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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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Retaining maximum free/open-source freedoms in a software license except for source redistribution

There are several free/open-source licenses (e.g. GPLv3, Apache 2.0, MIT) that allow several freedoms to the user of a software. Generally if you grant access to an individual to use software under ...
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What are the implications of a NASA Open Source Agreement version 1.3

There is this code released under NASA Open Source Agreement version 1.3. I don't get the license. Can I use the code in a commercial product? Any limitation?
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License for a software project - free for individual users, pay for companies?

If a software utility developer desired to issue a license to his or her software for free for non-commercial use or for individual users, while restricting the free usage of the software by companies ...
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Two wow js on github

I see two wowjs distributors on the GitHub. The first is https://github.com/graingert/wow and the second is https://github.com/matthieua/WOW. The first is under a license like this one and free of ...
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Licence for Windows API

Is a licence required for calling operating system functions provided by Windows or calling its kernel? Is any licence required to use dll files of win API (linking but not distributing)? If yes, what ...
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Can software vendors add a ToS that would give them monetary privileges over things created by their software?

Imagine that a software user typed an original novel into a word processor (e.g Microsoft Word or Google Docs). Imaging that the software vendor added something to the terms of service (ToS) saying ...
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Is it legal to install MacOS (Hackintosh) on Windows (inside VirtualBox) in a commercial environment?

I'm a developer and I'm working in a company where i will have to develop cross-platform desktop apps (with electron), mobile apps (with Cordova) and even extensions, including Safari. So it goes ...
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Images of real coins used as “rewards” in games

There are some educational math "games" for androids targeted at pre-highschool students. Since their goal is to make learning fun, they some times include rewards which are visually ...
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Is it illegal to copy commercial software features into an open source project?

Imagine I work for a company that has a software X, no algorithm in this software is patented. If I want to create an open source software Z that has similar features as software X by looking into the ...
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Can my bot trade crypto for others? [closed]

Is it legal if someone gives me their API key for phemex, with the intention that my bot ( which predicts and can trade each minute ) will trade for them? Alternatively, if I license software which ...
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Is there a software tool to write contracts?

Is there a tool that you can write (for example) contracts with? I have seen some people using LaTeX for it, but is everybody just using Microsoft Word and then formatting everything by hand for each ...
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Can a company read another company's software tool configuration files?

We are a small software consultancy. Several of our existing clients are unhappy with one of companies they have licensed software from (CompanyX) because that company started abusing their majority ...
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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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Scraping FB phone numbers

I am an EU citizen who codes. I have a project, which works this way: program enters a word into Facebook search program extracts links to the Facebook pages program scrapes (gather and save) the ...
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Using Windows Media Player SDK in a commercial software

Does anyone know what license does the Windows Media Player SDK use? I am implementing a video player to commercial software written in Visual Basic and I couldn't find any license information ...
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If I turn the real money into fake currency will it still be gambling app?

My client wants to build some sort of gambling app. I said to him Google Play does not allow gambling apps and they will get removed. I also mentioned that maybe like Facebook Poker, if you include ...
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Developing similar apps, games, etc. on Google Play Store or App Store

I am planning to develop similar apps, games, etc., which may free or non-free, on Google Play Store or App Store and to earn money with methods such as ads, sale on same stores, etc. To be clearer I'...
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Would I have any legal grounds to sue a phone manufacturer for locking the bootloader?

My question is related to the one here: Is it legal for manufacturers to lock bootloaders on Android phones? However, while that question and the answers focus on the GPL and its implications, I'm ...
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Are the graphic assets distributed with an open source software project covered under the software license?

I have an open source software project under the 3-Clause BSD license, which includes a logo in its README. Recently, working on another project, I have found that the license text does not explicitly ...
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Intellectual Property Ownership as an Employee

I am a final-year college student entering the software industry as an engineer. My job will probably require me to write code all day for a company, using company resources and hardware (company ...
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Which software license to use as a software agency for my client?

Suppose that a client that wants a project (mobile app) developed and is currently discussing the contract with a developer. The idea of the app is the client's and s/he will start a company soon, ...
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Propagation of GPLv3 licensed software

"0. Definitions" section of GPLv3 says that: To “convey” a work means any kind of propagation that enables other parties to make or receive copies. Is it also included to "any kind of ...
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Can I sell a mobile app that contains definitions from a GPL licensed dictionary?

I am developing a mobile word game in which the word list and word definitions come from the GCIDE Dictionary. According to my research this software is released under the GNU General Public License. ...
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Are there any laws around viewing the messages of the members of a site you own?

If I build a website that has a messaging feature between users, what laws are there governing my behavior as the owner of the website? That is to say, I am the sole moderator and database ...
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Selling License Exceptions using CLA

I am working on an open-source software project in academia. It is currently licensed under a modified BSD-style license that allows only unmodified, non-commercial usage. We are currently considering ...
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What are the rights of the software owners if their software is used to make money?

