Questions tagged [copyright]

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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?
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Can I assign a 2nd copyright to my employer

We are using some of my pre-existing, personally copyrighted open source software libraries at my employer. Recently they have asked me to "fix" the copyright so that it is theirs. I have no ...
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Copyright assignments in Germany

When contributing to some of their projects, the FSF requires you to assign the copyright to your work to the FSF. As I'm German, I'm interested in whether this is compatible with German law. German ...
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Why boilerplates are created from scratch, not forked?

I've checked couple dozens popular boilerplates (react, react-native, nodejs) and neither of them are forks from other boilerplates. Am i missing something? why are people writing them from scratch ...
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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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Is code generated from an interface definition file a derivative work?

Is stub code generated from an IDL file or a protobuf definition file a derivative work? This has come up recently in a developer discussion between several partner companies. Background: We use a ...
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I want to make an Android app like Calm/ Meditation Music/ Study Music. May I use their sound? [closed]

Can I use their sound in my app? Is there any way I can use their sound and not violate copyright?
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Handling copyright infringement in your own open source project

What do you do if you discover that some part of your own open source project infringes copyright? Consider the following hypothetical situation. An open source project's maintainer finds code in his ...
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Copyright on files copied from other Open Source project to my Open Source

I'm working on Open Source Java library. I don't want to waste time writing classes that Spring framework already has. I want to copy single files from Spring Framework and refactor it to cut ...
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How to deal with copyright infringement on GitHub

I have a public repository on GitHub. Some of the code was copy-and-pasted into another repository without keeping Licence headers and without any other back-linking to the original repository. How ...
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May I Use Graphics From Proprietary Games in FOSS?

May I use images made from NES game screenshots (Mario, Pac-Man) in an Open Source Project? E.g. these are for "Error happened" events: Notes: Pac-Man seems to be not from a game screenshot, but ...
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Projects which require copyright assignment from contributors?

I read the following in ØMQ - The Guide (in Chapter 6, in the section Licensing and Ownership): All patches are owned by their authors. There SHALL NOT be any copyright assignment process. Here we ...
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Why do licenses such as the MIT License specify a single year?

From opensource.org, the first line of the license reads, Copyright <YEAR> <COPYRIGHT HOLDER> If the development goes across January 1, or a repository consists of sources written in ...
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“SQLite is illegal in Germany” - really?

This blog post claims in passing that SQLite is illegal, at least in Germany, but potentially worldwide This is tacked onto another mostly-unrelated claim that GitHub's terms of service are ...
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What happens if I do not add a license to my open source project on Github? [duplicate]

I just received a notification about the following issue from a project I contributed in the past: Can it be a open source project? (Since the source code is already open, I think the title should be ...
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OpenSSL license questions

I want to make use of the OpenSSL library in a project, but I do not understand its license well, Then I would like to know: Does the OpenSSL license have copyleft? Should I give some attribution and ...
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Can I resubmit someone else's pull request if he does not sign CLA?

Someone helped with progress upstream at an open source project I really rely on. He basically did what I was not capable of and now I am waiting for his pull request to be merged and included in ...
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can I use this GitHub library that is using a patented data compression?

I was looking the repository https://github.com/ladislav-zezula/StormLib and it's using the MIT license, so far so good. However, looking at the following file https://github.com/ladislav-zezula/...
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Re-assigning copyright on GPL licensed software - does the assigner still have a copy?

I have built upon software that is released under GPLv2 (with the 'at your option, a later version' addition), and am now conveying that software to my client under GPLv3. Of course, I provide the ...
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Understanding a Perl module license

Can someone clarify these claims: This module is free software you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself. Copyright (C) year Some Author. All Rights Reserved It ...
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Is the text in my open source project under the GPL?

I have an open source project that used to be under the GPL licence (now it has no licence). In this repository I had many short stories. My intention was for the code to be open source but the ...
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Is this copyright infringment?

