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Why Is Microsoft Able To Block Your Offline Play Legally?

I bought a Mojang account a couple years ago and I lost both the email and credit card I bought it with so I’m unable to migrate meaning my account was suspended. I understand withholding online ...
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Meaning of "then-current price" in a Subscription Renewal Contract

Section 5.3 of the Unity Terms of Service says that a subscription "will automatically renew at the then-current list price." When does "then-current" refer to in this context?
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Is Indiana Handgun Permit Valid, If I'm no Longer a Resident?

Indiana offers a lifetime handgun permit to Indiana residents, per IC 35-47-2-4 (a)(2): Licenses to carry handguns shall be either qualified or unlimited, and are valid for ... the life of the ...
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MongoDB Wire protocol: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License

MongoDB Wire Protocol Specification is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License. So as per the license, we may not use or adapt this material ...
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Does MIT license oblige me to publish its code in open sources

I found several libraries on GitHub that I plan to use for a commercial application. They are all licensed under MIT or Apache 2.0. Having studied them, I realized that I can use them for free in ...
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Book cover image with faces found online

I am paying Zuma Ltd for a licensing fee to publish an image that has been online since 2016 which includes faces of at least two famous individuals and several anonymous audience members. The image ...
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Are original text responses to surveys copyrighted?

I create surveys that anyone can respond to online, and I share the responses publicly with a Creative Commons license after reviewing and anonymizing any personal data. I'm currently in the process ...
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Is Kali Linux's "Undercover" mode legal?

Kali Linux, a Linux distribution for ethical hackers and penetration testers, has an "Undercover" mode that makes its UI look like Windows 10. It copies the desktop background, Windows logo ...
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Would it be legal to shut down functionality on users phone?

This would be US jurisdiction, say NYC. Note this is a question about the law only; not a question about technical feasibility. Could Apple or Google of their own volition legally shut down ...
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Is it "Commercial Use" when I use an image viewer software on a company laptop, but only for private purposes?

A lot of software is provided "free for personal use, licensed for commercial use". For example, the FastStone Image Viewer is provided with these conditions: FastStone Image Viewer ... ...
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Is certification required to become an author's editor?

According to this source, I would not need a license to be a freelance editor. But if I had a business, the source says I may need to register the business, and I also may need a vendor's license ...
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What rights are retained by an author who grants a license?

Assume a publication agreement between Author (in the US) and Publisher (in the UK, with ample presence in the US), where the rights-granting clause says Author hereby grants to Publisher the sole ...
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How do we give proper attribution when using image assets in an application?

How do we give proper attribution when using image assets in an application? I am using a logo image asset on a dashboard application and I was wondering what legally is considered to be proper ...
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How do we maintain a driver's license

We are planning to buy an RV to live & travel in. All our bills are digital, so we don't need a mailing address. It wouldn't make financial sense to keep a rental as we would never be there. My ...
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What does this license allow me to do with the products of Google's software?

This video by Google talks about a machine learning algorithm that lets you turn a 2D photo into a 3D model of the person in the photo. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57FsWWfxejg It provides a link ...
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Can an organization legally prohibit refund on their software purchase by a third party company?

The FAQ and license comparison pages of the organization emphasize: Personal licenses are not to be purchased, refunded or in any way financed by companies. Is there a legal way to lawfully enforce ...
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If I use a preset for a synthesizer VST in a song and make a commercial use of the song, do I need some license for this preset?

Assume one uses a preset for some synthesizer VST in a song and make a commercial use of the song: does one need some license for this preset? I live in the United States.
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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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Is it possible to start a business with a partner and have the rigths for the software that i wrote? [closed]

So I have partnered with a guy that had an idea, but cannot write code, that's where I came in the picture. He worked 7 years in the industry that were are trying to break into and knows the ...
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Is it possible to disallow a usage of a device in a certain way?

I have bought a Timeular bluetooth time tracker device, the only application supporting the tracker is a paid subscription. I do not want to use that application, I think it's ridiculous that I have ...
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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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Does the Open Government Licence impose any restrictions on derivative works?

Most information made available on the UK government portal is under the Open Government Licence (OGL) v3.0. This states: You are free to: copy, publish, distribute and transmit the Information; ...
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Can I take the plates off a car for my handicapped mother in law whose name is on the registration and insurance without getting in trouble?

Suppose that an older woman, Abby shares a car with her younger relative Ben. Suppose further that the title has both their names on it. Suppose that the registration and insurance are in her name ...
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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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Are copyright licenses as binding as some particular rules stated by the creator of intellectual property?

I have a somewhat general question about copyright licenses but that can be more easily understood with an example. Imagine that I wished to apply a Creative Commons license (CC) to work that I ...
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Can minors publish open source software?

If a minor releases software under a FOSS license, is the license binding? Could the minor sue a violator?
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Is it necessary for a minor to show a driving log when obtaining a driver license?

