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Quebec language law and “French First” requirement

Suppose I am developing an application for company A which will be used by A's employees worldwide. A has offices in Quebec, Canada. I am aware that local laws exist in Quebec which protect workers ...
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Copyright law and distribution terms for public versions or derivatives

The present question is a special case of Can one take BSD licensed code and distribute it under GPL?. Looking recently at OpenBSD's LibreSSL, I've noticed that SSLeay that it traces its roots to (...
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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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Defective software update instructions irreparably breaks product. Do any UK consumer or product liability laws apply?

Note - I'm not asking legal advice. I already have a basis of claim in my actual case. But the case prompted a question mark over an apparent loophole in UK consumer protection/product liability law, ...
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Open source crypto project wallet and its liability

I'm working on a crypto wallet for a top 50 cryptocurrency. I'm part of the core team and we were discussing potential liability around the app we're building. It's released as-is and under a BSD-2 ...
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Ship of Theseus paradox for developers

Suppose you are employed as a software developer. You work in a business where you code a lot of components. During this period, you also work as a freelancer to earn extra cash. These freelance ...
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Can I distribute the Google TTS Engine with offline data on my device?

My company would like to distribute devices containing preinstalled Google Text-to-Speech (TTS) engine, together with some downloaded offline voice data. Can we do this without the need to acquire ...
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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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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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Can I remove a watermark applied by a software on my own work?

I was wondering if I can remove a watermark from an image created by me. I used a software to create the image (namely, Visual Paradigm Online): if I subscribe to a commercial license, the software ...
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Are there any examples of selling unsealed videogame as “new” being illegal?

Contest: over the years, a mayor videogame reseller company that operates in many countries worldwide has made a practice to unwrap the games it sells, putting only an empty box on display. When you ...
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Carelessly used Visual Studio Preview to develop an app that I'd like to release; what are my options?

A game. It started as an academic project, though I've always intended to release it (for free) at some point. I checked the licence terms of Visual Studio 2017 Community. Happy, happy, joy joy: ...
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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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Open source encryption library pose export compliance

I am developing an app which will encrypt users files , photos etc. I use the open source library RNCryptor to do the operation . Does this make my app require export compliance ? . Does the export ...
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At what point would a piece of educational software become classed as gambling software?

I am a Maths teacher and have had a thought about writing a web-based piece of software to simulate a horse race and the students could compete with one another by 'betting' on these horses. The ...
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Retrieve software on girlfriends computer

Ok this is a purely hypothetical question, I'm simply curious as to how this would play out. I'm a software developer, in order to make iOS apps you need a Apple computer to build/publish it on. ...
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Can software legally collect information on it's users without disclosing that it is doing so?

I am a software engineer and I am currently working with a little bit of software security related research. The project I am working with touches the subject of Computer Game Cheating Software (...
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Where in the Protect America Act is it stated that the NSA can monitor all electronic communication?

There is a statement that I have heard floating around regarding the Protect America Act (2007) https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/110/s1927/text and the powers it grants to the NSA (National ...
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As a Developer how should my contract be worded to protect against hacking

I am a web developer and have a contract for client based projects that has been improved over years and many projects. However after reading it this month I think that upgrading the section that ...
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Could Software be a Derivative Work of RPG?

I've been developing an app to augment a Tabletop RPG (mainly for dice pool and roll and damage calculation according to the game's rules). Is the app considered to be a derivative work of the game (...
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My app uses another website. Is it legal?

I would like to create an application/website which is automating some processes on another website A. So my application would basically use website A like a normal user would (there is no API ...
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Is is legal to include a bot software into an installation by explaining to the user?

I made a bot program which only visits some websites automatically (not a virus, worm, trojan and etc) and I'm planning to install it as an additional program near main program. I know it is illegal ...
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Is it illegal to sell exploits for my university's course registration?

My university(and many others in my country - South Korea) takes course registration online. The thing is, the competition to get good classes is extreme, and it's on a first come first served basis. ...
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Can I make my own barcode pattern based on existing pattern?

