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What does this license allow me to do with the products of Google's software?

This video by Google talks about a machine learning algorithm that lets you turn a 2D photo into a 3D model of the person in the photo. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57FsWWfxejg It provides a link ...
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Using another company's name on my website?

I'm building a website with some friends that does social media analytics. As part of this website, there's several places on our site where a website user is prompted to enter some text with the ...
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GDPR Compliance for Application That Guesses Email Addresses

I live in the U.S. and am developing a browser extension that grabs a person's first name, last name, and company name from their LinkedIn profile and then attempts to guess their email address based ...
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Is this copyright infringement?

Location: United States Given that copyright does not protect ideas Let's imagine app a and app b. These two apps are created by two different people. No patents are involved. The person that created ...
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Am I at risk by storing or using software that violates copyright?

Imagine the following scenario: A software company copies code from some open source project and includes it in their own software without giving credit to the original authors, violating the open ...
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Is it possible to start a business with a partner and have the rigths for the software that i wrote? [closed]

So I have partnered with a guy that had an idea, but cannot write code, that's where I came in the picture. He worked 7 years in the industry that were are trying to break into and knows the ...
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Is it possible to disallow a usage of a device in a certain way?

I have bought a Timeular bluetooth time tracker device, the only application supporting the tracker is a paid subscription. I do not want to use that application, I think it's ridiculous that I have ...
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Are there specific laws regarding selling code that executes financial trades?

If I want to start a business selling custom trading code for e.g. stocks/crypto what legal aspects should I be aware of? Are there general examples of the kinds of contract you might want to absolve ...
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What Are Repercussion For Making Uncensorable Social Media? [duplicate]

I'm intending to make and publish an experimental platform where user-generated content (UGC) is uncensorable and permanent. Although tech promotes itself as such, like the omnipotence paradox, man ...
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Using publicly returned HTML as a part of tests suite

I'm working on a templating engine that takes HTML and a specific C-like language mixed in one file called "template" and produces a native program in said C-like language which then ...
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What parts of cracking (tampering with the copyrighted software) are actually illegal?

I would like to know whether software cracking is considered illegal broadly (in the way that drugs are, for example, broadly illegal in many western countries), or is it a more complex question. I am ...
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Does a non-commercial software project constitute an outside activity and does declaring it to my employer risk any transfer of IP?

Background I am based in the UK, and about to enter into a new full-time job as a software engineer at a UK-based software company. I have been asked to declare my outside activities. I have several ...
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Is each version of a software considered a "derivative work"?

Originally asked in Software Engineering but a user raised it is more a legal question than an engineering one. Let's suppose there is a software at version a1 in code repository A on an online code ...
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Can an abstract idea constitute prior art in a patent case?

I own a patent on a text search and retrieval method. The examiner had cited a nebulous concept as prior art, but my attorney was able to discard that, and the patent was issued. I'm now concerned ...
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Do I need to give credit to the original writer if I rewrote something in my own words?

Situation Suppose I have built a computer program which fetches articles from websites, rewrites them and posts them. Since I'm rewriting the article I think copyright law is not violated since ...
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Are there any software licenses that would allow anyone free use but require sponsorship for commercial use?

By "free use", I mean modification, distribution, whatever one would like, but if it is used commercially, then adopting companies would be obligated to support the maintainers. There is a ...
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Does a website service for image editing need to be ADA compliant for visually impaired users?

I'm getting ready to launch my website for an image editing service. I had come across quite a few articles on how they need to be ADA compliant to offer service in the US without legal troubles. ...
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Can I, as a contractor, take IP with me to a new company?

I am currently working part-time as an independent contractor, software developer, in the United States for a startup my friend founded. I saw it mostly as helping a friend, so we never formalized the ...
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What legal trouble could a software developer blogger find themselves in?

There is a plethora of software engineers who blog about technology. They could be discussing Microsoft technology, Oracle, the list goes on... Is there a line you could cross where you'd go from ...
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Is it legal to develop a cipher breaker software?

Is it legal to develop a cipher-breaker software/algorithm? What about it's legality in India?
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Do I need a server license to allow users to generate reports using proprietary fonts from my software?

I'm a developer working on a web based SaaS application that my clients use to generate reports to send to their own customers - my clients get paid to produce these reports. I have a client that ...
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Is it legal to allow users to upload their own music to an app for baseball walkout songs?

Ballpark DJ and Walkout Song DJ both allow users to upload music from their phone storage to play as walkout music or inning break songs for baseball games. BallparkDJ also allows using Amazon and ...
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Software copyright in a collaboration project for startup development

I am embarking on a possible EU-funded cooperation project to develop a platform, with other organizations. The development of the code will be shared. I am writing this application with my startup, ...
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Software license conditioned on company size or revenue

A software license might be different if the company where the software is being used is larger or smaller. So if Joey is an independent freelance contractor with his own company with revenue less ...
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Use Mint Y theme look and feel in MIT licensed library

I'm writing an UI library for JavaScript. I wish to release my work under the MIT license. As part as my code I wish to provide a hand crafted theme based on the look and feel of the Mint Y family of ...
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How does licensing software not imply ownership? Don't I own a Windows operating system once I pay for it?

