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Questions tagged [licensing]

For questions about permission and terms to use intellectual property.

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What's the legalese for a licensing agreement to say it stays in force regardless? [on hold]

In a software licensing agreement, I want the parties to agree that the agreement stays in effect even if the licensor and/or licensee changes company formation (like from an LLC to a corporation or ...
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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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Retailing converted vans (EU/US) [on hold]

I've got a business-plan according to which I buy used vans of same model in local markets, renovate them, convert them to RV camper vans with identical equipment and then retail them in a stable way ...
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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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Is Minecraft doing enough to comply with the licenses of its dependencies?

Minecraft has a list of "attributions" here, which only includes links (and only to some dependencies) rather than copyright and license notices. The EULA does not include any of this information. As ...
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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 ...
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How long does a mechanical music license last?

I want to record a cover song legally, and have done a fair bit of research on how to go about doing that. I know I need a mechanical license. I'm also aware of some services that can help me get one ...
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Is it legal to include part of the NOW corpus in commercial software?

I have collected a lot of sample sentences from the NOW (News On The Web) Corpus and I parsed them via several computer programs of my own making. I want to know if I can include this data with my ...
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Does GNU FDL 1.3 restrict the copyright holder's distribution rights?

I'm running into a ball of confusion between people on how exactly GFDL limits (or if it does or even can limit) the author's rights. In our specific case, a copyright holder has provided work to us, ...
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Automatic Renewal Contract / Contract Law - Licensee Cancels before Expiration Date, but not within 30 day period

Has this turned into contract law - can the licensee cancel the upcoming auto-renewal? Licensee entered into a multi-year software usage contract with Licensor. The software license is a straight ...
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Is it ok to open source translated closed source code?

I received a library to use in a school project, which is closed source. However, the project itself was programmed in a different language, so I had to translate the original library. Now I want to ...
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CC-BY-NC-ND same as CC-BY-ND-NC?

When looking at Wikimedia, they say they would forbid certain licenses. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Licensing#Well-known_licenses They list the CC-BY-NC-ND and the CC-BY-ND-NC licenses ...
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Is it legal to open source a spyware?

I have created a simple spyware on which whenever a form is submitted on any website, it will serialize the form data then send the data to my email address. I am only currently using it on my own ...
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Government Patent Licensing Rights

If a license is issued to the US Government to build and operate a patented measurement system, is it violation of the license if the government hires a contractor to build and operate the system? ...
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If an app doesn't have any EULA is it free?

If an app doesn't come with a license, and the code has not been obfuscated, does that mean that the app code and resources are free and open source?
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Enforcement of programing tools licenses

Some time ago I became a university student and with that I got an access to serveral programming tools, such as Jetbrains' products, for free. The licences I got are of course only for academic ...
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Contact Microsoft legal department, or other ways to facilitate reinstatement of a Google Play app

I used an icon of Microsoft Notepad (taken from Wikipedia) as the icon for a free Notepad application Fast Notepad in Google Play. It probably was beneficial for the community, as it had no ads, and ...
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Are most Uber drivers unqualified to operate a vehicle for hire?

When applying for a commercial drivers license many life saving and valuable knowledge is to be learned. Commercial classes in the USA ranges to Class D in some States which is a car and to Class A,B, ...
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Appending to a creative commons license [closed]

I'm currently developing a game for which I want to document my experience with online through my website. On the site, one of things I want to offer anyone who subscribes to my mailing list is access ...
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Familial exemption for investment advisor representative

My parents have asked me to trade for them and they offered me a fraction of any profit. My plan is to set up a limited trade agreement and then manage the account's trades. Before doing so, I want ...
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Familial exemption for investment advisor [duplicate]

My parents have asked me to trade for them and they offered me a fraction of any profit. My plan is to set up a limited trade agreement and then manage the account's trades. Before doing so, I want ...
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Would showing code in a book which was written with a student or personal license not be allowed?

