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Questions about how to correctly attribute the authors of works in derived works

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I have a license in mind but what should I include in the license file?

I am working on an open-source GitHub project and I want to license the contents of it under Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs: CC BY-NC-ND so what should I include under the LICENSE file? Would just ...
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Arduino GitHub project - what is the scope of copyright attribution and how to include it?

I'm trying to upload my project to GitHub and have questions regarding license/credit attribution. My project is an Arduino (specifically NodeMCU ESP8266) project, which mainly includes two external ...
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How to provide attribution when numerous contributors hold copyright

My software depends on and links to a third-party open-source library licensed under the MIT license. No copyright notice is present in the LICENSE file, the README file, or any of the source files. ...
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How to give attribution to media that is used in game

I downloaded a audio clip licensed under Attribution 3.0 (it literally just said "license: Attribution 3.0"). I am using this in a JavaScript game. Where should the attribution go? Can I do ...
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License to require promotional attribution to the end user

I'm developing a tool that will be distributed as a Rust crate and NPM package over the network, and a program will be running on a public blockchain. I'll be using other Apache 2.0 licensed code. I ...
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Require attribution with AGPL

I've read Is ONLYOFFICE restricting our freedom with their FAQ? (AGPL v3) and What are the attribution requirements of the AGPL license? but can't come to a definitive answer - how can I require ...
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Use package / package-lock for acknowledgments?

I wanted to create a site with acknowledgments/attributions for all the packages used in my project (that's even required for the MIT licenses). So I thought about using package.json for that purpose. ...
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If I use a lot of libraries with the exact same license, can I condense the required attributions and notices?

I'm developing a project that happens to use a lot of open-source third-party libraries by different authors. Most of these libraries use the same license (mostly MIT, with the occasional Apache or ...
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How to properly attribute other's people work on GitHub?

I have an open source project (under GPL license) that has some parts incorporated from other projects (that use MIT and GPL), and one of the provisions of both of these licenses is The above ...
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How would people be able to credit my open source software that generates HTML?

I am working on an open source project with an MIT license. The project takes markdown and parses it into HTML pages. (I know it's been done before but I was bored) And I'm a little confused on how ...
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Where to disclaim multiple third-party copyrights in project?

I am building a software that in its theoretical form would use logos from several different financial companies to enhance user experience and identification. I intend to use their websites' favicons ...
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Merging parts of another, parallel, fork [MIT]

The situation is following: There is a project (lets call it A), standard MIT licensed but long abandoned. I created a rebranded fork, fully MIT compliant, called B. Another person, lets call him Jack,...
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Several beginner questions about using MIT-licensed code

Hi, I recently made this website, hosted on Github. (Repo) The website uses multiple MIT-licensed (or similar licenses) 'code': Several SVG icons from Wikimedia commons (Icon 1, Icon 2, Icon 3). Code ...
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How to give attribution for Open Source Licenses used in commercial SaaS web-applications?

Say I commercialize a SaaS Web Application that uses a component licensed under GNU GPL v3 (like CKEditor5) or under Apache 2.0 license (like Material Design Icons), where and how should I give ...
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Giving attributions to "inner" open source

I developed an application and it's time for me to give the required attribution. I have a general question. If for example, I use an open-source library called X which uses open source libraries Y ...
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Correctly attributing github libraries without specific mentioning

I would to attribue some of the OpenSource libraries that I'm using in my project but I found my self having problems in doing so since it is not written clear (in my opinion). For example, the ...
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Should I give attribution for transitive dev-dependencies?

I'm working on a library/cli-tool for bundling dependency licenses into a single file. Currently, I'm trying to collect licenses of: direct dependencies, transitive-dependencies and direct dev-...
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How do I go about having stuff licensed differently in a project licensed under a different license?

Suppose my project A is licensed under AGPL v3. Now I choose to include stuff (a filter list actually) from different sources, which are licensed under GPLv2, CC-BY 4.0, and I have combined them in a ...
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OSS Attribution for Marketing Site built with React

I am building a marketing website using React and the ecosystem around it (Webpack, Babel, etc.). The site is shipped as a minified client-side bundle. NPM tells me there are a gazillion dependencies ...
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License description for repository that uses a template under MIT license

Assume that I use a template repository on GitHub (e.g., https://github.com/actions/typescript-action), make a tool, and publish it on GitHub under MIT license. However, obviously I need to show the ...
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Is attribution required for server-side usage of MIT-licensed library?

I'm writing an ASP.NET application which is deployed to virtual machines running on Microsoft Azure and customers access using their browser. The virtual machines are under my control and customers ...
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Trying to understand MIT, BSD and Apache 2.0 licenses and attribution with real examples

Trying to make sense on how MIT, BSD and Apache 2.0 licenses and attribution work, I've taken some real examples from GitHub. The open source software projects below are classified according to these ...
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Where to place attribution details for Emojis in blog posts (CC BY 4.0)?

I'm writing blog posts and would like to include Emojis. I found Emojis which are licensed by CC BY 4.0. This article says (highlighting by me): To make sure images are correctly attributed, ...
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Is it OK to use content from Wikipedia in an opensource project without attribution?

Wikipedia has a list of English words sorted by frequency. I used that list to create a small hangman game and I would like to put it up on GitHub. The game is probably going to be open-source (GPL). ...
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How to require anyone who modifies a work with intent to distribute REMOVE references to the originator?

