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

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Can i use MIT licensed library in my GPL3 project

I'm writing a library that I want to use in my GPL3 main project and I wonder if I can license the library using the MIT license.
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I modified an already modified script under GPL v3 and want to allow optional academic citations in my package

I'm building a public open source package that uses, as part of the library, a modified script from an already modified code originally under the GPL v3 license. I want to allow optional academic ...
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Can I fork and modify gpl3 licensed code and release it with Apache v2 license?

If I fork a library that uses the GPL3 license and heavily modify it, can I then release the new library with an ApacheV2 license? I actually already did this 2 years ago without putting much thought ...
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How do products like MongoDB not violate the GPL licenses?

I'm quite confused with MongoDB's licensing model. MongoDB at its core is an open-source project, licensed under the SSPL which is a small modification of the AGPLv3 license. Then how does it release ...
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Does “open source” always mean “open access”?

I will frame my question with a concrete example: HELYX is a software based on another software OpenFOAM. OpenFOAM is an open-source freely-accessible software distributed with GPLv3 licence. HELYX ...
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If someone purchases a MIT license for code that is otherwise GPLv3, may they redistribute it? May they upload it on Github?

A fellow developer has done something that has made me curious, he has a popular javascript front-end package on GitHub which for years was licensed under MIT, then all of a sudden he released a v2 ...
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Using data generated by an open-source GPLv3.0 software [duplicate]

I'm looking to build a web app that allows users to upload and share JSON data. The JSON data generated and exported by an open-source app licensed under GPLv3.0. Before I begin building, I want to ...
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NAS vendor modified rsync with own options; can I ask for the source code?

My NAS has an app which includes a modified version of rsync version 3.1.3 with additional options: --XXXX-mode=mode 0:Normal, 1:XXXXXX, 2:USB copy 3:HD copy USB --check-dest ...
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Can I make a GPLv3 or AGPLv3 software which serves a proprietary protocol?

I'm planning to make a GPLv3 or AGPLv3 library to allow the library user to interact with the multiplayer portion of a non-free, closed-source, proprietary game. The game's EULA explicitly allows the ...
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Do I have to change license of fork if mainstream changes license?

I forked a repository a year ago, which at the time had GPLv3 license. Mainstream repository has now applied AGPLv3 license. Do I have to change my license too ? My fork's last commit is over a year ...
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Proprietary resources in GPLv3 project

Can a GPL project use proprietary resources (icons) as part of it? What I mean is that if it is possible that there is a repository covered by a GPL license that has a build script that downloads ...
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Relicense a GPL 3 project which has other contributors

I am the author of an open-source program. I am the primary author, and the repository on github is owned by me. There are however, ~3 other individuals who have made a few dozen commits into the ...
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License of code generated by a code generator

I am wondering under what license the code generated by a code generator that generates code from conditional code templates would fall under. Would it be possible to release the generator's source ...
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To what extent does the GCC Runtime Library Exception cover macros, typedefs and functions?

Recently, I've had some trouble trying to get std::thread working with MinGW g++. Considering that I don't want a dependency on gthread, I was wondering if I could use thread.cc (and cxxabi_forced.h) ...
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Who is owner of code under GPL3?

In the header of GPLv3 wrote Copyright ... Free Software Foundation GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE Version 3, 29 June 2007 Copyright (C) 2007 Free Software ...
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How to license a website linking to JS/CSS libraries

I am working on a Django project which uses Javascript and CSS libraries. Every library is unmodified and has its license as comment in the actual files I link to. Their licenses range from GPLv3 to ...
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Using GPL and proprietary libraries in the same software [duplicate]

I've made an application that uses a GPLv3 library. This should ideally mean that I have to license my application under GPLv3. However if I take most of my application code that does not interface ...
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If an employee modifies a copy of a GPLv3-licensed open source library, is the modified copy intellectual property of the company?

There is a GPLv3-licensed open source library on GitHub which is used by the company I work for in a central component of the business. The business does not sell software, but only a manipulation of ...
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Can I use my own GPL'ed code in my closed source program?

Let's say that program A was made by me, with me being the sole copyright holder. If I license this program under the GPL-3.0, can I use that program in program B that is closed source?
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Upstream re-licensing project from GPL-3.0 to MIT allowed?

Wappalyzer has recently been re-licensed to MIT; however, it was previously licensed under GPLv3. I had opened an issue to clarify whether it was GPL-3.0-or-only, or GPL-3.0-or-later before this ...
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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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Distribute binaries of GNU GPL licensed project without source as copyright holder

I don't quite understand what I, the copyright holder of a project, am permitted to do according to the license I have given my project. I want the source code for most versions of the project to be ...
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Does the GPLv3 give recipients the legal right to circumvent technological measures imposed on them by third-party redistributors?

To my understanding, a distributor of GPLv3 software who does not have any right to redistribute software except by becoming a GPLv3 licensee, and knowingly distributes GPLv3 software agrees to ...
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Can I use a license with a warranty disclaimer when my country's laws make that inapplicable? [duplicate]

I'm studying Computer Science in Germany. Even before the beginning of my studies, I wrote some software in order to learn how to write good code (and in order to have fun, too :-) ). Now, I'd like to ...
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Use of GPL software with proprietary network program

I am working on a distributed computing project. The client for this project uses Twisted (MIT licensed) to communicate with the server. The client will locally invoke a PARI/GP (GPL licensed) script ...
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Bundling GPLv3 GNU FreeFont with my public domain HTML template system

The most-relevant existing question I can find is Dual license Apache2.0 GPLv3 for a library with optionnal GPLed code and Bundling GCC along with my GPLv2 project, still, I could use some ...
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Could the anti-tivoization provisions of the GPLv3 be circumvented by providing software separately?

