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For questions about the GNU Affero General Public License (AGPL)

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Does using an AGPLv3-licensed library prevent me from dual-licensing my own source code?

I wrote some software (a simple command-line utility) and released the source code under the following zlib-style open source license: Permission is granted to anyone to use this software for any ...
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Mimicking an AGPLv3-licensed server for reading open data: Are there licence/legal issues?

I am not very well familiar with details in how free licences work and interact, so I'm seeking help. Situation in brief: There is a desktop application X licensed under AGPL v.3. Users of X may ...
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Does AGPL-3.0 extend to the database schema?

If an open source database-backed web application uses the AGPL-3.0 license, do its viral aspects extend to the database schema? If another app, written in a different programming language, uses the ...
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AGPL licensed app, but only available with payment?

Is it considered valid for a company to create an app and then state that it is licensed under the AGPL, but then only allow users who have paid to actually acquire the source code? Assuming this is ...
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Can I distribute an AGPL component used by an Apache licensed component in our application

We have a commercial .NET desktop application that uses a nuget package called Magick.NET. Magick.NET is licensed under Apache License. Some functions in Magick.NET relies on Ghostscript (AGPL ...
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Should I replace this line in AGPL-3.0?

In AGPL 3.0, on line 632, I see this: <one line to give the program's name and a brief idea of what it does.> Copyright (C) <year> <name of author> I'm creating a software ...
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May I use AGPL license in a desktop application without providing the source code?

We develop a commercial desktop application that uses an AGPL library. The lib's code is just used, not modified. Our application runs completely offline. May we use the AGPL library without having ...
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GPLv2 or later upgrade to AGPLv3

I modify open source software that is under ‚GPLv2 or later‘. I will upgrade to GPLv3 or later – that‘s of course no problem at all. Not looking for advice in this case, but is it possible to upgrade ...
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AGPL/LGPL licensed app usage in proprietary software

I have software with proprietary license. For some reasons I need an AGPL library (DLL). So, for including the AGPL licensed application (To manage license terms) I am using the following methods (I ...
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What is develop license about AGPL license?

There are many good open source libraries which are under AGPL license. And sometimes on their official website, I see an license option named "development license". For example: https://www....
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(A)GPLv3 - 'covered work' and 'based on'. is it really viral?

In AGPLv3 and GPLv3, clause 5c says: You may convey a work based on the Program, or the modifications to produce it from the Program [only if you] license the entire work, as a whole, under this ...
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Does AGPL introduce a new type of linking?

I understand that using AGPL (specifically AGPL-3-or-later) means: all the linking rules from GPL-3-or-later still apply additionally, a user accessing the software over a network should have access ...
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Do you have to specify dual licensing before releasing open source software?

I'm working on an open source project I'd like to release at some point. I am going to license it under the AGPL v3, but I'd like people to have the option to pay for private development which only ...
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Berkeley DB JE open source in public web app?

We would like to create a web app that is accessed publicly. The code for Berkeley DB is not modified. the code for the web app will not be downloaded or shared with other groups,but is simply ...
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Can I require client-side attributon on a AGPL-3.0 web application which is based on a CC-BY-SA 4.0 mockup I created?

I created a mockup for a web application design using a vector graphics program (Inkscape). I then licensed that design under CC-BY-SA 4.0. Next, I created a Python web application containing lots of ...
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Can I legally use iText under the AGPL license if my application is only available on a local area network?

I'm considering integrating iText into an internal-use web application. According to the AGPLv3 license, I have most certainly modified "the Program". However, this application cannot be accessed ...
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Do I have to open source our website if using an AGPL task queue?

We are running a web-based photo processing service, the architecture is as follows: Web backend -(photo to process)-> [task queue] --> worker -(processed photo)-> Object storage The task ...
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AGPL 3.0 compatibility

I want to use AGPL to licence my project. But I need learn AGPL compatibility with these 3 licences: Android Software Development Kit License Fabric Software and Services Agreement Crashlytics Terms ...
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Interpretation of AGPL with Shiny Server

The open source version of the Shiny Server is released with AGPL v3. Along my interpretation of the AGPL, this means that all the code that is deployed on the Shiny Server has to be released with (A)...
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gpl-3 vs agpl for a telegram bot

I used the gpl3 license for a telegram bot. I later realized that maybe it's not the best license since if someone forks my project, he is not distributing it, but it runs his own instance of the bot ...
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Can I use AGPL component to create a data file for commercial application?

I’m using an AGPL library in an internal tool. We don’t redistribute the tool to anywhere. We don’t expose the tool over a network either. The tool produced a data file, namely a PDF document, that I’...
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Under AGPLv3+ do I need to provide the source for secondary applications?

I am working on a central application (AGPL3+) that will control and/or provide access to multiple secondary applications, mostly on other servers. It is trivial for me to provide the source for the ...
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What are the restrictions on using pretrained binary model under AGPLv3

I'm working on license plate recognition software. I have found following project: https://github.com/openalpr/openalpr The project itself is under AGPL-3.0 Part of this project is trained data for ...
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Proprietary desktop application that works with AGPL-licensed server application

I'm programming a desktop application that's proprietary. On my server, it will run application with the AGPL (Affero General Public License). Server app will process the data that will come through ...
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Is every license that is GPLv3-compatible also AGPLv3-compatible?

The GPLv3 and AGPLv3 are quite similar. They differ only by an additional requirement in the AGPL that makes a network service powered by a modified AGPL-licensed work operates like conveyance of the ...
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AGPLv3 for the code and project in general but CC-BY only for doc strings documentation?

