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How do I handle software with conflicting licenses?

Software creator X has created two pieces of software; A and B. A is an original API which they’ve licensed under the GNU GPL. B is an implementation of that API which also packages a library ...
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What happens to Rights and IPs after a company dissolve?

So I'm currently trying to figure out what happens to IPs, Copyright, Patents, Trademarks, etc. that a company owns, if said company decides to dissolve itself and cease all operations entirely. Are ...
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What legal precedent is there for defining abstract formulas?

For context, I'm in a failure-is-acceptable scenario, attempting to learn/do my best. It's okay if I mess up. I'm trying to write a software license which has a dependency on company value, but ...
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Can screenshots from YouTube videos be used in technical manuals and on websites, according to copyright laws?

The screenshots have no persons visible, at least no faces. Is there a difference if the screenshots have been processed with an art filter to look like a drawings.
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COCO - Common Objects in Context License Issues [closed]

As stated on Coco License: Images The COCO Consortium does not own the copyright of the images. Use of the images must abide by the Flickr Terms of Use. The users of the images accept full ...
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What are the “default rights” for the source code on the Internet without license shown?

Suppose that one finds programming code from a web-page without any license. How a reader of the web page can use it? Can she copy it to own computer, compile it, run it, do some statistical analysis ...
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Do I have to include copyright notice in research paper based on code under MIT (or BSD-3) licences?

I am publishing a machine learning research paper which is based on code using several open-source libraries. Do I have to include the copyright notice also in the paper or is it enough to include it ...
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If running Linux on same physical computer as Windows, can one legally use Microsoft's files?

I bought a computer with Windows 10 pre-installed. I then also installed Linux on the same computer so that I can choose between Windows or Linux at boot time (dual booting). I also have it set up ...
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Can I use a proprietary software in my web service?

My goal is to develop a web service that is automating multiple software together. I plan to sell the whole web service as a SaaS for a monthly fee. Problem is, one of the software programs I plan to ...
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Can Australians Accept The Ritchey Permissive License?

According to this post, in Australia you cannot disclaim all warranties. The Ritchey Permissive License does ("The material is provided without warranties of any kind"), but it also states "You must ...
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Is there a legal way to define the value of a private company that would hold up in court?

I'm a software developer who wants to charge companies based off any reasonable metric of worth I can find. For public companies, "Market Cap" is a pretty straight-forward choice. It can be defined ...
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End-user licence agreement: About insurrance

As a service provider, I've been requested to sign an End-User licence agreement for the user to use my service. The contracts looks correct except that part that I'm not sure: INSURANCE: You will, ...
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Is NASA content public domain?

I wonder whether 3D models & textures by NASA are public domain. Their GitHub repo implies so: We offer these assets for your use, free and without copyright. Or according to Wikipedia, ...
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Is musescore.com violating CC-BY-NC by requiring a paid account to download such files?

On musescore.com, there are several song arrangements released under CC-BY-NC (or CC-BY-NC-SA or CC-BY-NC-ND) licenses. However, musescore.com won't let you download many of these unless you have a ...
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Am I allowed to use another company’s Software License?

Say I work on a software project where I want to publish the source code (for example on GitHub) solely for review (= access, analyse, test and otherwise review the code as a reference). Now, I asked ...
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Does a business require jurisdiction permits when operating across jurisdictions? [closed]

a hypothetical site provides independent contractors to do massage and this site offers contractors in many countries and in almost any city of u.s.a. but i know that the municipal codes of many ...
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Is it legal to edit an EPL v2 licensed plugin given the circumstances given below?

Can I LEGALLY modify Cross GCC plugin, so that it becomes MinGW-w64 plugin given that I preserve the comment at the top of certain Java source files and plugin.xml and just add myself to the list of ...
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Implications of changing terms of a free license (LGPL, Apache, MIT, Eclipse, etc) after I started using software on old terms

While creating my software (as a developer / startup owner) I rely on the fact that I can use some (software) library for free. I also rely on the fact that I can use it for commercial purpose and ...
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Tasks which require professional licenses by non-licensed persons

Background (as I understand it in California) My friends, some stranger, or myself are allowed to do minor repairs (minor plumbing or electrical work) to a home, without the need for professional ...
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Is a contribution clause necessary in dual-licensed MIT-or-Apache code?

I’ve noticed a lot of dual-licensed MIT-or-Apache Rust projects have added this clause concerning contributions: ### Contribution Unless you explicitly state otherwise, any contribution ...
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Can licenses and disclaimers be summarized?

Software licenses try to avoid ambiguity, which results in them being rather lengthy and hard to read. Would I be okay with flippantly summarizing the gist or spirit of a license in another place (...
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How to dissuade certain organizations using my open source code?

I want to prevent military, policing, and surveillance companies from using my open source code in their projects, through a custom permissive license. Of course, I can't tell the military itself ...
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When I have the right to use/copy/publish/distribute/etc. content, does this also imply the right to license the content?

I have a website (hosted in the US) where users can publish their content. Per my terms of service, the users license their content to me so that I have the right to use, copy, cache, publish, ...
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How to adopt a class from .Net Core? [closed]

.Net Core is licensed under MIT (copy below). If I understood it correctly, it says I'm allowed to copy and modify the software, including for sale, but that I have to include the license text in "...
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Copyright of vocabulary collections?

