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Is it possible to use library as private confidential in GPL 3.0 Project

I have a project (for context it's Android) that is GPL 3.0 License and wants to append a library as a private non-license or MIT Personal License. Is it possible to achieve that without violating the ...
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Understanding the commercial applications of AGPL3

I have a JavaScript library which I want to open source AND potentially make a business out of. I've seen lots of companies that provide open-source software use the AGPL3 license, but I have a few ...
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Question about AGPLv3. How to state that I modified source code?

So here is what I want to know. As one Project's code I added to my own uses AGPLv3 license i licensed my own Project as AGPLv3 but there is such a step as "Conveying Modified Source Versions&...
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Does the European Union Public Licence (EUPL) close the SaaS/ASP Loophole?

I am looking at open sourcing a web app and I want to make sure that any improvements made by a third party make it back into the source. Living in Europe, the EUPL seems like an attractive ...
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Difference between MongoDB SSPL and GNU AGPL

I'm trying to understand the difference between the SSPL and the GNU AGPL license, after reading the terms of SSPL. The 13th clause of the license states the following: If you make the ...
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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 this ...
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Distribute the code as closed source and the end users download GPLv3 dependencies separately

I check the FAQ page of GNU Licenses but cannot find the answer. If someone is using my code (in Python) that is released under GPLv3, does s/he violate my GPLv3 rights if s/he uses my library ...
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How to use technically dual-licensed software?

From a practical angle. Say I downloaded some Open Source SW which is dually licensed, e.g. by AGPL and European Union Public license. Now I want to include it into my project. What steps should I ...
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How to prevent using source code as data source for machine learning activities?

I posted some library in public repository on github. Say, I do not want it to be used for machine learning purposes. General question: How could this be achieved? Spoiler: I found some collection of &...
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Licensing compatibility for final user

I'm creating a new self-hosted open source software under the Apache License 2.0, but at some point of the development I figured out that I need an object storage to manage generated files, because I ...
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Is user data part of an AGPL-derived-application?

Assuming we have a kubernetes application stack consisting of - among other things - MongoDB and Metabase. Metabase is APGLv3 licensed. We share the combined code as e.g. helm charts publicly on ...
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How does the AGPL apply to services used in the backend? [duplicate]

If I have a publicly accessible web service that uses AGPL software via a REST API in the backend, how does the AGPL apply to the service? Would I only have to make the AGPL sources of the backend ...
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Can a company offering a dual-license AGPL/paid commercial product require commercial users to purchase a commercial license?

When I was working through a problem I was having with MinIO, I noticed that in a bug report on Github, one of the project owners made this comment to a bug reporter: Also remember if you are using ...
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Can Commons Clause be used along with AGPL?

This article implies that Commons Clause and AGPL could be compatible, while FSF seems to completely disagree with that. Can Commons Clause be applied on a AGPL project? Some have misconstrued that ...
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Are there any ways to distribute a program compiled from both CPL and AGPL source code?

GSDJVU is a CPL licensed driver for GhostScript (AGPL). According to DjvuLibre, it is legal to download the source code for both and compile them, but not to redistribute the compiled program due to ...
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AGPLv3 - Does indirect use over intermediary servers constitute "distribution"?

Let's say I'm building an app consisting of a frontend, backend and database. The database software is AGPLv3.0 licensed and running on the database server. The backend is proprietary, running on the ...
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What's the meaning (qualifications) of "machine" in GPL's "machine-readable source code"?

I'm trying to understand what is (not) a "machine" in GPL's "machine-readable source code". GPL requires you to share (a) the preferred-form-of-the-work-for-making-changes-in-it, ...
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While working at my last company, I wrote some code under the AGPL license. Am I allowed to reuse the code I wrote into my personal project?

The project I was working on is open source and uses the AGPL license. Every file has the AGPL header. I have a personal project that I would like to commercialize. I really want to reuse a file from ...
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Service with rich configuration abilities under AGPL License

I’m trying to understand the limitations of ‘programs’ licensed under AGPL, and the more I read, the more I am confused. I’d very much appreciate it if someone can help me with the following questions....
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AGPL-3 and patents

I have developed a process which I am in the process of patenting, and would like to release all or some of the implementation under an open source license (likely AGPL-3). I am trying to understand ...
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Does AGPLv3 cover a company running an application via email correspondence?

I am in a situation where a company is interested in running an application of mine licensed under the AGPLv3. The company will repeatedly take inputs from multiple customers, and then return the ...
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How should a project be structured to be able to use an AGPL license, but allow non-free extensions to it?

My current situation is as follows: I am building a card game and would like to make sure users can use it to make with it whatever they want without 'giving away' the game content. For this there are ...
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Is GPL linking to AGPL possible?

Suppose I have a program that uses a library released under the AGPL license. Can the program be released as GPL, or does it have to be released as AGPL too ?
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Hosting is distribution - with Tivoization - alternatives to AGPL3

If one is interested in the 'hosting is distribution' aspect of the license, but you don't want the anti-Tivoization, what are the alternatives to the GNU Affero General Public License? The original ...
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Monetizing and licensing with AGPL libraries

I am just curious about, what license should i use for app(android), i have written in my free time. I am using some libraries, which have this licenses on it: Apache 2.0 license MIT license GNU ...
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Can I configure open source tools (GPL, AGPL) for my client?

