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Questions tagged [derivative-works]

For questions about works that derive their core from another open work.

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Can I have a different license on a product that executes an open source scripting language

I am developing some software very similar to openvas - http://www.openvas.org/ most components of this software are release under the GNU GPL license. To be clear my software will not be directly ...
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Does using an AGPLv3-licensed library prevent me from dual-licensing my own source code?

I wrote some software (a simple command-line utility) and released the source code under the following zlib-style open source license: Permission is granted to anyone to use this software for any ...
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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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Using CC BY-SA music in a podcast

We've just started a podcast and we're not sure which license we will give it. Might be CC or public domain, for now we keep it to the default (all rights reserved). The podcast is about 20 minutes ...
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Is License Zero compatible with other open source licenses like GNU, MIT or BSD licenses for example?

I am currently developing a small open source project and would like to make sure I got the licensing right. I am pretty new to the open source model. I have benefited from it on a personal level for ...
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Force derivative works to be public

Is there a known license where all derivative works must be made public? Consider this: I give copyleft code to team X. Team X improves code and only shares/uses it internally. This situation is ...
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What are my license options for releasing code I derived from code that was released under LGPL v2.1?

If I take some code that was released under LGPL v2.1 and make modifications to it, what are my options for releasing that derived work again as open source? I guess, one option would obviously be to ...
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Can you change GPLv2 licensed software, but keep your new source closed?

If I were to make deep modifications to the Linux kernel, virtually make a 'new' kernel in a way, for my project, which is building my own operating system, (yes, I know, a lot of work, but hey, I'm ...
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Will I be in trouble if I alter or innovate a work that is under CC Non-Commercial, and use it to my project?

I am a Blender animator, and I have found a lot of designs at thingiverse.com and I want to use them for my project. But I found out that the designs that I've downloaded are under Creative Commons - ...
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Re-implementing MIT licensed software in another language

I have re-implemented a library in Golang which was originally in Python. The original Python library carries an MIT license, which gives me "without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge,...
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How to control content changes under a CC BY-SA

I am writing a fiction whose goal is to bring the reader to examine her/his political beliefs in the light of various political implications and then to arrive, on her/his own, at possibly different ...
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Is there a license for legally sharing photos of copyrighted content?

If I took photos of some copyrighted video game cases and then shared them, I assume it would fall into fair use even though I took the photos, correct me if I am wrong. Is there a suitable license ...
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License of the Linux kernel user space API headers

The Linux kernel is licensed under the GPLv2. The headers that it exports to user space, however, are not covered by the license. This is documented in the kernel's licensing rules: The User-space ...
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OFL license and commercial using as compiled in pluggin

I see this question on this site + I read OFL and FAQ. But have additional questions that not answered there. I have made pluggin for Word which includes OFL icon sets like this: I extract vector ...
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DCMA Takedown Notice received for distributing software licensed under Apache 2.0

A browser plugin was removed from one of the app stores last year as it had stopped working, and the author was no longer maintaining it in favor of their standalone desktop apps. I preferred using ...
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What is Proper Attribution for Non-code Resources (Academic papers, etc) in OSS?

What is considered the proper way to attribute or acknowledge non-code non-software resources from which part of a piece of software could be considered to be derived (when intending to release the ...
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Can derivatives of CC BY-SA works be licensed under CC BY-NC-SA?

Does the CC BY-SA license prevent additional restrictions being placed on derivatives? I'm wondering, if I release a work under BY-SA, can someone else create a derivative and license it under BY-NC-...
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What is derivative work? What is “build upon”?

I have been reading up on Open Source licensing, but there is this one term that I think needs clarification: when is work derivative? If I have an image viewer that accepts a ZIP file and I ...
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Is it still necessary to attribute MIT code if it has been modified?

If I take MIT licensed code, modify it, then use the modified code, is it still neccesary to attribute it to the original author? Does this change if the project using the modified code is licensed ...
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Is re-encoding an audio or video file permitted under CC-BY-ND?

I have a .mp3 file licensed under CC-BY-ND 4.0 and I want to reencode it (without changing the content within) in the Ogg Vorbis format for sharing, but I do not want to violate the CC license.
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Attribution for a “2nd generation” derivative work

How do you deal with attribution of a work that is derived from a work that is itself derived from an original work protected under CC BY-SA? And while we're at it, let's push it further: Let's call ...
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Under AGPLv3+ do I need to provide the source for secondary applications?

I am working on a central application (AGPL3+) that will control and/or provide access to multiple secondary applications, mostly on other servers. It is trivial for me to provide the source for the ...
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GNU GPL license for my camera Linux driver

My company manufactured a MIPI CSI2 camera and I have developed a camera driver for that camera. The driver is based on the NXP camera driver. I have changed all the function names and variable names ...
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Is analysis a derivative work?

Let's say I have an open source image. I create a larger image by pasting it together with a load of other images that I own. Now I use a computer program to calculate a number, which represents the ...
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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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learning from GPL infects code

Does learning some advanced, non-trivial coding technique from exiting GPL code (or code with viral license in general) turn my own work into a derivative work? Are there any widely accepted ...
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How should I mark a source file with GPLv2 as a derivative work?

