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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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What is the correct way to add license information to source code?

I have recently released some projects on GitHub and its catching people's attention(I had released earlier too but they were just for learning and didn't carry much weight). But I think I made a ...
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How should I use software under the MIT Licence without copyright holder?

I am working on a project and started from some GitHub repository, licensed under the MIT license. The preamble is the following: MIT License Copyright (c) 2018 Permission is hereby ...
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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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How to get people to contribute to my open source project instead of copying it?

I have a project that I worked alot on it, and now I'm thinking of asking people to contribute to it, but my concern is that people will take my existing code and do whatever they want with it(modify ...
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How do I license my project which is based on Apache 2.0?

I'm working on an app for android. I found this project on GitHub licensed under Apache 2.0. I am planning to make modifications to the project and use it commercially. I am also planning to monetize ...
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How can I find developers for contributing in my open source project? [duplicate]

I've made an open-source project (web based spreadsheet) on github.com, how can I find developers for contributing on that project, is there some kind of specific community or something?
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Can I use API exposed in an open source project (MIT License) in a commercial software?

I wanted to use an api that is exposed in an open source project under MIT License.There's no restrictions mentioned for the use of api anywhere in the License neither it says that we can use the api ...
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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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How can I refer to a repository for my project when it has no license but we can download it?

I made a .NET C# project with an api library published on GitHub by some company. So I'm now going to publish mine to GitHub as well, but I've found there is no license on the repository that I ...
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Publishing an open source project linked to commercial closed API

We are thinking about to publish a module of a commercial closed software as open source under e.g. MIT or BSD. The published open source module would have still some dependencies to the commercial ...
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Can I add a license to a forked repository? Can I license only my added code?

I would like to fork an existing repository which has no existing license. I would then like to add the GNU GPLv3 license to any code that I write, but it seems as though I cannot apply this license ...
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Opensource license ownership and collaboration

If a person releases their source under some Open source license. And later if another person contributes to the project through a pull request (in Github). Then, does the contributor gets a say if ...
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OSS licensing for GitHub projects

If I made some contributions to a repository on GitHub and then decided to delete the source code that I contributed, are other users of the repository still allowed to use that particular source code?...
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Can a GitHub Organization assert copyright?

I started an OSS project with a fellow coding enthusiast in 2014 (that has since pretty much left the project, although as far as I can tell he's still following everything that's going on). Since the ...
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License to use for smaller GitHub repos

I frequently create programs to process my local files in some fashion. About half of them are Bash shell scripts under 100 lines, others may be longer, include multiple files, or even be in other ...
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Making an issue per feature for initial development

I'm creating an open source app, which we're in the first phase of, and didn't release version 1.0.0. I want to know if it is ok to: create an issue per feature, or; change and merge it by pull ...
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Why GitHub is not opensource when it's use Git that has GPLv2 license?

I have this question after all happens when Microsoft bought GitHub. But GitHub core is not git? I now that when you use a GPLv2 in your program you must have to give your program the same license. ...
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A worldwide software todo list [closed]

When someone wants to develop a project but has no idea of what to do, where does he/she go to look for ideas? I guess i.e. github will be part of an answer. But is there any platform out there with ...
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Commercial print (shirt) of GitHub repository

GitHub offers a list of 33 licenses: Academic Free License v3.0 afl-3.0 Apache license 2.0 apache-2.0 Artistic license 2.0 artistic-2.0 Boost Software License 1.0 bs1-1.0 BSD 2-clause "Simplified" ...
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How to find opensource/software freedom GitHub alternatives?

Reviewers: the post was edited, now it asks for the most important selection parameters and not for a list. Now that Microsoft bought Github, I think programmers and coders favorizing software ...
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Can I commercially use a fixed source code distributed under GPL?

There is this source code on GitHub (a PHP class, around 200 lines of code) distributed under GPL license which has some bugs and is not useful to me unless those bugs are fixed. If I fix those bugs, ...
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What did GitHub's CEO mean by “clouds are mostly computers”, and what impact on open source?

Announcing GitHub's acquisition by Microsoft, GitHub CEO @defunkt wrote: Open source and business, people said at the time, mixed as well as oil and water. [...] Now, of course, things are ...
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Is it possible to create commercial software by studying the code of a github project with no license?

I'd like to know if what I'm telling is possible or not. I obviously know that's illegal to copy the code and add it to a commercial software. But I think it's not illegal to study the code so you ...
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Can a gap in a license coverage on a VCS be exploited?