I recently stumbled across an answer to a question stating that certain content could not be copyrighted. I wonder if this is also the case for collections of vocabs found online. Can they be ...
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Free english content, translation rights and fan translation

An editor published for a free scenario for a role-playing game. The French editor possesses the translate right for all the content of the game, free content included. Is it possible for the French ...
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Can I change MIT license to a proprietary license?

I have an open-source project licensed under MIT. Can I change the license to a proprietary license? (not double licensing) What if I don't want to distribute it anymore and want to move to a ...
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Python with Visual Studio Build tools and cx_Oracle

When running py -m pip install cx_Oracle a message says that I need Visual C++ build tools. cx_Oracle is a free license, but it's not clear whether you have to pay for the build tools that you have to ...
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In which context would the difference in licensing rules between CC BY-SA 3.0 and CC BY-SA 4.0 actually matter?

Quoth Jonathan Reez in this MSE question: Currently there's a big controversy over SE changing the licensing from CC 3.0 to CC 4.0. Regardless of whether this change was legally solid or not, ...
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Legality of reading unpaid e-book/research paper (ex. from genlib/sci-hub)

What is the legality of reading unpaid e-book/research paper (ex. from site like genlib/sci-hub) (In my case, in Indonesia). is someone eligible to be charged because they downloaded the e-book/...
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Does an out-of-state (U.S.) business broker or advisor need to be licensed in the state where the business is to get paid a finder's fee?

If I am based in a state that DOES NOT require a business broker or real estate license to sell a business but I work on a deal in a state (WA, OR, CA, CO, FL, etc.) that does require that license, ...
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Is there a general EULA I can use that will gurantee my conditions?

Is there a general EULA that companies starting out can include with there software? I need it to guarantee the following, License Requirements: The code remains my intellectual property They have ...
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Can I use screenshot of a TV show on slides of a talk?

I have been invited to give a TEDx talk quite soon and the topic of the talk is really close to an episode of Black Mirror. I'd therefore like to use some images of the show in my talk. Other movies ...
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How to change the code so that it does not fall under the violation of the license “partial copying”

Good afternoon! I'm interested in a legal issue regarding code licensing. I am writing an Ansible role for two companies, and each company wants to impose its own license on this code: “full or ...
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Legality of creating a SE replica using SE's content

Due to the recent controversy(s) regarding StackExchange, a couple other users and I were discussing the legality of creating a copy of SE and scraping the content. If we did not copy SE's actual ...
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What steps should be taken in order to legalise and sell medical software?

So I thought about an idea for a medical software and I made just for fun. It wasn't that good but it was much better than what I'd expected to get. Fast forward a couple months, I made the software a ...
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Is Stack Exchange allowed to unilaterally change previously published content license?

The original thread can be found here: Stack Exchange and Stack Overflow are moving to CC BY-SA 4.0 As far as I understand, Stack Exchange can move on to CC BY-SA 4.0 for content published in the ...
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Who is held accountable in case of violation of JSON license's specific 'no evil' clause - the end user, the distro, or both?

The JSON license, as well as the jslint (and the 'jshint' derivative) license, is an otherwise unmodified version of the MIT License except for one peculiar clause which reads: The Software shall ...
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Using the BSD 3-clause license with splash screen

If someone is using a BSD 3-clause licensed software in their own product, what would be considered "endorse or "promote". The license states: Neither the name of the copyright holder nor the ...
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Google Fonts Licensing Question

I am embedding Google Fonts into a commercial website that have either the SIL OFL or Apache License v2.0. Do I need to include the license text or link in the metadata/ elsewhere on the site? I am ...
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How can I determine what license a video is under on youtube?

This video_1 claims it is under "Creative Commons BY-NC-SA", while this video_2 does not. How can I determine what license a video (such as video_2) is under on youtube.
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How can I commercially use a font with a copyright but no licensing information?

I found a free TTF font from freakfonts.com. When I look in its properties, it shows a copyright by Southern Software, Inc. from 1995. Am I allowed to use this font commercially? If not, how do I ...
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License of a code resulting from following a Youtube tutorial

I was following this tutorial on YouTube - https://youtu.be/V_lAhqLXT9A where you download some starter files and then edit them according to the tutorial to make a website. I wonder what legal ...
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Claim copyright over modified code with MIT license in a javascript file

I'm making a web app that I would like to own the copyright of. I used some javascript code from CodePen under MIT license (I believe) that I heavily modified in one of my javascript files. Is it ok ...
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What is the license of the code submitted for review but not yet incorporated in the project?

In the case when there is no explicit mention regarding the rules for such case in the project policy (like, f.e. GitHub has), what is the status of the code/patch submitted for the review (using ...
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Question about copyright, plagiarism and attribution

If I'm going to describe the origin of the word "dinosaur" and I say that the taxon Dinosauria was formally named in 1841 by paleontologist Sir Richard Owen, and that the foregoing description is ...
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What is “open-source software licensed under the MIT license”

I wanted to use laraspace as my laravel boilerplate. It says in the license area "Laraspace is now an open-sourced software licensed under the MIT license." Does this mean I can use this however I ...
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Can I use race track information in my application?

I`m developing a comercial app and I'm going to include some information about racetracks to it. I'm going to use follow information: a name of racetrack, a distance of one lap, names of turns. The ...
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Copyright contract vs license?

What is a difference between a license and a copyright contract? It seems that they achieve the same thing. So what are the use cases for both?
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Why can Disney sue you for a photo of a Disney tshirt on your website?

My wife sews things and she likes to put photos of her creations on her blog. Now we found, that people received cease-and-desist warnings (with a 1000€ charge) for putting photos of clothing on their ...