A license is the copyright terms under which a piece of software or other creative work is distributed. This describes how end users are allowed to legally use, modify, or distribute the works of others.

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How to comply with this guideline for submitting an application to the Software Center?

I was reading through the Ubuntu Developer Programme Agreement for submitting applications to the Software Center and stubled across the following clause: 3.1 You must first test Apps you submit ...
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Forced-quit Sun JDK installation through terminal [duplicate]

I downloaded the package and went through the installation process. I was first prompted with the license. There was an unclickable button which, as the tutorial said, I had to click. So I closed the ...
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Can I legally use Ubuntu Server to create a commercial web application on Amazon EC2?

Based on Wikipedia Ubuntu is covered mainly under GNU GPL. In my company anything related to GPL means - can't be used, they are very afraid of legal traps related to GPL. That's why I have this ...
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Under what license can I use /usr/share/dict/words?

There are a few dictionaries on my system, /usr/share/dict/words /usr/share/dict/american-english /usr/share/dict/british-english /usr/share/dict/ngerman ... and so on. How are these files ...
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If I've signed the Canonical Contributors agreement, do I have to sign the new Harmony Agreement?

The contributors agreement has changed to a broad license harmony agreement. Do I need to resign the new agreement or is it automatic. Does anything prevent me from signing the new agreement and using ...
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How do I use GPL and MIT licenses correctly?

Since our own Alaukik asked me to put a few scripts under GPL-License I wondered if I am doing it correctly. The points that concern me are: Do I have to include the whole license with my project or ...
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Will Skype be removed from the Canonical Partner repository? [closed]

I just learned that Microsoft has taken over Skype. Will this affect the availability of Skype in the Canonical Partner repository?
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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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Why don't I have to accept a EULA when installing Adobe Flash Player?

The Adobe Flash Player has a quite restrictive EULA but it is not presented to the user when he installs it. Isn't the user obliged to accept it, before using it? Maybe some users would refuse using ...
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Why isn't a license shown when installing (and when installing most software)?

As a former Windows user I was used to accepting EULA's and other licenses when installing any piece of software, or when installing the whole OS. On Ubuntu it happens extremely rarely (I've met it ...
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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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Embed Ubuntu font on any web page

Considering licences like: http://font.ubuntu.com/ufl/FAQ.html how can I use Ubuntu font family on any website without making user to install it? Any chance of using it with tools like: ...
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Can I use the ubuntu font in a commercial logo design?

I've been looking into using the Ubuntu typeface for a logo. The logo is for a web site unrelated to ubuntu and open source software. I'm wondering whether the license allows this, and if so, ...
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Under which licence is Unity available? Is it protected by any copyright or patents?

I mean under which license is the source code available? I'm not sure if Unity is free software
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What is the Deal with the Copyrights Issue of Ubuntu and Canonical

I just came across this post via Hacker News and wonder what is all the fuss about? Ubuntu will always be free, right? That is a promise no one is intending to break. More than that, The Ubuntu ...
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Under what license is Ubuntu? Can it be legally modified and distributed?

What license does Ubuntu fall into (GPL, MIT, a mix)? Would it be legal to modify it and redistribute my modified version?