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DMCA 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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Do I have the right to the bundle that generate by / dependent on open-source libraries?

I created a project with the following structure: The question is: Do I have the right to the BUNDLE where I do not want clients to resell the BUNDLE they have bought? Is it sufficient to include ...
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Distribute GPL software in enterprise

I am being asked to deploy Notepad++ (a software distributed under GPL) in an enterprise which is a SaaS company. Before doing so, I want to make sure our users wouldn't be violating the license in ...
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GPL code behind a registration form

My employer wants to publish a paper about software and make it open-source under GPL, but they want to know who is interested and downloads it? Is this legal to ask people to fill in a regular ...
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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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What is the standard practice when the developer does not want third party redistribution of a certain free and open source software?

I recently tried to build .deb package and a PPA for Droidcam (turns phone camera into webcam), and mentioned it in a related GitHub issue for feedback. The developer replied I am going to ask that ...
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Distribution of Python modules

I've been thinking about create a couple of python-based applications and distributing them for free. My applications will be only for Windows since it is the system I use personally. What I am ...
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Releasing the source code of a premium feature for another open program

If I use a compiled program/non compiled source code which is under a license that everyone has the rights do use and sell (Eg: GPL) and no one can deny any person to use or sell it and then I want to ...
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Is it required to disclose proprietary / closed source code of commercial software which utilizes open source CDDLv1.0 libraries?

I am working on a Java server side solution utilizing open source libraries (using jars ‘as-is’) released under CDDLv1.0 license. The open source libraries is either statically or dynamically bound in ...
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What legal considerations needs to be made for distributing a commercial/closed source software which utilizes LGPLv2 open source libraries?

I am developing a Java web application which utilizes Open source libraries with LGPLv2.0 and v2.1 libraries without any modification. For distributing this software commercially, what legal ...
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Uploading to online service and distribution

Would uploading a file, a program, a script, etc. to an online storage service without sharing it, count as distributing the file to the online service? More specific cases of interest: If I backup ...
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Extending a GPL website by web service plugin

Please consider this situation. A company modifies a GPLed website X and adds a feature to accept plugin. Then develops a new feature as API service Y and publishes it separately. Service Y needs to ...
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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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GPL v2: what does “distribution” mean in terms of cloud apps?

I'm thinking about writing a cloud app that uses wasm-git. wasm-git is licensed under GPL v2. Since wasm-git runs in the browser, users of my cloud app would get a copy of wasm-git when they open my ...
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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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Does OSL 3.0 require user access to source if I sell access to it as SAAS?

We are a small group of developers who are looking to base a product we have in development on a OSL 3.0 licensed Project (OroCRM). I have been having trouble understanding the exact terms of the OSL ...
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NDA over code that includes GPLv3 headers

Suppose there is a piece of software that uses GPLv3 headers, but the code that includes said headers is not under the GPLv3 itself, but rather a GPL-compatible license, say MIT Expat. Thus the binary ...
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Does a program need to show the open source license (Apache 2.0) of its components?

The Apache 2.0 license defines (emphasis added): "Work" shall mean the work of authorship, whether in Source or Object form, made available under the License, as indicated by a copyright notice ...
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Why don't we have a full-fledged alternative for the Android OS?

Why can't we have a mobile operating system and applciation store that is independent of any country's current political views? It would be an alternative of Google's Android OS. Or if it exists, why ...
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MIT-licensed app without the source code

There is one very cool app on GitHub, under the MIT license. However, for some reason, the author has not published the source code, only binaries. Is it allowed under the MIT license to provide ...
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Any lasting licensing implications from previously used, subsequently dropped library dependencies or usage licenses?

I will start off with this excerpt from Qt's legal faq to give some context: 3.13. I have started development of a product using the open source version of Qt, can I now purchase a commercial ...
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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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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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How does Javascript minification process comply with requirements of opensource licenses

Let's take React framework for example. During the minification process, all the code is modified and put in a single minified file also stripped of licenses. As far as I understand, as required by ...
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Using Oracle VirtualBox Base Package for Commercial Applications

The VirtualBox Base Package is licensed under the GNU General Public License, version 2. My company is distributing software that runs on an Ubuntu system within a VirtualBox VM. We have not modified ...
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Need help understanding GNU LGPL terms

I'm a new developer and recently have to work on project where I guess using arduino lib will be easy, because writing my own library will be a lot more time consuming. This isn't a mass production ...
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Community and enterprise editions of LGPL software

Red Hat has community and enterprise editions of it's application server. WildFly is licensed under LGPL. JBoss EAP is based on WildFly and costs a lot of money. How is it possible that they don't ...
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GPLv3 forces us to make code available, but to whom?

I've read that GPLv3 imposes that we should make the source code of our app available. But, available to whom? In case we sell our GPLv3 software, does it mean we have to make it available to those ...
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Distributing GPLv2 code and ENTIRELY SEPARATE closed-source software (no interaction between them)

Do I have to GPL all software in a .deb package just because it contains some GPL(v2 in this case) code, even if these things have nothing to do with each other except being distributed in the same ...
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Are Creative Commons licenses suitable for distributing an Excel spreasheet?

I'd like to distribute in a rather open way an Excel spreadsheet I am the creator of, but would like to provide a framework regarding the way this piece of work could be used and re-distributed. In ...
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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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GPL/LGPL license: convey source code by linking to original author

Scenario: you distribute your program in binary format, and it uses a GPL or LGPL library. In addition to the required conditions on your part of the application, you must offer a way to obtain the ...
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What if I don't receive a copy of the GPL license?

I've downloaded the source for Linux device driver from the manufacturer's website. The source was included in a zip file, so no source control was involved. Unfortunately, the driver source was ...
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is it safe to use GPL 2.0 licensed libraries in my commercial container image?

I am building some docker image which is using alpine:3.10 as base image. When I scan my built image for any license violation using whitesource scanner, I am getting lot of libraries which are ...
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Licensing: distributing open source components with your PyPI package

I have developed a Python package capable of generating a web page with some embedded tables and figures. The web page employs some open source components (namely Angular.js, Bootstrap and font-...
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Does the GPLv3 license on my project require me to also include the source code of a tool to edit the icon of my executable file?

Godot requires a tool called rcedit to change the application icon. According to my understanding of GPL, I believe I have to include the source code of Godot with the releases of my game. Do I also ...
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If I bundle an open source DLL with my GPLv3 software, how do I properly handle supplying the source of that DLL?

I am including a copy of SDL2.dll (https://www.libsdl.org/download-2.0.php) in my open source project. Do I need to also include the source code of SDL in my repository, add a document with the URL to ...
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Do I need to include license files/info from android ndk toolchain into my library?

So I have a native library for Android that is built with ndk17. Do I need to include license information from android toolchain with my library package?
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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 ...