I was writing a book which I'm considering publishing in the future, but I realized that there was some code I wanted to include that might be an issue. I wrote it with a student license, so would ...
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Is a Receipt From the DMV Legal Proof of Purchase?

I recently purchased a used car and transfered the title at a licensing center with the previous owner. I paid for the taxes,tabs, and plates, received a few dollars back in change (I was surprised, ...
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When is it illegal to play someone else's copyrighted song on an instrument?

I am learning guitar and found out that Justin Sandercoe (from famous guitar teaching website justinguitar.com) has been forced to remove some of his lessons because the song he was teaching his ...
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Do I have to pay movie licensing fees if I rent DVDs along with outdoor pavilions with movie projector/screen setup?

I know that if I were to show movies to a public audience, I would have to pay a licensing fee. But what if I were renting DVDs to customers along with renting out to them a small, private outdoor ...
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What's considered fair-use when using somebody else's code as reference when coding your own product?

We have a product that uses a third-party chrome extension. Our clients would like extra features on the extension so we reached out to the developer for a collaboration, to which he politely turned ...
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Film based on CC BY-SA 3.0 content

If a film was based on text content under CC BY-SA 3.0 and released in theaters, would there be any way to stop people from ripping the film and uploading it to YouTube or similar content sharing ...
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Can you use only the name/brand of GNU open source software?

Suppose there is software released under a GNU public license, like Blender or GIMP or VLC media player, etc. I understand the coding itself can be modified and released, but, if someone wanted to ...
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Netflix through a VPN and original account location

I'm sharing a Netflix account with my brother who currently lives in the USA but since I'm not the library is limited somehow. I could use a VPN but I'm not sure whether the fact that my brother is ...
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Developing software under GPLv3 and selling the source code

I am a software freelancer (basically, I own a software company which is just myself), so legally, I'm the bearer of responsibility. Recently, I have been asked to develop a piece of software. ...
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Is a software license still valid, if it claims copyright for previous years?

I had a FOSS project with a license which first mentioned "Copyright 2016". Then year 2017 came, and I replaced it with "Copyright 2017". After a while, I realized my mistake and replaced it with "...
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Does the knowledge from a Creative Commons licensed work require attribution?

I have question about the popular Creative Commons licenses, but this question may also apply to other licenses. When somebody reads answers on a forum or other content licensed under a Creative ...
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Is the WTFPL globally valid?

Reading the comments to the answer of this question, it seems that the Unlicense presents legal problems in countries like Germany. This is because German law doesn't permit simply waiving all ...
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Software Vendor Renewal Messages Legality

We purchased the license to use a SharePoint migration software tool about 18 months ago. During the first year, the license period, it ran just fine. We did not choose to renew the software. It ...
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Do fonts integrated in the browser need licensing?

Fonts like Helvetica and Arial are commercial, meaning that one needs to purchase (rent actually) a WebFont license when providing that font. However, both fonts are available on the very most ...
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Can I use Avenir Next (a font built-in to iOS) on an iOS app?

Avenir Next comes installed on every iPhone running iOS 9 and newer. Assuming my app only supports iOS 9 and up, is it permissible to style text with Avenir Next in my app? The font isn’t embedded ...
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Can I include sample code in my own program without breaching copyright rules?

I made a program using NAudio (under Microsoft Public License) but including parts of the NAudio sample code. I want to distribute this program, probably as open source. Is it legal if i distribute ...
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Using copyrighted material falsely advertised as Creative Commons or public domain (in U.S.)

You're searching for images to use in a book you're working on. You find an image with a Creative Commons license on Wikipedia or some other website. So you use it, adding the proper attribution. But ...
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Copyright and Encrypted Backups

A person's computer stores a variety of copyrighted files which they have a license to use and store (such as video games, operating system files, and purchased or freely available media). However, ...
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Private license within copyleft

Within a copyleft license is it possible to have a clause that would grant exclusive rights (=private license) for the same content to a company? I mean something liky CC-BY-SA plus "company X is ...