I have a closed-source project. I am the copyright holder.

Can I incorporate parts from my closed-source project into an open-source project without running into legal issues commercially using my closed-source project?

Please note that the part incorporated into the open-source project would be a derivative of a small part of the closed-source project.

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If you are the sole author of the entire closed-source project, then nothing prevents you from extracting a part of the project and releasing that under another license, either as a new standalone project or incorporated into another project. This would have no effect on the licensing status of your closed-source project.

Standard IANAL/TINLA disclaimer: I am not a lawyer and this is not legal advice.

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