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Digidyne v. Data General: how does this not legally protect Apple macOS running on non-Apple branded hardware?

I was just reading https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Data_General_RDOS#Antitrust_lawsuit which discusses Digidyne v. Data General: When Data General introduced the Data General Nova, a company called ...
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Can companies use code that I wrote during a coding interview in their products?

Suppose a company's programmers are struggling to code a portion of a complex program. HR orders the questions of an upcoming interview to be replaced with that of the unfinished complex program. It ...
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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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Can I distribute the Google TTS Engine with offline data on my device?

My company would like to distribute devices containing preinstalled Google Text-to-Speech (TTS) engine, together with some downloaded offline voice data. Can we do this without the need to acquire ...
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Storing Google Maps Geocoding Data: Developer Site Tutorial Contradicts Terms of Service?

IANAL, but according to the Google Maps API Terms of Service, it appears as though one is not allowed to store geocoding results in a database: 10.1.3 Restrictions against Copying or Data Export. ...
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How long does a lifetime license last?

Years ago, I bought a Lifetime license, about $250 for a wordpress theme. I hadn't visited the company for a while, but yesterday saw that what I bought is no longer available for sale, no new updates ...
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Does watching YouTube's videos at work violate YouTube's Terms of Service

Let us suppose that I am a programmer at a software company. Furthermore, let us suppose that I am learning a programming language that the company is using. Do I violate YouTube's Terms of Service if ...
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Carelessly used Visual Studio Preview to develop an app that I'd like to release; what are my options?

A game. It started as an academic project, though I've always intended to release it (for free) at some point. I checked the licence terms of Visual Studio 2017 Community. Happy, happy, joy joy: ...
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License for an Internet radio with User feedback

I'd like to start an internet radio station app. The station will collect feedback, like thumbs-up and thumbs-down, from listeners in order to select the best songs to play next. The algorithm will be ...
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Does a merger clause nullify implied terms?

The SE legal link says that using SE constitutes an agreement to certain terms. Section 3 on subscriber content states that "all Subscriber Content that You contribute to the Network is perpetually ...
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Respecting MIT license in JavaScript files

In my website I am using some JavaScript libraries, released under the MIT license. One of them is: https://github.com/olado/doT Now, the MIT license states: The above copyright notice and this ...
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Ingesting source files from other open source project into mine

I am publishing an open-source code project under the MIT-style license. I have the full notice in the LICENSE file of the source repository. I want to take a whole file from another open-source ...
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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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Can I resell diesel to a trucking company's fleet during a price hike?

Say I have a container of diesel which I purchased at a low rate and got a discount for a bulk purchase. Can I resell it to a trucking company's fleet of truckers at a competitive rate in a high-price ...
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Considering the licence, can I use ADB for other purposes than creating an Android application?

When I try to download Android SDK Platform-Tools (with ADB) from the official site (https://developer.android.com/studio/releases/platform-tools) it is required to accept the license that states (...
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Can you distribute filename lists corresponding to datasets that say "Do not distribute"?

I collected some additional annotations for a dataset with a "License for Non-Commercial Use". I now have a subset of the original dataset and would like to provide it to the community ...
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Can a software license restrict copyright of (non-derivative) works created with that software?

MacroHard, a US-based corporation, creates a software, Acrylic, to make pictures/diagrams. The software allows to draw some basic forms (rectangles, circles, stars etc.). If it matters, suppose the ...
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GPL/ LGPL Machine Learning

I am trying to build a speech recognition model. This model should be trained on audio data to learn how sentences are made and how words are pronounced. The problem is most audio files (speeches, ...
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Attribution of a photo under the "GNU Free Documentation License 1.2"

What would be a way for attributing a photo using the GNU Free Documentation License 1.2 only? Hypothetically, would this be one way? : “Image by Jon Proctor. Retrieved June 24, 2020, from https://...
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Can a game publisher restrict distributing homebrew cards?

Looney Labs' website contains the following (excerpted here; much longer there): Q: Can I make copies of my home-brewed Fluxx (or Chrono, or Nano, etc.) deck to give free to my friends? A: ...
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Can I remove a watermark applied by a software on my own work?

I was wondering if I can remove a watermark from an image created by me. I used a software to create the image (namely, Visual Paradigm Online): if I subscribe to a commercial license, the software ...
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Are there any examples of selling unsealed videogame as "new" being illegal?

Contest: over the years, a mayor videogame reseller company that operates in many countries worldwide has made a practice to unwrap the games it sells, putting only an empty box on display. When you ...
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Do licence terms of Microsoft Visual Studio Community allow me to distribute applications developped with it?

