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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Can I shade ORMLite into my Jar via Maven and distribute that Jar?

I have a little question about ORMLite and its license. I've found this document. Is this the true license of ORMLite? If I understand it correctly, I just need to copy the license into my final jar,...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to publish my open source library to Maven?

I wrote a GNU-GPLv3 Java library. I want to make it available to people who use a Maven build script (pom.xml) How to do? What are the pre-requisites?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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can i use FFMPEG video recording in commercial use?

can I use FFmpeg.exe video recording feature for commercial use? ffmpeg.exe