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What is the exact definition of an Adaptation under Creative Commons?

The text of the CC-BY-SA 3.0 license mentions the following: You may Distribute or Publicly Perform an Adaptation only under the terms of: (i) this License; (ii) a later version of this ...

cc-by-sa  
asked by JonathanReez Supports Monica 4 votes
answered by Bart van Ingen Schenau 5 votes

How do you write an attribution if there's ambiguity over which version of Creative Commons applies?

Currently there's a discussion on Meta over whether or not StackExchange was allowed to retrospectively change their licensing policy from CC SA 3.0 to CC SA 4.0. Presuming that it is indeed an open ...

attribution cc-by-sa  
asked by JonathanReez Supports Monica 4 votes
answered by MadHatter supports Monica 4 votes

Why didn't Creative Commons make CC-BY-SA 4.0 backwards compatible with CC-BY-SA 3.0?

According to Wikipedia's official copyright FAQ: According to the WMF legal team, CC BY-SA 4.0 is not backwards compatible with CC BY-SA 3.0. Therefore, mixing text licenses under 3.0 and 4.0 ...

cc-by-sa  
asked by JonathanReez Supports Monica 2 votes

Is it possible to ask for reference in an open source project?

One of my projects is in Github and currently it does not have any license such as MIT. Therefore, it should be considered as an Open Source project by default. But, I wish that if anyone uses this ...

licensing github  
asked by Salman Lashkarara 2 votes
answered by MadHatter supports Monica 10 votes

Can I set my android app as paid which uses Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License IMAGES?

I am have some images which has following license: Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License Using these images I am going to make an Android app and sell it via Google play ...

creative-commons android  
asked by Savaratkar 1 vote
answered by Bart van Ingen Schenau 3 votes

How to use GPLv3 in open source project?

I want to use license GPLv3 in my open source project on GitHub. And I want to ask how can I do that? I have read an article and I have understood that: My repo has to have a file License, that ...

licensing gpl gpl-3  
asked by Boris Makhlin 1 vote
answered by MadHatter supports Monica 0 votes

Is there an official guideline from Creative Commons on how a CC-BY-SA 3.0 website could "upgrade" to CC-BY-SA 4.0?

It looks like Creative Commons only allows a relicensing from CC-BY-SA 3.0 to CC-BY-SA 4.0 for derivative works: You may Distribute or Publicly Perform an Adaptation only under the terms of: (i) ...

cc-by-sa  
asked by JonathanReez Supports Monica 1 vote
answered by Josef 1 vote

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

GPLv2 - licensing for commercial use

I have a few questions regarding the GPLv2 license: For it to be GPLv2, I need provide access to my source files? If I use the v2 license, but charge for use, do users HAVE to purchase my license in ...

licensing commercial gpl-2  
asked by Cptn 4 votes

SSPL and the Open Source Definition

MongoDB has decided to change the licensing of MongoDB Community Server, seemingly to prevent businesses from monetizing on their product without giving anything back: ...

licensing open-source-definition free-software-definition osi  
asked by Mans Gunnarsson 16 votes
answered by amon 20 votes

How is Oracle suing Google for copyright infringement when Java is Open Source?

There is a case between Google and Oracle over the use of Java and it's standard library on the Google Android operating system. From [this article]: To recap: Oracle accused Google of ...

gpl law exceptions java  
asked by xenoterracide 19 votes
answered by Free Radical 12 votes

Why does Linux still use the GPLv2?

As I know, Linux intentionally avoids the switch from GPLv2 to GPLv3. It has the unfortunate side-effect, that it doesn't take part in the defense of the opensource world from the most recent danger, ...

gpl linux-kernel  
asked by peterh says reinstate Monica 29 votes
answered by cpast 56 votes

Is it legal to use GPL code in a proprietary, closed-source program by putting it in a separate, standalone program?

As we all know, the GNU General Public License (GPL) is a "copyleft" source license: which means it is designed not merely to make the code to which it is initially applied free and preserve its ...

gpl proprietary-code  
asked by The_Sympathizer 34 votes
answered by MadHatter supports Monica 32 votes

Embedding GPL code in proprietary software

Here's a tricky situation that I didn't encounter before: My company embeds a piece of slightly modified GPLv3 code into their otherwise proprietary application. They don't link a library or ...

gpl-3 law  
asked by Rody Oldenhuis 28 votes
answered by Bart van Ingen Schenau 34 votes

Flutter licence and involved dependencies

My company is very sensitive about using open source software. A small team started to group licences in three categories: green, yellow, red. Flutter is a library to create native apps for ios and ...

licensing license-compatibility  
asked by surfmuggle 1 vote
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