Questions tagged [license]

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Do I have to open source my app if I use unmodified api data licensed under CC-BY-SA 4.0

Im working on a little Quiz App. To get questions I use Open Trivia DB All data provided by the API is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. I have ...
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Is it allowed to modify the java.exe file

as in the title - is it allowed to modify the "Java.exe" and "javaw.exe" files? Like with Resource Hacker? I want to change the executable icon but I am not sure if it is legit. I ...
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Does the use of GCC small macros and linker variables make my work GPL?

when using AVR or ARM toolchains for Atmel microcontrollers, is using GCC macros such as __AVR_...__ or linker variables making my code GPL? I know GCC is covered by "GPL 3.0" + "GCC ...
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Do I need to share source code with GPL/AGPL if I am the owner? [duplicate]

if I build something under GPL/AGPL license, am I obligated to share that code if I have users using this service event when I am the owner of the code?
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What is the license for derivative work of a project in MIT with no license file [duplicate]

I have an open source github Library that i need to use for work, however there is no LICENSE file in the repository. The library itself is a derivative work (porting to another language) of a library ...
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Can I license my commercial app and web app's source code under Creative Commons?

I want to license my website and it's source code under creative commons while preventing commercial use but allowing other use cases such as non-commercial use and making sure than anyone can ...
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What if a project forks a number of projects, but doesn't include the license or copyright that was used — then another project forks the fork?

So it can be fairly established that this is infringement of copyright, but I'm unsure how to handle this. I've considered making a PR to the project that forked the other projects and adding the ...
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Choosing a license in Arduino environment

I wrote a C++ library for Arduino. The source code have the following specificities: it includes headers, uses functions, macros, and structures/classes (and their methods) from LGPL libraries (...
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Can I create a SVG site containing files with all these licenses?

My site My site is like a gallery of SVG files from different sources, with different licenses. In a way similar to https://www.flaticon.com/. When clicking on an item it will show on a modal together ...
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Have MIT license text to be added if software is just using?

Let's assume that I sell Angular course on Udemy. In this case, I wonder whether I have to add Angular's MIT license text to my course or not. If I have to do this, is it enough to add the license ...
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Should I give attribute to transitive dependencies if I am using a package in binary form?

I am including the PostgreSQL JDBC driver (BSD-2) in my project in binary form (which I got from their website). I copied the license text in my repo, however I found the github repo for the driver ...
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Can I make a software open source without using my name? [duplicate]

For example, can I omit the fullname part in MIT or BSD license? I want the software to be open source and I want no attribution whatsoever. I am aware of Unlicense, however the general consensus ...
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Which licenses give me a guarantee that a software I'm installing is completely open-source, free of closed-source dependencies or components?

I have a question about free vs open source software that's more about practical implications from the user's perspective. I'll explain the mindset first before the actual question, so you can ...
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Adding GPL classpath exception to program

GCC has a special exception that doesn't force you to use GPL for programs compiled with GCC. If I for example had program foo, how can I apply the classpath/GCC/linking exception to it as well? Do I ...
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Does multi-licensing disable “use/run for any purpose” right?

It is understood from the Open Source Initiative's definition of open source that the software under the licenses here and here can be used/run for any purpose. For example, it is understood that ...
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Does a software under one of the OSI-approved licenses allow anybody to use/run it for any purpose?

OSI (Open Source Initiative) says that: Open source software is made by many people and distributed under an OSD-compliant license which grants all the rights to use, study, change, and share the ...
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Are Open Source Licenses valid globally?

I found the Open Source Licenses here and here and want to know whether these are valid globally or not. For example, I am from Turkey. Are these licenses valid for me?
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Reusing the original idea of a project without mentioning it

I found a project that is very clever and I would like to build my own but using some of their ideas. That's basically what I did but now the code is similar, because we follow the same idea, but I ...
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Can my paid WordPress plugin have a proprietary license?

WordPress is licensed under (GPLv2 or later). WordPress states that all plugins hosted under the WordPress Plugin Directory must be licensed under GPL. We have a Free version of our plugin that is ...
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Use of SaaS application with using a AGPL script as a command line tool

I am planning to use a command-line tool on a docker image that our SaaS application has used to deploy some microservices. This command-line tool is licensed under AGPL and one of our microservices ...
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Do I need a longer license than this for a small program?

I have 2 small C programs (each is the inverse of the other) and a common header, <500 lines of code total, and it seems a waste to include a whole license file, so I've just written this comment ...
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Can my proprietary program use a GPLv3 binary?

I want to use in my program (closed source code) binary (GPL v3) which is used by execute it with parameters and read output/log of this execution. Can I do it? If yes, what information should I ...
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WSO2 API Gateway license policy confusion [closed]

I just wanted to understand the licensing part of WSO2 products. It says it is fully open source but when you go to download the product it asks to compulsory accept WSO2 software license. When you ...
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3-clause BSD or MIT license for software that imports numpy and matplotlib?

