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Using a GPL library in a separate module that's included with the main program

There's a GPL sound library I'd like to provide as an option in a game which will be released under MIT license. My plan is to create a generic, abstract audio interface in the engine, which can ...
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Do we have to choose the GNU LGPL v2.1 license libraries for our distribution?

Our situation - LGPLv2.1 Libraries = LGPL for whole work? Our distribution Package contains libraries which are licensed GNU LGPLv2.1 jquery.form - dual licensed GNU-LGPL-2.1+ - MIT, * ...
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Can a non-GPL Licensed Python Application use Pylint as part of its test suite?

I have a Python application that is not under a GPL-compatible license. I would like to add style checking to my automatic test suite, and I would like to use pylint instead of pep8 because it ...
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Section 14 of GPL(v3)

Section 14 of the GPL(v3) states: Revised Versions of this License. The Free Software Foundation may publish revised and/or new versions of the GNU General Public License from time to time. Such new ...
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Do (L)GPLv2 licenses allow the distribution of derived binaries using Apple's XCode?

To create executables to run on iOS platforms, the intended way is to use Apple's XCode to build them. XCode is available for free to run on MacOS devices. But, assuming that Apple's terms allow the ...
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Modifying an R package with GPL-2 | GPL-3. What is the correct workflow?

I made a modification of the R package rpart for researching purposes. The license is GPL-2 | GPL-3. The modification is simple but it is critical for another package that I have developed. I would ...
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What is the difference between GPL classpath exception and linking exception?

So I read that OpenJDK is under the GPLv2 with linking exception. What is a Classpath exception and a linking exception? The JDK that I'm using(Amazon Corretto which is a build of OpenJDK) is under ...
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What is the difference between jdk java net and OpenJDK

I'm fairly new to Java programming and I've recently read this article from Oracle(from September 2018). https://blogs.oracle.com/java-platform-group/oracle-jdk-releases-for-java-11-and-later. What ...
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Can I modify a GPLv2 licensed kernel module without having the rest of my software GPLv2?

The company that I work for, develops a Linux-based in-house distro, which powers some hardware-based equipment. The project that I am working on, has some proprietary kernel modules, and proprietary ...
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Do I have to provide the build dependencies listed in a package build script to comply with GPLv2?

Problem description: For example in the case of alpine linux, there are APKBUILD scripts which reference the source files, the complete source code can be easily fetched with the abuild fetch command ...
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Can the official MySQL connectors be used in a commercial closed-source backend?

The official Oracle MySQL connectors seem to correspond with these GitHub repositories: mysql-connector-cpp mysql-connector-nodejs mysql-connector-python ... They all contain a LICENSE.txt that ...
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Distribution of different oss libraries in the same zip file

within a project that involves distribution of software that will (on recipient side) then be flashed into a hardware component, i have to make the different libraries available under the same ...
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How does dual licensing combine with “You may not [distribute] except as expressly provided under this License”?

(Or, If you distribute a "GPLv2 or later" software under GPLv3, do you lose the GPLv2 license?) Assume a program (software X, created by developer/group A) that is licensed using the usual &...
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Can I use the “pro” features found in open source code if it's GPL 2?

I am looking at including a library from Github on my next project that has different tiers. It claims that the lowest free tier is licensed under GPL 2, however to use advanced functions you need to ...
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Is statically linking MIT/X licensed software with a GPLv2 library is illegal?

I am not going to distribute the binary ever. The program or the library is not mine. Will it be a problem?
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Reusing test input files from GPLv2 project for automated testing

I am writing a filter -- an external program which takes input from the main executable, parses it, potentially modifies it, and outputs the modified data -- for the GPLv2-licensed Pandoc. My filter ...
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Use GPL licensed software externally? [duplicate]

I want to use scapy for my commercial project but scapy is licensed GPLv2. I use scapy as a parser for packets and I wonder if it is OK if I create a separate wrapper module using scapy and get input ...
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GPL libraries on my software

I am attempting to write a Hobbyist OS and found that the CuteOS project is very useful for reference and libraries. The only issue is: it's under the GPLv2, and from my understanding if you use a ...
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Where is GPLv2 located in Ubuntu?

Where can I find the GPLv2 license text in Ubuntu 20.04?
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If you distribute GPL-code as non-GPL, can the receiver redistribute it as GPL?

Let's say I have written a proprietary program called MyProprietaryTool. The code has clear licenses on top of each file stating that it is proprietary code. (It's Python, so the code is what will be ...
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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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how do open source licenses affect ecommerce sites?

I confess I am ignorant about open source software licensing and am trying to understand it better. I work for a retailer that has an ecommerce site. Our ecommerce site is built in-house and uses ...
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How to publish paper and project inspired by Open Source Projects

This is about my final project for my grade. I did a project. I looked at similar open source projects and got influenced by them. I didn't copy them, but i definitely got influenced and some parts ...
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Using a library that is wrongly licensed

Let's say there are 3 people Q A Z . Q makes a GPL library. A uses it and licensed it under the MIT licence purposefully. Z uses A's library in a proprietary, paid-for library and distributes it ...
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Licensing restrictions for a Wordpress site hosted online

I am a noob with regards to software licensing ... this might seem like a very silly question. As per this page (https://wordpress.org/about/license/) on Wordpress official website, Wordpress is ...
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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 does GPL define the term “release” or “distribute” officially?

