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Questions tagged [copyright]

Use this tag on questions about the copyrighting process and principles. Questions solely pertaining to general copyright are off topic.

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Who owns the rights to a logo contributed to an open-source project?

I recently designed a logo for an MIT-licensed open-source project. That same open-source project has now launched a commercial offering under the same name (just using a .com instead of .org) domain,...
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How do I detect an AGPL violation?

For client side code, even if it is obfuscated or is just a binary, I can imagine there might be ways of doing this, but if I have some server-side AGPL licensed code, how am I supposed to know that ...
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Can I use API exposed in an open source project (MIT License) in a commercial software?

I wanted to use an api that is exposed in an open source project under MIT License.There's no restrictions mentioned for the use of api anywhere in the License neither it says that we can use the api ...
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Copyright of MIT licenced libraries usage within GPL licensed code

My software is complete written in python and has the following architecture of down cascaded dependencies. I plan to share my whole source code (FileA, FileB, FileC) next time in github: FileA: Own ...
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Does a central copyright and license notice cover all the files in a software program?

Some open-source programs have a single copyright and license notice in the README file, while others put a notice in each file in the program. I prefer the first practice because it makes the code ...
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Can someone explain the basic requirements of Open Source Qt LGPL to a beginner?

I’m a automotive electronic and electrical engineer with little to no software experience. I need to hire a developer to develop Windows GUI application that is used to configure and program a ...
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Is there a good license for a libertarian programmer who's against intellectual property?

I know, I know, you're probably thinking CC0 or WTFPL or something along those lines. But the thing is, the way I see it, people have a right to redistribute anything, even if the author doesn't want ...
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How to properly display the Copyright information in the User Interface or product documentation?

In order to fulfill license obligations (in some cases) one must display the copyright information (when not delivering source code). Should one display (in GUI or IFU) the copyright information of ...
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Do project owners have to comply with their software's license? [duplicate]

Say that I create an open source project with a license X, that grants user the capacity to edit and distribute my code, but under the same license. Do I, as the owner and copyright holder, have to ...
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Copyright notice in the file header (Apache v2 license)

Recently, about 50 top contributors (including myself) decided to fork Swagger Codegen to maintain a community-driven version called "OpenAPI Generator" (https://github.com/OpenAPITools/openapi-...
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Is it correct in general to have both MIT and Apache license for the same project

I am using the javascript library Datejs in my project, the library states in their website that the code is released under the MIT Licence but the code published on their GitHub account is published ...
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How should I license my project if it can install GPL-based plugins?

I'm developing a software which has two parts, kernel and plugins, their code are completely separated. Here's the question: Some of the plugins should be GPL based, as they invoked GPL code. The ...
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Whether to open source a specific project

As the owner of a company that has a Web application, I would like to make that code freely available for people to contribute code to. There are several places where this is a specific application, ...
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How to use software published under MIT without copyright notice?

MIT License says: The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software. However, a few repositories do not have any ...
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Can one get all copyrights on derivative software if one add enough new code?

According to german law, can one get all copyrights on software derivative if one added enough new code? if yes, how is the "percentage of new code" measured? if yes, are there such paragraphs in ...
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Can i use a GPLv2 module in my commercial application?

I am developing a commercial wordpress plugin. There is a form module that i have to develop however, i found one already built under GPL2 here https://github.com/weDevsOfficial/weforms All other ...
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Declaring copyright anonymously

I want to release some software anonymously. My first idea was to release it to the public domain, but I have found out that it is not a safe practice due to incompatibilities with the legislation of ...
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can I use CC BY-SA 3.0 media (pictures) in a software partly licensed under a non-derivative license?

I am working on a software wich contains graphics i didn't make that are licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0. since the software contains other parts I didn't make, I want to put it under two different ...
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Can I use my username in copyright?

I am releasing a program under the GNU GPL v3.0. I need to include a copyright notice. Is it ok to use my username in the copyright notice as I don't want to use my real name?
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Can a GitHub Organization assert copyright?

I started an OSS project with a fellow coding enthusiast in 2014 (that has since pretty much left the project, although as far as I can tell he's still following everything that's going on). Since the ...
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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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How accept contributions from people who don't know what a Pull Request is?

Someone sent me [ a translation to a new language ] of the open source software I'm developing. He attached the translation messages file to a private message in the discussion forum I've setup for ...
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Using a person's name for an open source project

I'm looking for a name to give my open-source and non-profit project that will best represent its purpose. Presently, the ideal name for the project would be the name of a certain individual (Ken ...
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Commercial print (shirt) of GitHub repository

GitHub offers a list of 33 licenses: Academic Free License v3.0 afl-3.0 Apache license 2.0 apache-2.0 Artistic license 2.0 artistic-2.0 Boost Software License 1.0 bs1-1.0 BSD 2-clause "Simplified" ...
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Can I commercially use a fixed source code distributed under GPL?

