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Could I remove GPLv2 from this algorithm implementation?

I have a project that I started a long time ago and licensed under GPLv3. It uses an implementation of a particular algorithm, where the implementation is licensed under GPLv2. The algorithm is the ...
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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 ...
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Copying documentation and images from apache2 license

I am software developer and I wrote framework that is based on the same concepts as framework that is available in different language. This framework is under Apache2 License and I want to copy big ...
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Using Qt with LPGL license for a revenue generating, non-distributed private project

I am planning on porting my Python based TradingBot to C++ due to Python's GIL limitation. I have looked up a few c++ libraries like boost and Qt. I'm more inclined to use Qt because of its excellent ...
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Can a screenshot from a Youtube (standard license) video be used on Wikipedia?

Regarding images, Wikipedia requires either the approval of the owner or to have a license which allows free usage. Does the "Standard Youtube License" allow to use a screenshot or "frame capture" of ...
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Oracle Java SE 8 release updates after January 2019

Our suite of applications heavily depend on Java. One of our customers came across this link https://www.java.com/en/download/release_notice.jsp and are asking us to explain what it really means? Does ...
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Does GNU General Public License Persist When Changing Source Code Language

Recently I rewrote a very small PHP program (~300 lines) under the GNU General Public License into an equivalent C# program and it made me curious where the new program I wrote stands legally. Is the ...
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Can the subsidiaries of a holding company each operate under the same dba name?

Holding company X has subsidiaries A, B, and C Can A, B, and C each file a DBA to operate as the same name ie ACME? How would this be different than Holding company X creating a trademark ACME and ...
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Selling your personal vehicles versus being a used car dealer, what are the limits?

If you sell off a personal vehicle, or two, or three, you do not need any special licensing. However if you are a used car dealer you do. So how does the government determine which it is? Are there ...
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License for public Google Docs?

If I make a Google Drive document publicly accessible, can others use that information as they wish or is there a specific license that applies? For example, if I record experimental data in a ...
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I made a software version of a semi-popular board game for free. Is that legal? [duplicate]

All the code is 100% my own - I made it for practice, and to showcase my abilities to potential employers. To facilitate this, I want to release the code open source on GitHub. I credit the game's ...
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How does public domain work?

If a cartoon is in the public domain what does that mean exactly? For example these are all in the public domain: Mighty Mouse: Wolf! Wolf! Betty Boop And Grampy Private Eye Popeye suppressed duck ...
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Who owns copyright of video gameplay captures?

There are many videos on Youtube and it doesn't seem they are being removed, so one might conclude that they do not infringe copyright of the game publisher. But it could also be that for copyright ...
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Producing car models with famous brands - licensing? [duplicate]

I am looking to start producing scale car models of various famous brands. Should I have consent from every manufacturer for using their brand name on the box? Or is using a "Brand_name is a trade ...
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Does prospect of sale price being paid in full determine validity of sale?

I’ve been offered to sell my business to another business in what appears to me as a lease or licensing agreement with royalties, but the contract’s language says “purchase”. In short, the buyer ...
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Is it possible for an artist to retain the rights to their artwork while also allowing the client to reproduce the artwork?

I'm designing an album cover for a client and they want the rights to put the album cover art on a multitude of items (posters, tshirts, etc). Is there a way for the artist (me) to retain the rights ...
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How do I comply with MIT or Apache licenses while making clear that these licenses only apply to the libraries?

I am making a closed source app for my employer. This app uses libraries under MIT and Apache licenses. How do I comply with these licenses in such a way that it is absolutely clear that these ...
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can I get sued without accepting EULA

I plan publishing information in an article about Software which is the result of people reverse engineering the software. The author of the software has been attempting to sue people who made use of ...
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Is creating a new GPS trace a derivative work while using GPS-based ADAS?

There is a database of precise GPS traces. A trace from this database can be used in an Advanced driver-assistance system to help keep the vehicle in its lane. The vehicle in question is driven by a ...
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Do I need a license for Visual Studio 2017 on a non-TFS Build Server?

We have purchased multiple single (MS Open) Visual Studio 2017 licenses. I understand these to be licensed under the MICROSOFT (VISUAL STUDIO PROFESSIONAL 2017) SOFTWARE LICENSE TERMS, where under ...
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Is reverse proxy considered as a form of “public mirror”?

The Anaconda repo states that: Public mirrors of this are not allowed without express permission from Anaconda, Inc. If someone builds a public reverse proxy to https://repo.continuum.io/pkgs/ , ...
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Did Ready Player One have to get licenses for the usage of all its video game characters?

Ready Player One is a recent book and upcoming movie that makes heavy usage of famous (and less famous) characters from video games (also movies and shows). Did the book have to get permissions and ...
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What happens if I licensed a contribution to an open source project but it is discovered that I did not have the right to do so?

Suppose I made a patch to Linux kernel. I am supposed to confirm that I own the code. (Forgive me if "own" is not the correct term.) As I understand, this is a specific case of a general concept ...
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Does Mojang break the law with restrictions in their EULA for Minecraft?

Minecraft is a world building game that is produced/sold by Mojang AB. Minecraft may be played both offline (local data) or online (connecting to a server). Minecraft's EULA says that you may not ...
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Legal to “drive” without a license [duplicate]

Simeone v. Lindsay, 65 Atl. 778, 779; Hannigan v. Wright, 63 Atl. 234, 236: The RIGHT of the citizen to DRIVE on the public street with freedom from police interference, unless he is engaged in ...
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I invented a new product but i need to use a mainstream product to make my product.Can i legally sell my product using this bought product [closed]

I invented a new product and hold a patent pending status on the idea/product. To start I am going to make the product myself. It uses some parts that are not feasible to make. My product is a ...
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Malware and liability [duplicate]

What liability do I have if I make an opensource piece of malware (registered under MIT), and then someone takes it and uses it to infect hundreds of computers? Could I be taken to court for that? Or ...
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License for a software project - free for individual users, pay for companies?

If a software utility developer desired to issue a license to his or her software for free for non-commercial use or for individual users, while restricting the free usage of the software by companies ...
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License for an Internet radio with User feedback

I'd like to start an internet radio station app. The station will collect feedback, like thumbs-up and thumbs-down, from listeners in order to select the best songs to play next. The algorithm will be ...
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How can Wikipedia Creative Commons images be attributed in video?

I have wondered this for a while but have not been able to find sufficient information about it. Most media on Wikipedia is listed under the Creative Commons license. This means that it's free but ...
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How to dual licencing code on SE

From the footer on all SE sites, user contributions are licensed as CC BY-SA 3.0: site design / logo © 2018 Stack Exchange Inc; user contributions licensed under cc by-sa 3.0 with attribution ...
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Is using method below against the eula of pubg?

I made a generic tool/application to terminate the foreground window on windows systems. It is written in c++. It uses functions from windows.h: HWND foo = GetForegroundWindow(); GetWindowText(foo,...
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If there is no EULA with a program, can a person use it?

It's my understanding that programs come with a EULA (End User License Agreement) to inform the user that they are allowed to use the software but under certain conditions. Hypothetically speaking, ...
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Vagueness of copyrights & licensing of artwork

I'm having some serious hurdles to jump in my work, and can't find a clear answer besides talking to a specialist lawyer about it - can you create parodies inspired by already existing artwork? I have ...