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Publish a paper on ligation support analytics

I am lead developer on the server side of some litigation support software. I want to publish a paper as an individual. I have talked to my company and they will review the paper and they have the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 I make a game with the N64 SDK legally?

Can I legally create a game with the Nintendo 64 SDK? I have seen several SDKs on the internet which are verified to be the real deal. My next question is if I can distribute it legally. I was going ...
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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, ...
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When we are calculating the cost for implementing a new web application, should we have separate cost for providing the source code to the client [closed]

I am working on a new asp.net core MVC web application as an out sourced senior software developer/architecture. now i did many requirements gathering sessions with the client, and i came our with a ...
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Return of Software

I wrote some software that I licensed to a university club as part of their operations. Due to disagreements about the value of the software, I would like to revoke permissions for use of the software ...
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Are computer generated error messages subject to copyright?

In firefox, it throws up a generated error in response to the website that im creating (which is my work). can i then copy and paste part of that error into my program as part of a solution im writing?...
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Must the reason for a permanent ban for a paid online game be provided?

Suppose that a fully automated anti-cheat system (claimed by a company to be 99.99% accurate) wrongfully and permanently banned a player from a game that requires a one-time fee to begin playing, ...
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Legal issues of searching for software vulnerabilities

What are the legal issues about finding zero-day vulnerabilities (i.e. previously unknown vulnerabilities in a program/website) and what is the standard legal practices before trying to find them if ...
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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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GPL Licensed code as separate process

We are going to use a GPL licensed application as separate process inside a docker. So here's how it works: Main app ships to client, it doesn't have any GPL code. Does have lots of things and ...
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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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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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How may one add some functionality to publicly available source code for which the license forbids modification?

Is there a way way to add some new functionality to publicly available source code (rewrite completely?) and publish the modified version if the license goes as "You may redistribute the source code ...
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Do sports figures control the right to use their name in a game?

In sports game simulations, do real people control the ability to use their name? I am not talking about their likeness, only their name. So, for example, if there is a game that uses generic figures ...
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How does computer privacy law apply in Canada when program reports who's using it?

If someone is hired to make a program for someone else, of course they don't need a EULA (end user license agreement) when they give the program to them as they are the owner. Is it possible for the ...
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Can I get a patent for my software, not for any algorithm or feature, but for the marketing strategy and revenue model?

I have a software startup that is entering a very crowded space. We have many of the same features as the rest of the field, and a few unique ones. The main difference is that our revenue target and ...
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Use of custom designed software at work?

If I have developed an application on my own time and using my own resources, and that application could be highly valuable in performing my job, can I use it to get my work done without endangering ...
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Is Microsoft breaking any laws by forcing upgrades to windows 10?

For a while, now users of older versions of Windows have been seeing frequent prompts to upgrade to Windows 10, and many users have been rejecting the offer. Now those computers have begun to ...
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Access to sensitive information of employees as a fellow employee

I'm a programmer who works closely with an engineering firm to create tools for the automation of business processes. One of which I'm working on currently requires that have the access (although I ...
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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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Is it illegal to ask a company for money in exchange for information on a bug in their software?

Let's assume that I have a found a bug in a company's website/software which – if exploited – bypasses their paywall and allows me to use their website/software without any payments. I then inform ...
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Can I use brand names in my video game? [duplicate]

I'm currently developing a video game set in the Old West and I'm wanting to know if I can use period gun brand names in my game: Colt, Winchester, etc. Do I need special permission from the companies ...
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What constitutes a gambling app

I am developing a game that has users playing live quizzes against each other for cash prizes. You can book to play a live quiz for a small fee. You have a chance of winning a cash prize if you ...
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How Google Play Policy applies to different Developers

I have a quiz game that was rejected from the Play Store on claims that it violates the Gambling policy because it currently allows users to win money for playing quizzes. On appealing, I asked the ...
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Recreating images from video games in a stats app

I am making a Discord bot that tracks in game stats for many popular video games and I'm having trouble discerning whether it's ok or not to display these stats in a format that replicates the in game ...
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Can I make An App Which Uses Data From Other Apps? [closed]

Google Hangouts is closing down soon and I want to make a messaging app which lets you import your Hangouts conversations into it via Google Takeout. I'm not sure if this is legal though, since Google ...
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What is a software developers liability for medical devices

I am an employee of a contract employer being contracted out to a medical company writing software for medical devices. What is my liability or who shoulders the legal expenses if a product I wrote ...
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Does a license found in a repository automatically apply to the code in the repository?

Imagine this situation, you create a new project which is not intended to be Open-Source, but you use a permissive framework which allows not opening the source code of your own project which depends ...
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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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Assignment of Inventions in Employment Contract for Software Development

I have a contract that basically says this in the Assignment section: To the fullest extent under applicable law, the Company shall own all right, title and interest in and to all Inventions (...
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How to handle contracts for volunteers looking to contribute work to our game project

For some time now, a friend and I have been working on a game project. As a part of my friends university course, they need to demonstrate working to a brief on a major project (which can either be an ...

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