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GPL Licensed code as separate process

We are going to use a GPL licensed application as separate process inside a docker. So here's how it works: Main app ships to client, it doesn't have any GPL code. Does have lots of things and ...
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Is opt-in now required for iOS app using Fabric/Crashlytics/Flurry due to GDPR?

It's been a while since I last pushed out an app to the iOS store, and since then the new EU requirements for data protection General Data Protection Regulation Compliance, GDPR, came into force. Most ...
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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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Mobile app broke after an update. Am I entitled to a downgrade / refund?

The immediate problem I have encountered is described here, but I'm interested in the general concepts which apply in situations like this. What happens if a paid app stops working after an update? ...
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How may one add some functionality to publicly available source code for which the license forbids modification?

Is there a way way to add some new functionality to publicly available source code (rewrite completely?) and publish the modified version if the license goes as "You may redistribute the source code ...
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Do sports figures control the right to use their name in a game?

In sports game simulations, do real people control the ability to use their name? I am not talking about their likeness, only their name. So, for example, if there is a game that uses generic figures ...
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Can I get a patent for my software, not for any algorithm or feature, but for the marketing strategy and revenue model?

I have a software startup that is entering a very crowded space. We have many of the same features as the rest of the field, and a few unique ones. The main difference is that our revenue target and ...
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Use of custom designed software at work?

If I have developed an application on my own time and using my own resources, and that application could be highly valuable in performing my job, can I use it to get my work done without endangering ...
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Is it legal to create automations of websites in India?

Is it legal to create automations of websites in India using Python? There are Flash Sales on every E-commerce sites nowadays, and ordering manual fails to receive goods as they get out of stock in ...
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Access to sensitive information of employees as a fellow employee

I'm a programmer who works closely with an engineering firm to create tools for the automation of business processes. One of which I'm working on currently requires that have the access (although I ...
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What laws apply to using speech to text software to generate a transcript of a conversation without the parties' consent?

Most jurisdictions have laws that limit the ability to record audio without the consent of those being recorded. The exact requirements vary, but generally speaking, recording audio is much more ...
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Can I use brand names in my video game? [duplicate]

I'm currently developing a video game set in the Old West and I'm wanting to know if I can use period gun brand names in my game: Colt, Winchester, etc. Do I need special permission from the companies ...
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Is it illegal to ask a company for money in exchange for information on a bug in their software?

Let's assume that I have a found a bug in a company's website/software which – if exploited – bypasses their paywall and allows me to use their website/software without any payments. I then inform ...
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What constitutes a gambling app

I am developing a game that has users playing live quizzes against each other for cash prizes. You can book to play a live quiz for a small fee. You have a chance of winning a cash prize if you ...
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How Google Play Policy applies to different Developers

I have a quiz game that was rejected from the Play Store on claims that it violates the Gambling policy because it currently allows users to win money for playing quizzes. On appealing, I asked the ...
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Recreating images from video games in a stats app

I am making a Discord bot that tracks in game stats for many popular video games and I'm having trouble discerning whether it's ok or not to display these stats in a format that replicates the in game ...
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Can I make An App Which Uses Data From Other Apps? [closed]

Google Hangouts is closing down soon and I want to make a messaging app which lets you import your Hangouts conversations into it via Google Takeout. I'm not sure if this is legal though, since Google ...
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Does a license found in a repository automatically apply to the code in the repository?

Imagine this situation, you create a new project which is not intended to be Open-Source, but you use a permissive framework which allows not opening the source code of your own project which depends ...
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Is it allowed to modify closed source software for your own use?

I got a copy of the original GLUT (a graphics library toolkit), since the fan-made, open source version one caused me a lot of trouble. The problem is that the original GLUT is closed-source, which ...
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Can I remove a watermark applied by a software on my own work?

I was wondering if I can remove a watermark from an image created by me. I used a software to create the image (namely, Visual Paradigm Online): if I subscribe to a commercial license, the software ...
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Assignment of Inventions in Employment Contract for Software Development

I have a contract that basically says this in the Assignment section: To the fullest extent under applicable law, the Company shall own all right, title and interest in and to all Inventions (...
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How to handle contracts for volunteers looking to contribute work to our game project

For some time now, a friend and I have been working on a game project. As a part of my friends university course, they need to demonstrate working to a brief on a major project (which can either be an ...
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How do i report against apple company? [closed]

Apple already has admitted itself that it purposefully slowed down the device with new software upgrades.Some time before in software update section in settings i used to have download update button ...
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Can I make a game with the N64 SDK legally?

