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Distribute Sysinternals free console program with my shareware application?

I am a shareware author (more on the hobbyist level) and I would like to distribute the free SysInternals program Sigcheck (a small console program) as a helper tool together with my program. Sigcheck ...
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Can I sue an app for enabling harassment?

Can I sue an app for emotional distress? My soon-to-be ex-husband has been using a fake phone number app in order to impersonate: my child's school the coroner's office the police officers who are ...
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Can anonymized data be collected under GDPR without consent?

I am having an Android App in which I want to track the usage of the app. But the usage will not have anyone identity for eg. I would collect one user used my app for around 10 minutes but who is that ...
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Can one create a computer program that enhances the usability of third party websites?

Can someone create such a program that enhances third party services? A few examples would be: - A program that embeds a website within itself and modifies its interface. - A program that makes ...
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Opt Out Consent under GDPR

I am having an Android App which uses certain service such as Analytics, Ad Networks. I am taking the consent from the user at when the app starts, i.e. before collecting any info. But there are ...
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Modify firmware on purchased device to improve security

Scenario: I purchase a device (Chinese IP camera) from an online retailer (Amazon) that has a number of security vulnerabilities. The firmware file is publicly accessible from the OEM's website and ...
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Data Subject Rights under GDPR

I am having an Android App which uses Advertising networks and other Analytics services. Now under the GDPR the data controller which is me in my case is required to provide some rights to the user ...
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Would there be anything wrong with writing a program to pull Google Flights data?

I live in Florida, U.S. and I would like to write a program (for personal use) which searches the Google Flights site for cheap flights. I am a beginner at programming so I have no idea if there are ...
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Can I sell computer source code that I reuse in other applications that I still sell?

I have several different versions of the same software (written in .Net/WPF) that interact with different brands of hardware. I decided to discontinue one of the platforms. The company that sells the ...
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Using Personal data before consent

I am having an Android App which is going to use some services such as Google Analytics, Firebase etc. I have a thought of having two different consent screens for different region user such as EU ...
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Using Qt with LPGL license for a revenue generating, non-distributed private project

I am planning on porting my Python based TradingBot to C++ due to Python's GIL limitation. I have looked up a few c++ libraries like boost and Qt. I'm more inclined to use Qt because of its excellent ...
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Fair use of software in school

Maybe it is a strange question but as a curiosity, if there are pirated softwares installed on our school's computer, is it considered as fair use to take exam using them?
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We think a former employee stole our code and started his own company with it. What can we do? [closed]

What can we do? With respect to this topic, I found this anecdote. But I don't work for Facebook, and we have nowhere near the clout or the user base they do. I'm not 100% sure why Facebook was ...
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User consent required under GDPR

I am having an Android app which uses certain Analytics services such as Google Analytics, Firebase etc. These services collect certain information from the user. For this reason I have drafted a ...
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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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Can I legally sell a software add-on package I have developed?

I live in the US, and have been developing an add-on suite (at work) for a large CAD software suite we use (developed by, I believe, a US based company). It is, or has elements that, I feel are pretty ...
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Software Developer told to copy a website for a client

I'm a Software Developer in Australia being hired to develop an e-commerce website from scratch that (quoting my employer) "Does the same thing as the other website". The website belongs to a business ...
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As a web and mobile (iOS and Android) developer, how do I discover if GDPR applies to a user?

This is a really basic question about GDPR. If I have products that are intended only for US customers, but can be accessed by European Union residents, does GDPR apply? More specific example: A ...
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I made a software version of a semi-popular board game for free. Is that legal? [duplicate]

All the code is 100% my own - I made it for practice, and to showcase my abilities to potential employers. To facilitate this, I want to release the code open source on GitHub. I credit the game's ...
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Do I need permission to perform an academic research on a video game?

I am preparing myself to get into a masters program, and I will have a video game as the topic of my dissertation. The game will be analyzed in its entirety, i.e., combat mechanics, balance between ...
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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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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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Making games with multi-level marketing in game

I have a plan to create an online game with multi-level marketing. Is it legal to create a game which costs money to buy, and then reward them with more money than they used to buy the game if three ...
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Scope and participants in the Oracle Contributor Agreement

Reading the Oracle Contributor Agreement (direct PDF link), there are some points which seem off, at least for me as someone with zero legal knowledge. The first paragraph defines: The term “...
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Can a person be prosecuted for unknowingly possessing illegal computer files?

