also imply the right to license the content?

I have a website (hosted in the US) where users can publish their content. Per my terms of service, the users license their content to me so that I have the right to use, copy, cache, publish, ...
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How to adopt a class from .Net Core? [closed]

.Net Core is licensed under MIT (copy below). If I understood it correctly, it says I'm allowed to copy and modify the software, including for sale, but that I have to include the license text in "...
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Copyright of vocabulary collections?

I recently stumbled across an answer to a question stating that certain content could not be copyrighted. I wonder if this is also the case for collections of vocabs found online. Can they be ...

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