Questions tagged [derivative-works]

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Do I put my license/copyright header on top of a permissively-licensed file I found on the internet?

I found a nice Python class on a website devoted to nice Python gists - and on its web page (but not in the source code) it has the author's name and says it is PSF licensed - which wikipedia says is ...
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If an AI is trained on code under a specific license (e.g. MIT) would it be legal to use the generated code under that same license? [duplicate]

I wonder if it would be legal to train AI code generators on various code bases separated by license and then get assistance on your project by whatever model complies with your project's license. ...
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Is it allowed to statically link to a library licensed under Eclipse Public License 2.0 without publishing the source code of linked software?

Let's say I've developed a library and licensed it under EPL 2.0. If somebody statically links his/her software to my library, is that software considered a derivative/modified work? Does s/he has to ...
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cc-by derivative or original crediting for just a part of a 3D model?

cc-by derivative or original crediting for just a part of a 3D model? Lets say I got a car and I just want one tire. The original work is the whole car, not only the tires, it could be called like &...
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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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Is the output of an open source program licensed the same?

According to my knowledge, open source software is free to use and distribute, and if the program is modified it should be distributed under the same license - but what if someone is using only the ...
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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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Can I use Oracle's JDBC driver in an MIT licenced project?

I have decided to make a project of mine free and open source under the MIT licence. This project uses Oracle's JDBC driver. My question is am I able to include ojdbc in my Github project and if so, ...
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Are reimplementations of works with a non-commercial license usable commercially? [closed]

Nvidia releases some of its research works like Instant NGP with the source code. I was reading a paper and its license, "Nvidia License" and wondering if reimplementing the paper, for ...
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GPL and original author's copyright text in completely rewritten code

I'm about to release my first "big" project on Github, and although I want it to remain open-source and I have no plan of selling it, I want to try to make this licensing stuff right for my ...
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Do physical assets created directly from GPLed, copyleft digital designs (not programs or libraries) acquire the same license?

Situation: I use LGPL licensed software to create some digital assets that contain original designs. I don't modify the original LGPL software in the process; I just use it. The primary use of the ...
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Notices.txt or Copyright file header when porting code

The following Java project contains an Apache 2.0 license https://github.com/apache/pdfbox-jbig2/blob/master/LICENSE.txt as well as a copyright header on every file in the project https://github.com/...
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If one uses an AI model licensed under CC-BY-SA in a program, must the program be licensed under CC-BY-SA?

If one uses an AI model licensed under CC-BY-SA (e.g., MPT-7B-Instruct) in a program, must the program by licensed under CC-BY-SA? creativecommons.org mentions: SA – Adaptations must be shared under ...
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Include Eclipse 2.0-licensed software in commercial closed source software

It is not clear for me if it is possible to include software licensed under Eclipse Public License (EPL) 2.0 in commercial closed software. I have found some related questions (1, 2, 3, 4, 5) that ...
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Can I train a language model using Vicuna-generated text? [duplicate]

Vicuna is an LLM. It is LLAMA fine-tuned on ShareGPT chats. Hence, it is trained on OpenAI-generated data. The LLAMA license prohibits commercial use. OpenAI terms of use prohibit using OpenAI-...
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GPL v3 code used to train some AI model: can I make any use of this model, or does it have to abide by GPL v3?

Assume some GPL v3 code used to train some AI model (e.g. trained a language model with LLaMA). Can I make any use of this model (e.g., use it in a closed-source program), or does it have to abide by ...
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GPL-Licensed LaTeX template - implications for resulting work?

I'm currently writing my master thesis, and the classicthesis template we're supposed to use is licensed GPLv2+. As I understand the GPL, this makes my written thesis a derivative work, and would ...
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If a CC BY-SA V4.0 dictionary is used to look up meanings of words, is the resulting translation a derivative work?

This is a follow-up question to my previous one. I'm considering writing a manual translation software, where the end user will be writing the entire translation themselves, but the software could ...
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Should the artwork attributed to third-parties and the derivatives of it be assumed proprietary or GPL in GPL software?

I want to reuse with attribution (and publish) a raster graphics file from GPL software. At the moment, I consider reusing either the software icon file or the software logo file. The latter is a part ...
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GNU General Public License v3.0 Embedded Web Program Question

Say I have a program named X. If I edit X, I have to make the source code of X open source. If I have another program (say a web application) and I write my own code Y (which is closed source) and I ...
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Is it legitimate to access a Wordpress-based or Wordpress-powered Web site via the Startpage service’s Anonymous View feature?

The Web site for the Wordpress software indicates that the software is licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL) v2 (or any later version of the GPL) from what I can tell. A thought that ...
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May I modify source released under the BSD-2-Clause license and release the result under *only* the BSD-3-Clause license?

I typically release the projects I create under the BSD-3-Clause license, but also don't generally create a project which is "mine" using substantial parts of someone else's code. (...
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Does BSD 3-clause license allow gaining protection for modifications to the original source code?