I run a small consulting firm and would like to configure some GPLv3 and AGPL software for a client (think HR, Accounting, ERP software). We mainly want to avoid Oracle or other ERP providers to save ...
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Examples of open-source backends

I've been considering making a website and backend open-source under the AGPL license. I know some services like GitLab, Weblate, and Bitwarden are open-source; I assume because they need to be self-...
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Finding valid license for project utilizing AGPL 3.0 libraries

For a new OSS project, I came across the AGPL 3.0 license ("GNU Affero General Public License 3.0") for the first time, and I'm a little unsettled now as to what license I should (and ...
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What is the best-practice for commercial vendors who build their offering on top of Open-Source software?

My company is currently developing a commercial software for our clients (it will be offered both under a commercial license for SaaS and also a binary for on-site private network usage). This ...
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AGPL : license of backend and frontend

I’m a bit confused with AGPL license, so I ask for advice. I read contradictory things on the matter. I want to make an android app. The backend will use AGPL modified material : stable diffusion ...
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Using pm2 for private/commercial node express application

I wrote a node express application to show database information for work. The source code is not opened sourced, and I was thinking of using pm2 runtime to run the web application on the server. I'm ...
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Doubt about the use of proxy under AGPL license

I have some doubts about the sozu proxy that is under AGPL license. If I use the sozu binary as a proxy for my products (API, WebApp, etc.) without any mods or extensions, should I release my products ...
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If I use AGPL software (hosted on my environment) to populate DB data w/o any code changes, should I open the code of my software that does DB calls?

If I use AGPL service w/o code changes to populate data in the Mongo database and then retrieve this data from DB via my own-written service, should I open-source the code of my service? My own-...
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Do you need to share source code of the theme when using inside web application that use AGPL?

If I have an AGPL web application that supports themes for customization and someone uses the application with a given theme on the server. Does the theme need to have the same AGPL license? What will ...
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Using GPL library in my own Apache library

I have a GPL library and an Apache-licensed library. I want to use the GPL library in my Apache library and for the Apache library to stay Apache. Is that even possible?
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Can I use Apache 2.0 licensed libraries with AGPL licensed libraries?

I have a Java project (for research) where I use Apache POI which is under Apache Software License v2. Now I want to integrate iText into the project, but iText is under AGPL. The project itself is ...
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AGPL and Bitwarden license

I recently was in need for a place to store my passwords and stumbled upon bitwarden. After looking in github I noticed that the code is partially licensed under AGPL and partially under a commercial ...
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Is AGPLv3 reasonable for an internal analytics API server?

I'm developing an analytics server that companies should be able to run as-is & interact with internally via APIs. I'd like for them to be able to use this tool without having to open-source their ...
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Under AGPL 3.0, must a custom software plugin be made open source?

I am using software licensed under the AGPL 3.0 license, which states that all changes to the project must be made open-source. This particular software offers support for custom plugins. So my ...
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Can I create a GPL SaaS front-end application with lots of dependencies to Closed Source libraries

There is a GPLv2+ library that I want to use in my front-end SaaS web application The library is a JavaScript library There are lot's of valuable front-end code in my SaaS web application that I ...
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Licensing an application which uses both CC-BY-SA 3.0 and AGPLv3 content

I'm planning on releasing a web application which relies on two open source dictionaries. The first one is released under CC-BY-SA 3.0 (Wiktionary) and the second one is released under AGPLv3. The ...
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Is AGPLv3 or MPLv2 better for an open-source API meant to be integrated into closed-source customer APIs?

Description: This open-source code is an API (let's call it X-API), which is meant to be used by businesses running their own closed-source APIs The goal: Let other companies/individuals interact ...
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Using AGPL package for a SaaS?

Assuming my SaaS is not a play on "managed hosted version of <agpl software>". Meaning, I just call the AGPL software without modifying it (binary call/import) - using it to get some ...
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Software licence description doesn't match AGPL licence limitations

In my research of AGPL I have found that creating REST API around AGPL licensed library is enough to make it communication at arms length and as such it bypasses the need to publish all of your ...
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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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AGPL and cloud providers

Let's say that you are a service provider (like AWS, Google Cloud, DigitalOcean, Heroku for example) and you decide to offer a database that is licensed under the AGPL as a managed service. Do you ...
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Can we change licence from AGPL v3.0 to BSL v1.1?

We have code that is under the license AGPL v3.0 can we change it to BSL v1.1 (Business source license) The AGPL v3.0 says that Everyone is permitted to copy and distribute verbatim copies of this ...
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Modified version of AGPLv3 software in commercial use - What to expose

we are using an opensource web application for front end UI of our software which is AGPLv3 based. The software also has middleware and back end data base as well The modified software will be sold ...
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Can an AGPLv3 licensed application be provided with a proprietary portion?

I have come across a web application project on GitHub that uses AGPLv3 as it's primarily licensed, but a sub-folder of the project is provided under a proprietary license. This contains the code for ...
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Is there any license which is based off on AGPL, but provides exemptions for the owner to allow others use it under a different license?

I have a set of libraries or framework that has been under development for more than a year by my team. We are finally nearing the completion of a few of these projects and want to release them as ...

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