Today there was a news article that claims researchers have found illegal files embedded in the Bitcoin blockchain. This is a large database-type file that contains a list of all the Bitcoin ...
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Use of copyrighted character in software, as a joke

I sometimes insert copyrighted fictional character's images from a franchise on the rarest of error screens ("should never happen" type of thing). This time though, I work for a company, making their ...
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What happens to the developer studio of a game that makes an exploit possible on a console?

Often with consoles to be able to softmod them, some legitimately acquired game is required that provides an exploit such that the whole console can be modded, possibly resulting in the owner ...
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Trademark use in software package names (USA)

Does the use of a Trademark in a software package (an NPM package for example) qualify for descriptive fair use if its usage is intended to describe how the package relates to the original trademarked ...
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Software Licence Agreement for project developed away from work to be used at work

I developed a logging application. I started a process with my employer to integrate the application on-premise at their client's servers. The application was developed by me, during my free time. ...
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Interpretation of “Code” and “Programs”

I've recently came across a paragraph in the Merchant User Agreement of Big Cartel, specifically paragraph 5.2, called "Prohibited and Restricted Activities" The paragraph states that offering the ...
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Malware and liability [duplicate]

What liability do I have if I make an opensource piece of malware (registered under MIT), and then someone takes it and uses it to infect hundreds of computers? Could I be taken to court for that? Or ...
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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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Who owns the code when my employer wants something similar to my existing open source project?

I have a similar situation to this question. My employer hired me knowing that I work on some open source projects, but for a long time, showed no interest in my open source projects. Now they want ...
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Who holds the copyright on code generated by Microsof't's .NET Framework?

Can software developers claim the copyright of code that was generated by the framework, which may not be created/owned by the developer? For instance, .NET is a software framework made by Microsoft, ...
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Blanket statement to avoid all liability

I am currently developing an app which facilitates an Assassin game in which players stalk and shoot their friends with water guns in order to win a monetary prize (as facilitated by whoever runs each ...
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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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If there is no EULA with a program, can a person use it?

It's my understanding that programs come with a EULA (End User License Agreement) to inform the user that they are allowed to use the software but under certain conditions. Hypothetically speaking, ...
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Is copying the User Interface and features of an Android app considered illegal in US?

I live in US and I am a freelance developer. If I take a popular yet generic Android app (such as a calendar app or a note taking app) made by a company in United states and make an app which looks ...
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How to create wholly proprietary (private) software license

This should be obvious, but I searched for a while and could not come up with a definitive answer: What license should I use if I don't want software to be shared at all? Let me explain the use case:...
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Is offering non-disclosure of a vulnerability in exchange for payment legal?

If a person discovers a vulnerability similar in scope to the recently disclosed Spectre/Meltdown (CPU design flaws that affect nearly all existing server infrastructure), could they legally explain ...
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Is it possible to sell truly sentient AI software responsibly?

If a programmer writes and sells AI that is truly sentient and conscious, it would be impossible to guarantee the operator's safety. Consider for instance if the operator gravely mistreats the AI and ...
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Is it legal to create a service that help people filling up small claim court forms?

I have an idea of an online service that prepares forms and letters for small claim courts. The service would take an input from a user, analyze it and output documents required to file a small court ...
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Is it legal to log an IP address WITH an online name?

I am working on a "database" style of program that logs data such as an IP address, Steam Name, and Steam64 ID. I own a small game server company that hosts servers for a game called "Unturned" but we ...
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Protecting an Idea Predicated on a Novel Software Process

Before I begin, I'm a software engineer, so am not especially in-the-know about what I'm seeking to do beyond the software side of things. In brief: I would like to pitch an idea leveraging a novel ...
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How does the GDPR apply to software developed by one company and used by another?

Question I work for a bespoke software development company and I've been doing a lot of reading about the GDPR before it comes into force next year. A lot of it makes sense, however I'm really ...
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Can a software contractor be indemnified against HIPAA?

I'm an independent developer. My client's app manages PHI for US based patient, which means HIPAA rules apply. From what I understand, HIPAA sees my client's company is the covered entity, and I am a ...
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Should I give source code if client owns the IP

I signed a contract with one of my clients containing the following line: All such intellectual property of the developed solution shall belong to {the client} and {The Service provider} shall ...
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Is it legal to write a program using a DB scheme deliberately compatible to an existing software?

Ok, so there is this commercial software X that uses an SQLite DB (or rather multiple SQLite DBs that can be added/removed) for storage, so anyone can look at the scheme by just opening it. We want ...
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Which country's law applies when scraping / crawling web pages?

I'm interested in the legal aspects of gathering (scraping) data from web pages with web robots / scrapers / crawlers. I am not sure which country's law applies in the case that a website is hosted in ...

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