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It's not entirely unprecedented. SQL Server is limited by users/server/database size, etc., effectively limiting its use as a client'server platform, and it's essentially a programming environment (albeit one with a rich data infrastructure). Many software libraries routinely limit the way programmers can use them, in a variety of ways. In practice, ...


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You can do this. What you want to do is called cloning a software. Considering that your server and the original server aren't even in the same programming language, your server is a completely new piece of work and you have all the rights to it. At least in the united states, the DMCA grants a safe harbor to reverse engineer software for the purposes of ...


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Java has long had a restriction against use in nuclear facilities, although the JDK6 license agreement softened the terms slightly (I recall the older variants being much more explicit): You acknowledge that Licensed Software is not designed or intended for use in the design, construction, operation or maintenance of any nuclear facility. Oracle ...


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It depends on whether you read the source code of the Minecraft server and translate it "word for word", then your code is basically a modification of the Minecraft code. If instead you only see what the server does and then invent your own code to do the same thing, you're fine. This is why in the past sometimes code has been playing by companies using ...


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There are two main considerations for which license to choose for your application You must be comfortable with the license terms (the freedoms/restrictions given to users/modifiers of your software) The chosen license must be compatible with the licenses of all the libraries you use. This rules out the GPL license in your case, because it is incompatible ...


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Well a product being used for illegal, unethical or immoral activities can very much be their business. If a user of your software used said software to to assist him in a criminal or damaging act then you the creator of the software are on the long line of parties being sued or potentially even prosecuted. By stating the intended use and the explicit uses ...


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I am not a lawyer, but I would have thought that a port of the existing code constitutes a modification of it so is covered by Any tools you write for the Game from scratch belong to you. . Modifications to the Game ("Mods") (including pre-run Mods and in-memory Mods) and plugins for the Game also belong to you and you can do whatever you want with them, ...


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I have no idea how they got the code; but how legal is it to distribute something which derives from that code basde on the claim that the code was obtained from publicly-accessible websites which published it under a relatively permissive license? Not legal at all. If the publicly-accessible website didn't have the right to distribute it under a FOSS ...


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Barts answer is perfectly correct. I just want to add my own rider. Please read the licence and make your own decision. If you don't understand it, then perhaps you should pay a lawyer to read it for you. The basic breakdown is this. If you make no money out of it and harm no-one then just do your best, acknowledge the work of others and don't worry too ...


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No. It is not okay to use a short EULA. The justice system is adversarial and your adversary is human. If you can make your adversary weary, confused, and doubtful then you must. You are not writing software or constructing a building where efficiency is a consideration and costs have to be justified. The words in a contract can be compared to spam and it is ...


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