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Using Windows without Product Key and Install it Again after 180 Days [closed]

Is it legal to install windows without product key and without activation and use it until it stops working and then install it again totally and repeat the scenario again and again? another question ...
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Where can I report a site for illegal activity? [closed]

I'm in a difficult situation here. I've found a website that I believe to be scamming several people. Not only that, but one of the staff on the site even blackmailed someone to interrogate my friend ...
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Is it legal to run windows on a mac? [closed]

I understand that it is Illegal to run OSx on a windows machine or PC for that matter, but is it illegal to do the reverse? Why or why not?
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refurbishing computers - windows licensing [closed]

I thought about refurbishing a couple of computers with Windows 7 or 8. Which license/version would I need to get to be "legal"? Where would I get it? Thanks edit: I mustn't have made myself clear. I ...
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logging of data traffic to follow cyber law

I have connected my ubuntu 14.04 computer to a "mirrored" port on my firewall, so that I can see all traffic on the network. I use this today to see who uses our bandwidth with NTOPNG. but since I ...
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How do we prove we did not receive an email a company is adamant they sent? [closed]

A utility company is adamant they sent an email 9 months ago which I am adamant we did not receive; their attachment of email sent has incorrect email address - an '=' symbol in place of a letter, (as ...
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Is it legal for a 3rd party to clone a drive? [closed]

I have a 256GB SSD that has my OS, and I want to effectively increase its capacity to 1TB. I contacted a local computer tech to see if he could clone my current SSD onto a new SSD. He initially quoted ...
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Is my windows 8 legal?

I just bought windows 8.1 from a local online seller (don't live in the US) and I am having a feeling that it isn't legal because the price was somewhat low. The seller advertised the copy as ...
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Who is responsible for installing a not geniun windows? [closed]

There are copies of Windows on the Internet for sale by other users who have a legal copy of Windows and now they want to sell their operating system. Because the price is cheaper I am interested in ...
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How do I determine DNS domain ownership authoritatively?

There seem to be various "hacks" that sort of try to confirm domain ownership (e.g. see Google's list), but it appears to me that they usually verify something else, even if closely related. For ...
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Is automated web site access legal? [closed]

Many web sites include in their terms of service things about automated access being prohibited. One example is in ebay's robots.txt file: The use of robots or other automated means to access ...
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Install Windows on a MacBook Prod legally

I have a MacBook pro retina, and I want to buy and install a Windows 7 on (in a bootcamp partition and/or virtualized via VirtualBox). However, I do not know how to get it legally in a non-physical ...
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How can I determine the copyright of an image found via web search? [closed]

I need a public domain image for use on a cover for a new edition of a book. I found an image I love, but I don't know if it's in the public domain, or if somebody (the artist, presumably) still holds ...
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Legitimate Windows 8

I have been trying to get the update to install windows 8.1 on my sistem without luck. While searching I realized my Windows 8 is pirated. I tried to contact the computer shop who installed it but ...
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Is it legal to run Mac OS X version 10.6.3 Snow Leopard on windows? [closed]

Is it legal to run Mac OS X version 10.6.3 Snow Leopard on windows 7 with vmplayer?
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Migrating windows 8 license from one machine to another

Is it possible to migrate windows 8 license from 1 machine to another. I purchase one license and installed it in my old PC. No i purchased a new one and i want to transfer that license to my new ...
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Is it legal to allow my users to read/access their emails from my site? [closed]

I'm making a project for school where I will be using PHP to allow my users to log in to their email account using PHPMailer to receive/send emails. The purpose is that I will be providing an ...
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Windows 8 Professional Download

I have a product key. I am not on Windows. I would love to use http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/upgrade-product-key-only, but it requires me to be on windows. How can I get a non-cracked ...
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Photoshop trial and commercial use [closed]

Is it legal to use trial version of Photoshop for commercial use? I am confused after reading this: link.
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Is it legal to post a modified free android app on my website? [closed]

I am trying to do outside projects during college as part of self-learning, and trying to boost my resume/portfolio for internships. Recently I taught myself how to modify the temple run apk to give ...
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Where can I legally obtain the 64bit version of Windows 8? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where can I download Windows 8 legally, from Microsoft? No, I am not looking to pirate. I bought a key through the Upgrade assistant (for just $15 due to the upgrade ...
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Is it legal to screen scrape your own bank statements in the US? [closed]

I want to automatically download my bank statements. My bank charges monthly for OFX access so have considered gathering the data points by other means (scripting, screen scraping), but I want to know ...
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How to make a cracked Windows installation legal? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Making a cracked or activated windows uncracked For a cracked Windows installation, how should someone proceed to make it legal? Uninstall the cracked Windows, then ...
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Can I transfer a Win7 upgrade if the upgraded OS was retail? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Windows 7 and Vista Activation FAQ: How do language, version, 64-bit or 32-bit, and source affect ability to install and transfer Windows licenses? I have new system ...
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ZFS distribution in Linux kernel? [closed]

If anyone has a better title for this question feel free to edit I am wondering about something related to the conflict between CDDL (Sun's license) and the GPL. Mainly pertaining to the reason ZFS ...
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Is overclocking legal? [closed]

Is overclocking your CPU and GPU classified as being legal ? If so, why don't manufacturers make overclocking easier so that just about anyone is able to play around with it ? - at own risk of course. ...
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Technically 'pirating' software?

