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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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Are there any 3rd-party licenses' obligations when using GCC's libstdc++ while linking dynamically?

The libstdc++ as a whole is under GPLv3 + GCC Runtime Exception. However, in files such as <vector> and <memory> we can easily see code with additional licenses (libstdc++-v3, last ...
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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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What is the equivalent to “fair use” in Europe? [migrated]

I'm preparing to publish an open source library. In order to research local law, I wanted to know if there is an equivalent term for the USA "fair use" in European law?
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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 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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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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Who owns the copyright to code which the author was paid to write?

For example, the repository owner owns the app, publishes the partial source code, and creates few tasks supported by some bounty to write some new components (such as new functions, classes, etc.). ...
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Copyright of proprietary code created by author of MIT licensed code

I have employed a developer for a project who has developed a CMS platform and licensed it under MIT license. Now that developer is going to use that MIT licensed CMS in my project. No problem. The ...
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How should I assert copyright when I'm forking an MIT project?

I have an open source software project licensed under MIT. The MIT License (MIT) Copyright (c) 2016 Håvard Fossli Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any .... I found ...
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Can the fine print (ToS) of Github permit them to seize copyright of my code if someone else uploaded it? [duplicate]

I was alarmed to see that someone uploaded one of my old GPL'd projects to Github. I don't use Github or any other Microsoft product. Github has refused to remove it however, and suggests I contact ...
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What do I need the company I work for to do to open source a program I wrote for them?

I would like to open-source a program I wrote for my employer. As I understand it, this is a “work for hire” (at least in the United States) since I wrote the code for them and on their time. This ...
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Selecting the right licensing model

I'm trying to select the correct licensing model for training content I create and currently host on Github. The content may be migrated in the future to another hosting platform or be converted to a ...
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Including copyrighted specifications in an MIT-licensed project

I am working on a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), library released under an MIT license, however, the sources contain XML specifications which are owned by the Bluetooth SIG. As an example, here is an ...
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Can someone else patent an invention that I have introduced in my open source project?

Is open source protected in any way if I haven't filed for a patent myself? Maybe a specific license? Any examples of open source projects that introduced 'inventions' that could be patented (but they ...
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As the owner of a GPLv3 project, what type of restrictions will be placed on me if I accept contributions?

For example, will accepting someone's copyrighted contribution prohibit me from changing the license, accepting donations towards the project, or anything else?
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Can I use and distrubute code posted on JSFiddle

I'd like to use code posted on JSFiddle in a project but do I have permission to do so? I read the terms of service but they do not mention anything about licensing the code they host. Instead its ...
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What year to use copyright - current year or library build year?

When attributing open source software, do you always default to the current year or the year that the library you are using was built? For example, I'm using MIT licensed software from a build in ...
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Are downloaded data automatically licensed?

If a purely Apache v2 licensed software automatically downloads data files from its copyright holder's website without asking the user, does that automatically grant Apache v2 license to the ...
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Are there legal reasons blocking the use of Apache 2 License in France

A French citizen has suggested that there are legal reasons why he cannot contribute to a project using the Apache 2 license. I responded saying: French people have contributed to such things ...
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MIT License for a jointly developed website

My friend and I developed an open-source non-commercial website which we would like to publish with MIT license. Mit License starts with words Copyright (c) [year] [fullname] Is it OK to write both ...
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If I just look up a solution for a programming problem do I need to cite the source?

For example, I needed to implement my own pagination system, but I did not know the logic behind a system like that, so I would look up how to do it and then after understading how to do it I would ...
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Do permissive or copyleft licenses have a limited term based on US copyright law?

If you write a book, the copyright for that work is protected for a long time, but the work will eventually enter the public domain under US copyright law. Does the same thing apply to pieces of ...

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