Questions tagged [bsd]

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Opensource software company and license obligation

There is a company that uses opensource code licensed by GPLv2 and BSD, they have a page in their site that specifies a contact mail to request the opensource code and a list of the used open source ...
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3-Clause BSD vs AGPL for a startup FOSS product

It appears that many startups are using both licenses to create commercial FOSS products (note I am here more interested in complete products not libraries). Is the 3-clause BSD more protective for ...
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GPL/BSD-like Dual license add special clauses to the GPL

Quick question: I would like to publish a software under a self-written BSD-like license, and under the GPLv3. So far so good. If somebody would fork said project according to the GPL, I would, in my ...
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Can someone fork my GPL licensed project and re-license it under MIT or BSD?

I want all the people who link to my software should also release their code under GPL. But what if someone forked it and attempted to relicense it under the MIT, BSD, Apache, or LGPL licenses? Can I ...
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Is it allowed to redistribute a modification of BSD licensed software on OSSRH with my Maven groupId?

I modified a BSD licensed software and proposed the patch to the contributors. I has been discussed and refused. I'm respecting the decision not to merge the changes, however I want to provide the ...
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With BSD-3, do I need to propagate an “All rights reserved” statement?

I'm looking at a repository with the BSD-3 license in its LICENSE file, but in which the source files say: Copyright (c) Big Corp Inc. All rights reserved. When I redistribute / modify, and include ...
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How to handle a project with both MIT and BSD-3 licence

I have forked an open source project after the original maintainer has not responded for almost a year. The original developer left things in a bit of a mess however, and while there is a LICENCE file ...
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What to keep in BSD License when porting package to another language [duplicate]

I'd like to create a package based on an existing library written in a different language. The package will be a simple translation to the another language. The existing project is licensed under ...
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Can a GPLv3 project use BSDv3-licensed includes? [duplicate]

A company I work in has wrote an implementation of Reed-Solomon codes through Intel ISA-L library. Now I'm trying to start a discussion about open-sourcing our code, and distributing as a dual-...
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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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Release an application that uses Flutter under the GPL?

I want to write an Android application that uses Flutter. Flutter has the "BSD 3-Clause "New" or "Revised" License". But I want to release my application as an application under the GPL. Would it be ...
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What are my license obligations if I modify eclipse mosquito for commercial use

I am working for a service company. As per client requirement we need to slightly modify eclipse mosquito source code. It is dual licensed with EPL and EDL. (https://github.com/eclipse/mosquitto/blob/...
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Using an Image from a project governed by a BSD license

I wanted to use some images from a project governed by the 3-clause BSD license, but I can't find any information about whether it's allowed or not. The license specifies: "Redistribution and use ...
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What is the difference between the Apache License v2.0 and the BSD+Patent License?

To my current understandig, both the Apache License version 2.0 and the BSD+Patent grant you a license to any patent that the software is using. In what situation is the BSD+Patent license preferred ...
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Standard contract for OSS work

I'm the maintainer/main contributor to a Java library, that is open source software under BSD license. I currently receive no funding for my work in this project, but demand is rising. As a full time ...
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BSD 3-Clause library: redistribution in a Java library as a JAR file?

The ByteBuddy library (not intended for end-users, but for developpers) is distributed as a JAR file, which contains the compiled classes of ASM (https://asm.ow2.io/), licensed under the BSD 3-Clause. ...
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Do the licences permit GPL- and BSD-licensed applications to be used for government work?

I want to use GIMP, Inkscape, and Lightzone for work in a government environment. Not modify the software, just use the applications. Does the license allow me to use the software in such environment? ...
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Releasing Patch File for BSD3 Licensed Project

There is a simple project licensed under BSD3 that provides a CMake module. The project has a CMake build system that builds an example document by including the provided module. The CMake module has ...
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Distributing BSD-3 code under the Apache license v2 only

Alice and Bob write a piece of source code (call it Source1) and publish it under the BSD 3-clause license. Later, Bob and Charlie are working on a software project, licensed under AL2 (Apache License ...
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Why does the clause 3 of 4-clause BSD makes it incompatible with GPL?

As explained on the GNU GPL site, the 4-clause BSD is incompatible with GPL because of the clause 3 which states: All advertising materials mentioning features or use of this software must ...
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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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A small Go library under GPLv2, rewrite it under modified BSD

Go is using a modified BSD license. I would like to use the same license for some projects, most parts / libraries will be published under an open source license, but clients do demand some of the ...
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Can I share the code JUST with my client in BSD License?

I am wondering if I can use a license like BSD in the code of a software I am making for a client. They are not a software company so I don't think they want an exclusive use, but I want to give them ...
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Adding a very minor part of GPL3 code to a BSD-licensed project

I am porting a library that somebody else released under BSD-3 license from Fortran to C++. In order to make it run easily under C++, I am using an interface that is only a very minor and almost ...
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Can I take MIT licensed code and distribute it under BSD?