In Oregon, a minor who has not completed a driver education course needs to obtain an instruction permit and complete 100 hours of driving supervised by a person 21 years old or older who has been a ...
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Can I convert an emoji to PNG or SVG and use them as an clipart in my videos,games,logos etc

Hey everyone I am bit confused with emojis license. I have made a website that convert an emoji into PNG and SVG. Curious to know if they can be used as an clipart(commercial purpose) in videos,games,...
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Can I use the Microsoft ODBC driver 18 for SQL Server in a commercial application?

I am developing a web application that involves connecting PHP with SQL Server, in order to do so it was necessary to download and install the Microsoft ODBC Driver 18 for SQL Server for Windows; ...
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Are there any software licenses that would allow anyone free use but require sponsorship for commercial use?

By "free use", I mean modification, distribution, whatever one would like, but if it is used commercially, then adopting companies would be obligated to support the maintainers. There is a ...
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Patent litigation retaliation clause in Apache 2.0 vs MPL2

The Apache License 2.0 has the following in Section 3: If You institute patent litigation against any entity (including a cross-claim or counterclaim in a lawsuit) alleging that the Work or a ...
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Can I, as a contractor, take IP with me to a new company?

I am currently working part-time as an independent contractor, software developer, in the United States for a startup my friend founded. I saw it mostly as helping a friend, so we never formalized the ...
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Does use of a dictionary count as commercial use

Does use of a dictionary on a website count as commercial use if I use its translations manually when writing some document that is used in business? Moreover, if there is a note in the website's ...
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Fork published on NuGet confusing users / unlist request

Recently I got an e-mail from a package maintainer asking me to unlist my fork of said package from NuGet due to my fork "confusing nuget users". I've never encountered a request like this ...
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Proprietary software using hardware Arduino with firmware GPLv3

Currently, we have developed proprietary (non-open source) software that runs on Windows, MacOS, and Linux using the Qt library (LGPL license). This software is using an external hardware through the ...
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Do I need a server license to allow users to generate reports using proprietary fonts from my software?

I'm a developer working on a web based SaaS application that my clients use to generate reports to send to their own customers - my clients get paid to produce these reports. I have a client that ...
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Does a non exclusive non transferable data license allow the re-use of this data to be shared through a public API service?

We are a commercial company that wants to offer easy access to EU geographic boundaries spatial data through an API service. The API service would be freely accessible for limited use. No charges are ...
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(Software) Is there a code license that allows me to do contract work while allowing me to re-use the code I wrote on other projects?

I'd like to do contract software development (small project) while retaining the right to re-use the code I've written for the client on other projects. Would delivering the code under an MIT license ...
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Is it legal to allow users to upload their own music to an app for baseball walkout songs?

Ballpark DJ and Walkout Song DJ both allow users to upload music from their phone storage to play as walkout music or inning break songs for baseball games. BallparkDJ also allows using Amazon and ...
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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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What exactly is the difference between owning something and having a license with no restrictions?

If someone owns something does that mean they are free to do with it whatever they want, as long as they don't break the law? Or can someone own something with additional restrictions imposed on it? ...
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Licensed use of a website's content at work

Is it legal to access and visit a website at work that states in it's terms of use that users are allowed to use the website and its content only for personal and non-commercial purpose. Do I abide ...
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Verifying authenticity of software for proprietary licensing

What happens when I include parts of code(maybe logic/algo, design approach and change its implementation or implement it in a different programming language) of an open-source copy left software in ...
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Software license conditioned on company size or revenue

A software license might be different if the company where the software is being used is larger or smaller. So if Joey is an independent freelance contractor with his own company with revenue less ...
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How does licensing software not imply ownership? Don't I own a Windows operating system once I pay for it?

Background I've been through the Windows 8.1 EULA and the EULA for computer manufacturers. I've also seen this question where an answer says that Windows is sold as a software service. The EULA states ...
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Legal use of PC for business

Is it legal to use my own PC for commercial purposes if the PC has Office 365 A1 for students (which doesn't permit use for commercial purposes) installed on it? I am a student and the Office 365 ...
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Licensing confusion with Github and Stack Exchange

I posted code on Github with an Apache2 license but left the part "Copyright {yyyy} {name of copyright owner}" instead of adding the year and my name. Then I copied the code from Github and ...
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A software company refuses to active my perpetual ownership software because they no longer want to maintain the activation server. Is that not theft?

I purchased perpetual license to this software (NitroPDF) and the version I have continues to suit all my needs. I began to have problems when I updated to Win10 as the installation would no longer ...
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Can a software license validly restrict place of use, or impose restrictions on the type or purpose of use

This question is inspired in part by Open Source License restrictions and recent sanctions against Russia and in particular by this answer Can a software license impose restrictions on the place where ...
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Open Source License restrictions and recent sanctions against Russia

Does there exist an open source license like GPL, GPLv2, BSD and so on which allows author to prohibit usage of the licensed software in some country?
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