There is this source code on github (a PHP class, around 200 lines of code) distributed under GPL license which has some bugs and is not useful to me unless those bugs are fixed. If I fix those bugs, ...
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Change text of original author

I am thinking about using this library: https://github.com/rxi/classic/blob/master/classic.lua and I have a question regarding the first few lines: -- -- classic -- -- Copyright (c) 2014, rxi -- -- ...
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Modifying file without copyright under Apache 2.0

I'd like to use a modified version of a certain file from an open source project that is licensed under the Apache 2.0. The file itself doesn't contain copyright notice neither the project does. Now, ...
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What license is the text of “Unlicense” licensed under?

If I want to license my software under the term of Unlicense, I'm supposed to include its text in a file and place the file in the repository alongside my project. When I distribute the project, I'm ...
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How do you copyright/license software based on MIT-licensed open source code?

I am a former developer that codes in my spare time for fun and to maintain some level knowledge in the subject. So I found an interesting proof of concept online. I saw the potential to modify it and ...
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Quoting your own content (in your own work, licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0) to avoid licensing it

Bob writes an article and licenses it under CC BY-SA 3.0. Certain laws can permit Bob to include someone else’s content in his article, even if this content isn’t compatibly licensed. For example, ...
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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 an existing license that is copy-left by default, but allows use in proprietary software through case-by-case negotiation?

I'm looking for a license which is designed such that anyone can use my code so long as the license they release it under is copy-left. However, I'd also like to be able to license my code out for ...
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Does reading code and re-implementing the logic, and releasing under your name count as a licensing violation of MIT?

I'm not clear on what counts as a "copy" in the case of code. If I read your code, that was MIT licensed, implement a similar logic on my own and use no code fragments from the original author, does ...
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Avoiding copycats when open sourcing website

I run a free website that lets users pull data out of a database that I maintain. Sometimes users make suggestions as to improvements to existing reports or new reports they would like to see. While ...
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Are you allowed to use open source content as your own?

Can you simply just take open-souce content and use it as your own? I have seen this a lot of times. For example, this tutorial http://slashtutorial.com/rust/ was taken from https://github.com/...
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DCMA Takedown Notice received for distributing software licensed under Apache 2.0

A browser plugin was removed from one of the app stores last year as it had stopped working, and the author was no longer maintaining it in favor of their standalone desktop apps. I preferred using ...
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Can I remove some copyright holders from headers and replace them by a generic “and contributors”?

The project I'm involved in currently has headers of the following form: The X Development Team Organization A - Organization B - Organization C - Copyright 1999-2018 This file is distributed under ...
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How to release small part of my code as an opensource plugin to allow free reuse (including by myself at my work)

I am working with Unity3D on a commercial project, and have found that some vital part of working with social accounts is not implemented, namely - authorized API calls. I am almost done implementing ...
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Is it possible to transfer an MIT license?

Let's say that I have an MIT license on some open source software I created. I understand that with an MIT license, I need to state the license information in certain points of a code. I was wondering ...
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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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Is a custom license enforcable? [duplicate]

I have written my own license recently which can be found here. If I applied my licence to my work (in the same way I'd apply the MIT license on a GitHub repo for example) would my license be valid ...
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Removing copyright from the footer of a website theme

I have a WordPress theme developed by GoDaddy (license: GPL-2.0). The footer of all pages has this copyright: Primer WordPress theme by GoDaddy. I want to remove it, is it allowed? I have made ...
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Using CC BY-SA images in commercial print

I have created a custom set of playing cards and I want to use Wikimedia Commons pictures released as CC BY-SA 3.0 DE as illustration on the cards. Every card uses one picture. The pictures are not ...
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Getting rid of copyrighted work with incremental rewrite [duplicate]

I wrote an open source software (BSD-licensed) for my company, developed during business days and hours. The copyright belongs to my company. Now for some reason my company is no longer interested in ...
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How to legally use Jekyll themes by others?

I realize this may be an extremely basic question, but I'm confused about the legal issues that come with starting a blog and using a theme. I want to use the Clean Blog theme (by BlackrockDigital). ...
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Can I use small part of graphic in my GitHub project? [closed]

I am trying to make my small open-source web project for training purpose and put it on GitHub. I wanted to use frame from the existing game, but I don't know if I will have any issues from it. ...
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What to do if I can't find the copyright when using an open source library

I'm using an open source library to develop an application. The library is under the Apache 2.0 license. The license says you need to put a copy of the license and of the copyright into the software ...
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Can I change the copyright license, with this text in the CLA?

If I include this in the Contributor License Agreement (CLA) for an open source project I'm doing: (the following is from Apache's individual CLA) Grant of Copyright License. Subject to the terms ...
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Splitting a project into copyright and copyleft

Say I've been working on this java project for over a year, and it's necessary for this project to reference a GNU GPL licensed software library somewhere in there, then the whole thing suddenly poof ...
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Why copyright notices in source files?

Why does everybody writes the copyright notice on the top of a source file? Isn't LICENSE file in the root of the package enough?