Questions tagged [gpl]

The GNU's General Public License, a commonly-used free software license. The GPL has various versions, v1-v3, so use this tag only for questions talking about overarching issues of the licenses or shared characteristics. For example, for a question about a unique section on version 3, use the [gpl-3] tag.

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Can I license Python project under 3-clause BSD while it has GPL-based dependencies

I'm working on an open source Python project and we have plans to use GPLv2-licensed library python3-xlib, but we will not distribute it with our library. So user can install it by pip install our-lib ...
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Is a ROM image an “executable file” for GPL purposes?

I am planning to include a program covered by the GNU General Public License and a GPL-incompatible program in a collective work designed for a machine that executes programs from a cartridge ...
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What's “use CDDL for things already under CDDL” mean?

Circa 2006, blogs.sun.com/chandan/entry/copyrights_licenses_and_cddl_illustrated says, in comparing EULA, GPL, CDDL and BSD, that one must "use CDDL for things already under CDDL". But what does it ...
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Usage of GPL program as optional external tool

My software is designed to use third-party external tools if the user wishes to do so. Some users would like to use GPL-covered binaries as external tools (i.e. they tell my software "use this dll to ...
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Can plugins for closed source software use GPL'd libraries?

I use closed-source scientific software for my work. I also use GPL licensed tools and libraries. It would save me a lot of time to be able to call a GPL library directly from the closed-source ...
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AGPL-like license for datasets

Is anyone aware of (work towards) a license with similar freedom-preserving restrictions as the AGPL, which can be applied to datasets? Some background: The GPL puts restrictions on the legally ...
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How can the Linux kernel's main.c file say that one of its copyrights is “all rights reserved” when it's GPL?

Just noticed this in the linux's kernel code main.c: * Copyright (C) 1991, 1992 Linus Torvalds * Copyright 2007 rPath, Inc. - All Rights Reserved * Copyright 2009 Intel Corporation; author H....
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Concise GPL requirements summary list

I find the current version of the GPL to be relatively short and easy to read. However, some people seem to see a wall of text and cannot get through it. Thus we have many questions asked here that ...
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Is requiring a license a violation of the GPL? Can I get around it?

At work, we use a version of GCC provided by a vendor of a proprietary OS. The vendor has modified gcc so that it will only run if it successfully acquires one of a limited number of licenses we've ...
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Does a reseller of a GPL Licenced Software have to provide source?

I released a project under GPLv2 license on GitHub. But this project is not distributed as binary by itself. It is only available in a packaged offer along other components. As original licence owner ...
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Which license should I use when my project uses plugins under various licenses?

I am confused about choosing a license for my project. I have read some resources like Open Source Initiative and Choosealicense.com, though. My project is a mobile application for Android. Now, it's ...
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Can I redistribute libstdc++ with proprietary software?

So, libstdc++ has the runtime exception that permits even proprietary software to use libstdc++. But, hypothetically, can I actually distribute a non-modified binary of libstdc++ along with a binary ...
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How to license software that implements a well-documented algorithm, but which does not borrow source from the official library?

I have implemented an RSYNC library based on the technical report by Andrew Tridgell and Paul Mackerras. The library implementation does not borrow code from the official RSYNC library and does not ...
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Removing the original copyright line from footer

There's this web app licensed under GPLv3 that I'd like to deploy. However, the footer of each page has a copyright line, e.g., "© 2015 FooBar Inc.". Is it okay to remove that line and/or replace it ...
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GPL - Does “internal use” apply for a public gameserver?

While reading through the GPL FAQ I found some relevant points to the question, however it is still unclear to me if this fully applies to a public gameserver. I'll try to keep it short: There is a ...
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Difference between creative commons and GPL? [duplicate]

Why shouldn't I release code under a Creative Commons License? For me the CC-BY-SA sounds very nice and is quite more readable than a whole GPL license, so I would like to know why its such a bad ...
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Why is GPLv2 incompatible with GPLv3?

As I understood in this wonderful answer, GPLv3 and GPLv2 code can't be used simultanously in the same product. Why?
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GPL vs. obligatory warranty

There are many countries on the world, where distributing products means to accept an obligatory warranty well. More clearly: if you buy a mainboard, and it is bad, the seller must re-take it (with ...
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is CC BY license GPL compatible? CC BY vs CC0

CC0 license is GPL compatible. A component with such license can be included in GPL-licensed product. Is this true also for CC BY license? What is the difference between CC0 and CC BY licenses? ...
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Am I in danger if a project component is relicensed?

