Questions tagged [copyright]

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Where to get music for testing my program?

I need music files I can use for testing my program that I can put in my git repo. Can I copy the test music files from other open source projects? Do I have to attribute them and if so how?
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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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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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Ownership of Eclipse icons in EMF Autogenerated code

This is regarding the Eclipse Icons which are part of the code generated using Eclipse Modelling Framework (EMF). These Eclipse Icons are not part of the input model provided by the developer, but is ...
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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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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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Copyright notice in deployed smart contracts

This sounds like a corner case for including copyright notices when distributing copies of a software under MIT and other permissive licenses. In fact, deploying a smart contract on the blockchain ...
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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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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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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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Who is the copyright holder when GPLv2 project API is used?

I've read a lot of articles and still can't find the answer to the following question. There is a project that uses GNU General Public License version 2 license, developed by CompanyX. We (...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Using company logos in open source projects?

I want to create an open source custom home page and I need to use logos (such as Google's) to link to their sites. Can I use them freely, or should I check individually, and if it is the latter, how ...
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Copyrighting open source code using a business name vs as an individual

I'm the only developer working on an open source project (MPL v2.0 license, not sure if it does matter) and I have a single-person LLC I use for some consulting works. What are the pros and cons of ...
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Copyright on derived software under EPL license v1.0

I recently modified software code licensed under EPL v1.0. Can I remove the original copyright and add my own copyright ?
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Software licence to limit use/modification of parts of open-source code?

Is there any software licence (GNU, MIT Apache etc.) that could be readily used or modified to allow to impose limitations of the specific use/modification of parts of a source code that otherwise is ...
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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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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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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 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 is the license of the Debian Live ISO binary since it is an aggregate work?

A Debian CD or DVD ISO file - here is an example - consists of many different packages containing software licenses under various licenses such as GPLv2, GPLv3, BSD, and a lot of other licenses. The ...
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A small Go library under GPLv2, rewrite it under modified BSD

Go is using a modified BSD license. I would like to use the same license for some projects, most parts / libraries will be published under an open source license, but clients do demand some of the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Updating modified source code's copyright [duplicate]

A few years ago I started working on an open-source project, but things continued and now--years later--I currently maintain my own branch of the project. The project currently resides on GitHub. The ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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BSL Copyright Notice

According to the BSL using Boost requires The copyright notices in the Software [...] must be included in all copies of the Software, in whole or in part, and all derivative works of the Software, ...
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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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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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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 ...