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Is the QWERTY keyboard layout proprietary?

Is the keyboard layout QWERTY proprietary? Can one use it in their own keyboard apps without buying a license? If no, are there any non-proprietary keyboard layouts?
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Can a company circumvent the freedom of distribution on GPL software for its employees or service providers?

This post contains various related questions, but I think it's needed to solve my doubts properly. As far as I know if I can access a free software I have the freedom to run, study, modify and ...
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How should copyright notices be included when distributing source of modified Apache 2.0 code commercially?

A company wants to distribute a product which includes a browser extension. A browser extension is implemented in JavaScript, so it's distributed in source code form. Parts of extension are written by ...
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Shapefiles in R maps package (GPL-2)

I hope this is the right forum for this question, I came her form stackoverflow. I would like to include some world maps in my academic publication. As the title suggests, I am working with the maps ...
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How much changes to open source code is needed to remove the //Copyright (c) 2017 notice, or can it never be removed

As the question state. When using open source code and there is a // Copyright (c) 2017 xxxxx in the file. I know I must keep the notice but if I change the code a bit or much do I always keep it or ...
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How can I license my GitHub Page hosted in a open-source template?

Let's assume the following situation: I have created a personal blog hosted on Github Pages, based in a modified version of a template from HTML5UP, which is available for free for personal and ...
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Is it OK to use unlicensed GitHub code in a thesis, by having explicit permission to do so?

I am writing my Master Thesis. I used code from GitHub for my application and did modifications and extended its functionality to adjust my requirements. I am also citing the code in my own code and ...
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Does every adaptation of a CC BY-SA work violate its terms?

I read somewhere (I cannot recall where) that licensing a work under a Creative Commons license (or any license, really) is like adding a second license on top of the "license" that ...
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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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Confused by html2canvas library's license

I was planning to use html2canvas The license is really confusing to me, as it's never stated which parts are for Microsoft, which are not and if the whole code is licensed under MIT, as it also ...
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Does learning boilerplate code from a project with a restrictive license make my own work derivative?

I have an application I want to put my own license on. In order to get my application started, I wrestled with boilerplate code issues I was not able to find answers for online. When I tried launching ...
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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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Is it possible to use D3 word cloud on your (for profit) website for free?

I am trying to create a website using React, and I need to implement a word cloud. Is the D3 word cloud free? I have read the LICENSE file, and it says it is protected by copyright. I am not sure I ...
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If source code is only labelled “copyright” - what kinds of use, if any, are allowed? [duplicate]

The specific example I have in mind is the code posted along with a descriptive article at: Lines with Arrows, Charles Petzold, April 18, 2007, New York, N.Y. In the article it simply says: © 2007, ...
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How does copyright interact with licenses?

This came to my mind recently as I was thinking of releasing some code I wrote under a license. The Xcode IDE automatically inserts the following at the top of new files: // // [filename] // [...
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How can I use programming documentation without infringing copyright?

I have a really hard time understanding how can I use copyrighted programming documentation, tutorials, articles, blogs, etc. presented as text or video, without infringing copyright? I will explain ...
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license: is a correctness proof of a piece of code a derivative of the code

Suppose you take a piece of GPL code and write an English document sketching a proof of correctness of the code. Would your document be considered a derivative of the code. Can it only be distributed ...
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Is copyright of a contribution to a BSD 2-clause project automatically assigned to the project's copyright owner?

The 2-clause BSD licence includes the clause: Redistributions of source code must retain the above copyright notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer. What implications does this ...
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Time limit to supply source code under GPL

About a week ago I found some commercial software that is closed source using two GPL v2 licensed packages in the binaries. I emailed the company back and forth and they finally agreed that they would ...
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Copyright holder in R packages

I am developing an R package and distribute it under the GPL-2 license by submitting it to CRAN. According to CRAN's Writing R extensions, i am the author and maintainer of the source code. The R ...
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What licenses and copyright notices I should include with dynamically linked libstdc++ and how to do it properly?

While libstdc++ (and GCC) is licensed under GPLv3 + GCC Runtime Library Exception, and glibc is under LGPLv2.1, the header files (see, for example, <memory> and <vector> for libstdc++-v3) ...
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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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How to fill the “name of copyright owner” in the license, if there are multiple authors?

