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Implications of providing licensed font over CDN

We have a central web service, which can be used to access various publication and presentation pages. Those are intended to be embedded into customer websites, with the embedding being handled by the ...
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Using screen recording of client's products in promotion

I work at a company that creates software that developers use in their frontend. We have a free and open source version of our software and a paid, non-open-source version. It is easy to detect if a ...
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Is it legal to create and sell a tool to modify config files for games

I've recently discovered an oversight in a popular games config file system that allows you to use an item even if you haven't yet unlocked it, this is a multiplayer game where players are expected to ...
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Distributing (for free) defunct software with valid license

I'm thinking about creating and distributing for free a virtual image with Ubuntu that has installed the latest original software from a defunct software provider with valid (paid) licenses. From ...
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Is it okay to use my own software for a job with another company?

Over the last year I setup (registered) my own company so I could do freelance and contracting. I also produced some digital products for sale on the app stores. During that time I built a very ...
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Legal to make an app that organizes other people's youtube videos?

I'd like to make a mobile application that organizes youtube videos into groups, allowing the user to browse groups and watch videos. For example - I'd like to organize certain cooking videos (not ...
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Will I go to jail if I made an Artificial Intelligence?

I am a programmer, I'm always using different programming languages to make something like a hobby or just my playground. Now I have several insights of how can I make an Artificial Intelligence, ...
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Does this fall under the “Commercial usage” definition?

I am working on a mobile application. It uses a third-party service (let's call it XYZ) which in its ToS has stated Use the XYZ Platform to develop and distribute non-commercial Streaming SDAs ...
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Is it legal to use Facebook and Instagram services without using their API

So my startup company is working on developing an app. The idea is to have Facebook users add / accept friend request and Instagram users follow each other through pressing a button when they meet on ...
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What steps should be taken in order to legalise and sell medical software?

So I thought about an idea for a medical software and I made just for fun. It wasn't that good but it was much better than what I'd expected to get. Fast forward a couple months, I made the software a ...
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GDPR IFrame Cookies - Opt-In necessary?

A lot of googling didn't help me with the following questions: Given I own a website which only creates one cookie that identifies a users session - is it okay to embed said website in an iframe ...
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Who is held accountable in case of violation of JSON license's specific 'no evil' clause - the end user, the distro, or both?

The JSON license, as well as the jslint (and the 'jshint' derivative) license, is an otherwise unmodified version of the MIT License except for one peculiar clause which reads: The Software shall ...
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Using the BSD 3-clause license with splash screen

If someone is using a BSD 3-clause licensed software in their own product, what would be considered "endorse or "promote". The license states: Neither the name of the copyright holder nor the ...
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Building an ebay type app, what kind of financial liability should I expect?

I’m looking into building a eBay-like store on top of my application where suppliers can post their products and buyers would make the purchase directly on the app. We would collect a commission and ...
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Export compliance and iOS

I want to release my first app to Google Play and App Store. I have a question about Export Compliance issue. Since I didn't even know this is needed I am struggling. I already posted a similar ...
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Is an artifact generated by a software under the same license if not explicitly stated?

The current example is to generate an audio file with spoken text using a speech synthesizer and a voice, which both are licensed under a proprietary or open source license. Assuming the license ...
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lawsuit for using bots in online casino?

I have created a bot for roulette that makes a bet on a certain condition. The casino (PokerStars Casino) in their terms of service says that any use of bots is prohibited. I understand that I can get ...
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Working on code with uncertain licensing at another company's behest

so the situation I want to ask you about is as follows: The Client Company has a project that is made of three parts: A front-end web app A back-office An API (back-end) The front/back parts were ...
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Like a menu for unbundled legal services

Can attorneys advertise their flat fees on a third-party site without doing all the things that got Avvo Legal Services in trouble? Didn't Avvo Legal services set the flat fee, handle the payment ...
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Is it legal to create user accounts on behalf of users?

Suppose that a customer wants an online or cloud service provider to port all their users from their old system to the provider's new system. Most of them won't know this is happening. It seems like ...
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Is it okay to upload a code 'based' on the book? [closed]

I would like to upload a code based on the book. In other words, there is no code, but explanations or pseudo code, in the book, and I would like to upload a code based on those and some simple ...
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Can I use the shapes in Microsoft Office in my software?

I want to use the shapes provided by Microsoft PowerPoint in my commercial software. Am I able to use the images I create using these shapes and am I able to use just the shapes themselves without ...
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Can a non US citizen work remotely for a US company and be under their payroll?

Some context: I've been in the US for almost 5 years under a F1 visa. In the last year I've worked under OPT for a company in the US. I have a SSN but my card says "valid for work only with DHS ...
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Is research in a company for feasibility testing a commercial purpose

There are many products which are licensed for non-commercial purposes, either paid, free or opensource. Assume there is a company testing and prototyping some ideas of new products. This does not ...
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Rights protection on Google Play

I'm faced with a problem with Google Play. We have an application which was complained by trademark violation. This situation a little questionable by our opinion but lawyers say that our application ...
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Is there a way to let users of an audio editor web application upload audio files (music, most likely), without copyright infringement?

