Questions tagged [license-compatibility]

License compatibility is the comparison of two or more licenses to determine if certain usages and actions can be made. Use this tag if the question would like to determine the compatibility of licenses, or their individual clauses.

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FOSS License Compatibility

I have been struggling to understand license compatibility and how it manifests. Two examples: 1- i have a program to which i wrote the codebase. this codebase then dynamically links to two different ...
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AspectJ Weaver published license clashes with license notice in source code

I am using AspectJ Weaver 1.9.9.1 in a project. Regarding to https://mvnrepository.com/artifact/org.aspectj/aspectjweaver it is published under EPL 2.0, but when scanning the sources I found org\...
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What GPL license to use on a Linux distro

What license should we use on a new linux distribution? I'm new in licensing and this really confuses me. Most "direct" programs, like desktop and the kernel itself, are licensed under GPLv2 ...
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Which open source licenses comply with the Microsoft Public License?

Clause 3 (D) of the Microsoft Public License says: If you distribute any portion of the software in source code form, you may do so only under this license by including a complete copy of this ...
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Relicensing a library to GPL when an MIT-licensed program depends on it

I wrote a library and released it under the MIT license. Another developer and I started another project that depends on my library; it is also under the MIT license. I want to relicense my library ...
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Is a project structure covered by that project's license?

I'm starting to work on a new UI application written in C#, so the MVVM pattern invites itself. However, I have little experience working with it and I need to learn a bit more before I can use it. ...
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gpl-3+aiohttp license integrity

I am working on an aiohttp server that will call python modules or shared object libraries. SOME of those modules or so's might be governed by GPL-3 licensing. The parent aiohttp server that does ...
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Can content licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 be redistributed under CC BY 4.0? If not, what are my options?

My situation is the following. I'm about to submit an article to a journal with the goal of having it published in that journal. The journal distributes its content under CC BY 4.0. While writing this ...
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API source code has a dependency with BSD license

I have an API that I use for commercial purposes. I find out today that I have dependencies with licence types: BSD (3-Clause), BSD, Apache, and MIT. I am confused as the BSD (3-Clause) license states ...
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Licence and requirements for Open Source cryptographic library usage

i am wondering which conditions apply if i want to use an Open Source cryptographic library embedded in a proprietary software. The software will be proprietary and shall implement a digital signature ...
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How to implement BSD Licensed library to MIT License project?

Currently, i'm facing a problem with library licensing in web development. I have my web project in MIT license. Now i'm trying to use library(javascript) that using BSD 2 License (Source from Github)....
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MIT License technicalities and compatibility with Apache 2.0

I'm working on a FOSS project and would very much prefer to release it under MIT license. To consider, it is a C program, using a MIT licensed library, a MIT licensed executable packaged in the files, ...
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BSD-3, third clause clarification

Neither the name of the [organization] nor the names of its contributors may be used to endorse or promote products derived from this software without specific prior written permission. What's this ...
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Can I publish my SpamAssassin plugin under MIT licence on Github?

I would like to publish my custom SpamAssassin plugin under the MIT licence on GitHub but I am not sure if it is possible. SpamAssassin is licensed under the Apache Licence 2.0 and vast majority of ...
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Qt Installer Framework to distribute closed source project [duplicate]

I work for a company where I'm developing an application based on a number of Qt components. We want o keep application source code closed and use Qt for free, I understand that means use Qt under ...
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What's the license for a Qt based project? [duplicate]

https://www.qt.io/product/features I work for a company where I'm developing a project based on a number of Qt components. Not using Qt commercial license, after reading here and there about Qt ...
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Can I install Qt using online installer, while under LGPL? [duplicate]

https://www.qt.io/product/features I'm working for a company where I'm developing an application based on a number of Qt components, keeping application source code closed is important. So I'm trying ...
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Am I allowed to use QtCreator while working for a company, if I'm using LGPL?

On Qt Modules and Tools for Designers and Developers if I choose LGPL then under Development Tools I see QtCreator is disabled. And LGPL v3: With LGPLv3 license option you can use the essential ...
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Can Qt be used in company project?

I work for a company in which I'm developing a Qt application. So when I install Qt using the online installer it asks me to mark a checkbox saying I am an individual person not using Qt for any ...
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How can i use pandasgui commercially if the pyqt library used is not free for commercial use?

pandasgui allows commercial use under the MIT license but I noticed the library used includes PYQT5 which is under the GPL v3 licence how is that possible ?
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How can I judge the "strength" of a licence?

A quote from the FOSSA blog, How to Apply a License to Your Open Source Software Project: In a nutshell, if your dependencies are distributed under open source licenses different than the one you are ...
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Is this license compatible with LGPL? [duplicate]

https://github.com/asianirish/common-potato/blob/master/LICENSE.txt The text of the license: You can use this code freely as long as you completely agree with the text of this license and include this ...
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Usage and compatibility of AGPL in the context of permissive licensed dependencies

I figured it's time to add a license to a project I've been working on for some time. I'm interested in a copy-left license. The project is a web application that can be built and self-hosted on a &...
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Copy license terms from other product?

