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If a paper under the CC BY-SA 4.0 describes & designs a software X & its implications, does said software must be under a compatible license?

Let's say I wrote a paper which describes & designs a software and its implications, and I license it under the CC BY-SA 4.0. If some else (or me) writes said software, does it need to be in a ...
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Are fictional races from a video game universe protected by copyright?

For instance, the Warcraft Universe contains fictional races (various), such as the Orcs, Humans, Night Elves, Blood Elves, Tauren, etc. Are these races considered "original works" to fall ...
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Can one make monetized video content playing a game that includes a modification licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

There is a modification to a game Factorio that adds content and changes the gameplay. It is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0, and the author claims it is therefore forbidden to create monetized content ...
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Why FreeBSD License is considered a permissive license instead of weak copyleft license? [migrated]

From FreeBSD License: Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without modification, are permitted provided that the following conditions are met: 1.Redistributions of source code ...
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Do ghost writers have a claim of copyright?

Do ghost writers have a claim of copyright? I am seriously wondering. Can a ghostwriter have a claim of copyright when they redact your work? Let's say they write a novel out of your manuscript, what ...
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Ownership of a collectively created object

Imagine an art event, where participants contribute to the creation of a piece of art. For the sake of argument, imagine there is a raw block of stone in an exhibition hall and each visitor will get ...
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US/International law - Does Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. apply in case where US importer sells globally?

I bought book on Amazon. It is somewhat old statistics textbook and also "cheap" Indian edition with sign "unauthorized for circulation outside of India (and few other countries)". ...
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GPL-2 and LGPL sources in youtube video

Suppose that a developer D wants to a make youtube video about a text editor that D has created. D wants to use some real world source code segments as examples, which D will show and edit in the ...
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Using code snippets contributed by you in a library/project with restrictive license

Years ago I contributed some code snippets to a C++ library released with GPL license. Currently I am working on some closed-source commercial project where these snippets could be very helpful. ...
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Can I modify the YouTube licenses in order to make a YouTube video about SO Content?

I would like to create a YouTube video about content from StackOverflow. The licenses of SO do not seem to be compatible with the two licenses offered by YouTube as described in an answer here. The ...
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How long does a GPL licencee have to respond to a source code request before it becomes a GPL violation?

I have requested source code for a product that contains software licensed under GPL 2. The product includes a written offer to provide source code if you send a written request by email. The offer is ...
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Does the APACH2 Licene include the implementation of algorithms?

If some algorithm is written in some programming language and licenced under APACHE2 and I rewrote it in another programming language, Should the new code be considered as a derivative work or it is a ...
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Does this language mean can print out anything on this site?

I encountered this language on a website that hosts preserved books in the form of PDF's. Does this mean that I can print out any of the PDF's. Assuming I'm not limited to the restrictions. Limited ...
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Can I use MongoDB Community for profit?

Recently Mongo has relicensed MongoDB under their own custom license. Suppose that a developer D plans to use MongoDB Community on his or her own self hosted servers. Suppose further that D will use ...
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How can software theft ever be proven if a company has a right to keep its software closed source?

Party A (not necessarily a company) writes software. The software can be open source or closed source, I'm not sure it matters for the sake of this argument. Party A has license terms on their ...
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Who owns the right to the code generated by GitHub Copilot?

This question was somewhat inspired by this Meta SO question I found this other question... but that is more general. When someone uses GitHub Copilot does the person that is using the tool own the ...
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The license of auto-generated source-code

I have a C# application released under BSD 2-clause license. This application takes an XML file (MIT licensed) describing a software interface and generates the said interface as C# code. What license ...
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Responsibility of source code's copyright owner

Let’s assume that author makes source code of program publicly available. Every file has single-line copyright header “Copyright (c) <Owner>. All rights reserved,”. Nothing is explicitly allowed;...
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If you create something by following a YouTube tutorial, who owns it?

There are many videos on YouTube that teach you how to program. If you search "HTML/JavaScript/Python/[insert any programming language here] tutorial" you will find them. Some of these ...
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Is it legal to write a software license if I'm not a licensed attorney?

I was hoping to create my own open-source license since none of the existing ones seem to work for what I want. However, someone mentioned to me that in the USA it's illegal to practice law without a ...
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What are the implications if I include third party logos in the acknowledgements section of my copyrighted book?

I am writing a book on my recent research. I am going to register a copyright for this work and publish the book through a major publishing house (Springer). My editor and I have agreed in our ...
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Using software api documentation without copyright infringement

I've been starting to worry about the details of software copyright. This brought up the question whether using source code from an official documentation, that is copyrighted as usual, is actually ...
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Does forking a repository and modifying the contents violate CC BY-NC-ND 4.0?

I attempted to ask this question on the Github community forums, but it was flagged as spam and awaiting a review before being open again. I recently picked up the hobby of creative writing in my ...
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Can I impose the requirement of a paid license if and only if my software is offered as a service?

I'm getting ready to open source a project that facilitates the deployment, maintenance, and orchestration of data platforms on just about any architecture (locally, on any cloud of your choosing, on ...
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Is "cheating" in offline, single-player games illegal?