There is an open source project, licensed under Apache License 2.0. It is abandoned, so I would like to fork it, do some significant modifications, and publish it again as an open source project, ...
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Copyright issue of the interface of Windows Notepad [closed]

I'm developing Windows application. It is crypto-functioning notepad. And its design(UI interface) is almost(approx 90%?) same with Microsoft Windows Notepad. Differences are only some buttons and ...
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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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What can I assume about the copyrightablity of a certain method of doing something programatically appearing on multiple websites

Hypothetical Scenario: Lets say that, I need to find a way to delete an image from a list of images in a Java program. I go online to learn how to delete an image programmatically, and as I am ...
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How prohibitive is this Intel copyright clause in Microsoft Windows SDK sources?

We have an open source project going on Github and so far, have been able to comply with all licensing terms and conditions of libraries used, to the best of our knowledge. Today when debugging, I ...
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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 Flameshot mislabeled on the Ubuntu Software Center?

Recently, I have seen Flameshot labeled as proprietary on the Ubuntu Software Center: (german text, "Proprietär" means "proprietary") Is Flameshot mislabeled on the Software Center, as it's official ...
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Modifying and Using Open Source Software licensed under GNU Lesser General Public License, v2.1

TL;DR: Is it legal to use a modified version of the product licensed under LGPL 2.1, for commercial purposes and without the permission of the author (because the authors cannot be reached), and ...
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How do I use GNU licensed code copyrighted by the original author?

I am writing open-source code based on another author's open-source code. The original author licensed the code under the GNU Public License and copyrighted it under his name. I am, of course, ...
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if a company rewards the use of software, which license should apply? [closed]

I need to develop free software for a company. The company will reward me with 8% of the profits. I have to give the source code to the company so that they can modify it if necessary. Is there a ...
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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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Which author/copyright holder “type” is allowed in the MIT license? Pseudonym, Company name, …?

In many licenses you have to (or can?) state who is the author of the project, which is the one who "owns" the intellectual property (= the copyright holder). In the MIT license it e.g. is said like ...
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MIT license ambiguity about copyright?

I asked this question in softwareengineering.stackexchange.com but it was pointed out to me that it is better suited to be posted here. I deleted the original thread in the other subforum. So the ...
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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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Can I modify source code licensed under MIT license without publishing my changes?

Imagine I write a piece of software, which uses some MIT-licensed library. Let's assume that I modified that library. My software (of which that library is part) produces some content, which I sell ...
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Is it legal to have the “// (c) 2019 John Smith” header in all files when there are hundreds of contributors?

Companies use headers like // Copyright 2011 The Go Authors. But countless projects with a single maintainer have // Copyright 2011 John Smith even though they have hundreds of contributors, all ...
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Copyright notice in the binaries of a library

I'm building a library that is based on a modified version of an already existing source released under the GPLv2 license. I'm modifying each files of the original project to adapt it to my needs, ...
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Can I skip the end of term for my license in the preamble of my source code?

I have a software for which I set the license at the beginning of each file. The model I have is the following: // ************************************************************************** // // // ...
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Copyright of scientific figures

Hope this question fit well in this community. Suppose that I create a scientific figure using some programs, e.g., Matlab/Python from some data. However, the programs script for generating the data ...
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What licensing should I include or consider if I am building a program in Python and a range of PyPi libraries?

The program I am building for our production system relies heavily and Python and a few libraries such as pandas, flask, jupyter and pillow. I have observed that the licensing tied to them are mainly ...
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Do I need to display copyright information of third-party libraries?

My software project is using several third party libraries which have different licenses (LGPL, MIT, BSD). I distribute the dlls of those libraries, and I understand that I need to give license ...
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Open-source license that should aware if I want monetize my project

I'm creating a website. Some of functionaly is using open-source libraries from npm, github, etc. I want to monetize my sites using ads, or even I want to create some sites template and sell to ...
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Distributing MIT application with GPLv3 plugin without releasing source for MIT application

We have a MIT licensed application which we sell packed under virtual appliance to our customers. the application has a marketplace where users can download and install additional plugins. We wish to ...
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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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Donations for an open source project that is based on other strategy game

I have a question about donations to an open source project that is based on an old strategy game from 90 years (they have own developers and own big publishers and even sells in Steam now). So we ...
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Can the developer of GPL software assert copyright/usage claims over assets generated with that software?

Given that I create a 3d model of a tree using a GPL plugin in GPL 3D software (Blender). The addon generates this 3d tree model from scratch, using an algorithm. No other external assets are used. ...
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Do you require contributors to your open source code to assign copyright?

I'm in the process of writing an open-source application. It is not yet ready for public consumption, but I am building up to releasing it. One thing I wondered was if you required contributors to ...
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What's the difference between Copyright and Licensing?

Preamble There are two other questions, specifically related to Licensing and Copyright. In reviewing the answers and comments, I get the feeling that people generally consider the two to be the ...

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