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Itext PDF | Developer informed customer regarding licensing but Customer ignores

Is it the developers mistake if he used AGPL licensed software (itextpdf) in one of his applications and also informed the customer to purchase a commercial license but the customer didn't buy it (yet)...
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Selling my own label-making software for Zebra printers

I did a little research on Google about the licensing problem of selling original label-making software for Zebra printers and failed to find anything related to it. Normally there shouldn't be any ...
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About tinyMCE editor license

I am using WordPress and WordPress using TinyMCE version 4 and it's old and not the best for our projects if we include the latest version of TinyMCE (5) in our projects many issues will happen so we ...
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Could I convert an HTML template under MIT to a WordPress theme and sell it?

I found an HTML blog template under the MIT license, and I would like to convert it to a WordPress theme and sell it (for example, on ThemeForest). If I understand correctly, the MIT license will ...
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Would hiding a footer (with copyright information) on a website template be legal?

Let's say that I decide to create a website template that users can download for free or purchase a license. The free version includes a footer on the sidebar that includes something like: © ...
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Is it allowed to use a copyrighted music track on a video, but without integrating the audio into the video?

It's generally known that if you use a song to create a music video, you must have obtained a master use license to publish the track as a part of the music video, and also a synchronization license ...
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Is it illegal to access regional locked content via VPN in Germany?

I'm living in a Germany and I'm a huge fan of tv shows. When I watch some tv shows on ABC, CW, Hulu, Netflix I'm using a VPN to pretend I reside in USA, sometimes I use virtual prepaid card to mimic ...
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Is putting a warning enough to make your hacking software legal? [closed]

I never wrote a license or a readme for a program. This is my readme.txt inside the folder of the program that gets downloaded : ATTENTION: HACKING IS ILLEGAL USE THIS AT YOUR OWN GMAIL ACCOUNTS THE ...
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Is it possible to have a software license that is free for people, but expensive for mega corporations?

I've been searching for a software license that seems like it should exist. The fact that I'm not finding it anywhere makes me wonder if it's just not possible. This page has a pretty good list of ...
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Excluded Purpose of License not clear. Confluent Community License

First time asking something on Law Stack Exchange and I am not sure if it is the right place. Usually use Stackoverflow but my question fits there even less. I have Problems understanding the ...
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Can I use Creative-Commons Share-alike software in a commercial server application?

I'd like to write a computer program that runs on a server. This program leverages the popular Express.js library which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike 3.0 USA license. ...
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Do licenses created by a company dissolve, void, or simply invalidate if said company bankrupts / sells assets?

So I made a previous question about a dissolved or possibly bankrupted company that I wanted to use assets of for a fan-made remaster / remake of their game. The said company has given access to their ...
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If a company silently shuts down, what happens to their assets and legal status? [duplicate]

Edit: By assets, I mean actual game assets, like art and music, not legal assets I’m working on a fan game / remaster of a dead game called “Deepworld” that was developed by a... well... also dead ...
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What if 2 different sites have different licences for the same object?

I have 2 related questions: What happens if 2 web pages allow to download the same image but with different licence usage? i.e. one site allows the image for basically every use and the other restrict ...
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Why do I need a TV licence to watch non BBC services?

Today I learned that the TV licence in the UK is required to: watch or record programmes as they’re being shown on TV, on any channel Source This means that if I watch, for example, Sky Sports, even ...
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Can you start a product line with ingredients used in a different product [duplicate]

Is it legal to literally purchase all of the ingredients in a product and make your own product with minor changes? Ie; I’m making a hair growing serum but I want to put a small % of Selsun blue (...
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Will the license I am writing hold up? [closed]

I am writing a software license for my software that I wrote and I wondering if I could take someone to court if, for example, they shared the source code. My goal is to have a license that you can ...
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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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Selling WordPress themes [duplicate]

I was wondering if I can sell a WordPress theme which is built on top of those themes that comes with WordPress when it's downloaded or download one for free, then modify it completely(I mean here, ...
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What licence should I use for my portfolio website?

I'm a computer scientist. I would want to show the projects I've made along the years, my curriculum vitae and the good points that some of my former customers and employers have written about my ...
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Open source software license limitations

Software development often requires the usage of libraries, which are often open source and licensed to the user. While some of these licenses allow for free and unrestricted commercial use, like 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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Is there case law supporting the view that literary themes are protected by copyright?

(I am not certain that "literary theme is the technically correct term: my question is contain in the body of the question). It is standard legal knowledge that copyright law protects expression ...
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Licensing of source code that is meant to be used with incompatibly licensed library

Suppose there exists a software library libfoo distributed under the terms of a hypothetical license we will here call The Foo License (TFL). The terms of TFL are identical to those of the 3-clause ...
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Is it legal to copy a software license text from other companies to write my own?

