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Is a software open source if its source code is published by its copyright owner but cannot be used without a commercial license? [duplicate]

Suppose I wrote a commercial program, and I publish its complete source code on my website. I retain all rights to the source code. No one gets any distribution or usage rights. They only have the ...
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How to revive an old GitHub project without license? [duplicate]

There is a project that has not been updated for 3 years, there is no license file there. How can I copy and develop it independently, making my own changes? What is better, to make a fork or create ...
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Open source code with no license [duplicate]

I am looking at working on improving an app that has not been updated for several months, add some features etc. In the description of the app on google play it says that the app is open source and ...
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What happens if I do not add a license to my open source project on Github? [duplicate]

I just received a notification about the following issue from a project I contributed in the past: Can it be a open source project? (Since the source code is already open, I think the title should be ...
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Youtubers Selling Their Source Code [duplicate]

I have a very simple question. I have been watching some tutorials online regarding Android Java Programming and Firebase. A particular Youtuber does tutorials that are open to everyone and he shows ...
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Cannot find the license of a software (if it has any) [duplicate]

I'm interested into modifying Chat.Onion software to build an application on my own, I guess it's some type of free software as its source code can be accesed, but on the other hand on its github page ...
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What is the license for derivative work of a project in MIT with no license file [duplicate]

I have an open source github Library that i need to use for work, however there is no LICENSE file in the repository. The library itself is a derivative work (porting to another language) of a library ...
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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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Can I pack art assets from a leaked source code repository? [duplicate]

I am thinking about porting a commercial PlayStation game which had its entire development leaked. This game is SpongeBob SquarePants: SuperSponge. The source code as well as all its development ...
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If source code is only labelled "copyright" - what kinds of use, if any, are allowed? [duplicate]

The specific example I have in mind is the code posted along with a descriptive article at: Lines with Arrows, Charles Petzold, April 18, 2007, New York, N.Y. In the article it simply says: © 2007, ...
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How does GitHub's "forking right" cope with an "All rights reserved" project?

The GitHub FAQ states (emphasis mine): You're under no obligation to choose a license. It's your right not to include one with your code or project, but please be aware of the implications. ...
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Can I ignore an open source license if I checkout a version that was released prior to the code having any license?

There's a package on Github that was released fully without any license and it stayed this way for close to a year. Then just recently after no updates since the initial commit, a License was added. ...
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Hypothetical conflict - incorrectly licensed code

There's a scenario that's been rattling around in my brain for a while. Consider the following example. Josh, at Widgets Tech, goes to the internet and finds some code (GizmoLibrary) licensed MIT, ...
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Choosing the most restrictive open-source license

I am working on a not open source project. As I truly respect the ideas behind the free software movement, I would like to also make my own works open source whenever possible. However, I am not the ...
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Is my code FLOSS just because it is published it on GitHub?

Does publishing my code on GitHub make it FLOSS automatically? Is there some license automatically assigned to it? Is it "technically or say literally, open source"?
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Ramifications of the proposed new SE licensing model

Like many other people I read this meta post. Since I don't really understand what is at stake I became confused and worried. Does this mean that I can legally force any organization to let me see ...
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Is a license recommended for a private repository or is it pointless?

I usually work with public open source repos and I am in the habit of adding a license.md file to such repos. However, I am currently working on a private repo and wondered whether a license.md file ...
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Is it OK to use unlicensed GitHub code in a thesis, by having explicit permission to do so?

I am writing my Master Thesis. I used code from GitHub for my application and did modifications and extended its functionality to adjust my requirements. I am also citing the code in my own code and ...
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Is it possible to ask for reference in an open source project?

One of my projects is in Github and currently it does not have any license such as MIT. Therefore, it should be considered as an Open Source project by default. But, I wish that if anyone uses this ...
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How to license website hosted on GitHub?

Assuming the following situation: I am having a GitHub open-source repository, licensed under the MIT license I want to document the software on a website with a logo and usage examples, hosted open-...
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Does Sourceforge have a default licence?

There's an abandoned project on Sourceforge that I want to change. I downloaded the source files but there was no license files and the source files did not contain license headers. Does Sourceforge ...
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Linux Kernel v0.01 source code licensing

The source for the Linux kernel v0.01 can easily be found online, however it does not seem to contain a license or any redistribution rules. Is it, therefore, safe to assume that this code is in the ...
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What is the license of code found in ObservableHQ?

What is the license of code found in ObservableHQ, for example this one? I really tried reading The Observable Terms of Service but I couldn't get a conclusive answer by myself. The following excerpt ...
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Should the License be the initial commit in a repo?

I plan to opensource a personal project on github. As a part of this - I plan to add necessary License file(s) in the latest commit prior to making the repository public. My questions are: Does the ...
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License dispute

I made a GitHub project and decided to use the Apache License 2.0 in my source code. Although I never added a file with the full license text but only the boilerplate notice in each file. Then I ...
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Why should software be free when housing, education, groceries, books, movies, music and utilities are not? [closed]

As a programmer, I always felt unconvinced by the slogan that "all software should be free". Why should software be free when housing, education, groceries, books, movies, music and ...
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Licensing a project which is still under development

As the title suggests I'm a bit confused when it comes to licencing in the middle of development. Say the following situation (for the sake of argument I'm the only contributor): I make a project ...
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How are software patches licensed?

Consider the software project dwm by Suckless. The project is clearly licensed under the MIT/X Consortium License, which includes the clause The above copyright notice and this permission notice ...
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License not available [closed]

Let's say I am reading an article published under the writers own license. What do I do if the license is not available? For example the link is broken. What rules do I follow?
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Is License mentioned in README enough [duplicate]

Some discontinued library mentions the MIT license only in their readme: https://github.com/krispenney/FCAlertView Do license mentions in README file without actual LICENSE file mean same in court?

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