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Using GNU General Public Licensed code in an MIT Licensed application

I am developing a GUI Java-based application using swing and am thinking of using the MIT license, though when reading the licenses stated in the components of java swing I see that they are licensed ...
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AGPL license - RStudio Server

I know that there are certainly already many questions on this topic - I have also read through quite a few, but unfortunately still do not understand it. I am in the process of deploying an RShiny ...
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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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Distributing software that downloads and uses GPL-licensed software

License in question is GNU GPLv3 (http://www.gnu.org/licenses/quick-guide-gplv3.html). Abstract Context: I have written a software A that downloads a docker image of software B as part of the ...
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Is it possible/necessary to add Classpath Exception to LGPL?

I see people comparing the GPL with a Classpath exception to the standard LGPL. Does this mean that LGPL already has the Classpath exception or some language already similar enough to it? If not, can ...
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Is it possible to use a LGPLv3 plug-in in a GPLv2 program?

From the license point of view: Is it possible to use a plugin written under "LGPLv3+" in a program protected by "GPLv2"? The plugin is built as a ".so" library and at ...
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Port GPL EXT-4 to MINIX 3

The goal is to allow user to use a USB that is ext-4. I understand Minix 3 is similar to BSD, and ext-4 is GNU GPL. So as a user, I can port ext-4 to Minix 3 and make it GPL so I can use it. But, what ...
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What license should I put in my datasets?

I've scraped tonnes of sites. I'm making these datasets for public use. I've been using GPL-v3 license for other software tasks but I don't know what license should I put for datasets. I prefer a ...
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How to change the licence of Java project from GNU/ GPL to MIT / BSD / Apache

I had developed a Java application which is connected to MySQL Workbench by using mysql-connector-java-8.0.21.jar file. When I deploy the project and send source code to the client he says that: The ...
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How to change the licence of Java project from GNU/ GPL to MIT / BSD / Apache [duplicate]

I had developed a Java application which is connected to MySQL Workbench by using mysql-connector-java-8.0.21.jar file. When I deploy the project and send source code to the client he says that: The ...
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Do I need to show branding for TinyMCE (self hosted, free usage license)?

I want to use TinyMCE rich text editor in one of our project. We are using angular warpper of TinyMCE. We will host the tinymce.min.js in our servers (not tinymce cloud). Exact steps mentioned at end ...
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The specifics of licensing public domain code within project under GNU GPLv3+

I'm developing a project which I'm about to release under the GNU GPL 3+ license. It does, however, contain a number of public domain subroutines. Question: How do I go about placing a GPL license ...
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Use and distribute executable licensed under GNU GPLv2 with proprietary software

I'm a little confused. Can I use a GNU GPLv2 licensed piece of software with a proprietary (closed source) piece of software without affecting the license of the proprietary software? Am I able to ...
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How much of my code becomes GPL if I use some GPL code and how different does my code have to be to not be GPL?

I'm new to coding and I've found a lot of useful information regarding this question by reading online, but for whatever reason I simply can't find a simple answer to this. It's about using other ...
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Selling copy of GPL v3 app under another license [duplicate]

I want to create a library, that can be used for free in any open-source project, so I want to publish it under terms of GNU GPL v3. But, also I want to sell it, so it could be used in proprietary ...
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Do the GNU Rules about Nonfree Javascript apply to Server-Side JS?

The page The Javascript Trap describes guidelines for making JS code free/libre. I know that this is considered mandatory in web pages, but do the same rules apply to server-side JS? For example, do I ...
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Relicensing AGPLv3 content

I got some code that is Open Source published under, GNU AFFERO GENERAL v3, my question is can I re-licenses to so something more strict with sharing? And what license could I change it to, to be more ...
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Can i use GNU GPL Module in commercial app?

Can I use not my module with GNU GPL in my android app, that showing adware or that i sell for money? Must i make my all app open source in that case? Module: https://github.com/whyorean/playstore-...
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Sell content separately for app licensed under GNU v3?

If you're using a library that is licensed under GNU GPL v3 to help develop your application, then from what I understand, you must release your application for free and it's source code. Is it then ...
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Is ONLYOFFICE restricting our freedom with their FAQ? (AGPL v3)

or am I seeing this wrong? After some digging (It's NOT easy to find on their site), I found the community version ("Open Source" version) of ONLYOFFICE. However, after reading their FAQ, it seems ...
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How do I use GNU licensed code copyrighted by the original author?

I am writing open-source code based on another author's open-source code. The original author licensed the code under the GNU Public License and copyrighted it under his name. I am, of course, ...
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Forking a project with conflicting licenses

I’m forced to work with software that has been given incompatible licenses by its authors. They have created an original API that they’ve licensed under the GNU GPL, but then they implement that API ...
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How is the GPL3 for GNU coreutils satisfied when I pull a docker image?

I would like to learn more about satisfying GPL3 object code distribution requirements with a hopefully simple enough example. I download a docker image for e.g. Debian from hub.docker.com with ...
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Using Oracle VirtualBox Base Package for Commercial Applications

The VirtualBox Base Package is licensed under the GNU General Public License, version 2. My company is distributing software that runs on an Ubuntu system within a VirtualBox VM. We have not modified ...
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Need help understanding GNU LGPL terms

I'm a new developer and recently have to work on project where I guess using arduino lib will be easy, because writing my own library will be a lot more time consuming. This isn't a mass production ...
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How to edit a "GPL version 2" code and provide it to the customer (to get paid)?

