All Questions

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
0
votes
1answer
6 views

Using Apache 2.0 code in my app

I'm finding it hard to understand so I thought maybe I could get a clearer explanation here. I'm currently developing an app. This app is pretty large and sometimes I find myself looking at Github ...
1
vote
1answer
19 views

Using only certain files out of GPL code

The whole of atk1.0-2.4.0 is listed under GNU-GPLv2.0. Can I take certain files out of GNU GPL license code and use it under different license / no license, or is this considered as obfuscation of ...
0
votes
1answer
12 views

Attach CC0 licensed datasets to own R package

I am writing an R package that uses data from other authors (UN Voting). Is there any licensing issue in adding the data directly to the package? I am not sure whether I can just add this data to the ...
2
votes
1answer
25 views

Re-using code from an open source project, but said code partly re-uses code from another project

I am borrowing and heavily modifying code from an open source repo (let's call this A). However, the code I am borrowing also contains code borrowed from another open source project (let's call this B)...
2
votes
0answers
37 views

Using CC-BY-SA 3.0 data in commercial web application

There is a study published as a PDF under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0. Can I create a commercial (proprietary) web application that uses data from the study and makes computations as ...
3
votes
1answer
24 views

Use sympy code in a GPL project

I'm currently working alone on a project that I intend to publish under the AGPL3+ license. I want to use parts of the Sympy source in it. The Sympy license says, that " Redistributions of source code ...
-1
votes
0answers
28 views

GPL: Format of provided code? [duplicate]

When you distribute software licenced under GPL(v2+) you have to provide the source code with the software. How should the code be formatted? Could I provide an obfusfacted code with bad variable/...
0
votes
1answer
33 views

Monetizing app using GPLv3 source code

I need general advice: I have an android app that currently relies heavily on GPLv3 source code. I have never published any app and I'm a bit rusty within android as my day job is programming in a ...
2
votes
1answer
40 views

Displaying a logo as attribution

An AGPL licensed web application I'm interested in using has the following stipulations: "Pursuant to section 7 3(b) of the GNU AGPL you must retain the original {{package}} logo when distributing ...
1
vote
1answer
30 views

Can GPL2/3 software installer have custom license?

Suppose I write some package manager which will install, manage (start, stop, send commands, write configuration files etc.) binary programs distributed under various GPL licenses but not incorporate ...
-3
votes
0answers
35 views

Objectivity of automated transparent payout models? [on hold]

I am in the creative process of designing a transparent, automated income model for an Open Source company. I developed the following 4 requirements based on the feedback of the iterative process of ...
-1
votes
0answers
27 views

Is there a mouse with an opensource windows driver? [closed]

I would like to get some statistics of my mouse movements in my windows desktop. For that I think the best way is modifiying driver to write data to hard drive so I was looking for a mouse with ...
0
votes
2answers
35 views

GPL2 and React Native Component License

We got a notice from our internal legal team that we cannot use this react native component (https://www.npmjs.com/package/react-native-activity-recognition) because it uses GPL License and that ...
13
votes
5answers
3k views

Use GPLv3 library in a closed system (no software distribution)

I'm developing a software that will be preinstalled in a headless PC. The user will see the "output" of the software processing (sent with a given protocol via ethernet), and can configure some ...
4
votes
1answer
45 views

What is the difference between the Apache License v2.0 and the BSD+Patent License?

To my current understandig, both the Apache License version 2.0 and the BSD+Patent grant you a license to any patent that the software is using. In what situation is the BSD+Patent license preferred ...
1
vote
1answer
35 views

If authors of open source software can be held liable for (accidentally) infringing (vaguely worded) software patents, why add one's name to it?

If person A writes software and says "I wrote it and this is my name", she can potentially be sued by a patent troll who says "I invented the program statement and the variable". If person A writes ...
2
votes
0answers
21 views

Does GPL cover single page web apps fully

If you're trying to make sure future changes to a single page app (including perhaps adding a backend API) are GPL'd, is it sufficient to release the code under the GPL, or is the AGPL required?
1
vote
1answer
23 views

LGPL: Can drivectl utility code be modified under LGPL license?

