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Licensing user-generated content

I am developing a software that is licensed AGPLv3. It's a simple tool that takes a user-provided string and generates an image based on it. What license is the generated image under? Can I choose the ...
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Does the Anaconda “individual edition” license prohibit use in production environments?

I work at a not-for-profit research institute, so this question does not apply to me directly, but I found it in the comments of an answer to another question, unanswered. I am posting on behalf of ...
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Anaconda License Model

Curious to know any strategic decisions being made with respect to Anaconda use for business due to the new Anaconda license model? https://www.anaconda.com/blog/sustaining-our-stewardship-of-the-open-...
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I made my own open source license. Is it any good?/Is it legal?

I made a license using the 3 clause BSD license as a base and added parts from the Apache 2.0 license. I was wondering if this license would hold any water or if it is legal. My legal knowledge is nil....
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What are the benefits of having a benevolent dictator for life (BDFL) on OSS?

I've seen a number of differing governance styles on open source projects. Some have looser contribution restrictions, with PR approval coming from people who have earned the privilege to do so, ...
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Will there be any restrictions if I use a MIT licensed module which is built on a GPL library in my commercial software?

I want to use a Python module (https://github.com/Belval/pdf2image) in my commercial software. This module is licensed under the MIT license whereas the library (Poppler) it is built on is licensed ...
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Is Github “releases” section safe from malicious code? To be specific, does the binary match the code in a restrictive way?

When developer creates a binary from the code and puts to releases section, does it match the code in a restrictive way so there is no chance that malicious code is compiled into it? How Github ...
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GeForce nvidia driver license for commerical use?

source community, consider building a commercial system consisting of a GPU-enabled desktop computer with pre-installed drivers and software. Nvidia makes a distinction between their GeForce and ...
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Does a web application avoid becoming a “derivative work” if it loads in an unmodified GPL-2 javascript library?

Say I have a web page: ... <!-- A custom javascript library --> <script src="myCustomScript.js"></script> <!-- A GPL2 javascript library --> <script src="...
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Must I share made modifications of a software which has a AGPL-3.0 license and is founded on github?

I try to understand If I must release my own modifications of an existent software which is under AGPL-3.0. This site says: You must disclose your source code when you distribute, publish or serve (i....
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What license should I use under these conditions? [closed]

I can't find out what license to use. I searched the internet, and found nothing. I am making a website. I want to make it so that people can contribute to and view my code, but can't make something ...
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Can I publish my closed source game on github and sell it on steam or itch.io for example? [duplicate]

So basically I have finished coding my own game and I want to create a repo on GitHub to manage the code. But can I use the code for commercial use and sell it on steam, and/or itch.io? And do I need ...
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Is Google's Chrome web browser truly open source?

I have been trying to understand if Google's Chrome web browser is truly open source. Some people claim that it is, while others claim that it integrates binary blobs for which the source is ...
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Can we use excel4node for commercial

Now I am using excel4node in my product. excel4node is using jszip which using openent. excel4node is under MIT license, jszip under both MIT and GPl license, but openent is GPL licence. So can I use ...
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Can I get paid to make code that includes GPLv2 libraries?

I've been asked to make an application about astrology, and I would like to use this library https://github.com/astrolin/ephemeris/tree/develop/src/java/swisseph-2.01.00-01, however it is licensed ...
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Take a piece of GPL'ed code and put it in code under other license?

What happens if I take a small piece of code (~400 lines) that is licensed under GPLv2, and modify and use it in my own project? Am I now obliged to license my program under GPL, or can I use a more ...
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What can I do if somebody copied my MPL-2.0 licensed code and released under their name?

To give more details, I've created a repository on GitHub, and I'm using the MPL-2.0 license (not only as a separate file but also with a copyright notice in each source file). Now, after some time, ...
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Using LGPL for shared library, and ASL for scripts?

My software is a compiled Python module, which provides commands when loaded into the interpreter. In the project, the source code and accompanying Python scripts are using the Apache Software License ...
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Apache 2.0 license model how to use for a project

Me and my team are building a web application (RectJS/NodeJS/Mysql). We would like to use the apache 2.0 license model in our code. We want to make the code opensource later, but as we are building a ...
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Using the Qt framework strictly for a personal project I want in my GitHub portfolio

I am using the Qt framework for a personal project of mine. Not intended to be sold or used by anyone else. Just a cool project that I want to have in my portfolio. What is required of me under the ...
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Copyleft for screenplay that forces film to be free

Consider I wrote a screenplay or book and I want if someone make a film from it, share it with same license that I used (Or another free license that keeps this constraint). Is CC BY-SA okay? Or is ...
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How do products like MongoDB not violate the GPL licenses?

I'm quite confused with MongoDB's licensing model. MongoDB at its core is an open-source project, licensed under the SSPL which is a small modification of the AGPLv3 license. Then how does it release ...
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Does “open source” always mean “open access”?

I will frame my question with a concrete example: HELYX is a software based on another software OpenFOAM. OpenFOAM is an open-source freely-accessible software distributed with GPLv3 licence. HELYX ...
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Can Commons Clause be used along with AGPL?

This article implies that Commons Clause and AGPL could be compatible, while FSF seems to completely disagree with that. Can Commons Clause be applied on a AGPL project? Some have misconstrued that ...
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Does DMCA protect third-party website?

