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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Are we obliged to host the code, if we distribute(share) build of an exact commit of already hosted(by another party) GPL code base?

Say we are ready to give link and credits to another party's code base. Edits Based on comments:- Planning to give a link to download executable (hosted on a private server). If it has to be hosted ...
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how do open source licenses affect ecommerce sites?

I confess I am ignorant about open source software licensing and am trying to understand it better. I work for a retailer that has an ecommerce site. Our ecommerce site is built in-house and uses ...
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Translating a software to bypass the licence?

Lets say there is a GPL library written in C++ for example a library that finds some value using some algorithm and there are two individuals A and B. A uses Emscripten on it to convert it into ...
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Utilization Of GPL v3 Client / Server Components For A Service + Client App

Scenario There is a GPL3 code repository containing a client + server (Say it's a proxy server and client library). I want to create a paid service which uses them. It is my understanding that: ...
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Is AGPL Compatible with GPL for the purposes of BSL License Change

I would like to license two products, one with AGPL, one with GPL. The requirement we have is that we want to keep the initial release until BSL, but thereafter OSS is fine. I believe the most ...
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Modified Version of the (A)GPL [closed]

I'm trying to make a dual-license source-available software that allows copying of the software for the sole purpose of contributing to the original software, with the exception of the copyright ...
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Asserting copyright infringement against closed source software using GPL code

Now consider two people A and B. A uses B's GPL code to make a software that is closed source and does not follow any other term imposed by the GPL. B files an infringement case against A. A says he ...
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When using a dependency with an Apache license but has sub-dependencies under GPL, do I need to open source my own code?

When using a dependency with an Apache license but has sub-dependencies under GPL, do I need to open source my own code? Based on my own research, it appears I would have to abide by the full line of ...
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A non-bloated license for documentation with the benefits of GPL?

In response to one of the FAQs, FSF has noted: It is possible to use the GPL for a manual, but the GNU Free Documentation License (GFDL) is much better for manuals. The GPL was designed for programs; ...
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Commercial app with optional GPL software usage

Say one develops a closed source app that can produce a file of its own format like .ll .Then one asks the user to run a GPL licenced batch script that uses ffmpeg(GPL) to do the final bit. Note that ...
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AGPLv3 for fullstack library?

So I am making this library and I wish to monetize it, I got my first client for it and I am already rolling a product made with it, yet I don't have a license yet. The thing more than just a library ...
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Including GPL code into BSD project

I have an open source project which I distribute under BSD license. I would like to include parts of iwlib.c, which is part of iwlib project, and which is released under GNU GPL 2. To my understanding ...
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Doesn't GPL with CLA defeat the point?

I see that a lot of proprietary projects which make their source available operate with dual licensing model, with the open source version being licensed under GPL v3 and proprietary product being, ...
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The specifics of licensing public domain code within project under GNU GPLv3+

I'm developing a project which I'm about to release under the GNU GPL 3+ license. It does, however, contain a number of public domain subroutines. Question: How do I go about placing a GPL license ...
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GPL compatible alternative to LPPL?

Problem Sometimes, I write latex templates (e.g. to account for department-specific guidelines for theses etc.), and wonder how to license them. Background The IEEEtran latex class is licensed under ...
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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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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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How are software patches licensed?

Consider the software project dwm by Suckless. The project is clearly licensed under the MIT/X Consortium License, which includes the clause The above copyright notice and this permission notice ...
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BSD-3 clause software fork redistributed with GPLv3 parts

Software A: BSD-3 clause software, I am not its author. Software B: forked from A, a few files have been changed by me. There are a few file additions, these files have a single author, me. I know ...
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Shapefiles in R maps package (GPL-2)

I hope this is the right forum for this question, I came her form stackoverflow. I would like to include some world maps in my academic publication. As the title suggests, I am working with the maps ...
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CKEditor5 in commercial application?

Is it allowed to use CKEditor5 in a commercial (closed source) application? According to this github page they use GPL 2: CKEditor5 License I will publish any changes to CKEditor5 I will do and make ...
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Why do some softwares not include the full license?

I have been reading the license file from some libraries so I can figure out what needs to be included in my own app. I notice a lot of software includes only a summary of the license, and not a full ...
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Can I make a personal exception to a license I hold?

I would like to write some software, in my free time, and release it under GPLv3. As I understand it, this would imply that any software that uses that code must also abide by the terms of GPLv3. I ...
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Forbid distribution of the app licensed with GPL v3 in certain countries

If I have an app and some of its parts are illegal in some countries (e.g. due to different copyright laws in different countries). And the app is licensed under (L/A)GPL v3. Can I forbid using and ...
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Is it ok to side-load GPL software into a closed-software?

I am developing an Electron app that I would like to distribute on the App Store. The app runs completely fine without any GPL parts or elements. The app itself has plugin support and communicates ...
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Source-only distribution of MIT-licensed project which depends on GPL library

I'm trying to understand exactly when a work becomes a "derivative work," and how it affects licensing of my project. In my situation, we have a scientific code that we have written which is ...
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Distribute GPL software in enterprise

I am being asked to deploy Notepad++ (a software distributed under GPL) in an enterprise which is a SaaS company. Before doing so, I want to make sure our users wouldn't be violating the license in ...
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AGPL-3.0 Software on a vending machine

Is it legal when i download a software under AGPL-3, modify it, put it on a vending machine and place the vending machine in a public place, where everybody can use it, without publishing the ...
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LGPLv2.1 + GPLv3 = Okay?

