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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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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Using GPL resource (with separate installation) with “commercial” product

I'm building a downloadable digital web product for sale. I want to use an open-source third-party library for my product. This third-party library has two licenses available: GPL Commercial I've ...
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What does 'terms that are compatible with the GPL' mean?

From Octave's FAQ, Code written using Octave's native plug-in interface (also known as a .oct file) necessarily links with Octave internals and is considered a derivative work of Octave and ...
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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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Can a video game have a GPL licensed engine and GPL-incompatible licensed assets? What about scripts?

I've heard that it's possible to use a GPL game engine that interprets/loads/JITs a so-called Game Pack which contains all the important game files such as sprites, sounds, music, levels, missions, ...
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How to comply with the GPL when providing auto updates?

Problem description: I want to distribute a Debian VM with Debian based docker containers, so far I would just extract the entire source code after the VM is configured and provide the source code on ...
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Can I show a GNU GPL licensed software in a TV movie?

Am I allowed to show the interface of a GNU GPL licensed piece of software being used in a TV movie? I'm not in the US, so "fair use" and similar applications do not apply unfortunately.
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GPL exceptions that only apply to certain individuals

The GPL does not allow people to impose additional copyright restrictions on top of those that already exist in the terms and conditions of the GPL itself. However, the GPL does allow the original ...
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Using a GPL 3.0 parser generator for an MIT licensed program

If I used a GPL 3.0 licensed program like jacc to generate a parser generator which I incorporate into an MIT licensed program, do I have to release my program as GPL? Note that the grammar ...
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How I can monetize GNU GPL product developed (and currently updating) by me?

I am a developer of Open Source product under GNU GPL license. I always looking for some time and power to make important changes in it (fix bugs and add more improvements), however, it becomes harder ...
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Front-End vs Back-end vs Redistributions - Must I disclose my source?

A couple of the gems that I'm using in my rails backend are MIT licensed and I do want to go commercial with this app - that being said the MIT license requires that I include the copyright and ...
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Can the original author see other people's modifications?

In the topic Appropriate licence for later merging back, one of the desired criteria was, I want to be capable to merge any derivatives back [...] from somebody who made modifications [...]. ...
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Can library that took parts of library licensed under GPL with Classpath Exception be licensed under MIT?

I've spotted the library (library M) where developers took some source files from GPL with Classpath Exception licensed library (library G), included them in their project and changed namespaces and ...
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License similar to GPL, but allowing to incorporate into the commercial version

Continuing this question: I want a license L which is generally like GPL, but allows us to do the following: License our software under both L and a commercial license. Require that every patch (or ...
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Software: If I bundle built (compiled) GPL 2 licensed software with commercial software package how does it affect my software license?

If I bundle a piece of compiled software (in this case, FFMPEG) which is licensed under GPL 2, with my own commercial software (which is not licensed under any form of open source license), does it ...
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Which statement of GPL enforces publishing source codes that uses GPL?

I've been looking at the web articles, and following statement seems to be true: When there is an application source code which just uses some GPL library, but does not contain any part of the ...
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Can I use proprietary library in a GPL-Compatible library loaded on a gpl Program?

I am asking mainly to be sure. To describe it better, I want to use some external functionality that is available through a proprietary library. Since the library IS NOT compatible with GPL Programs, ...
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Licenses for scientific software

Edit: This question has been revised into a more specific question here that does not muddy the waters by bringing up the difficulties of supporting scientific software financially. Please see the ...
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GPL, LGPL or MPL for open source app with closed source Pro flavour

I have had a fairly popular Android business app on Google Play a while now. It is available as a free version and a version with features targeted to bigger businesses. I am currently in the process ...
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Do Amazon AppStore terms allow for GPL software?

The terms for the Apple AppStore have been shown to conflict with the GNU GPL in such a way as to prevent GPL apps from being in the store — see this question. Are the Amazon AppStore (the standard ...
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Modifications of server software under GPL, with web/CLI interface

Let's say we have a piece of software which is licensed under the GPL. There are no binaries; it's a framework of groups of services and libraries of Python code running on a server. As far as I can ...
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Can I use a GPL component in my site without having to disclose the sources of my site?