I created a project to validate objects. It's influenced by a fairly known project called FluentValidation by Jeremy Skinner which has an Apache License. Both projects do the same, provide an API ...
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To which extent GPL license contaminates my project?

We're planning to develop an Windows application which simulates an embedded system containing 2 applications (that communicate through OS messages) and sell it as a whole package appication "F": we ...
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Does the AGPL help to protect against closed source if the application is run on a remote server and proxied by a separate service?

Note that there is this related question of which this question is by no means a duplicate. It refers to a related but separate scenario. Long question title, I'll just go with an example. Suppose I ...
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Does the GNU Affero GPL help to protect against closed source if the application is run on a remote server?

Note that there is this related question of which this question is by no means a duplicate. It refers to a related but separate scenario. I'*m about to release an application and yet need to choose a ...
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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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Does the GNU GPL imply that I hold copyright?

Would it be possible to release my copyright (essentially put it in the public domain) but still have the software licensed under the GNU GPL?
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Use babylon glossary in an open source (GPL) dictionary app

I want use babylon glossary in an open source (GPL) dictionary app. They don't have any license in them. Can I use them? What about glossaries of commercial dictionaries like oxford, longman, …? Ccan ...
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Does CreativeCommon ShareAlike allow logo removal or rebranding

I am the author of a open source library for websites that is licensed under LGPL. To make this library easy to use for non-developers I plan to create a simple to use UI-component based on the ...
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Assigning copyright to a foundation rather than to me

When creating an open source project, I also write: Copyright <my name> Licensed under <the license>. There are several problems with that: My future self might use the copyright to ...
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Rules for appropriate editing of copyright notices in cloned, Apache-2.0-licenced, opensource repositories

I have cloned a repo under the Apache 2.0 licence and am changing content. under section 4 of the licence: a. You must cause any modified files to carry prominent notices stating that You changed ...
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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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AGPL v3 project with MIT licensed framework

I wish to create an AGPLv3 project which uses an underlying framework which is MIT-licensed. The framework offers some source code which needs to/can be modified to make the framework bend to the ...
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Can a team be the copyright holder (MIT)?

I'm developing in a team of OSS developers and currently my name is specified in all LICENSE files or copyright headers. But, as it's a teamwork instead of writing "Copyright (c) 2017 MY Name" I would ...
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Why use licenses? Why not release open source code to public domain?

Why do most open source projects use licenses instead of simply releasing the code into the public domain?
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Plagiarism? What are the requirements to Modeling/adapting published research for software development? [closed]

I would like to create a suite of software tools (for commercial use) to be used by medical professionals in their daily practice. This will require that I utilize information published in medical ...
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Copyright expiration and public domain of books [closed]

The post is actually migrated. I have been looking that many books published with copyright notice like: Copyright © by [abc] publication. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be ...
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How can I use an MIT license for code but protect the copyright of photos in my repository?

My project is a fork of a project that comes with the MIT license and nobody wants to change the license that applies to the software. However, some of the content that is also stored on GitHub is not ...
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Copyright unitl 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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Can we use principles from a book to create an application? [closed]

I've read this book that has tips on how to live healthy. Forget the fact that there are many like it out there, that's not the point, and it's not about specific book. Now I am just curious how does ...
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Is it legal to monetize from someone else's software?

I was wondering if I copy someone else's software and make some design changes and try to make money from it. Is it legal? Which licenses provides a facility for that?
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Displaying MIT license modifications

Background: I created an unofficial OSGeo addon, 24dev-demo for a student's "Software Digital Portfolio" via github.com. A student may add or modify the software with their own code. Below is an ...
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Is the MIT license itself copyrighted?

Is the MIT software license itself copyrighted? What about the BSD license? Could a person copy parts of the license or significantly alter the license for their own use? I've searched but wasn't able ...
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How to apply MIT license in the GitHub repo for fully free project?

I have a public repository for an open source project on GitHub. It's main goal is to make this code available to anybody (including myself) who may what to use it, for free, for all the time, with ...