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Copyright Your code, and the display it produces, is automatically protected by copyright the moment it is "fixed in a tangible form", which includes saving it in a computer file. In the US, a copyright notice has been optional since the effective date of the 1976 Copyright act, and in most other countries even longer. This is mandates by the ...


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Is it a violation of copyright to publish a computer program that exactly produces such a piece, without containing the piece itself in the program? Yes. A program that reproduces a particular work is functionally a derivative work and is a copyright infringement. A program that composes music not tied to a particular work would be patentable, but the ...


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There are a tangle of issues going on in this question. First, distribution of hardware-related code in commerce might very well void any right you have to patent the software and might bring it into the public domain for purposes of patent law. Publicly disclosed inventions, even if protected by copyright, are part of the "prior art" and can't be ...


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There has been a few questions by people assuming that a computer program, doing things on its own, may be treated as if it were a sentient being. It is not. Certainly, there are no laws which would treat it as such. A computer program is a device. It enjoys no more rights than a fountain pen. Whoever operates the device produces a certain outcome, as they ...


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Copyright protects creative expression, not ideas. To the degree to which the design can be considered a creative expression, the copyleft effects of the CC-BY-SA license would apply and designs that are derived from this design would have to use a compatible license. But the ideas themselves are not covered by the CC-BY-SA license. Anyone could read the ...


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The company would likely require explicit consent for using facial recognition algorithms. The GPDR considers certain activities to be processing of “special categories” of personal data (Art 9 GDPR). One of these categories is “biometric data for the purpose of uniquely identifying a natural person”. Such processing activities are prohibited unless an ...


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