Questions tagged [github]

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 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 a SaaS product by successfully developed as Open Source?

The accepted answer on How can large open source projects be monetized? mentions open source SaaS. Once you are successful enough in one of the above, you can afford giving away your software for ...
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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 ...
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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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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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How to copy a project from codeplex to GitHub

Since codeplex hub is disappearing, some projects have not been moved by their owners to other places. What would be the process of moving someone else's project?
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Is this copyright infringment?

I created a project to validate objects. It's influenced by a fairly known project called FluentValidation by Jeremy Skinner which has an Apache License. Both projects do the same, provide an API ...
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Finding license dependencies from GitHub repo

How can I easily determine a project's dependencies' licenses? For example on my GitHub repo which includes multiple open source softwares.
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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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What must I consider when accepting outside contributions to an Open Source project that has a salaried core team?

If I start an open source project today and volunteers start to contribute, what do I need to consider tomorrow when the project makes money? If we establish a core team that receives a salary, are we ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Are Pull Requests to a BSD project also BSD? [duplicate]

Suppose on GitHub one has a BSD project. If people make changes and and then request for you to pull them, are those changes also BSD licensed by default?
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Does a CLA have to contain the complete name and mailing address of the person that signs it? Isn't having the contributor's GitHub username enough?

https://www.clahub.com/pages/why_cla (mirror) claims that: A CLA should also contain personal information about the person that signs it, such as a complete name and mailing address. Is it true ...
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Best practices for versioning an XCode project for open source? [closed]

I'm preparing to open source an XCode project I've been working on privately, on Github. I am planning on using Github's release feature and and tag the initial release as 0.1.0. This much I know. ...
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Using a GitHub Code in Android Project - Licensing Requirements [duplicate]

I want to use a java utility class from GitHub for my android project ( https://github.com/tareknaj/BigFunctions). I saw from here Android - External library license in project that there is no ...
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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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Relicensing from GPLv3 to GPLv2

I have an open source project on GitHub released under GPL3. I want to re-license it under GPL2. 99.9% of the program is written by me, only few lines of code is written by other people. Can I re-...
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Proprietary Software Developed by Non-Profit Volunteers

I and a group of developers that met online have come up with an idea for a website we would like to create. I am struggling to see how our idea would survive with an open source business model. How ...
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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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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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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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How to promote simple github library? [duplicate]

I started an open source project on github which solves one very specific problem which is encountered by event driven distributed systems. I position this project as a handy tool to solve common ...
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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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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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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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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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I m interested in package on GITHUB - what are my rights and what should i do?

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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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 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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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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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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