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Can the patent grant in BSD 2-Clause Plus Patent be simply added or removed?

Suppose I receive a copy of some software with the BSD 2-Clause Plus Patent license. Can I make some modifications to that software, then distribute my changed version of that software under the BSD ...
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Convert BSD-3 license project with own modification added to Elastic license

What should be considered to make an original project released under BSD-3 license, added modifications (many things changed) to Elastic License 2.0, at least for the changed parts? I assume I will ...
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Is BSD-3-Clause Variant compatible with BSD-3-Clause?

My Python package has a dependency of an open-source package with a BSD-3-Clause-LBNL variant license. It seems the only difference between this variant and the original BSD-3-Clause license is the ...
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BSD-2-Clause Plus Patent License and GPL Version 3 Compatibility

The BSD-2-Clause Plus Patent License is known to be compatible with the GPL version 2. Since software that is released under the GPL version 2 only is not compatible with the GPL version 3, is the BSD-...
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Why don’t we have the BSD-3-Clause Plus Patent license variant?

The BSD-2-Clause Plus Patent (also known as BSD+Patent, not to be confused with Facebook’s shady BSD+Patents attempt) is relatively new among other BSD licenses but (arguably) a good alternative to a ...
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Do I have to comply with the LGPL when using a BSD-licensed library in a closed-source application, which then uses other LGPL-licensed libraries?

I am going to implement a closed-source, commercial application that uses and links statically the modbus-esp8266 library which is released under a BSD New license. At the same time, you can see in ...
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Are 2 and 3-clause-BSD licenses' texts in the public domain?

I've been reading about BSD Lisenses on Wikipedia recently and the article said that 4 and 3-clause BSD Licenses' texts are in the public domain. But there weren't any links that would prove this ...
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Blue Oak Model License vs BSD-2-Clause Plus Patent License

According to an article by Kyle E. Mitchell, the biggest difference between the Blue Oak Model License and the BSD-2-Clause Plus Patent License is that the former "gives even broader patent ...
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BSD license attribution

I'm planning to use PCRE2 in my program, which is written in C (Licensed under GPLv3). PCRE2 is licensed under BSD license, with a few changes. Go to this page to see the license: https://github.com/...
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Regarding the license's condition(MIT, BSD-3...), how to satisfy the condition "License and copyright notice"? [duplicate]

For example, in the laravel project, when I run the command composer i, all the packages which were specified in composer.json will be installed in the vendor folder. As long as each of them already ...
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BSD-3 Licensing in Framework's Documentation

I am a Flutter developer, and it's documentation code samples are licensed under BSD-3, does that mean when learning from it and then applying that to my code I should include the license in my code (...
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Including portions of MIT and BSD-licensed code in proprietary software [duplicate]

I'd like to include some code from MIT- and BSD-licensed libraries in a proprietary package, but for reasons of performance (and just organising the code better) would like to take portions of the ...
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BSD-3/MIT etc. - How "often" do I need to include the license text?

For instance, the BSD-3 Clause license states: Redistributions in binary form must reproduce the above copyright notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer in the documentation and/...
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Can I close source a derivative work of an OSS project I am the copyright holder? [duplicate]

I have a new project that will be open source, but want a fork to override some implementations just for me. (a package inside a Go project) I am the copyright holder of the project (upstream) I have ...
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BY-SA 4.0 Bulk Compatible Other Licenses likes MIT, BSD3

On the CCL official website, it says BY-SA 4.0 is compatible with FAL and GPL 3.0 (one-way only). Then, is it compatible with other licenses such as MIT and BSD licenses? Other license -> BY-SA 4.0 ...
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Distributing equipment that uses BSD3 licensed software

I have inspected bsd3 license and it seems like a good permissive license for open source software. However I have a question: Do I need to distribute licensing of a software that I have used (bsd3 ...
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Name/pseudonym change in copyright notice in license

I have several open source projects and was about to upload another one (to github) when I started wondering about the licensee in the license text. Some of my existing projects use either my real ...
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May I modify source released under the BSD-2-Clause license and release the result under *only* the BSD-3-Clause license?

