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Does adding license headers to files without existing headers count as my modification to an Apache 2.0-licensed project?

I recently used a starter template project for an API that is under the Apache 2.0 License, where the project doesn't have a NOTICE file and individual files in that project don't have their own ...
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Weak copyleft LGPL-like license for static linking

To start with, I am aware of " An even lesser LGPL-like license that allows static linking " question, but I believe it was aksed in a weird way and that my question is substantially ...
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Apache 2.0 API, GPL 3.0 Server side source code

I'm working in the with the OpenRouteService project to develop a specific custom routing method for a project. I don't include the library itself in my application (although I might include the api ...
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Adding autoconverting clause to AGPL?

I was wondering if there is a straightforward way to have AGPL software autoconvert to a BSD-0 license after some arbitrary time (for example, two years), similar to how the BSL works. I mostly want a ...
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How can I properly bundle open source licenses?

I have made an open source app that is licensed under GNU GPL V3.0. I have dependencies that use the MIT, Apache 2.0 and CC-0 licenses. How can I properly include the license info in my app? Is it ...
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When selling a machine with proprietary software that links against an LGPLv3 library, do I need to give the customer root access?

I want to sell some hardware, on which a Linux distribution is installed, and on top of that my proprietary software. I find it difficult to figure out the terms I need to comply to in this scenario ...
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Is the NuGet license type 'expression' broken?

NuGet packages, for the purpose of telegraphing the license of a package, have - or rather should have used to - the field <licenseUrl> that could link to a license for the package. licenseUrl ...
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How can I restrict who uses my OpenSource and Free Project [duplicate]

I want to know how can I restrict for example porn services and banking services from using my open-source project. Also if it's possible how can I do it? Should i add these restrictions into README ...
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Project consumption under AGPL V3

The title may be wrong. I was looking to clarify some confusions for my PKDSA project on GitHub. There are two licenses that I choose for my project. 90% of the code is actually licensed under AGPL V3 ...
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Extent of adapted material "contagion" in Wikipedia style CC BY-SA licenses

I have a dataset and website which is partially derived from Wikipedia text. This seems to be licenced CC BY-SA. (This is merged with other free data: OGL, ODbL, etc). My dataset is CC BY-SA ...
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Using FOSS extensions from Google Web Store outside of Chrome

Is it legal to use a FOSS extension from Google Web Store without registration in ungoogled Chromium or other FOSS browsers?
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Different and conflicting licenses in one repository

Let me ask you directly using an example: there is a repository LINK that has a top-level LICENSE file with the Apache license. However, in the source files there is this note: This Page can only be ...
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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....
Dolz Mory's user avatar
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Splitting LGPL License into certain folders/files

So my project tree is Root: Client Java Server C LICENCE README.md and I licensed it under LGPL v2.1, so my question is, Is it possible to put the LICENCE inside Server/C and inside Client/Java (...
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Is there a simple set of rules about open source contributions?

I am starting new open source project, where contributors may not know how the processes work. I would love to reference some short easy to understand set of rules so that people feel comfortable to ...
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Does using BSD 3 or MIT licensed code in my commercial code/application allow reverse engineering of my closed source code/application?

I write commercial code and sometimes use MIT or BSD 3 licensed code I find on github for instance. Recently somebody told me I need to be careful as some of these 'open source' licenses, like LGPL ...
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Using open source licenses while not disclosing internal architecture

I am close to release of a webapp, and I am currently preparing the cookie policy, privacy agreement...etc. I want to legally cover my bases, and follow the licenses of dependencies, however, I have ...
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Releasing a dataset of image annotations that have varying per-image licensing

Recently I've been working with some colleagues on a dataset. We've obtained annotations for several thousand images which we assumed to be licensed as CC-BY. We intended to release our dataset to the ...
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My app uses multiple 3rd party libraries. How can I handle their licensing obligations?

Let's say my application is main.py. And it imports 3 libraries and uses their functions. Library A is BSD licensed. Library B is MIT lisenced. Library C is Apache 2.0 lisenced. Which license files do ...
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I want to build a functional mech that is open-sourced and crowdfunded. How do I do this? [closed]

It's been a dream of mine to own a mech for as long as I could remember. I know this seems silly to most of you, but to me, I can't think of anything cooler. Building a mech is expensive and my ...
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How to properly go about bundling an LGPLv2.1+ header in a GPLv3 project

I am developing a personal project (licensed under GPL-3.0-only) which I am trying to keep portable across different POSIX-compatible systems, but it is dependent on macros and typedefs from GLIBC's ...
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Licensing of transitive packages [duplicate]

I have created an C# appliaction, now and want to distribute it. My application uses some Nuget-packages where each package again references some other packages (transitive packages). As far as i ...
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How can I implement a usage restriction on open-source software?

I have developed an open-source software for process graphics, which offers two different types of licenses: community version (free) and enterprise version (paid service). The community version ...
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Can I legally use content from a CC-BY-SA-licensed wiki in an MIT-licensed video game?

