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CC-BY “inheritance”?

If I distribute an open source software (licensed under MIT or Apache if that matters) that includes/uses a resource that is licensed under CC-BY, and I provide proper attribution. Do users of said ...
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Possibilities to use a GPL-v3 licensed library in a closed-source game

Licensing is absolutely not my topic and I'm currently trying to learn about it while developing my game. I'm trying to implement the espeak-ng library into my game, so I can use it to generate robot ...
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Is it possible to use an LGPLv3 plug-in in a GPLv2 program?

From the license point of view: Is it possible to use a plugin written under "LGPLv3+" in a program protected by "GPLv2"? The plugin is built as a ".so" library and at ...
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Repository with no license declaration and a single contributor, who isn't the owner [closed]

I am in touch with the one contributor of this project. The owner seems to be absent and there is no license. The only contributor is the developer I am in touch with. Would all of the copyright go to ...
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How to manage multi-licensed components in a project

I am working on a commercial application that leverages several available components (spring, hibernate, etc.). There are certain components that have multiple licenses associated with them. All these ...
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Sign and distribute unmodified GNU GPLv2, MIT and Apache2 Linux packages

Software component under a custom open-source license requires certain third-party GPLv2, Apache2, and MIT Linux packages: GPLv2 package is not part of the component but is usually used to integrate ...
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If I fork a lib that is MIT / Apache 2.0 dual license, can I change it to CC0 for redistribution?

A lot of our projects are CC0 licensed and I had been researching across the web to find any information regarding the legalities of this, and to retain the original author's moral rights. I have not ...
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Why is the zlib license not considered copyleft?

The final term of the zlib license state This notice may not be removed or altered from any source distribution. However, the Wikipedia page lists Copyleft No The way I understand the above ...
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Do I have to pay for Linux and Browser on commercial hardware product?

We planned to build a machine with integrated Raspi running on Raspian Buster. To control the machine we developed a web-based software using .net core 5.0, no part of the software is GPL-ed If we ...
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What are benefits and drawbacks of joining an umbrella organization?

When an Open Source project arrives at a certain size the discussion about creating an organization / foundation may come up. It seems however that the common practice is to join an umbrella ...
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Should I pay someone to help me with an open source project? [closed]

Anyone have suggestions on how to get development help on an open-source project? I've got some funding but not enough to hire someone yet. I've been considering offering 'bounties' for specific tasks....
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GPLv2-Only Compatibiliy

I like to make my work public by using GPLv2-Only. This because its pretty clear with the copyleft: Use my work for whatever purpose you want, but if you change it or make it better, give it back ;-) ...
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About unlicensed files

I was trying to releasing a library with LGPL license. However I had discovered that many time ago I copied and pasted in the library a header file defining some constants. This file was found on the ...
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Freeboard - MIT license vs Pricing reality

I am confused with this product (freeboard) licensing. On their website they specifies pricing: https://freeboard.io/#pricing While on GitHub it says MIT License, ok for Commercial use https://github....
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Where to disclaim multiple third-party copyrights in project?

I am building a software that in its theoretical form would use logos from several different financial companies to enhance user experience and identification. I intend to use their websites' favicons ...
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Add author email in GPL notice

in GPL FAQ there is this statement just after the notice example: Also add information on how to contact you by electronic and paper mail. I don't understand if this is mandatory, since in the ...
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Does The Unlicense require you to credit the original creator of the code?

Does The Unlicense require you to credit the original creator of the code? When I was doing research it was unclear to me.
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Meaning of Plus symbol in GPLv2+ / LGPLv2.1+

I was checking the license compatibility of some open source software and I found out that sometimes software is released with a weird license like GPLv2+ / LGPLv2.1+. I'm not sure about the "...
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Thesis manuscript inside MIT-licensed project

I'm very soon going to submit my master's thesis, which consists of a manuscript and code. I plan to publish the code with an MIT license on a public GitHub repository. Because the manuscript also ...
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Section 14 of GPL(v3)

Section 14 of the GPL(v3) states: Revised Versions of this License. The Free Software Foundation may publish revised and/or new versions of the GNU General Public License from time to time. Such new ...
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What counts as derivative work in GPL-3.0?

So there's this app which is licensed under GPL-3.0 and there is a piece of code in that application that I like to use. My app is not by any way a copy/modification of the this app. Since the two ...
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Minified GPL code inside Javascript webapp

This answer on Chess Stack Exchange comes from the lead developer of a webapp for learning chess that integrates a version of Stockfish (a popular chess-playing program released under GPLv3) ...
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EPL1.0 lib used in GPLv3 or in “EPL2.0 with secondary license” program

I plan to publish a small android app as open source. I use 2 libraries. One is licensed under Apache License v2 the other one is under EPL1.0. Initially I wanted to license my work under GPLv3, but I ...
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Does opencollective have any point for an open source project with a bus factor of one?

So I guess I can have all my GitHub Sponsors donations go through Open Collective, which would result in Open Collective taking 10% of the money that my sponsors are paying me. My question is... how ...
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Does the iPhone contains GPL-ed software? If so, is it legal?

I am watching this talk. At 9:54 the speaker says that there is GPL software in the iPhone (he says "you will see the GNU Public License"). Is it true? Doesn't GPL forbids redistribution in ...
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Can I relicense an abandoned GPL project if the copyright owners are no longer responsive?

