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More permissive license after adapting CC-BY4.0?

I'm adapting content released under CC-BY4.0 programatically (think regex and reformatting). I'm then releasing my adapted content, giving credit to the author of the content that was the origin of ...
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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: https://www.mongodb.com/press/...
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How the big open source firm guarantees their rights [on hold]

How big open source companies (Mozilla, Apache, Mysql) enforce their rights for their published code as open source. Take the case of Mozilla, which has invested in the development of its source code,...
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How to Move Smart City Columbus from Internal to Open Source? [on hold]

Last year, Columbus,OH won the US DOT Smart Cities Challenge. Since then, they've made major progress on a number of fronts. The SmartColumbus Operating System provides the technical core, while ~1000 ...
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How license OpenSource Software? [duplicate]

For developers focused on the development side, the license approach for opensource projects seems important. And several discussions have supported the subject of a software license for Opensource ...
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Should I distribute ProxySQL configuration as Open Source in case of combine ProxySQL with project under AGPL?

I Have AGPL project(suiteCRM) which communicates with MySQL but I would add something between suiteCRM project and MySQL. This thing will be a project under GPL names ProxySQL. I'm not sure if this ...
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Licensing LGPL software commercially

We have a mobile app software and we distribute it with LGPL v3. It uses other 2 components licensed under LGPL-v3 and MIT. For our own code, we are have the full ownership (i.e. nobody else have made ...
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Licensing LGPL software commercially [duplicate]

We have a mobile app software and we distribute it with LGPL v3. It uses other 2 components licensed under LGPL-v3 and MIT. For our own code, we are have the full ownership (i.e. nobody else have made ...
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I'm using 2 libraries licensed under Apache 2.0. How do I comply if my app is proprietary software and I'm not modding the libraries?

How do I comply with the apache 2.0 license in this context. Neither of these libraries have a notice file. Do I just include the apache 2.0 license to be available with my app's release (like in the ...
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Who owns the rights to a logo contributed to an open-source project?

I recently designed a logo for an MIT-licensed open-source project. That same open-source project has now launched a commercial offering under the same name (just using a .com instead of .org) domain,...
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Practical steps to licence Free software and Open Source Projects [on hold]

Several discussions have supported the subject of a software license and the majority are limited to offer explanations or definitions (GNU GPL, EULA, BSD License ... etc) without addressing the ...
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Legality of Forking Open Source Projects

Are there any legal issues with forking an open source project and putting your own name and spin on it? I am talking specifically about projects that are operating under the MIT or Creative Commons ...
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IPC between open-source and closed-source applications

We have two applications developed by two teams. One is open-source under GPL, another closed-source without any possibility to open the code. Also there's a requirement to implement some kind of API ...
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Selling GPL derived source code

I modified a GPL opensource project and distributed the binary free of charge on Google Play. I'm planning to release source code per request via email only. My question is if someone ask for the ...
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Implications of using GPL licenced code only during testing

Let's say I'm working on a software library in which certain unit tests rely on GPL licensed code but the code that a user of this library would install on their system does not interact with GPL ...
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Atlaskit in commercial projects

I found this amazing project https://atlaskit.atlassian.com/. But after visit some pages about license issues I have a lot of confussion. Can I use Atlaskit in comercial projects and customize the ...
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GPL for Embedded

I'm working in a company that develops and sells embedded systems. We are using Linux and some GPL software, alongside proprietary software. Some of the GPL softwares are modified to fit our needs. ...
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Library with Apache+BSD+MIT license, must I include the license somewhere in user interface of the app?

Glide is an opensource image loading and caching library for Android apps. It seems to have a mixed BSD, part MIT and Apache 2.0 license. What is the implication of using it in my app, do I need to ...
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How do I detect an AGPL violation?

For client side code, even if it is obfuscated or is just a binary, I can imagine there might be ways of doing this, but if I have some server-side AGPL licensed code, how am I supposed to know that ...
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Method for accounting for non-code contributions?

Code contributions are easy to account; one totals commits, reviews, and lines of code in whatever code management system the project uses. However, non-code contributions, particularly in the areas ...
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Interpretation of an AGPL license

We use RestHeart which comes with an AGPL license. We are looking for a clue whether how this license should be applied. Situation: We have a REST service on server 1. This REST Service consumes the ...
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Can public schools use CC BY-NC content?

Can a fully tax-funded public school use music licensed under CC-BY-NC in a video to promote its educational programs?
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Open source software license, granting co authorship in scientific publications? [closed]

I'm a PhD candidate and part of my research project involves writing scientific software. I use that code to verify theoretical results and also as a proof of feasibility. It is usually not necessary ...
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Can I use API exposed in an open source project (MIT License) in a commercial software?

I wanted to use an api that is exposed in an open source project under MIT License.There's no restrictions mentioned for the use of api anywhere in the License neither it says that we can use the api ...
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Can I use bits of source from another library in an original work without having to worry about license issues?

