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What should I do to make my open source project legally sound?

I am currently making a small script that you use in the browser to get the current user's IP address (I use it with a WebRTC chat), and as I noticed that all popular packages that get an IP address ...
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Using Angular and Node.js to build a commercial website

I plan to build a commercial website in Angular 5. Can I do so without needing to pay anyone? It looks like the node.js license consists of a lot of other components and each of them has their own set ...
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Where is the VLC changelog? [closed]

There was finally (after like a year) a new minor version of VLC released. Neither the program itself, nor the website, says one single word about what changes have been made. I've spent like an hour ...
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Project licencing with other people's libraries [closed]

I'm working on a very big project and want to upload this to GitHub for people to use (flight controller software) and I'm using libraries from other people to make the process in the beginning easier ...
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VBA-JSON v2.3.1 -> Licencing question -> meaning of “All rights reserved”

This is my first question in this forum so please accept my apology if I did not comply with the expected rules. I am starting as a developper and I am interested in using the code proposed by Tim ...
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What is the license for derivative work of a project in MIT with no license file [duplicate]

I have an open source github Library that i need to use for work, however there is no LICENSE file in the repository. The library itself is a derivative work (porting to another language) of a library ...
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Can I license my commercial app and web app's source code under Creative Commons?

I want to license my website and it's source code under creative commons while preventing commercial use but allowing other use cases such as non-commercial use and making sure than anyone can ...
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GPL and “shadow Linux”

This is a follow up of my existing question Does GPL apply to proprietary software that is linked in through a compatibility layer, but has a new major focus (i.e. the shadow Linux). Suppose a Linux-...
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Does GPL apply to proprietary software that is linked in through a compatibility layer

For example, suppose a compatibility layer is developled that can use Windows driver binary directly in Linux kernel (feasibility of such a layer is another story which is also discussed bellow), then ...
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Enforceability of codes of conduct for smaller projects

I am the sole maintainer of a relatively small open-source project. I have wanted to add a code of conduct for some time, but I have two concerns: I am the only maintainer, and I have not seen people ...
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Do adverts break NC clause of Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence

I have an idea for an android app and I'm interested if it is legal. Basically there are sites where people upload their recipes for vape juices, and all of these recipes fall under this specific ...
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Cygwin in a commercial application (LGPL with exceptions for linking)

I want to make a videogame using a proprietary license. It would utilize the SDL library and POSIX. From my understanding, every modern platform uses POSIX except for Windows. To fix this, when ...
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How is Static Website affected by fact that it was generated by AGPL-3.0 tool?

There is Pelican Static Site Generator https://blog.getpelican.com/ it takes directory structure with mainly *.RST files ("blog source" written by me) on my HDD and creates another ...
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Question on compatibility of SIL Open Font License with IPA Font License

I am making an open-sourced font that is based on IPA Font License Agreement, and I would like to include some glyphs from a SIL Open Font License font. Are these 2 licenses compatible and how should ...
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No way to write a commercial product in R?

I want to write a small program in the R language, connecting to DB (hence using packages), that I'd like to sell. As it will connect to DB, on internal networks, that can't be hosted. I tried to ...
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What if a project forks a number of projects, but doesn't include the license or copyright that was used — then another project forks the fork?

So it can be fairly established that this is infringement of copyright, but I'm unsure how to handle this. I've considered making a PR to the project that forked the other projects and adding the ...
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What are the practical differences between MIT, Apache and BSD licenses?

Non-copy-left licenses are popular. AFAIK their point is mostly to protect the developers from being sued over loss of money or life (compared to no license at all). But I am neither a lawyer nor have ...
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Does a non-commercial license like CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 preclude a work to be sold for money?

If a work is published under, e.g. CC BY-NC-SA 4.0, does this mean the work or one of its (appropriately licensed) derivatives can never be sold in a physical medium, even if the price asked for it: ...
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What guarantees that the published app matches the published open source code?

Take as an example the Italian app "Immuni" (https://github.com/immuni-app), used by the government to trace contacts exposure against COVID-19. Since many people were afraid about how the ...
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According to the GPL FAQ use within a company or organization is not considered distribution. What is the legal definition of a company/organization?

https://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-faq.html#InternalDistribution : Is making and using multiple copies within one organization or company “distribution”? No, in that case the organization is just ...
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Is it possible statically linking Apache 2.0, BSD-2, or MIT libraries to AGPL v3.0 binaries?

TL; DR We are considering creating a series of dependency modules (UI, repository patterns, etc) as separated Android libraries. Could we use a permissive license (Apache 2.0, BSD-2 or MIT) despite ...
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Using GPL licensed project in closed source as copyright holder? [duplicate]

I am currently working on security-related tool that I want to release for free as open-source but I would also like to see if I can earn a bit of money on my project by offering a paid "Pro"...
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Giving attributions to “inner” open source

I developed an application and it's time for me to give the required attribution. I have a general question. If for example, I use an open-source library called X which uses open source libraries Y ...
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Site that sells GPL code has extra terms that say I can't resell it. Is this legal?

I found a website which sells a WordPress theme licensed under GPL that has this in their terms on the checkout page: Our products are licensed under the GNU General Public License (http://www.gnu....
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Licensing binaries of open source project with Apache License 2.0

I am writing an open source project licensed under Apache License 2.0, I wonder how can I license the precompiled binaries with the same license
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Why is the GNU GPL v3 compatible with the Apache License v2.0?

