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:gpl-3] tag.

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Use sympy code in a GPL project

I'm currently working alone on a project that I intend to publish under the AGPL3+ license. I want to use parts of the Sympy source in it. The Sympy license says, that " Redistributions of source code ...
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GPL: Format of provided code? [duplicate]

When you distribute software licenced under GPL(v2+) you have to provide the source code with the software. How should the code be formatted? Could I provide an obfusfacted code with bad variable/...
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Can GPL2/3 software installer have custom license?

Suppose I write some package manager which will install, manage (start, stop, send commands, write configuration files etc.) binary programs distributed under various GPL licenses but not incorporate ...
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GPL2 and React Native Component License

We got a notice from our internal legal team that we cannot use this react native component (https://www.npmjs.com/package/react-native-activity-recognition) because it uses GPL License and that ...
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If authors of open source software can be held liable for (accidentally) infringing (vaguely worded) software patents, why add one's name to it?

If person A writes software and says "I wrote it and this is my name", she can potentially be sued by a patent troll who says "I invented the program statement and the variable". If person A writes ...
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Does GPL cover single page web apps fully

If you're trying to make sure future changes to a single page app (including perhaps adding a backend API) are GPL'd, is it sufficient to release the code under the GPL, or is the AGPL required?
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What can a patent troll win by suing an open-source foundation e.g. GTK foundation?

Do open-source foundations have oodles and piles of cash lying around for patent trolls to scoop up? Are open-source softwares licensed under the GPL not immune to patent trolls since there is no ...
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Can a GPL'd library really not be used in a non-GPL application?

What text in the GPL says that a GPL'd library really cannot be used in a non-GPL application?
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Can I use a GPLv3 JavaScript library on a website I'm developing for a client?

I was intending on using a GPLv3 licensed JavaScript library on a website I'm developing for a client. This library would be part of the theme. Will this necessarily make the entire them GPLv3 so my ...
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Can I put a GPL licensed binary file in my proprietary software? [duplicate]

The source code of this binary is under GPL V2. In my software, I didn't use its code, I just execute this binary to do some tasks, nothing more. Is it legal?
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Using GPL modified system software in commercial projects

I have a commercial project which connects to a database (e.g. PostgreSQL) all licences are agreed at this moment. What should I do if I alter the database server with GPL (version 3 to be concrete) ...
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AGPL used with a modular framework, modules are not open source

As far as i understand, the AGPL license permits me to use the library (https://github.com/Corvusoft/restbed) for a server that faces the web and is publicly accessable, as long as the server it's ...
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Can I change the copyright holder name and year of an MIT license?

Can I change the copyright holder name when using a project of MIT license ? Example: Changing 'john' to 'Justin' in below license ? Copyright 2018 john Permission is hereby granted, free of charge,...
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Does distributing GPL software along with binary image force the binary image to be GPL too?

So: A hardware device has closed-source firmware running inside it (not based on any open-source code). Computer software to update the hardware's firmware exists, with a GPLv3 license. It takes a ...
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Legal consideration before development of a FFMPEG filter using named pipe for I/O to any forked program and

I would like to develop a ffmpeg filter to have an easier and better integration of the ffmpeg functionalities in case of complex command lines. Imagine an ffmpeg command line in which you can ...
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GPLv3 forces us to make code available, but to whom?

I've read that GPLv3 imposes that we should make the source code of our app available. But, available to whom? In case we sell our GPLv3 software, does it mean we have to make it available to those ...
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Can Apache/BSD application contain optional (commented out) hooks to link to GPL code?

I am an author of a non-GPL code that is distributed under an Apache license. There is a GPL2 library (not LGPL) that many users will commonly want to link to that provides part of our algorithm, but ...
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What if I don't know whether my program will be linked to a GPL library or not?

Suppose a program uses an API which has two implementations: An MIT implementation which uses GPL libraries A newer version of it which no longer uses any GPL libraries Neither is distributed along ...
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If my commercial application includes a GPL licensed Nuget package, do I need to open source my application?

Usually the nuget package is a dll after it is released. Do I need to open source the application that references it?
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Use of GPL licensed driver in commercial project

In a commercial project for our customer, I would like to install a driver on all target machines. The driver is on sourceforge (http://com0com.sourceforge.net/). The website states that: The Null-...
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Help with how to approach a GPL license in a set of libraries

I'm working on a project right now that is essentially a set of libraries for game development. The idea is that these modules (in the form of DLLs, jars or other extensions) are open source and can ...
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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 I compile Qt applications statically for rented software

In cases where my software is only ever rented with a dedicated PC, is it permissable to compile Qt statically, as I would still technically own the program and it`s not being sold? Seems to be a bit ...
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Is the Qt Network Authentication module still LGPL?

I saw this question asking if QT Network Authentication module is licensed under LGPL or not. The answer states that since this module is not specified under Add-ons available under Commercial ...
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Open Source licences applications in R, RShiny and OpenCPU data outputs

So, first of all I do not want to sell any scripts or commercial applications that use R scrips or libraries. The Open Source is there for a reason and it should remain as it is. I would like to ...
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Is it possible to liberate source code through double-licensing changes?