I am writing a software license myself before I hire a lawyer. Is it legal to copy a software license text from other companies to write my own? I could not find anyone talking about the copyright of ...
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Purchasing an artwork for commercial use [closed]

I am in the progress of purchasing an artwork I would like to use on my webpage and as a logo for the software I am developing. I found an artist who promoted his art on his webpage and we agreed on a ...
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Is it illegal to display a price perpetually while giving the impression it's a discount?

Over a year ago I checked out and even purchased a license for Spine. https://esotericsoftware.com/spine-purchase At the time it had an offer from $99, to $69. I didn't have plans to use it yet, but I ...
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Is there a license that lets only the company the rights to earn money with the code, but does not forbid others to use it?

Is there a License that permits only the company that published the code to earn money using it, by selling products or services that include that code?. The license should let in addition the ability ...
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License agreements: if I can use X by doing Y, can I use X without doing Y?

To hopefully make this question more clear, here is an example: Software company X creates software product Y under the freemium business model — the user of Y is allowed to use it at no cost with ...
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When the Director differs from the script

Let's assume Alice wrote a bestseller. Then she made a script from it. This script is then given to the movie studio in Hollywood, who contracts Director Bob to make the actual film. The studio doesn'...
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Non-profit granting rights of use of software to for-profit

we have two organizations - one for profit and one non-profit, that are related. The Non-profit benefits from use of Slack, GSuite and other tools at a discount due to the non-profit nature of the ...
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Am I allowed to use H.264/MP4 video files in a commercial game?

I use Adobe Media Encoder to convert my files to h.264/mp4 files. Am I allowed to use these converted files in a commercial project? webm is another option, but in comparison to mp4 files, they are ...
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Does the license need to be specified in every file of a project?

It is common for open source projects to have a LICENSE file containing (obviously) the project's license. It is however also common for open source projects to copy said license in each file of the ...
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Licensing requirement for usage of win32com APIs through python package (pywin32)

For my project work testing, I want to use win32com APIs through python package (pywin32). Is there any license restriction for this? OR in other words what is the license clause if this python script ...
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Do you have to unlock your devices for TV licence inspections?

In this answer Matthew mentions that Section 366 of the Communications Act 2003 grants the person executing the warrant the power to examine your equipment. Specifically it says give the person ...
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Do I need a TV licence to watch internet live streams?

I am aware I need a TV licence to watch any live TV (including via the channel’s online catchup service), and I need a TV licence in order to watch any content on iPlayer. In the answer here: https://...
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How should I describe the license of a document that embeds alternately-licensed content?

I wish to distribute a document under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license. I have written most of this document myself, with the exception of sections which are formed of examples of code (written by ...
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LoRaWAN: is it allowed to write that my product is compatible with LoRaWAN even if it is not certified by LoRa Alliance?

I have a question concerning LoRaWAN protocol: Is it allowed to write that my product is compatible with LoRaWAN even if it is not certified by LoRa Alliance? I do not know exactly what can I write in ...
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Does the UK TV licensing rules disregard innocent until proven guilty?

I don't have a TV license, I use netflix and amazon prime. In the UK you have to state that you don't have a TV license and sign a declaration to that effect every 2 years (unless you then get a ...
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Law regarding licensing database of publicly available factual information

Some friends and I were working on a startup and we plan to consult with actual lawyers before moving forward. We want to get a list of company names in an industry and we found firm that as a ...
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Helping a friend = Too many fines and not enough money

A insured a motor bike for B, who signed it over to A. Since then, A has gotten close to $1000 in photo radar tickets. After multiple attempts to stop B from speeding, A cancelled the insurance. After ...
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Is it legit to fork an unlicensed repository for non-commercial purposes?

Edit: bear in mind that I'm not asking for which license, I'm asking whether it's fair or not. I want to use the treepedia_dl_public library as a core part of a new website. I checked the repository ...
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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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How to register a license for a software in India?

I have decided that I want to go ahead with the AGPL license for my software. What is the procedure that one has to go through in India so that the LICENSE holds in court. Will a LICENSE file along ...
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How is the liability part in a software license meaningful for open licenses?

The core text of the WTFPL (Do What The Fuck You Want to Public License) is short: 0. You just DO WHAT THE FUCK YOU WANT TO. This is in sharp contrast with another open license such as MIT (and then ...
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Is it legal to write a program that does something illegal but make sure the code won't ever be executed? [duplicate]

I was wondering the following: Suppose a programmer writes a program that has no license info but does something illegal, never runs the code but puts it to the Github. According to this: What are the ...
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Using Windows Media Player SDK in a commercial software

Does anyone know what license does the Windows Media Player SDK use? I am implementing a video player to commercial software written in Visual Basic and I couldn't find any license information ...
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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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Legality of Embedding Games From Other Websites On My Website [duplicate]

Is it legal to embed flash games from other websites on my website? So far I've only embedded open-source games with MIT or similar licenses. What if a game on another website doesn't have any license ...
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When a library's license expires

We manage an application for a customer who owns all source code and all software licenses for this application. Application use Syncfusion library, customer have acquired the license in his name. ...

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