In which of the following situations can I use a GPL component in my website without having to GPL or disclose the source code of my entire site? The component is a JavaScript library that goes into ...
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GNU General Public License version 2 on a game image resource

I am creating a commercial game, with most resources using CC-BY-xx licences for graphics, sound etc. I have found some graphics that i want to add to my game. However, these graphics are licensed as "...
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Can I distribute non-GPL code that uses GPL code as long as I don't distribute myself that GPL code

I have some doubts about source code re-distribution and GPL I wrote DummyLib, a library that includes AmazingLib (third-party lib, released under GPL) and links against ProprietarySDK (no source, ...
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Non-public data in GPL project

Is it possible to release software under GPL license but not publish one small part of it which contains data that really shouldn't be available publicly (I mean private API keys, etc.) If not, which ...
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Can Public Domain use GPL licensed library/program?

A similar question already asked here (https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/159023/can-cc0-code-use-a-gpl-library) but my question is a little bit different, perhaps more accurately....
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how did Elastix move from GPL to proprietary?

I'm just scratching the surface for VoIP with Elastix. I notice that Elastix 2.x is "open source" but 5.x is proprietary? Looking into licensing from the manual on Elastix brings: http://www.3cx....
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Can I sell my primitive material which is intended to be processed in a factory software under GPL?

If I develop a parametric 3D mesh creation tool and license it under GPL (because it is dependent on some geometry libraries also under GPL), can I sell 3D mesh data for use with the tool and would ...
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Can a SaaS product by successfully developed as Open Source?

The accepted answer on How can large open source projects be monetized? mentions open source SaaS. Once you are successful enough in one of the above, you can afford giving away your software for ...
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putting on github the GPL code of a dead person

Jacques Pitrat was one of my intellectual masters, and the pioneer of French AI (his PhD thesis mentioned artificial intelligence in 1966). He was the president of the jury of my PhD defense (1990). ...
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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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Java OpenJDK GPL license with CLASSPATH EXCEPTION

The JDK license said: only where Oracle has expressly included in the particular source file's header the words "Oracle designates..." Then, is all the OpenJDK released under the GPL with ...
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Automated GPL download and installation in BSD project

I have a dependency on GPL-licensed library in the library I maintain. My library is BSD and must remain as such. Wondering if I can automate the download and installation of the GPL dependency in ...
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Pacifist copyleft-like partially-open-source license [closed]

I'd like a license restricting use to non-military projects, but otherwise just like the GNU GPL. (There is obviously no point in making a permissive license like that, because editing a comment is ...
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GPL and Python import statement

If a Python module X is licensed under GPL and a Python script or module Y imports X, does it make Y necessarily GPL also?
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Can I use dual license for a python package which uses library with GPL license?

I have created a python package with several files and directories out of which only one particular module requires a library (PyQt) with GPL license. Since GPL license of the used library puts a ...
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Does interacting with a (L)GPL licensed library through PHP7.4 FFI count as a derived work?

Problem description I recently wrote a PHP(7.3) wrapper for accessing some git functionality (I use git to create incremental backups). Another wrapper I wrote is for gpg (to encrypt my backups). ...
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Is it permissible to install Cygwin (GNU GPL) and its packages from within an installer for a proprietary and commercially sold application?

Is it legal to package the Cygwin installer executable — and some of its corresponding packages — and run it from another installer that installs a proprietary and commercially sold application? ...
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Is open source license compatible with a patent-encumbered standard?

Let's say heic is a patented image format. There is an open source implementation of heic called "libheif". GIMP use it to edit heic images, however, development team of Eye of Gnome(EOG) refuse to ...
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Collective work using a GPL library

Assume I have a python script that runs a GPL library binary through command line (through os.system('GPL call') and then analyze the output (which comes from the terminal). Is that a collaborative ...
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Can I use GPL-licensed software in a commercial program?

Can I use GPL-licensed software in a commercial program? I know that the use of source code in a commercial program is forbidden but if I use system call functions for example I make the call a bash ...
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When must a project that uses GPL licensed projects use a GPL license?

i have a project that needs to use tools licensed under the GNU/GPL license. my question is: must a project that a uses GPL licensed tool like netdiscover be licensed as a GPL project? if my ...
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Open Source (A)GPL(2|3) but limit resources or business for others without a paid license [duplicate]

I want to release come kind of computation engine as an open source project. For the whole source and usage, I am fine with the content of the GPL but what I want to make sure: There should be a ...
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Need sellable license-text for “commercial use” of GPL v3 software [closed]

I'm the creator of a software which is licensed under GPL v3. But now I want to sell the software for "commercial use" like Fancybox (http://fancyapps.com/fancybox/3/#license). I'm a real noob in ...

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