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Which licenses are most applicable for themes within a web app?

Suppose a developer is building a hosted web app which lets people use prebuilt themes on their websites. They can select and apply a theme, and they can also view and edit the HTML, CSS, and ...
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Can the word “Cola” be used for commercial purposes?

I want to start doing some media stuff on YouTube etc and would like to have the word "Cola" in my name (e.g. names like ColaFinder, ColaCabin, StaleCola etc.). Now I am trying to figure out ...
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Football Names in a video game [duplicate]

I'm making a simple Football/Soccer Simulation Game. I'm not interested in making any profit from it and would release it as Open Source. Am I allowed to use real League and Club Names or do I have to ...
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Are the assignments of tags to Stack Exchange questions licenseable?

Most questions on Stack Exchange have been assigned one or several tags by Stack Exchange users. Are these assignments of tags to Stack Exchange questions licenseable?
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Does using some software for research (intended for publication) count as “public performance”?

A specific example is section 2.1.3 of the NVIDIA license agreement: https://www.nvidia.com/en-us/drivers/geforce-license/, from which I quote: No Sublicensing or Distribution. Customer may not sell, ...
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Does cropping (masking) an image using CSS violate the CC BY-NC-ND license?

I was wondering whether using CSS property like object-fit or background to mask an image violates the CC BY-NC-ND license. Is this action considered as modification or creating derivatives?
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Is licensing required to use an excerpt of a song within a recording?

I'm currently recording a cover version of a song for inclusion on a compilation album which will be sold on Bandcamp. Because Bandcamp does not pay mechanical royalties, the organiser of the ...
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How to attribute a Creative Commons website icon

I want to use this icon on a public website. The Creative Commons license says I must give attribution. I've read here that to give proper attribution, you must put the work's name, author's name, ...
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What open-source licence allows internal industry research and development, but not direct commercialization

I need an open source license which allows for commercial entities to join academic and government entities, and to use our tools in their internal research and development. I need to bar the direct ...
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Who can publish GPLv4?

I was thinking about the or later part that is often used in licensing software. When reading https://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-3.0.html, I've found this: The Free Software Foundation may publish ...
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Do I really have to Open Source my project?

I'm currently working on a software which uses another software under the GPL version 3 license: https://github.com/ViaVersion/ViaVersion/blob/dev/LICENSE Now someone just came to me and said I have ...
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How can the odbl / dbcl data be used?

We have a database containing a list of addresses and want to start performing some analysis based on those addresses. It feels important to note we aren't selling or making our service public (or its ...
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Does CC BY-SA permit denial of attribution if the requested pseudonym is political?

According to CC-BY-SA 4.0, § 3(a)(1), "Attribution. If You Share the Licensed Material (including in modified form), You must: [...] retain the following if it is supplied by the Licensor with ...
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Help with “Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License”

I have a dataset to be used for Data Science research. This dataset (will be referenced henceforth as the "Original Dataset"), is licensed (to the best of my knowledge) under CCA-NC-ND. I ...
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CC Non commercial software licensing and selling exceptions [closed]

(Originally posted to Open Source. I am programmer, not very good with legal stuff) I have created an app that I feel has potential and want to license it appropriately. It produces visual output ...
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Licensing a code which imports other module

I made a discord bot using discord.py...and want to publish it in GitHub but what license do I publish it in? the discord.py is licensed under MIT and it states that "the distributors include the ...
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Using fonts with a pirated version of Photoshop? Violating copyrighted materials?

So Windows and Photoshop copyrighted most of their fonts. Now let's say my friend uses a pirated version of Photoshop and Windows and creates some photo with subtitle or a meme. Then what? Did he ...
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Does credit need to be immediate after using the material?

Say I am having an article in a website and there is a material that I'm allowed to use or transform with the requirement of giving credit. Does that mean the credit needs to be immediately after I ...
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If I have posted my own “homebrew” content on RPG.SE, and plan to publish it (after revising based on feedback), what credits am I required to give?

I have posted numerous homebrew features on Role-playing Games Stack Exchange, and I have used advice gotten from that site to balance most of them. If, one day, I publish the subclass, would I be ...
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Retaining maximum free/open-source freedoms in a software license except for source redistribution

There are several free/open-source licenses (e.g. GPLv3, Apache 2.0, MIT) that allow several freedoms to the user of a software. Generally if you grant access to an individual to use software under ...
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Two wow js on github

I see two wowjs distributors on the GitHub. The first is https://github.com/graingert/wow and the second is https://github.com/matthieua/WOW. The first is under a license like this one and free of ...
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Do I need to offer a data processing agreement

I recently created a browser extension that allows you to pretty-format a web page and save it in various formats (Word, PDF, etc). I have made it publicly accessible through the browser extension ...
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Contract termination in distrokid - [closed]

It looks like from the big four (ditto, distrokid, tunecore and cdbaby) the only ones that do not want my rights forever (irrevocably) are distrokid and cdbaby (for more information have a look at my ...
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Source code licenses: can I append together source code from different sources if I include all licenses?

I'm putting together a "library of libraries" for the C++ programming language. Each library is a collection of one or more text files of source code, plus a text file containing the license....
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How can Heroes of Might and Magic 3 feature Beholders when the same thing was banned from Tibia by Wizards of the Coast?

