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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 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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Security of GitHub.com

Recently some non-technical managers where I work found out that GitHub has a repository with code from "Hidden Tear" which is a ransomware application. The immediate reaction was to ban ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is it possible to get rich prosecuting GitHub users of an unlicensed 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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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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Python package where each module has a different license

I created a Python package, where different submodules have different licenses (MIT, BSD, Apache etc). I am now wondering, how my setup.py should look like. Looking at this post, I assume it would ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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Does GPL affect use of GitHub Actions?

GitHub Actions is a continous-integration service by GitHub. You can create actions that other people use in order to e.g. test their code. Let's say, I license a github action with GNU GPLv3. Do ...
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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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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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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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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 ...