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Should I include license text in a single file or all source files?

Many licenses, such as Apache 2.0, have both a long and a short form. Typically, the long form is included in the repository as a single LICENSE file, and the short form is used in the actual source ...
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Can I change the caps to lowercase in licenses?

The well-known MIT (or "X11/MIT" license reads): Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "...
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Do I really need to include a licence file for common licences like GPL or MIT?

The GPL3, for example, says: Conveying Verbatim Copies. You may convey verbatim copies of the Program's source code as you receive it, in any medium, provided that you conspicuously and ...
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Can I make typographical changes to the MIT license?

If I make some typographical changes to the default MIT license, does it still count as the MIT license? Example Copyright (c)© [year], [organisation] Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to ...
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Can I omit the preamble of the GPL?

The GNU GPL is very long. If I have to include a copy of it with my program, can I drop the preamble to save space?
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How to license website hosted on GitHub?

Assuming the following situation: I am having a GitHub open-source repository, licensed under the MIT license I want to document the software on a website with a logo and usage examples, hosted open-...
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How to deal with unofficial/proprietary licences - are open source projects of this type really open?

Recently I was confronted with several projects that claim to be open source. I was happy to find their source code on a public repository but when looking at the license I was wondering why they do ...
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Android - External library license in project

I'm building my first Android app and I imported two external GitHub libraries into my project. Both of these libraries use Apache License v2.0 and the LICENSE file says: If the Work includes a "...
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MIT-licensed project that only consists of a README file

I have an open source project on GitHub that is currently under the MIT license. The "project" is actually a README file containing information on a variety of new language and library features, ...
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Commercial software using open source library: legal notice

Is there any legal constraint saying that a commercial software must quote the open source libraries and public domain libraries regardless of the open source license type? For example, let's say I ...
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Include Appendix of Apache 2.0 in LICENSE file?

I want to use the Apache 2.0 License on one of my projects. Apache 2.0 recommends putting a boilerplate header in each code file right before module level documentation in it's Appendix section (...
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How to combine multiple LICENSE notes into single file?

What is the exact format to combine multiple LICENSE notes from different projects into a single file? The specific project is Python binding for OpenCV. The binding itself is MIT licensed, OpenCV is ...
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Valid locations for propagated MIT/BSD licenses?

Background My own project is a module for Python (without GUI, so this answer does not fully apply). It’s licensed with a three-clause BSD license which resides in a separate file (say License), and ...
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Can I move an in-line license to a file?

I am currently using a library that is licensed under MIT. Each file of the library has a in-line comment containing the standard MIT license text in full length, which is kind of repetitive in my ...
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Why copyright notices in source files?

Why does everybody writes the copyright notice on the top of a source file? Isn't LICENSE file in the root of the package enough?
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Why do licenses such as the MIT License specify a single year?

From opensource.org, the first line of the license reads, Copyright <YEAR> <COPYRIGHT HOLDER> If the development goes across January 1, or a repository consists of sources written in ...
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Placement of copyright and license variables within Python source?

As mentioned in a previous question about the Apache 2.0 code header, I mentioned having the code header which is recommended by the Appendix of the Apache 2.0 license. However there are two fields ...
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Can I combine multiple 2-Clause BSD LICENSE files into one?

Suppose I have a program which uses the BSD 2-Clause license: Copyright (c) 2016 Myself All Rights Reserved [BSD 2-Clause boilerplate here] It happens to use a library, in some foo/ subdirectory ...
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When using libraries taken from Github, where should I put the Apache license?

I downloaded few source codes for android from here. From what I see this website doesn't state the license of these source codes anywhere, although the title say free code game and it says open ...
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Is it OK to change url scheme for the links to Apache 2 license?

For an open source project is it OK to modify the original LICENSE.txt file from https://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0.txt and also the source file headers to use https instead of http for the ...
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Can I change a LICENSE file text format? [duplicate]

Using a text format utility, (e.g. par) I would like to know if either/both of the following are permitted: Adjust paragraph width or center/justify text. Distribute as a .md Markdown file so as to ...
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Can I include license text in my project's README and not add a license file?