Can I legally create a game with the Nintendo 64 SDK? I have seen several SDKs on the internet which are verified to be the real deal. My next question is if I can distribute it legally. I was going ...
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What is a software developers liability for medical devices

I am an employee of a contract employer being contracted out to a medical company writing software for medical devices. What is my liability or who shoulders the legal expenses if a product I wrote ...
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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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Rubik's cube image rights EU court decision [closed]

In February 2016, I have asked a question (Rubik's cube image rights) regarding image rights of Rubik's Cube. In short - I have developed an Android application allowing user to solve Rubik's Cube,...
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Why is Software Piracy Considered Theft?

I know the question sounds mundane and perhaps even silly at first glance, but, consider it for a moment. Our qualm with piracy seems to be premised with some notion of loss at the owners/business' ...
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Are there any examples of selling unsealed videogame as “new” being illegal?

Contest: over the years, a mayor videogame reseller company that operates in many countries worldwide has made a practice to unwrap the games it sells, putting only an empty box on display. When you ...
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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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Is making a home music server legal?

I am planning to make a Local-Area-Network personal music server program. The idea is that the program lets you host your music so you can stream it from any of your devices on your local network (...
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Websites using GPL-licensed libraries

If a customer of yours pays you to develop a website (not to buy it, so he doesn't receive a copy of the software), the website uses GPL libraries or frameworks, and the site is installed in a server ...
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Closed-source licence that limits liability and warranty [closed]

Is there any software licence that I can freely grab that only limits my liability while not additionally allowing any distribution and have other open-source permissions? Since what I understand is ...
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Is it legit to use Custom Controller Buttons in Games?

I'm making buttons for my own controller in my Game. For example, the attached images will appear to indicate the player to press the A or B Buttons. The image resembles Xbox Controller Buttons. So, ...
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Does binary code need legal protection?

Firstly, sorry if this is not the right tag. I have recently come in contact with a person through social media and we are discussing a business opportunity. This person is working in networking and ...
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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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Is there a need for a license agreement when two programmers want to join forces on a common side project?

Recently me and an acquaintance have been talking about working together on a side project. I know he operates his own LLC and probably wants to release the side project under the LLC which is fine. ...
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Do licence terms of Microsoft Visual Studio Community allow me to distribute applications developped with it?

From the licence terms ofMicrosoft Visual Studio Community: Individual License. If you are an individual working on your own applications to sell or for any other purpose, you may use the software ...
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What about if a company use the information that you shared during interview

I am a software engineer in Germany, I had an issue and i don't know how to react: Several weeks ago i had a job interview with a recently founded startup; I met with a co-founder of startup and we ...
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Legality of reverse engineering when licensing code stops working and the author is deceased?

There is a piece of software floating around there called ASIO Link Pro, but apparently (and sadly) the author of that software has passed away. (https://www.reddit.com/r/obs/comments/7ffn5f/...
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Carelessly used Visual Studio Preview to develop an app that I'd like to release; what are my options?

A game. It started as an academic project, though I've always intended to release it (for free) at some point. I checked the licence terms of Visual Studio 2017 Community. Happy, happy, joy joy: ...
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When does software copyright expire on defunct products (i.e. Lotus 1-2-3)

There are a lot of people still using "defunct" software such as Lotus 1-2-3 and Lotus Organizer. We also use existing software today that will be cancelled in the near future but may still have ...
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Defective software update instructions irreparably breaks product. Do any UK consumer or product liability laws apply?

Note - I'm not asking legal advice. I already have a basis of claim in my actual case. But the case prompted a question mark over an apparent loophole in UK consumer protection/product liability law, ...
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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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Is it legal to crawl the internet and use content to inform ML models?

This is largely what Google (et al.) do -- crawling the web and informing models as to the associations between various things. Copyright appears to mostly pertain to reproduction, which Google and ...
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Java SE 11 New commercial license

Oracle has changed the commercial license since Java SE 11, as I understand. Does this impact products created using Java. For example I have a program written in Java I plan to sell. Also is it 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 "...