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Can I ignore an open source license if I checkout a version that was released prior to the license being added

There's a package on Github that was released fully without any license and it stayed this way for close to a year. Then just recently after no updates since the initial commit, a License was added. ...
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Can I use dual license for a python package which uses library with GPL license?

I have created a python package with several files and directories out of which only one particular module requires a library (PyQt) with GPL license. Since GPL license of the used library puts a ...
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Does using libraries under LGPL in my product limit my choice on how to license it?

I am developing a product that links to a number of LGPL (or compatible) licensed libraries. The product itself is a creator tool for intellectual property work of its users. The LGPL libraries are ...
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WordPress: only built plugin GPL licensed

We are developing WordPress plugins. As WordPress itself is GPL licensed we must publish our plugin as GPL, too. Our complete plugin development environment is built on top of a lot of devDependencies ...
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If I use R packages licensed under GPL without any modification, do I have to publish my own software's source code when distributing commercially?

I apologise for this question but I am really really confused! If I develop a program that uses R packages published under GPL, in their standard unmodified form in my own source code, will I have ...
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Merging bug fixes from a project with a different license

Recently I discovered my project of mine (call it A), was cloned by another project (call it M) to create a port for a different platform. "A" was originally licensed as MIT, but has since been ...
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How to edit a “GPL version 2” code and provide it to the customer (to get paid)?

A customer (from a freelancer website, who awarded me this single project) has asked me to add some extra functionality to a Wordpress plugin which is licensed under "GPL version 2", the customer ...
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Looking to stop remote controls and rrgain a nornally functioning phone ( no lawyers no heat)quick efficient fix

Looking for a quick fix for my Samsung phone a20 two prior Phone issues just want a normal phone that gets the calls and messages I send (not a third party conveys to them) a private (semi) phone. Its ...
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Am I personally liable if user data from an open source web application is stolen?

I'm thinking about developing an open-source web application where users can enter trips that they have done (touristic or commuting) and then view statistics and maps created from this data. If I ...
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Under what license may I take and use screenshots of LibreOffice?

Recently, I have been considering making some screenshots of LibreOffice's applications and putting them on my blog (just as graphical examples for the text). But then, I started to think about what ...
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Does data contained in a GPLv3 licensed software package fall under GPL?

I'm considering using a CANbus software package under GPLv3 that, in addition to code, contains data specifying the format of many hundreds of bus messages. I'm particularly interested in that data. ...
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Do I need to display copyright information of third-party libraries?

My software project is using several third party libraries which have different licenses (LGPL, MIT, BSD). I distribute the dlls of those libraries, and I understand that I need to give license ...
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Can I distribute non-GPL code that uses GPL code as long as I don't distribute myself that GPL code

I have some doubts about source code re-distribution and GPL I wrote DummyLib, a library that includes AmazingLib (third-party lib, released under GPL) and links against ProprietarySDK (no source, ...
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Recommended license for small script without an attribution clause?

I'm interested in publishing a small script of mine with effectively no conditions, including attribution. What's the best license to accomplish this? It looks like the most popular options are: CC0 /...
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What is the appropriate license for open-source content which I might publish into a book?

I maintain a project called hacker-laws. It is a collection of laws, theories, patterns and so on. The repo is here: https://github.com/dwmkerr/hacker-laws It was pointed out that the MIT License ...
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SQL Server 2017 Express License [closed]

In the License terms for SQL Server 2017 Express they write that they collect data about the user interactions with the program. It is a "take it or leave it" clause. In the below link they sort of ...
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Using public domain code within Apache-or-MIT licensed project

I'm interested in borrowing functions from a file in a project dual-licensed as MIT-or-UNLICENSE in my package that I intend to also be dual-licensed as Apache-or-MIT. Is this possible? How should I ...
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Relicensing from Apache-2.0 to Apache-or-MIT

I'd like to relicense one of my projects from Apache 2.0 to Apache-or-MIT dual license for consistency with the outer community (Rust — see here), and to allow GPLv2 compatibility, which I was ...
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Providing an open-source free web service which is linked to a commercial company, pitfalls

I have a research-related project which currently has one developer (myself) and one sponsor (myself). It involves an open-source platform (AGPL3), and user submitted content which has its open-source ...
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What does AGPLv3.0 section 7f mean and can you give an example of its use?

In section 7 of the AGPLv3.0 there is the possibility to make limited changes to the license. I don't think I understand the changes allowed by subsection f) and I have certainly never seen it ...
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I put someone else's name in MIT license by mistake and then changed it back to my name. The other person is insisting I keep their name on it

I made an open-source blog theme(template) based on Hugo's static web page generator. This is my first step to the open-source world. So I didn't know much about license things. I copied and pasted ...
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Does GPL affect use of GitHub Actions?

GitHub Actions is a continous-integration service by GitHub. You can create actions that other peaple use in order to e.g. test their code. Let's say, I license a github action with GNU GPLv3. Do ...
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LGPL v3.0 and how it relates to wkhtmltopdf in a SAAS scenario: what are our obligations?

We would like to use this library https://github.com/SebastiaanKlippert/go-wkhtmltopdf to generate PDFs from HTML. That library is licensed under MIT. It is really nothing more than a wrapper for the ...
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What are appropriate actions when particular linux project seems dead?

It seems no one reads email list, bugs and the last commit was in 2015. At the same time, the project is heavily used. What would be the appropriate action to find new company to maintain the ...
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Forking an AGPL v3 project that went closed source?