I typically release the projects I create under the BSD-3-Clause license, but also don't generally create a project which is "mine" using substantial parts of someone else's code. (...
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Is it possible to move from BSD-2-Clause-Views to BSD-2-Clause without contacting previous contributors

A project I'm maintaining is currently licensed under BSD-2-Clause-Views. I want to change it to the more widely used BSD-2-Clause. https://spdx.org/licenses/BSD-2-Clause-Views.html https://spdx.org/...
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Does BSD 3-clause license allow gaining protection for modifications to the original source code?

Suppose I have acquired a source code that is Copyright (c) XYZ according to the BSD 3-clause license. Now, I modify this source code and protect the end result software under a proprietary license. ...
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Reuse of source code having BSD License in Android App

I have successfully developed an Android App in Android Studio but the final thing which is disturbing me is that, my app contains code from a GitHub repository that has BSD license as given below: ...
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What is the difference between the 2-clause and 3-clause BSD license? [duplicate]

The only difference between the text of the 3-Clause BSD License and the 2-Clause BSD License is that the 3-Clause BSD License has this additional clause: Neither the name of the copyright holder nor ...
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Using the name of a BSD-3 licensed project, when it is not a dependency

BSD-3 License A permissive license similar to the BSD 2-Clause License, but with a 3rd clause that prohibits others from using the name of the project or its contributors to promote derived products ...
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REST Endpoint using MIT and BSD 3-clause license libraries

I am making a small side project to make a few dollars. The project basically consists of a couple of RESTful endpoints. My endpoints use various libraries released under MIT and BSD 3-clause licenses,...
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Does a BSD-3 repository own Pull Requests?

I submit a large PR to repository X. Later, I close the PR and make my own repository that uses some of X's code, and give X due attribution in the NOTICE file and function docstrings. At time of ...
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How to implement BSD Licensed library to MIT License project?

Currently, i'm facing a problem with library licensing in web development. I have my web project in MIT license. Now i'm trying to use library(javascript) that using BSD 2 License (Source from Github)....
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BSD-3, third clause clarification

Neither the name of the [organization] nor the names of its contributors may be used to endorse or promote products derived from this software without specific prior written permission. What's this ...
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Who owns copyright if I place code in a repository but do not update the copyright notice?

I think my case is covered by Who will be the copyright owner of a new file in a forked repository on github?, but I want to be sure that it applies in my situation, too. I forked a project licensed ...
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I have taken concepts from two libraries: 1 using BSD3 license and 1 using Apache 2

I have taken concepts and code snippets from two libraries: 1 using BSD3 1 using Apache 2 and make modifications. BSD3 says must include copyright and license Apache 2 says must include copyright, ...
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How do I use a 3rd party 3-clause BSD license in a LGPL project?

I'm thinking of publishing my project (VSCode extension; binary and source) under LGPL. My code "statically links" a static library that is licensed under 3-clause BSD. Does that work? How ...
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When should I include the BSD-3 license since it's not explicitly included in the releases? [duplicate]

If a javascript library is licensed under BSD-3, but the license itself isn't distributed with any versioned releases from the author (only a copyright notice and a link to the main site) should I ...
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License notice for BSD and MIT licenses

Should I put the complete text of BSD or MIT license to every file? For longer licenses like GPL or MPL, there is a license notice. It is relatively short text that says what license is selected for ...
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How should I append my license on file headers in case BSD 3-Clause to Apache 2.0?

