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Can a linux distribution provide an API to a proprietary codec? If so under what conditions?

As an example lets take the MPEG2 codec, let us say I am building a Linux distribution which I intend to ship in two pieces. Piece 1: (free) Core libraries and applications Piece 2: (paid) ...
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Does Un copyrighted software or code fall automatically under copyright? [duplicate]

A programming tutorial, code, software anything that doesn't have a copyright notice or a license ,is it automatically copyrighted to the author ? or its the same as something under public domain or ...
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Open source from protected rights

I've got a question about author rights and open source software. Assuming I want to build a software. A similar software is already created, but isn't free at all and owned by a company. Can a build ...
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Open Source Projects & ITAR/EAR

What's the story on contributing to open source projects with respect to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) or the Export Administration Regulations (EAR)? From how the laws read it ...
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Can someone help me understand this GPL license

I can't understand the last line of this GPL license. Copyright (C) 2011 Some Name This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General ...
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If I drop cookies with JavaScript will it still be compliant with the EU ICO Cookie Law?

The challenge proposed to me as to create a widget to apply in other sites that makes a website compliant with the cookie law[1]. Can I do this without changing server code? I mean, if there's code ...
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Developing assistance tools for games, is it legal against the game creator? [closed]

Imagine if for a realtime strategy game, for reaserch and some fun a tool has been made which monitors the minimap of the game and warns the user if the enemy movement is being detected. Does ...
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Does Quebec require all output, including internal logs, to be in French? [closed]

I've once heard a Microsoft architect say that, in Quebec, program output must be in French, including the custom log output that would be used by service technicians in other countries who don't ...
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Can I use my username in a legal license?

I have an open source project, but I don't want to use my real name in the license file. Legally, can I just use my project hosting username instead? I know programmers Are Not Lawyers™, but I'm ...
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Software license restricting commercial usage like CC BY-NC-SA

I want to distribute my software under license like Creative Commons Attribution - Non commercial - Share Alike license, i.e. Redistribution of source code and binaries is freely. Modified version ...
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Source code and project documentation requirements for legal agreement

Question What kind of documentation and other artifacts would you expect to get in case of taking over existing Java webapp (probably it uses JBoss Seam framework) made in-house? I would expect to ...
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How to avoid being sued for your software? [closed]

I have a written a small app as a research project that uses open source libraries. It can do packet sniffing, network scanning and man in the middle attacks on wifi and lan. This software is ...
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How to protect intellectual property when oursourcing software development?

I'm a small company needing to outsource software development. I've written both functional and technical specifications for GUI developers and back-end (C or PHP) developers to implement my software ...
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How will we be able to produce websites without using cookies with the new law? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I comply with the EU Cookie Directive? Under this new EU law we are not allowed to use any cookies without asking first, I for one need to use a cookie to ...
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Should ICT professionals be warranted professionals? [closed]

Should ICT professionals be warranted professionals? Does anyone have any resources/journals that can help me since I have found none.
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How do I spot and document a GPL violation?

How to spot that someone copied open source code licensed with GPL to their closed source commercial application, when you don't have access to their closed source code? Edit: Great answers! Part 2. ...
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Legality of taking ideas from an in-house tool for use in an open source project?

I recently worked for a (UK) medium sized company on an in-house IDE plugin tool. I thought it looked generally useful, but probably needed a different direction to be relevant for people with my ...
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Why does my employer want a list of my past & present side projects? [closed]

I work in Delaware and live in PA. The law in Delaware is clear: My side programming projects are my property and not my employer's, unless I do something on the side that's very similar to the paid ...
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Is there any legislation requiring how we store passwords?

Given the Sony data breach and other events recently, is there any actual laws or regulation regarding how to store passwords? I think there are with credit cards, you're not allowed to store the 3 ...
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Trademark question: naming an app after a common noun when an app from another store uses it [closed]

Here's my scenario with made-up names: A big company called Supersoft have announced that in about 3 months they're going to release an Android app called "Supersoft Metronome" (where Metronome is a ...
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So what happens with closed-source law?

Lets say Alice Co. writes a program, and Bob Co. hires a contractor to copy it, and put it on their platform? What is the general legal recourse in these cases? I say general, because most of us are ...
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How to convince a client that you will not steal his idea

I came across a thread entitled How To Stop A Developer From Stealing Your Business Idea and i can't help but raise a brow. The issue talks about a developer being able to pass on the idea to another ...
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Website inheritance of ownership question [closed]

I paid for a web site for my motel business, then due to my landlord actions I was placed in a position to file for bankrupcy. I asked my IT manager and web developer to close down the web site for ...
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Web Development Law/Ownership of Website

I'm a budding web developer, and I wondered if it was illegal to edit a website for a client to include a link that says 'encourage the owner of this site to pay their web developer' and follows up ...