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Do I have to change license of fork if mainstream changes license?

I forked a repository a year ago, which at the time had GPLv3 license. Mainstream repository has now applied AGPLv3 license. Do I have to change my license too ? My fork's last commit is over a year ...
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Do I have to offer the source of an AGPL (v3.0) licensed Web app even if I didn’t modify it?

The point of using the GNU Affero General Public License (Version 3) is that it allows "users who interact with the licensed software over a network to receive the source for that program" (FSF). ...
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Can I release under AGPL a program that uses a GPL library?

I just wrote a program that embeds and uses a GNU-GPL library (GPLv3 or at your discretion any later version). Can I release my program under the GNU AGPL v3 license?
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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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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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How to accept contributions for AGPL / proprietary dual-licensed projects?

Supposed I have written a software that I offer using a dual-license model, using AGPLv3 as OSS license, and a proprietary one as commercial (closed) license. Now, let's assume somebody wants to ...
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How can I properly fork a project that is dual-licensed AGPL/Commercial?

I'd like to use UniPDF, which is a Go project to handle PDF documents, in my project. UniPDF has a dual license: AGPL and commercial while my project is licensed under the GPLv3. I'd like to fork ...
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How does AGPL affect Microservices?

So if I had a microservice architecture and one of my services relied on a piece of AGPL software, and that service wasn't customer facing, but a service that communicated with it was, would I be ...
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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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What counts as a modification when using a CMS licensed under AGPL 3.0?

On my Web server, I’m using a CMS licensed under AGPL 3.0. I’m required to provide the source code of this CMS only if I have modified it. But what exactly counts as a modification? It certainly is ...
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What are the details of this accusation regarding the “web app loophole”?

I was recently reading an article, and I came across the following text (emphasis mine): Even that most notorious of “Communist” licenses often cited by paranoid executives as examples of anti-...
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Does accessing the REST interface of a AGPL-licensed server make the client a derivative work?

Supposed I have a server that I have licensed under AGPLv3. Let's also assume that this server has a REST interface. If I access this REST interface via a JavaScript script file from a client, does ...
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Use of AGPL software after developer deleted repository

We use Java libraries for a server application and one of the developers parted ways with us. Since it was his project he can do whatever he wants with the github repository and he chose to delete ...
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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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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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How to protect a project from license infringement, without a CLA?

I am considering releasing a project of mine using the GNU Affero General Public License. I have been researching Contributor License Agreements, Developer Certificate of Origin, as well as the pros/...
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If I use a public API endpoint that has its source code licensed under AGPL in my app, do I need to disclose my source?

If there's a public API server that has it's source code licensed with AGPL, and if I make an app that uses these public endpoints in some part of it, (entire application doesn't necessarily depend on ...
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Is there any difference between the GPL and AGPL for code executed in the browser?

My research into the topic suggests that the differences between the GPL and AGPL licenses only matter for code that runs on the server. When executing JavaScript in the browser, "distribution" ...
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License header for dual-licensed (AGPL or “non-free”) source code

For one of my products I plan to move from a commercial-only to a dual licensed license model: GNU Affero General Public License (AGPL) or a "non-free" license. I can imagine two options for the ...
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Java and AGPL 3: how far does license extend into web app?

I want to use a java library released by someone else having an AGPL3 license. I'm not modifying their library, but I do link to it using import com.theirlibrary.methodABC; in one of my java classes ...
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AGPL violation using reverse proxy?

A (hypothetical) company owns two webservers: server A, runs AGPL licensed software server P, runs Proprietery software and acts as a reverse Proxy Now server A is blocked from the public and only ...
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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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AGPL v3 licensing: How does external party determine if modifications were made?

When using an AGPL v3 licensed software within a public-facing web application hosted on a private server, you are obligated (section 13) to share your code if you modify the original AGPL code. Many ...
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AGPL and Node.js

Supposed I have written a server in Node.js that I licensed under AGPLv3. Now, if somebody takes my code and modifies it, this is a derivative work. So far, so good. Supposed my server has the ...
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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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How do I license code when rewriting code in another language? [duplicate]

I took the C code from the png2theora example tool of Xiph.Org Theora which has a copyright header: /******************************************************************** * ...
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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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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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How do products like MongoDB not violate the GPL licenses?

I'm quite confused with MongoDB's licensing model. MongoDB at its core is an open-source project, licensed under the SSPL which is a small modification of the AGPLv3 license. Then how does it release ...
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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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Is ONLYOFFICE restricting our freedom with their FAQ? (AGPL v3)

or am I seeing this wrong? After some digging (It's NOT easy to find on their site), I found the community version ("Open Source" version) of ONLYOFFICE. However, after reading their FAQ, it seems ...
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AGPL-3.0 Software on a vending machine

Is it legal when i download a software under AGPL-3, modify it, put it on a vending machine and place the vending machine in a public place, where everybody can use it, without publishing the ...
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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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How Does The AGPL Apply To Javascript Libraries?

I have a web app that I sell. It is a Java REST service with an AngularJS front end. I want to use a Javascript library that is licensed under the AGPL but I don't understand the implications or if ...
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PDFs with proprietary fonts in test suite of (A)GPL software

I develop a piece of software that uses AGPL licensed iText7. The licensing options are therefore GPL and AGPL. The software is to be installed locally and acts as a plugin to a proprietary desktop ...
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GNU AGPL/GPL 3.0 and Docker containers

So we have been discussing the implications of the GNU AGPL/GPL 3.0 license on our distributed code. I will make things, extremely simple. I hope. We will use AGPL in this example. We will write code....
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Calling AGPL code with a PHP Script

I made an AGPL-3.0 project in Python3 that fills in missing regions of images. Someone made a website that uses the AGPL code on their server. A user uploads an image on their website, the image is ...
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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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How to license scientific software to be open while protecting against misuse?

Note: This question is a revision of an earlier question, which MadHatter suggested should be revised into a new more specific question. Note that there is a lot of similarity between the questions; ...
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How can I include two open-source libraries in my commercial applications?

I want to include two open-source libraries in my application: Ghostscript and iTextSharp. In 3 commercial applications that I will develop myself: Commercial software will use both above two ...
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Is it possible statically linking Apache 2.0, BSD-2, or MIT libraries to AGPL v3.0 binaries?

TL; DR We are considering creating a series of dependency modules (UI, repository patterns, etc) as separated Android libraries. Could we use a permissive license (Apache 2.0, BSD-2 or MIT) despite ...
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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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Does a CC BY-SA 4.0 specification lose any AGPL3+ benefits?

If I release a program specification [1] under the AGPL, and the program itself under the AGPL, the two are obviously compatible: I can develop them at the same time, copy text (for example, method ...
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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 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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AGPL In Practice

Suppose I write a server-based application that I wish to release under the AGPL and expose publicly. What concrete steps do I need to take in order to satisfy clause 13? Is it enough to add a valid ...
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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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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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Must I share made modifications of a software which has a AGPL-3.0 license and is founded on github?

I try to understand If I must release my own modifications of an existent software which is under AGPL-3.0. This site says: You must disclose your source code when you distribute, publish or serve (i....
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Are there any AGPL-style licences that require source code modifications to be public?

So my understanding of the AGPL, is that it requires modifications to be distributed to the users of the network service, but I'm looking for a licence that would require any modifications (non-...