As driverctl utility is LGPL compliant so what will happen if we change the code of driverctl ? This is a ask from one of the client, so can anyone answer what will happen if we change the code of ...
1
vote
1answer
43 views

Do you require contributors to your open source code to assign copyright?

I'm in the process of writing an open-source application. It is not yet ready for public consumption, but I am building up to releasing it. One thing I wondered was if you required contributors to ...
-1
votes
1answer
37 views

Dual license open source software?

I'm building a piece of open source code that I want to use the AGPLv3 license, but at the same time, if a company pays a fee, I want to allow them to access the software using a much more permissive ...
2
votes
1answer
58 views

What can a patent troll win by suing an open-source foundation e.g. GTK foundation?

Do open-source foundations have oodles and piles of cash lying around for patent trolls to scoop up? Are open-source softwares licensed under the GPL not immune to patent trolls since there is no ...
0
votes
1answer
61 views

Can a GPL'd library really not be used in a non-GPL application?

What text in the GPL says that a GPL'd library really cannot be used in a non-GPL application?
2
votes
1answer
42 views

Community and enterprise editions of LGPL software

Red Hat has community and enterprise editions of it's application server. WildFly is licensed under LGPL. JBoss EAP is based on WildFly and costs a lot of money. How is it possible that they don't ...
1
vote
1answer
36 views

License for a framework with multiple dependencies

I'm looking to open source my framework with Apache-2.0. There are plenty of dependencies with different licenses: Most are Apache-2.0. There are a couple of exceptions: (These licenses are listed ...
1
vote
1answer
23 views

Licensing pretrained machine learning models

For trained a model I have used training data set covered by BSD license and using a software covered by Apache License 2.0. Now I would like to publish the pretrained model on GitHub. Which license ...
2
votes
1answer
51 views

Are there any common software licenses which only allow distribution in source code form?

Are there any licenses that allow anyone to distribute the source code, but pre-compiled binaries can only be publicly distributed by the original developer?
0
votes
1answer
24 views

Can I statically link Apache2/MIT/BSD licensed code into my GPLv3 licensed code?

Can I statically link Apache2/ISC/MIT/BSD licensed libraries to my project that is under GPL (v3 because I've learned that v2 isn't compatible with Apache2) and create an executable binary? ...
34
votes
2answers
2k views

What are the consequences for downstream actors of redistributing a work under a wider CC license than the copyright holder authorized?

Say that Company A is an online platform which hosts user-generated content, and to do so Company A requires in its ToS that users license said content publicly under Creative Commons License X. ...
0
votes
1answer
17 views

AGPL project with AGPL documentation and templates with CC by-nc-sa 3.0

I am creating a project with an AGPLv3 license. In another repo I am creating the documentation associated to the previous project and the template (in LaTeX) used for the documents is licensed under ...
1
vote
1answer
28 views

Can I use a GPLv3 JavaScript library on a website I'm developing for a client?

I was intending on using a GPLv3 licensed JavaScript library on a website I'm developing for a client. This library would be part of the theme. Will this necessarily make the entire them GPLv3 so my ...
2
votes
0answers
24 views

Can I put a GPL licensed binary file in my proprietary software? [duplicate]

The source code of this binary is under GPL V2. In my software, I didn't use its code, I just execute this binary to do some tasks, nothing more. Is it legal?
2
votes
1answer
48 views

Using GPL modified system software in commercial projects

I have a commercial project which connects to a database (e.g. PostgreSQL) all licences are agreed at this moment. What should I do if I alter the database server with GPL (version 3 to be concrete) ...
4
votes
0answers
30 views

How to add {copyright, license, etc} to restructuredText source?

I've got a lotta docs written in reST (note docs, not docstrings in code) to which I'd like to add (depending on the work) one or more of copyright notice license notice license badge/icon I'd like ...
3
votes
2answers
35 views

If I wrote software using QML and the community version of Qt, am I required to disclose the source code of the whole software?

