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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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Is it possible to ask for reference in an open source project?

One of my projects is in Github and currently it does not have any license such as MIT. Therefore, it should be considered as an Open Source project by default. But, I wish that if anyone uses this ...
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Under what license is the content of GitHub's issues that were created by others?

I would like to know, under what license is the content of GitHub issues that were created by others. To clarify my needs: By "issues created by others", I mean issues created by GitHub users both ...
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Opensource license for github Python project which uses lgpl libraries

I'm about to make my first Python repo on github public and it needs a license. It imports four libraries, without modifying them, it merely makes use of their functions. These libraries are in ...
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GitHub repo with Apache License version 2 in package.json, but no full license copy nor comment headers

So I've forked a (declared by the owner) unmaintained Node.JS project on GitHub which uses the Apache License, version 2 in the package.json only: [...] "license": "Apache-2.0" [...] However ...
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Can I use an alternative license on GitHub that is not listed there?

Can I use an alternative license on GitHub that isn't listed? Specifically I want to use License Zero.
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Properly licensing my software on GitHub

When releasing software on GitHub, I usually state something in the Readme which reads like "Code written by [name and alias], licensed under GPLv3". Is this sufficient ? Or do I need to include the ...
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How to send a merge request for a new unit test that fails?

I found a bug in a open source project. The bug is easy to reproduce and as such I have added a failing unit test (the project already uses unit tests) and submitted a pull request. I have not fixed ...
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Should I notify the author to avoid duplicate effort for the same work?

I recently got aware that someone on Github is trying to build an image labeling tool that I already have developed 2 years back. His work is in the initial stage currently. But got good popularity. ...
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Starting to maintain an unmaintained but popular repository

I came across a Python package that was rather popular (2000 or so GitHub stars), but most recently committed to two years ago. In addition, the module version in the Python Packaging Index is an ...
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If someone else uploads my GPL'd code to Github without my permission, do they not put it at risk of being stolen by Microsoft?

I was alarmed to see that someone uploaded one of my old GPL'd projects to Github. Github has refused to remove it however, and suggests I contact the uploader who is completely anonymous and cannot ...
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Selecting the right licensing model

I'm trying to select the correct licensing model for training content I create and currently host on Github. The content may be migrated in the future to another hosting platform or be converted to a ...
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Using Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial Data in a GPLv3 GitHub repo

My currently open-source project was made so that I could analyze a specific dataset. However, when in talks with the data holders, they want to keep their data in a Creative Commons Attribution-...
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Opensource projects using JIRA?

For my master thesis in software engineering I am looking into opensource projects using JIRA as an issue tracking system. However, other than Jenkins and the projects by Apache, it seems that such ...
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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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license for the code snippet posted in github issues

Is the code snippet posted in github repository issues section automatically under the same license that the repository is having? Additionally(and related), is the content in pull request which has ...
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Can I publish someone's GPL (version 2) source code to GitHub or BitBucket?

I obtained a GPLed (version 2) source code. But it is not maintained, and I have tried to fix some bugs. I plan to publish the code to git repository like GitHub or BitBucket. However, I cannot get ...
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Is a git repository enough to show changes to the code for GNU-GPLv3?

I want to create a fork of an opensource project. I'm planning to make significant changes to it and I will keep these changes on a git(hub) repository that is available to anyone. As such changes ...
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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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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 ...