In the FAQ section of the GPLv3, the Free Software Foundation presents the following entry: Question: Suppose that two companies try to circumvent the requirement to provide Installation Information ...
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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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Is Apple allowed to distribute GPLv3-licensed software through its iOS App Store?

This question is specifically about GPLv3, LGPLv3, and Apple's App Store for iOS devices. Given the additional restrictions Apple imposes on iOS users (i.e. not allowing them to modify and run GPLv3 ...
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Distributing GPL OS with proprietary software

We are looking to distribute an embedded software product using an open-source, GPL3.0 licensed operating system with our non-GPL proprietary software running on it. With normal works, if our code is ...
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Include copyright material used by permission in open source repository

I've got an open source web project on GitHub licensed under GPL 3.0. Now I'm going to be adding some material under copyright (verses from a translation of the Bible) that I've been given permission ...
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Legally, is getting a js file from a server the same as installing npm package?

I'm working on a (most possibly) proprietary front-end React app for my company. We use this npm package as a plugin for TinyMce editor. Turns out, it has GPL v3 license, which isn't allowed as per ...
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Is it possible to change the current GPLv3 license to something else?

Essentially I am just testing out stuff, here is my situation: I am developing a program which consists of several code files. I made a public repository on github where I regularly update those files....
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if my javascript front-end pulls in an unmodified version of a GPLv3 library, must I release the whole source code for the website?

I want to use a javascript library licensed under the GPLv3 for a new website I am building. I want my website to remain closed-source. The GitHub repository of the GPLv3 states that anyone using ...
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Licensing software that uses a proprietary library under GPL-3.0 without linking exceptions: what are the implications?

NOTE: Changed the person in example from "I/me" to "PersonXYZ" Given, hypothetically: PersonXYZ wrote some software (will refer to as SoftwareXYZ) that uses a proprietary library (will refer to as ...
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Would python wheels be considered “source code” or “object code” under GPL-3

GPL-3 places different obligations for conveying "source code" and "object code distribution". See GPL 3.0 / 4. Conveying Verbatim Copies and GPL 3.0 / 6. Conveying Non-Source Forms. Among other ...
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can licenses apply differently to distinct URLs/subdomains on the same domain GPL/MIT

For a new project I want to make use of some GPLv3 javascript plugins which prohibit me from monetizing it with Adsense, and also requires me to share the source of the project that uses it. I only ...
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Using GLPv3 for open-source library modules that can be extended and linked by closed-source libraries and binaries

I'm developing a pretty big open-source project which will require multiple technology stacks. My hope is that this project will be primarily community-based, which means the community should be able ...
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Qt's open source license (GPL or LGPL)

Ive been reading about Qt and its licensing and ive come across this part: Qt is available under different licensing options designed to accommodate the needs of our various users: Qt ...
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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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How can I properly fork a project that is dual-licensed AGPL/Commercial?

I'd like to use UniPDF, which is a Go project to handle PDF documents, in my project. UniPDF has a dual license: AGPL and commercial while my project is licensed under the GPLv3. I'd like to fork ...
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Licence of open source software re-implementation

I'm rewriting/reimplementing an open source program/library and need to know about my options for licensing. I'm asking about software rewrites/reimplementations generally and specifically about my ...
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Python package with different licenses per modules, some with GPL: is a global GPL license required?

I'm in a situation a bit similar to this one, but more precisely I developed a Python package with multiple modules. Some of them have dependencies under GPL, therefore "infecting" this specific ...
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Can a developer of a GPL-3 code ask a client not to publicly share the code?

I will elaborate my question with a hypothetical example. A commercial software named "Kota" from a company called "GRILL" is based on a publically open-source GPL-3 software "Choc". "Kota", as ...
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Is code made from the documentation a derivative work

Ansible is licensed under the GPL 3.0, they provide a wonderful collection of documentation for most every bit of the software. For instance the copy module can be seen on their documentation page: ...
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Can a GPL-licensed library be used in private development builds of a proprietary application?

I'm considering using this GPL-3.0-licensed library as a development aid in a game. Development builds that include this library (and other unrelated tools) would be used by myself and any parties ...
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Can a GPLv3 project use BSDv3-licensed includes? [duplicate]

A company I work in has wrote an implementation of Reed-Solomon codes through Intel ISA-L library. Now I'm trying to start a discussion about open-sourcing our code, and distributing as a dual-...
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GPL Application linked to a LGPL library loading proprietary-plugins

This is a bit similar to what asked in this question, unless that here the case is that the application only directly loads LGPL code, and this one then may dlopen a proprietary lib, so: GPL Program ...
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Licensing wordpress theme with an activation key

I found that some wordpress themes and plugins uses activation key approach, to sell GPL licensed theme. Is it illegal to remove the code logic for licensing, and redistributing them?
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Can I ignore an open source license if I checkout a version that was released prior to the code having any license?

There's a package on Github that was released fully without any license and it stayed this way for close to a year. Then just recently after no updates since the initial commit, a License was added. ...

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