A customer (from a freelancer website, who awarded me this single project) has asked me to add some extra functionality to a Wordpress plugin which is licensed under "GPL version 2", the customer ...
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How can I use this GPLv2+ file in my MIT project?

I was having a programming problem and Google brought me to this blog, which refers to a GPLv2+ licensed file. However, I would like to keep my project MIT-licensed. What should I do? I'm considering ...
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GPL Licensed Woocommerce paid plugins

I have very basic question. I'm building website service where I want to use WooCommerce Subscription and Membership plugins. These plugins are paid on the official websites, but there is written ...
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Can others monetize my project with GPLv3?

I currently have a web game under the GNU General Public License v3.0 open sourced on GitHub. Recently I found out that someone else had forked the repository and is setting up AdSense on their ...
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GNU GPL V3 with no code change disclosure

I read a lot of articles and information regarding my questions, but those answers were very technical and I wanted to understand the law in simple English. https://tldrlegal.com/license/gnu-general-...
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Can I publish a WordPress site as MIT?

I know that WordPress is licensed GPLv2 (or later). I also know that all things that use WordPress must also be GPLv2 (or later) compatible (eg. Plugins and Themes) I also read somewhere that ...
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Can I use an LGPLv3 library in my WordPress plugin

I want to publish a plugin on WordPress. My plugin uses a library which is licensed under the LGPLv3. I am planning to ship the library along with plugin code, however, the library isn't statically ...
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Implement GNU License code with or without modification

Can I take an open source app (chat app) under The GNU General Public License v3.0 and implements it as a feature in a bigger app, I will not make modification on the source code, will I have to ...
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Is GPL linking to AGPL possible?

Suppose I have a program that uses a library released under the AGPL license. Can the program be released as GPL, or does it have to be released as AGPL too ?
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Distribution of code of a system that uses open source tool with GPL license

I'm sorry if my question is repeated, but I have searched and read allot about this topic and kind of confused and want to make sure at this point. I'm planning to use an open source tool that will be ...
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Can I use proprietary library in a GPL-Compatible library loaded on a gpl Program?

I am asking mainly to be sure. To describe it better, I want to use some external functionality that is available through a proprietary library. Since the library IS NOT compatible with GPL Programs, ...
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How I can monetize GNU GPL product developed (and currently updating) by me?

I am a developer of Open Source product under GNU GPL license. I always looking for some time and power to make important changes in it (fix bugs and add more improvements), however, it becomes harder ...
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How the big open source firm guarantees their rights [closed]

How big open source companies (Mozilla, Apache, Mysql) enforce their rights for their published code as open source. Take the case of Mozilla, which has invested in the development of its source code,...
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Why GNU doesn't blame the zlib license of the same _patent treachery_ problems of the BSD-2 license?

GNU comments the BSD-2-clause license in: https://www.gnu.org/licenses/license-list.en.html#FreeBSD, referencing the comments on the BSD-3-clause license as all applying to the BSD-2-clause license. ...
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What's the point of running free software on non-free hardware?

What is the point of running software that does not violate the four freedoms if our hardware does? Most of us have modern hardware which contains backdoors that allow manufacturers to access the ...
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Bundling GCC along with my GPLv2 project

Is it legal to bundle the GCC cross-compiler (tar.bz2 file) along with a GPL v2 licensed ARMv4T processor core on Github? The compiler will extracted during simulations to compile C code for the core ...
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Am I allowed to use a GPL-3 library in a closed source web application?

I am working on an Angular5 web application. It is written in Typescript, and then compiled to Javascript. This is not a real compilation, just a minification The server which serves the .js files is ...
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Is it permissible to install Cygwin (GNU GPL) and its packages from within an installer for a proprietary and commercially sold application?

Is it legal to package the Cygwin installer executable — and some of its corresponding packages — and run it from another installer that installs a proprietary and commercially sold application? ...
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Does violating the "four essential freedoms" of the FSF mean you are violating GPL? [closed]

I was reading over a products license information and found out that they use multiple iterations of the GPL license (GPL v2, LGPL, a few more). I was wondering if the product that is licensed ...
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GNU GPL v2 - Using libraries?

I had a question about the GNU General Public License v2 license. More specifically, I'm using a library with a GNU GPL v2 license. I'm merely importing it in Java through Maven, I'm not ...
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Are license headers required under the AGPLv3?

While applying AGPLv3 I discovered the following statement on the GNU website's page titled How to use GNU licenses for your own software about 10 paragraphs in: If you are releasing your program ...
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Implications of using Linux's Kbuild infrastructure in proprietary software

We have our own proprietary software that we are developing for commercial business. We want to sell the software and we do not have any problem in distributing the source code to our customers. Due ...
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Does the GNU GPL imply that I hold copyright?

Would it be possible to release my copyright (essentially put it in the public domain) but still have the software licensed under the GNU GPL?
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Software licensing - Pre 1970's

From reference, page 4, The official ubuntu book, Eighth edition, As computer’s became cheaper and more numerous in the late 1970’s, producer’s of software began to see value in the software itself....
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Shouldn't LGPL v3.0 provide exception to section 5 (instead of section 3) of GPL v3.0?

Taken from section 1 LGPL v3.0 (https://www.gnu.org/licenses/lgpl-3.0.en.html): You may convey a covered work under sections 3 and 4 of this License without being bound by section 3 of the GNU GPL. ...
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