Questions tagged [derivative-works]

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Can a database include both ODbL and CC BY-SA works?

The CC BY-SA license is incompatible with the ODbL license. The confusing thing about ODbL is that it seems to pertain to entire databases, rather than to individual works. Is it possible then to have ...
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Merging parts of another, parallel, fork [MIT]

The situation is following: There is a project (lets call it A), standard MIT licensed but long abandoned. I created a rebranded fork, fully MIT compliant, called B. Another person, lets call him Jack,...
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Publishing code on github considered (re)distribution?

I wonder if publishing some code on github is considered a distribution. According to this answer, it seems that it would be : Yes, this is considered redistribution. If not what would? Also, that ...
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Translate Apache 2.0 licensed code to another language (keeping license)

I want to convert library, which is licensed under Apache 2.0, to another programming language. The port will be initially pretty straightforward, i.e. I'll keep classes hierarchy and identifier names....
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Freely distributing software with third-part libraries and including R engine and packages

I want to freely distribute a software I developed, very demanded in a specific research and academic field. That's why it's important for me to distribute it freely at least in binary form (easy to ...
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Is an installer/build script a GPL3 derivative work?

I'm currently creating installers/builders which will allow a specific Linux distro to be installed in a bunch of different container frameworks (Such as Docker). The distro is licensed under GPL3. Do ...
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Deploy GNU GPLv3 licensed SaaS application with custom pricing and closed source enhancements

I want to deploy a SaaS application (Licensed GNU GPLv3) and offer to 3rd parties with my own pricing model. I have few doubts with respect to the license and future development on the same. Can i ...
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Does transpilation output fall under the transpilers` license? [duplicate]

Let's suppose I am working on a project that uses typescript, babel, sass, less or any other preprocessor that takes my code, my intellectual property and simply transforms it to some native form - ...
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Can my paid WordPress plugin have a proprietary license?

WordPress is licensed under (GPLv2 or later). WordPress states that all plugins hosted under the WordPress Plugin Directory must be licensed under GPL. We have a Free version of our plugin that is ...
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Since some software is open source, can you add a feature you created and use it for your own personal use?

For example, if I want to add a bunch of lines in VS code using a single command and say I'm able to build this feature, can I use this on my version of VS code without the community acceptance?
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How do I ensure I am using MIT-licensed code correctly?

This might be silly question but I thought its best I thought I should clear this up. I found this repositoy on Github. It has a MIT license attached to it and I modified this repository according to ...
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Can a derivative of a GPL 2.0 only work be relicensed as GPL 2.0 or later work?

If I have a piece of software which is licensed under the GPL 2.0 only (there is no "or later" clause in it's license), and I modify it, can I relicense my derivative work as GPL 2.0 or ...
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Source-only distribution of MIT-licensed project which depends on GPL library

I'm trying to understand exactly when a work becomes a "derivative work," and how it affects licensing of my project. In my situation, we have a scientific code that we have written which is ...
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Adding AGPL patches to a Software with APACHE2 or MIT License

I am interested in creating a fork of an abandoned software. The software which is no longer maintained is release under the terms of Apache 2 license. Am I allowed to create my patches under a less ...
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Should I credit the authors for code that is no longer part of the project?

In one of my projects, I used some code from an Apache version 2 licensed project in the beginning. Now I have completely removed their code and it is no longer part of my project. Do I still have to ...
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Combined distribution of open source binaries when used as program in a CLI-Script

I am planning on creating a rather small repo on github but I am not sure which license should I use. The project is basically a collection of bash, batch and powershell scripts. Those scripts invoke ...
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How should copyright notices be included when distributing source of modified Apache 2.0 code commercially?

A company wants to distribute a product which includes a browser extension. A browser extension is implemented in JavaScript, so it's distributed in source code form. Parts of extension are written by ...
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GPL3 “code” in css and html templates: Implications for books hosted on the web

Bookdown is a commonly used package for authoring reports, books etc. in the R language (but can just be used for writing anything, if you know Markdown, and you want a way to produce HTML, PDF, ePub ...
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Can I fork and modify gpl3 licensed code and release it with Apache v2 license?

If I fork a library that uses the GPL3 license and heavily modify it, can I then release the new library with an ApacheV2 license? I actually already did this 2 years ago without putting much thought ...
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license: is a correctness proof of a piece of code a derivative of the code

Suppose you take a piece of GPL code and write an English document sketching a proof of correctness of the code. Would your document be considered a derivative of the code. Can it only be distributed ...
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How to credit open source package if I just borrow a function

I'm writing an open source Python module. Within my code is a function which I have adapted from a function which I found in an other open source package. If that other package was a direct dependency ...
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Does a web application avoid becoming a “derivative work” if it loads in an unmodified GPL-2 javascript library?

Say I have a web page: ... <!-- A custom javascript library --> <script src="myCustomScript.js"></script> <!-- A GPL2 javascript library --> <script src="...
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Someone open-sourced an un-open-source project

Someone (Person_A) is sharing an open source project (Project_A) on GitHub. The Project_A is a decompiled version of another project (Project_B). But the original Project_B is not open source, and ...
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Possibilities with Creative Commons ND

I am currently having trouble understanding the ND part of Creative Commons licenses. Let's assume that I have found a database which is being published as CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 DE. Most of the ...
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Changing the binary/project name under BSD 3-clause license

Can I change the name of the BSD 3-clause project and its binary name? To be specific, I have forked EACopy with a BSD 3-clause license. Its project name and binary name are the same, EACopy. I ...
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Do I need to include the licence for part of a program, which I have modified?

