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Questions tagged [licensing]

For questions about permission and terms to use intellectual property.

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Atlaskit in commercial projects

I found this amazing project https://atlaskit.atlassian.com/. But after visit some pages about license issues I have a lot of confussion. Can I use Atlaskit in comercial projects and customize the ...
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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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What license does source-to-source compiled (transpiled) code have? [closed]

Let's say I'm a software developer that wants to transpile (source-to-source compile) an existing software library, let's call it A. This library is written in the Bork-Bork programming language. I ...
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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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Visual Studio Community 2017 licencing terms - “Enterprise” definition - 250 users

I have an LLC that I'd like to develop Xamarin applications under with VS community 2017. So, being a person that is somewhat obligated to read licensing terms; I have a question about a word that isn'...
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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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FDL code in GPL repo [migrated]

I have a repository (GPLv3) full of configuration files that I recently noticed uses some FDL code (FDLv1.3). I have the following questions: To resolve this issue and keep the code: Could I re-...
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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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New Java licensing [closed]

I read this article about java and their new licensing model. https://www.aspera.com/en/blog/oracle-will-charge-for-java-starting-in-2019/ This sound really vague to me. Can anybody explain what this ...
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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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Is it legal to copy the structure of a program

If there is a software suit or library API, and I would like to build my own with similar capabilities, is it legal to copy the structure of the former, but using my own code. For example, say a ...
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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 ...
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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 ...