Since GPL Require Source Posted Public states about But if you release the modified version to the public in some way, the GPL requires you to make the modified source code available to the program's ...
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Can a derivative of a GPL 2.0 only work be relicensed as GPL 2.0 or later work?

If I have a piece of software which is licensed under the GPL 2.0 only (there is no "or later" clause in it's license), and I modify it, can I relicense my derivative work as GPL 2.0 or ...
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What is the most similar license to the GPL 2.0, but for non-code works?

What license is most similar to GPL 2.0 but for stuff other than code like images and documentation?
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Is it allowed to redistribute tools.jar and JRE component of OpenJDK 8?

tl;dr Is it legal to redistribute tools.jar and JRE component of OpenJDK 8 with my app? If possible, tell me what OpenJDK vendor I can redistribute (RedHat, Azul,...) Installing JDK on user machine is ...
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Tivoization and the GPLv2

I have seen several questions on this site regarding tivoization, and how the GPLv3 can prevent it. However, for my particular use case, the GPLv3 actually seems to be more permissive than the GPLv2. ...
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Time limit to supply source code under GPL

About a week ago I found some commercial software that is closed source using two GPL v2 licensed packages in the binaries. I emailed the company back and forth and they finally agreed that they would ...
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Does a web application avoid becoming a “derivative work” if it loads in an unmodified GPL-2 javascript library?

Say I have a web page: ... <!-- A custom javascript library --> <script src="myCustomScript.js"></script> <!-- A GPL2 javascript library --> <script src="...
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Can I get paid to make code that includes GPLv2 libraries?

I've been asked to make an application about astrology, and I would like to use this library https://github.com/astrolin/ephemeris/tree/develop/src/java/swisseph-2.01.00-01, however it is licensed ...
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I want to build a new ISO based on official Ubuntu 18.04 ISO, plus some propietary software. What do I have to open-source to comply with GPL2?

What if I do not own the proprietary software but I have been given permission to distribute it (will being able to open-source the build automation help? This would mean only someone with the correct ...
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I was told by a vendor who licenses their paid software under GPL v2 that I cannot include the software inside my framework. How so?

They're a pretty decently sized company within the space and I assume they did their due diligence and so, I'm wondering if I misunderstood something. Are you not allowed to include paid software (A) ...
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GPL v2: what does “distribution” mean in terms of cloud apps?

I'm thinking about writing a cloud app that uses wasm-git. wasm-git is licensed under GPL v2. Since wasm-git runs in the browser, users of my cloud app would get a copy of wasm-git when they open my ...
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Can I use a GPL v2 software in commercial software? [duplicate]

I've already gone through the following links and many more: Using a tool under GPL v2 in a commercial application Can I use GPL libraries in a closed source project if only the output is ...
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Is it legal to use the name of an existing GPL-2.0 program, in my own open source project?

I've created some opensource, free to use Javascript tool. Currently, my program operates under a different name(which i want to change). This tool is rather similar to an existing one, that was ...
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Can I use a GPL data collection agent in commercial software

I am trying to create a commercial monitoring software using Zabbix agent. Zabbix agent is a data collection software installed in a remote computer that collects the data and sends to a central ...
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Are pictures of GPL software GPL?

GPL must be applied on screenshots of GPL software or not. Can a screen recording of GPL software, such as Linux, be published?
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Can a company modify and use the source code of a GPLed library without selling it or releasing the modification?

I have a specific case here for which I could not find a clear answer here or on other pages. I am working for a company that is interested in using an open source code licensed under GPLv2. The ...
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Usage of closed-source software loaded into GPL software as a plugin

I'm distributing a device (ARMv8 server) which runs GNU GPL licensed software. I've changed this software so that it is able to load any plugin in the form of *.so file. I've open-sourced this feature ...
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Is it possible to migrate old GPL2 project to GPL3?

So I found an old project that is GPL2, not hosted on Github. I fixed bugs in it, and want to post on Github. Can I distribute it under GPL3? In other words, is GPL3 a GPL2 with additional ...
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Implement a RBT for proprietary software using idea from Linux kernel

Linux kernel's RBT implementation has a nice trick of using the LSB bit of parent pointer as a node color. If I were to implement a RBT for my proprietary software and use the LSB as a node color bit ...
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Question related to the use of GNU GPL v2.0

As GNU GPL v2.0 allows commercial use as long as we disclose sources under the same license. I have some confusion about use of such application. This is my situation: The commercial software I am ...
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Does every file need to have GPLv2+ mentioned in the header to be GPLv2? [duplicate]

So all Wordpress plugins are supposed to be GPLv2 or higher. We'd like to fork a plugin that currently integrates with one system and change it to integrate with a different system. There's a readme....
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Quoting GPL licensed text in presentation slides

There is an open source project licensed under the GPL v2. It does also contain textual files (JSON configuration examples). I would like to put those texts on slides in a presentation of mine. Does ...
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GPL source code, Interacting with proprietary software using socket, is it a GPL violation?

I have a open source application (written in PHP), Which depends on daemon/service process to do certain tasks. This open source application communicates with daemon/service process using socket. ...
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Copyright notice in the binaries of a library

I'm building a library that is based on a modified version of an already existing source released under the GPLv2 license. I'm modifying each files of the original project to adapt it to my needs, ...