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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Distributing binaries under non-GPL license for GPL code?

Let's say there is an analytics suite Foobarize. Authors of it have it released under GPL to promote collaboration and research and advance mankind and all that good stuff. But they would also like ...
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GPL for CAD design using patented hardware

I would like to create a functional peice of mechanical hardware. To my knowledge, GPL-3.0 is compatible with non-software works. I would like to license the design of my under GPL-3.0. However, I ...
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Can I use a library that is dual licensed GPL + LGPL as if it was only LGPL?

PaGMO 2 includes both GPL and LGPL in their copyright notices: Copyright 2017-2018 PaGMO development team This file is part of the PaGMO library. The PaGMO library is free software; you can ...
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License Comptatibility with GSuite?

Are websites made with Google Sites compatible with GPL 3.0? A prospective user can create a web site with Google Sites using the web editor, but the HTML output, which may be interprited as the ...
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Open Data License - connect with GPL

I am planning to release a videogame with a map based on the real map of a city (or part thereof) based on the Open Street Map. It would also include Open Street Map in the game, almost certainly ...
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What is the purpose of dual licensed kernel modules?

filename: dc_sunxi.ko license: Dual MIT/GPL author: Imagination Technologies Ltd. <gpl-support@imgtec.com> srcversion: 39B570CC4B56A8FFF5C64C3 depends: pvrsrvkm,...
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Linking to libtorch/CUDA from a GPL program

I have modified a GPLv3 program to link to libtorch (part of PyTorch). PyTorch is licensed under the BSD-3 clause license. I would like to convey my changes to the original GPLv3 program and the ...
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Open-source licensing while limiting competitive use

I am writing an R package for my employer which will be used as part of the backend of a proprietary web application. We intend to distribute this under some type of open source license. If we ...
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Can I license code that links to GPL code under a more permissive license?

I'm working on a project that I want to release under the MIT license. However, it includes a GPL'ed library. I understand this means I must release my work under GPL. Am I able to release the whole ...
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Do Amazon AppStore terms allow for GPL software?

The terms for the Apple AppStore have been shown to conflict with the GNU GPL in such a way as to prevent GPL apps from being in the store — see this question. Are the Amazon AppStore (the standard ...
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Creating an open-source project that includes Open Game License 1.0a content

Looking through Wizards of the Coast Open Game License 1.0a, and reading around it, it seems it is a weak copyleft license, where anyone can distribute content that derives from OGL content, provided ...
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How does GNU GPL work in a fullstack Android project?

What is the compatibility in terms of license with an API? For example: GPL license from the client side and PHP license from the server side, is it possible? Can the Android application contain ...
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Can i use MIT, ISC, Apache-2.0 in a project licensed as MIT or Apache 2.0?

I want to create a project in Angular licensed as MIT or Apache 2.0 and i need to include projects with different licences (MIT, ISC, Apache-2.0 and perhaps BSD-3). The project includes an area for ...
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LGPL license in a concatenated JS file

I came across an old project in which there's a LGPL licensed JavaScript code was used. The code had the commented LGPL license information, but it was in a combined JS file (Not minified though) ...
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License obligations when creating a statically linked executable

I've recently completed my first "real" game and although it's not much I'd like other people to be able to play it without having to compile from source and satisfy dependencies on their own. I ...
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Can I post code examples with GPL software on Stack Overflow?

Suppose there is a Python library called g which is licensed under GPL v2.0 (or v3.0). Suppose further that the library is sufficiently complex that it contains some C/C++ component(s) that are ...
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Why does the clause 3 of 4-clause BSD makes it incompatible with GPL?

As explained on the GNU GPL site, the 4-clause BSD is incompatible with GPL because of the clause 3 which states: All advertising materials mentioning features or use of this software must ...
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when using AngularJS can I gpl code that only I have written?

I have a simple chat server/client app, written in PHP (server side, 100% my own code) and AngularJS. The process for Angular development typically brings in many libraries with various licenses. Of ...
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Can I be accused of using MIT library in my codebase that internally depends on library not compatible with MIT?

In general, when I make my code dependent on library, do I have to check its dependencies licenses or library license is the only one to be checked on my side? Can I be assused of using MIT library ...
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What does it mean to say two licenses are compatible?

If license A is compatible with license B, does it mean that one can combine code from those two and should be able to release combination under license B? or Is it just symmetric like 'A is ...
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Is LGPL compatible with GPLv3?

If I have a project using LGPL (GNU Lesser General Public License), would I be able to use within it another component which is under GPLv3? Is there any site where I can see all the compatible ...
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Publishing my Node.js library/framework under the GPL

I'm currently working on my Node.js library/framework. I would like to eventually publish it as FOSS software, but I would like to hinder people who change/fork my code from not giving their changes ...
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What is the OpenChain project?

Many MNCs like Facebook, Uber, Google and now Microsoft have joined the OpenChain Project, but what's it all about? I think it has something to do with FOSS licenses, but based on the material on ...
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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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Are software licenses version-specific?

When you put a license in your software, is it bound to all the versions of your software, or only a specific version? If I have licensed my software version 1 under license A, and then I developed ...
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Effect of 'download separately' on GPL linking

Suppose I have Java jar-files which I provide to my customers under a commercial closed-source license. But my jar-files depend on a few jar-files released under the GPLv2 (without any special GNU ...
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Can I combine GPLv2 and BSD-3-Clause code and keep the BSD permissions?

