Questions about the legal use of the software and services provided by Ubuntu.

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Can I legally build and sell desktops with Ubuntu pre-installed?

I'm starting a business and this is part of what I'm going to be offering. I'm almost complete with my certification in Linux Administration, but I don't know all of the ins and outs of the law Linux ...
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How do I legally make an open-source version of a closed-source game? [closed]

Is it legal to make an open-source version of a closed-source game (and expansion pack) to distribute to other users? I want to do that for an old game called Age of Empires 2.
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Is it legal to sell computers with Ubuntu installed [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can I legally build and sell desktops with Ubuntu pre-installed? Is it legal to assemble a computer, install ubuntu on it, and then sell the computer. I don't mean ...
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What is the legal status of libraries in Ubuntu?

I cannot find a good source of information in regard to the legal status of some libraries and applications in Ubuntu 11.10, and I am hoping to find some answers here. Firstly, it seems Ubuntu ...
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What are the legal consequences of customizing the LiveCD?

the organization I work at wants to create a custom Ubuntu LiveCD, the customizations are: Pre-installed programs, plugins, some device drivers, and aesthetics such as icons and backgrounds, as well ...
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Does the MegaUpload shutdown put Ubuntu One at risk?

File sharing website MegaUpload has recently been shut down because they were hosting copyrighted files and therefore participating in copyright infringement. This has caused other file sharing ...
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Is it legal to install msttcorefonts package? Is Wine legal?

I'd like to know if it is legal to install the msttcorefonts package and also if installing Windows software using Wine is also legal? I currently live in Brazil and I don't know what specific rules ...
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How do I make Ubuntu use only free software?

During the install, there is an option to make Ubuntu use only free software. Is there a way to toggle this option now that it is installed? Thanks.
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Is Ubuntu Desktop free for a business solution?

Is Ubuntu Desktop free for business platforms? Has Ubuntu changed its conditions about using the OS for profit purposes?
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License concerns for Ubuntu/Linux and a prospective business

Having a hard time finding specifics, could someone link me to some materials concerning licensing issues of Ubuntu, and link's at large? I'm considering starting a business installing ...
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Legal issue with bundling Gnome3 on Ubuntu install?

If I successfully install Gnome 3 on Ubuntu 11.04 and make it available as a fresh install out there, would that be illegal?
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Can people sell Ubuntu on Ebay?

Tired of windows and was told by a workmate about Ubuntu. Sounds promising! I ran across a couple of Ebay sellers that are selling Ubuntu. I thought that was prohibited? Do you think that this is a ...
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Creating a Legal Notice upon login in xubuntu 12.10

How to Create a Legal Notice upon login in Xubuntu 12.10?
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How do I give proper attribution when distributing my modified Ambiance theme?

I made a modified version of 12.04's Ambiance that uses a dark sidebar for Nautilus, and I would like to redistribute it via e.g. gnome-look.org. From the Launchpad page for the light-themes package, ...
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Will a spin off be recognized if it follows the branding guidelines?

http://design.ubuntu.com/audiences There are more than 3 options For example, we consider the Desktop CD to be 50% Canonical, but the Server CD to be 80% Canonical. Your own Ubuntu remix ...
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The legality of duplicating the GUI of a commercial OS in an Open Source Desktop

I had a question about the legality of duplicating the design of a commercial OS to an Open Source desktop. Let me just cut to the chase. Is it illegal to create a Desktop Window manager that behaves ...
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Comic book project using all open source apps [closed]

I wanted to know if it is ok to display the Ubuntu logo in my new comic book. I used Ubuntu, Gimp, and Inkscape and wanted to promote them in my project.
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Is there any legal things I need to discuss with Canonical before publishing an Ubuntu-based distribution?

I would like to know if there is some legal stuff I should fix with Canonical in order to make my distro publicly available as it is based in Ubuntu. Thanks.
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Legal Question about Ubuntu

So for many years I have been suggesting friends and family to switch to Ubuntu as it is my choice of OS, my question is this, Can i offer setting up Ubuntu for small businesses as a paid job. Now ...
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Using humanity system icons for created application

Are there any legal issues with publishing and sharing an application that loads a humanity system icon as default .desktop?
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What is the process for reporting an app with a stolen icon? [closed]

Today I found an application in the Ubuntu Software Center called EasyAdmin. This application uses the iOS settings icon. How do I report this?
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Is it legal to use fonts downloaded by Winetricks? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it legal to install msttcorefonts package? Is Wine legal? If I run winetricks then select the default Wine prefix then select install a font, I find some fonts. Is ...
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Are Video and Audio Codecs Legal in Ubuntu in the United States?

In the United States I would like to know if it is legal to use propriety video and audio codecs in Ubuntu. Specifically I would like to know if I can play mp3 files on Ubuntu, and if I can install ...
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Can I sell my version of Ubuntu? [duplicate]

I wanna customize Ubuntu mini CD and sell it to companies (make unique Ubuntu version). Is it legal? I mean we will do absolutely different system, but making it from mini cd. Yeah, I really have ...
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Can I install Ubuntu on computers and sell them? [duplicate]

I want to sell second hand computers, I buy them cheap, upgrade them with parts from broken computers I get free and then sell them for a profit (not much, about 20-30 € profit). Now, I used to ...
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find & purchase restricted and multiverse for server?

I stumbled upon this solution and enabled it on, a now shuttered, Ubuntu server. I didn't know that multiverse package are not completely free. As in the question to the first answer: How can a ...
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want to use ubuntu desktop os on a server providing ubuntu use just by login?

To Ubuntu Team I would like to provide Ubuntu desktop OS directly in the browser, if this is not possible I will find an alternate way of doing it. As students in India are using less Ubuntu I want ...
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Arcade Cabinets and Ubuntu legalities [duplicate]

This is just a quick one for anyone who knows the legal side of Ubuntu. What are the legal issues and licensing boundaries with making money from arcade cabinets in bars and pubs that use Ubuntu as ...
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Is it legal to install ubuntu in an iMac machine

I am habituated to use ubuntu system. I have an Imac and I want to install her ubuntu. is it legal to do it? Thanks in advance.