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Icons attribution from various sources

I have a question regarding the attribution of icons for the PC application (Title, Author, Source and License). I have icons from different authors and of course also with different licenses - CC BY ...
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Should you give attributions to the libraries your library uses?

Let's say I use a x-library which I've found in GitHub and it uses MIT license. Sure, I could give attribution to it in my apps in the About > Licenses page. But what about the libraries that x-...
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What are good ways to get usage data and feedback for open source projects?

I lead/contribute to several open source projects, primarily Python libraries available on PyPI. I know that the code is getting used, but I have no data regarding number of users, number of ...
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Is it mandatory to cite libraries used? [duplicate]

I'm developing an android app which uses two libraries: Library A (Apache 2.0 license) Library B (MPL-2.0 license) My question is: is it mandatory to cite these two libraries within the app? The ...
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Several beginner questions about using MIT-licensed code

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 I ...
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How do I require commercial users of the output of my software to give attribution?

I've got some code which produces some output files, this project is open source under GPLv3. I've also got some people reaching out to me and asking if they can use the output files (they don't care ...
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Is there a way to only permit open-source mods for my video game to stop people from stealing code or at least enforce proper attribution?

I want to prevent mod developers from stealing code from other mod developers in my game. The best way that I know how is to only ever support mods that are open-source. I know about the SteamWorkshop ...
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Which type of license doesn't require attribution in GitHub projects?

Which type of license doesn't require attribution? Is there a project on GitHub?
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Should the artwork attributed to third-parties and the derivatives of it be assumed proprietary or GPL in GPL software?

I want to reuse with attribution (and publish) a raster graphics file from GPL software. At the moment, I consider reusing either the software icon file or the software logo file. The latter is a part ...
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How to show MIT License on Icons

I want to use some icons on some links in the footer of my website, such as these. They are under the MIT license. These icons are files by themselves, so I cannot just add the MIT license at the top ...
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Using SVG icons with CC-BY-4.0 license

The license states - "In the Font Awesome Free download, the CC BY 4.0 license applies to all icons packaged as .svg and .js files types. ... Attribution is required by MIT, SIL OFL, and CC BY ...
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Are Source-code-based Open Educational Resources and CC-Licenses Incompatible?

For my post, I assume that for software developers or authors of educational texts, an important part of choosing the proper license for their work is attribution: as the original author, I would want ...
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How do I attribute someone whose design, but not code, I based my stuff on?

I am writing a program and it is open source on GitHub. Part of this program is a file system, and I used an open-source file system called the "Simple File System" as design inspiration. My ...
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Is attribution necessary even if not distributed?

With permissive licenses requiring attributions (MIT, BSD, etc.), are attributions ONLY required if the OSS is distributed?
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How to give attribution for an adaptation in CC-BY-SA context?

Let's say I get Wiktionary data (e.g. only the list of words) and I label them into 50 categories (e.g. colors, adjectives, etc.) and publish them on website A. Naturally, I need to provide ...
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Can GPLv3 contributions to a separate project be used without attribution?

I recently forked a relatively new GPLv3 project on GitHub, as it had seemingly been abandoned not long after its creator had published it, and I wanted to make some improvements, as it was in a ...
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Copyleft/share-alike non-attribution licenses?

Is there any existing license can a person can use to distribute a document that allows reuse, derivative works, and free distribution, under the condition of it being licensed under the same or a ...
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MIT license ambiguity about copyright?

I asked this question in softwareengineering.stackexchange.com but it was pointed out to me that it is better suited to be posted here. I deleted the original thread in the other subforum. So the ...
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Would a YouTuber fall in trouble for recording a walkthough of a Game that uses music licensed under CC BY 3.0?

I'm basically developing a Game with a background music licensed under the CC BY 3.0 along with couple of other music/sound effects. Now suppose a YouTuber/Gamer in future decides to publish a walk-...
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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 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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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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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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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 cite anything in my app for public domain/license?

I am soon launching an Android app that uses some code and APIss from other developers or public domain etc, I believe they all have a public domain or similar public license. SimpleNLG License http:/...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Which author/copyright holder "type" is allowed in the MIT license? Pseudonym, Company name, ...?

In many licenses you have to (or can?) state who is the author of the project, which is the one who "owns" the intellectual property (= the copyright holder). In the MIT license it e.g. is said like ...
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How to best indicate license of source code and copying terms of binary when multiple licenses are involved?

Suppose I have some open source project which makes use of both GPL and MIT licensed components. The source code of my project is also MIT licensed (not copyleft). What is the right way to indicate ...
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Releasing to the public domain fragments of permissive licensed code

I want to release to the public domain a software project that copies verbatim (with minor formatting) one function from another project licensed with a permissive license (this one): Copying and ...