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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Is it possible to re-brand an MPL licensed open source software?

I have a question regarding the "MPL" license. Is it possible to re-brand and distribute an MPL licensed open-source software for commercial purposes? I read that Debian has rebranded ...
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Can there be a copyright on negative code?

This is a hypothetical question, but I am curious. Feel free to ignore it, when it seems too theoretical for you. Some people may know the situation that you implement a feature and in the end you ...
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Which licensing model should I use to share software within a company?

This is just hypothetical at this point. So just doing some ground work to understand, if this is even possible. If yes, which licensing model is most appropriate? Our company has several units. In ...
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Can Commons Clause be used along with AGPL?

This article implies that Commons Clause and AGPL could be compatible, while FSF seems to completely disagree with that. Can Commons Clause be applied on a AGPL project? Some have misconstrued that ...
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Open Source license for a software implementation of a game for which I don't own IP (on mechanics, design, ..)

I am implementing an online version of a card game. The author and publisher of the game owns the IP, evidently (e.g on mechanics and design). the game (mechanics) and the graphics are our ...
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Licensing an electron app made with third-party packages

I have an app made with electron.js I have used third party packages in my app. All the packages have permissive licenses(MIT and BSD License) with them. I am using UI assets(e.g. icons) with MIT ...
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What might be the licence for OpenAI model generated code snippets?

I saw an interesting video on computer-generated code snippets. The model has been trained on thousands of open source GitHub repositories. In the video, an AI model produced some small code ...
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Can I make a GPLv3 or AGPLv3 software which serves a proprietary protocol?

I'm planning to make a GPLv3 or AGPLv3 library to allow the library user to interact with the multiplayer portion of a non-free, closed-source, proprietary game. The game's EULA explicitly allows the ...
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Can FOSS software make API calls to proprietary systems?

I'm not sure if the distinction between free and open source software makes a difference for this question, so I'll use the term FOSS. Can a FOSS platform make API calls to proprietary systems, such ...
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Proprietary resources in GPLv3 project

Can a GPL project use proprietary resources (icons) as part of it? What I mean is that if it is possible that there is a repository covered by a GPL license that has a build script that downloads ...
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Change license from Ritchey Extra Permissive License v2 to Zero-Clause BSD

Can I take something which is licensed under the Ritchey Extra Permissive License v2, and use the sub-licensing clause to distribute it under the Zero-Clause BSD license?
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License of code generated by a code generator

I am wondering under what license the code generated by a code generator that generates code from conditional code templates would fall under. Would it be possible to release the generator's source ...
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What I should consider about licenses when starting a software project? [duplicate]

I'm trying to come up with all the license-related considerations I should think about when starting a software project from scratch. I believe taking into account the licenses of programming ...
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Using MIT/Apache License 2.0 project in a SaaS product, Limitations from its dependencies

I have a specific question with respect to using a project which is licensed under MIT/Apache 2.0 in a SAAS product (proprietary). The open source project have multiple dependencies, if any of the ...
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Can I change the license of a forked project from LGPLv3 to MIT?

I have forked a project with LGPLv3 license and I did there a lot of changes. Can I distribute a new version under the MIT license? Or only the possibility is to write the code from "scratch"? ...
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Licence recommendation

I am developing a software in Java and JavaFx for a local sports club (I don't get payed). I would like to grant the club all the rights for using and modifing the software as they like. Therefore I ...
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.RDS files and GPL license in R

We are building an application that uses machine learning to predict certain parameters and use them in an optimization algorithm afterwards. We are not building the front-end in R neither the back-...
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Can I use my own GPL'ed code in my closed source program?

Let's say that program A was made by me, with me being the sole copyright holder. If I license this program under the GPL-3.0, can I use that program in program B that is closed source?
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How does monetization of opensource app works?

I have a couple of questions regarding making a PRO version of an app. If I want to make a PRO version with more features of my already existing open-sourced MIT licensed app, what changes should I ...
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Does GPLv2 allow for prohibiting misrepresentation of the origin

I am a maintainer of dosbox-staging project, which is licensed using GPLv2+. I am considering bundling DOS/32A with my project (as it greatly helps with the emulation of old DOS software). DOS32/A is ...
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Questions about MIT license for a Unity video game

I'm thinking of creating an open source Unity video game. I checked this page to have an overview of the MIT license. But there are still some things that are not very clear to me: If someone want to ...
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How to handle a project with both MIT and BSD-3 licence

I have forked an open source project after the original maintainer has not responded for almost a year. The original developer left things in a bit of a mess however, and while there is a LICENCE file ...
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Licensing software that uses a proprietary library under GPL-3.0 without linking exceptions: what are the implications?

NOTE: Changed the person in example from "I/me" to "PersonXYZ" Given, hypothetically: PersonXYZ wrote some software (will refer to as SoftwareXYZ) that uses a proprietary library (will refer to as ...
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Using GLPv3 for open-source library modules that can be extended and linked by closed-source libraries and binaries

I'm developing a pretty big open-source project which will require multiple technology stacks. My hope is that this project will be primarily community-based, which means the community should be able ...
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ZHST_IMS_Package license issue

The ZHST_IMS_Package 1.0.0 was installed through Application insights nugget packages. As part of black duck scan found this has issue with license and reported as "License Not Found". I found this ...
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What permissions does LGPL-3.0 grant if the licensed work links against a proprietary library?

According to the FSF "The Lesser GPL permits use of the library in proprietary program". Is this permission granted in cases where an LGPL-3.0 licensed work links against a proprietary library? Both ...
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Forking a project with conflicting licenses

I’m forced to work with software that has been given incompatible licenses by its authors. They have created an original API that they’ve licensed under the GNU GPL, but then they implement that API ...
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How can I properly fork a project that is dual-licensed AGPL/Commercial?

I'd like to use UniPDF, which is a Go project to handle PDF documents, in my project. UniPDF has a dual license: AGPL and commercial while my project is licensed under the GPLv3. I'd like to fork ...
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Using CC-BY-SA images in a CC-BY-NC-SA document

I am creating a presentation that includes some unmodified images licensed under either CC-BY, CC-BY-SA version 2.0, 3.0 or 4.0 (no CC-BY-SA 4.0) and some public domain images. They are all attributed....
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What's the meaning of “porting” in SIL Open Font License v1.1?

It'stated in the license that: "Font Software" refers to the set of files released by the Copyright Holder(s) under this license and clearly marked as such. This may include source files, build ...
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Merging bug fixes from a project with a different license

Recently I discovered my project of mine (call it A), was cloned by another project (call it M) to create a port for a different platform. "A" was originally licensed as MIT, but has since been ...
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Using public domain code within Apache-or-MIT licensed project

I'm interested in borrowing functions from a file in a project dual-licensed as MIT-or-UNLICENSE in my package that I intend to also be dual-licensed as Apache-or-MIT. Is this possible? How should I ...
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Open-source license that should aware if I want monetize my project

I'm creating a website. Some of functionaly is using open-source libraries from npm, github, etc. I want to monetize my sites using ads, or even I want to create some sites template and sell to ...
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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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