A project (desktop app) that I've been using for a while has decided to go closed source. I fully respect the decision, but also have no interest in the direction where this new development is headed. ...
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Is Fairphone violating the GPL with its newest Fairphone 3?

Fairphone does not provide any source code for its Fairphone 3 phone. They admit this on their website and also confirmed this to me in an email: We really appreciate your feedback and concern, but ...
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Github etiquette: Is it polite to help for issue triage?

I have been wandering in the issues of a particular open-source project hosted on Github for a few months, as well as related projects. I'm not a contributor myself (except for some typos in the ...
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Can I use (statically or dynamically linked) mingw-w64 runtime libraries for commercial purposes?

I'm planning to use mingw-w64 for commercial software and I'm looking for info about it's licensing. I was looking through licenses included in package and some discussions on forums and mailing lists ...
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Employer IP release and open source published code

Bob writes software for employer A and employer B. Bob has a general contract with employer A which states that any IP generated in the course of employment (whether during work hours or not) can be ...
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Open-source license that should aware if I want monetize my project

I'm creating a website. Some of functionaly is using open-source libraries from npm, github, etc. I want to monetize my sites using ads, or even I want to create some sites template and sell to ...
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Appropriate copyleft license for translation files

I'm using a GPL license (with an AppStore exception) for my app and CC BY-SA for the images used in the app, as I know the GPL isn't appropriate for artwork. However, I'm wondering what I should ...
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Is there any open source license that forces you to publish your code changes [duplicate]

Is there any open source license that forces a developer that makes a change to the original software to send/submit the changes to the original software developers? I see that Apache License 2.0 ...
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What are my license obligations if I modify eclipse mosquito for commercial use

I am working for a service company. As per client requirement we need to slightly modify eclipse mosquito source code. It is dual licensed with EPL and EDL. (https://github.com/eclipse/mosquitto/blob/...
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What is a good license for a software project template?

I am looking for a suitable license for a current software project. The project is special as it is rather a template, its primary goal is to provide a solid basis for scientific software. Therefore, ...
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Can I MIT license a binary, but keep the source proprietary?

Can I give a binary executable (loaded as a dynamic library/FFI) an MIT license, whilst keeping the source code proprietary, and selling "source code licenses" on a per customer basis? Id like to ...
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Distributing MIT application with GPLv3 plugin without releasing source for MIT application

We have a MIT licensed application which we sell packed under virtual appliance to our customers. the application has a marketplace where users can download and install additional plugins. We wish to ...
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Is Java (JRE) still free for commercial use?

United States here. I have a client that I would like to build a small suite of Java 8+ applications for to be installed on their office desktops and servers. This requires the Java Runtime ...
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Is use of Creative Common's BY-SA licensed database in software 'adaption'?

I am building a functionality in my propriety software for translation of names between Spanish (and other languages) and English. The translation function works by typing words in Spanish which then ...
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Pros and cons of licensing non-executable content under GPL rather than CC-BY-SA?

I'm writing a book, but I liked all its source files distributed on derivative works. What are the advantages and disadvantages of licensing non-executable content under GPL when compared with CC-BY-...
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Why is ShareAlike more popular than just CC-BY?

The two biggest users of Creative Commons licenses (Wikipedia and StackExchange) seem to prefer CC-BY-SA over CC-BY. On the other hand many software projects are distributed under MIT, BSD or other ...
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Free advertising for my opensource project

My team and I are working on an opensource and I would like to know what is best way to share it with the world and get people to use it.
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What is the exact definition of an Adaptation under Creative Commons?

The text of the CC-BY-SA 3.0 license mentions the following: You may Distribute or Publicly Perform an Adaptation only under the terms of: (i) this License; (ii) a later version of this License ...
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How to use GPLv3 in open source project?

I want to use license GPLv3 in my open source project on GitHub. And I want to ask how can I do that? I have read an article and I have understood that: My repo has to have a file License, that ...
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Is there an official guideline from Creative Commons on how a CC-BY-SA 3.0 website could “upgrade” to CC-BY-SA 4.0?

It looks like Creative Commons only allows a relicensing from CC-BY-SA 3.0 to CC-BY-SA 4.0 for derivative works: You may Distribute or Publicly Perform an Adaptation only under the terms of: (i) ...
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Why didn't Creative Commons make CC-BY-SA 4.0 backwards compatible with CC-BY-SA 3.0?

According to Wikipedia's official copyright FAQ: According to the WMF legal team, CC BY-SA 4.0 is not backwards compatible with CC BY-SA 3.0. Therefore, mixing text licenses under 3.0 and 4.0 would ...
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How do you write an attribution if there's ambiguity over which version of Creative Commons applies?

Currently there's a discussion on Meta over whether or not StackExchange was allowed to retrospectively change their licensing policy from CC SA 3.0 to CC SA 4.0. Presuming that it is indeed an open ...
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Is it possible to ask for reference in an open source project?

One of my projects is in Github and currently it does not have any license such as MIT. Therefore, it should be considered as an Open Source project by default. But, I wish that if anyone uses this ...
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Can I set my android app as paid which uses Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License IMAGES?

I am have some images which has following license: Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License Using these images I am going to make an Android app and sell it via Google play ...
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Can I sell my app which code is published under Apache 2.0?

I've created an app (not a library) and published it. It is used by dozens companies for free. The code was published under Apache 2.0. I had wrong expectations about publishing, I thought that ...
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Using an Image from a project governed by a BSD license

I wanted to use some images from a project governed by the 3-clause BSD license, but I can't find any information about whether it's allowed or not. The license specifies: "Redistribution and use ...

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