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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Does this addition change the BSD 3-clause license?

I work for a group at our educational institution that licenses its software with a license that is verbatim the BSD 3-clause license with one sentence added under the copyright year/holder line. The ...
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Query on distributing Application under Apache 2.0 license which dynamically links with LGPL2.1 shared libraries

I'm writing some C++ code which I might eventually like to release under an Apache v2.0 license. I'm looking to build the application linking to some of the LGPL v2.1-licensed shared libraries from ...
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GPLv2 or later upgrade to AGPLv3

I modify open source software that is under ‚GPLv2 or later‘. I will upgrade to GPLv3 or later – that‘s of course no problem at all. Not looking for advice in this case, but is it possible to upgrade ...
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Are the Artistic Licence 1.0 and the zlib Licence compatible with one another for distributing sources?

The open-source, community-maintained game Simutrans uses the Artistic Licence 1.0 (AL). I know many people regard this as a poor choice, but the core of the game was written as someone's spare time ...
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AGPL/LGPL licensed app usage in proprietary software

I have software with proprietary license. For some reasons I need an AGPL library (DLL). So, for including the AGPL licensed application (To manage license terms) I am using the following methods (I ...
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Can I include Jenny Everywhere in a licensed work?

Jenny Everywhere is an "open source" character made before there were Creative Commons licenses. When including her in a work you are supposed to include the Jenny Everywhere Paragraph: The ...
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Can I use code from an LGPL v2 licenced project in a BSD 3-clause licenced project?

There is a BSD 3-clause open source project I would like to contribute to. The code I would like to contribute is code that I do not own from an open source library released under the LGPL version 2. ...
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How is the FreeBSD project able to legally distribute GPLv2 software?

FreeBSD publishes "ports" (FreeBSD's term for packages) of software covered by the GPLv2, such as MySQL 5.6. The GPLv2 states: You must cause any work that you distribute or publish, that in whole ...
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Which license does psycopg2 exactly use

using psycopg2 of version 2.2.2 the LGPL as LICENSE file declares, or the item in module setup.py. even in this module, there are two different license: License :: OSI Approved :: GNU Lesser General ...
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Does Altera Hardware Abstraction Library count as "System library" in terms of GPL?

I have ported the Arduino core library to NIOS soft-core CPU. This core comes with a "Hardware abstraction library", which is freely available (e.g by downloading the FPGA development environment) but ...
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VLC and VLCJ licenses

I'm confused about the licenses GPL and LGPL. I see that VLC is released under LGPL license since sept 2011: https://www.videolan.org/press/lgpl.html. But VLCJ, which is a Java wrapper on top of VLC, ...
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Free Pascal and LGPL

I want to modify this program and compile it using Free Pascal compiler. The above program is licensed under GNU General Public License version 3. I know little about Free Pascal, and reading the FAQ ...
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Font licensed as GPL *and* OFL ... Can I use under OFL? [duplicate]

I would like the build upon the Libertine Open Fonts Project under SIL OFL 1.1, a permission that seems to be intended by the authors. However, several issues / irregularities crop up in the wording ...
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Meaning of "and" and "additionally" connectors with two Open Source licenses

[This question is an expansion of the question "Meaning of OFL and GPL" because of limits on the number of characters in comment-responses]. I am unsure of the meaning of the terms "and" and "...
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Bundling JetBrains OpenJDK in closed source software

I am developing a software that comes bundled with JDK. I am planning to use JetBrains OpenJDK for this purpose as it comes with swing support for HighDPI monitors. JetBrains OpenJDK can be found in ...
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Streaming coding sessions on Twitch, is it possible to license the code as open-source?

TL;DR; If I wish to stream some coding/programming sessions on Twitch, is it still possible to license the produced code in some open-source flavor, while still being compatible with Twitch terms-of-...
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Apache-2.0 and Apache-1.1 compatibility

Can I use a package of Apache-1.1 license and a package of Apache-2.0 license and distribute the resulting package under Apache-2.0 license? Is there a conflict between Apache-1.1 and Apache-2.0?
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AGPL 3.0 compatibility

I want to use AGPL to licence my project. But I need learn AGPL compatibility with these 3 licences: Android Software Development Kit License Fabric Software and Services Agreement Crashlytics Terms ...
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How is the BSD GPL-compatible?

The BSD license says that derivative works may be distributed under the following conditions: Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without modification, are permitted ...
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Do I need a license when I use licensed libraries in my app?

I have an Android app using two libraries (GPLv2 and APLv2). I read that GPLv2 and APLv2 are incompatible. I will show which open source libraries I've used and tell the reader which licenses the ...
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How can a GPLv2 dependency affect licensing of adjacent components that form an aggregate project?

