Questions tagged [license]

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Can I disregard GPL just because I use autoconf?

I found the following text in licenses to some software I am considering to use: As a special exception to the GNU General Public License, if you # distribute this file as part of a program that ...
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Enforcing A Copyleft License Or Require Payment For Use In Proprietary Software [duplicate]

There are many software products that are made available under copyleft licenses, but are also available for use under proprietary licenses if purchased. These pieces of software often have "...
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Can a license be licensed?

Since licenses could also be viewed as IP, is it possible to release a license under another (or even the same) license, which could impose conditions on the usage of said license?
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Trying to understand an old custom license

I found this code that I want to use: https://github.com/ObjectivitySRC/PVGPlugins/blob/master/NonBSDPlugins/DataMineReader/dmfile.h The license is on top and states: If you do use this code please ...
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Is it legally required to name used libraries under Apache 2.0 when publishing an Android app?

My Android app contains many libraries licensed under Apache 2.0. According to my understanding, when publishing the app, it is enough to add the following sentence in the app's description: "...
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LGPL obligations implementation in beta versions

As far as I know, LGPL mandates that the respective licenses are featured in file and in app visual representation. The former is a simple distribution matter, but the latter is a gui feature. Assume ...
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Can any project under ISC have the license migrated to MIT text by me if it possibly meets the criterion? (+the permissions listed within MIT License)

Was wondering after I had seen this answer on ISC vs BSD vs MIT If both explicit & implied rights are the same and the permissions mentioned in the ISC are also found in MIT, including to sub-...
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Why FreeBSD License is considered a permissive license instead of weak copyleft license?

From FreeBSD License: Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without modification, are permitted provided that the following conditions are met: 1.Redistributions of source code ...
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Using EPL 2.0 library as a node module in APL 2.0 project

I plan on using an EPL 2.0 Library in an Apache License 2.0 project as a dependency for the UI. I won't be modifying the source code but I believe when we do npm install to install the library, the ...
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Does a copyright notice in a file header affect the licensing?

I'm a little confused about the licensing. In the LICENSE file it says that the repository is under MIT license. But in the header of some js files there is a copyright notice with apache-2.0. Does ...
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How web design programs let users edit HTML elements and gives CSS? Do they have a permission(license) for that?

How web design programs let users edit HTML elements and gives CSS? Do they have a permission(license) for that? The question is about HTML5 and CSS licensing. I know we can use them in our websites ...
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distributing gcc together with program

Ok so i have a project which requires gcc to work. I would like to distribute gcc binaries together with program for sake of convenience. What are legal requirements for this. Should i add copy of gcc ...
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Does the compilation always have the same license as the source code?

Let's say I have a work which consists of a source code and some license. The source code can be a program (e.g. written in C) but also an image (e.g. written in SVG). This source code can be ...
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Does copyright infringement apply to user interfaces in a software?

I am making an open-source software that is an alternative version of another very popular software, Postman. The inspiration reflects mainly on user interface and concepts. No source code was copied ...
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What does the ICU License state about third party rights?

The license link. Can someone elaborate "NONINFRINGEMENT OF THIRD PARTY RIGHTS"? What is being implied here? It's confusing to me. I will choose the answer with most votes.
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1 File with two Licenses

I'm writing a project, and there is a code that I would like to use, from here: https://developer.mozilla.org/es/docs/Web/JavaScript/Reference/Global_Objects/Set The code is over CC0 licence, all fine,...
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How does software licensing works for Docker Images on commercial usage? [duplicate]

I want to develop and share an application for commercial usage (closed source only). This application only "lives" inside a Docker Image. This Docker Image is based an own Dockerfile which ...
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How can I use Apache License-2.0-licensed software in my MIT-licensed software? [duplicate]

• License and copyright notice May I add notice to LICENSE file like the following? MIT License Copyright (c) 2021 me Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to... ----- ...
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Different license for JSON files and images

I'm working on a web-app that has a pretty big .json database file baked into it with a lot of images associated with it. The database & it's images will be frequently updated alongside the main ...
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I previously released a work under GPL, can I release the same work under another license?

Some time ago, I wrote a small program to automate a simple task. At the time, I released the program under the GPL license. I'm the sole author of the work and it was not created for hire (I was not ...
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Do I have to ship a LGPL library as a whole?

I plan on using a LGPL licenced library for my work (my projecte will be MIT). I only use a subset of the library files though, since I plan on statically linking the library. Do I have to provide the ...
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Package that includes a library file with non-commercial license

We are trying to use a package released by a commercial entity for use with one of their reporting software. I think it was closed source at one point then they converted it to a "Community" ...
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Using GNU General Public Licensed code in an MIT Licensed application

I am developing a GUI Java-based application using swing and am thinking of using the MIT license, though when reading the licenses stated in the components of java swing I see that they are licensed ...
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What are the restrictions for software licenses if I use source code from the Java documentation?

I plan to use source code from Oracles Java documentation, which contains the following license information. Since I'm not used to publishing my code, but I have to this time, I have no idea of the ...
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What is the appropriate license that I should pick for my software?

We are making use of the following tools in our software, and not modified any of these tools. Tools 1-3 are used directly in my software. Tool 4 is used for reference, but included as part of our ...
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How do I pick the best suited license for my software?

