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Open-source license to prevent commercial use? [duplicate]

I could really use some help picking the right license for my project. The project is already released on github under the GPLv3 license but I have been made aware that this prevents uses that I want ...
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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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Open-source license (probably not FLOSS) that allows “use in a commercial context” but disallow “to sell the software or modified versions”? [duplicate]

"Non-commercial use" could mean two different things: "Don't use the software in a commercial/business context, but only for personal use (i.e. at home)" "In the case you ...
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Which license allows usage in end products (aimed at consumers) but not tools aimed at developers and companies? [duplicate]

I developed a project and I want to make the source code publicly available. I want everyone to be able to use the code as they see fit when used for developing end products (not sure if this is the ...
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Copyleft license that explicitly disallows monetisation [duplicate]

I plan to open source a full-stack project (hardware schematics + firmware). I want to find a way of open sourcing it with a copyleft-style license that allows anyone to use, modify, and redistribute ...
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GPL Like License For The Hardware World? - I need a license that disables profiteering [duplicate]

What are the best GNU General Public License alternatives in the hardware space? I want to release design, technical documents, visualizations, simulations and demos for my hardware projects but I ...
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Sell app, but make source available for the curious [duplicate]

I'm working on a desktop app. It's a passion project today, but I'm hoping it'll be part of my path to becoming a full time indie dev. In my development process, I've benefited a lot from looking at ...
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Choose or write a proper license [duplicate]

Is there a proper license (I have already checked MIT, LGPL, CC licenses), which fits the following needs (conditions), or it has to be specify some way? BY (from CC): Attribution needed SA (from CC):...
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What license for item I want to be the only person to sell? [duplicate]

So... Im new to open source stuff, but I have a project Im working on that Id like to put on github so others can build it, and Im having a little trouble selecting a license. This is an Arduino-based ...
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Software license for non-commerical reproducible research [duplicate]

I am a researcher at a university with a guest status. I am not employed though and the work I do is my own. The software I develop belongs to me. For reproducible research I want to publish some of ...
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Licenses similar to CC BY-NC-SA and CC BY-NC-ND, but for software [duplicate]

The creative commons licenses state explicitly that they should not be used for software. What alternatives exists for CC BY-NC-SA and CC BY-NC-ND suitable for software that is published on the ...
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What's the difference between permissive and copyleft licenses?

I've heard both terms thrown around, but I'm a bit unclear as to how the licenses differ. How is copyleft different to a permissive license? Is copyleft just the standard for open source licenses?
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Why is the Non-Profit Open Software License (NPOSL) OSI-approved?

Recently I came across the Non-Profit Open Software License; tl;dr Legal says this about it: A variant of the Open Software License 3.0, this license requires that the organization using it is a ...
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Forking / Cloning an active open source project

I am looking at an open source project that handles OData calls against APIs. I'm thinking that it would make a great starting point for a new library aimed at an industry-specific API that is closely ...
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Relicensing AGPLv3 content

I got some code that is Open Source published under, GNU AFFERO GENERAL v3, my question is can I re-licenses to so something more strict with sharing? And what license could I change it to, to be more ...