There is django-auth-kerberos (MIT) which I want to cherry-pick as initial implementation and include+modify as a plugin to python-social-auth/social-core (BSD). Does the MIT license permit this? Are ...
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Licensing a closed-source game to allow redistribution in an otherwise open-source project

tl;dr, how can I bundle a gratis but closed-source game in an otherwise BSD 2 clause licensed free software project? I develop a free software project which is licensed under the BSD 2 clause license....
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How does Linux with pre-installed binaries comply with binary redistribution license clause?

If I download Linux that comes with a pre-installed program in a binary form licensed under, let's say, BSD 2-clause, how does it comply with the following: Redistributions in binary form must ...
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Conditions on binaries incorporating BSD 3-clause licensed code

I have developed a software that uses (is statically linked to) code licensed under BSD 3-clause license. Just reading the license terms, it seems to me that I'm obliged to allow any one who I sell (...
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BSD 3-Clause: where to place license for binary installation?

We want to publish a project that does use some components under BSD-3-Clause license according to below: Redistributions in binary form must reproduce the above copyright notice, this list ...
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Redistributing LGPL source code or GPL packages on a BSD Licensed package

I have a python project licensed under BSD-License. On its bottom I use a source code written in C++ which is licensed as LGPL and I have an optional dependency on a python package licensed under GPL. ...
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Patent rights: BSD-3-Clause-Clear vs BSD-3-Clause

While the BSD-3-Clause is well known and thoroughly discussed here and elsewhere, I have been unable to find much information on precisely how the additional patent stipulation in the BSD-3-Clause-...
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Why GNU doesn't blame the zlib license of the same _patent treachery_ problems of the BSD-2 license?

GNU comments the BSD-2-clause license in: https://www.gnu.org/licenses/license-list.en.html#FreeBSD, referencing the comments on the BSD-3-clause license as all applying to the BSD-2-clause license. ...
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Publishing an open source project linked to commercial closed API

We are thinking about to publish a module of a commercial closed software as open source under e.g. MIT or BSD. The published open source module would have still some dependencies to the commercial ...
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Redistributing 7-Zip Binaries with LGPL & BSD 3-clause License

We want to use 7Zip to extract the contents of the ISO file in our paid product. There is no other API free library available as of now that can unzip ISO files on all Windows platforms that we want ...
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Clarification of BSD's second clause - binary must reproduce copyright notice?

The second clause of the BSD licences: Redistributions in binary form must reproduce the above copyright notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer in the documentation and/or ...
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Can I combine GPLv2 and BSD-3-Clause code and keep the BSD permissions?

I want to take some GPLv2 licensed code written by someone else and add code with a BSD-3-Clause license, originally written by someone else. This BSD-code has been modified by me to add some ...
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How to handle the copyright notice of a BSD 3-clause licence when modifying it

If I take some BSD 3-claused code and modify it, do I then have the right to place my own copyright under the original author's copyright notice? I.e. BSD 3-Clause License Copyright (c) 2018, ...
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Have I to credit imported bsd module in my python app?

I'm importrting colorama module licensed under BSD-3 licence to my python app. Have I to credit that module and how to do that on github?
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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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Having a mixed license repository with GPL and non GPL code

I have some code that I would like to integrate with a GPL licensed piece of code, my code is licensed BSD. If absolutely necessary I could license everything GPL, but if possible I would prefer to ...
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BSD licenses: What to do with “year” and “copyright holder”?

We develop a desktop application that uses some libraries with BSD-license. BSD licenses got this line: Copyright (c) "year", "copyright holder". Shall one leave it this way or do I have to fill ...
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Does this addition change the BSD 3-clause license?

I work for a group at our educational institution that licenses its software with a license that is verbatim the BSD 3-clause license with one sentence added under the copyright year/holder line. The ...
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Can I use code from an LGPL v2 licenced project in a BSD 3-clause licenced project?

There is a BSD 3-clause open source project I would like to contribute to. The code I would like to contribute is code that I do not own from an open source library released under the LGPL version 2. ...
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Simple permissive license that requires author statement in addition to copyright statement

I created an open source software component which I put under the MIT license. I chose it because I don't like legalese, and this license is about the shortest there is apart from public domain (which ...
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How is the FreeBSD project able to legally distribute GPLv2 software?

FreeBSD publishes "ports" (FreeBSD's term for packages) of software covered by the GPLv2, such as MySQL 5.6. The GPLv2 states: You must cause any work that you distribute or publish, that in whole ...
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Should I put PATENTS file to build folder

There is an editor Draft.js. It's licensed under the BSD-style License. Every file in the source code has a copyright notice. Here is a piece of that notice: * This source code is licensed under the ...
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Open source crypto project liability

I'm working on a crypto wallet for a top 50 cryptocurrency. I'm part of the core team and we were discussing potential liability around the app we're building. The user always has their wallet seed ...
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What's the usual procedure when using MIT or BSD-2-Clause licensed source code with something like `<script src="…`, `require(…` or `import …`?

This is not a legal question. It might touch the legal aspects around Open Source licenses but I need general help understanding how they work and what the usual procedure is. Part 1 of my question: ...
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Difference between GNU-GPL and BSD?

I was wondering what is the difference between these two licenses? I have looked around for GPL but in some places they say you have to post your code to public and in some places they say you don't ...