I've read some of the GPL questions on here that seem relevant, but I haven't found an understandable answer for my particular case. I'll note them here for reference. When does a dependency imply a ...
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Can a video game have a GPL licensed engine and GPL-incompatible licensed assets? What about scripts?

I've heard that it's possible to use a GPL game engine that interprets/loads/JITs a so-called Game Pack which contains all the important game files such as sprites, sounds, music, levels, missions, ...
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Using OSS of different licenses in MIT-licensed software

If I create a new MIT-licensed OSS project and use other software with different licenses (MIT, GPLv3, no license), what is the best way to create a compliant repository? We thought of adding a ...
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Is GPLv3-only compatible with GPLv3+?

Suppose I'm working on a GPLv3-only project, and find some code licensed as GPL3+. Can I incorporate that code freely in my software without changing my license? If a hypothetical GPL v4 is released, ...
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CC BY-NC-ND project containing GPL-licensed work

I recently downloaded some source code that is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND, but contains code licensed under GPLv3 that it is dependent on. Which license am I granted the rights of? GPLv3 states that:...
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Is every license that is GPLv3-compatible also AGPLv3-compatible?

The GPLv3 and AGPLv3 are quite similar. They differ only by an additional requirement in the AGPL that makes a network service powered by a modified AGPL-licensed work operates like conveyance of the ...
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Is the Facebook BSD+Patents licence (aka "The React Licence") compatible with the GPL?

Is the Facebook BSD+Patents licence compatible with the GPL (GPLv3), in the sense that one could: use code licensed under BSD+Patents, as part of a project, the rest of which you write yourself (own ...
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Can I distribute Boost-licensed code inside a BSD-licensed file?

I have a BSD-licensed piece of code, and I would like to integrate some code licensed under the Boost software license directly in the file, for reasons of portability. The file contains the full BSD ...
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Can I distribute my software using a license other than EPL if I use an EPL dependency in the project?

I'm planning to work on a library which uses Clojure as a dependency. I'm planning to add it as a Maven dependency so I won't modify anything in Clojure, I'll just use the binary as-is. The EPL FAQ ...
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Can my thesis LaTeX source files contents be under GPL v3?

I want to release all the LaTeX source files (*.tex), when I publish my thesis. I do not want to just release the PDF. So everybody can build my thesis with a LaTeX compiler from its source code. Can ...
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Licenses compatibility with EPL

My software is a static analysis tools for old languages. I'm currently writing new tests and I wanted to use some files from open-source projects on GitHub. However, I'm kind of lost with licenses ...
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Can I put my project unter zlib, when I use BSD libraries?

My project uses some libraries, which are licensed by BSD. Can I put my project under zlib license or do I have to follow BSD and put my project under BSD as well?
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Are there legal issues with bundling one's own LGPL-licensed code with proprietary code?

My company's legal team is currently worried about how to move forward with some app releases intended for our enterprise customers. Here's the gist of it: We have many products referred to as "apps"...
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Can the code source under a HEIF License be used for a commercial project?

For a commercial project, I need to add the support of the HEIF images (Nokia High-Efficiency Image File Format). I found a SDK provided by Nokia that seems to do the job. However I'm in trouble with ...
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Can I use the MIT license if I use Font Awesome (SIL OFL)?

I have a project in which I included libraries of: Bootstrap v3.3.7 (http://getbootstrap.com) Licensed MIT jQuery v1.11.2 (jquery.org/license) Licensed MIT jQuery UI v1.11.2 (http://jqueryui.com) ...
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Can I publish my C++ game on GitHub under MIT using art and libraries under others licenses?

Can I publish my C++ game on GitHub under MIT using art and libraries under others licenses? I want to publish my code on GitHub, but I have some troubles with licensing. In my game I use GLEW (...
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Can I add a git submodule with an All Rights Reserved license?

I have a project with GPL v3 license. And it has git submodules with the MIT, Apache v2 and All Rights Reserved due Berne Convention. Am I violating copyright having public git submodules with All ...
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How to correctly handle software licenses?(code under GPL3 making use of code under Apache2)

I'm new to work in software developing by myself and I'm not sure what is the correct way to handle licenses, so far I'm working on a java project using maven (google json simple and junit pugins). ...
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Including a CC BY-SA licensed SVG in a CC BY-NC-SA licensed wiki?

I want to upload a SVG document with a CC BY-SA 3.0 license to an online wiki with a CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 license. Will these licenses conflict with each other, or can they coexist?
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License of photos of code?

If I take a photograph of software code, in what way(s) am I allowed to use/distribute that photograph? I am assuming copyright code hangs somewhere between fair usage and copyright infringement, but ...
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Linking from LGPL 2.1 software to Apache 2.0 library

The FSF claims that GPL v2 is incompatible with Apache 2.0 and that linking to a library generally creates a derivative work of this library. However, the linking exception of the LGPL allows ...
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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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