Background I've been through the Windows 8.1 EULA and the EULA for computer manufacturers. I've also seen this question where an answer says that Windows is sold as a software service. The EULA states ...
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Is it illegal to enter a website with an account that is not yours?

I worked as a developer in a company and I had some of the employees' passwords. They are saved in my Google account. What are the consequences of using these passwords to enter as another person? ...
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A software company refuses to active my perpetual ownership software because they no longer want to maintain the activation server. Is that not theft?

I purchased perpetual license to this software (NitroPDF) and the version I have continues to suit all my needs. I began to have problems when I updated to Win10 as the installation would no longer ...
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Can a software license validly restrict place of use, or impose restrictions on the type or purpose of use

This question is inspired in part by Open Source License restrictions and recent sanctions against Russia and in particular by this answer Can a software license impose restrictions on the place where ...
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Is a website using behind the scenes software X a "copy" or "substantial portion" of software X?

The MIT license says: The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software. Bob finds a nice piece of MIT-licensed software ...
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Can I viably sue for damages caused by bugs in freeware?

Freeware is software released free of charge. Often times freeware is written by a hobbyist or academic who is looking to create a tool for their field, but is either not interested in profit or ...
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Why do Contributor License Agreements need to be signed explicitly?

It seems like most Customer License Agreements need to be explicitly signed by the contributor. This is a bit of an inconvenience, as contributors need to retrieve the CLA document, have access to ...
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Is creating a simulator/mock of an API considered "derivative work"?

We have a number of clients integrating their software with a specific third party service via a HTTP REST API. In order for our clients to be able to test efficiently their software we need to create ...
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Contesting Mojang's forced migration

Mojang is forcing their users to migrate their account with their Microsoft account. Personally, I don't agree with this migration and especially the way they are forcing it on their users: if you don'...
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Intellectual property while employed (UK/USA)

I work for a USA based company but I live and work in the UK. I'm a software engineer and I was curious about the wording around intellectual property on my contract. Lets say the company I work for ...
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Is direct advertisement allowed on mobile android app? [closed]

Suppose that an app developer D wants to advertise on a mobile android app. D is aware that that there is the ad network platform admob provided by google, but D does not want to use it. D wants to ...
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Does a program used to extend an existing program count as achieving interoperability for decompilation?

From the EU 2009/24/EC directive on the legal protection of computer programs, decompilation of programs is allowed under the following term: The authorisation of the rightholder shall not be ...
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Is an algorithm producing music copyrighted?

It is my understanding that algorithms (not their concrete implementations) are not copyrighted. Musical scores or productions usually have a copyright. Some music is constructed from a small set of ...
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Is Simplex noise still patent protected? (What is "anticipated expiration"?)

According to the Wikipedia page on Simplex noise: Uses of implementations in 3D and higher for textured image synthesis are covered by U.S. Patent 6,867,776, if the algorithm is implemented using the ...
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What IPs does my personal coding project have?

Hi I am a software engineering student, say I code a random personal program and upload it as a website. And I make the code closed-source. What IPs/trademarks/copyrights do I automatically have? I ...
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Is code on Github safe against US claims?

I run a smaller non-US company producing hardware-related code. Since the code is hardware related I might patent it (the entire system) outside US at some time. I want to use Github to store my code ...
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combining a specific license with a wide license

A directory contains a program's source code, a file named "LICENSE" that indicates that the program is licensed under license A, and a library ("lib.c") containing license B. A is ...
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If a paper under the CC BY-SA 4.0 describes & designs a software X & its implications, does said software must be under a compatible license?

Let's say I wrote a paper which describes & designs a software and its implications, and I license it under the CC BY-SA 4.0. If some else (or me) writes said software, does it need to be in a ...
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Are Software Developers Responsible for Deaths Because of the Developed System?

I want to learn some responsibilities of software developers. For example, if I am coding on self driving cars's systems and one day the car causes the death of someone who is responsible of that? Am ...
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How can start working with lawyers in need? NOT ADVERTISEMENT

I'm genuinely trying to understand where I could help the most and what problems my skills could be applied to that lawyers are fighting with on the daily. This is my first question on here and if it'...
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Can a business allow employees to use their own developed software for work as a way to protect its proprietary software?

Can a business allow employees to use their own software for work as a way to make sure that if the company has to declare bankruptcy and sell all its assets, then it can hide its proprietary software ...
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How to know if parts of a design are legal to use?

I paid a designer to create some backgrounds for me which I will use in a paid mobile app. This is the first time I pay a designer to do something for me so I am very new to this. He said he used ...
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MS Edge synthetised voice audio ownership

I want to make Youtube video about my commercial product (software) with synthetised voice narration. Microsoft Edge browser (part of W10) has ability to read text aloud by various online (natural) ...
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Automatically updating a Steam user profile

Is it legal to automatically update a user profile on Valve's Steam network? I looked through the subscriber and privacy agreements, but couldn't really find anything precise enough about it (or I ...
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Is it legal to migrate data from old software to new software?

I'm wondering about the legality of migrating data between two competitor software, particularly for this purpose. Customer buys new software and want to migrate their old data. Is it legal for the ...
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