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What if I am not physically in the same location as someone to get written permission for penetration testing [on hold]

I always hear that rule about pentesting which is to make sure and have written permission before doing a pentesting job it sounds like a safety tip to help with proof in case something happens like ...
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Redistribution of system similar to the one commissioned (privately) by a client

The short: my company have been paid to develop a software system for a client. There are (sort of) similar systems on the market already, there is currently a lot of demand for it, I want to ...
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Mobile App Import/Export Restrictions [on hold]

I am an app developer, and our team has an Android as well as an iOS version of the same app. As I am aware of the Encryption Export Compliance in place, I have consulted BIS directly, and got an ...
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Is coding a program that edits memory of an illegal Private Server client illegal in itself?

I created a trainer (in C++ and assembly) for a private server's version of an MMO. Would that code be illegal? I just want to put the code up on github Few more details: The program would not work ...
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What to do after an employee leaked our algorithm?

One of my company's internally developed algorithms was published online. It's a complex algorithm that took years to develop, I have a pretty good idea of which employee leaked it based on the team ...
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Modifying Open Source System Files to Cheat

I am asking this question primarily as a follow up to this question: Is creating and selling "cheats" or "hacks" for games illegal? The consensus in that question seems that it is ...
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Iran Technology Sanction

Is there any comprehensive list of Iran technology sanctions and the reason they were imposed(especially related to software products and scientific data sets?) As I remember, some software products ...
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Can i create a software which can store doctor prescription?

I have developed a software which can store doctors prescription digitally. wondering if there would any legal complications on it. Any laws preventing that sort of software/practice in united states. ...
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Client is refusing to pay invoice without W-9

I have been working on a software project for a client for several months. Up until now, there have been few issues involving payment. Now that the project has come to an end, the client is refusing ...
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Is it illegal in the US to release software containing cryptography if there is no master key or backdoor or data retention?

If I made a proprietary piece of software that provided AES-256 encryption for IM, voice chat, and file transfer would this itself be illegal? The way it'd be set up is people would run the service ...
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License Implications for Software Dependent on Third-Party Software

Situation: I have developed a piece of software that makes use of a third-party software. The third-party software is installed separately by the user of my software (not delivered along with my ...
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Does Licensing have to be mentioned for MIT/BSD-3 Plugins/Libraries for my Commercial Website? [migrated]

If I create a commercial website that uses MIT/BSD-3 libraries and plugins, do I have to specifically mention the licences of each plugin/library? If so where do I have to add the same? Are the ...
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Is it legal to include part of the NOW corpus in commercial software?

I have collected a lot of sample sentences from the NOW (News On The Web) Corpus and I parsed them via several computer programs of my own making. I want to know if I can include this data with my ...
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Derivative softwares copyrigths from a more generic software

Imagine consultancy C has a generic software for analyzing data S. Now C has a client C1 and from the software S it derives a software S1 to analyzed some specific data for C1. The overall dependency ...
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Can disabling Windows 10 updates be considered a crime?

There's a pretty (in)famous post on Russian Microsoft Answers site (just search by UID to see it referenced in many news stories) where user asks how he can disable Windows Update through registry due ...
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Atlaskit in commercial projects

I found this amazing project https://atlaskit.atlassian.com/. But after visit some pages about license issues I have a lot of confussion. Can I use Atlaskit in comercial projects and customize the ...
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Copyright on code from public source

Let's imagine consultancy A develops a code for client B that use some free available code from a website so it's a derivative work from the free code (MIT license). Can consultancy A re-use the same ...
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software copyright : implementing the same class structure but for different specific clients and purpose

Let's assume the same consultancy implements for client A a software to analyze text data from internal communication of the company. The client B asked the same software to analyze text data from ...
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How to manage intellectual property right for different clients from a consultancy

let's say company A is a consultancy in field XX and develops software solutions for client B. Client B clearly retains the IP of the work done. Then company A will have 2 more clients C and D. Now, ...
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Automatic Renewal Contract / Contract Law - Licensee Cancels before Expiration Date, but not within 30 day period

Has this turned into contract law - can the licensee cancel the upcoming auto-renewal? Licensee entered into a multi-year software usage contract with Licensor. The software license is a straight ...
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Is it ok to open source translated closed source code?

I received a library to use in a school project, which is closed source. However, the project itself was programmed in a different language, so I had to translate the original library. Now I want to ...
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Does a USA bookkeeping or accounting app have to be certified by a regulatory body?

If an accounting/bookkeeping app is developed in the US, and released for use in the same country, is it required by law that it first be certified or reviewed by a regulatory body, for instance to ...
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Can I use Creative Common remixes of original songs in my apps?

I am starting to develop an advent calendar ready for December. For this app, I want to have Christmas music. In order to make sure that I don't run into any copyright issues, I am using Creative ...
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Legal Reverse Engineering for Security Review in US for Korean Provided Module

My company has received a command-line stand-alone (ELF) executable from a Korean company that provides a service for validating Korean users. It took them a few tries to get us a version that runs on ...
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Company stole my IP. Are there costless remedies?

