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When does (A)GPL license come into effect when loading a shared GPL-licensed library and how long does the effect last?

I've a very specific question. I was reading: https://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-faq.html#GPLPlugins And wondered about the following. My main program uses a permissive license that is compatible with ...
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Google's ML Kit

Hi I want to use google's ML Kit for my SDK offering to my customer. Is it open source? I don't find any license attached to it. Also it is like a black box that goes along with our offerings and uses ...
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Is it legal to distribute GPL software compiled with a nonfree compiler?

Suppose there is a GPL program. Say I used a closed source "compiler" to build it. In building so, I pulled in a proprietary library, but I considered it part of my compiler. Because the ...
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Correct license for dataset if source data has different licenses

I want to create a new dataset which I want to publish on e.g. Hugging Face. I plan to have multiple versions with different licenses, depending on which data I used. I now wondered whether I can ...
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When updating a package version, what should the license year be?

When creating a new R package version under an existing MIT licence, should the year be [creation_year], [current_year] or [creation_year - current_year]?
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What if I don't open-source my code after using a copyleft public repo?

I plan to build an app based on a public repo with a copyleft license (AGPL-3.0 license). I don't want to open-source my own code (my own code will just server and front-end code, which are built on ...
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LGPL and AGPL combo - how?

I'm writing a library and I want to license it so that if you modify and use it, even at a network service, you will need to disclose the modified source code of the library (as in the AGPL) but it ...
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Patent encumbrances on CRYSTALS-Kyber?

NIST claims that they “[have] entered into” an agreement with the holders of patents US9246675/EP2837128B1 and US9094189B2/EP2537284B1, to allow people to implement and operate the Kyber cryptosystem— ...
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Why don't people want to pay/donate for my software?

Apologies if this is no the correct forum for my question - it looked like good fit though! I have some software ( www.rgraph.net ) that I used to sell - thus it was commercial. This was OK for a few ...
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My OS project's API looks similar to another one

I've been experimenting with databases. I like the idea of Collection-Document relationships. My project looks like this: const client = new Client("localhost", 8080, "project") ...
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OFL license and errors

If someone accidentally (or otherwise) violates the OFL license, it's clear that their licence is terminated. But if they fix the violation, can they get a renewed licence, or have they lost it for ...
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Distribute the code as closed source and the end users download GPLv3 dependencies separately

I check the FAQ page of GNU Licenses but cannot find the answer. If someone is using my code (in Python) that is released under GPLv3, does s/he violate my GPLv3 rights if s/he uses my library ...
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Writing a book using LaTeX Project Public License

I am currently writing a book using this Latex Template https://www.overleaf.com/latex/templates/nice-arabic-book-template/qttfgxhqbwkc licensed under The LaTeX Project Public License. Can I print and ...
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ML model license in contradiction to that of dataset

How can a machine learning model have a less restrictive license than the database it was trained on? I know there was a similar question to this here, but I want to ask more specifically. I was ...
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Can I remove payment requirement part of a MIT licensed library

A library I have used has recently introduced a payment requirement, i.e buy a license code and enter it to be able to use the library. The library is however still MIT licensed. Would it be legal to ...
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Can I use blazor (MIT) and mysql community (GPL) for commercial purposes? [closed]

If I sell my program in blazor and use mysql community for the data layer... my blazor program would be under the GPL?, that is, would I have to deliver my source code of my blazor made in program?
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How can I comply with the terms of the HPND license if I am using a library that contains that license in a commercial application project in python? [closed]

I have a PIL library that is for images in Python. I am developing a desktop program that is for commercial purposes. However, I am not selling, I only offer voluntary donations to users. The PIL ...
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Netbeans Apache Autogenerated Code - Commercial Use

I used the design palette in Apache Netbeans to design a gui application. I have modified much of the code to suit my needs but some remains pure copy and paste. Am I allowed to use the autogenerated ...
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Can I use MPL 2.0 and BSL licensed software for a proprietary repo?

I am building a web application in which I intend to keep the source code private and proprietary. The web application would be used by end users for personal profit. I plan on using Turborepo (https:/...
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What counts as 'network interaction' when using AGPL-licensed software?

I am developing some software that utilises an AGPL-licensed library. This software will produce two outputs: PDFs that will later be sent to users over a network. A data feed that is sent to a ...
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Can I reuse Pokemon images from Bulbapedia for making a boot screen theme in Ubuntu?

I am planning to make a Plymouth theme with some pokemon images (like this) from Bulbapedia. I want to release the theme under GPL3. Bulbapedia's Fair Use policy seems confusing to me. Under this ...
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Why don’t we have the BSD-3-Clause Plus Patent license variant?

The BSD-2-Clause Plus Patent (also known as BSD+Patent, not to be confused with Facebook’s shady BSD+Patents attempt) is relatively new among other BSD licenses but (arguably) a good alternative to a ...
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Legal and Usage Questions about an Extension of Whisper Model on GitHub

I recently came across an extension version of the Whisper model from OpenAI on GitHub, (https://github.com/linto-ai/whisper-timestamped) and I'm interested in using it in my Python project. However, ...
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"Modding" GPL Software and using in a multi-part commercial application

Here's my dilemna: I own proprietary software that generates HTML. I want my end users to use a GPL v3 open source licensed software that renders HTML in a special GUI. But I want to white label/...
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Are reimplementations of works with a non-commercial license usable commercially? [closed]

Nvidia releases some of its research works like Instant NGP with the source code. I was reading a paper and its license, "Nvidia License" and wondering if reimplementing the paper, for ...
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Do authors retain full rights to use code they contributed to an open-source project?