Let's say I made an application using Qt's QML language and I didn't have a commercial license, am I required to disclose the whole source code for said application or just the modules I modified (if ...
0
votes
1answer
29 views

AGPL used with a modular framework, modules are not open source

As far as i understand, the AGPL license permits me to use the library (https://github.com/Corvusoft/restbed) for a server that faces the web and is publicly accessable, as long as the server it's ...
4
votes
1answer
53 views

Can I change the copyright holder name and year of an MIT license?

Can I change the copyright holder name when using a project of MIT license ? Example: Changing 'john' to 'Justin' in below license ? Copyright 2018 john Permission is hereby granted, free of charge,...
4
votes
1answer
59 views

Does distributing GPL software along with binary image force the binary image to be GPL too?

So: A hardware device has closed-source firmware running inside it (not based on any open-source code). Computer software to update the hardware's firmware exists, with a GPLv3 license. It takes a ...
2
votes
0answers
28 views

Legal consideration before development of a FFMPEG filter using named pipe for I/O to any forked program and

I would like to develop a ffmpeg filter to have an easier and better integration of the ffmpeg functionalities in case of complex command lines. Imagine an ffmpeg command line in which you can ...
2
votes
1answer
39 views

Licencing Question: Tomcat docker image is built from openjdk:13-jdk-oracle and that is inturn is built from oraclelinux:7-slim

I would like to know if I can use the official Tomcat Docker image from docker hub for commercial purpose without becoming liable to purchase a license or anything from Oracle or some other company. ...
20
votes
5answers
7k views

GPLv3 forces us to make code available, but to whom?

I've read that GPLv3 imposes that we should make the source code of our app available. But, available to whom? In case we sell our GPLv3 software, does it mean we have to make it available to those ...
1
vote
1answer
35 views

Pros and Cons of using MPL-2.0 license?

I want to license my project (hosted on GitHub) under MPL-2.0, which looks like a reasonable choice. But since I'm not a lawyer, it's hard to estimate long-term benefits and consequences of this ...
4
votes
1answer
66 views

Can Apache/BSD application contain optional (commented out) hooks to link to GPL code?

I am an author of a non-GPL code that is distributed under an Apache license. There is a GPL2 library (not LGPL) that many users will commonly want to link to that provides part of our algorithm, but ...
7
votes
2answers
121 views

Does renaming compiled Java packages violate the Apache license?

For technical reasons (classloader issues), I need to rename the packages of the compiled version of an Apache library when I build my application, (which includes my code and the Apache code, a so-...
5
votes
2answers
701 views

GitHub repo with Apache License version 2 in package.json, but no full license copy nor comment headers

So I've forked a (declared by the owner) unmaintained Node.JS project on GitHub which uses the Apache License, version 2 in the package.json only: [...] "license": "Apache-2.0" [...] However ...
2
votes
2answers
69 views

Is a PCB layout required to be under GPLv3 if it's created from scratch, using a netlist exported from a GPLv3 schematic?

I am working on a PCB layout, not based on any other PCB layout. The netlist used for the PCB, comes from my schematic, which is under GPLv3. Is the PCB layout under GPLv3? I will be selling ...
3
votes
2answers
75 views

Clarification: Dual licensed under the MIT or GPL Version 2 licenses

I've been reading the differences between these two licenses for a few hours now and it is still quite not clear to me how this duality works. As far as I understood, the MIT license basically gives ...
2
votes
1answer
20 views

How to use AGPL library in an Apache v2 project?

I just discovered that the project which I'm working on was using iText but it is expected to be released under the Apache v2 license. As I understood the only way to use the free AGPL version of ...
1
vote
1answer
18 views

MVN repository artifact licence?

I have the following question. One commercial license scanning tool notified me that following artifact: https://mvnrepository.com/artifact/org.jboss.xnio/xnio-api/3.3.8.Final has a public domain, ...
3
votes
2answers
2k views

What if I don't know whether my program will be linked to a GPL library or not?

Suppose a program uses an API which has two implementations: An MIT implementation which uses GPL libraries A newer version of it which no longer uses any GPL libraries Neither is distributed along ...
7
votes
1answer
78 views

Creative Commons ShareAlike, weak or strong copyleft?

I am wondering whether Creative Commons ShareAlike is a weak or strong copyleft license. That is, does it allow linking with code with under a different license?

15 30 50 per page