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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What's the correct way to bundle an executable (GPLv2) in my Git project

I'm making a simple GUI with Electron for a CLI executable that is distributed under GPLv2. I assume the license isn't an issue since this is a personal project and I'm happy to license mine GPLv2 as ...
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Do I need copyright notice on CI related code?

The project has files related to CI/CD process in its repository, such as Travis-CI and GitHub Actions configurations. Can they be classified as source code? Should I put copyright notice into them (...
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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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Publish code on GitHub with a call to public API

This question is more about conventional practice, so I don't include the detail about code or environment. It should be applied to all type of API call. This question was asked on SE exchange, but it ...
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Should I credit the authors for code that is no longer part of the project?

In one of my projects, I used some code from an Apache version 2 licensed project in the beginning. Now I have completely removed their code and it is no longer part of my project. Do I still have to ...
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How can I license my GitHub Page hosted in a open-source template?

Let's assume the following situation: I have created a personal blog hosted on Github Pages, based in a modified version of a template from HTML5UP, which is available for free for personal and ...
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Is GitHub “releases” section safe from malicious code? To be specific, does the binary match the code in a restrictive way?

When a developer creates a binary from the code and puts it in the releases section, does it match the code in a restrictive way so there is no chance that malicious code is compiled into it? How does ...
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Is it OK to use unlicensed GitHub code in a thesis, by having explicit permission to do so?

I am writing my Master Thesis. I used code from GitHub for my application and did modifications and extended its functionality to adjust my requirements. I am also citing the code in my own code and ...
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Using different licenses for different branches of the same repository

I have a Git repository with a medium-sized project on GitHub. Since there are some components depending on GPL libraries, the repository is currently also licensed under the GPL. However, the GPL-...
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How do I become a regular contributor to GitHub FOSS projects?

I've been foraging GitHub and making small one-off contributions to a variety of codebases that interest me. Typically, the projects that I want to contribute to are very large in nature and already ...
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Is it in line with the DCO that a github sign-off needs and publishes full name + an email “that matches the commit author”?

This is a full copy from https://stackoverflow.com/questions/62969381/is-it-in-line-with-the-dco-that-a-github-sign-off-needs-and-publishes-full-name ######## Coming from Stack Overflow where a pseudo ...
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If closed source software is distributed along with open source software, will the resulting code still be open-source?

Suppose there is an open source project (a collection of open-source repositories) on GitHub. Can we include closed-source software in the same open-source repository? (Specifically I'm referring to ...
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Using a licensed code which use an unlicensed code without explicit mention an authorization from the author [duplicate]

I checked What can I assume if a publicly published project has no license? Is my code FLOSS just because it is published it on GitHub? Open source code with no license… can I fork it? and other ...
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What is the difference between contributor, member and collaborator?

Is collaborator just a contributor with "commit-bit" and other privileges or there is more to it?
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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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What can I do if somebody copied my MPL-2.0 licensed code and released under their name?

To give more details, I've created a repository on GitHub, and I'm using the MPL-2.0 license (not only as a separate file but also with a copyright notice in each source file). Now, after some time, ...
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Using the Qt framework strictly for a personal project I want in my GitHub portfolio

I am using the Qt framework for a personal project of mine. Not intended to be sold or used by anyone else. Just a cool project that I want to have in my portfolio. What is required of me under the ...
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When folks send me pull-requests on GitHub, what are their copyright/licensing terms by default?

Say I'm maintaining a GPLv3 project on GitHub with a LICENSE file, code headers and all. Now, a few folks made some code enhancements and sent me a pull-request. Does that automatically mean that they ...
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How to say thanks in a Git repository

How to make a list of people and companies that I want to thank for somehow taking part in the creation of a repo? A paragraph in README.md? What's the header then? A special file? How to name it? I ...
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Is “Signed-off-by” really needed for a GitHub hosted project?

Suppose my GitHub project requires DCO. In case of DCO, for a "proof" of origin it's usually enough to add a commit message that includes Signed-off-by line. But in case of GitHub it's very ...
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What can I assume if a publicly published project has no license?

There is some code on GitHub that I would like to use. The repository has no public declaration of license that I can find. But this particular project has over 200 forks and is a pretty active ...
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Showcasing vs Distributing code on public repository such as github

For context, I have couple repositories on github, some of which showcase solutions to course projects or homeworks, while others - are created "for fun" (for example implementation of tail command in ...
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Use of open-source templates at GitHub, android studio templates

Is it allowed to publish a program that had been copied and UPDATED from GitHub on google play, let's say I had done this: I went to GitHub and Cloned a project into my Android Studio. I updated the ...
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Open source license for limited use [closed]

What open source license should I use on a project that I wanted to limit to personal and home use but if it is being distributed as a commercial product you have to pay to get permission and license ...
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Should I include .vcxproj files with open source C++ projects?

I am working on developing some libraries in C++, and I was wondering whether I should include my .vcxproj files that Visual Studio creates in my project's GitHub repository. Thanks!
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Can I put project using premium theme on github as public?

I am not very familiar with github and license copyright. I purchase metronic admin dashboard theme and built one project using it. So can I put this project on github as public so that others will be ...
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I m interested in package on GITHUB - what are my rights and what should i do? [closed]

i m thinking on making browser game and would like to start it on ready made code. For example https://github.com/FrankProjects/UltimateWarfare if i would pick this one. .. I know that i would need ...
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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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Why GitHub is not opensource when it's use Git that has GPLv2 license?

I have this question after what happened when Microsoft bought GitHub. But GitHub core is not git? I know that when you use a GPLv2 in your program you must have to give your program the same license. ...
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Include copyright material used by permission in open source repository

I've got an open source web project on GitHub licensed under GPL 3.0. Now I'm going to be adding some material under copyright (verses from a translation of the Bible) that I've been given permission ...
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What to keep in BSD License when porting package to another language [duplicate]

I'd like to create a package based on an existing library written in a different language. The package will be a simple translation to the another language. The existing project is licensed under ...
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putting on github the GPL code of a dead person

Jacques Pitrat was one of my intellectual masters, and the pioneer of French AI (his PhD thesis mentioned artificial intelligence in 1966). He was the president of the jury of my PhD defense (1990). ...
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GitHub downloaded source use cases [closed]

I am new to use open source project code and as well as the license. I have do some searching about the source code use cases along with the source code license, but mostly i found is about the ...
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Github etiquette: Is it polite to help for issue triage?

I have been wandering in the issues of a particular open-source project hosted on Github for a few months, as well as related projects. I'm not a contributor myself (except for some typos in the ...
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Need feature in PR with failing checks

An open source software I am using has a pull request for a feature that I need, but it has never been merged due to failing checks. Instead of implementing the feature myself, is there any way that ...
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Good practises of a knowledge base for users of a scientific open source project: a forum?

I have a scientific open source project in GitHub for a software aimed at creating three dimensional representations of geographical time-space. The tool will be soon in version 1, functional, and I ...
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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 a problem, when I start ...
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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 ...