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How does GitHub's "forking right" cope with an "All rights reserved" project?

First of all, these two statements are made in sequence, not parallel (credit to MSalters for crystallizing this point): Generally speaking, the absence of a license means that the default copyright ...
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How does GitHub's "forking right" cope with an "All rights reserved" project?

Well, you actually give up a few rights by accepting the terms of service. The terms of service declare: However, by setting your pages to be viewed publicly, you agree to allow others to view ...
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How does GitHub's "forking right" cope with an "All rights reserved" project?

The two fragments you've highlighted contradict each other. The real question is: What will the courts make out of this, if a fork happens, and the original author decides to sue? I am not going to ...
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Do Stack Exchange’s ToS mean that the user-generated content is double-licensed to them?

Does this sentence just summarize what the consequences are of licensing (to SE) my content under CC BY-SA 3.0? Or does this sentence state that I’m licensing (to SE) my content under a ...
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How does GitHub's "forking right" cope with an "All rights reserved" project?

It seems obvious that this was intended to protect Github itself from claims of copyright infringement arising from the creation of forks. It wasn't meant for the benefit of Github users, so it's not ...
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Is it a license breach to post GPLv3 content to Facebook?

If you were to post a GPL work on some service such as Facebook, the difficulty arises that we may only convey this work under the terms of the GPL. In particular, GPLv3 section 4 says: You may ...
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3 votes
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Do Amazon AppStore terms allow for GPL software?

TL/DR: The Amazon AppStore is compatible with GPL software, as long as it stays away from the DRM features. The terms of the Amazon AppStore, which can be found here, include some restrictions that ...
2 votes

How do I require users to license future submissions on sign-up?

The way that StackExchange does it is a simple statement that you have read and agree with the Terms of Service when registering for an account. Some sites use a slightly stronger indication by ...
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How do companies spot when a person is violating their terms and conditions?

There is a free version of Highcharts, but it primarily pertains to personal (non-commercial) use. The most obvious answer to your first question is: because it's the law. Highcharts licenses their ...
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Does copyright infringement apply to user interfaces in a software?

(This answer is based on US law; your legal system may differ.) You acknowledge and agree that Postman (...) have and retain all legal right (...) in the Services including but not limited to any ...
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Is using SheetJS free for commercial use?

This is the widely-used Apache License 2.0, which allows you to redistribute the work, whether modified or unmodified, for any purpose, as long as you preserve the original author's copyright notices. ...
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1 vote

Is this normal? Intermediate client is not willing to provide license terms and not willing that I appear as the author

For nearly all issues of work done under contract, as we've already said, the details depend entirely on what's in the contract. In terms of normal behaviour, the answers to your questions are yes, ...
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Example Terms of Service for OSS software hosted on Google platform?

I am not a lawyer... Depending on which license you use, there may be provided examples. For instance, the folks at gnu.org have a "How to use this license" type document https://www.gnu.org/...
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