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Questions tagged [distribution]

Use this tag if the question concerns the distribution of an object, package or notice to the developer or public community.

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License to disallow distribution in closed source software, but allow exceptions made by owner?

Is there a license (similar to the GNU v3 software license) that forbids the usage of an open-source software in closed-source software, but except parties that receive approval by the original owner (...
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Proprietary licensing combinations of non-copyleft software

Premise: Software Z (distributed as binary) includes software Y (MIT) and software X (MIT). Does Software Z need to disclose it's inclusion of Y and X? Software Z can be distributed under a ...
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GPL v3 - Does freely distributed software that includes GPL licensed code also require sharing source?

The Arkansas Division of Land Surveys shares all of their documents as pdfs with password protection, and they have a little viewer app that has the password built in: https://surveyor.arkansas.gov/...
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Can I comply with Apache 2.0 license by adding the license text in the binary file?

I'm using an Apache 2.0 licensed library in my closed source software. Let's say I include the Apache 2.0 text file as a "const string" variable in my C code and make sure it makes it to the binary. ...
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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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Is there a license that “forces leaks”, so to speak?

I am looking for a license that "forces leaks", so to speak. What I mean by that is: A copyright holder must convey a copy of derivatives works they made using the license to anyone who requests it. ...
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Can I include license text in my project's README and not add a license file?

When I add a license to a software project I place the text of the license in a file named LICENSE.md in the root of the repository. Now I want to include the license text in the README.md instead ...
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How to update GPL licensed software distributed to a customer without providing the source code on each update?

This question extends my last question about 'How to comply with the GPL when providing auto updates'. Problem description: I want to distribute a Debian VM with Debian based docker containers, so ...
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How to comply with the GPL when providing auto updates?

Problem description: I want to distribute a Debian VM with Debian based docker containers, so far I would just extract the entire source code after the VM is configured and provide the source code on ...
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Selectively distribute a GPL program

Imagine that there is this software, FooBar, which is under the GPLv2 license. Then, in one of your unproductive Saturday afternoons, you modify, let's say a new module, that is a derivative work of ...
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Can I use GPL libraries in a closed source project if only the output is distributed?

If I create a closed source application which uses some GPL licensed libraries but don't actually distribute the software, only its output, can I keep the software closed sourced? Specifically, I am ...
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How does Linux with pre-installed binaries comply with binary redistribution license clause?

If I download Linux that comes with a pre-installed program in a binary form licensed under, let's say, BSD 2-clause, how does it comply with the following: Redistributions in binary form must ...
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Requiring personal info for source code

I bought a Samsung laptop recently. The model is shipped with TCL (Tiny Core Linux) with BusyBox in it. Circumstantial evidence suggests that TCL is modified to meet Samsung's requirements. I found ...
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NDA with GPL software: can the author decide how/when to disclose?

The GPL FAQ states that is not permitted to sign NDAs when distributing software, as it would be a violation of the redistribution freedom. Let A be an entity that develops a feature on top of an ...
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How to license programming assignments permissively, while preventing solutions from being published?

I have created a few practical programming assignments for a bachelor's course in computer science, which I'm quite proud of. I'd love for my work to be used anywhere, and for any future teachers or ...
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Should I distribute the source code of the build tools for a Linux distribution

If I want to distribute a GNU/Linux distribution as a .iso, I must : Distribute the source code of the Linux kernel Distribute the source code of any GPL (or some other license) package included in ...
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Where is the safe place to download Firefox? [closed]

I would like to use an open source web browser, but I see lots of different places offering a download of Firefox. How do I tell which one is the correct place to download from?
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What means “distribution” for Open Source licenses (MIT/GPL)?

What means "distribution" for Open Source licenses MIT and GPL? Is the client side code running on user's browser "distribution" for these licenses?
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What is the reasoning behind the FSF's interpretation of the SIL OFL?

On the FSF's page on "Various Licenses and Comments about Them", they state that "you must redistribute [software licensed under the OFL] bundled with some software, rather than alone", but that "a ...
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How to prevent integration with malware and virus of open source software in compiling section?

In every open source software community, there is a small group which pay effort on compiling and packaging open source software. As a advantage of open source software, everyone can read the source ...
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Distribution and display at fairs / exhibitions

My question is simple: is displaying an unreleased product containing open source software at an exhibition considered distribution? In particular, I am concerned about GPL obligations. If the ...
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Is selling a cloud service based on a Docker image considered distribution from GPL's viewpoint?

I have read some topics about GPL, Docker images and distribution. As far as I understand you have to provide the source code of all GPL licensed programs within a Docker image but not your own ...
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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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For what reasons should you make the user agree to a FOSS licence during installation?

Most Windows installers for FOSS software make the user agree to the licence during installation: there'll be a page where the text is shown and a little tick box, you must have seen it before. But ...
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Does an application linking to an unmodified LGPL-3 library need to be debugger-friendly?

I currently work on a proprietary, closed-source software suite, which is distributed to customers as part of a larger package (including various hardware and services). The software suite uses LGPL-...
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Where is an Open Source repository required to be hosted?

