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GitHub is a web-based Git repository hosting service, which offers free accounts for FLOSS software projects. Use this tag for questions about how working with GitHub affects open source projects.

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Can I send a pull request of a License file to a project?

I found an open issue in a GitHub repository requesting a permissive license for the project to be used by other people. It was answered by saying that they will put an MIT License, but was not done ...
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Can I publish my SpamAssassin plugin under MIT licence on Github?

I would like to publish my custom SpamAssassin plugin under the MIT licence on GitHub but I am not sure if it is possible. SpamAssassin is licensed under the Apache Licence 2.0 and vast majority of ...
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How to shorten the GPLv3 text [duplicate]

The question is simple: How should I shorten the text of GNU GPLv3 (674 lines) for adding it to the top of all the source files in a repository? As an example, here is a piece of text added to the top ...
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Contributing own code partially relying on a LGPL-3 python module, on an Apache2 Project?

My goal is to make a contribution to an open source Python project hosted on GitHub, which has an Apache 2.0 license. To do so, I wrote a few lines of code. However for a specific feature of my ...
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How is the wow.js fork free, while the original project is not free?

I searched for a library to manage browser scrolling. I came upon https://wowjs.uk/. If you look at the bottom, it says it's free, and on its GitHub page the license is MIT. However, it's a project ...
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If I made a program from following a YouTube tutorial that does not specify a license, can I share it?

I followed a YouTube tutorial where the presenter explains how to make a game that runs in a web browser. The video showed him typing (and explaining) the code. I copied several lines of code. I have ...
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Question about upgrading GPL license on a forked project

I'm looking to fork a project on GitHub that was last updated "Three Years Ago" according to GitHub, I've written to the author and not gotten a response - so I assume the project is dead. I ...
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Developing a project based on a GitHub MIT license project

For more than a year now, I've been developing a paid, commercial application that is based on an existing project posted on GitHub and licensed as MIT. In addition to integrating this project into my ...
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I have a license in mind but what should I include in the license file?

I am working on an open-source GitHub project and I want to license the contents of it under Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs: CC BY-NC-ND so what should I include under the LICENSE file? Would just ...
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Use of multiple licenses in a single GitHub repo

My organization wants me to standardize several datasets using a common data format before we use them. Namely, two datasets with their own GitHub repos have different licenses (AGPL 3.0 and CC-BY-4.0 ...
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What are the implications of accepting pull-requests to an AGPLv3 project under the same license?

Say I publish a project under AGPLv3 terms with a LICENSE.md and code headers stating the terms, the year and the author. From what I understand, I am the sole licensor of this project and not bound ...
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Arduino GitHub project - what is the scope of copyright attribution and how to include it?

I'm trying to upload my project to GitHub and have questions regarding license/credit attribution. My project is an Arduino (specifically NodeMCU ESP8266) project, which mainly includes two external ...
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Licensing for Github Actions workflows yml code

For GitHub projects that are not using a license like MIT that let you copy code without having to copy the terms of the license forward, how does it affect that the yml code included in their GitHub ...
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Can I use an unmerged pull request to an Apache 2.0 project in my proprietary fork?

There's a project under Apache 2.0 which has an abondoned pull request. I plan to use this code, fix it and merge into my proprietary fork of the main project. This fork is a part of a bigger ...
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What is the right license if I don’t want to be responsible for pictures

I have this project that I want to make public on git hub for a potential employer, problem is the project contains licensed pictures from site like stock images , I don’t want to be responsible for ...
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Using maven artifacts without going insane over licensing

Every time I try to read or learn about licensing, it ends in a massive headache for me. Hence, I'm asking here, hoping to finally get some peace of mind about this. Say I have a little program I'm ...
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Choosing License of GitHub Repository

I really don't know much about the licenses. I am working on a project which I might upload on a website. So I have a few questions. Can someone ever steal my code and commercially use it if I put my ...
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Is commit author name stripping copyright infringement?

I'm the author of Fulguris which is in conflict with Styx. Both projects are MPL 2.0. Fulguris is a fork of the decade old Lightning and Styx is just a rebrand of Fulguris. Styx completely destroyed ...
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How could a large open source project manage the Pull Requests?

I was thinking about a very complicated GitHub open source project, how to manage pull requests. For example, here there are close to a thousand pull requests . How could the k8s administrator ...
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How do you work with open core code efficiently in Git?

MPL 2.0 license allows for using open source code in part of a 'larger work' (the closed source), where the 'larger work' is contained in separate files. What is an efficient way to maintain an open ...
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When forking a GitHub project which has the GPL3.0 or the LGPL3.0 license - what do I have to do exactly?

In the case I want to fork a project from GitHub that has the LGPL3.0 or the GPL3.0 license, what do I have to do? The original license text might contain the "process" that is required (...
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Is copy of code snippet from BSL 1.1 licensed repository to an MIT licensed repository allowed?

Source Repository license: Business Source License 1.1 Destination Repository license: MIT. This is an open-source repo, sort of a library, having a lot of contributors. Code here is used by a lot of ...
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What copyright/permissions to use for a publicly available student paper online (GitHub)?

I have a senior year project hosted on GitHub, including CAD files, code, and a written paper (PDF) that describes my work. I would like to ask what copyright or permissions I should include on this ...
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Adding an open source license to a website with licensed images/names

I have made one site and want to publish on GitHub, though this site has copyrighted images and names. I've searched and found the MPL 2.0 that theoretically will protect this licensed images and ...
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What to do if someone forked your project and removed its license?

