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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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Distributing MIT application with GPLv3 plugin without releasing source for MIT application

We have a MIT licensed application which we sell packed under virtual appliance to our customers. the application has a marketplace where users can download and install additional plugins. We wish to ...
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Copyright of modifications and derivative works of Python License 2 licensed software

I am writing a Python package in which I plan to vendorize a modified copy of part of another package that was released under Python License 2 (it is not part of the PSL and not subject to any other ...
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How can I use this GPLv2+ file in my MIT project?

I was having a programming problem and Google brought me to this blog, which refers to a GPLv2+ licensed file. However, I would like to keep my project MIT-licensed. What should I do? I'm considering ...
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Can I statically link Apache2/MIT/BSD licensed code into my GPLv3 licensed code?

Can I statically link Apache2/ISC/MIT/BSD licensed libraries to my project that is under GPL (v3 because I've learned that v2 isn't compatible with Apache2) and create an executable binary? ...
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AGPL project with AGPL documentation and templates with CC by-nc-sa 3.0

I am creating a project with an AGPLv3 license. In another repo I am creating the documentation associated to the previous project and the template (in LaTeX) used for the documents is licensed under ...
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Pros and Cons of using MPL-2.0 license?

I want to license my project (hosted on GitHub) under MPL-2.0, which looks like a reasonable choice. But since I'm not a lawyer, it's hard to estimate long-term benefits and consequences of this ...
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Clarification: Dual licensed under the MIT or GPL Version 2 licenses

I've been reading the differences between these two licenses for a few hours now and it is still quite not clear to me how this duality works. As far as I understood, the MIT license basically gives ...
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Conflicting Licenses: Can binary be released even though one library is missing?

I have developed a C++ project which is meant to be used as a plugin in a third party software. The project includes three libraries: A: The development kit of the third party software mentioned ...
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Is Open Public License suitable for libraries?

I would like to know if the Open Public License (OPL) allows library being bundled together or be a part of other code covered by other license (e.g. standard copyright - closed source code). I found ...
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Distributing GPLv2 code and ENTIRELY SEPARATE closed-source software (no interaction between them)

Do I have to GPL all software in a .deb package just because it contains some GPL(v2 in this case) code, even if these things have nothing to do with each other except being distributed in the same ...
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Would a multi-license consisting of all possible non-exclusive licenses work?

Dual licensing is used to maximize compatibility. One requirement is that licenses must be non-exclusive, although they don't have to compatible and as licensee you are free to choose a subset of the ...
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Can I redistribute image containing GPLv2 and Apache2.0 software(packages) on Docker Hub?

I want to redistribute an image containing MySQL and Apache httpd. However, MySQL is GPL-2.0 licensed and Apache httpd is Apache-2.0 licensed. The two licenses are known to be incompatible. Do I have ...
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AGPL v3.0 Modified Version Question

Here's a scenario. Let's say Person 1 makes a web app, distributes it under AGPL v3 and keeps the project updated on their GitHub. Person 2 says hey I want to modify your software and so Person 2 ...
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Add source file in Apache 2.0 licensed project

I want to add a source file (which is under GPL v2.0 (not in v2.0+)) in a project which is under Apache 2.0 license. As mentioned on GNU's website Please note that this license is not compatible ...
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Is it a good idea to read code in a no-licence repository?

Related to but distinct from What can I assume if a publicly published project has no license? Background: I'm working on piece of web-based software under the AGPL, which I may monetize in the ...
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Code workflow is licensed Apache 2, but the data generated is BY-NC-SA. Can I recreate the data and commercialize it?

There is a website that offers both a codebase to process some arbitrary public data (as Apache 2.0), but licensed the output data of the workflow as BY-NC-SA 4.0 (at least the processed data on the ...
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What if I used a MIT-licensed library which has a GPL dependency?

As far as I know, GPL is infectious, so my application would become GPL once a single GPL-licensed file is included. However, MIT is compatible with GPL, and MIT isn't infectious, so my application ...
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GPL Application <-> LGPL Plugin <-> Properietary code

I would like to explicitly consider possibility of having either of Fig.1: (1-A) A GPL application with dlopen-based plugin system. (1-B) LGPL plugin for application (1-A), that is linked to (1-C) (...
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Wiktionary module code licensing

I'm currently in the process of porting some Lua code used in a Wiktionary module to JavaScript for an npm package. I can't find anything on whether Lua Modules on Wiktionary (or Wikipedia, which also ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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,...