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Questions about the enforcement of a license; or what to do when someone violates the terms of a license

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Operating system manufacturers forcing users to use certain applications

Some operating systems include applications that the user can't uninstall or even disable; things like gaming applications, map applications, translation applications, photo arrangement applications (...
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Can a package manager solve the AGPL "remote network interaction" problem?

Says AGPLv3: Notwithstanding any other provision of this License, if you modify the Program, your modified version must prominently offer all users interacting with it remotely through a computer ...
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Have there been any lawsuits involving breach of open source licences?

Here in Stack Exchange we have mentioned some cases of lawsuits involving open source projects that allegedly breached patents and were sued. I'm curious, however, in the opposite case: has anyone ...
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False Claims and Open Source

I discovered a chrome extension Adblock ultimate, it claims to be open source on the aforementioned webpage. I see that the app was updated about a year ago. Also, a GitHub page is also mentioned. ...
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How to protect a project from license infringement, without a CLA?

I am considering releasing a project of mine using the GNU Affero General Public License. I have been researching Contributor License Agreements, Developer Certificate of Origin, as well as the pros/...
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What can/should I do when I see a violation to GPL restrictions?

Some years ago, I was working on a software company that used some copyrighted JAR dependencies that they had bought from a medium-size obscure private company for a very expensive price. After some ...
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When I notice the license of my current repository on GitHub is invalid, what should I do?

Say, if I found one of the packages in my project adopted GPL license, and I already had published my repository to GitHub as MIT, I immediately have to; delete the whole repository. change the ...
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How do companies spot when a person is violating their terms and conditions? [closed]

I'm a developer (startup) and I'm working in a few healthcare projects, I prefer Highcharts for data visualization. My questions are as follows: 1. Why does one purchase a license when one can use ...
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Sanctions for not including the copyrights and licences

Most commercial projects use open source, they do have an obligation to distribute with copyrights and licence . Not doing so is violation. What are the sanctions for violating copyright ? What if ...
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Must a company disclose proprietary source code if it violates a copyleft license?

What is the typical situation when some company is found to violate the some copyleft free software license and refuses to fix it? Can the company then be forced to disclose any proprietary code that ...
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Is a copyfree license a "crayon" license?

In relationship to my other question What if anything is wrong with the Apache License 2.0? and following on from How can a "crayon" license be a problem? Is a license certified to by ...
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What to do if I found someone broke someone elses' license

I found a nice and useful piece of software, published under the Code Project Open License which is quite permissive - similar to MIT or BSD. Unfortunately the code, as I examined it, contains files/...
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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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Risks of not showing open source libraries used

As a developer, certain app markets for Android (Amazon or some manufacturers) require to list all open source libraries used (name , author, license etc.) accessible offline. I've created a page "...
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Is it possible to stop the removal/modification of my project's logo?

I am working on open source tool for which I want users to not remove or change product logo. Is this possible? I had originally asked my question here at Stack Overflow but it was recommended that I ...
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GPLv3: Re-Release app under different branding

I have build an open source audiobook player which is licensed under gpl v3. Yesterday someone sent me a mail with the topic 'Violation of source code license' including a link to an app that seems ...
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Recourse for forks ignoring open source license on original code in App Store?

I used to contribute to a free iOS app on GitHub that was released under the Mozilla Public License Version 2.0. Multiple people have since taken the code from that GitHub repository and released ...
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Can I "Override" a licensing policy?

On many sites, especially Stack Overflow, I can't help but notice such amazing code snippets. However, they come with a "catch" designed by the author. With user contributions being licensed with the ...
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Someone is violating the copyleft license, they are refusing to give me the source code even though they are required to!

This person has a piece of open source code which is released under a copyleft license. They are required to give me this code, but numerous times they have refused. I am stuck because I need this ...
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Does a reseller of a GPL Licenced Software have to provide source?

I released a project under GPLv2 license on GitHub. But this project is not distributed as binary by itself. It is only available in a packaged offer along other components. As original licence owner ...
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How can I detect if someone is breaking my license terms?

If this question is about what we are supposed to do if someone is breaking the terms of a software license, I would like to know how I can know if some is doing so. Suppose that I'm writing a ...
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GPL interpretation - What is our legal exposure if we include another project's code?

I am a contributor to a very old project presently licensed under the GPL. Our project is a plugin for a closed-source program, but the GPL does not permit this kind of linking. The GPL FAQ states: ...
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GPL Violation - What is our legal exposure to third parties (not our contributors)?

I am a contributor to a very old project presently in violation of the GPL. Our project is a plugin for a closed-source program, but the GPL does not permit this kind of linking. The project should ...
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Have open source licenses been shut down in court?

There was a lawsuit between Mattell regarding CPHack. As I remember, Mattell bought a company who made a product under the GPL, rescinded the license and sued all those who redistributed original or ...
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What's the typical practice for cases when OSS license violation is found and fixed?

Suppose I ship binaries of a closed source product and it just so happens that there's a piece of GPL source code inside my giant codebase that I'm unaware of. At some point I find this GPL code and ...
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Are you obliged to enforce your license?

I've got a number of software projects, licensed under varying licenses. For simplicity, let's take one of them, licensed under the GPL. Obviously, the GPL requires various things, and there may be ...
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Looking for a legally-strong open source license

Most licenses available do not seem to carry any legal weight. Are there any Open Source licenses that do? The old copyright laws used to impose a monetary fine for infringement, but then how do the ...
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What am I supposed to do if someone is breaking the terms of my licensed software?

What should I do if someone is breaking the terms of my licensed software? To create a small example for you, I'll take a section out of the Apache 2.0 license: You may add Your own copyright ...
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How does one enforce aspects of a license?

I've been provided a SourceMod plugin for a community game server. I was provided the compiled plugin, but not the source code. The license and explanation provided describes all SourceMod plugins as ...
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Are Creative Commons licenses enforceable in the event of a breach?

Scenario: I am building a website with my business partner. This website is going to contain information that we do not want to be reused. To do this I am going to release it under a creative commons ...