I own a new software development company, and I developed some software that I want to sell in the future, but for now, I want to give it out free but still want my company accredited in some type of ...
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Licensing a library under the MPL

The Mozilla Public License 2.0 is a license that specifically allows you to include source code licensed under it, in any program without restrictions, provided users are given a copy of the MPL-...
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Which licence(s) is Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) using?

I found Automotive Grade Linux , which is an open-source project based on Linux for automotive applications. This (German) news article says that you have to pay money to be a member of AGL. However, ...
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What are the *restrictions* in permissive licenses like MIT or Apache 2.0?

If I (or a company where I work) use a source code part from an open source project licensed under a permissive license like MIT or Apache 2.0 it is clear I can modify, edit etc it. What is not clear ...
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Change of version of Dependency: Does it constitute a Derivative Work?

We are building a product with 100s of OSS dependencies. We want to fully comply with the OSS license terms. Let's assume our product has a direct dependency "DDep_v1" under MPL-2.0 license, ...
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License for R Package in GitHub [duplicate]

I would like to ask a question about package licenses in R. I have a package in R (in GitHub), and I offer a course on how to use it, as well as other topics in my professional field, which have been ...
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Distribute Nexus OSS with custom software

Nexus OSS is distributed using the Eclipse Public License. The Sencha Ext JS component belonging to Nexus OSS is licensed under GPL v3. Nexus Repository OSS is distributed with Sencha Ext JS pursuant ...
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CC BY-NC-SA "ShareAlike" (source vs binaries)

If I use and adapt a part from the source code of an open-source (Java) project Licensed under CC BY-NC-SA (3.0) into my project : I know the "ShareAlike" requirement means I'll have to ...
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Is GPL copyleft triggered by distribution alone?

Would distributing a commercial closed source application along with a GPLd standalone binary, which the closed source application calls trigger the requirement to license whole app under GPL? (For ...
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Setup file installs DLLs

I have a Windows Forms Project written in C++ CLI with MySQL Database integration. I have created a Setup File using INNO Setup but I need to include MySQL.Data.dll to deploy the application, so ...
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Can I redistribute to public domain a contribution I made to an MPL 2.0 licensed project?

I made a contribution to an MPL 2.0-licensed project a while ago. I am not the maintainer of this project, I don't own it and I'm not affiliated to it in any way (apart from this specific benevolent ...
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MIT license alternative with explicit trademark use protection [closed]

Do you know a license, if possible approved by the Open Source Initiative, that's very similar to the MIT license but has explicit trademark use protection like the MLP 2.0 license?
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Am I licensing this code correctly?

I am using icons from here for my web project. This is the file I used for one of the icons: <!-- This file was licenced under the following license: MIT License Copyright (c) 2020 Paweł Kuna ...
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If I use a lot of libraries with the exact same license, can I condense the required attributions and notices?

I'm developing a project that happens to use a lot of open-source third-party libraries by different authors. Most of these libraries use the same license (mostly MIT, with the occasional Apache or ...
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Commercial license required to build Python packages with Microsoft C++ build tools?

The developer life becomes incredibly complicated once you work in commercial companies. Recently, I ran into the problem that I wanted to install the Python packages turbodbc, sktime, and tslearn. ...
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Should the license header be preceded by the copyright holder?

I'm open sourcing a proprietary codebase (license TBD, probably Apache) were all files have the header: Copyright <company name>. All rights reserved. Should this line be preserved in addition ...
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Separately licensing source code and website content

I am fairly new to actual open source licensing, since I usually just add the Unlicense to all my Github repositories, just to have it completely permissive for everyone. I recently started a small ...
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MIT License for a translation

There's a software called vnpy on github that's in chinese. We have a translated copy to english. The goal is to keep their MIT license but just for that code. We're wondering: Should we make a ...
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Can I distribute my program under LGPL if it has a password identification mechanism?

So I'm making an application which uses the python module PySide2 which is under LGPL. What I'm planning is to sell my program and make it non-distributable by making a unique password-identification ...
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Open Source license which allows only me for commercial use [duplicate]

I'm developing an application. I want to open source my application for non-commercial use in Github(I guess GPL v3). And I want to retain the rights to redistribute the same software with some ...
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Can an NDA block GPL freedom number 4?

Let's say a company modifies a GPLv3 software. All it's employees can use the modified software and have access to the modified source code. The company's employees don't have the right to distribute ...
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Where can I find a final, authoritative, clear list of how to handle "license snippets" for common licenses?

I am looking for an authoritative, clear and up-to-date document on what exactly a person or an institution has to do for the so-called "license snippets"/"license notice" for ...
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MOZILLA PUBLIC LICENSE 1.1: Do I have to update all my source code files in a proprietary software project if I include a lib with MPL v1.1?

I am planning to use Hunspell lib which is under MOZILLA PUBLIC LICENSE 1.1 for proprietary software. Here https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/MPL/1.1/ it says in 3.5. Required Notices: "You must ...
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GoogleSignIn license in my app's licenses list view

I made an app for iOS and before publication I have to make view, where I list all used 3rd party libraries licenses. Unfortunately, I cannot find license for GoogleSignIn SDK for iOS. This package is ...
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MongoDB's SSPL license: what does "offering as a service" actually mean?

I actually find MongoDB's SSPL license quite hard to understand, especially when thinking about what might constitute „offering MongoDB as a service“. While I do understand that the primary intention ...