The X window manager dwm is designed to be customised by copying its default configuration config.def.h (which is supplied, along with the program's source code, under the MIT/X consortium licence) ...
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A license to protect the core, but allow proprietary extensions

I like the GPL. I like that it keeps FOSS free and open. I like that if my software is re-distributed, users know where to file bug reports, buy feature requests, and know where it came from. ...
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Dependencies installed via package managers

Is there any difference to provide for instance a npm package.json or to provide all the packages source code in the source code repository of the software project? What's the impact if the project ...
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What are my obligations if I bundle rasterized CC BY 4.0-licensed vector icons in my software?

I'm considering using the free version of Font Awesome in my closed-source game. Its icons are licensed under CC BY 4.0. Because of how the game engine works, the game would embed rasterized versions ...
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What are my obligations if I convey software that calls GPL code (specifically via python import), but I do NOT convey the GPL software itself?

Party A writes some software; perhaps intending to distribute it under the MIT or some other permissive license. THe software uses some GPL'd software. Party A conveys the software to party B, without ...
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Does the Python license allow to post modified versions of their source code on StackOverflow?

I just posted an answer on Stack Overflow which is largely based on a specific part of a module in the CPython standard library. The Python license seems to be permissive and they also indicate ...
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Quoting GPL licensed text in presentation slides

There is an open source project licensed under the GPL v2. It does also contain textual files (JSON configuration examples). I would like to put those texts on slides in a presentation of mine. Does ...
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How to address common FOS license problems? - About creditstealing and ruthless cashcowing

I am a hobbyist software developer and had some disputes with a group of passionate FOSS proponents. Although they didn't manage to convince me, It made me think about what the issues with FOSS ...
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Indirectly distributed AGPL with FOSS exception compliance

We have an old proprietary service that contains automated tests and they run in our CI & CD infrastructure. In order to run these tests, we are dependent on the old NUnit.Parallel and this ...
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How to label and license Derivative Works made under Apache License, Version 2.0?

I duplicated a source-code file released under the Apache License, Version 2.0, made very few changes to adapt the code to slightly different situation. So this would seem to be a Derivative Works as ...
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Merging bug fixes from a project with a different license

Recently I discovered my project of mine (call it A), was cloned by another project (call it M) to create a port for a different platform. "A" was originally licensed as MIT, but has since been ...
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Can I Commit LGPL3 Derivative Work To An Apache 2 Licensed Project?

I am using a helpful project that is licensed under the LGPL3. I have taken some of the useful code out of it and refactored it into a wrapper class and would like to add it to an upstream project. ...
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Linking to libtorch/CUDA from a GPL program

I have modified a GPLv3 program to link to libtorch (part of PyTorch). PyTorch is licensed under the BSD-3 clause license. I would like to convey my changes to the original GPLv3 program and the ...
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Modifying software with Apache 2.0 License

I have a library I wanted to use: https://github.com/yodle/docker-registry-client Unfortunately, it's dead (Last PR merged in 2017), and there are bugs that I need to be fixed. There's maybe 2-3 ...
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Is it legal to modify Open-sourced Java JDK?

I'm planning on making an open-sourced Chinese version of Java by modifying the open-sourced Java JDK, like how the Easy Programming Language (aka. 易语言) did with Visual Basic. Is this legal?
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Is ripping off an open source library okay?

I don't know if I'm over-reacting but a while ago, I'm using a library https://github.com/sudeepag/SAConfettiView and I saw an open ticket https://github.com/sudeepag/SAConfettiView/issues/57 and it ...
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If I use a public API endpoint that has its source code licensed under AGPL in my app, do I need to disclose my source?

If there's a public API server that has it's source code licensed with AGPL, and if I make an app that uses these public endpoints in some part of it, (entire application doesn't necessarily depend on ...
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Is there a license that requires derivative works to be published using my project's name?

Like many software developers, I am seeing my open source projects as showcases of my abilities and style of work. I want to license them in a way that prevents others from publishing derivative works ...
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Distributing BSD-3 code under the Apache license v2 only

Alice and Bob write a piece of source code (call it Source1) and publish it under the BSD 3-clause license. Later, Bob and Charlie are working on a software project, licensed under AL2 (Apache License ...
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How can I correctly apply the Apache 2.0 licence to contributed code from an existing repository?

Given a repository github.com/x in github that is licenced with Apache 2.0. On their source files they have Copyright [2019] [Evil Corp] Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License")...
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What is the license of code found in ObservableHQ?

What is the license of code found in ObservableHQ, for example this one? I really tried reading The Observable Terms of Service but I couldn't get a conclusive answer by myself. The following excerpt ...
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What counts as a “user” for the purpose of the AGPL?

If someone modifies a program licensed with the AGPL, the modified program is required to give user's its source code if it interacts with them over a network. My question is what constitutes a "user" ...
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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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Selling GPL derived source code

I modified a GPL opensource project and distributed the binary free of charge on Google Play. I'm planning to release source code per request via email only. My question is if someone ask for the ...
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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 ...