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Is it illegal to backup your hard drive if you have copyrighted software on it?

Is it illegal if you create a backup of an HDD that has copyrighted software installed on it? This could be anything from legally purchased games and or expensive popular graphics/video editing ...
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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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Can an open source licence be revoked if it violates employer's IP?

Suppose a developer's contract says that all intellectual property (IP) rights to her code belong to her UK employer. While employed, she develops a library and open-sources it under the Apache 2.0 ...
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Can a user sell my software (MIT license) without modification?

Basically, I was just wondering if I release a piece of open source software under the MIT license, does that mean that someone could take it and sell it onto people without doing any modification to ...
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Do disclaimers need to be capitalized?

Are disclaimers of warranty, liability, and the like legally required to be in all-caps? For example, the "disclaimer of warranty" section from the GNU GPL: THERE IS NO WARRANTY FOR THE PROGRAM, TO ...
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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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Is there any difference in meaning between the Boost and MIT software licenses?

MIT The MIT License (MIT) Copyright (c) <year> <copyright holders> Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and ...
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Can one take BSD licensed code and distribute it under GPL?

Prompted by https://opensource.stackexchange.com/questions/304/can-i-take-bsd-licensed-code-and-distribute-it-under-gpl. The OP asks: Can I take code which is licensed under a permissive open ...
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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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Sputnik-era NSF-funded books: is this a license?

In 1957, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik, which also had the unintended side effect of launching frantic attempts in the US to reform math and science education. A common pattern in these efforts ...
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What are the circumstances that require disclosure of an old legal name, when the name change case has been sealed?

I've previously had my name changed in a district court in the state of Utah. The case was filed as an adult name change and the case itself was order sealed by the judge who heard it. All of my ...
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Is it piracy to obtain software you purchased in an alternate way?

Lets say you purchased software in the 90s or early 2000s, but lost the license key and or the disc. Another possibility is the company is no longer supporting and or does not provide older versions ...
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Relicensing software under GPLv2+ without all contributors

I have software licensed under GPLv2, which I would like to relicense under GPLv2+. Unfortunately, I an unable to contact some of the contributors. Can I proceed, or am I stuck?
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Can an artist revoke his Creative Commons [CC] content?

Let's say an artist released a photo under a CC licence (for concreteness let's assume the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International). You find the photo interesting and save it for later use, ...
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Is there a copyright on a license agreement

I need a license agreement for a product. Many similar products have their license agreement available online. I would like to take one of the better fitting ones and adapt it to my needs (adapt ...
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Why were books never published with a EULA?

Software companies write EULA to force users to relinquish their rights (such as first sale, decompiling/reverse engineering) before being allowed to use the software. Why are books never published ...
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At what point and how should I change the license/Copyright notice when I create a derivative?

If I take a piece of software that is licensed as MIT (quoted at the end), and use it as a scaffold to create for my own thing, do I need to keep including the old license perpetually? This would seem ...
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Can I get my answers deleted from Stack Exchange?

According to a moderator statement in meta that I read, Stack Exchange claims a "license" on the answers and questions which a user has posted. From a copyright standpoint can a claim be made or a ...
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Is there a fair use exception for trademarks?

The copyright law has the famous fair-use exception, where you can legally use some parts of copyrighted works without having to pay any royalties to, or ask any permission from, the copyright holder. ...
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Is a copyright license by default revocable or irrevocable?

If I grant someone a license to use a copyrighted work of mine, do I need to detail my ability to revoke the license within the terms of the license grant, or is that ability inherent to all licenses? ...
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Will using a cover of a song in a film free me from legal obligations?

I want to use the song "Whole Lotta Love" in my upcoming film. Obviously the song is copyrighted by led Zeppelin. So I'm planning to get a few musicians and cover the song and then use it as a ...
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What to do after an employee leaked our algorithm?

One of my company's internally developed algorithms was published online. It's a complex algorithm that took years to develop, I have a pretty good idea of which employee leaked it based on the team ...
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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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Can I publish a book and source code in the book under different licenses?

Can I publish a book and the source code in the book under two different licenses? Eg. Publish a book under the GNU FDL license, but license the source code examples in this book under the Apache ...
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Can I bundle MIT licensed components in a Apache 2.0 licensed project?

