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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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 ...
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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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Does data contained in a GPLv3 licensed software package fall under GPL?

I'm considering using a CANbus software package under GPLv3 that, in addition to code, contains data specifying the format of many hundreds of bus messages. I'm particularly interested in that data. ...
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Does GPL affect use of GitHub Actions?

GitHub Actions is a continous-integration service by GitHub. You can create actions that other peaple use in order to e.g. test their code. Let's say, I license a github action with GNU GPLv3. Do ...
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Distributing MIT application with GPLv3 plugin without releasing source for MIT application

We have a MIT licensed application which we sell packed under virtual appliance to our customers. the application has a marketplace where users can download and install additional plugins. We wish to ...
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How to use GPLv3 in open source project?

I want to use license GPLv3 in my open source project on GitHub. And I want to ask how can I do that? I have read an article and I have understood that: My repo has to have a file License, that ...
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Open source project on a closed source engine (Unity) with GPL covered data

There's a project called Endless Sky It's license for Source code is GPL, The license for Graphics is CC-BY, CC-BY-SA and Public Domain. The license for Data .txt files with content like this is ...
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Monetizing app using GPLv3 source code

I need general advice: I have an android app that currently relies heavily on GPLv3 source code. I have never published any app and I'm a bit rusty within android as my day job is programming in a ...
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Use GPLv3 library in a closed system (no software distribution)

I'm developing a software that will be preinstalled in a headless PC. The user will see the "output" of the software processing (sent with a given protocol via ethernet), and can configure some ...
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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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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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Is a PCB layout required to be under GPLv3 if it's created from scratch, using a netlist exported from a GPLv3 schematic?

I am working on a PCB layout, not based on any other PCB layout. The netlist used for the PCB, comes from my schematic, which is under GPLv3. Is the PCB layout under GPLv3? I will be selling ...
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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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Conflicting Licenses: Can binary be released even though one library is missing?

I have developed a C++ project which is meant to be used as a plugin in a third party software. The project includes three libraries: A: The development kit of the third party software mentioned ...
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Can a patent license require all algorithm implementations to be GPL-licensed?

Let's say I develop an algorithm, and I get a patent for that algorithm. Could I create a patent license that requires anyone implementing the algorithm to license their code under the GNU GPLv3? As ...
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If a project is licensed GNU GPLv3 at top level but includes packages that are MIT are the included packages MIT?

If a project is licensed GPLv3 at top level but includes packages that are MIT, do the licenses of the included packages apply?
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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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Does removing part of gpl3 licensed source code count as modification

I want to incorporate an open source library that is GPL-3.0 licensed into my program. The library is quite big in size and I would be just fine with just a small part of it. Will removing most of its ...
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Is Geogebra's “non-commercial only GPL3” license valid?

The license for Geogebra says: You are free to copy, distribute and transmit GeoGebra for non-commercial purposes. Non-commercial use is subject to the terms of our GeoGebra Non-Commercial ...
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GPL v3.0 Is there a standard format for modification notice?

In GPL v3.0 paragraph 5a it says: The work must carry prominent notices stating that you modified it, and giving a relevant date. Is adding your copyright notice enough? (like described in this ...
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Can I change the license of a forked project to the MIT if the license of the parent project has changed from the GPL to the MIT?

Some time ago I have forked a project on the GitHub that used the GNU GPL v3 license. So I also had to use the GPL license in my fork. Recently, the author of the original project changed license to ...
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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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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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