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What is the impact of the reasoning in the dismissal of X v Bright Data that prevents content hosts from prohibiting the scraping of content?

The US District Court in the Northern District of California recently dismissed X Corp. v Bright Data Ltd. (order, article). I'm most interested in the second part, the claims based on scraping and ...
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Do I need to pay Performance Royalties at a wedding?

As mentioned in this question, one must obtain a statutory or compulsory license to perform music in a public setting. By extension, this should mean that one must obtain a license to sing at a ...
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Is there an open source software license restricting AI model training?

I have a whole bunch of public git repositories online, licensed under MIT, and I'm wondering what options are there to restrict open source software use for AI model training with a commercial intent....
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Can a website that hosts Public Domain images forbid commercial use of such images

I notice that Wikimedia Commons hosts many images clearly in the public domain (published before 1929 in the US) that have been uploaded from Worthpoint.com. WorthPoint's Terms of Use forbid ...
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Can titles of published papers be used for commercial purposes?

Let's say I want to sell t-shirts, and I want to include the title of famous scientific papers. I am also considering adding some other visuals to the shirt; in some cases let's say I would consider ...
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Why are software licenses required to access a piece of software?

According to the GTA 4 EULA: LICENSE. Subject to this Agreement and its terms and conditions, Licensor hereby grants you the nonexclusive, non-transferable, limited right and license to use one copy ...
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Why does Creative Commons explictly state they're not a law firm?

When I read Creative Commons licenses, I noticed that they always clearly state that they (Creative Commons) are not a law firm, the public licenses are distributed as-is without any liability and ...
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How does GNU/GPL apply to internal applications? [closed]

I'm writing an internal application for my company. I'd like to use a package released on a GNU/GPL license. Due to internal nature of the application I am obviously free to present its source code to ...
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is there (yet) a standard, simple license header that prohibits machine learning?

Is there an SPDX or other widely accepted license header syntax/format that prohibits machine learning? My company's Github license statement includes: "Licensee is not granted the right to, and ...
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Can I publish my invention online under a license?

Say I have an invention (an electronics project or something alike) and I want to publish it, its way of working and my process of creating it online for others to be able to recreate it for ...
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Can I sneak around my copyleft obligations with adhesion contracts?

Some licenses, like the GPL, mandate that I license derivative works under the same license and not a more restrictive license. I believe this is called "copyleft". But say I want to have ...
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Can I impose licensing terms on the content that users create or transmit using my program?

This comment about email client monoculture made me wonder if what the poster is describing is possible. Say I write and distribute a piece of communications software, like Outlook or Trillian or one ...
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Can I send someone an email that they are not licensed to download or copy?

This answer suggests that emails usually come with an implied license to do things like download them to your computer, copy them from your old server to a new replacement server, etc. What if I sent ...
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Legality of AI vocals from royalty-free music

I'm a fairly new music producer, and one of the inherent problems with it is that it means you have to do all the work yourself: sound design, any vocals, mixing, and mastering. There's quite a few ...
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Can one grant a license for something that is not copyrighted?

Is it possible for someone to license something that is not copyrightable (e.g. too trivial, or no creative work), and is the licensee bound by that license if they use the "licensed" ...
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What happens to my software licenses when I die?

If I die, my computer or phone will pass to my estate, and then to my heirs according to my will. What happens to the licenses I held that authorized using the software installed on those devices? ...
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Hosting instruction videos for a paid app on youtube

Is it legal to host instruction videos for a paid app on youtube (for free)? I'm working on a paid web app, and was thinking about uploading videos to youtube, unlisting them and embedding into my web ...
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Consequential damages for copyright infringement?

Many software license agreements (or even terms of sale for physical copies) include prohibitions on reverse engineering as a condition. If I legitimately purchase and install and use the software, I ...
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Can I legally bypass software when their data is freely available? [closed]

I have built an app on top of an existing ancient software application. That ancient application exists of two parts; a software application and some actual hardware that provides specific sensor data ...
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Publish a vocabulary list from a Korean Comic

I'm learning Korean through comics. So everytime I read a chapter, I always make an extensive vocabulary list containing an English translation for each Korean word in that chapter. My question is: ...
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Are "Plex servers" as they seem to be commonly used actually illegal?

There's a piece of software called "Plex" that basically lets you operate your own private streaming service. You load it up with music and video files, and then you can connect to it from ...
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Is it possible to have a CC-SA turn into a CC-ND

I'm trying to license images in a way that allows the original image to be modified, but then not being able to make second derivative based off the original derivative (CC Clauses that aren't shown ...
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Does acknowledging derivative works reduce the ability for a license-holder to seek legal remedy?

Suppose Alice owns an IP for Aliceland. Without Alice's permission, Bob creates an Aliceland fanfiction, Bobland. I'll take it for granted that this is a derivative work, in violation of Alice's ...
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is it legal to monetize a translation of a foreign song

Suppose I find a copyright-protected song that has not been released in English. Could I release and monetize an English translation/interpretation of this song? Is it possible to copyright my ...
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Does a Creative Commons license permit tracing of a licensed artwork if derivatives are permitted?

Background If an artist releases their artwork under a Creative Commons license, they have the option to permit a user of the work to create derivatives of said work. Assuming the artist uses the ...
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Can copyright license revocation be retroactive?