I've been writing a docking framework in JavaFX. This is a new library with original work. However, I have been reading the source code of a few other open source docking projects to get some hints ...
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Copyright of MIT licenced libraries usage within GPL licensed code

My software is complete written in python and has the following architecture of down cascaded dependencies. I plan to share my whole source code (FileA, FileB, FileC) next time in github: FileA: Own ...
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Can I translate an app under GPLv3 into Swift without using GPLv3?

Can I translate an App from Android using GPLv3 into Swift? Because actually I don't use any source code. Do I need to keep it under GPLv3 and open source? Is there any method to avoid infection if it ...
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Can I use free website themes (MIT licensed) for a commercial website under proprietary license

I want to modify the code of a MIT - licensed theme and publish it under a proprietary license (All rights reserved). Is this legal? Where should I put the MIT license for the theme? Should i make it ...
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Why it is sufficient to include only copyright without permission notice when using React library in your project?

As far as I understand if you want to use React.js library you should comply with MIT license by adding its copyright and permission notice before the library is included to the source code (to the ...
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Services delivered vs software distributed

Consider this scenario: I have a website that applies special effects for images submitted by the users. The special effects part of my code is coming from GPL code. But in my website, I'm only ...
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What license does source-to-source compiled (transpiled) BSD licensed code have? [duplicate]

Let's say that I have library A, written in the Bork-Bork programming language. I use a tool to transpile the library to the Bunga-Bunga programming language and then I modify the Bunga-Bunga version ...
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How to know the license dependency of my project?

I have a node.js project to be published as an open source, and would like to set MIT license to it. However, if my project is depending on a package licensed GNU GPL, I need to set the same license ...
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GNU GPL based commercial project

I am currently developing a IoT based software which will run on a Raspberry pi and distributed to user(like a product). I also want to place another software on the Raspberry pi which will work in ...
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How to interpret a one line license?

In a certain open source project I'm planning to use, which is a developmental tool, there is no license included in the project, but the readme contains the following lines: Terms and Conditions ...
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Redistribution of stolen GPL code [duplicate]

I am aware of this GPL FAQ: https://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-faq.en.html#StolenCopy which states If the version has been released elsewhere, then the thief probably does have the right to make ...
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License that requires inclusion of a documentation file?

Someone came to me with this request, and I couldn't come up with a license that satisfies it. We found a workaround, but I think the author's request represents a realistic requirement, so would ...
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Open Source Hardware software and patent license

I'm working on a hardware medical device which I'd like to open source without giving out my patent rights to potential competitors. I'd like to open source the firmware/software part. What's ...
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Does a central copyright and license notice cover all the files in a software program?

Some open-source programs have a single copyright and license notice in the README file, while others put a notice in each file in the program. I prefer the first practice because it makes the code ...
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How to deal with contributors who write very bad quality code?

As a maintainer of an open source project which strictly enforces coding style and 100% test coverage, how do I deal with enthusiastic contributors who write terrible looking, untested code (that ...
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MIT-licensed project with CC-BY-SA dependency

I have a project (code) that I am wanting to license as MIT. It has a few dependencies, mostly assets (icons and images). Some dependencies are MIT and I include their licenses in the source, but a ...
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Forking a GPL 2 Project on GitHub

I recently forked a project on GitHub. After doing a significant amount of work on the fork I was wondering how to proceed with spinning it off into an independent project. The reason I ask is because ...
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Can I “upgrade” the version of CC BY-SA from 3.0 to 4.0 in my modification?

What I'm doing: I'm adapting a work licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported license to a different language. I'm indicating the original work and its license. I'm indicating that I have made changes to ...
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Can I change license of my GPL project? [duplicate]

I have created a project from scratch and made it available online under the GPL license. Can I release a new version of the same project that does not have the GPL license? I would also like to know ...
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Can GoJS be included into an open source project?

Context: GoJS is not open source, its license stating in particular that modification is forbidden (though the fact that its source code is hosted on GitHub seems to confuse some people). The ...
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What license version should I use for an open-source PyQt5 application on GitHub

On the Riverbank License FAQ for PyQt5 it specifies that PyQt5 is under the license GPL. I'm not sure whether I should use GPLv1, GPLv2 or GPLv3. What license should I choose and it is MIT compatible?...
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How can I refer to a repository for my project when it has no license but we can download it?

I made a .NET C# project with an api library published on GitHub by some company. So I'm now going to publish mine to GitHub as well, but I've found there is no license on the repository that I ...
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Can I use LGPL v3 wkhtmltopdf in proprietary software through wrapper TuesPechkin (CC by 3.0)?

What I found out is that I can probably use and distribute LGPL binaries (.dll form) that are dynamically linked to my .NET application when I add information about license, copyright notice somewhere ...
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Can someone explain the basic requirements of Open Source Qt LGPL to a beginner?

I’m a automotive electronic and electrical engineer with little to no software experience. I need to hire a developer to develop Windows GUI application that is used to configure and program a ...
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FDL code in GPL repo

I have a repository (GPLv3) full of configuration files that I recently noticed uses some FDL code (FDLv1.3). I have the following questions: To resolve this issue and keep the code: Could I re-...
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How to License a software that uses google drive API

I recently developed a software which currently uses google drive API for some functionalities, i am looking forward to release the software to the public for free. however i am not sure on which kind ...

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