I would like to open a question about VMware Essentials Kits licensing but, searching through the community I've found this: Can you help me with my software licensing issue?

Which lead me to confusion, if it's offtopic or not to open those kind of questions in Serverfault.

I think, that's too vague to limit all the licensing question to just this one, there are a lot of specific cases that would be discussable.

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    Seriously, someone down voted for this? I was asking to keep the community clean and someone downvoted. Commented Jun 25, 2015 at 22:06
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    Downvotes on meta don't change your reputation and are mostly used to signal agreement or disagreement, so in this case read it as "I don't think such a question would be a good idea here".
    – Sven
    Commented Jun 25, 2015 at 22:32
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    @ViníciusFerrão Sadly the tooltips when hovering over the upvote and downvote arrows in meta don't appear to be accurate. At least, they're not accurate based on previous discussions about what votes on meta mean. It's not to be taken in the same way as votes on the main site. Sven explained it right.
    – Wesley
    Commented Jun 26, 2015 at 23:46

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Thanks for asking!

Every software licensing question will be closed as duplicate of this question, as we indeed consider this off-topic.

Licensing is always extremely localized and more of a subject for lawyers then anyone else. When in doubt, contact the vendor, he is the only one who can give you a guaranteed correct answer.

  • Thank you Sven. Just a dumb question, there is any site on the StackExchange community to ask questions like this? Or we are out of help over here? Commented Jun 25, 2015 at 18:57
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    Well, the very reasons outlined in serverfault.com/questions/215405/… makes this as impractical to answer on any other site. Licensing is a difficult topic and potentially expensive if you don't get it right, so just ask the vendor and be on the safe side.
    – Sven
    Commented Jun 25, 2015 at 19:24
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    Vinicius, you should probably also understand the function of canonical questions on SF. More can be found at meta.serverfault.com/questions/1986/… , if you're curious.
    – MadHatter
    Commented Jun 25, 2015 at 21:11
  • Thank you guys. Commented Jun 25, 2015 at 22:07

It might be on topic at the recently launched (to public beta) Law.SE.

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