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Ramifications of the proposed new SE licensing model

Like many other people I read this meta post. Since I don't really understand what is at stake I became confused and worried. Does this mean that I can legally force any organization to let me see ...
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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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What is considered proper attribution for a deleted Stack Exchange post?

When a creator posts content to any Stack Exchange site, they grant Stack Exchange a Creative Commons Attribute Share-Alike license to use (and display and share) the content. This is irrevocable - ...
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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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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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Is CC BY attribution transitive?

CC BY (4.0) is a flexible, permissive license that requires attributing the licensor. What if: Alice creates an artwork and distributes under CC BY, which is adapted by Bob who also distributes under ...
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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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Am I responsible for fixing broken links under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license?

The Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International Public License states If You Share the Licensed Material (including in modified form), You must: A. retain the following if it ...
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What is the most concise unambiguous way to represent dual licensing of a work?

I publish photos under multiple Creative Commons licenses and often want to indicate the licensing in a short caption or comment on the photo online or in print. If one of them is dual licensed, how ...
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Open Source License But Maintain Prominent Attribution

I'd like to release a program under an open source minimal restriction license but there are 2.73 bajillion options (give or take an order of magnitude). Basically our only requirements are: Don't ...
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Do I have to retain the copyright notice exactly where it’s specified?

CC BY-SA 4.0 says the following about Attribution: 1. If You Share the Licensed Material (including in modified form), You must:    A retain the following if it is supplied by the ...
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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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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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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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Removing the original copyright line from footer

There's this web app licensed under GPLv3 that I'd like to deploy. However, the footer of each page has a copyright line, e.g., "© 2015 FooBar Inc.". Is it okay to remove that line and/or replace it ...
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When to list contributors

Many projects have a list of contributors, either as a platform-agnostic AUTHORS text file, or in some way included in the project description metadata of the programming framework in use. When should ...
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Can I create a derivative of an old book?

Copyright for old works expire at some point. In most countries that happens 70 years after authors death. Can I take a book with expired copyright (say Dickens Oliver Twist), change it substantially (...
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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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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 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 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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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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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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Using only a part of a collaboratively created work – whom to attribute?

On sites like Stack Overflow and Wikipedia (both use CC BY-SA 3.0), users can collaboratively create/edit a work. If I distribute such a work, I have to attribute all contributing users. But what if I ...
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Attribution for a "2nd generation" derivative work

How do you deal with attribution of a work that is derived from a work that is itself derived from an original work protected under CC BY-SA? And while we're at it, let's push it further: Let's call ...
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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 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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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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The download for source is a newer version than the version shipped

I have built a program using several open source libraries. Most of them fall under MIT, BSD, Appache and LGPL license. To my understanding some of them require the source code to be shared. I was ...
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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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Can I give someone specific permission?

Suppose I have a product released under some CC license. Someone comes to me and says "can I please build off of your software without giving credit?". To this I say sure! Do I need to write them a ...
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Is there a license that both provides patent protection and does not require attribution?

Looking at https://choosealicense.com/appendix/, we can see that there are a number of licenses that provide patent troll protection, and there are also a few licenses that that do not require ...
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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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Commercial software using open source library: legal notice

Is there any legal constraint saying that a commercial software must quote the open source libraries and public domain libraries regardless of the open source license type? For example, let's say I ...
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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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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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Sharing CC BY licensed material without offering a way to be contacted

Section 3(a)(3) of the license CC BY 4.0: If requested by the Licensor, You must remove any of the information required by Section 3(a)(1)(A) to the extent reasonably practicable. While it does ...
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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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Can I do a mass attribution if I got all the data from one location but different users?

I am looking into doing a project and instead of creating my own icons, I would like to use some from Flaticon. Most are made by different users and each one can be downloaded for free, but it ...
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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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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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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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Relicensing MIT Work [duplicate]

There's a web app released under the MIT license that I am forking. If I were to still keep it under the MIT from what I understand I would change the notice to something like: Copyright (c) 2015 [...
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Is it possible to stop the removal/modification of my project's logo?

I am working on open source tool for which I want users to not remove or change product logo. Is this possible? I had originally asked my question here at Stack Overflow but it was recommended that I ...
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Can I take a few classes out of a library and use it in my project or should I always use the entire library?

Let's say I need a piece of functionality and there is a library on GitHub, licensed under Apache 2.0, that provides that funcionality. There are a couple of use cases that can occur that I would ...
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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 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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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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Using CC BY-NC-ND images on website with ads

I am currently developing an online service that allows to share and download music from different source on the internet, this is a free service without subscription or registration, I found a ...
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