Suppose I want to use GPL-copyrighted software in a closed-source project. With actively maintained projects I can contact the copyright holders to see if I can work out an agreement with them. But ...
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Can I start GPLed program within my code without making my program GPLed? [duplicate]

I have a program that I intended to release as MIT[0]. But I noticed that one of dependencies is GPLed. Fortunately I only use it via a system call to make final production step of graphics. my code ...
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What does “with modifications” mean in BSD licenses?

All BSD licenses start with the following paragraph: Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without modification, are permitted provided that the following conditions are met: ...
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Can I use GPL software to provide a commercial cloud service?

Rather than create my own software, can I just take existing GPL software and provide a cloud service around it? Will that be legal?
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Python package where each module has a different license

I created a Python package, where different submodules have different licenses (MIT, BSD, Apache etc). I am now wondering, how my setup.py should look like. Looking at this post, I assume it would ...
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Is the “similar in spirit” provision of the GPL legally binding?

Section 14 of the GPLv3 says: The Free Software Foundation may publish revised and/or new versions of the GNU General Public License from time to time. Such new versions will be similar in spirit to ...
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Helm charts with AGPL licenses

Some helm charts (for example https://github.com/minio/charts/blob/master/LICENSE) are using AGPL license. Helm chart is an instruction for helm https://helm.sh/ to deploy a cloud application to ...
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MIT License - Can I license part of a repo?

I have a public GitHub repo, with multiple folders containing different plugins. Am I able to license each of those plugins separately, or does the whole repo have to be licensed as one? One of the ...
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Is it possible that a future GPL version removes copyleft? [duplicate]

Let's imagine that for a reason the FSF publishes a new version of the GPL (v4) that would basically be a BSD license. What would that entail for the code licensed under GPL v2 or v3 ? I refer to the ...
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Use of a derivative of aGPL v3 licensed software as a single binary in my product

I intend to release a software product (package) that shall include an executable (binary) that makes use of a library licensed under GPL v3. The executable is not linked (neither statically nor ...
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clarify R licenses: machine learning models, developed with R in Azure, possible for commercial use?

i want to estimate machine learning models with R and i need to use it in a production environment, i'll work with Azure Datascience Virtual Machine or Azure Machine Learning. If i use , for ex., ...
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Have there been any lawsuits involving breach of open source licences?

Here in Stack Exchange we have mentioned some cases of lawsuits involving open source projects that allegedly breached patents and were sued. I'm curious, however, in the opposite case: has anyone ...
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Do (L)GPLv2 licenses allow the distribution of derived binaries using Apple's XCode?

To create executables to run on iOS platforms, the intended way is to use Apple's XCode to build them. XCode is available for free to run on MacOS devices. But, assuming that Apple's terms allow the ...
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Is it legal to repackage GPL software and sell it on Microsoft Store, like GIMP?

I'm surprised to see people are selling GPL'd software on Microsoft Store. An example is GIMP. GIMP is GPL'd opensource image editing tool. There are some vendors on Microsoft Store have repackaged ...
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Modifying an R package with GPL-2 | GPL-3. What is the correct workflow?

I made a modification of the R package rpart for researching purposes. The license is GPL-2 | GPL-3. The modification is simple but it is critical for another package that I have developed. I would ...
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Redistribution of BSD source code

If I can access a source code with a BSD license, who, if anybody, do I need to ask permission to use/modify/commercialize/redistribute the code (under BSD license conditions)? The BSD license allows ...
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Merging parts of another, parallel, fork [MIT]

The situation is following: There is a project (lets call it A), standard MIT licensed but long abandoned. I created a rebranded fork, fully MIT compliant, called B. Another person, lets call him Jack,...
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How can I handle minors as contributors?

Ok, firstly, to clarify when I say minor, I mean someone under the age of majority in the US. In this case his father reached out to me regarding a sort of mentor/apprenticeship, so I know I have his ...
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In repositories, does software under the LGPL include a copy of the GPL?

The repository for something that I need to use has 2 license txt. One which is the LGPL and the other the GPLv3. I heard from a member of their Discord that this is because the LGPL is an extension ...
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Distributing a proprietary library that uses an LGPL library

I would like to create a JAVA library, that will use an LGPL library. The LGPL library is a library that provides an API to create charts, whereas my library will provide a more high level API like ...
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What does the binary blob in the linux kernel do?

The Linux kernel contains binary blob (link). Linux Foundation and Linux kernel developers issued a statement about that (link, notably the kernel developers statement was not signed by Torvalds). ...
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Why JSON license is uncompatible with GPL, but json format using in GPL licensed project like OpenJDK?

https://www.gnu.org/licenses/license-list.en.html#NonFreeSoftwareLicenses I find information that JSON license is not campatible with GPL. I need to use OpenJDK for development on Java, and use json ...
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Can I start my project under MIT, GPLv3 or Apache 2.0 with these components?

I'm newbie in web-development. I want create a project for demo my work skills: GitHub repository with source codes and working application on some hosting service. My project is a single page ...
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Is there a license to make your code open source, but at the same time for people not to be able to use the code? [closed]

I'm trying to make an app, and I'm actually serious about it. I'm using electron, so I know my source code is guaranteed to be leaked. I was thinking of making my app open source, but at the same time ...
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What is the difference between GPL classpath exception and linking exception?

So I read that OpenJDK is under the GPLv2 with linking exception. What is a Classpath exception and a linking exception? The JDK that I'm using(Amazon Corretto which is a build of OpenJDK) is under ...

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