[0] From my understanding via http://www.apache.org/legal/resolved.html that to ASF/Apache 2.0, BSD 3-Clause is a Cat-A license, thus I could include a BSD 3-Clause upstream project under my Apache 2....
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Preventing commercial exploitation of small changes that require a lot of work

At my previous job I was responsible for building and maintaining a library in their ecosystem. The project is mature in the sense that no major new features are being implemented. It is still ...
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Providing compiling instructions for AGPLv3 software as part of a BSD licensed code

I develop a software that is licensed under BSD-4, but has some optional modules that rely on different existing third party libraries (TPL) which are licensed under AGPL v3 . The optional modules can ...
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How do I license my code that needs to include code under 'GPLv2 only', 'GPLv3' and 'BSD 3'?

If I understand the table (mentioned at https://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-faq.html#AllCompatibility) correctly, I can use either 'LGPLv2.1 only' or 'LGPLv2.1 or later' for my code if I want to include ...
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Is Docker (Apache 2.0) compatible with GPLv2 or BSD Licensed projects?

I'm developing a project that includes a section with an implementation on Docker, but Docker is based on Apache 2.0 license. I saw that Apache 2.0 is incompatible with GPLv2 and I want my project to ...
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Given the existence of the Apache license, and the reasons for it over MIT/BSD license, is it still safe to use MIT/BSD?

Apache license exists as a permissive open-source license as opposed to MIT/BSD license with the perceived benefit that it also protects authors from patent violations. Although I think I read ...
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Do you have to be mark the changes when modifying code under MIT, Apache2.0 or BSD?

I'm currently programming a Flutter mobile app and a website. I use code from the MIT license on the website and the app. In the app I also use code under the Apache 2.0 license and the BSD 3 clause. ...
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Can I use my project with MongoDB in docker container and publish it on GitHub under GPLv3?

I have a plan to use own project (Django backend + React SPA) under GPLv3 in my portfolio with repository on GitHub for all parts of my project. My project is simple landing page with text data and ...
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How to indicate a change of copyright holders in modified work?

I've written a 3-BSD library while working someplace for a few years; and myself and my workplace are copyright holders jointly. After leaving, I've continued development - on my own. Naturally, my ...
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Do significant changes to code allow a license change from 3-BSD to something else? [duplicate]

Suppose person X writes some library foolib, licensing it under the 3-BSD license. Person Y now takes the foolib sources and develops it further, making significant changes: More functionality, ...
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Can I use Apache 2.0 licensed project inside my BSD 3-clause licensed project?

I am working on a (GitHub) project that I want to open-source with BSD 3-clause license and I am using some code parts and files from Apache 2.0 licensed projects. So I have three questions: Is this ...
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What does "with modifications" mean in BSD licenses?

All BSD licenses start with the following paragraph: Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without modification, are permitted provided that the following conditions are met: ...
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Redistribution of BSD source code

If I can access a source code with a BSD license, who, if anybody, do I need to ask permission to use/modify/commercialize/redistribute the code (under BSD license conditions)? The BSD license allows ...
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In the BSD license, what does "redistribution" mean?

I'm trying to understand all the responsibilities of this license. Does redistribution mean: publicly placing a windows .exe using the BSD licensed library for users to download on a website(free and ...
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How to use LGPL with embedded firmwares?

I am developing a firmware for embedded devices. The project contains many libraries, plus one main executable that uses all the libraries. Each component is compiled individually. In the final step, ...
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Can I create a copy of the BSD licensed SDK library to connect to another API and have another name?

I'd like to make an SDK library to connect to an specific API and I found a library under the BSD 3-Clause "New" or "Revised" License and copyrighted by the author that I could &...
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How should I put attribution or license when using a minified version of code which does not assert copyright?

I am using some JavaScript code under the BSD 3-Clause License. However, the minified version that they provided does not assert the said license. Is it fine if I just copy the license provided in ...
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VBA-JSON v2.3.1 -> Licencing question -> meaning of “All rights reserved”

This is my first question in this forum so please accept my apology if I did not comply with the expected rules. I am starting as a developper and I am interested in using the code proposed by Tim ...
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