Questions tagged [licensing]

For questions about permission and terms to use intellectual property.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
4
votes
2answers
476 views

Are terms of service legal contracts?

Are ToS considered contracts in and of themselves, enforceable under contract/civil law? Generally I'm talking about the Common Law systems in the major regions (UK, North America and Oceania). ...
0
votes
1answer
40 views

Would automated builds of a game violate single-user licenses on assets?

I have access to a number of sound effect libraries via a personal single-user commercial license, allowing one backup copy each (which I am understanding GitHub to count as, purely out of caution) ...
1
vote
2answers
4k views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
46 views

Do historical software revisions impact the licensing terms of the latest version of the software?

Hypothetical situation: Our organization developed closed-source commercial software that used open-source libraries whose terms only apply on redistribution. At some point, we decide to open-source ...
7
votes
2answers
3k views

Copyright in copyleft licence?

Is the copyright mentioned in GPL v3 used just for the sake of defining the word? (It's not copyrighted, but the word encompasses the same actions that would violate the copyright if it was ...
0
votes
0answers
6 views

Applying for new license plate for vehicle from a different state in India

In India when you change the state you are required to get an No Objection Certificate(NOC) from Regional Transportation Office (RTO) and submit that to the state's RTO where you are moving to, to ...
1
vote
2answers
1k views

How are MIDI files of copyrighted music licensed?

Anyone with a music studio can easily download a .midi file from the internet, and then use it to produce a musical track. A midi file exists online for almost every song in the world, and you can ...
-2
votes
1answer
57 views

Can I play the famous song “The Stars and Stripes Forever” in my mobile phone commercial game ? Is there any copyright issue?

The song " The Stars and Stripes Forever " is a very famous song in the US. The song was composed by John Philip Sousa in 1896. By a 1987 act of the U.S. Congress, it is the official National ...
-1
votes
2answers
101 views

Using Windows EXE file format in operating system

I know that adding Windows .exe file format can be very very hard. I want my OS to run .exe files and I'd like to know if I can use them freely in my OS without any risk or if I have to contact ...
0
votes
1answer
83 views

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-...
0
votes
1answer
59 views

Free english content, translation rights and fan translation

An editor published a free scenario for a role-playing game. The French editor possesses the translation rights for all the content of the game, free content included. Is it possible for the French ...
3
votes
2answers
64 views

What's the license of a license?

If I were to take license texts of publicy available licenses, such as the WTFPL, to add some paragraphs and create my own license, which I then ship with content created by me, would that be legal? ...
0
votes
1answer
45 views

What effect does a project's software license have on its cultural works?

0BSD and ISC are software licenses. They grant permissions for software. I guess these granted permissions legally only apply to what fits the legal definition of software. What if a project combines ...
-1
votes
1answer
29 views

Licensing an image and artwork

A musician asked me to create his latest album cover off one of my photographs. He's not famous and will only publish his work on a few music websites, so he will use the artwork as a digital file ...
-1
votes
0answers
31 views

Creating an automated tool that uses Google cloud TTS in the background (not as main service)

Google sells access to their TTS service at https://cloud.google.com/text-to-speech/. They advertise that you can use it for free, if you use less than 4 million letters (1 million for WaveNet voices) ...
0
votes
1answer
581 views

Can I use the sound files, generated by the Google Cloud Text-to-Speech freely?

Google sells access to their TTS service at https://cloud.google.com/text-to-speech/. They advertise that you can use it for free, if you use less than 4 million letters (1 million for WaveNet voices)....
-1
votes
0answers
15 views

Character license on whatsapp sticker

As suggested to move here, I reasked again. I want to make sticker from existing character. This is the character. There are many sticker re-created based on this character. For law and license ...
1
vote
1answer
27 views

Can I quote an article which license is CC-BY-ND

I have a question about direct quotations (i.e. "copy-and-paste" portions of a work - with ellipses "[...]" if necessary -) and paraphrasing the content of a text article which license is CC-BY-ND. As ...
1
vote
0answers
32 views

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/...
5
votes
2answers
2k views

Does a grammatical error in a license annul the statement?

In a license for commercial software, I have recently encountered the following perl pearl of perspicuous and immaculate syntax: [company] does not warrant that use of the Software will operate ...
0
votes
1answer
32 views

What does `remedy' mean when applied to `malfunction'?

In a legal document, referenced from the license, describing the support service of a commercial software product, the obligations of the latter are described thus: When Licensee reports ...
0
votes
0answers
12 views

Can i use preinstalled fonts in my commerical software

I making a commerical software but license requied for using fonts come with Windows. I not redisturbriting. My app uses fonts in labels etc but i was not included ttf file on app folder. It's just ...
21
votes
4answers
7k views

Can freelancers publish code in GitHub and claim it to be theirs?

I am curious to know the legal process of a collaborated effort for a code at a small startup. Say I am the technical head of a startup, and I have about 90% of the code/commits. The other 10% is by ...
3
votes
6answers
519 views

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 ...
10
votes
3answers
1k views

Free, conditional permission/service: contract or not?

This can be seen as another "is a free licence a contract?" question (inspired by this and this), but it focuses on the very basics of the underlying relation between parties. Alice and Bob do not ...
3
votes
1answer
56 views

Minecraft - must you accept EULA if you write your own server software?

