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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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Is it legal to bundle Oracles JRE with an open source program?

Is it legal to bundle Oracles JRE together with the binaries of a (non commercial) open source program (GPLv3)?
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Software is under GNU/GPLv3, which licence to chose for pictures taken from it?

So, I recently released a FOSS software with a GNU/GPLv3 licence and just realized that the software can be used to produce pictures. I want the pictures to be free (as in freedom) in any case and ...
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Can license-incompatible program communicate with GPLv2 program via websocket?

I'm writing a program for automation under a license that is incompatible with GPLv2 (it's dual-licensed: GPLv3/Proprietary). Let's call it my automation program. And there is third party GPLv2 ...
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GPL3 project with EPL library

I am making an opensource project and I would like to cover it with the GPL3 license. I also plan to use a library that is released under EPL license (https://github.com/forge/roaster). Is this ...
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Hardware with GPL firmware

I would like to know if selling a hardware product which runs a firmware is considered as conveying that firmware. For example, if I want to use a GPLv3 library statically linked with my own code, I ...
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Java and AGPL 3: how far does license extend into web app?

I want to use a java library released by someone else having an AGPL3 license. I'm not modifying their library, but I do link to it using import com.theirlibrary.methodABC; in one of my java classes ...
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Is GPLv3 violated by releasing proprietary code as a GnuPG-signed package?

I'm working on building a proprietary application that I would like to release as PGP-signed Debian packages. I heard I might be forced to release the source to my proprietary application simply due ...
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Is external code review re-distribution of software

I have heavily modified GPLv3 software running on my system. If hire someone external for code-reviewed, will this be automatically a re-distribution of software? Hence I would need to provide the ...
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Including compile instructions for GPL

What, if anything, must be included with a project regarding how to compile it, to be fully GPL v3 compliant? For example if I'm using Netbeans and simply use it to compile and run the code, what kind ...
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How much access to the "original" code of a GPL-sourced project do I need to provide, personally?

There's a well-known GPL3 game on Google Play called Pixel Dungeon by watabou (which includes a game engine by watabou called "noosa" which is also GPL3), and it accepts donations in the app. The game ...
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Can I put ads on a GPLv3 project and upload it to Google Play?

I forked a messaging app on github and added my modification on top of it and it started to build an audience in my country because of the unique ad-on feature I have added. The app acts as an SMS ...
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Does GPLv3 require attribution?

I believe that GNU GPLv3 does not require attribution, but can be supplemented to do so, as stated in the additional terms (7. b) of the terms and conditions. However, it also states, under the ...
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GPLv3 in a client - server program [duplicate]

If I develop a program which has a client which uses a framework which is licensed under GPLv3 and this client would interact with a (paid) back-end service would this be compliant with the GPLv3 ...
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Incorporating closed-source derivative into GPL code

I have a closed-source project. I am the copyright holder. Can I incorporate parts from my closed-source project into an open-source project without running into legal issues commercially using my ...
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Is an 'un-modifiable' linux a violation of GPLv2?

I have a D-Link DIR-816 router that runs a 'trimmed-down' version of BusyBox v1.12.1 running a linux kernel version 2.6.36 (linsongdeng@gj222d.gj.com) (gcc version 3.4.2) #35 Wed Sep 23 17:23:58 CST ...
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Can a GPLv3 app be uploaded to the Windows Store?

Let's consider a GNU-GPLv3 desktop application. It is not dual-licensable at all, for instance because a lot of code has been contributed as GNU-GPLv3 by people who can not be found anymore, so ...
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Making a commercial plugin for a GPLv3 software without releasing the plugin's code

I have been developing an open-source software under the GNU GPLv3 license for 3 years (as part of my PhD thesis) and I am releasing the source code to the public. Now I am planning to write a plug-in ...
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Dual license Apache2.0 GPLv3 for a library with optionnal GPLed code

I have an audio library that optionally uses a GPL sub-library for computing the FFT (FFTW3). At compile time, I can disable FFTW3 and use another FFT implementation (which is slower than FFTW3, but ...
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If my R package uses GPL packages, does mine automatically inherit GPL?

I've built an R package that uses a mix of libraries licensed under GPL-2 and GPL-3. From what I've read, because of this dependency, my package will also have to be GPL. See here: https://www.gnu....
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Porting python library code into GPL project

I have a project that I have licensed under the GPL3. In it, I have a section of code which implements a bessel filter, which I ported from the python scipy implementation. I'm unclear on how scipy ...
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Do I own GPLv3 code that I wrote? [duplicate]

This is a hypothetical question, that has not happened, so please no advice. If I publish some code on GitHub with the GPLv3 license, then want to use that code in proprietary software that I will ...
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Can my GPL v3 software load unamed licensed libraries?

I am writing a non-commercial and academic GPL v3 program and want to know if it is ok to load an unspecified/unnamed closed-source license like this one: Licence BASS is free for non-...
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Does GPL v3 compel the author to provide source?

A development package I'd like to use is provided as Linux binaries for a single platform. I'd like to build and run it on another platform. The manual, available on the developer's site but not ...
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Marketing GPL 3 software

I am planning on selling software which is licensed under GPL 3. I have gone through the terms and conditions listed in the GPL 3 license. However, I would like to know if any of the following ...
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GPL-v3/v2 application logs, use log with another custom application do this application become GPL-v3/v2?