Specifically, I'm talking about the Backrooms Fandom Wiki. Most if not all of the textual content (creative writing) on it is licensed under CC-BY-SA. However, if I want to make a video game based on ...
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Install GPL3 software on machine and sell the machine

I need a bootloader with touchscreen support for some specific machines I am planning to sell. These machines will be distributed without a keyboard, and I found that rEFInd meets my needs. Since ...
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Porting portions of code under MPL-2.0 to another project and language under MIT

I'm seeking some advice regarding the following situation. I want to port portions of code from a C++ source file, more specifically two methods that implement an algorithm I'm interested in for my PL/...
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What is the point of dual licensing a library under BSD-3-Clause and GPL?

While reviewing our libraries I stumbled over the zstd implementation (https://github.com/facebook/zstd/blob/dev/README.md). It (and some of its derivatives) is dual licenses under a BSD-3-Clause and ...
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What is the default license of a project build on top of SpringBoot?

I am from a small private for-profit company, let us call it CompanyA for this example. We are using a popular java framework called SpringBoot to build our software on top of it. The license of ...
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How do the enterprise versions of open-core libraries prevent unauthorized use?

I'm trying to learn more about the open-core business model of software libraries such as Sidekiq, Gitlab, etc. What I know so far is that they have a free, open-source community version which is ...
Richie Thomas's user avatar
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Is it possible to use library as private confidential in GPL 3.0 Project

I have a project (for context it's Android) that is GPL 3.0 License and wants to append a library as a private non-license or MIT Personal License. Is it possible to achieve that without violating the ...
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Creative Common Attributions and Citing

So if you say write a book and make it Creative Commons non-commercial and someone uses your work, can you legally bind them to cite your name and a notice if the book is changed from the original?
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Is it legal to use GPL code in plugins of a proprietary app?

I know this question seems to be the nth of this sort, but I could not find a clear answer to my question. I am working on a keyboard launcher app. Its license is a custom proprietary license. The ...
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When Bootstrap relicensed from Apache 2.0 to MIT back in 2014, could they have chosen MPL-2.0 to solve the issue they ran into?

It seems like the issue they ran into that triggered this is that Apache 2.0 was considered incompatible with GPLv2 which was hindering adoption, based on this github issue: https://github.com/twbs/...
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Is Mtd-utils common library considered to be LGPL?

When you need to use the common library of mtd-utils in the embedded development process, but don't want to open source your own code, what can you do? Is this common library considered to be licensed ...
jie yang's user avatar
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Understanding the commercial applications of AGPL3

I have a JavaScript library which I want to open source AND potentially make a business out of. I've seen lots of companies that provide open-source software use the AGPL3 license, but I have a few ...
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How to use licensed sample code

Specifically interested in architecture-samples and architecture-templates. Seems like they're fairly stripped down stuff, whose express purpose is to be reused, started from, modified etc. Likely ...
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What does the non-reusable category on OSI mean?

https://opensource.org/licenses can list their licenses by category. There is one category: NON-REUSABLE that, to me, sounds a bit off for OSI licenses. What does this category categorize for the OSI ...
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Does using a GPL3 library require open-sourcing my project

If I make calls to an unmodified 3rd party library which is GPL3, do I have to open-source my project? The interfaces to the GPL3 library are all generics, primitives, or system library classes.
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Monetizing problem solving for a recent release of Linux flavor

During my work as a software engineer I have encountered a serious issue concerning usage of security hardware device and some software packages.The issue is that after a recent upgrade of Linux ...
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License choice for a multi-platform C application

I'm trying to understand how OS licensing works for C applications. I developed an application which makes use of the following header files: errno.h getopt.h inttypes.h signal.h stdbool.h stddef.h ...
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RHEL9 - Can I use RHEL 9 with just the GPL license or do I need to get a subscription

Could someone clarify the licensing requirements for RHEL9? Can I use RHEL 9 with just the GPL license or do I need to get a subscription? I'm using the ISO and some packages from the EPEL repository....
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What is the correct license of Computer Modern fonts and its derived works?

I wonder the licenses of Computer Modern fonts and its derived works. Wikipedia says Computer Modern is under the SIL Open Font License but the CTAN's Computer Modern page says under the Knuth License....
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Allow commercial use, but require removal of company name

I'm planning to draft policies for my company. I'd like to release these policies as open source so that others may use them for their own purposes. I don't mind how they use or modify them, but I do ...
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How to give away source code for a plugin that integrates GPL with commercial product?

Say there is a commercial product that I have licensed, I have written my own plugin that integrates with a GPL licensed program. The program works fine and since it's personal use, I have not ...
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Does Licensing open-source prevent me from selling the product?

In the last question I asked, I found out that open-source licenses are always letting people use your code/product commercially. This means that they can technically sell the product. Does this mean ...
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Including commercial code in an open source EPL-1.0 project?

I work on an open source project that is licensed using the Eclipse Public License 1.0 (EPL-1.0) and available on GitHub. My project is a dashboard for other developers, not a library. I found some ...
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Can I use spacy model licenced under CC BY-SA 4.0 Deed and don't change the license of my code?

I want to use korean spacy model, but it's licensed CC BY-SA 4.0 Deed, If I add this model to my binary file, will I have to license my code under CC BY-SA 4.0 Deed? (Important part of my program is ...
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