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Provide closed-source application with LGPL-Libraries

We plan to ship an application together with the required dynamic-libraries (SO/DLL), we link dynamically against one of these libraries, which uses the others libraries. The LGPL requires us to ...
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What is the difference between LGPLv2.1 and LGPLv3?

Below text is cited from https://www1.qt.io/faq/#_Toc_3_6 LGPLv3 is the current version of the GNU Lesser General Public License. LGPLv2.1 is an older version and not recommended by the Free ...
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How To Package A Basic PySide2 Desktop Application Under LGPL For Sale - EXAMPLE PLEASE

What does a PySide2 (Qt for Python) desktop software application for Windows, Mac or Linux need to be distributed with in order to comply with LGPL license requirements? I'm talking about a simple, ...
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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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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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LGPL licensed software distributed with cx_Freeze

I am developing a python GUI for my company using PySide which is under LGPL license. My company would like to sell it and thus it can't be open source. From my understanding of the LGPL, I need to ...
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LGPL 2.1 snippet copyright attribution

I want to use portions of code from the FFMPEG library to provide screen capture function for a commercial application I'm writing. I do understand I need to make a shared library out of the function ...
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What are the disadvantages of distributing my commercial application along with Object code as per LGPL licence?

I am considering using a library licensed under LGPL which states... If you link other code with the library, you must provide complete object files to the recipients, so that they can relink ...
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Licensing of 3rd party libraries

I'm using a 3rd party lib in Java which has the LGPL license. E.g. jasperreports (https://mvnrepository.com/artifact/net.sf.jasperreports/jasperreports/6.3.0). Which license is relevant for me as a ...
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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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LGPL-licensed code reuse in MIT-licensed project

I have an MIT-licensed (in plans, currently it's not published) project. And I've found an implementation of the required algorithm in an LGPL-licensed project. Am I allowed to include that code in my ...
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Does it make sense to have a program under the LGPL?

A little background: I have a library project which I put under the LGPL v2.1. However, I have two applications inside the project tree using the library. It would be somewhat inconvenient to make ...
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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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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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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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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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Does it make sense to license an application (not library) under LGPL?

Say, I have a game engine which is meant to be an executable, not a library (i.e. it has its' own main() and has the top-level control. It calls on other libraries but cannot be used as a dynamic ...
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iText 2.1.7 in commercial Project

This question was originally asked on Stack Overflow but since licensing questions are off topic I move it here. So here comes the original question about this open source library: I want to use the ...
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GNU Lesser General Public License with signed C# assembly

We have a closed source software written in C# that we sell. All of our assemblies are signed. We want to use a third party assembly, that is published under the GNU Lesser General Public License v2.1....
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Are there legal issues with bundling one's own LGPL-licensed code with proprietary code?

My company's legal team is currently worried about how to move forward with some app releases intended for our enterprise customers. Here's the gist of it: We have many products referred to as "apps"...
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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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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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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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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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Can I use bits of source from another library in an original work without having to worry about license issues?

I've been writing a docking framework in JavaFX. This is a new library with original work. However, I have been reading the source code of a few other open source docking projects to get some hints ...
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LGPL static linking

I know there are already many other questions asked about LGPL requirements, but none of those did match my case I want to distribute a free application which uses a LGPL-licensed library (Qt) ...
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Does compiling a JS bundle with webpack/browserify violate the LGPL license?

According to the LGPL license, you must release your source code if you statically link a library. Here's an excerpt from tldrlegal.com: If the software is statically linked (i.e. compiled into) ...
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What exactly is terminated by the breach of LGPL?

One of dependencies of a game engine that I'm using has an LGPL license. If I, for some reason, forget to upload the license file, do I lose rights to my own part of the code that isn't GPL? Likewise,...
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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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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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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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License for open source application based on Qt

I'm developing an free and open source application that uses Qt. I'm not making any changes to Qt library itself. I wanted to know: On what license can I publish my application sources. On what ...
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Does using a GPL v2.1 as a resource in studying count as derivative work?

I came across source code for an AI that plays some classic video games. It's licensed as: GNU LESSER GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE Version 2.1, I understand the Gnu license pretty well and if I were to ...
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About using GNU GPL 2, GNU GPL 3 and LGPL software in a commercial product

I build a commercial product, which uses some third party products licensed under GNU GPL 2, GNU GPL 3 and LGPL. I do not modify myself the source code of these third party products and I do not ...
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Subclassing, Unity, and the LGPL

I want to release a package on the Unity Asset Store. Based on this answer, it looks like the best option for my situation would be LGPLv3. However, after doing plenty of research, I've stumbled ...
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Does a (L)GPL3 device still need to provide it's original service after modification?

Let's assume I am building an embedded linux device using amongst other things (L)GPLv3 software. The device is sold to non-business users so the anti tivoization clause applies. I want to be ...
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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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Does an application linking to an unmodified LGPL-3 library need to be debugger-friendly?

I currently work on a proprietary, closed-source software suite, which is distributed to customers as part of a larger package (including various hardware and services). The software suite uses LGPL-...
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If some software states it is BSD-licensed, how can it be distributing itself with GPL/LGPL components?

For a specific example relating to my question, I offer VisIt. Per the licensing information for VisIt, it is stated that it is BSD-licensed. But, looking over the libraries used in VisIt, it can be ...
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Is it possible to make closed source code while using the following libraries?

I am not good at Licensing issues. So my question - If my program is using these libraries (only linking like -ludev, -lblkid, -lcrypto, -lssl, -fopenmp) - libudev (LGPL version 2.1 of the License, ...
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Do I need to provide build/install instructions for LGPL-2.1 or AGPL-3.0 licensed libraries?

We have a Java project which uses a couple of libraries licensed by LGPL-2.1 and uses MongoDB which is licensed by AGPL-3.0 as its database. We don't modify any of them. Our legal team claims we ...
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Working around GPL Restrictions

I am currently looking at ways to circumvent the limitations imposed by LGPL licences. The software I am planning to use is LGPL and is mostly used in the UI side. The idea which I am thinking is to ...
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Contracting Around LGPL

A client of mine wants to static link its proprietary commercial work to a library that is licensed under LGPL that is sold by VMime in France. VMime's website purports to explain that the purchaser ...
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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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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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What are my license options for releasing code I derived from code that was released under LGPL v2.1?

If I take some code that was released under LGPL v2.1 and make modifications to it, what are my options for releasing that derived work again as open source? I guess, one option would obviously be to ...
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How can Qt charge for a commercial license without getting copyright assignments from contributors?

As I understand, if the copyright holder accepts external contributions under GPL / LGPL, they are no longer the sole copyright owner and cannot charge for a commercial license. Or does this only ...
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Can your MIT library use an LGPL library?

If you use a library with LGPL 2.1 license (e.g., PHPMailer) in your also open source library, can you release your library as MIT license if you didn't actually modify PHPMailer? E.g., All you did ...
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LGPL 2.1. Attributions required?

I'm about to release my LGPL 2.1 licensed java/maven project where I have a dependency to a 3rd party jar also licensed under LGPL 2.1. I've also copied and modified some of the 3rd party project into ...
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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 ...