I understand that the GNU GPL v2 and Apache License v2.0 are considered incompatible. The FSF's License List explains that this is "because [Apache] has some requirements that are not in that GPL ...
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How does dual licensing combine with “You may not [distribute] except as expressly provided under this License”?

(Or, If you distribute a "GPLv2 or later" software under GPLv3, do you lose the GPLv2 license?) Assume a program (software X, created by developer/group A) that is licensed using the usual &...
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Understanding GPL & LGPL: Free Software with zero-cost, proprietary libraries

Background: This question is derived from a previous question. I am writing a Blender add-on which enables the use of Blender with a piece of hardware (i.e., a lightfield display). Blender and the ...
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Choosing a license in Arduino environment

I wrote a C++ library for Arduino. The source code have the following specificities: it includes headers, uses functions, macros, and structures/classes (and their methods) from LGPL libraries (...
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Licensing open-source code and art assets

I want to build a permissively-licensed web site, but preserve copyright for art assets included in the repo. How do open software licenses differentiate between code and art assets/content? ...
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Can i add copyright and license to a web template with a license?

I downloaded this template for my website & built my website over it. The template license says: This Bootstrap template is 100% FREE as long as you keep the footer attribution link. You do not ...
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Licensing an Open-source Project and a Hosted version

If I was building an open-source solution and wanted to create a hosted version as the business side of things. What license would be best for me to use? Preferably allowing: Other users to use the ...
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Understanding GPL: Blender Add-on + System Library

Basic Information I am writing a Blender add-on which enables the use of Blender with a piece of hardware (i.e., a lightfield display). Blender and the use of the specific Python API, which is ...
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Which open-source community software is this? [closed]

This is an example of the forum software: https://community.aseprite.org/ I have seen many communities with identical design, suggesting that they use the same self-hosted software. Is that an open-...
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What is the license of the SNAP data sets?

The SNAP (Stanford Network Analysis Project) consist of software libraries and network data sets. The software libraries are distributed under the BSD license. https://snap.stanford.edu/snap/license....
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Can I create a SVG site containing files with all these licenses?

My site My site is like a gallery of SVG files from different sources, with different licenses. In a way similar to https://www.flaticon.com/. When clicking on an item it will show on a modal together ...
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Does the 3-Clause BSD license allow this

Neither a native english speaker nor a law expert. I'm making a development tool, which allows user to export and redistribute standalone binary from the tool. The exported binary contains my tool's ...
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GitHub Repository with MIT license with one file under GNU license

I have a repository that is licensed under MIT license. The repository is still private, but I want to make it public soon. Nevertheless, there is a file (a Makefile), that is licensed under GNU LGPL ...
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Licenses similar to CC BY-NC-SA and CC BY-NC-ND, but for software [duplicate]

The creative commons licenses state explicitly that they should not be used for software. What alternatives exists for CC BY-NC-SA and CC BY-NC-ND suitable for software that is published on the ...
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If I use MIT, and I like authors to keep copyright of their patches, does MIT forbid this and do I need them to relicense back their contributions?

I'm reading the C4 explanation and I like many of its directives. http://socialarchitecture.science/c4-deep/ I'm not looking to create a OSS project that aims to be C4 certified. For one reason, I ...
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Why Linus Torvalds and The Linux Foundation should not sue distributions for trademark infringment?

If we go to the Ubuntu website, the first reference to Linux is mid-way through the page, as can be seen in this screenshot: Here in "More than Linux", the word "Linux" is written ...
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OpenJDK GPLv2+CPE and Spring (Apache 2.0). Can I use them together?

I understood Apache 2.0 is not compatible c GPLv2, but OpenJDK uses GPLv2 with CPE. Apache 2.0 allows linking CPE allow linking. So can I use it together without modification code of OpenJDK: OpenJDK (...
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What does Richard Stallman refer to when he talks about a PS3 compelled update?

I am watching this address by Richard Stallman at TEDxGeneva 2014. At minute 5:04, it talks about a compelled PS3 update. Sony, he said, compelled the users to update their PS3 system, threatening ...
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Can i use multiple licenses in my free project?

I will plan write project for portfolio for free use with no modifying source code of dependencies and publish it on github. Dependencies is openjdk (gplv2+cpe), spring (apache 2.0), hibernate (LGPL 2....
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Software license for non-commerical reproducible research [duplicate]

I am a researcher at a university with a guest status. I am not employed though and the work I do is my own. The software I develop belongs to me. For reproducible research I want to publish some of ...
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How correctly specify ReactJS license in my SPA repo and contribute it?

If I understand correctly, ReactJS ships with MIT FB license. I will plan create a repository with code based on using ReactJS as dependency in my SPA. In my app, I want want to use another open-...
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Call GPL functionality from non-GPL interpreted code

I have code written in R, an interpreted language. The R interpreter and most R libraries are under the GPL. What are the limits upon my code, if I want to distribute it while keeping it proprietary ...
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How do big corporations like Samsung, LG, Google etc get away with using Linux firmware but not providing sources? [closed]

Many TVs, media players, and smartphones run Linux-based firmware but contrary to GPL their manufacturers do not make derived work available in source form. How do they get away with it and why does ...
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Correctly attributing github libraries without specific mentioning

I would to attribue some of the OpenSource libraries that I'm using in my project but I found my self having problems in doing so since it is not written clear (in my opinion). For example, the ...
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What are the downsides to copyleft licences?

When one looks at GitHub, permissive licences like MIT and BSD-3 are favoured over the weak and strong copyleft licences from the GNU libraries (for instance, back in 2015, MIT-licensed repositories ...

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