I assume, in case of a desktop app, the author of the software doesn't have to take responsibility for the software being used with pirated music, if all files are stored on the users computer. ...
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Can I sell origin accounts with games on eBay?

I wanted to ask if I can sell Origin accounts on eBay... is it illegal if I sell them? I have 1 account that I don’t use and it has the sims 4 with almost all the packs and I was thinking to sell it ...
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Work for hire as a contractor without payment, can you withhold IP?

Context: Canadian law; contract work; software IP If a contractor signs a work for hire agreement at the outset of a project and agrees that all work done for a company is the company's IP, can the ...
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Does a 16yo without a work permit have rights to the code he was paid to develop?

I am sixteen, and I have a summer job for a software company. In my state (Maine), a work permit from school is required for someone of my age to have a job but it was never filled out. I assume ...
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Legality of the Android APK package format and external support

I was thinking of operating systems, more specifically mobile operating systems, and a thought occurred to me. Let’s say I decided to make an operating system, mobile or otherwise, could I legally ...
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What if the code found in github with MIT license was stolen by someone and uploaded there?

What would happen if a piece of code from a proprietary source was uploaded by someone without permission to github with the MIT license and thousands of people have used it. Even if the company who ...
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Which countries allow reverse engineering for one of their licences when it permits unlimited software copying, & doesn't forbid reverse engineering?

I was under the impression that reverse engineering can mainly be legally prohibited in two ways: via copyright law forbidding the making of copies; and via an end-user licence agreement (EULA) ...
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Remove characters from an OFL font and use it on a web site

I found the OFL font Sarabun on the web and I want to use it on my web site. The ttf file is quite large because it contains letters of the thai language. I removed the unnecessary characters using ...
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If a licensee creates a derivative work, do they own the work?

This is a follow up to this question asked on freelanceing SE. The background is, I know some clients want to hire an app developer but want to own everything created. As the developer it would be ...
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How to use free sound for commercial use?

I discovered that some sound effects in Minecraft comes from web sites that offers free sfx, some of these sounds are under the 'CC BY-NC 3.0' licence which is a non-commercial one. Yet, Minecraft ...
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Can I use the EPL-licensed library (Paho) for a commercial project and NOT disclose the source code of the project? [closed]

Can I use the Eclipse Paho library (licensed under EPL) for a commercial project and NOT disclose the whole source code of that project? I'm not going to make any changes to Paho code, I just want to ...
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Is it legal to compel users to share data in order to access more features, when the features being accessed do not require the data being requested?

Apologies in advance if this is not the correct exchange for this question. I am a developer working for a company that owns a healthcare application. They operate exclusively in the EU. As part of ...
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How are programming books written if language names are trademarked?

For example, you might want to talk about Java, but Java and its mother company Oracle are trademark names. Or you want to mention the Spring framework which is a registered trademark. Or mentioning ...
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Digital ownership in a peer-to-peer network

Let's say that I share a file* on peer-to-peer network (such as BitTorrent). When other people download my file, do they own the digital copy on their machine? Or is the file considered as being ...
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If someone reviews my software program, when do they share its copyright?

Suppose I refactor my program based on its reviews on codereview.SE. (Or someone reviews my pull request on GitHub.) Presumably, if I include the reviewer's code, they share copyright to my new ...
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Controller processor roles for a SAAS for schools

Assume the following situation: There is a cloud-software (SAAS) which is used by a school for basically three things: Edit: The SAAS was designed with children facilities in mind: Nurseries, ...
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Is reverse engineering for research legal?

I want to look at the code of a certain app, without modifying it. Is that fine accordingly to EU laws ? Btw, sorry if I posted this in the wrong place.
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Can an open source licence be revoked if it violates employer's IP?

Suppose a developer's contract says that all intellectual property (IP) rights to her code belong to her UK employer. While employed, she develops a library and open-sources it under the Apache 2.0 ...
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Hiring part-time IT contractors who are under an IP assignment clause in their day contract

I plan to engage a contract developer part-time in the UK through his own Ltd. He's currently contracting in the day time for a software company. My project is in a very different area. However, that ...
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What constitutes comercial use of software?

I'm writing a module for the internal company website of my current employer. Does that constitute comercial use?
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Can U.S. Tax Forms Be Legally HTMLified?

If I want to have a U.S. government tax form, like a W-9, be able to be filled out on my website, can I convert it to html (so that it looks as identical as possible to the original form), have the ...
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Is it illegal to reference other brands in an app for profit?

Simply put, I'm developing a 'social' app centered around similar interests in brands (specifically restaurants). The main function of the app has users add restaurants to a 'shareable favorites list' ...
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ADA and reasonable accommodations

https://www.eeoc.gov/facts/jobapplicant.html Q: Is it a reasonable accommodation to request to remove all the oral interviews for a candidate programmer who has, for instance, social phobia? Or the ...
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Prove for someone that a specific app is yours?

So I made an app and I am planning on releasing it, the app contains in app purchases (so users have to pay from inside the app). Now the thing is that when someone pays for a product in my app I will ...
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Copyright law vs software transformation

As wikipedia says, A major limitation on copyright on ideas is that copyright protects only the original expression of ideas Suppose there are two companies: A and B, that produce software. Now, ...