I am currently managing a project, which includes a library that is licensed under the MIT license. My current project is licensed under the Apache 2.0 license. The maintainers of the library that I ...
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Copyleft license that allows usage in plugins of closed-source host applications

I wrote a library that I want to release under the GPL to prevent it from being incorporated in closed source software. I do not want people to use this library in their closed source commercial ...
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Do I have to release my code as GPL when a Java Library is GPL

I have found a Java library that can be used under the GPL licence (not the LGPL licence). Can I embed the library in my program without the requirement of using the GPL licence? I have no ...
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GPL interpretation - What is our legal exposure if we include another project's code?

I am a contributor to a very old project presently licensed under the GPL. Our project is a plugin for a closed-source program, but the GPL does not permit this kind of linking. The GPL FAQ states: ...
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GPL Violation - What is our legal exposure to third parties (not our contributors)?

I am a contributor to a very old project presently in violation of the GPL. Our project is a plugin for a closed-source program, but the GPL does not permit this kind of linking. The project should ...
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Do I have to disclose the source code of a Linux Driver I have not developed?

A 3rd-party Hardware manufacturing company is willing to sell me a Linux Driver for one of their products. The third-party company claims that the Linux Driver is derivative work of the driver they ...
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How does the GPL's linking restriction apply when using a proprietary library with GPL'd interpreted code?

General description: Can I create Python software that will dynamically link against a closed-source library that has a C API (the Python interpreter is not copyleft) and will also utilize a GPL ...
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Proprietary software using GPL modules

This question is bases on: Why doesn't this GPL loophole work? If a program uses a GPL derived component, does said program also have to be GPL? For example: If a game uses a music player that ...
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Does sharing a file format make two programs either a combined or derived work?

This is a follow on from Does a file format constitute an API? This is an attempt to break down: Does a host application's license apply to plug-ins written for it? into the underlying questions. ...
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Why doesn't this GPL loophole work?

Suppose Alice makes some proprietary software. The source is available, but under a proprietary license which prohibits derivative works and sublicensing. Bob writes some GPLv3 code. Carol prepares ...
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What's the typical practice for cases when OSS license violation is found and fixed?

Suppose I ship binaries of a closed source product and it just so happens that there's a piece of GPL source code inside my giant codebase that I'm unaware of. At some point I find this GPL code and ...
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Does the GNU GPL 3 prohibit DRM?

Is DRM, which some spell as "Digital Rights Management", others as "Digital Restriction Management", allowed by the GPL? In other words, can software that implements DRM be licensed under the GPL? ...
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Is there a reason to prefer the SimPL over the GPL? Does it carry the same legal weight?

I just came across the SimPL License which is described as: This Simple Public License 2.0 (SimPL-2.0 for short) is a plain language implementation of GPL 2.0. The words are different, but the ...
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Are dates mandatory in GPL licences?

According to Wikipedia's Copyright Formalities and Copyright notice, dating or even putting the author copyright notice in unnecessary. And then explanations such as this Stack Overflow Post make me ...
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Changing code of an existing opensource application [closed]

I want to start an IDE (GPL compatible) based on QtCreator code (that is licensed under GPL and LGPL). Do I have to change all files/classes names within QtCreator source code because of L/GPL ...
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Are you obliged to enforce your license?

I've got a number of software projects, licensed under varying licenses. For simplicity, let's take one of them, licensed under the GPL. Obviously, the GPL requires various things, and there may be ...
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Does using the GPL for a program make it GNU software?

Let's assume I write a program and release it under the GNU GPL. Can I call this software "GNU software"? If not, what is necessary to make it a part of GNU?
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Do I really need to include a licence file for common licences like GPL or MIT?

The GPL3, for example, says: Conveying Verbatim Copies. You may convey verbatim copies of the Program's source code as you receive it, in any medium, provided that you conspicuously and ...
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GPL v3 “convey” vs. GPL v2 “distribute”

I've noticed that the GNU GPL version 3 uses the word "convey" where version 2 used "distriubte": GNU GPLv3: To “convey” a work means any kind of propagation that enables other parties to make or ...
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Can I omit the preamble of the GPL?

The GNU GPL is very long. If I have to include a copy of it with my program, can I drop the preamble to save space?
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How does GPL affect binary-only modifications?

GPL is a copyleft license where, if I make modifications to the source code and distribute the resulting binary, I need to provide the modified source code also under the GPL. What happens if I make ...
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GPL licenced code for a module of a closed source program

I want to create a dynamically loadable module (.dll or .so) for a closed source program, but I would like to make the source code of this module available, and I'd like it to be (A)GPL licensed, so ...
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What are the licensing terms of the text of the GPL?

The text of the GPLv3 starts with the following disclaimer: Everyone is permitted to copy and distribute verbatim copies of this license document, but changing it is not allowed. What does this ...

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