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What businesses currently in operation in the USA depend on the the National Cooperative Research and Production Act of 1993 (NCRPA)?

I am interested in knowing about the impact of the NCRPA. I wonder if it is possible to find structured knowledge about the state of affairs of joint ventures that have been using this piece of ...
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Are there any common software licenses which only allow distribution in source code form? [migrated]

Are there any licenses that allow anyone to distribute the source code, but pre-compiled binaries can only be publicly distributed by the original developer?
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Could the freedom to choose an Operating System be a legally enforceable basic human right?

Many employers demand that you use Microsoft's Windows or Apple's macOS if you want to work remotely from home even if they are not technical requirements. As a result this essentially amounts to ...
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Who is held accountable in case of violation of JSON license's specific 'no evil' clause - the end user, the distro, or both?

The JSON license, as well as the jslint (and the 'jshint' derivative) license, is an otherwise unmodified version of the MIT License except for one peculiar clause which reads: The Software shall ...
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What’s the real risk of omitting a warranty disclaimer in open source software?

Open source licenses often include a clause like the following, from the ISC license: THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS" AND THE AUTHOR DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES WITH REGARD TO THIS SOFTWARE INCLUDING ...
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Conditions on using the Java Virtual Machine specification

The appendix to the Java Virtual Machine specification states: License for Evaluation Purposes. Specification Lead hereby grants you a fully-paid, non-exclusive, non-transferable, ...
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Google Fonts Licensing Question

I am embedding Google Fonts into a commercial website that have either the SIL OFL or Apache License v2.0. Do I need to include the license text or link in the metadata/ elsewhere on the site? I am ...
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Am I liable for problems caused by unendorsed software modification on my products?

Imagine the following hypothetical. My firm produces electronic controllers for a variety of products. Let's focus, say, on a commercial washing machine. We design the electronics and develop the ...
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Is an artifact generated by a software under the same license if not explicitly stated?

The current example is to generate an audio file with spoken text using a speech synthesizer and a voice, which both are licensed under a proprietary or open source license. Assuming the license ...
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Code Project Open License linking restrictions

The Wikipedia entry for the Code Project Open License lists "Linking from code with a different license" as "Unclear". It seems unambiguous to me: code with a different license could link CPOL-...
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Claim copyright over modified code with MIT license in a javascript file

I'm making a web app that I would like to own the copyright of. I used some javascript code from CodePen under MIT license (I believe) that I heavily modified in one of my javascript files. Is it ok ...
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GPL-3.0's “Open-Sourceness”, Images and Image Formats

I took an SVG image from a set which is distributed under GPL-3.0 and used it as (a large) part of an icon I made to a software of mine, which is also distributed under GPL-3.0. So far, everything is ...
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What is the license of the code submitted for review but not yet incorporated in the project?

In the case when there is no explicit mention regarding the rules for such case in the project policy (like, f.e. GitHub has), what is the status of the code/patch submitted for the review (using ...
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Can I legally make a real mobile app based on a fictional app from a TV show?

There's a fictional mobile app in a Netflix TV show that I'd like to make a real thing. I'm an independent developer, I don't plan on monetizing it in any way, and it's going to be open-source. Is it ...
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Including geometry dervied from copyrighted fonts in open source software

I'm developing a open source software that (internally) uses font glyph identification. The glyphs I'd like to detect come from copyrighted fonts, to which I have personal use licenses. By font glyph ...
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Enforce GPL v3.0 with software modules

I develop a software that consists of a core application and several optional modules. I would like to license the core and all modules that were developed by me under the GPL v3.0. In addition to ...
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Is research in a company for feasibility testing a commercial purpose

There are many products which are licensed for non-commercial purposes, either paid, free or opensource. Assume there is a company testing and prototyping some ideas of new products. This does not ...
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Legality of the Android APK package format and external support

I was thinking of operating systems, more specifically mobile operating systems, and a thought occurred to me. Let’s say I decided to make an operating system, mobile or otherwise, could I legally ...
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What if the code found in github with MIT license was stolen by someone and uploaded there?

What would happen if a piece of code from a proprietary source was uploaded by someone without permission to github with the MIT license and thousands of people have used it. Even if the company who ...
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Can I use the EPL-licensed library (Paho) for a commercial project and NOT disclose the source code of the project? [closed]

Can I use the Eclipse Paho library (licensed under EPL) for a commercial project and NOT disclose the whole source code of that project? I'm not going to make any changes to Paho code, I just want to ...
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Does signing CLA and contributing to Apache project really grant a patent license for the entire Apache source tree?

I've been going over the Apache CLA recently, and while I am a layman here I see one point of concern that hopefully someone can clarify. Specifically, it seems on first reading that section 3 You ...
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Can an open source licence be revoked if it violates employer's IP?

Suppose a developer's contract says that all intellectual property (IP) rights to her code belong to her UK employer. While employed, she develops a library and open-sources it under the Apache 2.0 ...
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Can a user sell my software (MIT license) without modification?

