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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 [closed]

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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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? [closed]

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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Source code and project documentation requirements for legal agreement [closed]

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? [closed]

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 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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Is there any legislation requiring how we store passwords? [closed]

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? [closed]

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 [closed]

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 [closed]

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 ...