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Questions tagged [gpl]

The GNU's General Public License, a commonly-used free software license. The GPL has various versions, v1-v3, so use this tag only for questions talking about overarching issues of the licenses or shared characteristics. For example, for a question about a unique section on version 3, use the [tag:...

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Preventing a company in GPLv2 license

Is it possible to prevent a specific company or specific employee in that company from using an open-source project that uses GPLv2 license? To give more details, the project is based on another open-...
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Selectively distribute a GPL program

Imagine that there is this software, FooBar, which is under the GPLv2 license. Then, in one of your unproductive Saturday afternoons, you modify, let's say a new module, that is a derivative work of ...
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Can the OpenJDK runtime be used to run third-party Java applications?

With Oracle's shuttering of their Java runtime distribution (the January release will be the last version available for commercial use without a paid license) many people are recommending the use of ...
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PHP mysqli and pdo drivers licensing

I use PHP language in my application and use these two drivers to connect to MySQL - mysqli and pdo. I know that PHP is licensed under PHP License v3.01, so I can freely use it, but at the same time, ...
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About using GNU GPL 2, GNU GPL 3 and LGPL software in a commercial product

I build a commercial product, which uses some third party products licensed under GNU GPL 2, GNU GPL 3 and LGPL. I do not modify myself the source code of these third party products and I do not ...
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Should I attribute open-source DLLs that I ship?

I ship a GPL-licensed exe "Foo" (not mine) with my exe, and with Foo - some DLLs that it uses. These DLLs are licensed under various open-source licenses. Should I ship the copyright statements of ...
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Can I force to use a different name when redistributing GPL software?

Will that violate GPL? I still allow the recipient to redistribute unmodified copies and with modifications but they have to call the product with a different name when they do it. Is such restriction ...
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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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LGPL3 code in GPL3 project

It seems like this should be obvious, but I'm not finding an answer. LGPL is a subset of GPL, IIRC, so can I use LGPL code in a GPL project?
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Who is the copyright holder when GPLv2 project API is used?

I've read a lot of articles and still can't find the answer to the following question. There is a project that uses GNU General Public License version 2 license, developed by CompanyX. We (...
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What are the details of this accusation regarding the “web app loophole”?

I was recently reading an article, and I came across the following text (emphasis mine): Even that most notorious of “Communist” licenses often cited by paranoid executives as examples of anti-...
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Redistributing LGPL source code or GPL packages on a BSD Licensed package

I have a python project licensed under BSD-License. On its bottom I use a source code written in C++ which is licensed as LGPL and I have an optional dependency on a python package licensed under GPL. ...
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Is it legal to install GNU GPL v2 software alongside my proprietary software

I have developed a set of python-based tools for network testing, and I am currently building a GUI around it and I am going to attempt to sell it. My issue is one part of my code relies on wireshark, ...
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How could I copyleft a document that contains a substantial amount of both code and prose?

I am writing a document in LaTeX that contains large sections of Python code and output. Typically, I like to license my writing under CC BY-SA 4.0 and my code under GPLv3. I have already placed a CC ...
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Can I relicense my own GPL code into Apache/MIT? [duplicate]

Suppose that I distribute my own code with a GPL license, even though the code use just external MIT or Apache code. In particular, no preexisting GPL code is in it. Can I later relicense it under ...
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Should I distribute ProxySQL configuration as Open Source in case of combine ProxySQL with project under AGPL?

I Have AGPL project(suiteCRM) which communicates with MySQL but I would add something between suiteCRM project and MySQL. This thing will be a project under GPL names ProxySQL. I'm not sure if this ...
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Licensing LGPL software commercially [duplicate]

We have a mobile app software and we distribute it with LGPL v3. It uses other 2 components licensed under LGPL-v3 and MIT. For our own code, we are have the full ownership (i.e. nobody else have made ...
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Selling GPL derived source code

I modified a GPL opensource project and distributed the binary free of charge on Google Play. I'm planning to release source code per request via email only. My question is if someone ask for the ...
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Implications of using GPL licenced code only during testing

Let's say I'm working on a software library in which certain unit tests rely on GPL licensed code but the code that a user of this library would install on their system does not interact with GPL ...
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GPL for Embedded

I'm working in a company that develops and sells embedded systems. We are using Linux and some GPL software, alongside proprietary software. Some of the GPL softwares are modified to fit our needs. ...
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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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Can I change license of my GPL project? [duplicate]

I have created a project from scratch and made it available online under the GPL license. Can I release a new version of the same project that does not have the GPL license? I would also like to know ...
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What license version should I use for an open-source PyQt5 application on GitHub

On the Riverbank License FAQ for PyQt5 it specifies that PyQt5 is under the license GPL. I'm not sure whether I should use GPLv1, GPLv2 or GPLv3. What license should I choose and it is MIT compatible?...
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Can someone explain the basic requirements of Open Source Qt LGPL to a beginner?

I’m a automotive electronic and electrical engineer with little to no software experience. I need to hire a developer to develop Windows GUI application that is used to configure and program a ...
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FDL code in GPL repo

I have a repository (GPLv3) full of configuration files that I recently noticed uses some FDL code (FDLv1.3). I have the following questions: To resolve this issue and keep the code: Could I re-...
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Restrict GPLv3 to non-commercial use [duplicate]

My question is very similar, but crucially different from this one. I have a library that I want to offer under a dual license: GPLv3 and commercial. GPL so others can read, maintain and modify if ...
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Is GPL “for research purposes only” self-contradictory?