Say you created a website and it's open-source under MIT. A month later, I changed it to GPL-3.0 License. A month passed again, someone forked my project in GitHub and is making money off it via ...
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Am I violating the terms of the base licenses when I publish my project on GitHub without any license and/or links to authors of used components?

Many developers, students, etc. put their code on GitHub without any links to authors of used components and licenses. I tried find a new job and yesterday HR ask me create Rest API with django + drf ...
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a problem with SIMILAR emojis to existing ones

it was some time ago but, yeah, my emojis (yes, emojis, not a joke, that's not even funny) ruined my github account (i just got flagged). for the now i was trying to use other platforms/solutions (...
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Under which license is GitHub metadata (repo names, commits metadata...)?

I'm extracting a sub-dataset from the GH Archive dataset. The GH Archive dataset, I quote, "includes material that may be subject to third party rights." In my sub-dataset, I never extract &...
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What license to choose for an open source project using Highcharts

I have to release a software package on GitHub (or any public repository) that uses Highcharts. Because of this, I am not sure which license to pick for my project. Here is some more information: I ...
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Can I use a logo (Image) from a GitHub repository with an MIT License?

Can I use a Logo (Image file) from Github Repository with an MIT License, without violating any copyright terms?
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Should I include the license of packages used for a personal project?

After working on a project in flask, I wondered if I should include as a third-party license, the licenses of the installed packages. To explain myself better... I installed flask and other packages ...
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MIT License - Can I license part of a repo?

I have a public GitHub repo, with multiple folders containing different plugins. Am I able to license each of those plugins separately, or does the whole repo have to be licensed as one? One of the ...
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In repositories, does software under the LGPL include a copy of the GPL?

The repository for something that I need to use has 2 license txt. One which is the LGPL and the other the GPLv3. I heard from a member of their Discord that this is because the LGPL is an extension ...
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Publishing code on github considered (re)distribution?

I wonder if publishing some code on github is considered a distribution. According to this answer, it seems that it would be : Yes, this is considered redistribution. If not what would? Also, that ...
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Using GPL v3 for GitHub repo with no source code

I am planning to create a GitHub repo containing a summary of commands to be used as a reference. Some of these commands with a combination of unique flags have been used in the source code of a ...
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Mono vs. Multi Repository for Open Source Project on GitHub

I have developed a open source tool that consists of: Web-Frontend (Angular project) Backend (Java project) Python Lib (Python project) Both, Web-Frontend and Python Lib communicate with the Backend ...
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How to donate a complete working project to the open source comunity?

I created a fully running application in Spring Boot that I like to share with the community of open source, so individuals can contribute to it and companies can use it. I have few questions: I'm ...
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What should I do to make my open source project legally sound?

I am currently making a small script that you use in the browser to get the current user's IP address (I use it with a WebRTC chat), and as I noticed that all popular packages that get an IP address ...
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Correctly attributing github libraries without specific mentioning

I would to attribue some of the OpenSource libraries that I'm using in my project but I found my self having problems in doing so since it is not written clear (in my opinion). For example, the ...
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License for public "WTFYW to do" code snippets on StackOverflow and other places?

I've came across StackOverflow's license a week ago, which I had no idea about. Seems they use CC BY-SA there (before, 3.0, now, 4.0). If I'm publishing code there, it's because I want anyone to do ...
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Study existing GPLv3 licensed code while working on my own project

I plan to write a toy interpreter for a programming language as a hobby project hosted on GitHub. The official implementation of the language is licensed under GPLv3. I have read some of its code to ...
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How to reuse code in GitHub without passing other code as mine?

I'm doing my first real project on Github (in Python) and I'm using functions from two other repos (which I'll call foo and bar) as well as rewriting some of their modules. I have two options. Option ...
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Who will be the copyright owner of a new file in a forked repository on github?

Let's say there is a MIT Licensed repository on github, then by definition all the files that belongs to the repository is owned by the copyright holder of the repository. But if I fork the project ...
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Is Firefox really open sourced?

I've been using Firefox for a while now and I am quite satisfied by it. I have always heard that it is open source, and I recently tried looking on GitHub to see if there was some sort of repo with ...
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Github, how to add license of fonts I am using in a project?

A while back I made a game and uploaded it's project files on Github and added a MIT license to it. So I was just looking at it and realized that the font I am using in it had some sort of license ...
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Should a GitHub issue be closed before or after the fix has been included in a release?

I opened an issue on a Javascript library hosted on GitHub. The maintainer pushed a fix to master, but there has not been a new release since that fix was pushed. Should the issue be closed now, or ...
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How to evaluate the reach of an open source project when there are 0 projects in its repo dependents?

I am constantly using open source projects during my work. Usually I view the dependents graph to see which other open source projects use it. However How do I gauge the reach of a project such as ...
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Proper attribution of 'BSD 3-Clause License' code in a MIT license project [duplicate]

I have a repository on Github that I want to license under the MIT license. I have copy pasted parts of two other projects, one which is under an MIT license, and another which is under a BSD 3-Clause ...
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Validity of agreement to Copyright/CLA via Pull Request merging with agreement text

I have contributed heavily to a open-source github repository and they are licensed under the CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 license (Which isn't really an open-source license). Each of my contributions was merged ...
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Using MIT license for commercial purpose

I am interested in using this (https://github.com/awaragi/prometheus-mssql-exporter) software within our organisation. This repository has an MIT license. I would like to clone this repository to my ...
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