Where is OS software required to be available at? If I didn't want to use GitHub or Bitbucket, can I simply put it on my website? Where does the code have to reside in order to meet OS licensing? ...
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Bundling JetBrains OpenJDK in closed source software

I am developing a software that comes bundled with JDK. I am planning to use JetBrains OpenJDK for this purpose as it comes with swing support for HighDPI monitors. JetBrains OpenJDK can be found in ...
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Delay when downloading with SourceForge and many other sites

When I am downloading a file with SourceForge, and also from many other sites, I'm getting a count down and I am wondering what is the reason? I'm not talking about storage sites like rapidgator, etc ...
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Is it possible to be open source but restrict distribution of compiled binaries?

I've started to consider how I want to license a project of mine, and I want people to be able to read, modify and distribute the source code. However, I also want to be able to monitise the project, ...
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Maven jar-with-dependencies - any violation of distribution license?

I have a Java application that uses some Apache common libraries (Apache 2.0 license). I wanted to distribute it as a single fat jar (maven builds a single jar with dependencies packaged in a single ...
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Is it sufficient for using GPL-licensed code to add a note that the source can be requested via email?

My company is about to launch a commercial product, said product consists of an embedded Linux computer running custom software and talking to custom hardware. My understanding is that the GPL ...
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Is sending requests to a server (which uses a model trained by GPL-licensed software) distribution according to the GPL?

I have a software in which I use Weka software to train a model (classifier) just once (without any modification) and save the model somewhere. Then, our customer gives a document to the program and ...
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How can I get my program into a Linux distribution (Debian)?

Assume I have programmed a cool application and released it as open source. But not many people are using it, as most install their programs through their distribution of choice. Can I somehow add ...
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MIDI in free software

Yesterday, I got a copyright question on my GitHub repo for my MIDI SDK. I want to know how free software projects handle such problems. In short: Is it legal to list all constants except the General ...
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GPL and distribution

If I write some software which links against a GPL licensed component (i.e. my software is a derived work) and install (copy across a public network and deploy) that software onto a customer's (...
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Using MariaDB on server

MariaDB server is GPLv2. I plan to use it on a server, unmodified, for let's say an online shop. The users would have a GUI and through this GUI they would add products to a cart. Would this be ...
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If a client sends me GPL'ed code, has it been distributed/conveyed to me?

A client has sent me GPL'ed code to work on for them. This code has not been publicly released, so there is no way for me to obtain it - other than directly from this client. Is this considered ...
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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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Sharing CC BY licensed material without offering a way to be contacted

Section 3(a)(3) of the license CC BY 4.0: If requested by the Licensor, You must remove any of the information required by Section 3(a)(1)(A) to the extent reasonably practicable. While it does ...
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can i use FFMPEG video recording in commercial use?

can I use FFmpeg.exe video recording feature for commercial use? ffmpeg.exe
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Is it possible to distribute source of gpl3 Android app with email?

Is it ok if I put an email address in "About" of application, and every user who asks for the source code emails me and I send him/her by email? It’s an Android application and I will distribute it ...
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Where are project man page contents maintained?

I've found errors in multiple sets of man pages for open source packages. I want to submit patches but I can't find the source for them, only the code. Are they maintained with the project? Is this ...
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Threatening with non-renewal of contract when users distribute the GPLv2-licensed software

Scenario: Bob develops patches for Linux. Because Linux is licensed under the GPLv2, these patches are also licensed under GPLv2. Bob distributes these patches only to people who have a contract ...
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Does CC BY-ND 4.0 allow distribution of parts?

According to Can I leave out parts of a CC BY-ND licensed work when distributing it?, it’s not allowed to distribute only parts of a work licensed under CC BY-ND 3.0. In CC BY-ND 4.0, it says under ...
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I have a CECILL and GPL software together with my closed-source software. Can I distribute them together?

1) My closed sourced software calls the GPL software on the command line like so: GPL.exe file. GPL produce output to stdout with the result. My closed source software reads the GPL output. Can I ...
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Is a Web application “released” in the sense of GPL?

In the sense of GPL, is a Web application running on a private server without exposing its code considered "released"? (or is the word "distributed"?) Therefore, if a GPL component is used in a Web ...
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Is having a repository on GitHub considered distribution?

TL;DR Is having a repository on GitHub considered distribution in the sense of a license? Description I have some repositories on GitHub. Now I modified a file for a project. The file was licensed ...
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Why do some GNU distributions with a Linux kernel convey GPL software online without providing source code?

I have noticed that some groups or organizations convey the GPL software without the source code. Such examples are: https://sourceforge.net/projects/serbian2014/files/Download/ as Serbian GNU/Linux ...
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Can I distribute unmodified GPLv2 binaries without the source code?

If I distribute someone else's unmodified GPLv2 software as a part of my product, what obligations do I have regarding source code distribution? Do I have to host the source independently and ...
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Are all docker images free (i.e. GPL)?

Looking at the GPLv2 FAQ. I'd like to incorporate GPL-covered software in my proprietary system. Can I do this?. Since, any typical Linux distribution base image contains a variety of GPL-licensed ...