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Top new questions this week:

Best practices for relicensing what was once a derivative work

I forked a project which had the MIT license. I made substantial changes to it, rewriting it in a different language (from C++ to C) and now only a few small vestiges of the original are left in the ...

gpl mit derivative-works law forking  
user avatar asked by forktheplanet Score of 5
user avatar answered by Bart van Ingen Schenau Score of 10

Removing the statement "Powered by" under GPLv3

I would like to know, if I can remove the statement "Powered by GrandNode" from the footer, where GrandNode published under the license GPLv3. Here is the official website: https://grandnode....

licensing copyleft  
user avatar asked by Dolz Mory Score of 4
user avatar answered by MadHatter Score of 4

Do I need to publish source code when building on Linux image?

I have an application that is built on a Linux image with some libraries that contain licenses like GPL-2.0, GPL-3.0, LGPL-2.1, and MPL-2.0 which I understand to be copyleft. I'm new to OSS licenses ...

gpl mpl linux-distribution license-compliance  
user avatar asked by TheStrangeQuark Score of 3
user avatar answered by Bart van Ingen Schenau Score of 3

What is this shortened, BSD-3-Clause-like license?

For the first time in my life, I have ran across a license that looks like a popular license, but that I have not been able to recognize or find on Google. I ran into it looking at the license for ...

bsd permissive  
user avatar asked by ArrayBolt3 Score of 2
user avatar answered by MadHatter Score of 2

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

Why would anyone contribute to Android?

I think of open-source developers as people with a certain sense of social responsibility. In that regard, why would someone decide to contribute to Android? Why help Google make more money? How does ...

android software-development  
user avatar asked by Wynne Score of 39
user avatar answered by Philipp Score of 62

What does "express grant of patent rights from contributors to users" mean?

I'm trying to choose which open source license I should use in my app, and in the description for one of the licenses, it says the license provides an "express grant of patent rights from contributors ...

apache-2.0 patents  
user avatar asked by Matthew Score of 32
user avatar answered by Bart van Ingen Schenau Score of 19

Can others monetize my project with GPLv3?

I currently have a web game under the GNU General Public License v3.0 open sourced on GitHub. Recently I found out that someone else had forked the repository and is setting up AdSense on their ...

gpl-3 gnu monetization  
user avatar asked by Hunter Parcells Score of 21
user avatar answered by Bart van Ingen Schenau Score of 53

What are the essential differences between the BSD and MIT licences?

There are many articles out there which cover the topic in length and breadth, but so far I haven't found a nice, concise answer to the question. What are the most important differences between the ...

mit bsd license-comparison license  
user avatar asked by G.Rassovsky Score of 246
user avatar answered by Philipp Score of 191

GPL compliance when license was not provided? (You unknowingly derived from code that was in breach of GPL)

Let's say Person A creates some code and licenses it under a GPL license. If someone (we'll call them Person B) then creates code which derives from Person A's code, but fails to obey the terms of the ...

gpl  
user avatar asked by Charybdizs Score of 19
user avatar answered by MadHatter Score of 25

Locking myself from ever changing license

Is there any way, that I can lock myself from ever changing the repository license to non open-source one? These is this trend with open-source companies, that once they gain enough press, and enough ...

licensing license-compatibility license-recommendation license-notice copyleft  
user avatar asked by Maciej Bledkowski Score of 16
user avatar answered by Philip Kendall Score of 31

Why are open-source PDF APIs so hard to come by?

PDFs are inescapable, what surprises me is the lack of open-source tools available for interacting with them via some sort of API. One example which sticks in my mind was when I was using .NET to ...

licensing ownership file-formats  
user avatar asked by Josh Hales Score of 26
user avatar answered by amon Score of 42
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