Let me describe the situation: there's an old piece of software (a game) with source code publically available. Source code was (officially, legally) released with following non-free license: The ...
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I'm developing a library. Is there a license similar to GPL3 that doesn't force a license change for the project?

If an open source project is licensed under MIT, I want them to be able to use my library without changing their license to GPL3. However I still want developers of proprietary applications to make ...
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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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Can I redistribute image containing GPLv2 and Apache2.0 software(packages) on Docker Hub?

I want to redistribute an image containing MySQL and Apache httpd. However, MySQL is GPL-2.0 licensed and Apache httpd is Apache-2.0 licensed. The two licenses are known to be incompatible. Do I have ...
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If a non-GPL program is illegally linking to a GPL library, can I assume that program automatically became GPL?

I found a proprietary program which is illegally linking to a GPL library. Since the GPL states that programs which link to GPL libraries must also be GPL, does this mean that I can assume that by ...
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Do I have to include a copy of GPL 2 if I'm using LGPL 2.1 (or later)?

According to FSF, to use LGPL in my library, I have to include both the copy of GPL & LGPL. I understand that the reason being LGPL 3 is now written as additional permissions over GPL 3. However, ...
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Can the fine print (ToS) of Github permit them to seize copyright of my code if someone else uploaded it? [duplicate]

I was alarmed to see that someone uploaded one of my old GPL'd projects to Github. I don't use Github or any other Microsoft product. Github has refused to remove it however, and suggests I contact ...
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GPL/LGPL license: convey source code by linking to original author

Scenario: you distribute your program in binary format, and it uses a GPL or LGPL library. In addition to the required conditions on your part of the application, you must offer a way to obtain the ...
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Add source file in Apache 2.0 licensed project

I want to add a source file (which is under GPL v2.0 (not in v2.0+)) in a project which is under Apache 2.0 license. As mentioned on GNU's website Please note that this license is not compatible ...
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If someone else uploads my GPL'd code to Github without my permission, do they not put it at risk of being stolen by Microsoft?

I was alarmed to see that someone uploaded one of my old GPL'd projects to Github. Github has refused to remove it however, and suggests I contact the uploader who is completely anonymous and cannot ...
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Call MS-PL library in LGPL code

I am currently developing a small desktop application. I am looking for a license that guarantee : That the code cannot be sold, and must be freely distributed. That modifications of the code cannot ...
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What if I don't receive a copy of the GPL license?

I've downloaded the source for Linux device driver from the manufacturer's website. The source was included in a zip file, so no source control was involved. Unfortunately, the driver source was ...
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Do the licences permit GPL- and BSD-licensed applications to be used for government work?

I want to use GIMP, Inkscape, and Lightzone for work in a government environment. Not modify the software, just use the applications. Does the license allow me to use the software in such environment? ...
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For a GPLv3 project, would accepting contributions under the MIT license allow me to keep full control of the project?

I would like to do this as an alternative to having a CLA (which was suggested to me in my previous question) that transfers all copyright over to me. Is this a good idea and are there any potential ...
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Do all packages under Axis come under apache license?

I am trying to find what license is used by axis-wsdl4j here - https://mvnrepository.com/artifact/axis/axis-wsdl4j Since no license was listed I looked at axis license: https://mvnrepository.com/...
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Which of the license is used by SaaJ-api ? CDDL or GPL?

I am looking at https://mvnrepository.com/artifact/javax.xml.soap/saaj-api It mentions 2 licenses: CDDL and GPL. Does it mean it uses both licenses ? or any one of them ? If just one of them how to ...
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What if I used a MIT-licensed library which has a GPL dependency?

As far as I know, GPL is infectious, so my application would become GPL once a single GPL-licensed file is included. However, MIT is compatible with GPL, and MIT isn't infectious, so my application ...
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is it safe to use GPL 2.0 licensed libraries in my commercial container image?

I am building some docker image which is using alpine:3.10 as base image. When I scan my built image for any license violation using whitesource scanner, I am getting lot of libraries which are ...
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GPL with Classpath Exception License

for example, File A.java is distributed under GPL with Classpath Exception License.. And I develop software C. There is a B.java file in C. B.java imports A(not A.jar, but A.java) and call function of ...
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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 GPL license, if my program uses libraries with MIT and MPL licenses?

I'm working on a program in the Rust programming language. My program uses libraries (called crates in the Rust's ecosystem) with various licenses, like MIT Apache 2.0 and MPL-2.0. Can I use GPL if I ...
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GPL Application <-> LGPL Plugin <-> Properietary code

I would like to explicitly consider possibility of having either of Fig.1: (1-A) A GPL application with dlopen-based plugin system. (1-B) LGPL plugin for application (1-A), that is linked to (1-C) (...
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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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What is the correct way to add a CC BY-SA 4.0 license to the assets in a project already licensed under GPLv3?

These assets would include images, sounds, and anything else in the project besides the source code. I own the copyright to these assets. To be clear, I'm asking how I would actually apply the ...
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As the owner of a GPLv3 project, what type of restrictions will be placed on me if I accept contributions?

For example, will accepting someone's copyrighted contribution prohibit me from changing the license, accepting donations towards the project, or anything else?