Questions tagged [gpl-3]

The General Public License, offered by GNU. Use this tag if the question involves version 3 of the license.

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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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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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Can I sell GPLv3 licensed code that has external contributors? [duplicate]

I wrote some software from scratch, with a GPLv3 license which I am the holder. The software is free. I then have some external contributors creating pull requests, and I merge them (via Github, if ...
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Can I change my project's license before release?

I started my project with the GPLv3 license, but I haven't released or made available any code related to it yet. As I move further along in my project, I am starting to realize that it is something I ...
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Licensing in Docker image that only modifies configuration files of used software

The question refers to Tomcat as an example, but it applies to any software that is licensed under Apache 2.0 and requires configuration through configuration files. I am creating a Docker image for ...
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Incorporate gpl2 code into software

I want to use code written by others and published under gpl2 license, on my software project. I was wondering what is the way to go about it. I hope to publish my software using the gpl3 license. I ...
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How do I include GPLv3 code in a LGPLv3 or MIT project

I have no doubt that this question has been answered countless times before, but my searches have not produced an answer yet. I'm writing a library using LGPLv3 and I would like to copy a couple of ...
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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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If I bundle an open source DLL with my GPLv3 software, how do I properly handle supplying the source of that DLL?

I am including a copy of SDL2.dll (https://www.libsdl.org/download-2.0.php) in my open source project. Do I need to also include the source code of SDL in my repository, add a document with the URL to ...
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GPLv3 in proprietary software - clarifications

I have a few questions about GPLv3 and I want to find an answer to them or confirm that what I've found is correct. Hypothesis: I pay 'someone' to make me a 'closed source' software. That someone ...
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GPL for CAD design using patented hardware

I would like to create a functional peice of mechanical hardware. To my knowledge, GPL-3.0 is compatible with non-software works. I would like to license the design of my under GPL-3.0. However, I ...
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License Comptatibility with GSuite?

Are websites made with Google Sites compatible with GPL 3.0? A prospective user can create a web site with Google Sites using the web editor, but the HTML output, which may be interprited as the ...
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GNU AGPL/GPL 3.0 and Docker containers

So we have been discussing the implications of the GNU AGPL/GPL 3.0 license on our distributed code. I will make things, extremely simple. I hope. We will use AGPL in this example. We will write code....
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Can I license a library as LGPL after it has been released under no license for a while?

I've written a C library (minilibc) and at the time of releasing it I was unsure as to what license I was going to use, so I left it unlicensed. I've now decided on the LGPLv3+ and am unsure whether ...
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Open Data License - connect with GPL

I am planning to release a videogame with a map based on the real map of a city (or part thereof) based on the Open Street Map. It would also include Open Street Map in the game, almost certainly ...
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Linking to libtorch/CUDA from a GPL program

I have modified a GPLv3 program to link to libtorch (part of PyTorch). PyTorch is licensed under the BSD-3 clause license. I would like to convey my changes to the original GPLv3 program and the ...
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Is keeping the forking link on a true fork necessary (Github/GPL)?

This question is about a true fork (with new name, different features, different objectives and not targeting a pull request). When I am developing a new application based on an other project I ...
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Is macOS notarization compatible with the GPLv3?

Apple's documentation for notarization states that: Beginning in macOS 10.14.5, all new or updated kernel extensions and all software from developers new to distributing with Developer ID must ...
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org-rs: can I use MIT/Apache2/LGPL license?

I am working on a project https://github.com/org-rs/org-rs written in Rust programming language. The goal of the project is to provide a parser for the Org markup language. Because of the ...
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Can it be possible to prevent user from changing donate link in a GPL licenced project?

I'm going to place my app (a dictionary) under the GPL Licence. I don't care if everybody changes the source code, fix bugs or add some new features to it; but I don't want developer changes donation ...
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Adding a self-contained class to a GPL v3 project. Do I need to release the code of the new class?

I'm using a GPL version 3 licensed Open Source client written in Python and have compiled it into a .deb file and distributed to around 900 users over the last few years. This client connects to the ...
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GPL 3.0 Licence Query

if I’m using an open source GPL-3.0 library in my saas product, do I need to publish my code under the same license as well?
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Can I develop a front-end under a different license than the GPL-license CLI application?

I want to develop and distribute a GUI (Graphical User Interface) for an existing command-line tool (LibLouis). I want to do so using .NET WPF or Windows Forms, but the library of Liblouis is written ...
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Using a GPL 3.0 parser generator for an MIT licensed program

If I used a GPL 3.0 licensed program like jacc to generate a parser generator which I incorporate into an MIT licensed program, do I have to release my program as GPL? Note that the grammar ...
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Developping a Qt game engine under GPL-3 license: can I force users to pay a fee if they want to commercialize their games (software output)?