Say I have made a great piece of art that people want to print and sell posters of, and also that I really, really hate Steve. Can I write a license to print and sell posters of my art where, if you ...
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Does the end user need a license for embedded software? Or just the manufacturer?

According to this answer, legal responsibility for operations performed via computer isn't as simple as always attaching to the owner of the computer or to the person who hit the button. It attaches ...
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Do I need a license to sell food from a non-food storefront?

To simplify the discussion, let's say I have a brick and mortar store, like Bath and Body Works. For those unfamiliar, they sell goods like soaps and perfumes. If I wanted to put a tray of brownies ...
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Is the GNU GPL v3 patent license grant valid in space?

The GNU General Public License v3.0 includes a patent license grant (emphasis added): ... Each contributor grants you a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free patent license under the contributor's ...
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Does incorporation of open-source (GPL-licenced) software by freelancers violate Upwork T&C?

Some widely used open-source software is distributed under restrictive licences: for instance, the R language uses GPL v.2/v.3. This and other copyleft licences impose several obligations, such as the ...
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What stops stolen software from offering a valid license?

A common pattern in software distribution is to have an installer program that pops up and offers the user a license to the software, and prompts the user to accept it. This End User License Agreement ...
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Would a user of the Stack Exchange API be liable for re-publishing copyright infringing data?

Data obtained from the Stack Exchange API is cc-wiki licensed. This license explicitly encourages the user of the API to copy, redistribute, remix and transform the data obtained from the API for any ...
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Faked GPL license

Lots of software is licensed under the GPL license. It is very well known and well understood. Like most legal documents the license is itself copyrighted, and while the license can be freely copied ...
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Driver’s License loss [closed]

My bank kept my TX driver’s license by accident. Before I had a chance to pick it up, they threw it away. Their excuse was that they didn’t think I was coming back to pick it up. I am a customer of ...
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Is Zero-Clause BSD legally binding?

Unilateral promises themselves are not legally binding, and donations do not constitute a valid contract, as these lack consideration (or "causa," a related concept in civil law). It's also ...
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How to legally sell installation of Windows 7 as a service?

I want to start a business. I will legally buy OEM keys for Windows 7 and then install them on machines and sell that as a service. Do I need some kind of license for that?
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What's the most similar license to CC BY-NC or CC BY-NC-SA but for source code?

The Creative Commons Foundation recommends against using the Creative Commons (CC) licenses for software. What's the most similar license to CC BY-NC or CC BY-NC-SA but for source code? To avoid ...
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CPU-Socket based licensing with regard to combo CPUs

The Enterprise Edition of MySQL database server has a subscription-based license that charges users based on the number of active CPU sockets a user has in posession. However, M1 Ultra and M2 Ultra ...
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How does the law decide who a computer is?

Is there any established logic for deciding who (software author, computer owner, local user, person who sent a remote command, etc.) is responsible for the actions of a computer? Say that 1000 copies ...
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Can a software license be conditional on the actions of others?

I recently had an idea for a "threshold conditional" software license that works like this: Any person/entity can purchase a license and gain the unconditional right to use the software any ...
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Is it legal for two or more users to use a Microsoft Windows computer at the same time?

I happened across a video called 7 Users on 1 PC! - but is it legal? that is about an older product that allowed a computer with Windows XP or Windows server to be used by 7 different users at once ...
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Why are the consequences of exploiting the "Unlimited" clauses in product offers?

There's a software application template and in its license (that is valid "forever"), they state that with the most advanced plan there's an "unlimited" amount of repository users ...
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What does "commercial use" mean?

In the legal arena, commercial use (for writers) refers to the use of images in advertising (including book covers). However, what does "commercial" mean when used by Creative Commons, ...
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Is a third party allowed to develop a visually exact copy of a formerly MIT licensed software?

My team at a non profit organization designed and developed a niche software product starting 2012. It was licensed under the MIT license until January 2022. Thereafter the license changed to a ...
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Why is disclosing that you offer no warranties so prevalent in documents?

I was signing an NDA and noticed that there was a clause on the owner offering no warranty relating to the document. I never particularly understood this. It is often prevalent in copyleft licenses ...
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Can a company that releases code as GPL, use it privately?

If a company has a Github repo under GPL license, can they, as the owners of the original code, distribute closed-source copies of it, i.e do they have a different right over the code ?
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Is Wikipedia in violation of GNU Free Documentation License?

Consider this article. The main photo on the right ("A female African bush elephant in Mikumi National Park, Tanzania") is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License version 1.2. ...
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Can I use a Spanish word in my software license?

This License is a libre and copyleft license for software, specifically designed ... Can I use the Spanish world "libre" in the preamble and following legal document? "Libre" ...
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Would it be legal to avoid Unity (Game Engine) licensing by having the end-user build the project

Is it legal (assuming US) if instead of paying for a proprietary software and accepting their terms and conditions for distribution, to require the user to own this proprietary software and use it as ...
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What should be done if one or more, but not all, of the contributors to a Wikipedia article require removal of attribution?

Alice has published a Web page incorporating content from a Wikipedia article written jointly by Bob and Eve. She is using the content under CC BY-SA 4.0. As is agreed to by Wikipedia contributors, ...
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