Am I correct in thinking that, if I am the original and sole author (and the code was not produced as a work for hire) of code contributed to an open-source project with a given license, I retain the ...
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Dynamically Linking a Proprietary Module to a GPL-Covered Library (C/C++)

Context Suppose I have two projects called: Foo Bar Goal: The Foo compiles to some sort of dynamic linking library such as a windows .dll and links to project Bar dynamically. And some of the ...
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A license that gives you credit to the code forever with minor changes [duplicate]

I'm new to licensing and open source as a whole, so please be patient with me. Let's say I have created an organization on Github that's called "Organization X", under that organization I ...
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License requirements for DLLs that are indirectly required by Qt [duplicate]

I am deploying a Qt project on Windows with MinGW which spits out a dozen or so DLLs that are required by Qt, but not directly by my project. Some of these are: pcre2 zlib harfbuzz freetype iconv ...
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How can I add a license for one file from a github repository?

I would like to use a text file from a GitHub repository that is under MIT License. My repository is private and I'm distributing my software. My question is how can I use this file and put the right ...
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Can I change the content license on my Stackoverflow/Stackexchange posts to something more permissive like MIT?

I was experimenting with Stackoverflow's API requests and I noticed this on my posts: I've mentioned in previous posts that while I respect CC BY-SA 4.0's intentions, I don't like the copyleft ...
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How does GPL differ from CC BY-NC-SA?

Am I right that: Copyleft is not equal to Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-SA "This license lets others remix, adapt, and build upon your work non-commercially, as long as they credit you and license ...
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Is there a license that prevents someone from copying the entirety of the source code and claiming it as their own or using it with ill intent?

I'm planning to make an open-source game engine/editor called the NWR Project https://github.com/NotWhiteRice/the-NWR-Project I don't care if people copy the visuals, menus, etc., but I don't want ...
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Updating the URL in the GNU LGPL 3.0 License

I have an Open Source project under the LGPL 3.0 License. This project was created before the official text of the LGPL License used HTTPS in the URL for the Free Software Foundation website. I want ...
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C++ GPL Standard header

I'm new to C/C++. When I import , the license text looks as follows: // Copyright (C) 1997-2019 Free Software Foundation, Inc. // // This file is part of the GNU ISO C++ Library. This library is ...
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Commercial aggregate with open container and closed GUI

Is it possible to sell open-source R scripts in Linux containers run with Podman on Windows and control the containers with closed-source graphical user interface (GUI)? The straightforward and openly ...
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Docker for buisness

I would like to use Docker (just creating containers/images and running them without using the Desktop app) to develop internal tooling (so nothing that will be sold but that will be used internally ...
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Is it mandatory to cite libraries used? [duplicate]

I'm developing an android app which uses two libraries: Library A (Apache 2.0 license) Library B (MPL-2.0 license) My question is: is it mandatory to cite these two libraries within the app? The ...
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What is the license of Mojo🔥?

Suddenly, we are now hearing about the 'Mojo🔥' language. Like Julia, it is claimed to favorably compare to languages such as C (open standard) and Python (compatible with GPL); Julia being licensed ...
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Why do some open-source licenses have a clause stating that one can't violate the law? [closed]

Example of such a clause in the Creative MLOpen RAIL-M dated August 22, 2022 used by runwayml/stable-diffusion-v1-5: You agree not to use the Model or Derivatives of the Model: In any way that ...
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If I use a CC-BY-SA artwork as part of my book cover art, do I need to share my entire book cover art under a similar license?

I'm confused about the share alike part of the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license which states: share alike – If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you must ...
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How can I check if a library is covered by the GCC Runtime Library Exception?

I want to check if a file in GCC that is linked into my program, such as libgcc.a and crti.o, is covered by The GCC Runtime Library Exception. According to the FAQ, I should check its license header, ...
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What exactly does the MIT license mean by "associated documentation"?

The MIT license text begins with "Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files". What exactly are ...
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How can I protect the code from being 'rephrased' by AI to avoid license limitations?

I'm thinking of such issue (from the position of an open source/source available software developer). In our days it is very easy to rephrase every text with the help of AI so that the meaning remains ...
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Will it enough only to include the Apache license file in the source code in android kotlin application? [duplicate]

I have been implementing an Android application using Kotlin and thought of using the KOIN library for dependency injection. However, it is licensed under the Apache 2.0 license which has become a ...
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Regarding the license's condition(MIT, BSD-3...), how to satisfy the condition "License and copyright notice"? [duplicate]

For example, in the laravel project, when I run the command composer i, all the packages which were specified in composer.json will be installed in the vendor folder. As long as each of them already ...
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If I use AGPL software (hosted on my environment) to populate DB data w/o any code changes, should I open the code of my software that does DB calls?

If I use AGPL service w/o code changes to populate data in the Mongo database and then retrieve this data from DB via my own-written service, should I open-source the code of my service? My own-...
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modifying code licensed under "General Public License" with static inline, removing global variables [closed]

We are looking at an open source software's "General Public License" that says "if you distribute or publish a work containing modified software you must license at no charge to all ...
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Is it free to use Node.js with addon?

OS: Windows I want to build an app for commercial usage which needs to call a library written in C. The only way (as far as I know) is writing a Node.js addon which needs Visual Studio Tools to build ...
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Can I use CC BY-ND font in company logo?

I own a one-person business and want to use it's name written in font licensed CC BY-ND as logo on papers send to my clients. Is it possible? Would I need to include a license
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