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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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Does learning boilerplate code from a project with a restrictive license make my own work derivative?

I have an application I want to put my own license on. In order to get my application started, I wrestled with boilerplate code issues I was not able to find answers for online. When I tried launching ...
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Does removing some class files from a third-party jar file mean it becomes a derivative work? [duplicate]

We use several LGPL third-party library JARs in our product, some of which contain classes with security concerns, which are identified by the OWASP scan during build. We do not require the classes ...
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Can code licensed under AGPL also be (re)licensed under LGPL by its contributor?

I have a puzzling question: Somebody contributed to a AGPL licensed project (he is not the owner). Now this code could also be applied to a different project licensed under LGPL. Could the author of ...
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Using LGPL for shared library, and ASL for scripts?

My software is a compiled Python module, which provides commands when loaded into the interpreter. In the project, the source code and accompanying Python scripts are using the Apache Software License ...
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Using the Qt framework strictly for a personal project I want in my GitHub portfolio

I am using the Qt framework for a personal project of mine. Not intended to be sold or used by anyone else. Just a cool project that I want to have in my portfolio. What is required of me under the ...
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Using pre-built library wimlib with GLP/LGPL dual licensing in closed source commercial product

Need help with a **complicated GPL/LGPL Dual Licensing issue**. We need to read the contents of a .ESD file which which is nothing but a LZMA compressed .WIM file. I am planning to use the wimlib ...
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Selling copy of GPL v3 app under another license [duplicate]

I want to create a library, that can be used for free in any open-source project, so I want to publish it under terms of GNU GPL v3. But, also I want to sell it, so it could be used in proprietary ...
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Can I release a fork of an LGPL project under a commercial licence?

In the past I have made use of a third party project released under the LGPL licence. Recently the owner/creator of the project has archived the original repo and created a new version (seemingly ...
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What legal considerations needs to be made for distributing a commercial/closed source software which utilizes LGPLv2 open source libraries?

I am developing a Java web application which utilizes Open source libraries with LGPLv2.0 and v2.1 libraries without any modification. For distributing this software commercially, what legal ...
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How to use non LGPL resources inside a library that contains LGPL codes?

I have found a library that contains Arphic (1999) Public Licensed (says the author) image resources, generated by converting a Arphic (1999) Public Licensed Font into SVG and modifying the SVG code ...
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Can different parts of a project be under different licenses?

I have a personal project (in C++) I've been working on that I'm thinking of putting on Git hub. I'm finding the question of picking an appropriate license quite daunting. Part of the project is an ...
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Can I change the license of a forked project from LGPLv3 to MIT?

I have forked a project with LGPLv3 license and I did there a lot of changes. Can I distribute a new version under the MIT license? Or only the possibility is to write the code from "scratch"? ...
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Some questions about LGPL v.3 (support, warranty…)

I participate in the development of a soft that will be distributed on a commercial basis. Question: 1. If I take the open-source Library (under LGPL v.3), will there be any obligations to support ...
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Clarification on using FFmpeg in an open source app

Can someone please clarify the legality of bundling and using the full version of FFmpeg (with included libx264 and libx265 and other gpl codecs) in an open source app. I don't want to modify ...
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What is the purpose of the LGPL re-linking requirement?

I understand that in using a LGPL library in your application, you have to provide a re-linking mechanism for the end user (by linking to the library dynamically or providing all your object files ...
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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 I sell a proprietary software with an LGPL library bundled along with it, without making my source code public?

I am making a commercial application for my own company. I want to use PySide2 in it which comes under the LGPL license. I will be using PySide2 without any modification to it for designing the GUI. ...
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An LGPL library inside a proprietary Android app

Let's consider a proprietary Android app which is using an LGPL library. LGPL requires that the user could be able to replace the library with a modified version. For languages like C, LGPL suggests ...
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License of QtCore in Qt 5.6: LGPL v2.1 or LGPL v3?

In the headers of QtCore 5.6 it says: -- clip -- ** GNU Lesser General Public License Usage ** Alternatively, this file may be used under the terms of the GNU Lesser ** General Public License ...
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LGPL v 2.1 + Linking Over Controlled Interface

I use (nrjavaserial) library in a java application. This library is released under the LGPL v 2.1 + Linking Over Controlled Interface license. I have two questions: If the implementation falls ...
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Qt's open source license (GPL or LGPL)

Ive been reading about Qt and its licensing and ive come across this part: Qt is available under different licensing options designed to accommodate the needs of our various users: Qt ...
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Can GPLv2 licensed software be re-published under LGPLv2.1?

I have read Can LGPL 2.1 licenses software be re-published under GPL 3.0? and followed link to GPL license compatibility matrix in the GPL FAQ, which is confusing me a bit: If I understand the table ...
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What permissions does LGPL-3.0 grant if the licensed work links against a proprietary library?

According to the FSF "The Lesser GPL permits use of the library in proprietary program". Is this permission granted in cases where an LGPL-3.0 licensed work links against a proprietary library? Both ...
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Forking a project with conflicting licenses

I’m forced to work with software that has been given incompatible licenses by its authors. They have created an original API that they’ve licensed under the GNU GPL, but then they implement that API ...
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How can commercial products use GPL or LGPL libraries?