GitHub is protect by DMCA, i.e., so long as a service provider follows the DMCA's notice-and-takedown rules, it won't be liable for copyright infringement based on user-generated content. If another ...
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QT Licensing - limitations

I have seen that QT framework offers 4 licenses, as shown here: https://www.qt.io/product/features Quoting: Commercial: A commercial license keeps your code proprietary where only you can control and ...
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A license for a python project with unforseen libraries usage and lots of outside contribution?

I'm not good at legalities and this is my first official project so I have little knowledge of copyrights and licenses. I haven't read a lot of legal documents and only a bit of knowledge about ...
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Someone open-sourced an un-open-source project

Someone (Person_A) is sharing an open source project (Project_A) on GitHub. The Project_A is a decompiled version of another project (Project_B). But the original Project_B is not open source, and ...
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Compliance issue with drools-compiler including Eclipse ECJ

We have an dependency to drools-compiler (Version 7.19.0.Final) in one of our microservices: // Drools Compiler :: https://mvnrepository.com/artifact/org.drools/drools-compiler libraryDependencies += &...
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Using pre-built library wimlib with GLP/LGPL dual licensing in closed source commercial product

Need help with a **complicated GPL/LGPL Dual Licensing issue**. We need to read the contents of a .ESD file which which is nothing but a LZMA compressed .WIM file. I am planning to use the wimlib ...
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Can I protect my open source library from USA software patent?

I am writing a library that may violate software patents. I just don't want to lose my time trying to see if I violate any software patents: I suppose that any skilled mathematician could be able to ...
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What is the correct term for software whose source code is available only to read?

The software is distributed under these terms: Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software&...
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How to say thanks in a Git repository

How to make a list of people and companies that I want to thank for somehow taking part in the creation of a repo? A paragraph in README.md? What's the header then? A special file? How to name it? I ...
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Is “Signed-off-by” really needed for a GitHub hosted project?

Suppose my GitHub project requires DCO. In case of DCO, for a "proof" of origin it's usually enough to add a commit message that includes Signed-off-by line. But in case of GitHub it's very ...
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How to protect a project from license infringement, without a CLA?

I am considering releasing a project of mine using the GNU Affero General Public License. I have been researching Contributor License Agreements, Developer Certificate of Origin, as well as the pros/...
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I accidentally released some of my code, on github, without a licence, what rights (if any) do others have with respect to it? [duplicate]

Also, I didn't disclaim any warranty (which is typically part of the license). Does that mean others can sue for damage? (In the BSD 2-clause license this looks like: "THIS SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED ...
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How to explicitly allow static linking EUPL licensed library from differently licensed code?

I am developing library and I want to license it under EUPL v1.2. EUPL is not very clear about whether linking EUPL licensed library creates derivative work, so I want to explicitly allow it for both ...
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What should I do when using apache licensed library in my github project

I am maintaining a Github project which is owned by our company. It's a sample for demonstrating how to use the software sold by our company. My question is, if I want to modify code of another ...
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Open Source license for a software implementation of a game for which I don't own IP (on mechanics, design, ..)

I am implementing an online version of a card game. The author and publisher of the game owns the IP, evidently (e.g on mechanics and design). the game (mechanics) and the graphics are our ...
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Question About External Libraries [duplicate]

I have noticed that each external library has their own licence like (Apache 2.0) etc. For example the EJS Templating library has a Apache 2.0 Licence.Does that mean that whenever I use any third ...
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How can we verify that the open-source code is deployed and actually in use?

Many corona apps are developed in the moment, and some of them e.g. In Germany are open source. Many people fear to be spied by this app. Im definitely Not one of them. Still it raised the question ...
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Licensing of independent implementation of GPL language

Say I choose to implement an interpreter or compiler for an existing programming language whose (only) reference implementation is distributed under the GPL. If in doing so I do not derive any code ...
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Use of open-source by “bad people”

I have two questions regarding the implications of releasing something open-source and it later being used by "bad people" (terrorists, authoritarian regimes, and so on). The first is about the legal ...
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Is software still free if it uses nonfree APIs?

I am making a piece of software and I plan to have it interact with the Discord API, which I know is nonfree because it expressly prohibits freedom 1 (the freedom to look at and modify the source ...
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Licensing an electron app made with third-party packages

I have an app made with electron.js I have used third party packages in my app. All the packages have permissive licenses(MIT and BSD License) with them. I am using UI assets(e.g. icons) with MIT ...
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Selling copy of GPL v3 app under another license [duplicate]

I want to create a library, that can be used for free in any open-source project, so I want to publish it under terms of GNU GPL v3. But, also I want to sell it, so it could be used in proprietary ...
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Copyright when creating a Dockerfile & image based on a FOSS-licensed project

There is an MIT-licensed project, FooSoftware, which I have done some work to make work in a Docker container [1]. I would like to publish that work so that others can use FooSoftware in Docker ...
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If someone purchases a MIT license for code that is otherwise GPLv3, may they redistribute it? May they upload it on Github?

A fellow developer has done something that has made me curious, he has a popular javascript front-end package on GitHub which for years was licensed under MIT, then all of a sudden he released a v2 ...
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Should I include copyright notices with golang imports?

If i import code from a github repository in my go code by doing something like import "github.com/.../..." And this repository is licensed under the MIT license. Do I need to include the copyright ...
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In open source development and language creation, why do single people get the most credit?

I'm sure these days, a single open source software project or language creation involve hundreds, if not millions of people but only a single individual gets the credit as creator of the software or ...

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