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What are obligations under GDPR for software licenses? [duplicate]

If a software licence requires acknowledgement of the author does it mean that GDPR will prevent the use of the name of the author for acknowledgment ? How does one delete the author's data if ...
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Does hosting, developer or user location determine which laws apply?

Example scenario: I live in Switzerland and develop a software. I publish the source code (and maybe a binary executable file) on a server located in the USA. Let's also assume a user from another ...
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If an app is built on a GPL Operating System must it also be GPL?

If an app is built on a GPL Operating System must it also be GPL?
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Legality of dual use software that could help with games

Say I have tremors, and I edit my GPL mouse driver to use image analysis to identify icons on the screen that I am trying to click on, and click on them for me, similar to a snap to grid functionality....
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Is it illegal to copy commercial software features into an open source project?

Imagine I work for a company that has a software X, no algorithm in this software is patented. If I want to create an open source software Z that has similar features as software X by looking into the ...
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If one is the owner of an MIT licence, can that person relicense the software?

Suppose that someone (S) has supervised a group of students for a school project to produce software. This software is licensed under the MIT License and the copyright notice caries the name of the ...
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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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Can I get in legal trouble for open sourcing an unofficial wrapper for an API? (EU Law) [closed]

A while ago, I programmed a very simple API-Wrapper for a search engine and made it Open Source (Licensed under MIT). All it basically does, is using the very same REST-API the actual website uses as ...
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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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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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Open Source liability if I accept donations?

If I have an open source project with the MIT license and I accept donations, does that change my liability?
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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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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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Is it legal to use leaked documents for open source development?

Lets say a specific data structure is only documented in a confidential document, which can not be found over the official websites. If a developer can find a copy of this document via Google (on an ...
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Can I sell a mobile app that contains definitions from a GPL licensed dictionary?

I am developing a mobile word game in which the word list and word definitions come from the GCIDE Dictionary. According to my research this software is released under the GNU General Public License. ...
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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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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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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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Can an employee of a non-profit sign CLA and contribute to open source project under a copyright of a for-profit

I am mostly thinking in the context of USA. If there is a non-profit X 501(c)(3) with an employee A. Can this employee A contribute during work hours to an open source project which requires them to ...
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What are the rights of the software owners if their software is used to make money?

Let's assume that I have an iPhone and I tell how to use it (e.g. how an app is downloaded, how a photo is taken), I mention about its functions, features (e.g. how a contact is created, how Wi-Fi is ...
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Trade restrictions on open source software

Apparently the US has put Huawei on a trade blacklist that prevents US companies to trade with Huawei. With hardware and proprietary software it is straightforward how this can be executed (don't make ...
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Can the maintainers of a LGPL project use contributed code after the original contributor withdrew it and was kicked out from the community?

Suppose that out there in the web there is a project, let's call it <PROJECT NAME>, licensed under LGPL v 2.1 or, at the end user's discretion, above. An external contributor (not officially ...
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Software development under BSD license [closed]

I am employed full time developing software. The company I am working for agreed to have the software under a BSD license. If I leave the company, is there any legal problem if I use the software as I ...
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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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What avenues exist for licensing software code to one's employer while retaining the rights to use it in other projects?

Let's say someone works on personal software projects on their own time while also working for a software company. One day a situation arises such that the source code of one of these personal ...
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What is the difference between typeface derivative works and a “document created using the font”

I like the Humor Sans font and have been using it to create infographics. These are png/jpg files and do not contain information about the font typeface, nor do they contain any of the source code of ...
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Is it legal to sell video courses on Udemy by using open source or not open source software?

I see people who sell courses about topics in the informatics sector on Udemy, such as system administration, network administration, cyber security, programming languages, etc. They use/run software ...
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How to patent a technology as public domain? [duplicate]

If an inventor comes up with a technology that could benefit humankind and instead of keeping it for themselves they decide they want to make it freely available to all, what would the legal process ...
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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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Legal issue with open source font?

I use a free, open source font called "Metropolis" for my webpages. However, apparently there now is a legal issue due to similarities to a licensed font called "Gotham", owned by ...
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Fallback license for the case public domain is unavailable [closed]

Suppose a software developer wants to release a software project into the public domain. However the developer knows that this sometimes causes more troubles than it solves due to the problem that ...
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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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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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Ownership of sites and smart contracts

If I am an owner of a site, I can place restrictions on its usage even if the site software is licensed under an open source license such as GPL or AGPL, right? Which law allows me to place such ...
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What are the limits of software licensing?

For example, GPL states (AFAIK) that if your software uses GPL licensed software, your software has to be made open-source. So, if you trick someone into using GPL software in their closed-source ...
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Does AGPL 3 requeired to give free services

I found the following lines about AGPL3 and I am not sure about the correct way to interpret it. Does AGPL3 oblige me to give my cloud services that connected to the app for free or is it only the ...
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Is it legal to profit from an open source software

I am planning on making a service that uses a modified open source software. Would it be legal for me to profit from it? I am not sure what information would be relevant to this so if I have missed ...
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Copyrights of an application with similar name to another application

i has writing a php framework that its features is most important features that are exists in codeigniter and laravel and very very another features that is not exists in another frameworks. it's a ...
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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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Can textbook questions be quoted in the source code of an open source project?

The specific case I am referring to is here: https://github.com/dharmatech/Symbolism#examples. I am considering following suit and quote textbook questions which act as test cases in my own open ...
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Can I put a copyright notice on modified open source files?

I have a software project which is essentially a heavily modified piece of open source software. I'm wanting to add copyright notices to the file headers to protect my work, as it is possible for ...
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Can I relicense GPL software I make even if there are contributors?

I am about to release an open-source library (it's a derivative, but the original is MIT licensed). I'm considering releasing under GPLv3, especially since my understanding is that as the copyright ...
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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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Could this interpretation of open source be compatible with GPL 2?

Supposing I made a fork of a project licensed under GPL 2 and made some modifications to it, could I then release source only by request, for only snapshots and not the stable build, without making ...
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License template for open-source software that requires to inform the copyright holder when a derived work is published

I asked this question on opensource.stackexchange.com, but apparently they have a very narrow definition of 'open-source' and what kind of questions can be asked there, so I hope I have better luck ...
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TikTok/WeChat bans and open source software

The executive orders dealing with TikTok and WeChat don't apply to just those particular pieces of software, but "any transaction by any person, or with respect to any property, subject to the ...
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What does the patent litigation piece of the Apache License mean?

I am looking at this from Wikipedia: The Apache License 2.0 makes sure that the user does not have to worry about infringing any patents by using the software. The user is granted a license to any ...
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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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GitHub - Can I legally commit proprietary source code in a private repository?

I maintain an open-source application project, which I committed in a public GitHub repository. The source code I wrote is open-source (under MIT license) and owned by me, however it depends on a ...
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Are Word-Frequency lists copyrightable?

If someone generates word frequency lists somehow. For example by analysing a web corpus or data from keyboards. Is this form of list of words and their frequencies copyrightable? For example if ...

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