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Questions tagged [licensing]

For questions about permission and terms to use intellectual property.

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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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what is the procedure to develop CARD GAME? Is that Legal in India? [closed]

I know rummy is legal in India, but I am planning to develop a new card game for cash, not 13 card rummy, It is about 5 card game (also a 3card game) not rummy. To implement this cash website game ...
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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-...
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Enable downloading non-commercial use material from a commercial app

This question is related to this one Copyrights of material that would be used for both commercial and non-commercially. I am developing mobile app that contains ads and premium paid option. In short,...
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Copyrights of material that would be used for both commercial and non-commercially

I want to include some audio materials in a mobile app that I am developing. Those audio materials are "free to use or redistribute for non-commercial use". My app is free but I will put Ads. ...
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Is it legal to sell clothes with Supreme red box logo, but with custom text inside?

Let's say I wanted to sell t-shirts/hoodies with Supreme box logo (font, color & shape), but custom text inside. Would it be legal? Normally, I would assume it wouldn't. However, I know that the ...
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Recreating images from video games in a stats app

I am making a Discord bot that tracks in game stats for many popular video games and I'm having trouble discerning whether it's ok or not to display these stats in a format that replicates the in game ...
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How to enforce GPL if the copyright holder doesn't have access to the source code of violating software?

I'd like to publish a C library project that I have written on GitHub and license it under GPL, so I am doing some research on open source licenses and some confusion comes to mind. Let's say Evil ...
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Does a license found in a repository automatically apply to the code in the repository?

Imagine this situation, you create a new project which is not intended to be Open-Source, but you use a permissive framework which allows not opening the source code of your own project which depends ...
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What is the difference between a private exhibition and public performance with regards to showing films?

Most films for home video in the US begin with an FBI warning that includes some variation of this message: Licensed only for non commercial private exhibition in homes. Any public performance ...
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Has the scope of Share Alike narrowed between CC 3.0 and 4.0?

What's the issue? The wording of CC BY-SA licenses changed significantly between versions 3.0 and 4.0, but I don't believe Creative Commons (CC) intended to narrow the scope of share alike (I explain ...
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Understanding 'Adapted Material' for illustrations in a book

Suppose an author is intending to create a book using several (unmodified, pre-arranged/ordered) illustrations which are available under a CC BY-SA 4.0 license. Is the author required to share the ...
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Can I remove a watermark applied by a software on my own work?

I was wondering if I can remove a watermark from an image created by me. I used a software to create the image (namely, Visual Paradigm Online): if I subscribe to a commercial license, the software ...
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Can I use the sound files, generated by the Google Cloud Text-to-Speech freely?

Google sells access to their TTS service at https://cloud.google.com/text-to-speech/. They advertise that you can use it for free, if you use less than 4 million letters (1 million for WaveNet voices)....
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Keeping converted music files after the expiration of Apple Music membership

Assume someone used Boilsoft Apple Music Converter (which they purchased) to remove DRM protection from music stored in their Apple Music Library, converted that music to the mp3 format and stored it ...
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Copyright Law for Logo Design that Incorporates a Royalty Free Vector Design [closed]

I am designing a logo for a for profit company. This logo design consists of letters that represent the name of the company but also incorporate a silhouette of a city skyline merged with these ...
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Do objects in the public view need licencing?

I would like to create a game that would use Google Street maps to build a map for gaming. Can pictures or video be obtained from Google maps to produce a game? Google maps already blur signs and ...
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Can I make a game with the N64 SDK legally?

Can I legally create a game with the Nintendo 64 SDK? I have seen several SDKs on the internet which are verified to be the real deal. My next question is if I can distribute it legally. I was going ...
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Can a license agreement apply to a physical object?

I purchased this board from Digi-Key for $27.97. Later, I noticed on the ST website that there is a license agreement for the board. (To be clear, I did not agree to the license when I purchased the ...
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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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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 [closed]

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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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 ...