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Can my former employer come after me for developing software after I left them?

I worked with a company (Company A) in the US as a developer for two years that utilized third party API's. I recently left that company to work elsewhere (new company (Company B) is a completely ...
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Is it generally legal to develop and provide of API-compatible software services

Is there a legal issue when providing API-compatible services? By API-compatible services, I mean developing systems and providing solutions to customers that mimic other existing cloud computing ...
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Use of GPL licensed code in commercial software [migrated]

I have created an library (A) that uses several other GPL v2 or v3 licensed libraries (B,C,D) which, I am not the author of. I am only the author of A. Can I license library A under a GPL or a dual ...
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How to write a contract that guarantee someone's ownership of a part of a software developed by him and others? [closed]

I want to hire programers without direct money but by guarantee to them that the software will be in their ownership .. In the other hand guarantee the secret of the app idea and codes .. How to make ...
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Is it legal to distribute, in my .NET app, the interop contract (reference) from a third party COM DLL?

When you reference a COM DLL (xyz.dll) in Visual Studio, it creates a interop contract (file interop.xyz.dll) that is used to "communicate" with the DLL. It is usually embedded in your software. If ...
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Copyright in copyleft licence?

Is the copyright mentioned in GPL v3 used just for the sake of defining the word? (It's not copyrighted, but the word encompasses the same actions that would violate the copyright if it was ...
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Assuming Oracle wins Google v. Oracle America, then would Google have to pay fewer damages if they dropped support for the contested APIs?

As of this writing, the Google v. Oracle America case is yet to be heard by the Supreme Court. Assuming that Oracle wins the case, if Google was to drop support for the contested APIs on the Android ...
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Is it illegal to reverse engineer a software if the EULA prohibits it for all purposes?

I have installed an Android app that lets me play with networking and HTTP headers. One of the perks of the app is to be able to export a configuration file so other users that also have the app can ...
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Can Someone Else's Patent Affect My Copyright?

In Canada, if I hold copyright on a program's code but not a patent on what it does, and someone else patents "what it does", how would this affect my copyright? Lets assume this person did not learn "...
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Is there a Legal Requirement for Computer Companies to Include an Operating System when Selling a PC?

I asked a company if they could sell me a PC without an installed Operating System, as I plan to install my own. Their response was that "We have to legally include a OS with all of our systems. So ...
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What effect does a project's software license have on its cultural works?

0BSD and ISC are software licenses. They grant permissions for software. I guess these granted permissions legally only apply to what fits the legal definition of software. What if a project combines ...
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Using Windows EXE file format in operating system

I know that adding Windows .exe file format can be very very hard. I want my OS to run .exe files and I'd like to know if I can use them freely in my OS without any risk or if I have to contact ...
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How to convince Google to fix a problem that caused few thousand $ damage?

Edited for less mystery. Sorry Google, I wanted to keep your name out of it. I'm an independent software developer, a solo entrepreneur, publishing apps at Google Play. About a month ago, Google ...
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Copyright issue of the interface of Windows Notepad

I'm developing Windows application. It is crypto-functioning notepad. And its design(UI interface) is almost(approx 90%?) same with Microsoft Windows Notepad. Differences are only some buttons and ...
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Is it ok to use the same app name as other, unpopular apps?

I'm currently developing a webapp for language learning in the hopes of turning it into a profitable business. I've been mulling over a certain name for a while though I've looked through the google ...
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Storing personal data in the cloud and sharing it to particular users

I'm a programming student working on an app which will allow people to create and manage their "teams". An essential feature is allowing youths to create their accounts. My biggest concern are the ...
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What does `remedy' mean when applied to `malfunction'?

In a legal document, referenced from the license, describing the support service of a commercial software product, the obligations of the latter are described thus: When Licensee reports ...
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What are the legal implications of selling Apple/Android system GUI for Sketch, Figma and Adobe XD?

I was thinking of doing a commercial GUI for Sketch, Figma and Sketch but I kept wondering what would be the legality of this? Isn't copying for example the iPhone home screen and selling it as ...
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Legality of youtube-dl

I have a concern similar to that expressed in another question0, but more clear-cut. I am the author of software similar to youtube-dl but for a subscription website. The basic flow is that users ...
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Must I include all my licenses on my app before I upload it to playstore?

I created an APP on flutter and I would like to upload it on play store. I only used the packages showed on flutter documentation (web page). It's open source I think.... So far, the app takes text ...
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Minecraft - must you accept EULA if you write your own server software?

Note: This question is just for my curiosity So from what I know, it is 100% legal to write your own Minecraft server software that is interoperable with the Minecraft client. This can be done by ...
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Is it forbidden to sell a device that mimicks a third party's device USB descriptor?

This is a pretty USB specific question, I was redirected here from the technical stack exchange. I am trying to figure out what the legislation is around the development by company A of a USB ...
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Licensing code which uses a few lines from another library

I have a header and source file which the majority is mine, however there is at least one function which uses a few lines of code from another library (Apache 2.0) I will license said files with the ...
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Can I write code using libraries with these licences (apache, mit, boost) in this way?

I have a simple question. I am writing some code (c++) and that uses libraries licensed as Mit and Apache 2.0 (which I know are compatible). My question is can I use libraries that have a boost 1.0 ...
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Do I need to number sections in an Agreement?