Let's assume that I have an iPhone and I tell how to use it (e.g. how an app is downloaded, how a photo is taken), I mention about its functions, features (e.g. how a contact is created, how Wi-Fi is ...
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Is it illegal to display a price perpetually while giving the impression it's a discount?

Over a year ago I checked out and even purchased a license for Spine. https://esotericsoftware.com/spine-purchase At the time it had an offer from $99, to $69. I didn't have plans to use it yet, but I ...
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In the software license BSD, what is “ Redistribution in binary form must reproduce the above copyright notice…”

I'm trying to understand all the responsibilities of this license. Does redistribution mean: publicly placing a windows .exe using the BSD licensed library for users to download on a website(free and ...
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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 is the meaning of “using a file outside a project”?

On the Tatoeba download page, we can download a list of sentences that have an audio file: https://tatoeba.org/eng/downloads. In this file, there is a license field. In the description of the file, it ...
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Accidental infringement of 3rd party IPR

Need some help with a peculiar problem Google is unable to help me with. I’m about to enter into a contract as a Software Consultant with a product company to help them with their product development. ...
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Can the maintainers of a LGPL project use contributed code after the original contributor withdrew it and was kicked out from the community?

Suppose that out there in the web there is a project, let's call it <PROJECT NAME>, licensed under LGPL v 2.1 or, at the end user's discretion, above. An external contributor (not officially ...
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Commercial Use of Recorded Output made by Speech Synthesis via Web Speech API on Chrome

I use the Web Speech API via Chrome to synthesize speech of my original text. I record the output audio using some other software. Do I own the copyrights to that recording? Can I sell the recorded ...
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GDPR: What data am I allowed to keep after a user requests deletion?

I struggle to find an insightful article on what, specifically, I have to delete and what I don't have to delete when a user requests deletion of their data. Some things are obvious to me: personal ...
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openssl and libsodium export restrictions

When going on the openssl it clearly states that openssl is subject to export restriction because it uses strong encryption. Looking at the libsodium page I cannot find anything like this. Why? Are ...
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Buy a computer/phone from Apple, disagree to the terms of service after purchase; what's the legal perspective

My question and premise are very simple, but the legal perspectives on the answer are unclear to me. A person purchases an Apple computer/phone product directly from Apple (any device requiring ...
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What are legal risks/consequences of buying cheap software licenses from ebay/aliexpress

I was disputing with one person about buying software licenses. For example, on ebay/aliexpress there are offers to buy Microsoft Office for 2 USD or Adobe PhotoShop for 3 USD. For me, it cannot be ...
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Is it illegal for my school to install spyware onto my own laptop?

My school installed something called 'Securus XT' onto my laptop. I knew it was meant to be a safeguarding thing but I didn't know they would be able to see every single thing I do on my own laptop (...
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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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Should I worry about code plagiarism if it's my code?

If I wrote a code by myself, which I know is my code because I myself have thought about the logic and code while developing it. But if the same logic and code was thought by somebody else and is used ...
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Advertising in mobile apps and proof of consent

What does CCPA require for proof of consent to display advertising in mobile applications (vs a web site), especially for apps that do not create a user profile? Hypothetically, would it be sufficient ...
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What exactly is banned if the US bans on several Chinese apps go into effect?

President Trump issued several executive orders, banning certain Chinese-owned apps in 45 days if they are still owned by their original companies (as I understand it): EO 13942 (August 6, 2020) - ...
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What avenues exist for licensing software code to one's employer while retaining the rights to use it in other projects?

Let's say someone works on personal software projects on their own time while also working for a software company. One day a situation arises such that the source code of one of these personal ...
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Online Service Requires 2-User Minimum Billing for Per-User Priced Product

Is this legal under Payment for Services Not Rendered if only one user account is ever used? I'm using an online service, Hubstaff, to keep track of my time and invoice clients for the time I work on ...
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Can I add software logos in my video? [closed]

I make a video about the AR filter that I created, showing my work process. Can I add logos of the applications that I used in this video? And is there any official source fo these logos, or can I ...
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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. (Alternative to ODeus AsioLink for Audio Routing?, ...
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Is it legal to sell video courses on Udemy by using open source or not open source software?

I see people who sell courses about topics in the informatics sector on Udemy, such as system administration, network administration, cyber security, programming languages, etc. They use/run software ...
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Is it illegal for the US government to compete with private industry?

I've heard several people say that it's illegal for the US government to compete with private industry. The specific context was about developing and providing software (desktop programs, mobile apps) ...
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EULA requiring app users to surrender rights to media they didn't upload?

This seems like a silly question to me, and only a hypothetical at the moment, but I needed to ask! It's specific to United States copyright law, just to be clear. Let's say an app author builds a ...

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