I want to take some GPLv2 licensed code written by someone else and add code with a BSD-3-Clause license, originally written by someone else. This BSD-code has been modified by me to add some ...
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FFMPEG License as a separate library

I am currently writing a video project using FFMPEG shared library with other license abiding projects (like libass and freetype2). I have a script that compiles FFMPEG and the other libraries as a ...
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Compatibility of RPL (Reciprocal Public License) with other licenses

I have found a library that I would like to use in my project "as-is", but it is licensed under the Reciprocal Public License. As far as I understand it, you have to make your source code using that ...
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Can I take MIT licensed code and distribute it under BSD?

There is django-auth-kerberos (MIT) which I want to cherry-pick as initial implementation and include+modify as a plugin to python-social-auth/social-core (BSD). Does the MIT license permit this? Are ...
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Can I copy-paste a snippet from Stack Overflow into my GNU-GPL project?

I have found on Stack Overflow a 10-lines block of code that does exactly what I want. There is no license information in the post nor on the answerer's profile page, so the CC BY-SA 3.0 license of ...
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How do you manage provenance metadata and licence conditions for the data and software packages you use in your research?

Background: I asked this question to a statistical research audience on CrossValidated but was suggested that here might be more appropriate, so re-posting; keen for any tips! In spatial analysis (...
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Can I use Stack Overflow code by creating a LGPL library of code snippets first and then linking to that library?

All code posted on Stack Overflow is currently licensed under CC-BY-SA. If the code crosses the "threshold of originality", you have to distribute your whole project under a copyleft license. This may ...
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FPDF & GPLv2 & distributing changed code

Whipped up some demo code for a proof of concept I needed. Used FPDM which states as its license "FPDF". The FPDF license seems Free to me - Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any ...
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Can I “upgrade” the version of CC BY-SA from 3.0 to 4.0 in my modification?

What I'm doing: I'm adapting a work licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported license to a different language. I'm indicating the original work and its license. I'm indicating that I have made changes to ...
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Third-party component licensing obligations, usage and obligations scale

I'm not sure if this question makes sense here although in my point of view it does. Otherwise I would be happy to post it in the right SO. Scope I would like to rise a few scenarios concerning ...
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How could I copyleft a document that contains a substantial amount of both code and prose?

I am writing a document in LaTeX that contains large sections of Python code and output. Typically, I like to license my writing under CC BY-SA 4.0 and my code under GPLv3. I have already placed a CC ...
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Flutter licence and involved dependencies

My company is very sensitive about using open source software. A small team started to group licences in three categories: green, yellow, red. Flutter is a library to create native apps for ios and ...
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How the big open source firm guarantees their rights [closed]

How big open source companies (Mozilla, Apache, Mysql) enforce their rights for their published code as open source. Take the case of Mozilla, which has invested in the development of its source code,...
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Who owns the rights to a logo contributed to an open-source project?

I recently designed a logo for an MIT-licensed open-source project. That same open-source project has now launched a commercial offering under the same name (just using a .com instead of .org) domain,...
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Atlaskit in commercial projects

I found this amazing project https://atlaskit.atlassian.com/. But after visit some pages about license issues I have a lot of confussion. Can I use Atlaskit in comercial projects and customize the ...
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GNU GPL based commercial project

I am currently developing a IoT based software which will run on a Raspberry pi and distributed to user(like a product). I also want to place another software on the Raspberry pi which will work in ...
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MIT-licensed project with CC-BY-SA dependency

I have a project (code) that I am wanting to license as MIT. It has a few dependencies, mostly assets (icons and images). Some dependencies are MIT and I include their licenses in the source, but a ...
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What license version should I use for an open-source PyQt5 application on GitHub

On the Riverbank License FAQ for PyQt5 it specifies that PyQt5 is under the license GPL. I'm not sure whether I should use GPLv1, GPLv2 or GPLv3. What license should I choose and it is MIT compatible?...
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Does using an AGPLv3-licensed library prevent me from dual-licensing my own source code?

I wrote some software (a simple command-line utility) and released the source code under the following zlib-style open source license: Permission is granted to anyone to use this software for any ...
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Can I release under AGPL a program that uses a GPL library?

I just wrote a program that embeds and uses a GNU-GPL library (GPLv3 or at your discretion any later version). Can I release my program under the GNU AGPL v3 license?
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How should I license my project if it can install GPL-based plugins?

I'm developing a software which has two parts, kernel and plugins, their code are completely separated. Here's the question: Some of the plugins should be GPL based, as they invoked GPL code. The ...
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Could I remove GPLv2 from this algorithm implementation?

I have a project that I started a long time ago and licensed under GPLv3. It uses an implementation of a particular algorithm, where the implementation is licensed under GPLv2. The algorithm is the ...
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Can software licensed under the GPLv2 be included in GPLv3 software?

I'm writing a database library in Java which is licensed under the GPLv3, and I want to include the MySQL JDBC driver in it, which is licensed under the GPLv2. Are there any restrictions stopping me ...
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I modified and used GPL2 Code in my Apache 2 Open Source Project - can my Project be used commercially, closed source?

I wrote a library in Java for Bcrypt. Bcrypt's OpenBSD implementation uses a exotic flavour of the standard RFC Base64 encoding. Since there are no standard implementations for this, I modified (and ...