Questions tagged [bsd]

The license-specific tag for the BSD family of permissive open-source licenses. Use on questions about them; their origins, use, and design.

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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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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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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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BSD-3 Closed Source Attribution

I'm having some confusion with the BSD-3 license language. I am going to close source a bsd-3 project and make modifications to it. I will not be redistributing the code. It will be used as a SaaS. ...
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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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What are the essential differences between the BSD and MIT licences?

There are many articles out there which cover the topic in length and breadth, but so far I haven't found a nice, concise answer to the question. What are the most important differences between the ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Where do I mention copyright when using BSD-licensed open source code?

From the BSD license: Copyright (c) , All rights reserved. Redistributions of source code must retain the above copyright notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer. I'm ...
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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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Using dynamically linked library with BSD 3-clause License

If we are loading a closed source - dll dynamically in the source code which comes under three clause BSD license then is it mandatory to change license of my closed source dll to three clause BSD ...
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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 take BSD licensed code and distribute it under GPL?

Or in more general terms: Can I take code which is licensed under a permissive open source license (like the BSD license) and distribute it under a copyleft free software license (like the GPL)? ...
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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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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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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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Can I use BSD / MIT licensed code in a public-domain equivalent project?

As far as I know, the BSD 3-clause and MIT licenses are functionally equivalent. Can I take BSD/MIT-licensed code and use it in a project which I then release under CC0, the Unlicense, or similar? (...
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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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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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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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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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Is there a simple web licence for a backlink?

I'm a BSD developer, and I prefer to have a clear ISC licence at the top of every file that is fully self-sufficient in regards to the exact terms that I'm imposing on my work. Is there a variation ...
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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 ...
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How is the BSD GPL-compatible?

The BSD license says that derivative works may be distributed under the following conditions: Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without modification, are permitted ...
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If some software states it is BSD-licensed, how can it be distributing itself with GPL/LGPL components?

For a specific example relating to my question, I offer VisIt. Per the licensing information for VisIt, it is stated that it is BSD-licensed. But, looking over the libraries used in VisIt, it can be ...
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Valid locations for propagated MIT/BSD licenses?

Background My own project is a module for Python (without GUI, so this answer does not fully apply). It’s licensed with a three-clause BSD license which resides in a separate file (say License), and ...
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What does the Zstandard dual license mean?

I am looking at the Zstandard library and it says that it is dual licensed, BSD and GPLv2. What does it mean? If I use libraries in a non open source program will the license be GPL or BSD? In the ...
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What do I have to consider if I'm publishing software, where parts of it are written with another software under BSD license?

I'm going to publish a software, which tests are written with googletest framework. I've read the googletest license, but I'm not going to publish the source code or any modifications of it, or ...
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Can I use django-ckeditor in commercial projects without buying a CKeditor license?

I want to use django-ckeditor in a commercial project. Django-ckeditor is licensed under the BSD 3-clause license, but in CKeditor's official website it says that I've to buy a license to use it in a ...
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License details in languages other than English (American)

I am adding support to allow the use of GUI languages other than English (American) with a large GPL project that uses some MIT/3-Clause BSD libraries and I was wondering whether I should produce ...