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What laws would Jesus be breaking if he were to turn water into wine today?

North Carolina, united-states The problem is Jesus didn't make wine, he made liquor, which is more heavily regulated. NCGS § 18B-306 (a) Authority. - An individual may make, possess, and transport ...
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Why do some licenses have a clause stating that one can't violate the law?

Because breaking the law is not breach of contract (Necessarily). Were you to use the model to 3D-print a gun and rob banks with it, without this clause, you have not broken the contract. That would ...
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What stops stolen software from offering a valid license?

I've never seen a license agreement like this make that license conditional on having actually paid for the software. Careful reading of license agreements shows that this isn't accurate. Commercial ...
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Is it legal to backdate monthly software license fees if you reactivate a license?

This is a very common scheme for software support contracts. You're making an incorrect statement that you're forgoing benefits in the inactive period. The issue is you're receiving the version ...
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Are you allowed to solve an exercise from a book more than seven times?

You can make as many "manual copies" of math homework for yourself as you like. The seemingly arbitrary number of "7" came into being because with the invention and popularity of ...
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What laws would Jesus be breaking if he were to turn water into wine today?

None new-south-wales Anyone can make wine for personal use (which includes giving it to friends). Food handling and labelling laws are only applicable if the wine is going to be sold. Assuming the ...
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How to legally sell installation of Windows 7 as a service?

You enter into an agreement with Microsoft. But seeing as Microsoft no longer sells Windows 7 licenses, and Windows 7 fell off support long ago, your business proposal is dead in the water.
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What stops stolen software from offering a valid license?

A computer can’t enter into a contract A EULA is a contract between the software company (not the computer) and the end user. If the software is obtained in a manner authorized by the publisher, then ...
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What laws would Jesus be breaking if he were to turn water into wine today?

england-and-wales Making several barrels of home-made wine for consumption at a friend's wedding (without payment) would be perfectly legal in the UK. No licence would be required, nor would Jesus ...
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Creating an application to streamline Dungeons and Dragons

I know that some of this may be covered by either the Creative Commons license or the OGL it was published under, but it's not clear to me how far those freedoms extend. It was all published as ...
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What laws would Jesus be breaking if he were to turn water into wine today?

washington Assuming ad arguendo that the substance is wine, our attention is first directed to RCW 66.12.010 which says Nothing in this title, other than RCW 66.28.140, applies to wine or beer ...
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How to legally sell installation of Windows 7 as a service?

Whether or not you need to have a business license depends on local law (e.g. in the US the requirements are established by the city). Typically, software services do not require a service, but you ...
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Do I need a licence to fly a drone in public?

Skykam has provided a summary of UK regulations for 2023: Drone operators must be at least 12 years old to fly independently Drones are not permitted to fly higher than 400 feet (120 meters) ...
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Would a user of the Stack Exchange API be liable for re-publishing copyright infringing data?

Yes, he's liable. A Partial Copy of a Fair Use is not necessarily Fair Use Content that is used with Fair Use on Stack Exchange isn't necessarily used with Fair Use in the website that uses the data ...
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Why do some licenses have a clause stating that one can't violate the law?

I don't see the point of that clause The point is to add a legal disclaimer in case someone uses the open source model for nefarious purposes. It's there for the same reason This software is provided ...
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Creating an application to streamline Dungeons and Dragons

So as a general rule, one may not copyright game mechanics, so you are covered in that regard as making an inititive tracker, a dice roller, and even a sheet that will roll the dice and apply preset ...
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Is it legal to arrange music I don't have rights to if it is never performed?

Am I within my rights to arrange it as a cover for non-profit? I'm not sure about that, but I do know that Broadway Licensing isn't the right source for your license. They told you you'd have to ...
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Does a Creative Commons license permit tracing of a licensed artwork if derivatives are permitted?

The minimum CC-BY permits tracing and requires attribution. None of the six CC license types seems to specifically distinguish between tracing and other methods of creating a derivative work, so I don'...
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Accepting online contracts on behalf of a corporation

How does the legal system determine whether the resulting contracts are with my employer as a corporate entity or with me as a natural person? How do I tell? The law of agency is one of the oldest ...
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Can copyright license revocation be retroactive?

You would probably need a specific contract, signed by both parties, and not just a "license agreement" like the ones you see on the web. The contract should be very specific on the ...
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Is it possible to have a CC-SA turn into a CC-ND

No CC is a license that can not be altered by a licensor and still be CC in the first place, so you can not distribute your item under an altered CC license that flops from CC-SA to CC-ND. CC-SA is a ...
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Legality and license choice for reverse-engineered project

Check your license! By operating the original client, you might have agreed to a license, the EULA. Check that license for what it says about you being allowed to do with the product. In a recent case ...
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Would a user of the Stack Exchange API be liable for re-publishing copyright infringing data?

united-kingdom Not necessarily. The Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 has:— The copyright in a work is infringed by a person who, without the licence of the copyright owner, (a) possesses in ...
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Does a Creative Commons license permit tracing of a licensed artwork if derivatives are permitted?

Yes, CC-BY and CC-BY-SA both permit tracing. However, one important detail not clearly noted in the other answers so far is that legally a tracing is a derivative work, and both CC-BY and CC-BY-SA ...
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is it legal to monetize a translation of a foreign song

Most copyright questions at this site are close. This one is not. Your work, in any of the permutations you suggested, would clearly infringe the copyright of the original song copyright owners as a ...
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Can I use a Spanish word in my software license?

A copyleft license grants access as long as the licensee abides by the terms, which practically makes them contracts, and mixing languages in contracts are valid as long as the parties understand them....
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How does the law decide who a computer is?

Who expected what to happen? Bret writes some malware and tricks Charlie into installing it by clicking on a link ("click here to verify your facebook account, or it will be shut down right this ...
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Why do some licenses have a clause stating that one can't violate the law?

Perhaps, this would protect the company from being sued. Take a flamethrower, for example. If you burn someone's house down, that person might sue you and the flamethrower's manufacturer. They could ...
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