This compatibility chart provided by GNU appears to state that a GPLv3 program can include a LGPLv2.1-only library. This doesn't make sense to me as the LGPLv2.1 license would have to be compatible ...
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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 the GPL, but they want to know who is interested and downloads it. Is it legal to ask people to fill in a regular ...
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Can I use GPL-licensed services embedded in an iframe from a commercial application?

I want to try a WYSIWYG editor in my closed-source application and I'm wondering if what I want to do is legal. I create an OSS project (GPL license) that contains the editor of my choice I deploy it ...
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Combined distribution of open source binaries when used as program in a CLI-Script

I am planning on creating a rather small repo on github but I am not sure which license should I use. The project is basically a collection of bash, batch and powershell scripts. Those scripts invoke ...
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Using different licenses for different branches of the same repository

I have a Git repository with a medium-sized project on GitHub. Since there are some components depending on GPL libraries, the repository is currently also licensed under the GPL. However, the GPL-...
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Can git binaries be distributed and called by a commercial app without providing source code?

git portable binaries are distributed (included in the installer) with a windows commercial app. the app calls the binaries (init, add, commit, push) as command line then handles the output. does ...
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Can I share software under MIT license if it conditionally includes GPL code?

I have a software that I'm sharing under MIT license. I would like to add some GPL library to accelerate some algorithms. I #ifdef the includes and calls to this library so that my application can be ...
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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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MPL-2.0 Compatibility: A Riddle

Predicates: Apache-2.0 code may be relicensed as MPL-2.0 (1). Apache-2.0 code is incompatible with GPL-2 (2). MPL-2.0 code may also be distributed under GPL-2 when done as a larger work (3 - Q14). ...
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Can I use dynamically linked MinGW runtime libraries with a BSD dll library for commercial purposes?

I had earlier asked Can I use BSD license-based dll statically linked to MinGW under the run-time licence exception?. Can I use dynamically linked MinGW runtime libraries (f.e. libgcc_s_sjlj-1.dll, ...
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Can I use BSD license-based dll statically linked to MinGW under the run-time licence exception?

This BSD DLL depends on 3 MinGW run-time libraries (libgcc_s_sjlj-1.dll, libgfortran-3.dll and libquadmath-0.dll). What if I'll compile them statically into BSD dll to eliminate dependences on MinGW ...
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What are the most suitable license for full open source framework? [closed]

I'm newbie in Open Source. In the near future I plan to publish to GitHub my web framework based on ECMA(JScript)/XSLT based on IIS hosting. In plans to make the repository as public. So that I can ...
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GPL Software with "Premium" Features

As I understand GPL, your software can be sold for any amount you wish, but you must make the source code available to everyone without charge. I have noticed a trend where certain software released ...
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GPL and non-compiled languages' libraries

According to the official GPL2 FAQ, I have to use GPL for any project using a library under GPL (even if I don't directly use its sources), because my program links to the library. But what about non-...
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Should I publish everything running on Linux under GPL?

According to the official GPL 2 FAQ, I have to use GPL for any project using a library under GPL (even if I don't directly use its sources), because my program links to the library. But when I run an ...
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In the GPL definition, if I host a service on public cloud, does it mean I 'distribute' my service to the cloud provider?

Let's say I have a web service that links to a C library which is licensed under GPL. If I host this service on my own server, then I think I don't have to license my web service under GPL. This is ...
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Including GPL plugin in repository of MIT code

I have an MIT-licensed library that supports user-provided backends. I was asked to implement a backend that would require using a GPL-licensed library. If I write such a backend, license it's files ...
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GPL3 "code" in css and html templates: Implications for books hosted on the web

Bookdown is a commonly used package for authoring reports, books etc. in the R language (but can just be used for writing anything, if you know Markdown, and you want a way to produce HTML, PDF, ePub ...
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Could the GPL "infect" my Code if the libraries I used violated the GPL?

Let's assume I use in my closed source a library A which is by the Author claimed as a non GPL license (e.g. MIT, LGPL or even a paid license). Now somebody finds out, that one of the used library in ...
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Are projects created using Qt WASM required to be under GPL?

As I understand, the core modules of Qt are under LGPL and can be used in a closed source project. But the Qt WASM module is under GPL. I'm not sure if it's linked into the project or only acts as a ...
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Do any open source licenses cover outbound internet connections/data sharing?

I have built a software tool that recognizes text from images of handwriting. I want to make the code public under a permissive license (like Apache 2.0), but with the stipulation that all ...
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Is it okay to combine a proprietary program with a GPL program after distribution?

I want to distribute a combined work containing program X, plugin P and plugin Q. Plugin P has a proprietary license (which allows redistribution) and plugin Q is distributed under the GPL. X has a ...
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