I'm using Qt Open source so I have my software under GPL-3 license. I would like the engine to be free for users that are not using their output games for commercial use. For commercial use, I would ...
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shiny and GPL-3

I'm tasked with developing a dashboard using shiny, but I'm concerned about the GPL-3 license. My understanding is this, and please correct me where I've gone wrong: If the dashboard is used inside ...
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GPL v3 - Does freely distributed software that includes GPL licensed code also require sharing source?

The Arkansas Division of Land Surveys shares all of their documents as pdfs with password protection, and they have a little viewer app that has the password built in: https://surveyor.arkansas.gov/...
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Is there a legal definintion of a file?

The MIT, GPL, and Apache Licenses all make references to "files". Here are example of such references: (all emphasis added) MIT: Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person ...
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What is really accepted as an open source project for GPLv3?

Let's say I want to use a Javascript component that is under the GPLv3 license. That forces me to license my product under an open source license compatible with GPLv3. So, let's say I have an ...
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Is it legal to fork “gpl 2 or later” software and make “gpl 2 only” changes

I've found interesting open source project (mostly dead now) and I would like to fork it, fix some bugs and use it. The project is licensed under "gpl 2 or later", however I'm not big fan of "gpl 3", ...
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Is LGPL compatible with GPLv3?

If I have a project using LGPL (GNU Lesser General Public License), would I be able to use within it another component which is under GPLv3? Is there any site where I can see all the compatible ...
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GPLv3 disclaimer ineffective?

GPLv3: Acceptance Not Required for Having Copies. You are not required to accept this License in order to receive or run a copy of the Program. But if Acceptance Not Required to run a ...
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Can I publish only select code under GPLv3 from a private project?

So my team is planning to go open source with a project that has been in development together with an industry partner for some time now. We're not sure about the licensing yet, but GPLv3 looks ...
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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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If I use GPLv3, am I responsible for the damage caused by my program?

For example, deleting files from a user's computer, or transferring personal data from a user's computer to someone?
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Can a copyleft, GPLv3 project be closed by its copyright holder?

Let's say a private company released a popular software product under a copyleft (GPLv3) license. It's business model was offering consulting services and premium features for a fee, which in turn ...
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Open-source project and assets

There is open-source project under GPL 3 hosted on GitHub. The project contains source code and assets (images, sounds etc.). Can I legally use only assets (without soruce code) for custom, commercial ...
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GPLv3 - Explicit version number / “or any later version” - Implications?

This is my understanding about how software licenses work in most jurisdictions — I add this, because it might help to clearify things: When I attach a license to a program, the license governs my ...
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Pitfalls for beginners forking GPL3 code on GitHub?

I have found a nice program on GitHub that reads data from “A” and puts it in a text file, it is released under GPL3. I want to modify it to put the data in a database instead and then release it as ...
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Adding a very minor part of GPL3 code to a BSD-licensed project

I am porting a library that somebody else released under BSD-3 license from Fortran to C++. In order to make it run easily under C++, I am using an interface that is only a very minor and almost ...
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Am I allowed to decompile a GPL3 software if I didn't get source with it?

Consider a situation if I have a code licensed with GPL3, but no source arrived with it. The original source code is unavailable, either because the other part simply won't give it (violating GPL3 ...
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Is a git repository enough to show changes to the code for GNU-GPLv3?

I want to create a fork of an opensource project. I'm planning to make significant changes to it and I will keep these changes on a git(hub) repository that is available to anyone. As such changes ...
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Qt Assistant under GPL3 + Qt Company GPL Exception 1.0

I have a proprietary closed-source project. In this project I use Qt5 under LGPL. Now I want to add documentation to my project. Can I just add Qt Assistant into my distribution (under GPL3-EXCEPT, ...
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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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can hello world be GPLv3+ licensed?

For the purpose of giving (on the phone) a micro tutorial on GNU make, I am considering writing two hello world programs in C. The first one fits in a single file helloworld1.c The second ...
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Can GPL-3.0 licensed product be integrated with a commercial product , if it is hosted as a separate microservice?

The plan is to use mosaico - open source email editor under license GPL-3.0 - in one of our commercial products. If we hosted mosaico as a separate microservice (with gpl license) and our non gpl ...
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Copyright of MIT licenced libraries usage within GPL licensed code

My software is completely written in python and has the following architecture of down cascaded dependencies. I plan to share my whole source code (FileA, FileB, FileC) next time in GitHub: FileA: ...
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Can I translate an app under GPLv3 into Swift without using GPLv3?

Can I translate an App from Android using GPLv3 into Swift? Because actually I don't use any source code. Do I need to keep it under GPLv3 and open source? Is there any method to avoid infection if it ...
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GNU GPL based commercial project

I am currently developing a IoT based software which will run on a Raspberry pi and distributed to user(like a product). I also want to place another software on the Raspberry pi which will work in ...
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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 ...