Suppose I have acquired a source code that is Copyright (c) XYZ according to the BSD 3-clause license. Now, I modify this source code and protect the end result software under a proprietary license. ...
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Is AGPLv3 or MPLv2 better for an open-source API meant to be integrated into closed-source customer APIs?

Description: This open-source code is an API (let's call it X-API), which is meant to be used by businesses running their own closed-source APIs The goal: Let other companies/individuals interact ...
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Automatically converted code from one language to another changes the license of a code?

I have code in a language and want to convert it automatically using a tool to another language. Is it considered a derivative work and should I follow the same license? Does it matter if it is MIT ...
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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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Why don't open source licenses give a more specific definition of "derivative works" to reduce ambiguity?

The Free Software Foundation is of the opinion that a program that links a library is a derivative work of that library, so a program that links to a GPL-licensed library would need to be distributed ...
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On Mac OS X, if a resource is created or edited with the GPL-licensed Rezilla utility, is the resource a derivative work of the Rezilla software?

On the Mac OS X platform, there is an open source resource editor utility called Rezilla. For those that are unfamiliar, a lot of the Rezilla utility’s functionality is similar to that of the ResEdit ...
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Can I develop a video game or mod related to 3rd party artwork?

I'm developing a video game with many easter eggs and references to science, technologies, philosophy, and some movies, tv series, animated series, video games, franchises of fictional universes, ...
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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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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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Does programmatically looping a song in a game qualify as a derivative work?

If I want to put a song licensed under a Creative Commons license that does not allow derivatives (such as CC BY-NC-ND 3.0), am I allowed to programmatically loop (or apply effects) to the song when ...
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Share-alike style License for data that will be used to train machine learning models

I have a dataset I would like to publish - it is likely people will want to use this dataset to train machine learning models. I would like to ensure that any models trained using this dataset are ...
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Can I put a license on my code if it uses external libraries?

I'm currently developing a software in Python which is importing functions of libraries. So I was asking myself: do the licenses of the libraries I use in my software apply to my code? And if not, can ...
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Attribution when deriving from a W3C Software Notice and Document License work

I am creating a reimplementation for a different language of a software library that is licensed under the W3C Software Notice and Document License. The original library contains a NOTICE file. As my ...
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Idiomatic format for a doxygen file header with license, author and copyright info?

Suppose I have taken a source file named foo.c, written by John Smith in 1999, with email address [email protected], which was published under the terms of, say, GPL v2. Now, I'm making some ...
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Derivatives and Forks... Is there a difference?

The terms fork and derivative have really been bugging me as I always seem to imply that they're different, but then in many ways the same. You hear the term fork many times on platforms such as Git ...
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Do Dev Dependencies go into a produced work?

I am working on a project that has a dependency on eslint-plugin-jsx-a11y which depends on language-tags which depends on language-subtag-registry which holds data under Open Data Commons Attribution ...
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How should I mark a source file (with GPLv2) as a derivative work from multiple files?

In a sense this question is an extension to How should I mark a source file with GPLv2 as a derivative work?. I would like to publish a project where it frequently occurs that files are drived works ...
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Does the Apache 2 licence include the implementation of algorithms?

If I rewrote an algorithm (small one 100-200 lines), written in some programming language and licensed under Apache 2, in another programming language, should the new code be considered as a ...
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Is a Jupyter Notebook documentation or might it be a derived work?

According to Wikipedia: In copyright law, a derivative work is an expressive creation that includes major copyrightable elements of an original, previously created first work (the underlying work). ...
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Does using an AGPL 3.0 software via its REST API force to disclose source from calling software? [duplicate]

I'm currently developing a CMMS software. To allow pictures and other documents to be stored, I would like to use an Amazon S3-compatible API. To allow this, I was thinking of using Min.io server ...
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Change of version of Dependency: Does it constitute a Derivative Work?

We are building a product with 100s of OSS dependencies. We want to fully comply with the OSS license terms. Let's assume our product has a direct dependency "DDep_v1" under MPL-2.0 license, ...
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If the original author updates their program, is it now a modified work? [duplicate]

Lets say programmer Ed has made program foo and the program is licensed under the GPL license. If Ed updates his program, is that now a derivative or modified work? What if John contributes to ...
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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 ...
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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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How can I build proprietary software on top of open source software? [closed]

Lets say that I want to use Linux kernel, but I want to create some proprietary code on top of it (like create a Linux distribution) and later on sell it combined with the Linux kernel (like Mac did ...
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Licensing a code based on a research paper

I have recently ran into a research paper which explains a technique of image-processing. Now, the paper just explains the process and is not based on any specific coding-language, but we can say that ...
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Can original author transfer rights for GPLv3 project to other person?

Let's have one guy who have been working on game and published it as GPL open source project. After some time, community forks popped out, while original author got increasingly tired of his project ...
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How to indicate a change of copyright holders in modified work?

I've written a 3-BSD library while working someplace for a few years; and myself and my workplace are copyright holders jointly. After leaving, I've continued development - on my own. Naturally, my ...

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