Consider this: I have a repository on, for example, GitHub, and add a file I wrote. I forget to mention the file in the license, and publish the updated version to the repository, realizing the ...
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Can I write on my website and make the code private when the source code is partially copied from an open source GNU GPL V3 project [duplicate]

I've rewritten my personal website using this https://github.com/ptrpov/ptrpov . I've made some significant changes. Like I did on my previously (built from scratch) website, I'd like to add ...
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Once I did a PR on a repo, should I delete my fork?

I'm working on a free project on Github. I fork it, made some changes, did a PR and everything worked ok (PR was accepted). Then I update my fork with upstream, did some other changes, and made ...
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If I translate/port a repository from one programming language to another, do I need to use the license file (Github) from that original project?

If I translate/port a repository from one programming language to another, do I need to use the license file (Github) from that original project? Or can I use my own license file. I intend to use the ...
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Is there any considerations against changing texts of standard OSS licenses?

I've noticed that some OSS projects list themselves as licensed under a variant of a BSD N-Clause License. Yet if you would look closely at the license, you would notice they changed it was in the ...
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Include compiled tesseract application in my project

I have an open source project (haven't chosen a license yet) that uses tesseract for OCR. This is a windows only project. My program requires the end user to have a copy of tesseract on their system ...
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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 package 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 to revive an old GitHub project without license? [duplicate]

There is a project that has not been updated for 3 years, there is no license file there. How can I copy and develop it independently, making my own changes? What is better, to make a fork or create ...
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GitHub's “Help wanted” label: What if I want help on all issues?

I have a project with 200 open issues (many more closed), and I want to encourage more people to join and fix issues. Recently GitHub is showing me this: Label issues and pull requests for new ...
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I was told by a project that they only want my help on a few things

I am a young programmer who is interested in many many different types of projects and often start my own projects which are far too large to complete by myself so I went out and tried to find a ...
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How do I license, “Use my code as per the GNU GPL, but don't put it on GitHub”

I recently received a "surprise" email asking a question about one of my GPL'ed projects, and referring to code downloaded from https://github.com/icaoberg/mimetex/ That was the first I ever heard ...
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How to prevent users to jump to “premium” plan in a web-app

I want to know how can I prevent users to download the code from Git Hub for example, search in the code for a premium variable or something similar and change it to true, rebuild the project and boom,...
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Should I require that new issues be written in English?

English is considered by most to be a lingua franca for the developer community. From time to time issues written in another language are opened on GitHub projects that I manage, which I personally ...
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How to handle a pattern of GitHub volunteers wanting to work on an issue then disappearing

Since I registered my project on Up For Grabs, I get a lot of novice volunteers, which is great as I like both the ideas of 1) improving the app 2) introducing novices to open source collaboration. ...
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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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How to ensure the license for GitHub PRs?

My GitHub repository is licensed with CC BY-SA license. When people suggest PRs, and I accept them, do they automatically fall under the same license as the rest of the project? If not, how can I ...
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Handling copyright infringement in your own open source project

What do you do if you discover that some part of your own open source project infringes copyright? Consider the following hypothetical situation. An open source project's maintainer finds code in his ...
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How to anonymously submit GPL licensed source code to a science fair?

I've created a personal project and licensed it as GPL3 (I'm a fan of the open source movement). The source code is posted publicly on GitHub. I'm planning on submitting it to the Siemens Competition, ...
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Licensing code on GitHub in a valid way

I'm currently developing something on GitHub. I would like to keep it open source; however I want to make sure in no way am I liable for any issues, and that my code cannot simply be copied and ...
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Do Contributors Own Copyright After Sending Contributions?

I have a GitHub repository which its license is GPL. Although of this, in the "about" window of my program, I mentioned that I own the copyright (like this: © My name, 2017). And I added the GPL text ...
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How to deal with copyright infringement on GitHub

I have a public repository on GitHub. Some of the code was copy-and-pasted into another repository without keeping Licence headers and without any other back-linking to the original repository. How ...
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Can I publish my C++ game on GitHub under MIT using art and libraries under others licenses?

Can I publish my C++ game on GitHub under MIT using art and libraries under others licenses? I want to publish my code on GitHub, but I have some troubles with licensing. In my game I use GLEW (...
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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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Can I add a git submodule with an All Rights Reserved license?

I have a project with GPL v3 license. And it has git submodules with the MIT, Apache v2 and All Rights Reserved due Berne Convention. Am I violating copyright having public git submodules with All ...
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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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How to retain complete copyright on a GitHub open source project

I'm about to start a project and make it 'open source' cause I really like it, and would fit perfectly my project spirit. The project is divided in 2 parts: The main application, whose anyone could ...
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How do I (a beginner) find a bug in a project on Github?

I'm just getting started with software development and open source and I'm really excited about contributing to a real world project. But, I don't understand how to find bugs in projects as most ...