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How “infectious” is Unreal Engine 4 license? What is the scope of “product” definition?

According to Epic's EULA for Publishers, they want 5% of any gross revenue you might make out of using software built with their engine, including in-app purchases and advertising, before tax ...
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Why can an open source program use closed source file formats?

I have been wondered following: Excel and Word are closed source product. But still, Libreoffice can write Excel and Word documents, at least to some extent. Is it true that it is not criminal to ...
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Mitigating software license incompatibility

I am currently developing a piece of software which utilises open source software licensed under LGPL (specifically, I'm using FFMPEG). I need to include a piece of paid software in my project which ...
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Must the Privacy Policy be Included In-App, or is a Hyperlink Good Enough?

The title says it: I'm wondering if my company has to have a copy of our app's Privacy Policy included in the actual software package. On the one hand, I could see a copy of the Policy being required,...
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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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Do you have to live in California to have a California's Driver's License?

I lived in California for many years under a work visa. I then moved back to Canada. Can I keep/renew by California driver's license if I currently operate a business in California (and thus currently ...
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Why does MirOS licence have liability exception?

MirOS licence has this warranty disclaimer: This work is provided “AS IS” and WITHOUT WARRANTY of any kind, to the utmost extent permitted by applicable law, neither express nor implied; ...
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LGPL for closed source software?

Is there any license that behaves like LGPL as in permitting the user/customer of the software to use/and change the software as they want, but has the following properties: Does not allow to open ...
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How should copies of contributions from StackExchange be attributed?

On StackExchange there are two conflicting pieces of information about the requirement of attribution. How should it be done? From https://stackoverflow.blog/2009/06/25/attribution-required/ So ...
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Is it legal to sell a web scraper? [duplicate]

I’m just wondering if I will get in trouble for selling a website scraper targeted at a specific site? I see lots of online services offering this, some quite well established like ParseHub and they ...
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Selling License Exceptions using CLA

I am working on an open-source software project in academia. It is currently licensed under a modified BSD-style license that allows only unmodified, non-commercial usage. We are currently considering ...
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How should multiple copyright holders be credited using the MIT license?

Let's say three coders write a program and want to release it under the MIT license. How should the copyright notice look like? I have something like this in mind: Copyright (c) 2017 Alice, Bob, ...
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Can an invoice factoring company operate abroad?

Premise: Invoice factoring is a transaction in which a factor (or factoring company) purchases invoices from a business. The transaction involved is literally purchasing receivables and, for ...
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How are open source licenses valid without consideration?

I'm not a lawyer or law student in any capacity, but I've read in multiple sources that a contract is not valid unless there is consideration for both parties. With this in mind, how can licenses for ...
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Why are “over-the-air” TV channels considered more important to regulate compared to cable and satellite TV?

I've always heard this legal talk about "over-the-air" television. That is, TV channels that you get into your TV through having a once-ordinary (not sure people still have such things at all) antenna,...
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After I register a copyright for my app, what do I get?

Lets say I took my app (source code) and registered it with the copyright office of my country. After that what form of proof do I get? Do I get papers that have my souce code printed on them and ...
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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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Use an image under GNU/GPL in a commercial application

We are currently developing a commercial application. We found some images(icons) which are under GNU/GPL license. I'm not an expert in this kind of things, but I was wondering if it is legal to use ...
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Are there any AGPL-style licences that require source code modifications to be public?

So my understanding of the AGPL, is that it requires modifications to be distributed to the users of the network service, but I'm looking for a licence that would require any modifications (non-...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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Rubik's cube image rights

Some time ago I have created an Android application as a part of my bachelor's thesis. The application can advice user how to solve Rubik's Cube, and user also can play the Cube using touchscreen. ...
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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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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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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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Windows 10 Eula Privacy Rights

Many are claiming that Windows 10's data collection is much more invasive than previous Microsoft products, even claiming that Windows 10 ships with a keylogger and reports every keystroke back to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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What are the actions to take when using software licensed under the Apache, Eclipse, MIT and CDDL licenses?

We are working on software that we are planning to sell to businesses. We are looking at using many components from the open source community to speed up development. The software we are using so ...
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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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