I would like to design a web app with a free and paid tier that will include a WYSIWYG editor. I'm considering the following options CKEditor - GPL TinyMCE - LGPLv3 QuillJS - BSD 3-Clause SlateJS - ...
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Test framework license selection

I am writing some kind of test frame work in Python3. I am about to publish it, I am looking for right license for it... and I am confused :( Here is what am looking for: common/well known license ...
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Which license to use LGPL-3.0, MPL-2.0 or AGPL-3.0 for a library that manages files locally?

I'm open-sourcing a library that tries to make managing local files easier by enabling full text search, encryption, corruption handling & remote transfer/distribution of files. What license to ...
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GPL Application linked to a LGPL library loading proprietary-plugins

This is a bit similar to what asked in this question, unless that here the case is that the application only directly loads LGPL code, and this one then may dlopen a proprietary lib, so: GPL Program ...
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How does an LGPLv3 dependency affect an application when sharing the dependent application with others?

Suppose a developer named Peter has an application named AppMIT licensed MIT that has a dependancy on Tony's library named LibLGPL licensed LGPLv3. Please help me understand if the cases below are ...
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Need help understanding GNU LGPL terms

I'm a new developer and recently have to work on project where I guess using arduino lib will be easy, because writing my own library will be a lot more time consuming. This isn't a mass production ...
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Does using libraries under LGPL in my product limit my choice on how to license it?

I am developing a product that links to a number of LGPL (or compatible) licensed libraries. The product itself is a creator tool for intellectual property work of its users. The LGPL libraries are ...
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LGPL v3.0 and how it relates to wkhtmltopdf in a SAAS scenario: what are our obligations?

We would like to use this library https://github.com/SebastiaanKlippert/go-wkhtmltopdf to generate PDFs from HTML. That library is licensed under MIT. It is really nothing more than a wrapper for the ...
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Can I use (statically or dynamically linked) mingw-w64 runtime libraries for commercial purposes?

I'm planning to use mingw-w64 for commercial software and I'm looking for info about it's licensing. I was looking through licenses included in package and some discussions on forums and mailing lists ...
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What happens when I use LGPL Qt 5 toolkit to link statically for a closed source (proprietary) application?

I come from a country "ALGERIA" where nobody buys a software license even the government, except fore rare cases where the government institution is very sensitive, other governmental institutions ...
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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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Opensource license for github Python project which uses lgpl libraries

I'm about to make my first Python repo on github public and it needs a license. It imports four libraries, without modifying them, it merely makes use of their functions. These libraries are in ...
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If authors of open source software can be held liable for (accidentally) infringing (vaguely worded) software patents, why add one's name to it?

If person A writes software and says "I wrote it and this is my name", she can potentially be sued by a patent troll who says "I invented the program statement and the variable". If person A writes ...
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LGPL: Can drivectl utility code be modified under LGPL license?

As driverctl utility is LGPL compliant so what will happen if we change the code of driverctl ? This is a ask from one of the client, so can anyone answer what will happen if we change the code of ...
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What can a patent troll win by suing an open-source foundation e.g. GTK foundation?

Do open-source foundations have oodles and piles of cash lying around for patent trolls to scoop up? Are open-source softwares licensed under the GPL not immune to patent trolls since there is no ...
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Community and enterprise editions of LGPL software

Red Hat has community and enterprise editions of it's application server. WildFly is licensed under LGPL. JBoss EAP is based on WildFly and costs a lot of money. How is it possible that they don't ...
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If I wrote software using QML and the community version of Qt, am I required to disclose the source code of the whole software?

Let's say I made an application using Qt's QML language and I didn't have a commercial license, am I required to disclose the whole source code for said application or just the modules I modified (if ...
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Legal consideration before development of a FFMPEG filter using named pipe for I/O to any forked program and

I would like to develop a ffmpeg filter to have an easier and better integration of the ffmpeg functionalities in case of complex command lines. Imagine an ffmpeg command line in which you can ...
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Can I Commit LGPL3 Derivative Work To An Apache 2 Licensed Project?

I am using a helpful project that is licensed under the LGPL3. I have taken some of the useful code out of it and refactored it into a wrapper class and would like to add it to an upstream project. ...
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If a library is LGPL licensed, can the creator impose additional usage limits?

Example: A programmer produces a library. They release that library under the LGPL and provide full source code. The programmer wants to monetize their product as well. Rather than offering a "pro" ...
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LGPL HDL in larger FPGA design

There is a project called NetFPGA that has HDL code for various Ethernet uses in an FPGA. The project is listed as LGPL. From a software perspective, my understanding is that if you dynamically link ...
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exe using LGPLv3 lib: must I also ship the exe's object files?

If I ship a closed-source .exe that dynamically links to an LGPLv3 library (such as Qt), must I also ship the .obj files from which I built the .exe? This podcast at 34:30-36:00 claims so, and also ...
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Is the Qt Network Authentication module still LGPL?

I saw this question asking if QT Network Authentication module is licensed under LGPL or not. The answer states that since this module is not specified under Add-ons available under Commercial ...
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Is it possible to liberate source code through double-licensing changes?

Let me describe the situation: there's an old piece of software (a game) with source code publically available. Source code was (officially, legally) released with following non-free license: The ...
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Do I have to include a copy of GPL 2 if I'm using LGPL 2.1 (or later)?

According to FSF, to use LGPL in my library, I have to include both the copy of GPL & LGPL. I understand that the reason being LGPL 3 is now written as additional permissions over GPL 3. However, ...