I want to include a file with GPLv2 license in my project (which is also GPL, so there are no worries there). The file starts with a copyright line, and the license information. I'll be making ...
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Clarification for a permissive licensing of a derivative work by example

The situation is the following: I am working on a binding project (using a library/framework built on Swift and binding for Xamarin/C#) which includes some sample apps/programs adopted from Swift to ...
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Can I change a LPPL licensed LaTeX file (template) license?

I got this .tex file. I need to edit it so it becomes my thesis. According to the LPPL license, I need to change its name, and state from what name I am renaming. But what do I do about this part? %...
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What stops anyone from taking a derivative of a derivative of a GPLv2-licensed work closed-source?

What prevents the following situation? Alice writes Alice's Great Open-Source Program and releases it under the GPL. Bob creates the derivative work Bob's Great Open-Source Program With Racing ...
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CC BY-SA – Do I need to open source my app if I don’t really distribute it?

I started developing a commercial web application that uses spaCy – a MIT-licensed library for natural language processing. In order to use this library, one needs to initialize a processing pipeline ...
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Are Amx Mod X plugins under GPL v3 license?

The Amx Mod X is: AMX Mod X is a versatile Half-Life metamod plugin which is targetted toward server administration. It has a wide array of scripting capabilities so people can write "plugins", ...
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Using code from research paper under different license

There is a research paper with a couple of related numerical algorithms I would like to use as part of an open-source project of mine. The paper itself includes plenty of pseudo-code-snippets, but the ...
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GPL v2 and proprietary extensions

I am trying to understand when do the GPLv2 spreads from a program to its extensions and vice versa. Everything I've read seems to say that if you use a module (shared library or any other "tightly ...
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Linking from LGPL 2.1 software to Apache 2.0 library

The FSF claims that GPL v2 is incompatible with Apache 2.0 and that linking to a library generally creates a derivative work of this library. However, the linking exception of the LGPL allows ...
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Is it possible to use x11vnc in proprietary software?

Are there any problems with using X11Vnc in my proprietary software stack? I am very new to this licensing stuff.
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Web service licensed under AGPL - distribution

Our application currently has a licence which is not compatible with AGPL. We need to use a library licensed under AGPL (currently the best one for the job and the client would like us to use it). We ...
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How to use MIT license in a project?

Let's say i used a MIT program as a base for a new project, and modified about 50% of the program files. How should i specify that the program is a derivative work? Do i need to keep track of every ...
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Is the output of an open source program licensed the same?

According to my knowledge, open source software is free to use and distribute. If modified it should be distributed under the same license. But what about only using output of the programme? Eg. ...
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Can an open source/free alternative put a company at risk? Has this ever happened?

There is a very nice quote by Alberto Vázquez-Figueroa (Spanish writer and inventor) which reads: "El éxito o el fracaso de un invento no depende de a quien beneficia, sino de a quien perjudica." ...
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Can I fork and sell a modified Apache 2.0 licensed project? [duplicate]

There is a nice Apache 2.0-licensed project that already implements the foundation of a way more elaborate product that I intend to sell as proprietary. Something like the 70% of the code will be ...
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Creating a game based on a story licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

Some of you may be familiar with the collaborative fiction site SCP. Their content is licensed under the CC BY-SA 3.0 license. Suppose I am trying to create a game based on this. Under the ShareAlike ...
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Can I redistribute a modified part of an open-source project under 3-clause BSD license

I would like to take a small stand-alone part of an open-source Python project (one class from a relatively big project), enhance it, and release it as separate project on PyPI so that I can use it ...
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Use a modified GPLV3 library - what code should be made public?

Situation: A commercial product, using a locally modified GPLV3 licensed library. GPLV3 clearly requires to disclose source code. Question: Which source code are we talking about about ? (a) The ...
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If I include a ShareAlike/GPL/viral-licensed character in my videogame, is my videogame stained?

I'm making a video game with importable custom characters. My characters have a special license that forbids pornography and blasphemy in derivative works. It is viral in itself to prevent such acts. ...
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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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Can I make a closed-source game if part of it utilizes a EUPL-licenced code?

I want to make an app game in which I make use of a code that is licensed under the EUPL. The code will probably make up about 10 to 20 percent of the game's entire code (the rest will be original ...
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Is linking a correct proxy for derivative work determination in (copyleft) FOSS licenses?

I tend to use these simple tests to determine if the copyleft terms of a third-party project apply to the calling/reusing code: if the calling code is linking (statically or dynamically) with GPL-...
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Maintaining old Android app under GPLv3

I want to change an old Android app that is under GPLv3. I will do some refactoring of existing code, add some new functionalities and publish it as commercial app. What part of code I must publish ...
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Use of a CC BY-NC-SA licensed LaTeX CV template

Is it permissible to use a LaTeX template for writing a Curriculum Vitae (CV)/résumé, licensed under the CC BY-NC-SA, in order to gain paid employment? Examples of such templates can be found, for ...