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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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Granting exceptions to the GPL so that binary is compatible with 3rd party license

Suppose there exists a software library libfoo distributed under the terms of a hypothetical license we will here call The Foo License (TFL). The terms of TFL are identical to those of the 3-clause ...
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Can I add a proprietary library to GPL software?

I'm considering developing a project based on a modified version of some GPLv3 code. But, I need to use some proprietary library. This is a for-profit endeavour, in which I plan to sell the modified ...
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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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Acceptable techniques to verify rootfs without circumventing gplv3 terms

GPLv3 has clause to ensure that device manufacturers are not circumventing "freedom to run modified software by users". 3. Protecting Users' Legal Rights From Anti-Circumvention Law states: ...
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Can a company circumvent the freedom of distribution on GPL software for its employees or service providers?

This post contains various related questions, but I think it's needed to solve my doubts properly. As far as I know if I can access a free software I have the freedom to run, study, modify and ...
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Can I mix GPL with proprietary if it's a GPL plugin?

I am writing some proprietary library, at least for the time being it is proprietary, until I can get enough money to hire a lawyer to properly unwrap this (as I want to opensource, but keep a way to ...
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Can I use a GPLv3-licensed workaround for a chrome bug without disclosing the rest of my web page source code?

Chrome has a bug where it doesn't properly report download progress for gzip-encoded content. I found a library that works around it, as far as I understand by injecting the fix into the DOM. Now I'm ...
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GPL code behind a registration form

My employer wants to publish a paper about software and make it open-source under GPL, but they want to know who is interested and downloads it? Is this legal to ask people to fill in a regular ...
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Adding AGPL patches to a Software with APACHE2 or MIT License

I am interested in creating a fork of an abandoned software. The software which is no longer maintained is release under the terms of Apache 2 license. Am I allowed to create my patches under a less ...
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Using one source code file from other project with different license type

I want to use one source code file from other open source project which is licensed under GPL3. That source code will be used to perform a single task in my project. My entire project is licensed ...
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Who is legally eligible to define a new version of the GPL?

Since GPL licenses may contain the notice that derivative software can be released either under the same or under a future GPL version, does the GPL also define who is eligible to define a new version ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What's the closest to GPL3 I can get while staying compliant with the EPL and APL?

The Eclipse Public License and the GPL (2 or 3) are not compatible. [ ... ] you may not combine EPL and GPL code in any scenario where source code under those licenses are both the same source code ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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