Basically, I was just wondering if I release a piece of open source software under the MIT license, does that mean that someone could take it and sell it onto people without doing any modification to ...
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Distribute Licensed library with stripped code [closed]

I am currently having a bit of a struggle. I wrote a software that uses some methods from Mojangs Minecraft Server Software. The project is open source and I want to compile, test, etc. my project ...
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Do copyright notices need to be placed at the beginning of a file?

I'm a student and won't be publishing code any time soon, but I am working on improving the composition of my code. I'm interested in open source and I've only seen copyright notices and license text ...
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Are computer generated error messages subject to copyright?

In firefox, it throws up a generated error in response to the website that im creating (which is my work). can i then copy and paste part of that error into my program as part of a solution im writing?...
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OpenJDK. Could the license legally be changed to a commercial one?

I am aware of the new commercial licensing model for Oracle JDK. I also have operational experience with OpenJDK and Oracle JDK. I have tried to find conclusive evidence that Open JDK can and must ...
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Selling License Exceptions using CLA

I am working on an open-source software project in academia. It is currently licensed under a modified BSD-style license that allows only unmodified, non-commercial usage. We are currently considering ...
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Open Source Contributor License Agreements / Apache2 and patents

Many CLAs contain the below clause that is more or less taken from the Apache2 license: Grant of Patent License. Subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, You hereby grant to ACME ...
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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-...
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Is a copyright notice with a non-existent name invalid?

If a person changes their name, do any copyrights registered to them still apply? Or at least, as this is the subject in mind, does any software licensed to them still hold the same copyright?
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Can i legally claim to own a derivative Open Source project?

The Apache license states the following: You must cause any modified files to carry prominent notices stating that You changed the files. However if i rewrote the original source can i ...
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Copyright or protecting my code written in open source language

We have a business that has become successful, the platform is a very customized build of Drupal where we integrate many different APIs and have a lot of custom code, mostly in PHP. Drupal and PHP are ...
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How to enforce GPL if the copyright holder doesn't have access to the source code of violating software?

I'd like to publish a C library project that I have written on GitHub and license it under GPL, so I am doing some research on open source licenses and some confusion comes to mind. Let's say Evil ...
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Question about MIT license usage

In my documentation, I have to use some external content (along with my own content) that is under the MIT license. According to the MIT license, I have to mention their license information in each ...
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IP ownership in software contract clauses

Many software contract templates will say something along the lines of "All intellectual property [...] that is developed or produced under this Agreement, will be the sole property of the Client." ...
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MIT License - Footer Link and Paid Removal Option

I have developed a small web app we want to release for free to the public. We want to leave a link in the footer of the web app to our website and perhaps have a small charge to remove the link that ...
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Removing Developer Name From Software

I have recently found someone that is using software that I released on GitHub under the Apache License 2.0. The software is a Discord bot that includes a dashboard. I also have the following in the ...
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Must I always ask permission if I use code someone other wrote?

I was told that it might be useful to publish something on Github to get a job. I was wondering if there are any copyright issues here: Suppose I got an idea of a small program. I do it mostly by my ...
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Can I use my own Open Source code in commercial software I'm writing?

If I release some code that I wrote myself with an Open Source license (a WordPress plugin with the GPL2 license, https://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-2.0.html), can I then use my own code in commercial ...
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Open Source Contributor Agreements and Consideration

Some Open Source projects require their contributors to execute so called Contributor Agreements. The content of these agreements vary, but many address contributors right to make the contribution and ...
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Who, at a company, is allowed to release code under (open source) license?

Suppose I wanted to release some code I wrote for my employer as an open source project, who at the company would be allowed to do that in the eyes of the law? I ask about open source, but I suppose ...
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Is it legal for manufacturers to lock bootloaders on Android phones?

Some backgroud : A bootloader is a very low level piece of software that runs first and loads an operating system of some other tool. On a lot of new Android devices the bootloader is "locked", that ...
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Does publishing code under open-source license remove property rights?

I have done substantial work on some software that I plan to continue to develop and improve during the course of my next employment. The contract has something to the effect of All code created ...
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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 ...
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Open source licenses and auxiliary content

Apparently, images and other auxiliary content can be licensed with typical software licenses such as MIT. Let's assume the following: I have a repository with different kinds of files I want to ...
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Can creating a web scraper be illegal? [duplicate]

Let me start with specifying that I'm not asking about the act of web scraping itself, neither the use of the data obtained through that method. What I'm asking exactly in simple terms: Can I be ...
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Re-Releasing, Re-Naming and Re-Writing Open Source GNU V3 Licensed software

MAIN QUESTION SUMMARY: Can someone with real world experience, who has actually Modified, Re-Wrote, Re-Released and Re-Named Open Source GNU V3 Licensed software; please share their experience on the ...
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Do I have to link to the glyphicon website?

The Bootstrap homepage states : Glyphicons Halflings are normally not available for free, but their creator has made them available for Bootstrap free of cost. As a thank you, we only ask that you ...
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JetBrains Student Licenses - OSS allowed?

According to this question(and the license agreement) : Am I allowed to use a students license for my Bachelor Thesis at work? I may not use JetBrains IDE's which I have access to using an "...