When I add a license to a software project I place the text of the license in a file named LICENSE.md in the root of the repository. Now I want to include the license text in the README.md instead ...
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Including license in emails

I’ve found a nice HTML email template that I would like to customize and use to send automated emails to my clients. The template is MIT licensed, which means I should provide a copy of the license (...
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Using open source license text verbatim without attribution

I came across an open-source software project, and its license contains verbatim text from the MIT license, although without directly mentioning that it is the MIT license (I know separately that the ...
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BSD 3-clause: how to update with modifications?

Let's say I start with code that is (c) 2014 Struvious Featherstone and licensed according to the BSD 3-clause license. Now I make some changes for my employer Zippety Duda, Inc. and I want to ...
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What license is the text of “Unlicense” licensed under?

If I want to license my software under the term of Unlicense, I'm supposed to include its text in a file and place the file in the repository alongside my project. When I distribute the project, I'm ...
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The GPL states that its text should be reproduced verbatim. What does this mean?

I made a bit of GPLv2 archaeology for some work I do to help clarify the Linux kernel licensing. In doing so I found at least six versions of the GPL 2.0 texts published by the FSF over the years. ...
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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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If I'm installing a binary, where do I put the license?

Gitless offers a binary release as well as the source code. Since I've had difficulty with installing from source (one of the dependencies won't build), I downloaded said binary and copied it to /usr/...
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Is it OK to put license note that uses “this code/file/work” into a separate file?

MPL & CC-BY-SA both allow putting only a small license statement to place I deem fit. But both of them use "this": This Source Code Form is subject to the terms of the Mozilla Public License ...
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Where should I place my Open Source license in my project? [duplicate]

Is there a specific location where I should place my Open Source license in my project?
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Can i use website domain as author for open source license? [duplicate]

When in the open source licenses is required to indicate the author, can i use simply the domain of the website (not the company name)? @curiousdannii thanks for point me this other question, but i ...
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How to handle third party licenses in git repository?

I'm working on writing some eclipse plugins. I host the code in Gitlab repository. For these plugins I used some icons from this website. Here it says that these icons are licensed under Eclipse ...
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False Claims and Open Source

I discovered a chrome extension Adblock ultimate, it claims to be open source on the aforementioned webpage. I see that the app was updated about a year ago. Also, a GitHub page is also mentioned. ...
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Most fitting software license for customized client work?

I am struggling with this question about a GitHub project of mine (MIT license). A client wanted me to customize it in a certain way and sell him the customizations (the customizations do not work ...
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Dual licensing of a file

My project is licensed under GPLv3. However, I want some files to be dual licensed under GPL and Apache License 2.0. What to write: a. in the header comment of the file licensed under Apache License ...
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Can I license my code by providing a link to the license instead of the full text? [duplicate]

As a person who wants to allow other people to use my code, I want to use a standard, proper license. But sometimes my code ends up being smaller than the LICENSE file that comes with it. This can ...
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Should I call my license file LICENSE, LICENSE.md, or LICENSE.txt? [closed]

Are there any stylistic conventions governing the choice of file extension to use for the license file in an open source project? I see LICENSE, LICENSE.md, and LICENSE.txt all being commonly used, ...
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Licensing C++ wrapper of C shared lib

I'm doing a little C++ wrapper around a C lib that uses the zlib license. I suppose I have to include this license in my wrapper's files. But what about the other files? I was planning on making a ...
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How to license a mashup? [duplicate]

I have designed a mashup that uses open source software. A substantial part of another open source project was used and the software of that project was made available under the MIT license. There is ...
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Is any license needed, to build an open-source forum / community? [closed]

Is any license / paperwork need to build an open-source forum / community like stack overflow or like others Linux community site? If needed then from where i can get license for my forum / community,...
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What license structure is appropriate for a site on GitHub where the “look & feel” is proprietary, but the code is not?

We have built our new marketing website on Gatsby and wish to have it as a public repository on GitHub in case it’s helpful for others building projects with Gatsby. The repository contains a number ...
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Is there any considerations against changing texts of standard OSS licenses?

I've noticed that some OSS projects list themselves as licensed under a variant of a BSD N-Clause License. Yet if you would look closely at the license, you would notice they changed it was in the ...
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MIT license, do I need to include it? [duplicate]

If I program a website and use a JS plugin (http://responsiveslides.com/ for example), which is licensed under MIT. Does this mean I have to put the MIT-license somewhere in my directory. If so, where ...