I'm creating an agreement using an online contract management and signing service. To create the agreement I create separate sections in a library. Then I build the full agreement by adding the ...
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Covid tracking app, forcing citizen to install it on insecure devices

Here's the hypothetical scenario, which in some countries might not be hypothetical after all: The app. Because of Covid-19, the government decides that some citizens must install an app on their ...
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Can I get benefits of others' contributions to my GPL licensed software to use these contributions in my proprietary software?

I have my own code of a software, purely coded by me. I am intending to open source it, GPLv3 or Apache 2.0. Then I will add them to Github to let others get benefits of source code and contribute ...
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Can universities require computer science students to develop software for free?

At my university (it is a public Florida university), one of the core computer science courses required for the degree involves a group project, and the class is divided up into a dozen or so teams, ...
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Third party client made in Unreal Engine

Suppose that I made an MMORPG which has interesting gameplay, but rather bad graphics. One day, a fan of the game writes a client in Unreal Engine that lets them play the game with HD graphics (but ...
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Should I register a copyright for my android app?

I am about to release an app to the store and I have a feeling that before I publish it I have to do some legal stuff. For the lack of my knowledge in this field, I want to ask you: 1) Should I ...
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If I share work (created in my own time) with my employer, do they own it?

Last weekend I started to put together a visual guide about a software development process. It's something I have developed over 10 years based on my experience, and I believe it would do very well ...
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Writing a mobile app, to sell, for a physical bluetooth device I did not invent?

I am writing a mobile app for a bluetooth device which I did not create / invent. To do this, I received specs from someone else on how the device communicates over Bluetooth; it's a non-standard, not ...
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Black-box reverse engineering file format used by discontinued software without a license

Briefly: I am wondering whether information gleaned about a proprietary binary format by perturbing the data using an unlicensed copy of the original software (no longer distributed by the copyright ...
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To what extent does copyright protect software functionality?

Suppose I see an innovative piece of (commercial) software that delivers considerable, non-trivial functionality. Can I re-implement it? Suppose I study it carefully, work out what it does and how ...
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Are products made from illegal software also illegal?

Say a piece of software was aquired, and used, completely illegally, like a license key was hacked online or something, and many other products (say, for example, videos) were made with this illegal ...
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Is it illegal to use an unsupported version of software, without a license key?

there is this particular computer program, that I [possibly, for legal purposes can't say for sure] may have downloaded, well, "illegally", a.k.a., they require a license key to get the full version, ...
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Can RescueTime sell derived data?

Me and my friend were discussing privacy concerns regarding the use of a activity tracking application - Rescuetime. It's privacy policy says, We will never sell, rent, or otherwise share your ...
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Is it legal to purchase Kaplan IT Training bundle by more than one people? If it is legal, how many people can use it at the same time?

We're planning to purchase this bundle from Kaplan IT Training by people more than one. However, firstly, we want to know this kind of purchase is legal or not. And if it is legal, how many people ...
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Is it legal to use “VMware Workstation 15 Player” with earning money purpose?

I am planning to open a blog webpage, publish technology-based content on it and make money via blogger earning methods like Google AdSense. The software I mentioned in the title, which is available ...
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How to anonymize network data packets for commercial use?

I am working on a project where I have to identify anomalies in network traffic of business networks with machine learning. The algorithm is feeded with captured network packets from inside of the ...
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Is opening a blog, publishing technological/educational content on it and earning money via blogger earning methods like AdSense legal?

I am planning to open a blog website and publish technology-based educational content as articles in Turkish language on it. Topics I'll cover are Microsoft and Linux system administration, cyber ...
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How is the cost of a software service determined?

I just went through a Compliance eLearning which had a section covering anti-trust laws. My understanding of predatory pricing from that is inline with this description I found on wikipedia During ...
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Trademark: software company with computer hardware shop

I thought of a business name, and bought the domain name for it (both .com and .net), and I plan to use it to for a software business online. I then noticed a computer shop in the Philippines with the ...
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Is it legal to reverse-engineer free US government software?

The US government provides a number of closed-source software packages to the public for free. Some packages are explicitly listed as "public domain"; other packages list a specific agency as the ...
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Is WhatsApp GDPR compliant as it allows backups for group chat?

Currently WhatsApp claims it uses end to end encryption. However the app provisions users to switch on backups to Google Drive and other providers. So if I am in a group chat with a set of users and ...
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Microsoft C++ Build Tools (2019) not allowed for use with Visual Studio Code?

Technically, it seems to be possible to use Visual Studio Code as IDE for C++ development in combination with the Microsoft C++ Build Tools (2019), see https://code.visualstudio.com/docs/cpp/config-...
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Is it legal for me to prototype simulated gambling software in England?

I am a programmer in England, and am potentially interested in one day working to open a licensed online casino. I have several ideas about products I would like to work on, but am a bit confused as ...
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Is it legal to crack MD5 hashes?

I saw a website that involves programming problems. One problem asks to write a program that finds a string whose MD5 hash is given. Is it criminal to crack the MD5 hash by finding those strings?
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Is it legal to display user airline seat info on a public platform with absolute user consent

Planning a public platform to display user seating info after taking proper user consent , will that still attract legalities if user is ok with it , will it fall under any legal clauses under GDPR ...
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How “infectious” is Unreal Engine 4 license? What is the scope of “product” definition?

According to Epic's EULA for Publishers, they want 5% of any gross revenue you might make out of using software built with their engine, including in-app purchases and advertising, before tax ...

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