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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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Using open source sample code provided by Microsoft for commercial software

I am developing a software for commercial release which is developed ahead on a sample code provided by MSDN This is mentioned in the beginning // THIS CODE AND INFORMATION IS PROVIDED "AS IS" ...
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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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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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Open source licences and copyrighting

My question is: where lies the border for a programmer to copyright new software when in GNU/linux basically everything is released on very restrictive licences that force you to copyleft your work? ...
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JPEG comment to convey Copyleft Multi-Licenced Copyright Notice

This question is related to Copyleft Multi-Licenced Copyright Notice. I upload pictures on commons.wikimedia.org and I want to facilitate the reuse but I want derivatives stay "libre". Therefore I ...
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Can copyright of an open sourced product be passed down through generations? [closed]

Background: From other posts I have learned that copyrights expire some amount of time after the owner's death. But from what I know ownership can be passed on after death. If the owner of a ...
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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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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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Recreating assets from closed source projects

Recently I'm working on a game, where I have created some asset from closed source project. To be honest I actually re-created assets similar identical to hill climb. Now if I use those or I use ...
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Rights of deep learning output trained on CC-BY-ND or CC-BY-NC images

We can use GANs to generate original images, but if I train my GAN using CC-BY-ND am I creating a derivative work? If I train with CC-BY-NC images (or even copyrighted images), do I have rights to use ...
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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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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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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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How should I identify myself in a copyright notice / license?

(migrated from programmers.SX) I'm placing a copyright notice with some (FOSS) license in a LICENSE file in a software package I'm publishing; or it's a license block in a source file. It starts ...
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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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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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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 CC0 works be called “Copyright free”?

When a work is the Public domain it is "free of any copyright" so it can be called "Copyright free". When I use the CC0 license I am waiving off all of rights and dedicating it to the public domain. ...
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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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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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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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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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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 I use a company's name in my open-source project?

I'm developing a small open-source plugin for a fairly well known CMS, which as far as I can tell has a trademark on the product and company name. It's starting to get a bit of traction, so I'm in the ...
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If there is no copyright notice, is the license applied?

On a project I noticed that it has a LICENSE file, apparently put in place as template when the project was initialized by Github. The file contains the standard GPLv2 template but no copyright notice....
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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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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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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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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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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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Extending GPL project with Paid license features

I found some GPL v3 licensed open source projects that also have paid enterprise license versions with more useful features. I only need 10% of the features available in the (expensive) enterprise ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...