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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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Who licenses Stack Exchange content to end users?

If I take content that's posted on Stack Exchange (or, more generically, from a site that publishes user content based on a CC BY-SA license) and re-use it elsewhere, who is my license from? Is it the ...
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Can I shoot my homemade bow and arrow in my backyard in Beaverton Oregon?

I have a PVC homemade bow in my backyard that I want to shoot. Can I shoot it at a target that is up against the fence? I will put cardboard around it, but I have neighbors on three sides of my house ...
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Removal of Content under creative commons

I wrote content for 2 years on a website licensed under creative commons license CC-SA-BY 3.0. The community has become increasingly toxic and abusive and I no longer wished to be affiliated with the ...
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Does the acceptance of a software licence constitute a contract? Can such a contract be closed without using said software?

This question revolves around the (unresolved) question in the open source community, whether "dynamic linking" against a GPL-licensed library requires your software to be GPL-licensed, as well. I ...
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Is my overseas music distributor in breach of their licensing agreement? How do I get money owed to me?

When I first started making music several years ago I used a service called Music Kickup; they're based in Helsinki, Finland and I am based in California, US. They take music I send them, put it on ...
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Can I use company-licensed Software for private projects?

I got a Visual Studio 2019 Pro License at work, that is registered to my Work-Mail-Account. Now I was wondering if I could also install VS Pro with that license on my PC at home and create stuff with ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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? ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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) ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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-...
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“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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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-...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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Microsoft C++ Build Tools (2019) not allowed for use with Visual Studio Code?

Technically, it seems to be possible to use Visual Studio Code as IDE for C++ development in combination with the Microsoft C++ Build Tools (2019), see https://code.visualstudio.com/docs/cpp/config-...

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