I have one web application A that generates some logs files. The application A may have a GPL-v3 or GPL-v2 license. I want to create a custom application B to read logs of the application A. My ...
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Can my closed-source software load GPL v3 data?

The GCIDE is a GPL v3'd English dictionary. If I was to release it bundled with a closed-source application, would loading that data count as "linked source code", and therefore be a violation of the ...
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Using FreeBSD licensed code in a GPL3+ project

I have a code project which I have released under the GPL3+, which you can see here. I would like to implement a section of code that would use the lmfit nonlinear fitting library, provided here. The ...
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nopCommerce GPL-3.0 license and online store's domain specific code and themes

I'm looking forward to building an online store and nopCommerce seems like the right way to go. I would like to make my own theme and extend the code to handle some requirements specific to my store's ...
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How do you use GPLv3 icons in non-software artwork?

Icon sets are often released under software licenses. For example, I use the Numix icon set, which is GPLv3, on my laptop. Suppose I wanted to use these icons to create a derivative non-software ...
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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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Can I distribute a BSD code with GPL v3 binaries?

I found a GPL v3 licensed library, that I can compile for various architectures and use in the code for a BSD licensed project. This means that I probably have to distribute the binaries with it. ...
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What if a company uses my open source project for a closed-source system?

I have created an open-source project in github and R around financial calculations under GPL v3. Today I saw in the traffic graph of github that someone cloned the repository and that there was a ...
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Why is the definition of "System Libraries" in GPLv3 phrased the way it is?

I'm curious about the definition of "System Libraries" The “System Libraries” of an executable work include anything, other than the work as a whole, that (a) is included in the normal form of ...
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How would it be possible to distribute a GPL program with an Apache program?

A friend and I are making a program licensed under the Apache 2.0 license, and we would like to pull in code from one of his old projects licensed under the GPL 3.0 license, but I don't see a way to. ...
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What license should I release my code under? It contains FFmpeg binaries, code from NAudio and code from FFmpeg.Autogen

I want to release my WPF Media Element based on FFmpeg on GitHub. I want to be as permissive as possible. I believe that this control could be of great help to a ton of people. Here are the links to ...
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Does using Stanford NER in a website count as distributing it?

I'm working for a company that stores millions of newspapers articles. Subscribers can log on our site and make queries. Our search engine returns articles that match the queries. I know that in ...
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Using GPL code in an application that is offered to a single client as source code

My situation: I have a continuous contract with a single client for "IT services". I am developing a web application that is completely custom to their needs. As part of the agreement the application ...
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What counts as adaptation for using code licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 in software licensed under GPLv3?

Since 2015-10-08, GPLv3 is listed as one-way compatible license for CC BY-SA 4.0: […] you may license your contributions to adaptations of BY-SA 4.0 materials under GPLv3, but you may not license ...
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Is the code generated from a GPLv3 EBNF grammar a derivative work?

So, I'm really unclear on this situation and what it means. I have an EBNF-based grammar file that we use for our project. This EBNF grammar describes rules for parsing/lexing a document (e.g. some ...
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What exactly is the issue in Microsoft-Novell agreement?

I'm trying to understand what constitutes the issue in Microsoft-Novell agreement, and why is it so important that GPLv3 has a special clause to address such agreements in the future. So far I ...
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Is a screenshot with GPL3 resources, GPL3?

With, say, a commercial game (Kerbal Space Program in this instance) with user mods, that are themselves GPL3 licenced and have an effect on the visuals of a screenshot (e.g. art assets, images, ...
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CDDL1 and GPL2 + classpath exception incompatible with GPL3?

I am about to decide on the license I can attribute to my free-libre open source software (FLOSS). I have used the Stanford Core NLP released as GPL3+. I have also used the JAXB API which, although ...
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Can I release under AGPL a program that uses a GPL library?

I just wrote a program that embeds and uses a GNU-GPL library (GPLv3 or at your discretion any later version). Can I release my program under the GNU AGPL v3 license?
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Can I preserve exceptions in GPL 3?

GPL 3 allows adding additional clauses, such as exceptions, as long as such exceptions grant additional privileges. But if I distribute software under GPL 3 with exceptions, are those exceptions ...
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If I'm using a GPL 3 library in my project, can I license my project under MIT license?

If I'm using a library that is licensed under GPL v3 in my project, can I license my project under the MIT license? I tried to read the GPL v3 text but I cannot understand it without your assistance.
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Can I just remove the GPL license if I give something to a friend?

I am having trouble understanding Section 9 of the GPL v3 license: 9. Acceptance Not Required for Having Copies. You are not required to accept this License in order to receive or run a copy ...
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Is this GPLv3 licensed code "publishable" in GitHub?

I'm developing a desktop app and i'm using StrapDown.js. My question start with the StrapDown project page. It says: This project is released under the GPLv3 license, for more details, take a look at ...
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What to do if a software component to be published under open source license is linked with other components that are not open source?

In my case we developed several software components that work together to build the final system. Now I want to release my developments under the GPLv3 license. When checking the dependencies I ...
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How do I upgrade from GPLv2 to GPLv3?

Consider I've written a program and released it under the GNU GPL version 2. Now I want to release it under the GNU GPL version 3. Let's call this "upgrading the license". Is this possible? How do I ...
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Can voters modify the code of a voting computer?

Consider a voting computer. The software running this computer is licensed under the GNU GPL v3. Does this license mean that the voters using this computer to cast their votes must be able to modify ...

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