There is a number of barcode patterns out there. One of them is RSS-14 (aka GS1 DataBar). It's even been standartized in ISO/IEC 24724:2011. Now, while I like the general format of the barcode, I ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Server based music player for personal music

Is it legal to create saas application where users could upload own music on server storage which they would get with service and then use app for playing that music via streaming. Users could not ...
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Is opt-in now required for iOS app using Fabric/Crashlytics/Flurry due to GDPR?

It's been a while since I last pushed out an app to the iOS store, and since then the new EU requirements for data protection General Data Protection Regulation Compliance, GDPR, came into force. Most ...
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What laws apply to using speech to text software to generate a transcript of a conversation without the parties' consent?

Most jurisdictions have laws that limit the ability to record audio without the consent of those being recorded. The exact requirements vary, but generally speaking, recording audio is much more ...
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Do licence terms of Microsoft Visual Studio Community allow me to distribute applications developped with it?

From the licence terms ofMicrosoft Visual Studio Community: Individual License. If you are an individual working on your own applications to sell or for any other purpose, you may use the software ...
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Is it legal to crawl the internet and use content to inform ML models?

This is largely what Google (et al.) do -- crawling the web and informing models as to the associations between various things. Copyright appears to mostly pertain to reproduction, which Google and ...
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Software Vendor Renewal Messages Legality

We purchased the license to use a SharePoint migration software tool about 18 months ago. During the first year, the license period, it ran just fine. We did not choose to renew the software. It ...
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Can I use images from Microsoft Docs?

I am creating a design document for a messaging module (in our project) built using Microsoft (MSFT) Azure Service Bus (hereafter SB). I have understanding of the SB concepts and working, so textual ...
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Is there always a legal way to make an open source product integrate against the will of a proprietary vendor?

This question is tightly related to other questions here. I'm asking for the USA. Rather than questioning a method of evasion, or predicating the question on any specific contract let's assume there ...
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US encryption export compliance for IOS/Android Apps

I currently have an app on the App store where https is the only form of encryption used, and thus it is exempt. However I must still do a year end self-classification report by jan 2019. ...
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Can app manufacturers collect and store minors' data?

United States/New York State here, but I'm interested in any answers, even generic ones that are jurisdiction-agnostic. I am a software developer writing a hobby app (both Android and iOS) for a ...
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MIT licence: can my application be uploaded in the iOS App Store?

I am developing an application that uses a library which has the MIT licence. As far as I understand, to use the library it's enough that I include a copy of the MIT licence in my software, and that ...
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Can I use my personal Photoshop subscriber license for a commercial purpose? (Germany)

I have the Individuals Creative Cloud Photo Subscription (annual subscription). I'm paying this on my own and use it mainly at home. Now I want to use Photoshop for several things in the company I'm ...
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Mitigating software license incompatibility

I am currently developing a piece of software which utilises open source software licensed under LGPL (specifically, I'm using FFMPEG). I need to include a piece of paid software in my project which ...
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What is the meaning of “revenue release” in a software package description? legal implications?

When trying to develop JavaCard with a current Java Card Development kit, the respective Oracle download page http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javasebusiness/downloads/java-archive-downloads-...
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Does creating a wrapper library infringe copyright?

I am thinking about writing a wrapper library for a proprietary library. Due to the nature of a wrapper library, its API would be very similar to the API of the original library in terms of what ...
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Selling an application that scrapes Google, Bing, Yahoo

Is it legal to sell an application that scrapes search results from several search engines and uses this information for the application functionality? Application is sold to people for their ...
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May I create a Postman collection files converter?

Is it allowed to process and generate new files based on work of another program? I want to create a collection coverter that will just repack it in another way. Result of converter work is not meant ...
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Limitations of software development & scraping

Many sites prohibit scraping of their content, which is understandable. But I do not clearly understand what approaches of data collection are considered to be scraping, or even allowed to be ...
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Is it legal to market a product as DLNA enabled if it has not passed DLNA certification yet?

We would like to push our DLNA-enabled product to the market faster and receive feedback from customers before we go for various optional certifications, including DLNA certification (which also ...
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Is it legal to use a quote or endorsement from a similar product

I stumbled across a video game description https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/p/gears-of-war-ultimate-edition-for-windows-10/9nblggh3shm5 where they quoted "The Verge" with the following: ...the ...