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Questions tagged [forking]

Use this tag for questions about creating either a private or competing version of an existing open project.

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Is keeping the forking link on a true fork necessary (Github/GPL)?

This question is about a true fork (with new name, different features, different objectives and not targeting a pull request). When I am developing a new application based on an other project I ...
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Can we re-format the text of a license after forking a repository?

Say I fork a project. I'd like to adjust the format of the license without actually changing its content. Is this allowed? Specifically, the license does not contain line breaks in some cases. So ...
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Authors and contributors of forked project

There is an NPM package on github geveloped by the company and licensed under MIT. There is one author listed in package.json file of this package, and there is a company copyright in the license. I'...
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Is ripping off an open source library okay?

I don't know if I'm over-reacting but a while ago, I'm using a library https://github.com/sudeepag/SAConfettiView and I saw an open ticket https://github.com/sudeepag/SAConfettiView/issues/57 and it ...
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How can I correctly apply the Apache 2.0 licence to contributed code from an existing repository?

Given a repository github.com/x in github that is licenced with Apache 2.0. On their source files they have Copyright [2019] [Evil Corp] Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License")...
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Should I use my own license in a fork of another GitHub repository, which I've revamped completely?

Background I am the owner of an open-source theme for Hugo named hugo-dream-plus which, as the name implies, is an upgraded version of hugo-theme-dream. Note that hugo-theme-dream is licensed ...
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How to track upstream using Git when forking a project?

There is an open source project that I'd like to fork for various reasons. The upstream project uses SVN for source code management, but they maintain a read-only Git mirror on GitHub. I want to take ...
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Forking a GPL 2 Project on GitHub

I recently forked a project on GitHub. After doing a significant amount of work on the fork I was wondering how to proceed with spinning it off into an independent project. The reason I ask is because ...
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Fork maintain and distribute a MIT project

Given a project which is under MIT, has been archived, can it be forked, restarted the dev and be redistributed/renamed?
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What are the libraries Blender is based on for mesh visualization and editing? [closed]

I'd like to make a software on Python with a GUI for 3D visual editing of meshes. That's why I ask the question. I suppose at least one mesh editing library is used. And at least one 3d visualization ...
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Etiquette around forks & npm

What is the etiquette around forking and NPM? Consider the following sequence of events: There is an existing open source project published on GitHub (or similar) under some standard permissive ...
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Term or phrase for a 'soft fork'?

I've made some changes to an open source project but I haven't (yet) been able to get those changes merged into the upstream project source control repo. I'd like to publish my fork of the project ...
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Forking GitHub repository (MIT): what references to the original author should remain intact?

I'll pick one of the most popular React boilerplates as an example here. Assume I've forked it (the commits history till the fork date remains intact). According to the text of MIT license, the only ...
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Why boilerplates are created from scratch, not forked?

I've checked couple dozens popular boilerplates (react, react-native, nodejs) and neither of them are forks from other boilerplates. Am i missing something? why are people writing them from scratch ...
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How should I continue work on an abandoned open source project?

I've found an open source project (MIT-licensed) that I really loved the idea and the project code base itself, however it seems to be abandoned and people are doing their own forks from it. I did ...
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What happens if I do not add a license to my open source project on Github? [duplicate]

I just received a notification about the following issue from a project I contributed in the past: Can it be a open source project? (Since the source code is already open, I think the title should be ...
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Is it possible to get rich prosecuting GitHub users from a non-lincesed fork?

On the thread Half of GitHub Code Unsafe To Use (If You Want Open Source) you can find a recipe to getting rich: Post it on Github Make everyone think it's free to use. Sue everyone you can ...
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Github source to npm js module set author correctly

I use Arboreal library in my new project, i am made some changes and now working to change it to npm module and use Grunt, because it not available from Npm. But i have problem, when i am begin edit ...
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Create a new git repository which includes part of an existing one?

The git repository for an existing open source library looks something like this: A/ B/ C/ D/ E.txt F.txt I need to create a new repository for a new ...
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How to structure git repository for a new project based on an existing one?

I am looking to write a new open source library (at github.com/me/my_lib, say). Rather than starting from scratch I would like to begin with a copy of the code from an existing project (github.com/...
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How to deal with licences after forking a project?

