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When the question is "is it possible to sue X over issue Y?" the answer is always "Yes". Anyone can sue over almost anything, and some people will. Some suits have almost no chance of success, adn some will be dismissed promptly. But even so, they can cause trouble and some expense for the defendant. In this case, it seems that the ...


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Drafting a contract for another person could be considered practice of law: Among the acts which constitute the practice of law . . . are the preparation, drafting, or selection or determination of the kind of legal document, or giving advice with relation to any legal documents, or matters including the following: offers, options, deeds, mortgages, ...


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Copyright by its very nature protects works that involve some level of creative expression. For example, a recipe by itself is not copyrightable because it's a mere recital of steps to create a dish. However, creative expressions that involve a particular recipe is copyrightable. Examples of creative expressions that involve a recipe: Compiling recipes and ...


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Jurisdiction: england-and-wales TLDR; Writing a software licence is not considered "practicing law" so it is legal to do so without being a qualified lawyer. Full answer The relevant governing law is the Legal Services Act 2007. Section 12 sets out the "reserved legal activities" and sections 13, 14, 18, and 19 provide that it is an ...


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Writing your own contract can be a legal minefield. When I first went free-lancing I drafted my own agreement, then decided to show it to my lawyer just in case. He made two points (Australian law, but I think that both points would apply in the US). The meaning of a contract is not necessarily the meaning intended by the parties to the contract: the ...


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As Greendrake says, you can legally create your "open source" license. There are two problems with this: Since you are not an experienced contract lawyer, there is a significant risk that your license doesn't do what you intend it to do. As a consequence, people who you want to use your software might not do so, because your license prevents it or ...


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Is it legal to write a software license if I'm not a licensed attorney? Yes. creating a contract is considered practicing law. Is that true? Yes and no. You don't even need to know what the word "contract" means to create one. Indeed, you do it every time you buy or sell. So, it's "no" when you're doing it for yourself. Or you can say &...


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When you put a logo that is a legally recognized trademark or servicemark in an acknowledgements section of a document, you are not infringing on the mark. A mark if infringed by someone using it when it is used in a manner that falsely communicates an affiliation with, or an endorsement of, the mark owner of the type of good or service that is protected by ...


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The example code explains a procedure or method of accomplishing a goal, in the process conveying certain ideas. 17 USC 102 (b) provides: (b) In no case does copyright protection for an original work of authorship extend to any idea, procedure, process, system, method of operation, concept, principle, or discovery, regardless of the form in which it is ...


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From the Github's ToS: Note: If you publish your source code in a public repository on GitHub, according to the Terms of Service, other users of GitHub have the right to view and fork your repository. Note that what you quoted as "from GitHub's ToS" is not a quote from GitHub's ToS. It is a quote from GitHub's documentation about how to use the ...


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If you can accurately describe in one license what constitutes the conditions where you wish to let users freely copy the software, and forbid any other uses, then you can also offer a second license that allows specified commercial uses with a second license. Basically, it reduces to being clear (to yourself and to the world) on what you mean by "...


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In addition to the Apache 2.0 license for IDE, there are also now some bundled with plugins that are now proprietary JetBrains license: https://www.jetbrains.com/legal/community-bundled-plugins/?product=iic&version=2021.1. There doesn't look to be any restriction on using those plugins for a commercial purpose.


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