So I used a piece of software which claims to be open source and is licensed under "GPL for research purposes only". As far as I know, GPL 2 and 3 are not themselves free, in sense that you can't ...
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Is it possible for Linux developers to retroactively “pull their code” from Linux?

Linux now has a Code of Conduct. In the resulting backlash some people have claimed that developers can "flip a kill switch" or "pull their code" from Linux. They seem to mean that developers can ...
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Can I insist on GPL version 3.0 terms when requesting GPL code from an embedded manufacturer?

I have an embedded device that contains software licensed under the GPL version 2.0 'or any later version'. The company that produced it never released any GPL code, and I plan to request it from them....
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Do defunct companies have to comply with requests for GPL code?

I have an embedded Linux device. The company that developed and produced this device is now defunct, having been sold to Flex Ltd. When this acquisition occurred, it seems that the employees signed ...
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How much code does the manufacturer of an embedded device that uses GPL software have to give me?

I have an embedded device that runs Linux among other software licensed by the GNU GPL. The manufacturer never released any GPL code, and I plan to demand that from them tomorrow. My question is, do ...
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Creating a new open source License based off of the GPL? [duplicate]

Hey suppose I would like to create a new modification of the GPL 3.0 license, would I be allowed to copy the GPL, modify it, and then rename it to something else? I.e. is the GPL license itself open ...
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Requiring personal info for source code

I bought a Samsung laptop recently. The model is shipped with TCL (Tiny Core Linux) with BusyBox in it. Circumstantial evidence suggests that TCL is modified to meet Samsung's requirements. I found ...
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Will distributing my program with virtual box make it GPL?

So I'm wondering if I distribute my application (as an .iso file) with virtualbox portable http://www.vbox.me/ which is licensed under GPLv2, will that make my program also under the GPLv2 license? Or ...
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Offering exceptions to the GNU GPL as an employee

I find myself in the following situation; I have a software project under GPL license, which is a good fit for usage in the company I am currently employed at. Now I am happy to dual license it to ...
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load in runtime an extern .qml file with GPL license

This is my question related with GPL and extern GPL scripts: I have a closed source project plus an extern .qml file, in the app root folder, that uses some GPL QT modules (for example, Virtual ...
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Aligning employer's and employee's interests in a hybrid/parallel open-source strategy

I work for Institute X, an academic institution looking to expand its commercialization opportunities. I want to develop with them a hybrid-open-source strategy for the code written by me and my team. ...
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Optional GPL dependency in commercial Python application

I am developing a commerical clock application ("JJClock"), which is written in Python. What I will deliver to my customers will either be a .pyc file or a .so file ("compiled") with Cython -- the ...
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Can GPL v3 Back-End be used for iOS apps without opening of whole program code

We are developing an iOS app in which all of the front-end is based on MIT/Apache/BSD components, while server part is fully on GPL v3. All these licenses are compatible, so there is no problem with ...
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Does it make sense to license an application (not library) under LGPL?

Say, I have a game engine which is meant to be an executable, not a library (i.e. it has its' own main() and has the top-level control. It calls on other libraries but cannot be used as a dynamic ...
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How should I license my project if it can install GPL-based plugins?

I'm developing a software which has two parts, kernel and plugins, their code are completely separated. Here's the question: Some of the plugins should be GPL based, as they invoked GPL code. The ...
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A question about closed-source software with GNU GSL for commercial and free-to-use cases

I plan to build a closed-source software with C++ language using GSL (GNU Scientific Library). This software is made by compiling my source codes into executable. By the way, my source codes use GSL ...
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Relicensing a fork of a GPL project and source code distribution requirements

(Reposted in here because this is the more correct section.) So the situation is this: I run a project which is a fork of an emulator licensed under GPL v2, my fork respects that and has not ...
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Can I commercialize my product that uses mblock?

I have a question regarding licensing of mblock based products. The mBlock 5 is a software tool for STEAM education. It is inspired by Scratch 3.0 and supports graphical and text programming. Also, ...
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CLA as an exception to the GPL

If it is true that GPL exceptions can be made to apply to some individuals and not others, could the author of an open source program avoid the hassle of asking contributors to sign a Contributor ...
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GPL exceptions that only apply to certain individuals

The GPL does not allow people to impose additional copyright restrictions on top of those that already exist in the terms and conditions of the GPL itself. However, the GPL does allow the original ...
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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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includeJavascript snippet inside a GPL php page, have i to include a license comment?

If i include Javascript snippet inside a GPL php page, have i to include a license comment in the page? Or insert the license comment on the main style.css is enough?
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Is Google Analytics compatible with GPL?

If i include Google Analytics JS code inside a php page GPL licensed (WordPress template), is it ok with GPL license? I'm asking beacause I think Google Analytics is not open source code.
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Redistributing MSVC runtime components with GPL application

A library I used in my native Visual C++ application was GPLv3-licensed; I found the GPL acceptable, and thus I was planning to make my application GPL-licensed as well. The application depends on ...