If I use a software licenced under Apache version 2 licence and there is a configuration file where I have to enter a secret key, do I have to state it as a change?

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    You don't have to do anything to use the software. But if you're redistributing the software and have changed a config variable for some reason, well the license would apply to it as much as anything else so yes you would have to. Jan 18, 2020 at 13:51

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First of all, the Apache license requires that you state that you made modifications, but you are not required to spell out what you changed.

Secondly, such requirements of copyright licenses only become effective when you distribute the software further. So, if you only use the software and you don't give it to others, then you are not required to do anything.

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