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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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 ...
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In software licenses, what does the "endorsement" clause exactly protect the licensor against?

In software licenses, what does this clause exactly protect the licensor against? Neither the name of the author nor the names of its contributors may be used to endorse or promote products ...
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Is the Facebook BSD+Patents licence (aka "The React Licence") compatible with the GPL?

Is the Facebook BSD+Patents licence compatible with the GPL (GPLv3), in the sense that one could: use code licensed under BSD+Patents, as part of a project, the rest of which you write yourself (own ...
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How does the BSD 2-Clause License copyright notice work?

I'm currently developing software which I later want to distribute. The software itself is open source and makes use of the MIT license. Now, here is the problem: I use one library which is licensed ...
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Can I distribute Boost-licensed code inside a BSD-licensed file?

I have a BSD-licensed piece of code, and I would like to integrate some code licensed under the Boost software license directly in the file, for reasons of portability. The file contains the full BSD ...
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Can I put my project unter zlib, when I use BSD libraries?

My project uses some libraries, which are licensed by BSD. Can I put my project under zlib license or do I have to follow BSD and put my project under BSD as well?
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Can I use PostgreSQL on a server for users to access a desktop application without sharing my source code?

I have a desktop application with a login where data users are loaded from a PostgreSQL database in a server on the web. This server has a website where the user can create an account and buy a ...
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Is it possible to move from BSD to MIT without author consent?

I'm author of a Python package released under BSD license. This work was published in a GitHub repository. Someone forked my repository. Did some improvements and published code under MIT license with ...
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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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Are Pull Requests to a BSD project also BSD? [duplicate]

Suppose on GitHub one has a BSD project. If people make changes and and then request for you to pull them, are those changes also BSD licensed by default?
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Use of a BSD License software in a thesis

I'm writing a master thesis and want to use software on BSD License to carry out my calculations. As I understand, I can use it freely since it's not even a commercial use. Just need somebody to ...
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Automated GPL download and installation in BSD project

I have a dependency on GPL-licensed library in the library I maintain. My library is BSD and must remain as such. Wondering if I can automate the download and installation of the GPL dependency in ...
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GPL and 3-clause BSD together

I want to make DLLs of my code (not the source) publicly available for any type of usage, but the code depends on a GPL-licensed DLL and a 3-clause BSD licensed DLL. What license should I use? And is ...
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Derivative work BSD license when not known original work

I want to put a BSD license in some code. I use part of code that doesn't have license information but it belongs to other people who I don't know. It was given to my from other privates but the code ...
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Under what licenses can I release open source software that uses PyQt?

Situation I have two software packages for which I need to choose a license and I'm not sure if they get along with the PyQt licensing schema (which uses the GNU GPL). Package A uses PyQt in a sense ...
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Use of BSD-3 Clause license and python software license for proprietary use

I am making a software in python programming language which uses libraries licensed under BSD-3 clause. Is it necessary for me to show my source code to users? Also can I restrict the distribution of ...
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How Can One Convert BSD Licensed Software into Protected, Monetizable Software (That's Still Open Source)?

1 Context Suppose BusinessCorp finds SoftwareProductA online. SoftwareProductA is made under a BSD License. Now BusinessCorp wants to monetize SofwareProductA, so it makes non-trivial adjustments to ...
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Can I redistribute a modified part of an open-source project under 3-clause BSD license

I would like to take a small stand-alone part of an open-source Python project (one class from a relatively big project), enhance it, and release it as separate project on PyPI so that I can use it ...
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Is it possible to move from MIT to BSD?

I commited some work on GitHub under the MIT license. Is it possible to move from MIT license to BSD-3 or 4 clauses for some of the projects? And as an extent, to any other license? If possible, is ...
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winpthreads license in a GPL project

I have a project that i have licensed under the GPL, and I would like to start working on parallelizing parts of it using OpenMP. To do this on windows using GCC, I apparently have to include the ...
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Do packages listed in a package.json file need to be documented individually?

I am trying to understand the general clause contained in most licenses that reads as follows The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial ...
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When was the BSD-2 Clause license published?

Title says it all: when was BSD-2 published? Everywhere I've looked has no information about when the BSD-2 "Simplified" license was published.
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Copyright until the present year in BSD license?

I have the following line in my BSD (new, 2 clause) open-source code: // Copyright (c) 2003-present, Jodd Team (http://jodd.org) Previously, I've used a real year (e.g. 2003-2014). However, updating ...
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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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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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We worked with BSD-license software and modified it and now want to allow others to help us

We use a software (a forum) written in PHP run on a single webserver. We modified the original software itself and applied software around it, e.g. using parts of the origin code in our own code. The ...
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BSD 3-clause: how to update with modifications?

Let's say I start with code that is (c) 2014 Struvious Featherstone and licensed according to the BSD 3-clause license. Now I make some changes for my employer Zippety Duda, Inc. and I want to ...
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Can I combine multiple 2-Clause BSD LICENSE files into one?

Suppose I have a program which uses the BSD 2-Clause license: Copyright (c) 2016 Myself All Rights Reserved [BSD 2-Clause boilerplate here] It happens to use a library, in some foo/ subdirectory ...
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Usage of the previous BSD in a commercial product? [duplicate]

If a company wants to use an application that is the BSD licence with this text below. Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without modification, are permitted provided that the ...
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Do you need to contact the author to use a BSD-licensed software?

If a company wants to use an application that is distributed under the BSD license with this text below. Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without modification, are permitted ...
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Practical implications of using bsd licensed code

Up to now, I've mainly been programming for fun projects on a small scale. Now I am planning the release of a larger iOS application in which I use BSD licensed code. I've know this is one of the ...
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BSD-2-Clause vs MIT [duplicate]

What is the biggest difference between a BSD-2-Clause license and an MIT license? What are the pros and cons of each?
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Using FreeBSD licensed code in a GPL3+ project

I have a code project which I have released under the GPL3+, which you can see here. I would like to implement a section of code that would use the lmfit nonlinear fitting library, provided here. The ...
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Derived work of BSD licensed software, how do I indicate this?

I found a javascript module (file), which contains two functions, and I would like to modify it under the terms of its BSD license. I'm happy for the resulting source file to be declared derived work ...
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Commercial software that includes open-source libraries under different licenses

I am planning to develop commercial software product that will include a few open-source libraries licensed under different licenses (licenses for different libraries different): MIT, Apache Software ...
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Can I distribute a BSD code with GPL v3 binaries?

I found a GPL v3 licensed library, that I can compile for various architectures and use in the code for a BSD licensed project. This means that I probably have to distribute the binaries with it. ...
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Usage of permissive BSD license

I want to start one e-commerce site , for which i chose the backbone framework which is under permissive BSD license , can i use it for commercial purpose. what are the things do i need to keep in ...
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Handling contributions in an opensource project

There is an opensource project that I started some years ago and I still maintain it. This project is licensed under the BSD (3 clause) license and at the moment I am the sole copyright holder and ...
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Convert Apache 2.0 code to BSD 3-clause [closed]

It is similar to this question, just this time code which is licensed under Apache 2.0 gets linked into code I have written, which is under the BSD 3-clause. Both are open-source, but I wanted to give ...
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