I have an Elixir project, I want to license the software under AGPLv3. The code have module attributes that's doc strings used to generate the documentation. Then, can the documentation (and then the ...
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What must be the license of a software including other apps with different licenses?

I have developed a software and I will publish it for free. But this software includes the following programs: The app is developed using Electron (License: MIT) Electron uses Chromium (It is ...
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Cloud and AGPL question

If a SaaS product is created using the code from a GPL project and is fully maintained by that company, what would happen if that GPL project has its license updated from GPL to AGPL? Does the AGPL ...
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Are license headers required under the AGPLv3?

While applying AGPLv3 I discovered the following statement on the GNU website's page titled How to use GNU licenses for your own software about 10 paragraphs in: If you are releasing your program ...
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Does inbound=outbound apply to GPL-family without a CLA?

The traditional expectation for contributions to a free software project are "inbound=outbound" [1] [2]. That is, if the project is under license X, contributions are made under license X. Does this ...
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Web service licensed under AGPL - distribution

Our application currently has a licence which is not compatible with AGPL. We need to use a library licensed under AGPL (currently the best one for the job and the client would like us to use it). We ...
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AGPL and sandboxed user code

I'm developing a web application that allows users to program single-file scripts. These scripts are sandboxed and executed in the same application. I'd like to release the source of my application ...
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Does AGPL cover a new/original file format too?

I developed a suite of tools, and put it on GitHub under AGPL license. All gravitate around a new/original file format which is key to the functionality of the tools, and is documented in the included ...
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Use Apache 2.0 license or AGPLv3 licensed Software

I want to sell a custom piece of Hardware with my own company's name with an Ubuntu Server 16.0.4 LTS on it. Is that allowed? I want to run on this server an Apache 2.0 licensed or AGPLv3 licensed ...
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Does the AGPL help to protect against closed source if the application is run on a remote server and proxied by a separate service?

Note that there is this related question of which this question is by no means a duplicate. It refers to a related but separate scenario. Long question title, I'll just go with an example. Suppose I ...
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Having a copyright protected image on AGPL website

I'm developing a piece of software that will be available under AGPL license. It is a webpage intended to be used by different fandoms to track interviews with their favorite author/creator. I'm ...
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Does the GNU Affero GPL help to protect against closed source if the application is run on a remote server?

Note that there is this related question of which this question is by no means a duplicate. It refers to a related but separate scenario. I'*m about to release an application and yet need to choose a ...
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Under what licenses can I release open source software that uses PyQt?

Situation I have two software packages for which I need to choose a license and I'm not sure if they get along with the PyQt licensing schema (which uses the GNU GPL). Package A uses PyQt in a sense ...
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Can I dual license my code under the AGPL and the CPAL? If so, how?

I'm beginning work on a web application at the moment which ideally I'd like to dual license under the terms of the AGPL and the CPAL. This would mean that anyone using the code in their own web ...
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Can one use AGPL application without copy left effects?

I am going to start by stating that I've read (almost) all the posts related to the AGPL license. Unfortunately it's not yet clear. Most of the posts refer to libraries while I use it as an ...
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Do I need to license a Jupyter Notebook that uses a forked AGPL library?

I used an AGPL-licensed library for a data study, and am hoping to release and link to a Jupyter Notebook with my methodology. I was hoping to learn what license, if any, I would need to include with ...
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Built-in mechanisms to fetch the corresponding source code for AGPLv3-licensed projects

In the AGPLv3 text -after the END OF TERMS AND CONDITIONS line- there is this recommendation on How to Apply These Terms to Your New Programs which rather terse and states that there are many ways to ...
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Of the differences between the GPLv3 and the AGPLv3 texts: what to make of them?

When I review a side-by-side diff of the GPLv3 and the AGPLv3 the only significant change seems to me to be this addition in the section 13 of the AGPLv3: Notwithstanding any other provision of ...
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AGPL v3 project with MIT licensed framework

I wish to create an AGPLv3 project which uses an underlying framework which is MIT-licensed. The framework offers some source code which needs to/can be modified to make the framework bend to the ...
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Can I use the middleman loophole to reduce AGPL to LGPL?

This question and answer were created as a clarification to AGPLv3 source redistribution: when does it apply to my code for a server-side Java app using an AGPL-licensed library? Suppose that: I ...
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AGPLv3 source redistribution: when does it apply to my code for a server-side Java app using an AGPL-licensed library?

I have written a Java program designed to run server-side with a plain HTML web interface: My app is based based on Apache Tomcat and I wrote a bunch of servlets. I am reusing and I have integrated ...
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What are the attribution requirements of the AGPL license?

I'm currently looking at implementing a file sharing solution for a customer. I'd like to base it on one of the many currently-available solutions, many of which are AGPL licensed. However, I've ...
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Licensing a project which uses numerous other modified projects under different licenses

I am using multiple libraries in a project I plan to release and distribute in both source and binary form. In my project, I use a few other open-source projects, and modified the source-code in a few ...
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Should my webapp also be AGPL if I use ImageMagick linked with GhostScript?

Should my webapp be licensed as AGPL if it runs ImageMagick linked with GhostScript (which is AGPL)? Here's a scenario: A user submits a PDF file. My webapp receives it and stores it on a HDD. The ...
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Licensing questions

I've been developing a Django app for my work (scientific stuff), and I'm planning to release it on GitHub very soon. But I do have licensing questions to be sure to do it right. This work is ...