Note: This question is just for my curiosity So from what I know, it is 100% legal to write your own Minecraft server software that is interoperable with the Minecraft client. This can be done by ...
0
votes
0answers
11 views

Licensing code which uses a few lines from another library

I have a header and source file which the majority is mine, however there is at least one function which uses a few lines of code from another library (Apache 2.0) I will license said files with the ...
0
votes
0answers
10 views

Can I write code using libraries with these licences (apache, mit, boost) in this way?

I have a simple question. I am writing some code (c++) and that uses libraries licensed as Mit and Apache 2.0 (which I know are compatible). My question is can I use libraries that have a boost 1.0 ...
-1
votes
1answer
24 views

Can I get benefits of others' contributions to my GPL licensed software to use these contributions in my proprietary software?

I have my own code of a software, purely coded by me. I am intending to open source it, GPLv3 or Apache 2.0. Then I will add them to Github to let others get benefits of source code and contribute ...
-1
votes
1answer
61 views

Choosing an open source license — allow commercial use for myself only

Context I'm writing a web app (and a REST API) and I plan to make my users pay for the software, in order to pay the server costs, but the code is available if some user wants to host the service ...
-1
votes
1answer
79 views

Black-box reverse engineering file format used by discontinued software without a license

Briefly: I am wondering whether information gleaned about a proprietary binary format by perturbing the data using an unlicensed copy of the original software (no longer distributed by the copyright ...
0
votes
1answer
60 views

Is resale of Windows 10 keys legal?

Windows 10 (pro, enterprise, any) that supposedly have never been activated so far are (re) sold online for 5$-20$. I assume that those are key that have initially been given out by microsoft in ...
0
votes
1answer
49 views

Academic Use of Microsoft Software

I'm hoping to use software from the Windows 10 Operating System in an academic research project. I'm struggling to understand some of the wording in the terms found here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-...
0
votes
1answer
42 views

“GPL version N or later”-licensed code and publishing an EULA as GPL v4

Oftentimes source code is licensed as "GPL version N or later". But what stops some company from taking their EULA, publishing it as GPL version 4 and happily using whatever code they want to use in a ...
1
vote
1answer
55 views

Can I use my StackOverflow profile to release the contents of my questions and answers under a secondary license?

As I understand, when I post something on StackOverflow (or other StackExchange sites), I have copyright on the contents of the post and I've licensed significant redistribution and re-licensing ...
0
votes
0answers
6 views

Which open-source licenses do I need to provide if I use OpenJDK + Eclipse

My company uses Eclipse environment (in combination with OpenJDK) as a container (some kind of app store, like Google Play Store or Microsoft Store) for many applications/software made in-house. Some ...
0
votes
0answers
28 views

Do I need to attribute icons not used anymore but visible on GitHub's previous commits?

I'm developing a mobile app and I'm using GitHub for source code which is set to public, so I can show my friends. I was using some free icons from www.flaticon.com/home , which required the ...
0
votes
2answers
115 views

If someone lets you use their (e.g. Netflix) account, is it legal to let others use it?

If someone gives me the credentials to login to a streaming site they have an account for, would it be illegal for me to share the credentials with someone else? For example, if Joe tells me the ...
2
votes
3answers
65 views

How novel does a Stack Overflow answer need to be from a copyright perspective?

As I understand, when I post something on Stack Overflow (or other Stack Exchange sites), I have copyright on the contents of the post and I've licensed significant redistribution and re-licensing ...
0
votes
1answer
17 views

Uniform License Agreement

In section 3B of the United States v Microsoft Corp Final Decision the court orders that "Microsoft's provision of Windows Operating System Products to Covered OEMs shall be pursuant to uniform ...
1
vote
1answer
38 views

Can content be licensed in a singular place but licensed another way everywhere else?

If I want to create a content publishing website where authors can write works (and derivative works of other authors), is it legal (and, perhaps more helpfully, is it ever a practice) to have a two-...
0
votes
1answer
62 views

Is it legal to use “VMware Workstation 15 Player” with earning money purpose?

I am planning to open a blog webpage, publish technology-based content on it and make money via blogger earning methods like Google AdSense. The software I mentioned in the title, which is available ...
0
votes
0answers
15 views

Using CARLA for commercial and for-profit use

I know that CARLA is licensed under MIT license that means that it can be used even for commercial purposes, but how is it with UNREAL Engine on which CARLA runs, using this engine for commercial ...
0
votes
1answer
86 views

Is opening a blog, publishing technological/educational content on it and earning money via blogger earning methods like AdSense legal?

I am planning to open a blog website and publish technology-based educational content as articles in Turkish language on it. Topics I'll cover are Microsoft and Linux system administration, cyber ...
0
votes
0answers
10 views

What licensing do I need for a non-profit?

I'm building a website for a non-profit. for this I'd like to use some fonts on the internet. I'm assuming that personal use doesn't cover us, but I'm not sure on commercial use because we aren't ...
0
votes
2answers
71 views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
30 views

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 ...
6
votes
1answer
2k views

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, ...
1
vote
0answers
87 views

Is it legal to reverse-engineer free US government software?

The US government provides a number of closed-source software packages to the public for free. Some packages are explicitly listed as "public domain"; other packages list a specific agency as the ...
2
votes
1answer
165 views

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 ...

1
2 3 4 5
11