I was wondering about computers yesterday, and I got onto the subject of pirating operating systems. The place that I work in has a small network of computers, about 15-20 used by employees. As the ...
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What are the restrictions on h264 usage?

What do people mean when they say the h264 video codec is "patent encumbered"? What restrictions are there to the usage of h264? I've been using the free Handbrake transcoder to encode h264 videos and ...
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Where I can I legally download Windows 7 installation .ISO files? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where do I download Windows 7 (legally from Microsoft)? Disclaimer: I'm primarily a Linux/Unix person, so all this Windows licensing stuff is new to me. Where I can I ...
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Legal to use Vista OEM to install on Computer with XP sticker? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Legally downgrade Windows Vista Home OEM license? I have a HP Probook 4410s laptop which couldn't boot and I did a clean install of the OEM Vista that came with the ...
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What sort of information is saved in a PSD file

Up until recently I was working for a graphic design office that was closed down. What I want to know is if all the work I have done there and saved as psd can be proved somehow (perhaps by tracking ...
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Is it legal to migrate my operating system to another machine? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can I transfer a Windows 7 license to another computer? If I have a computer which is physically damaged beyond practical repair, can I legally take the Product Key from ...
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Burning CD's - is it possible to make the CD not rippable by a user

Here's the scenario: I have some friends that I'd like to share music with via burning a CD for them. However, I respect the legal laws of the music industry and I do not want them to be able to rip ...
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Do email providers have to tell me which (inter)national agencies/institutes are requesting legal access to my account data?

I know this question is not technical, but i did not find the "stackoverflow for legal issues" and I guess all you super users out there might know the answer. Here is my (potential) problem: I ...
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Would Apple be able to tell if I'm running Mac OS inside a VM?

Just as the question/title says. I understand that running Mac OS inside of a VM is against the EULA for the consumer version (but not the server, which is much more expensive!) If I were to purchase ...
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Development Virtual Machine - Is Windows XP still a possible option

I want to separate my development work from my routine work. My host OS is Windows 7. I was wondering if Windows XP would be a viable choice for the guest OS. I do not own a copy of Windows XP now. ...
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Is it legal to use the trial version of a software over and over? [closed]

My boss proposed I should pirate Photoshop, as documented here. I would not do that. However, a coworker proposed that I could just use virtual machines to re-use the trial version of that software ...
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NAS + Hard Drives + US Customs = World of Pain? [closed]

I'm coming to the US for work in a few weeks, for a year or so and just had an awful thought. I remember reading a while ago that US customs are searching through peoples laptops and hard drives. Now ...
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Legally reinstall the original windows

After a brief flirt with Linux, I want to install the original Windows in my laptop. But I discovered my linux install totally deleted the partition where the factory windows image was stored. I can ...
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Activation of Bootcamped Windows 7 in VMWare Fusion, is it legal? [closed]

I have bought a boxed version of Windows 7 Home Premium (not OEM). I want to install this on new iMac via bootcamp but I also want to use this Bootcamped partition via VMWare Fusion. VMWare fusion ...
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Need free service that stores files and provides legal proof of date of upload

I am compiling some documents on a proof of concept. I want to find an authority that could store a document and certify in the future that: I am the author of said document. The date at which the ...
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Is it OK to use images of GPL'd code in a CC 3.0 BY video? [closed]

I am making a video in which I would like to use pictures of some Linux Kernel code. I am looking to release the finished product under the CC 3.0 BY license, but the Kernel is released under the GPL, ...
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Can Microsoft really dictate that Office Home and Student edition be prohibited from business use? [closed]

I picked up (and looked at, not purchased) a copy of Office 2007 Home and Student Edition in a store the other day, and it says in fine print under the feature matrix that it's licensed 'not for use ...
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how to report some illegal website to FBI or crime department [closed]

I asked this question on stackoverflow and they suggested this I dont know whether i can ask this question here or not I am finding many web forums supportingstealing of personal info like ...
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Legality of using a burned CD with a legal CD-Key? [closed]

I have a friend that keeps a collection of burned Windows CD's; 2000, XP, Vista which he uses to repair peoples computers with. Now he justifies this by saying he uses the CD-Key on their OEM sticker ...
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Are there any legal issues while extracting content from RSS feeds? [closed]

I would like to know whether these free SMS alert sites such as My Today SMS, Alertix pay for the sites such as religate, oneindia.in e.t.c, Or they just mention in their website that this service ...
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Can I transfer a Windows 7 license to another computer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When reinstalling Windows 7, does the language, version, architecture (64-bit or 32-bit) or source (OEM, retail, or MSDN) matter? I was thinking of buying Windows 7 ...
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Can I use my Windows 7 license in a dual-boot configuration? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When installing Windows 7 or Vista, does the language, version, architecture (64-bit or 32-bit) or source (OEM, retail, or MSDN) matter? I've purchased a retail license ...
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Is an EULA enforceable? [closed]

I have always wondered about the legality of the Eula. How can it be enforced? Is it a legal contract? And is it valid in all countries? Not all countries have identical laws... I remember Psystar ...
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Vista OS disk for Gateway used to install on another Laptop

Is it possible to use a Vista OS cd for a Gateway laptop to install Vista on another Laptop? I wish to do this since the other Laptop didn't come with an OS cd, and recently I had to completely ...