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Does GPLv3 require attribution?

I believe that GNU GPLv3 does not require attribution, but can be supplemented to do so, as stated in the additional terms (7. b) of the terms and conditions. However, it also states, under the ...
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Why do almost all open source licenses require attribution?

Almost all popular open source licenses require derivative works to give attribution to the original author(s). The only exceptions I'm aware of are the nearly-public-domains ones (CC0, WTFPL, ...
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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 should I assert copyright when I'm forking an MIT project?

I have an open source software project licensed under MIT. The MIT License (MIT) Copyright (c) 2016 Håvard Fossli Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any .... I found ...
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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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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 should I re-license the scaffold code for my new application? (it is licensed under MIT)

If you notice the following scaffold starter kit source code is licensed under MIT throughout the code base. Even the configuration file contain a header of MIT licensed by the creator. Assuming, I ...
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How should you put attribution into your project?

When you're copying open source from another project (not simply linking), how should you provide attribution in your source repo? I've copied some things into my code base that are probably not ...
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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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What firebase license should I include in my app?

I am using the library: com.firebase:firebase-client-android:2.4.0 Firebase in my app. The library belongs this site: Firebase My doubt is whether I have to include some license from firebase like ...
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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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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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Borrowing ideas rather than code from open source projects

I work in a field where people (competitors?) reverse engineer things, and for this reason, there are many implementations around, all of which are open source. Sometimes in order to save time, I look ...
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Is Stack Exchange's CC-BY-SA v3.0 content compatible with the GPL?

Currently, all user submitted content is licensed under "cc by-sa 3.0 with attribution required". This shows up at the bottom of each page: user contributions licensed under cc by-sa 3.0 ...
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Can Wikipedia content be used on my website if I attribute it on my terms and conditions page?

Can Wikipedia written content and images be used on my website, without a direct recognition on the page it is used. Perhaps place any thanks/recognition in the terms and conditions of my page.
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How to attribute Creative Commons images in a quiz game (mobile app)?

I am a mobile developer and trying to work on a mobile application which will be something like the Guess the City app. The app will display four landmarks on one screen and the player will have to ...
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Where would I give credit to an MIT licensed project, in an iOS app?

I would like to include a pod that I found on cocoa pods and its an animation of a button. It is licensed under MIT licence: https://cocoapods.org/pods/DynamicButton In the licence it states: ...
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Acknowledging employer in an open source project

My employer has given me to permission to open source a component of a project that I have been working on, allowing me to retain ownership and control, with the condition that they be acknowledged in ...
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Do I have to mention the CC license twice?

In section 3(a) of the Creative Commons Attribution license (and I think all the others too) it says: If You Share the Licensed Material (including in modified form), You must: A. retain ...
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Global donor to OSI approved licenses

I have some small projects under different open source licenses (I like BSD and GPLv2). I would like to license some new projects under an OSI approved license but make sure any other OSI-approved ...
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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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How do I attribute authors if I don't know their real names?

I want to write an R package and release on CRAN. But I have concerns about legal issues: licensing and authorship/ownership. Code of some functions in the package will be derived from or based on ...
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How does contributing to a FLOSS project work from a legal perspective?

Some points I know: Contributors own copyright over their contributions, which means the author (= the owner of the repo and original author) cannot re-license the code (= change the license of 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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How can i change the license of an open source project? [duplicate]

What is the good way to change the license of an opensource project? I guess it depends of the agreements of the contributors Do i need 100% approval? What if one contributor disagree or one ...
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Merge, rebrand, relicense projects

There are two libraries under MIT, that do the same thing, each with some pros and cons. I'd like to merge them, effectively reworking the public API, but keeping the underlying logic (code). The ...
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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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Is it still necessary to attribute MIT code if it has been modified?

If I take MIT licensed code, modify it, then use the modified code, is it still neccesary to attribute it to the original author? Does this change if the project using the modified code is licensed ...
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