I forked a project with an MIT license on GitHub: The MIT License (MIT) Copyright (c) 2012 Some Name Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software ...
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Licensing derivative work of forked code base

What I have done There's PHP tool which uses Bitbucket API to deploy code on environments without Git etc. It's licensed under GPLv2 or any later. Bitbucket API is shifting from v1 to v2, and it's ...
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Starting (not forking) a new project based on a seemingly dead one

I recently forked a small github project to work on an open issue regarding the program's execution speed. I've achieved a substantial speedup, and I'm ready to submit a pull request. However, the ...
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Creating a new repository based on an old one

I would like to fork a repository on GitHub (let's call this A) so that I can modify a few things. If I were to try and make a pull request, I don't think it would be merged as they changed the focus ...
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Common practice on GitHub and license/copyright

I have been searching the web for quite some time now, but the plethora of opinions/comments/articles about licensing questions make it difficult to verify how trustworthy the various sources are. ...
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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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Removing Ads from Open Source projects

My most recent encounter with WebYog's SqlYog revealed that the vendor has made their Community edition open source, and available on GitHub, however the product still has obtrusive ads in it. It is ...
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Forking repos to “back up” in case they are removed?

I am wondering if forking a repo of software I use in case the owner ever decides to remove it is a silly thing to do or whether it actually makes sense. It seems like the repo could just disappear ...
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Preventing people from forking and profiting over minor changes

Twinone App Locker is an Android app. It used to be open-source, released under an Apache 2 License. It was ad-supported. People forked it. If I understand correctly, they tended not to make any ...
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Can I add “third clause” to BSD-like license?

I forked a project which is licensed under “BSD-like” license. This goes as the following: Copyright © 20xx Author CopyRight © 20xx Another author All rights reserved. Redistribution and use in ...
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If a project is forked and its license is changed, which license should be followed?

We have seen a lot of open source project on GitHub. But what would happen if someone fork a project and modify & improve from it? For example, if an original open source project creator states ...
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Rules/Guidelines about forking a project vs. creating a new one?

After reading these lines: make a new github project (not a fork). merge in the original repository. In this Answer, I was wondering if there are any rules or guidelines when to fork a ...
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How to store our own fork of a project to ensure pulling fixes and contributing back is as easy as possible

I work at a small company in a small IT department. We use Visual Studio Online (the Team Foundation Server flavor of VSO) to store our source code. We're interested in deploying an open source (GPL ...
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Derivatives and Forks… Is there a difference?

The terms fork and derivative have really been bugging me as I always seem to imply that their different, but then in many ways the same. You hear the term fork many times on platforms such as Github, ...
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What can I do when a fork of my project is out-competing mine?

Suppose I'm working on a FLOSS project and someone forked it and the forked project seems to be moving faster than mine and gains more popularity than my original project (possibly because the people ...
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How does GitHub's “forking right” cope with an “All rights reserved” project?

The GitHub FAQ states (emphasis mine): You're under no obligation to choose a license. It's your right not to include one with your code or project, but please be aware of the implications. ...
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When does a forked project require a license?

I haven't quite grasped the implications of forking a licensed project to public. I am assuming that a similar license should be kept, but what happens if that's not possible? Edit I am providing ...
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Differences between Firefox and IceCat?

From GNUzilla: GNUzilla is the GNU version of the Mozilla suite, and GNU IceCat is the GNU version of the Firefox browser. Its main advantage is an ethical one: it is entirely free software. While ...
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Can I be charged for support from the original developers when I fork a project?

During development of ParrotBot, I've ran into many issues in terms of debugging, design and integration. In the chat room, I've received lots of support that has helped me greatly, so that I could ...
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Where is csharp-sqlite now maintained?

csharp-sqlite is the only pure-C# implementation of an SQLite client. The project used to live at https://code.google.com/p/csharp-sqlite The last update was 4 years ago. The homepage says: For ...
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Can the ability to fork override the copyright owner's desires?

Consider the following scenario Project A is originally licensed under a permissive license By the time it reaches version 6, it has built up a strong user base, many of those users producing closed ...
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What are the best ways to get involved with open source projects? [closed]

I would like to know if someone could explain to me how to go about working on an open source project. I know that you can use git and other types of programs to commit code, but is there some sort of ...
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How do Chromium and Chrome relate to each other?

Google Chrome and Chromium look very similar and seem related. How exactly do Google Chrome and Chromium relate to each other, and why are they separate products?
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Differences between Firefox and Iceweasel

Iceweasel is a fork of Firefox which was made by the Debian project because the license conditions of the Firefox name and logo violate the Debian Free Software Guidelines. Did Debian do any other ...
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What does the 'right to fork' mean?

Sometimes in regards to open source/free software I read about a 'right to fork'. What does it mean? Why is it relevant? Does all open source support this right?
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What type(s) of licenses ensures that forks of my project will stay open source?

My knowledge of licensing is somewhat fuzzy, it's something I wish I would have looked into more when I got into making open source projects... That being stated, are there licenses that will ensure ...
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When should I consider creating a private fork of a suitably licensed project for commercial use?

Suppose I am developing a commercial product, but one heavily based on open source software. Further suppose one of the open source projects I use has a permissive license (such as Apache 2). At some ...