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 I publish my iOS app store app code to GitHub under MIT/GPL

I am about to start developing an iOS app which will be published on Apple App Store. While developing this app, I am thinking to push all the code to GitHub public repository; pull requests from ...
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Use LGPL code in an AGPL project

I'm developing a project I licensed under AGPL. I modified a file from the microhttpd GNU library, adapting it to my project. The file I use is one of the provided file server examples. The repository ...
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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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Can I license my artwork and GPL code under cc-by-nc-sa?

I have a collection of artwork licensed under CC BY-NC-SA. I want to include some code licensed under GPL. Can I include all of it under CC BY-NC-SA? If not, what should I use? The situation: ...
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Copyright license grants of GPLv2 in MIT project

Open source library X has an MIT license. It contains files from another (GPLv2) project, which I will call library Y. Library X states explicitly (in the license notes, a chapter of the readme.md ...
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Can CC BY 4.0 content be adapted into a CC BY-SA 3.0 work?

If an original work is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 (CC BY 4.0), can an adapted work (i.e. derivative work) be made from it and published under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 (CC ...
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What does 'terms that are compatible with the GPL' mean?

From Octave's FAQ, Code written using Octave's native plug-in interface (also known as a .oct file) necessarily links with Octave internals and is considered a derivative work of Octave and ...
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How to Audit licensing of old project?

I manage a project with a very long open source history - Zikula (and https://github.com/zikula/core). Zikula grew out of PHPNuke and PostNuke. Most of the oldest code is long gone, but some legacy ...
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Release code with MIT dependencies under GPL

I am creating a game and want to release the code under a copyleft license (GPL 2 or 3). So far, so good, but there are multiple MIT-licensed library dependencies. Can I still release my code under ...
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Is there a temporary copyleft license?

Suppose I produce some work, and I want all derivative works released before the year 2030 to be open source under the same license, but during and after the year 2030 I wish to allow derivative works ...
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using Open Font License (OFL) in commercial project

I was searching for better fonts and icons and ended up on Google Fonts. I was able to download the fonts for free which were under OFL. According to the included license file, The fonts and ...
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What software licenses can be used in a CC BY-SA 3.0 work?

I'd like to know what kind of licensed software (e.g. MIT, Apache, GPL) that I can use in such a project without any sort of violation. If this were 4.0, it'd be fairly straightforward as that has ...
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Combining software and image licensing in the same repository

I have a project under Apache license on GitHub. I want to add some non-text stuff into repository (logo). Can I use Apache license for an image? If not, what CC license is most 'aligned' with Apache ...
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License similar to GPL, but allowing to incorporate into the commercial version

Continuing this question: I want a license L which is generally like GPL, but allows us to do the following: License our software under both L and a commercial license. Require that every patch (or ...
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Incorporating GPL patches into commercial version of our software

If we distribute our software both GPL and under a commercial license, do we have the right to incorporate third party patches into the commercial version of our software?
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Is there a license that restricts interpretation of the source except to documentation?

I was reading an issue on python-patterns' GitHub repo. Where it was asked Really? I mean, these are simple snippets showing design patterns for learning purposes, none of this code is usable as it ...
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Licensing for research collaboration between EPL and GPL

I work as academic researcher in software engineering. We have an agreement with our university that we can release source code under EPL. Currently, I work on two interrelated research projects (...
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If I include a ShareAlike/GPL/viral-licensed character in my videogame, is my videogame stained?

I'm making a video game with importable custom characters. My characters have a special license that forbids pornography and blasphemy in derivative works. It is viral in itself to prevent such acts. ...
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Including untouched LGPL library in a MIT-licenced project

Can I include a library licenced under LGPL 2.1 in an MIT-licenced project without any legal problems? Since it's not a compiled language, I would provide the full untouched source code of the ...
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winpthreads license in a GPL project

I have a project that i have licensed under the GPL, and I would like to start working on parallelizing parts of it using OpenMP. To do this on windows using GCC, I apparently have to include the ...
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Am I allowed to modify CameraSource.Builder of Android vision package?

I am trying to build my custom library for eye detection, tracking, blinking, smile etc. I am using below open samples instead of reinventing the wheel. GooglyEyesActivity CameraSource The ...
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Do programmers use licenses properly?

First of all you need to know, that I've made a research on Internet and I've read dozens of topics. Moreover I asked another programmers about this issue. I still don't know what to do. The problem ...
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Can Apple require users to accept the Xcode/iOS license to use git?

After launching an upgrade of XCode on a MacOS Sierra, calling git in a terminal suprisingly results in: $ git Agreeing to the Xcode/iOS license requires admin privileges, please re-run as root via ...
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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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