I understand there are laws like the Circumvention of Technological Measure (CTM), Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). According to these laws it's considered ...
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Alteration license

Suppose that a designer, John, is making a 3D animation. The models that he found online, have licenses that prohibit alteration. What does that mean? Can john animate it or is it better if he just ...
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When a contract includes a software EULA by reference, does the contract need to explicitly limit additional terms in the EULA?

The question Common Practices around Incorporating License Agreements by Reference about the software developer insisting that the contract include the line: If any of our current or future software, ...
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Can I make furniture from a video game and sell it?

The video game is not centered around these furniture items, however i have made some of the items from said game and would like to sell them. everything i make is purely my measurements as there is ...
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Site user posts data under licnese, can user demand erasure?

Suppose that a site, run as a free service, allows communication between users (a chat site). Suppose that the site also permits users to optionally upload text documents or images, which will be ...
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Voice samples from the old movies in the music tracks

I bet most of you have heard - in some music compositions - short 5-10 seconds "injections" of voice-lines from some old movies. I'm producing a track right now, where I want to insert a ...
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Should I include/mention licenses of dependencies of 3rd party software used by my software?

I have a project that depends on numerous 3rd party libraries. Each library is shipped with a license file. These I automatically copy to the deployment folder, where the compiled files are (my own ...
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GPLv3 modifications without distribution

I'm curious about the boundaries of GPLv3. I understand you can't distribute a binary of modified GPLv3-licensed code without releasing the source. I would assume you can modify GPLv3-licensed code, ...
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Why Should Anyone Form Official Club Organizations Anymore?

With the rise of Facebook, and the "Groups" it enables it's users to create and join, I worry that the traditional club is now obsolete. A friend of mine formed a local car "group" ...
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Could there be a legal liability when including SW with an (MIT) license with the author / year left unspecified?

Working with open source software in a professional setting (my own startup), I came across several instances of repositories in GitHub that have licenses that are parsed as valid, but are in fact ...
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Can I use the font Collegiate FLF for commercial use without legal consequences?

I would like to use the typeface Collegiate FLF, the designers went out of business back in 2003 - Casady-Greene I have been searching for a commercial license for this typeface to no avail. I am not ...
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Where is the line on what makes GPL derivative vs product?

Suppose, I am writing a proprietary software using a GPL tool, as in: compiling a binary using compiler licensed under GPL. I understand that in typical scenario, an output of GPL (or any) ...
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Does a Creative Commons license on sheet music affect what performers can do with their audio recordings of that piece?

As a composer, I only produce sheet music and I license all of it using the Creative Commons “Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International” license. This should allow a performer to perform and record the ...
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Is it legal to decompile Apple Open Source components?

I want to write a blogpost / record a screencast about macOS opensource components. I was going to decompile those opensource components and I am not sure if it would be legal. MacOS software license ...
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Which licenses are most applicable for themes within a web app?

Suppose a developer is building a hosted web app which lets people use prebuilt themes on their websites. They can select and apply a theme, and they can also view and edit the HTML, CSS, and ...
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Downgrade to more restrictive creative commons license for adapted work

Consider the following scenario (see this question for context and motivation): First, I publish a work under CC-BY. Then, I create an adapted version of the same work and publish it under CC-BY-NC-...
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Can the word "Cola" be used for commercial purposes?

I want to start doing some media stuff on YouTube etc and would like to have the word "Cola" in my name (e.g. names like ColaFinder, ColaCabin, StaleCola etc.). Now I am trying to figure out ...
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Are the assignments of tags to Stack Exchange questions licenseable?

Most questions on Stack Exchange have been assigned one or several tags by Stack Exchange users. Are these assignments of tags to Stack Exchange questions licenseable?
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Does using some software for research (intended for publication) count as "public performance"?

A specific example is section 2.1.3 of the NVIDIA license agreement: https://www.nvidia.com/en-us/drivers/geforce-license/, from which I quote: No Sublicensing or Distribution. Customer may not sell, ...
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Does cropping (masking) an image using CSS violate the CC BY-NC-ND license?

I was wondering whether using CSS property like object-fit or background to mask an image violates the CC BY-NC-ND license. Is this action considered as modification or creating derivatives?
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Is licensing required to use an excerpt of a song within a recording?

I'm currently recording a cover version of a song for inclusion on a compilation album which will be sold on Bandcamp. Because Bandcamp does not pay mechanical royalties, the organiser of the ...
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How to attribute a Creative Commons website icon

I want to use this icon on a public website. The Creative Commons license says I must give attribution. I've read here that to give proper attribution, you must put the work's name, author's name, ...
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What open-source licence allows internal industry research and development, but not direct commercialization

I need an open source license which allows for commercial entities to join academic and government entities, and to use our tools in their internal research and development. I need to bar the direct ...
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Who can publish GPLv4?

I was thinking about the or later part that is often used in licensing software. When reading https://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-3.0.html, I've found this: The Free Software Foundation may publish ...
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Do I really have to Open Source my project?

I'm currently working on a software which uses another software under the GPL version 3 license: https://github.com/ViaVersion/ViaVersion/blob/dev/LICENSE Now someone just came to me and said I have ...
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How can the odbl / dbcl data be used?

We have a database containing a list of addresses and want to start performing some analysis based on those addresses. It feels important to note we aren't selling or making our service public (or its ...

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