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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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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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Can I get in trouble for running video downloader website [closed]

I had been running an Instagram video downloader website. It also downloads full profile pictures and stories. But then I received an email from Facebook through Perkins Coie to inform me that it's ...
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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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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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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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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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Licenses similar to CC BY-NC-SA and CC BY-NC-ND, but for software [migrated]

The creative commons licenses state explicitly that they should not be used for software. What alternatives exists for CC BY-NC-SA and CC BY-NC-ND suitable for software that is published on the ...
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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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Software license for non-commerical reproducible research [migrated]

I am a researcher at a university with a guest status. I am not employed though and the work I do is my own. The software I develop belongs to me. For reproducible research I want to publish some of ...
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Can I add software logos in my video?

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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Are there any licensing rules regarding code samples that I could include in my book?

I'm thinking to write a book where I could need to use some code samples regarding a proprietary software (SAS in particular). So my question is, should I pay something to the software owner just for ...
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What legal reasons prevent this software vendor from including encryption in their code?

I am working on a software project that requires the use of a setup program. The one my company is using is InnoSetup. On their downloads page towards the bottom, under the section titled Encryption ...
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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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Can anybody create their own software license?

For example, there's the GPL license: https://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-3.0.en.html And I assume they made it themselves. Can anybody create their own license? That is to say, can I for example create ...
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Is it legal to publish a third-party server software that allows people to host their own dedicated server for a game?

One of our favorite online games recently got all its servers shut down so that it isn't playable anymore. As a few friends and I are quite experienced at programming and reverse engineering, we have ...
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Licensing self-written software and trademark to the company which I own

I wrote software (as a hobby) a while ago and also registered a trademark for it. I thought about trying to commercialize the software, and realized that in order to limit my risks it makes sense to ...
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(EU) Can a license agreement demand a specific compensation for unlicensed use of the software?

Scenario: As a software developer I create a WordPress extension that does x which I sell for, let's say, $20. When buying it's clearly mentioned you are only allowed to install it on a single website....
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Is an employee liable if he used pirated software at work (small company)? [closed]

So I know someone who suggested a pirated software to use at work and the company honored it.. Now they are being fined by the owner of the software for 10,000 Euros.. The company told him and the ...
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University and Intellectual Property: What does it means for my university to own my final year project?

Note: I have absolutely 0 experience in this type of thing. Problem summary: I am a final year student doing my final year project. I created an innovative product (a software) as part of my research. ...
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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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Can an API forbid caching of the data it provides?

Not sure whether this is the best place for this kind of question, happy to move it if needed. I'm designing a web application that will make use of a (non-free) third-party API. Paying a monthly ...
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Is using proxies to circumvent rate limit to scrape data legal in India?

I'm in India, and this is what the Indian Information Act of 2000/66F says on the matter: Indian Information Act 2000/66F Punishment for cyber terrorism.– Whoever,– with intent to threaten the unity, ...
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If mathematical equations are not patentable, why are algorithms patentable?

I'm new to the domain of understanding the law behind patenting, and I want to start a company that uses machine learning algorithms. Unfortunately, almost every concept is patented by the top ...
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What is the definition of computer virus by law?The definition seems to be broad

According to the Indian IT Act we cannot place computer virus(which includes cookies) without user permission but does that mean we need to take permission even for placing nessecary cookies? ...
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Is requesting a customer database for testing purposes legal?

We're a company working in building industry and have a program, develeoped together with our software vendor, to create quotes and configurate products. The program uses a MS SQL database. It stores ...
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Where in the world is decompilation and reverse engineering for security research legal?

Disclaimer: IANAL, the following is just my research up to now. I understand that in many jurisdictions, reverse engineering - and especially decompilation of software without explicit permission from ...
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Is it enforceable to restrict publication of work created with my tool

I created a software compiler, that produces some object code from original source code, and designed processes around it such as documentation and pre-processing. I plan to sell this tool providing ...
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Is possible to prevent a site using my code?

I was told even when we cannot patent the code, there is a copyright or intellectual property on it. But what can we do with that? is that protecting from someone else using the code? If yes, what are ...
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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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Is telling others how to crack software illegal?

There's this program from a few years ago that isn't being sold anymore, and there's a simple way to extend the free trial forever by changing the expiration date in a text file. I was wondering if it ...
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Does this Intellectual Property Agreement assign the rights to IP created after employment ends?

This is an extract from a software developer Intellectual Property Agreement: “Intellectual Property Rights”: patents, rights to Inventions, utility models, copyright and neighboring and related ...
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Is it legal to publish a game that already exists but it was 100% developed by me

I am a lover of classic games and I've developed some classical games such as: Connect 4 Monopoly Trivial Battleship My main question is what will happen if I publish any of these applications in ...
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Is putting a warning enough to make your hacking software legal? [closed]

I never wrote a license or a readme for a program. This is my readme.txt inside the folder of the program that gets downloaded : ATTENTION: HACKING IS ILLEGAL USE THIS AT YOUR OWN GMAIL ACCOUNTS THE ...
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Is it legal to depict public government buildings in a video game?

At my business, some people are deliberating about adding public government buildings to a level in our game. There are concerns about whether this is legal. I thought for sure I played games in the ...
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Can i get sued by using a VFX in game, that are similar to Marvel`s VFX (The Avengers)?

I am developing a game and ended up creating an effect which triggers on enemy death. An enemy dissolves and spreads particles around. The end effect reminded me a bit of the movie The Avengers and ...
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At what point does an AI become a person?

When is a fully autonomous machine that can communicate with society and think for it self become classified as a being that can "own" property and manage others? Also, do they have certain ...
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When will Flash copyright expire?

It would seem Adobe will kill Flash, but not release its source code under a free license. So, when will Macromedia Flash’s copyright expire?
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Is it legal to use and/or share expired software that is still copyrighted ? Can people still be sued even if the company was bought or dissolved?

Some examples of expired software: Macromedia Flash 8 : Macromedia company bought by Adobe Electric Rain Swift 3D : Electric Rain company went down / disappeared Is it legal to use and/or share ...
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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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Can a programmer be liable if a customer commits a crime using their software?

Is it true that if a programmer writes a program, sells the program to a customer and customer commits a crime with this program, the programmer might be found liable by the court? I was wondering as ...
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Is it legal for Microsoft to install software without user approval?

On several occasions, Microsoft had misled their users to forcefully install updates or unwanted programs (like Windows 10 on Windows 7 here, here, here, and here), it also has forcefully installed ...

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