I'm on an organization's Bylaws Committee and am using a (currently private) GitHub repository to track our proposed changes/amendments. Once the committee's work is complete, the intent is to make ...
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Using modified CC BY-SA 4.0 images in app?

I am building an application and I want to use OpenMoji in it, but with modified colors. Firstly, I wanted to add All emojis designed by OpenMoji – the open-source emoji and icon project. ...
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Can anyone say my work is their work if I license it under the Unlicense?

Some days ago, I successfully built my own software. I want it to be open source. Someone told me about the Unlicense license. So, if I publish my software under the Unlicense license, would anyone be ...
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Does the three-clause BSD license hinder academic citations?

The third clause of the 3-clause BSD license says: Neither the name of the copyright holder nor the names of its contributors may be used to endorse or promote products derived from this ...
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How do you write an attribution if there's ambiguity over which version of Creative Commons applies?

Currently there's a discussion on Meta over whether or not StackExchange was allowed to retrospectively change their licensing policy from CC SA 3.0 to CC SA 4.0. Presuming that it is indeed an open ...
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Author attribution in open-source licenses?

I would like to modify a document under the GNU Free Documentation License. From the wikipedia page I can read: All previous authors of the work must be attributed. All changes to the work ...
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How do I include GPLv3 code in a LGPLv3 or MIT project

I have no doubt that this question has been answered countless times before, but my searches have not produced an answer yet. I'm writing a library using LGPLv3 and I would like to copy a couple of ...
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Do I have to include attribution and license files for an LGPL-licensed library together with a "work that uses the library"?

I am making use of a library licensed under LGPLv2 in a proprietarily licensed closed-source project. Specifically, I am dynamically linking my commercial C++ program to a C++ library that is itself ...
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Whom to leave link credit while using CC BY images

Normally I use the following format, Photo by Author / License Photo: Link to where I found the photo. Author: Author profile page. For example, flickr profile. License: Link to the license page. ...
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License but no copyright notice - how to attribute correctly?

i am using several OSS libs from github in my project and want to add them to a combined licence file (using the amazon oss attribution builder) so i can attribute their work. However, several of ...
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GPL author attributions

I have a question: this week I found a older project I contributed to, released under GPL/GNUv2. I found back the project by googling my name, thus I found my copyright notice inside the distribution'...
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Do I have to attribute licenses of all the libraries of the same project?

Let's say I use Jersey Inject, Jersey Container Jetty HTTP, Jersey Container Servlet Core for the backend of my Android App. In the "Open Source Libraries" section, do I have to mention them all ...
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mapbox-gl-native license [duplicate]

Mapbox-gl-native is licensed under 3-Clause BSD license. The license states that we need to attribute mapbox in binary form. Buts its not clear if we can mention within a menu of the app we make or ...
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I'm creating a code generator that uses BSD licensed code as a reference. How do I give proper attribution to the referenced code?

I'm writing a code generator in Java that will generate GNU linker scripts and C header files for microcontrollers made by Microchip Technology. I want both the code generator itself and the files it ...
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Attributing a software library which uses another library

I'm using this library in my app: AndroidPhotoFilters library The problem is, that it uses some other library (link: Original AndroidPhotoFilters library) with some minor changes, I guess. Who to ...
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How do I cite MIT licensed software in a research publication?

I have found code provided on GitHub under an MIT license. I have modified the code to be useful for my application. In order to give proper credit to the original author/developer, how can I provide ...
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How to license programming assignments permissively, while preventing solutions from being published?

I have created a few practical programming assignments for a bachelor's course in computer science, which I'm quite proud of. I'd love for my work to be used anywhere, and for any future teachers or ...
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Attribution when using CC BY content in video

Just want to be clear about requirements when using content labelled as CC BY. In general this means that some form of attribution is required. In my case it is a custom (Open Source) MakeHuman model ...
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What are my license (or giving-credit) obligations regarding open source software?

We're using a number of open source libraries in our software. They all fall under one of the following 3 licenses: MIT License Apache License 2.0 BSD 3-Clause License These are all very liberal ...
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How to add Firebase API's licence into our app?

Like many other apps, whenever our app uses a third-party library, we add its licence to a page in our app displaying all third-party licences, be the licence MIT or Apache. Recently, we have added ...
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Can I relax the attribution requirement for my CC licensed work? How?

I have published my CC-licensed work on a web page (CC BY 4.0, but it could be any CC license with a BY clause). I want to encourage re-use by making it clear how to attribute my work. In fact, I want ...
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License that requires to show watermark on video generated by the software? [closed]

I am currently part of the development of an 'engine' that generates a video out of a MIDI file and includes special effects. We would like to make the code open-source, but we need a kind of license ...
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LGPL 2.1. Attributions required?

I'm about to release my LGPL 2.1 licensed java/maven project where I have a dependency to a 3rd party jar also licensed under LGPL 2.1. I've also copied and modified some of the 3rd party project into ...
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What does "user-visible display" in RPL mean?

I do not quite understand what "user-visible display" in the following sentence in RPL (https://opensource.org/licenses/RPL-1.5) means: d. User-Visible Attribution. You must duplicate any notice ...
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LGPL 2.1 snippet copyright attribution

I want to use portions of code from the FFMPEG library to provide screen capture function for a commercial application I'm writing. I do understand I need to make a shared library out of the function ...
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License that prohibits attribution on derivatives?

I don't need this but still would be very interested in an answer. Is there any license in this vein? © year my name No warranty You may distrubute exact copies You may distribute modified ...
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