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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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When changing the format of a work licensed under CC BY-ND, may I change the number of files?

I want to redistribute a work licensed under CC BY-ND 3.0. While I’m not allowed to omit parts of the work, I’m allowed to change its format: When I release my work under a CC license in one ...
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Commercial software that includes open-source libraries under different licenses

I am planning to develop commercial software product that will include a few open-source libraries licensed under different licenses (licenses for different libraries different): MIT, Apache Software ...
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Would this scenario be considered “propagation without conveying” according to the GPLv3 terminology?

I have a fancy software "foo" that may be considered the derivative work of a GPLv3 library. "foo" is GPLv3 itself. Example 1: I install the foo binary on my company's laptop, go to a customer's ...
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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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Is deploying a program to a virtual machine not on my hardware count as “distribution”?

I am permitted to mix not open-source code with GPL code on my computer if I don't distribute it. Is deploying it to a VM on a remote server considered distribution?
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Do I need to share OSS libraries source code when I only use them in binary?

I'm working on a project where BSD, Apache v2 and MPL1.1 libraries were used. Basically propietary code will link to these libraries to run the Program. Libraries were only used in binary form, though....
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When do I have to make GPLv2 source code available

This is a follow up question from here. Since I'm allowed to delay the distribution of the binary and source code as long as I provide the source code eventually. This makes me wonder if that does ...
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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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Using GPL or LGPL licensed framework for web application

I am developing a web application which streams videos. For the frontend I intend to use the richfaces framework for jsf. That framework is licensed under the LGPL v2. Does that mean that I have to ...
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Are there any GPL like licenses for Apple App Store?

GPL software is not allowed onto the Apple App Store. The FSF shows how the GPL2 is not compatible with the App Store terms of service. Along the same lines, we'll be talking about GPLv2 ...
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Does using Stanford NER in a website count as distributing it?

I'm working for a company that stores millions of newspapers articles. Subscribers can log on our site and make queries. Our search engine returns articles that match the queries. I know that in ...
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Distribution of open source software between different legal entities

At the company I work for we are developing an app for use within the company. The company consists of numerous branches across the world, all other legal entities. For testing we would like to send a ...
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Location of Open Source Documents for CX20 Drone

I am not sure if this is one of the purposes of this site, if not, please remove/move to the correct site. I recently bought a CX20 drone that was said to be open source. I have not been able to ...
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Do I have to include the PSF's notice of copyright?

I have a class which inherits from one in the standard library of Python 2.7.6. I would like to meet the conditions of the license of that code, which is the PSF LICENSE AGREEMENT FOR PYTHON 2.7.6 ...
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Can I redistribute libstdc++ with proprietary software?

So, libstdc++ has the runtime exception that permits even proprietary software to use libstdc++. But, hypothetically, can I actually distribute a non-modified binary of libstdc++ along with a binary ...
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How can I protect my advanced version based on my open source project?

I have developed an open source project, and people can get the community version from Github. But I also want some customers to buy an advanced version based on the open source project, the advanced ...
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How to best indicate license of source code and copying terms of binary when multiple licenses are involved?

Suppose I have some open source project which makes use of both GPL and MIT licensed components. The source code of my project is also MIT licensed (not copyleft). What is the right way to indicate ...
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Is the Mozilla Public License compatible with Apple's App Store?

I'm planning on open-sourcing an application soon, and I've settled on either GPLv3 or the Mozilla Public License 2.0, as this application has a massive community surrounding it, and I still want ...
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How do I make sure my installer doesn't set off virus scanners?

The converse of this question. How to give evidence that an open-source project is reputable? The installer for my project is being picked up as "Untrusted" by a popular anti-virus software (in ...
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Are we obligated to scan the entire code base, or just patches? [closed]

Given that we should already check the patches which we distribute, does hosting the source tree of an OSS component obligate us to check it for copyright infringement, license compliance and/or ...
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Are there examples of proprietary software that functionally depends on copylefted software?

This question is a follow-up on: Are there examples of proprietary software that functionally depends on free software? Please note that this is not a duplicate, as "copylefted" (and some more, see ...
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What is the difference between a license, and an EULA when forking a project?

A open software license generally outlines what conditions that a fellow software developer must follow in respect to the original project, be it someone who is plain out of the blue looking at it, ...
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Can I forbid distributing my open source project for less money than I do?

This question is partially inspired by How is selling FLOSS packages for monetary compensation a viable strategy? After reading that question and some of its answers, I was left wondering if there ...
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Can I force additional notices in my open source project?

Answering a question here put me in a drawback. In Open Source projects, it's clear that copyright notices shall be retained, especially when they contain copyleft and share alike clauses. However, ...
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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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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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Can I leave out parts of a CC BY-ND licensed work when distributing it?

I want to redistribute a work licensed under CC BY-ND 3.0. The license summary says about ND (NoDerivatives): If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you may not distribute the ...
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If the copyright-owner claims his works to be open source, do they have to release the source somewhere?

The copyright-owner can choose any license they wish to. But if they decide to choose an open source license (lets say Apache 2), how much do they have to conform to the license? Especially, do they ...
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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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How can I prove that a work was free/libre at some point?

The authors of a free/libre work can change the license of their work any time, and they can even make it non-free again. This does not affect copies that were made before that change (and any ...
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Should my project provide precompiled binaries?

Inspired by Source code or binaries? How important is this? Many of the larger, more widely used, FLOSS projects provide both source distributions and ready-to-install binary images. This seems ...
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Distributing an operating system DVD bundling proprietary and GNU-GPL software?

Wikipedia seems to imply that Turbolinux bundles proprietary codecs. More generally, under what conditions is it OK to mix proprietary and GNU-GPLv3 software into an operating system, and distribute ...
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Can I redistribute BSD software under GPL with no changes?

If GPL and BSD code are combined in a piece of software, the entire work comes under GPL but its BSD portions can still be obtained under that license. What if the size of the GPL portion is exactly ...
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Is it possible to close an open source project?

If yes, what are the consequences of Open Source projects being discontinued, if it's done by a large organization? As per this post, the older version of project can still be used under the same old ...
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Do I really need to include a licence file for common licences like GPL or MIT?

The GPL3, for example, says: Conveying Verbatim Copies. You may convey verbatim copies of the Program's source code as you receive it, in any medium, provided that you conspicuously and ...
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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 ...