I wrote a Python script (a .py file) that I'd like to publish and license correctly. My script imports numpy (3-clause BSD) matplotlib.pyplot (Matplotlib license [BSD-compatible]) os and argparse (...
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Webdev: Open Source font and legal issues

I use the open source font Metropolis as main font for my webpages. However, apparently there has been a legal issue with similarities to Gotham. See https://discourse.mozilla.org/t/metropolis-font-...
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Wiki under GNU Free Documentation License - who is the author?

I'd like to use code of Cholesky decomposition as shown here: This page licenses all its code under GNU Free Documentation License My understanding is that to appropriately include it into something I'...
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MIT license for non-public use between two parties?

I'm looking for a license to use in a software project that is developed by two parties. The MIT license looks like a good choice because both parties have full rights and few restrictions. Both ...
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MongoDB community license usage

As MongoDB introduced their own server-side-public-license model for community version I wonder in which use cases community version is allowed to be used in production. There are different ...
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Question regarding selling code under GPL(?)

I've written code in a project and now we want to publish it and are okay with everyone using it to their liking (e.g. research, companys as a tool in their daily business ("commercially"), ....
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License description for repository that uses a template under MIT license

Assume that I use a template repository on GitHub (e.g., https://github.com/actions/typescript-action), make a tool, and publish it on GitHub under MIT license. However, obviously I need to show the ...
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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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How to sub-license a modified MIT licensed project as a copyright?

I searched for this question over the internet but with no success. I got a MIT licensed python library and did my modifications to fit my necessities. I want this new version to be a copyright with ...
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Is it ok to use React Navigation Stack/Drawer in your app when its dependency (@react-native-community/masked-view) does not have a license file?

I would like to use React Navigation in my React Native app which I would like to distribute in the Google Play Store. Both Stack and Drawer implementations of React Navigation have MIT licenses with ...
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Is the TeX typesetting system free and open source?

I recently opened the source code for the widely-used TeX typesetting system, and was surprised by the restrictive license I found: This program is copyright (C) 1982 by D. E. Knuth; all rights are ...
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How do illustration licenses work for website

I have been looking for illustrations for the commercial website I'm building and I am a bit confused by some license terms and would like to know if someone with experience could answer. Flaticon ...
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Can I use dynamically linked MPL 2.0 dll library for commercial purposes?

dll is a wrapper of MPL 2.0 C++ library. Can I use this dll in my commercial project (an executable dynamically calls a function of dll)? Will users be able to request sources of this dll only or all ...
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Is there an existing license similar to MIT that requires the original copyrightholder to be informed of public release of derivative work? [duplicate]

Is there a license that is basically an MIT license (public domain plus attribution) but in addition also requires someone who releases a derivative work publicly to inform the copyright holder of the ...
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Can I skip preamble, LICENSE and NOTICE files in my closed repository which uses Apache License 2.0 component?

I have project 'P' which will be commercially used in the future (it's an android app). It uses service 'S' source files and this service is written with Apache License 2.0. The problem is I need to ...
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question about gpl commitment

On https://choosealicense.com/licenses/gpl-2.0/ 3 in the optional steps section it talks about "If you would like your project to adopt the GPL-3.0’s cure provision, add the text of the GPL ...
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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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Can i use MIT licensed library in my GPL3 project

I'm writing a library that I want to use in my GPL3 main project and I wonder if I can license the library using the MIT license.
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Can I use a GPL licensed library in my software if its only used in a helper process?

I found a library that uses the GPL-2.0 license. I know about the conflicts between GPL, closed source and commercial projects. I am considering to use a GPL licensed library in an executable (helper....
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If my program use a project with MIT, but I modified some code of it, than do I need to mention that I use this project? [duplicate]

Does MIT require people must to mention the project that they use code or binary files obtained under this license? Even users close source or modified it? And how about only the binary file or folder ...
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In Dojo Toolkit before 1.14, there is unescaped string injection in dojox/Grid/DataGrid.: CVE-2018-15494

We use an older verion of dojo in our product and our upgrade to newer version needs lot of overhauling of the product code - which is not possible at this wee hour. But we need to get rid of this ...
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Can we use excel4node for commercial

Now I am using excel4node in my product. excel4node is using jszip which using openent. excel4node is under MIT license, jszip under both MIT and GPl license, but openent is GPL licence. So can I use ...
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A license for a python project with unforseen libraries usage and lots of outside contribution?

I'm not good at legalities and this is my first official project so I have little knowledge of copyrights and licenses. I haven't read a lot of legal documents and only a bit of knowledge about ...
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What should I do when using apache licensed library in my github project

I am maintaining a Github project which is owned by our company. It's a sample for demonstrating how to use the software sold by our company. My question is, if I want to modify code of another ...
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Should I include copyright notices with golang imports?

If i import code from a github repository in my go code by doing something like import "github.com/.../..." And this repository is licensed under the MIT license. Do I need to include the copyright ...
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Licencing a software while working in an enterprise

I work for one of the 4 big consulting companies. I developed a software on my free time. It gained lot of attention, I was asked to register it as company asset. I guess there are plans to use/sell ...