This might not be a very "open source" question, but I thought I might find in this forum the right people for the question. For a mortal human being creating a PDF with the license terms ...
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Are you required to license code under GPL if you're using TypeScript types from a GPL library?

I'm currently using a library that was licensed under the GNU General Public License (particularly GPL v3.0). This library consists mostly of types for software that is also under the GPL (but not ...
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Using code licensed under an MIT license with code licensed under the GPL [duplicate]

Say I have a repository that uses the GPL and I want to include code from a repository under the MIT license. I found here that MIT and GPL licensed code can be freely combined; however, I am unsure ...
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Can I put a license on my code if it uses external libraries?

I'm currently developing a software in Python which is importing functions of libraries. So I was asking myself: do the licenses of the libraries I use in my software apply to my code? And if not, can ...
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If I'm using a MIT library in my project, can I license my project under GPLv3 license?

If I'm using a MIT library in my project, can I license my project under GPLv3 license? And which libraries Im allow to use if I want to license my project under GPL v3?
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Is it legal to create an open source hardware based on an open source driver but closed source software?

Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions® has published an open source driver for their ES58X products. Based on this published code, I want to create an open-source hardware which is ...
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Can i use Apache-2.0 in a project licensed as MIT?

This link tells me not to use MIT under my license when redistributing the Apache 2.0 source code. Then, if Apache 2.0 or GPL source code is not included, only when specified in the header file and ...
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Propietary licensing of open source code

I have written a program that uses several open source components. First off, it's written in python. Second, I use the modules subprocess, argparse, os and datetime. Since my work asked me to find a ...
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Can i put my opensource project under MIT License if i used zlib library?

I'm currently writing a library that encrypts sqlite database(It's hard to install sqlcipher on windows). Can I choose MIT even if I use pysqlite3 that is licensed under zlib?
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Is CC-BY-SA 3.0 compatible with Apache 2.0?

Creative Commons explicitly states that GPL3 is compatible with CC-BY-SA 3.0. However, there is no information on its compatibility with Apache 2.0. Currently, I am hosting Apache licensed content on ...
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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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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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Using an unmodified GPL library in non-copyleft code

I am writing a piece of software that I plan to distribute. In my code, I use a GPL licensed library. Do I have to apply the GPL to my software even if I did not do any changes to the above mentioned ...
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Regarding an algorithm, its implementation under GPLv3 and permissive licenses

Let's say an algorithm is published and then afterwards it is implemented under GPLv3. Although the algorithm is mostly abstract, it does refer to specifications from a de facto standard in order to ...
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Do the licenses of dependencies matter if the dependencies are not actually shipped by my software?

I have a github repository that I plan on making public, and I'm in the process of choosing a license for it. It's a Python project that utilizes a number of open source libraries. The code for those ...
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Including design reference implementations with open source program

I am developing an open-source FPGA project that targets multiple FPGA development boards. The project itself is licensed MIT. On one of the targets, the VGA-to-HDMI encoder chip included on the board ...
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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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Choice of and conversion between licenses

I have found an article with links to compare license types, but as there are so many, it's still very hard to decide, so I will have to keep reading, but what I hope to find are answers to 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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Is Docker (Apache 2.0) compatible with GPLv2 or BSD Licensed projects?

I'm developing a project that includes a section with an implementation on Docker, but Docker is based on Apache 2.0 license. I saw that Apache 2.0 is incompatible with GPLv2 and I want my project to ...
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Which license for a project combining MIT libraries and GPL modified files?

I have a website that uses MIT licensed libraries for JavaScript (THREE.js, Chart.js, js-yaml). The librairies are loaded through CDNs so their source files aren't explicitly present in the source ...
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Is CFITSIO free software/GPL compatible?

I am planning on starting a free software project in C that deals with creating maps of astronomical data; as such, I will be working very frequently with FITS files. One of the best libraries for ...
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Does licensing a parent software under GPL v3.0 satisfy the licensing requirements of GPLv3/LGPL libraries used?

I have written two Java desktop programs that I would like to license under GPLv3 and distribute as executable JARs on Gitlab. The programs use Maven for dependencies and pull in GPLv3 and LGPL ...
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SOFA software license compatibility with FOSS/CC licenses

The International Astronomy Union's Standards of Fundamental Astronomy is a software library providing an authoritative suite of functions useful in astonomonical and geospatial calculations. It is ...
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License for Windows Forms Application in C++/CLI and MySQL

I have built an application using Windows Forms Desktop Application in C++/CLI, I am also using NuGet Package for MySQL.data as well as I am using MySQL code for the application. I need to add a ...
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How Viscosity VPN integrates OpenVPN with GPL2 license?

My understanding of GPL2 license make impossible that a proprietary software like "Viscosity" could possibly include a GPL2 code like OpenVPN. But going to their page, they clearly state ...
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Which license can protect a software to be distribute without changes under a different name?

I'm looking for a license that fit in the following points: Software source code will be public so anyone can read it or use it. Anyone can contribute or add modifications to the source code (pull ...
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