Facts that I managed to find: Heroes of Might and Magic 3 features beholders (a monster in the Dungeon town), a flying brain-like blob with multiple eyestalks and one large center eye that shoots ...
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Ownership of work done by freelancer using their own licenses

I have hired freelance workers for my commercial project. They own licenses for the products I want them to use (Adobe software) to create illustrations. An Adobe representative told me that whoever ...
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If George Zimmerman wins his $100M lawsuit against Ben Crump, will he lose his license?

Currently, George Zimmerman is suing Ben Crump (and many others) for purposely using a fake witness against Zimmerman in the Martin case. If he wins, which he most likely will as it is undeniable if ...
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Can a company read another company's software tool configuration files?

We are a small software consultancy. Several of our existing clients are unhappy with one of companies they have licensed software from (CompanyX) because that company started abusing their majority ...
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As a non-US person, what license may I have to use public materials from agencies of US government?

I want to reuse a gif published in this website of this US government agency. I don't see any copyright statement anywhere, except a link to Freedom of Information Act. In my vague understanding of ...
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Are open source software licenses really irevocable under US law?

Many open source software licenses, such as the Apache 2.0, the GPL ver 3, the EUPL ver 1.2, the OSL ver 3.0, and other copyleft licenses such as the CC-BY-SA 2.0 license purport to provide a license ...
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laws on “rebranding” modified products

Background: I'm was originally interested in knowing what it would take to sell a phone under my own brand that runs an Android fork (open source Android without Google, essentially modified, open-...
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Can a copyright holder legally remove another holder from license copyright, then expand it to all contributors?

The original author of a MIT-licensed project "merged" a large set of changes I authored, which included an addition of my name to the copyright line of the license. Later on, the original ...
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How does Qt accomplish both GPL and commercial licensing? [closed]

In Qt there are some modules which are licensed with GPL or commercial license: https://doc.qt.io/qt-5/qtmodules.html#gpl-licensed-addons How I read this: I can use those modules in SW that I sell and ...
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publish work under CC BY-NC

I have been creating a rpg system for the past few years, and I wish to put it online for the world to see, use freely, propose modifications and create with it as an inspiration. As I wish to later ...
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Technical Standards and Papers - Can the equations be copyrighted

This question is very similar to Licensing Issues of Methods for software and Copyright of technical standards however, the answers are, likely quite rightly unclear as it may depend on a specific ...
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Obtaining parcel GIS data controlled by a private company that uses public information/funds to maintain it?

I am trying to obtain GIS parcel data for non-commercial purposes. So far, most counties provide this information on their public GIS portals. San Luis Obispo and Orange County said they cannot ...
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Is it legal to use Google Text-to-Speech generated clips to train my own Text-to-Speech model and use it for commercial use? [duplicate]

I have generate 13000 wav clips legally using Google Text-to-Speech service. I have trained a Text-to-Speech model using it. Am I allowed to use my trained model commercially to generate same voice?
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What is an appropriate CC license, if any, for work I may wish to re-use commercially in the future?

I am writing a set of cycling route guides, with photographs, which I intend to publish on a website, free of charge. I would like to license the text and images with a permissive Creative Commons ...
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Are the graphic assets distributed with an open source software project covered under the software license?

I have an open source software project under the 3-Clause BSD license, which includes a logo in its README. Recently, working on another project, I have found that the license text does not explicitly ...
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I released a work to the public under a Creative Commons licence. Can I also release it to a specific person under different terms?

I wrote a book. I wrote it on my home computer. Then I put my book, unmodified, on the public Web, releasing it under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 licence. This licence entitles ...
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Which software license to use as a software agency for my client?

Suppose that a client that wants a project (mobile app) developed and is currently discussing the contract with a developer. The idea of the app is the client's and s/he will start a company soon, ...
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Is an SDPX header legally equivalent to a license header?

I consider to use SDPX headers in stead of the full license headers in my code. However, I wonder whether this is actually legally equivalent. So, for context, this is the SDPX license list: https://...
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What are the license restrictions on opencv-contrib-python, 'ximgproc' module to be specific?

I am not able to find solid licensing details for opencv-contrib-python, I am aware that it uses non-free algorithms. https://github.com/opencv/opencv_contrib However, I am not sure if I can use the '...
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Is it legal for Steam to disable content on my PC?

Some time ago I've downloaded the Demo for the game "Observer" on the Steam platform. I didn't play it immediately though. A few weeks ago I wanted to give it a try and was shocked to find a ...
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Is there a licensing recourse to recycling a riff?

I don't mean covering a song and making a few changes to the arrangement; there are mechanical licenses for that. I don't mean sampling, because this involves recording, and I'm thinking of playing ...
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Am I allowed to use recorded Text to Speech audio files in my Android or iOS App?

Am I allowed to create audio files with apple TextToSpeech on my Mac and then use these recordings in my app or web page?
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Javascript license

I am just entering the field of web development and I was wondering if the Javascript language has a license for the development of web applications for commercial purposes or there is a fee to pay ...
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In the software license BSD, what is “ Redistribution in binary form must reproduce the above copyright notice…”

I'm trying to understand all the responsibilities of this license. Does redistribution mean: publicly placing a windows .exe using the BSD licensed library for users to download on a website(free and ...
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Is it illegal to resell software licenses?

This commentsays Most of the “windows 10 license keys” on eBay are illegitimate. Downvoted I quibble with "most", and believe to be an all or none issue. More importantly, it is a ...
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What is the meaning of “using a file outside a project”?

On the Tatoeba download page, we can download a list of sentences that have an audio file: https://tatoeba.org/eng/downloads. In this file, there is a license field. In the description of the file, it ...

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