If a well-funded company steals an individual's intellectual property, are there any means to sue or otherwise enforce the IP rights without costing the victim anything? (I.e., if the victim does not ...
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Visual Studio Community 2017 licencing terms - “Enterprise” definition - 250 users

I have an LLC that I'd like to develop Xamarin applications under with VS community 2017. So, being a person that is somewhat obligated to read licensing terms; I have a question about a word that isn'...
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What is, and is not, considered fact in the scientific and computer science world?

I am having a bit of a hard time with copyright and copyright infringement. I am thinking about writing books about many different things, such as: How to use this software How to be a good ...
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If an app doesn't have any EULA is it free?

If an app doesn't come with a license, and the code has not been obfuscated, does that mean that the app code and resources are free and open source?
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Contact Microsoft legal department, or other ways to facilitate reinstatement of a Google Play app

I used an icon of Microsoft Notepad (taken from Wikipedia) as the icon for a free Notepad application Fast Notepad in Google Play. It probably was beneficial for the community, as it had no ads, and ...
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possible problems when removing a license

Specifically speaking of free software licenses, and particularly speak of Blende.org / Blender 2.7xx. I want to know what happens if I withdraw the license and / or replace it with another one. I am ...
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How to retain ownership of software created outside of work?

This question is very similar to Do software developers typically retain ownership of work done OUTSIDE of work?, but I'd like to add the following clarification: The last few employment agreements I'...
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Is it legal to copy the structure of a program

If there is a software suit or library API, and I would like to build my own with similar capabilities, is it legal to copy the structure of the former, but using my own code. For example, say a ...
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Can I adapt real life games to videogames? [duplicate]

I was thinking of developing a Taboo game for Android Devices. But am I allowed to do so, knowing that the game exists in real life? (meaning can the inventor of Taboo sue me?) And how do I know ...
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What license model to use for disclosing the source code of a paid software product? [closed]

I am developing and selling a piece of software over the internet. Recently a customer has asked me for a copy of the source code, so he can add custom features and maybe also assist to fix bugs. He ...
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Can Google sue people who use Android Studio to write root-based apps?

In 3.2 of the Android SDK (and Android Studio) EULA, it says that I am not supposed to develop for non-CTS compliant versions of Android. Does that mean Google can sue people who use Android Studio to ...
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Is downloading YouTube videos legal for personal use? [duplicate]

Hypothetical: I am learning a language at the moment and have found certain playlists very useful. I want to have them on the go and have written an application to download and manage downloaded ...
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Is it illegal to post a software without permission?

I am making a software which would do gridcomputing (i.e combine many computers processes to speed up a Function/App/Computer) I would post it online like a virus and spread to computers. This ...
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What level of support is legally required for off-the-shelf software?

When writing and selling off-the-shelf software, there can be warranty requirements for security updates and functional bugfixes. But are there legal requirements to offer support that goes beyond ...
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Would showing code in a book which was written with a student or personal license not be allowed?

I was writing a book which I'm considering publishing in the future, but I realized that there was some code I wanted to include that might be an issue. I wrote it with a student license, so would ...
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Is it illegal to create software automation bots?

I am a freelance programmer and I create various tools for customers and often different kinds of bots that trade on platforms, advertise on chatrooms, automate traffic, post articles, gamble online, ...
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Are file hash codes really unique identifiers? [closed]

It is often said in judicial opinions and legal briefs that the hash value derived from a file is like a fingerprint that uniquely corresponds to the source file. See, e.g., http://www.ca5.uscourts....
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Software Startup Legal Consulting [closed]

I was curious how important it is for a software startup to seek legal council during the fundraising/growth stages. Basically, I don't want to be up a creek if we have some data breach or hack. How ...
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If holding a photograph is permitted can a company use facial recognition?

If I've given a company permission to hold an image of me - for a photo ID card, for example. Do they need any extra permissions to use facial recognition software? The facial recognition software ...
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Open source encryption library pose export compliance

I am developing an app which will encrypt users files , photos etc. I use the open source library RNCryptor to do the operation . Does this make my app require export compliance ? . Does the export ...
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Can my app retain conversations between users on another website?

I'm planning to build an app that allows users to archive messages between users on an open and public section of a chatting website. The website has this in their terms and conditions however. You ...
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Is it legal to save a copy of software in public cloud?

So I live in Taiwan and most time I'll be facing when I tell my student to download some software they'll need to wait for it to download. So I'm wondering can I store a copy of the software (for ...
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Legality of web scraping for non-commercial use

I would like to scrape data from a website (which is based in USA, and I am not, if this matters) - let's say it's something like IMDb, or something like that. Unlike most other questions asked about ...
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Is it ok to create a Parody (fake) app?

Recently I had made an android app which imitates the WhatsApp messenger. My app has the provision wherein users can create fake conversation by setting both incoming and outgoing messages. Set the ...
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Where can I find the Copyright Registration form for Software, if any? (US)

So I've been building this game for the past couple of months, and I was thinking of releasing it to the public, but I didn't want to release it as open-source, so I thought of filing copyright for it....
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Is a software license still valid, if it claims copyright for previous years?

I had a FOSS project with a license which first mentioned "Copyright 2016". Then year 2017 came, and I replaced it with "Copyright 2017". After a while, I realized my mistake and replaced it with "...