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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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Can an interpreted program be under any license without restricted by its GPL'ed run-time environment?

If I write a run-time environment based on some GPL'ed libraries and separately write an program interpreter which is passively used by the run-time environment, can a program (which is intended to be ...
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Licensing a project which uses numerous other modified projects under different licenses

I am using multiple libraries in a project I plan to release and distribute in both source and binary form. In my project, I use a few other open-source projects, and modified the source-code in a few ...
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How is the Expat (MIT) license compatible with the GPL?

Suppose I come across Project G, an open-source project licensed under the GNU GPL, and Project M, an open-source project licensed under the Expat license (also called the MIT license). I want to ...
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Will the EPL license apply to my runnable jar (my independent code + auto genarated eclipse code)?

I have one class named Count.java and is independent, not using any eclipse libraries. I am trying to create a runnable jar out of it. While doing so I see that following eclipse package is created (...
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Should my webapp also be AGPL if I use ImageMagick linked with GhostScript?

Should my webapp be licensed as AGPL if it runs ImageMagick linked with GhostScript (which is AGPL)? Here's a scenario: A user submits a PDF file. My webapp receives it and stores it on a HDD. The ...
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GPL3 project with EPL library

I am making an opensource project and I would like to cover it with the GPL3 license. I also plan to use a library that is released under EPL license (https://github.com/forge/roaster). Is this ...
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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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webservice using source code under apache 2.0 license

Question is: I have developed a software which extends an open source project licensed under the Apache 2.0 license. The original open source project has been bought from another company which gave me ...
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Can an open-source Java application with the MIT license use Berkeley DB with Affero license?

I'm new to open source, and I'm working on my first Java application, which will be released with the MIT license. I'd like to use Berkeley DB for object persistence. That product uses the GNU Affero ...
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What open-source license should I use for my tool?

I have developed a tool that uses another tool to convert a file from format#1 to format#2. And currently, my tool works only if it is given the file in format#2 as input, and so, it depends on that ...
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Encrypted behaviour/API keys for continuous integration (Travis)

I have a project on Github that works with some external API. I don't want to publish my key so it's taken from config that is not made public. However, I want to use Travis to run end-to-end tests. ...
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Which licenses can I use?

My programm is using the java drivers of mongodb which are licensed with AGPL 3. I heard there are some licenses which aren't compatible with each other. I want to use some libs which are licensed ...
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Remove BSD LICENSE file while importing code into GPL project

Can LICENSE file be removed from 3rd party BSD project that is merged with GPLed code? There are license headers in each file, but files will be modified, so BSD license in them will no longer be ...
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Warranty disclaimer and notice on sensitive collected or generated data

Say my FOSS program generates or collects and then outputs data that are eventually of sensitive nature: it could be personal data, financial data, healthcare-related or legal-related. An improper ...
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Changing QT library licence for application from LGPL to commercial

I consider myself an amateur and the following is based on my limited understanding. I also live in Germany, but copyright questions would probably cross borders anyway. Situation Let's assume I ...
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Should a software product license cover third party content included in it

I am distributing a free, closed source Java application which includes some unmodified third party jar files in the package (under a lib folder). These third party jar files follow one of BSD2, ...
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Monogame mobile licensing with xamarin studio

I'm a bit confused on the licensing for Xamarin Studio and Monogame and Xamarin. If I develop a game in Xamarin Studio using Monogame and want to release it for iOS and Android which uses Xamarin can ...
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Can Public Domain use GPL licensed library/program?

A similar question already asked here (https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/159023/can-cc0-code-use-a-gpl-library) but my question is a little bit different, perhaps more accurately....
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Can I copy code licensed under Apache 2 to a project licensed under MIT? [duplicate]

I found a useful class in a project that is licensed under Apache 2.0. Can I copy it to a project licensed under MIT license? Add the library as dependency is not an option. Ideally the answer should ...
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Can Wikidata which runs under CC-Zero incorporate CC BY content?

Wikidata is a database licensed under CC-Zero. If Wikidata would include CC BY content with Wikidata properly labeling the source, would that be okay? Or do third-parties that want to reuse the ...
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What License can I use in my project if I use CC-BY/CC-0 Music?

I did a google search and read through some license information, blog etc. here and there but I'm just not sure whether I can use CC-BY/CC-0 Music in my OpenSource Project no matter what license I use ...
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Can source code that is intended to be used with something with a restrictive license, still be licensed anyway the author wants?

If you make something that is to be used by something with a restrictive license (but not actually included in your work) can your work still have any license? This question asks about restrictive ...
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Can software licenced in Eclipse Public Licence be used in a project with GPL?

JUnit is licenced under Eclipse Public Licence which, according to Wikipedia, is incompatible with GPL. So does this mean if you’re working on a project licenced with GPL you can’t use JUnit? It's too ...
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Using FreeBSD licensed code in a GPL3+ project

I have a code project which I have released under the GPL3+, which you can see here. I would like to implement a section of code that would use the lmfit nonlinear fitting library, provided here. The ...
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Must CC BY-SA be included for ideas and code taken from Stack Overflow?

I'm still unclear about licensing. If I have a project on Github that's licensed under GPL and found pseudocode on a Stack Overflow question, must I now dual license my code on Github and GPL as ...
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How can a paid/proprietary module be combined with an open-source platform?