From the licence terms ofMicrosoft Visual Studio Community: Individual License. If you are an individual working on your own applications to sell or for any other purpose, you may use the software ...
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Does Unity's "Reference Only" license allow anything that copyrighted publication would not?

I recently encountered the Unity Reference-Only License. Is there any freedom allowed by this license that wouldn't be allowed already simply by an "All Rights Reserved" copyrighted publication of ...
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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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UK gun licenses prior to Firearms Amendment Act 1988

The Firearms (Amendment) Act 1988 came into force as a response to the Hungerford massacre of 1987. The perpetrator had legally owned some firearms, including a semi-automatic assault rifle. Before ...
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React - its license with a company that has patents

For various reasons I'm looking at developing some web frontends for some of our software and after spending a while looking at the available libraries out there I settled on React. Then I read the ...
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Google Maps Licensing

I had a question regarding the ToS of Google Maps/Earth, it can be found here: https://developers.google.com/maps/terms Section 9.1.1a states that: (a) Free Access (No Fees). Your Maps API ...
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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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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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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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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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Use-wrap contract formation for locally-run licensed software

In this answer, the Microsoft Windows license agreement is describe as having a sort of use-wrap method of action, where using Microsoft Windows creates an agreement between you and Microsoft because ...
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Must Apple facilitate transfer of app purchases from one user account to another?

A recent question addresses EU law allowing the resale of software licenses. I asked on that answer, “ Does this mean that you could transfer one-time or subscription purchases of apps from mobile app ...
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What are our responsibilities if we bundle a freely available third-party driver with our software?

Let's say I'm producing and selling a physical device. This device can optionally be connected to a computer via USB. We provide a configuration program, free of charge, which anyone can freely ...
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What are the exactly steps need to do to meet a project requirements of aprache2 licnese?

When we find a web app on GitHub with apache2 license, we would like to host it for the public to visit. From https://tldrlegal.com/license/apache-license-2.0-(apache-2.0) Must part. Include ...
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Can an individual be held responsible if their code is used maliciously?

For a while now, I have been interested in viruses, backdoors, etc. As a result, I've started to tinker around with techniques on how to go undetectable for educational/personal purposes. I'd like to ...
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Can I use these components in my project or are their licenses incompatible?

I have currently two software licensing projects at hand: one is based on the eclipse (v2) framework and the in the other the codebase is proprietary. In the Eclipse project, we created and linked a ...
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FOSS License compatibility

I have been struggling to understand license compatibility and how it manifests. Two examples: I have a program to which i wrote the codebase. This codebase then dynamically links to two different ...
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Can discipline on a professional medical license be expunged if it is 25 years old?

I voluntarily surrendered a nursing license 25 years ago because of substance use. I was licensed 5 years ago in a different state that I moved to after extensive investigation by the board of nursing ...
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is it legal to read the code of github copilot?

I have already downloaded the extension from the Visual Studio Market place in the .VSIX file. and unzipped it ,Now I'm confused. What are these .wasm files and I tried to open the extension.js but it ...
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AGPL-3.0 license

If make a service for a open source software with this license that interact but isn't part of the software itself, only connected to it, i would need to provide a open source distribution of the ...
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Do I have to attribute Apache font license when using it for e-book and print book?

I'm currently in the process of writing a book, and I'm using mostly OFL fonts in it, but I also find some Apache licensed fonts very attractive and would like to use them. The condition for using ...
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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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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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Are the graphic assets distributed with an open source software project covered under the software license?

I have an open source software project under the 3-Clause BSD license, which includes a logo in its README. Recently, working on another project, I have found that the license text does not explicitly ...
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Is the .exe file format copyrighted by Microsoft in a creative naming capacity?

I wanted to know if the name of the .exe file format used by Microsoft Operating Systems is copyrighted. As in, is it possible that I'm committing copyright infringement by adding that suffix ("....
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Anti-Piracy measures (freeware software)

So I was checking out the license agreement of a software product that I acquired the past days and noticed this section, please notice it was freeware software: You agree that if you are found to be ...
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What's the point of adding a disclaimer in a PDF file to respect Adobe's licensing policy when editing the PDF?

I see that the International Organization for Standardization has the following disclaimer in some of its standards (example: https://web.archive.org/web/20200503214211/https://people.engr.ncsu.edu/...
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Fair use in (PowerPoint) presentations

Any search engine has an image search service. Typically they make profits (with ads) offering images, they do not own and, since it is unlikely that images are in the public domain, they use ...
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