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Use GPLv3 library in a closed system (no software distribution)

I'm developing a software that will be preinstalled in a headless PC. The user will see the "output" of the software processing (sent with a given protocol via ethernet), and can configure some ...
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What are the arguments for considering dynamic links to *not* constitute derivative works?

The status of programs which are dynamically linked with Copyleft licensed binaries (such as a .dll) is contentious. I have created two questions for each side of the debate. The other can be found ...
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What if I don't know whether my program will be linked to a GPL library or not?

Suppose a program uses an API which has two implementations: An MIT implementation which uses GPL libraries A newer version of it which no longer uses any GPL libraries Neither is distributed along ...
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What is derivative work? What is “build upon”?

I have been reading up on Open Source licensing, but there is this one term that I think needs clarification: when is work derivative? If I have an image viewer that accepts a ZIP file and I ...
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Can a non-GPL python program use GPL Python module?

Suppose I have a Python library which is distributed under the GPL license. I would like to use that library in my program, that I may eventually want to distribute under non-GPL terms. The library ...
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Are there examples of proprietary software that functionally depends on free software?

This question is a follow-up on a number of questions that all mention some sort of software architecture X for creating software composites, and then goes on to ask: "Will using X to create a ...
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Can you commercialize a GNU General Public License product?

So from what I understand a product under GNU General Public License needs to stay under GNU General Public License (with references to the previous copyright owner). So if you sell it then the full ...
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Using GPL-ed library from code with more permissive license (MPL-2)

I'm writing a library and a tool on top of it, and I would like to release both under MPL-2. However, the library has an optional dependency, another library which is released under GPL (not LGPL). I ...
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Using GPL licensed library over a service for non-GPL softwares

I want to use a GPL v2 licensed library(esper) for commercially distributed non-GPL softwares but I need to make sure non-GPL software not violate GPL license. Can I use this library indirectly using ...
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Creating an open-source project that includes Open Game License 1.0a content

Looking through Wizards of the Coast Open Game License 1.0a, and reading around it, it seems it is a weak copyleft license, where anyone can distribute content that derives from OGL content, provided ...
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IPC between open-source and closed-source applications

We have two applications developed by two teams. One is open-source under GPL, another closed-source without any possibility to open the code. Also there's a requirement to implement some kind of API ...
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If some software states it is BSD-licensed, how can it be distributing itself with GPL/LGPL components?

For a specific example relating to my question, I offer VisIt. Per the licensing information for VisIt, it is stated that it is BSD-licensed. But, looking over the libraries used in VisIt, it can be ...
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If APIs aren't (shouldn't be) copyrightable, how can ZFS-on-Linux infringe the GPL?

Note: This is a question about a specific individual's viewpoints and beliefs. Good answers will cite that individual, or other people with similar beliefs. Bradley Kuhn of the Software Freedom ...
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Is linking a correct proxy for derivative work determination in (copyleft) FOSS licenses?

I tend to use these simple tests to determine if the copyleft terms of a third-party project apply to the calling/reusing code: if the calling code is linking (statically or dynamically) with GPL-...
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Can Apache/BSD application contain optional (commented out) hooks to link to GPL code?

I am an author of a non-GPL code that is distributed under an Apache license. There is a GPL2 library (not LGPL) that many users will commonly want to link to that provides part of our algorithm, but ...

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