I am creating a project that I would like to open source and license under the Apache 2.0 License. The project will come with a bundled version of an open source component which is licensed under the ...
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Trade restrictions on open source software

Apparently the US has put Huawei on a trade blacklist that prevents US companies to trade with Huawei. With hardware and proprietary software it is straightforward how this can be executed (don't make ...
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License of translation software Quran and Hadits

There is software license on "9 imam Hadits" by lidwa.com and it is copyrighted, the owner claim no one can copy their database, but aren't the Quran and Hadits themselves licensed and copyrighted by ...
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A Code License for Stack Exchange

There have been heated discussions(1 2) over what license should be used to cover the code posted on Stack Exchange because the CC-BY-SA license is inadequate. Both have been received with criticism ...
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Advantage in being first to copyleft a new algorithm?

Say I have created a new (DSP) algorithm. Will I have some advantage if I open source the algorithm under copyleft licence (GPL etc.)? From what I know about licensing this should lock people out from ...
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Worst realistic effect in the U.S. of JSLint license?

The JSLint license specifies that code "shall be used for Good, not Evil". It's been a source of (what appears to be) alarmist and ridiculously overblown controversy for a while now. I've noticed ...
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Under what principles can one be sued for not obeying a clickwrap contract they never signed?

Many software packages come with a EULA which uses claims such as "by opening this package you hereby agree to ... (some laws going far beyond classical copyright)". Now, what happens if your friend ...
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What is the status of Microsoft “ribbon” licensing as of 2017?

In 2007, the "fluent UI" or ribbon had IP rights asserted and required a license from Microsoft. That license is now no longer available, the page only stating 'retired'. What is the status of using ...
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What licensing issues are relevant when writing software using methods from research papers?

I am writing some software that uses methods described in a few papers. The paper describes algorithms in terms of mathematical functions and equations. An example is, for instance, this one). The ...
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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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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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How can “factual” intellectual property be protected?

As noted in this answer: Facts and information cannot be copyrighted. Just because a work is copyrighted, doesn't mean every part of that work is copyrighted, and factual information conveyed ...
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Does the WTFPL legally disclaim warranties?

Say I make software and release it under the WTFPL. Then, someone uses it and it causes their computer to catch fire. I did not design my program to catch their computer on fire, and in fact it might ...
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can I get sued without accepting EULA

I plan publishing information in an article about Software which is the result of people reverse engineering the software. The author of the software has been attempting to sue people who made use of ...
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Do websites that re-sell preowned game discs face any copyright problems?

I read on a game CD that Unauthorised copying, adaptation, rental, lending, distribution, re-sale, etc. are prohibited So how can websites like Gamestop legally re-sell preowned game discs?
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Are loose in-box licensing agreements binding?

I just purchased a vacuum cleaner and upon opening the box, there was a loose sheet of paper with a licensing agreement. The agreement said that using the product constituted acceptance of the ...
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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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(Re-)formatting and displaying of software licenses/privacy policy/impressum

I'm currently trying to include and render all the software licenses of products which are used by my software, a privacy policy and an impressum (necessary by German law; stating contact information)....
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Can I be prohibited from fixing bugs in a licensed software?

I have purchased software product, which the company claims is licensed to me, and it contains an EULA that says that I am not allowed to reverse engineer or modify the software at all, and a ...
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Is having a wallpaper on an office computer personal or commercial use?

If one downloads a wallpaper on an office computer for the sole purpose of putting it on one's own desktop and watching it all day (as long as there aren't any windows blocking the view at least...), ...
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How can a license agreement or terms of use be enforced on a minor?

Since a license agreement/terms of use document is a contract between the publisher and the end-user, and since minors are prohibited from entering into legally binding contracts in most U.S. states, ...
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When do I need a licence to play music in a public place and how do I get it?

I would like to know if restaurants, lounges, clubs and places like that need a licence to play music. I'm a developer and I would like to develop a solution that would allow them to play music in a ...
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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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How does this agreement define 'revenue'?

Microsoft restricts its license of some particular software for organizations with "more than one million US dollars (or the equivalent in other currencies) in annual revenues...." My clients are ...
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Does the exact spelling matter when referencing the CC BY-SA licence?

We have been having a discussion in a chat room on whether the exact spelling matters when referring to a License, in this particular case the CC BY-SA License - which applies to any content posted to ...
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Is it legal to sell scale models of buildings I have no affiliation with?

If not, what is required from the owner of the building to have the rights to sell scale models of their buildings?

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