How could licences be chosen to allow this? As an example, how are things done with paid addons with Prestashop?
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LGPL3 library in Apache 2.0 licensed library

Can I open source my project under Apache 2 if it uses a LGPL3 library without modifying it? I'm not planning to distribute the LGPL3 library along with the code. My understanding is that LGPL3 ...
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Shipping GPL'd binaries in commercial product

I've read lots of discussion on shipping commercial products that link against GPLv2/3 libraries, and products that include code from GPLv2/3 software. But I haven't been able to satisfactorily answer ...
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License of a Linux distribution

I'm helping a medicine student to build a Linux distribution which should include some imaging processing tools. The aim is give to the other students a bootable USB stick to be used for their ...
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Is the Mozilla Public License 2.0 compatible with the Google Chrome Web Store?

I am working on a Mozilla Firefox Add-on licensed under the MPL-2.0, and just got asked by a user if I have a version for Google Chrome. I'd like to say yes and accommodate this request. However, ...
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Image copyright in GNU FDL-licensed documentation

I'm creating the documentation for a small FOSS project of mine. I intend to release such documentation under GNU FDL version 1.3. I have one question, though. Someone else has made a graphic art ...
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What is the licensing for ART (Android Runtime)?

Dalvik was licensed under the ASL on the premise that it was reverse engineered: Licensing and patents Main article: Oracle v. Google Dalvik is published under the terms of the Apache License ...
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Complex mix of licenses for stand-alone installer, and the softwares it installs

I'm writing an installer for some softwares, and wish to make the installer stand-alone, i.e. everything baked into a single executable. One of the softwares that are installed has GPL 3, built from ...
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Can software released under the Boost software license be relicensed under the Zlib/Libpng License?

I came across a library on GitHub (now Zlib/Libpng licensed) that is a fork of a library that was originally released under the Boost software license. Is it legitimate/legal to relicense boost ...
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Can this NVIDIA licence be used for GPL open source product?

For my GPL open source software I use LGPL-based libraries. I recently found a very useful NVIDIA SDK which I would like to use for my software. NVIDIA is using its own license, and I have difficulty ...
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Is BioDigital's usage of inline Wikipedia textboxes in complience with CC-BY-SA

In its anatomy browser BioDigital has a feature where the website displays text that it doesn't license under CC BY-SA. At the end of that text the user can click on "Read more". If he does an inline ...
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Proprietary Software Leveraging GFDL data?

I am building a website that will allow users to enter preferences for certain things (we'll call them cars), and get suggestions for other "cars" that they may be interested in. Finding similarities ...
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Is it possible to link GPLv2 libraries for Android project

Apache License, Version 2.0 is not compatible with GPL version 2, according to GNU and Apache websites. I worry is it possible to make Android projects under GPLv2 license, because, Android SDK, ...
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What's the closest to GPL3 I can get while staying compliant with the EPL and APL?

The Eclipse Public License and the GPL (2 or 3) are not compatible. [ ... ] you may not combine EPL and GPL code in any scenario where source code under those licenses are both the same source code ...
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Including resources with ambiguous license for GPL application

I'm creating a GPL v3 application. I've found some graphics on www.flaticon.com that I would like to use in the application. The application will be distributed as binary, but with the resources as-is ...
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Can I distribute a BSD code with GPL v3 binaries?

I found a GPL v3 licensed library, that I can compile for various architectures and use in the code for a BSD licensed project. This means that I probably have to distribute the binaries with it. ...
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Relation between the creative commons license and the patent process

I have an algorithm. I'd like to publish this in an open access journal under the creative commons license. But I'm also considering a patent. How do these processes sit together? Does publishing in ...
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Compatibility between EPL and LGPL

I'm using LGPL binaries, as well as EPL binaries for my open source project. Is this OK? And if yes, does that mean I should license my project under LGPL? The binaries are being used as dependencies ...
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If I don't modify a work, can I redistribute it under a compatible license?

Certain licenses are listed as compatible with CC-SA on their website. If I have something that is CC-SA, say, version 3, can I redistribute it under CC-SA version 4, even if I made no modifications. ...
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Why doesn't FFmpeg distribute a binary with libfdk_aac enabled?

From the FFmpeg's Encode/AAC page: The licenses of libaacplus, libfaac, and libfdk_aac are not compatible with the GPL, so the GPL does not permit distribution of binaries containing code ...
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What license for code resembles CC BY-SA most?

With the rise of much licensing debate around here on Stack Exchange, there's been a lot of arguments about having a license closest to the status quo. Initially, I would've thought that the closest ...
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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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Proprietary software made of free software parts

Is it possible to use free software libraries or parts of a free software system in proprietary software without violating the licenses? In other words, can I build a system that uses some parts of a ...
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GPLv3 With Section 7 Exception Linked to LGPLv3

As a follow up from GPL V3 with OpenSSL Exception, I'm curious about linking an LGPLv3 project with a GPLv3 project that has a special exception for OpenSSL. In the answer to the aforementioned ...
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How to deal with third party libraries?

I'm working on a project I would like to release as an open source project in the future. In my work I'm using a number of third party libraries, either from open source projects or released to the ...