I have read this question and am well aware that you are required to also include your project's dependencies' licenses besides your own in any open source project.

What I don't understand is how you are supposed to include them. Obviously you can't have multiple files named LICENSE, so what do you do instead?

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There is no schematic rule which fits all. Do something which fulfills the license terms and fits the way you distribute your project.

E.g. the MIT license requires

The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

The GPL suggests

If the program does terminal interaction, make it output a short notice like this when it starts in an interactive mode:

<program>  Copyright (C) <year>  <name of author>
This program comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY; for details type `show w'.
This is free software, and you are welcome to redistribute it
under certain conditions; type `show c' for details.

The hypothetical commands show w and show c should show the appropriate parts of the General Public License. Of course, your program's commands might be different; for a GUI interface, you would use an “about box”.

So yes, you can even have one LICENSE file. You can have folders with one each. You can rename them to like original_project_LICENSE... whatever. Just be clear in what you do and what refers to what modules or parts

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