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What must you include in a derived work of an MIT project?

I am very confused about how the MIT license works in detail. In layman's terms, I understand the following: If you distribute copies of MIT source, then you must include the license, and the rights ...
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Where should I include the license and copyright notice into my website?

My website used TailwindCSS, and other OSS. TailwindCSS (generated the css) (imported via npm install) typed.js (imported via <script src=""></script> from https://cdnjs....
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SPDX And Copyright notices. Do I need to do anything about dependencies?

I'm currently working on a new MIT licensed project (with Creative Commons License for documentation). The project uses a combination of Java and Kotlin and is built with Gradle. All files have ben ...
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Is requiring a link to my site allowed for a FOSS license?

If I require a SEO link to my site (with that my software installed) from every installation of my software, does it make my license not FOSS? Can I use GPL components in so licensed software? Can you ...
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What is the standard format for the MPL-2.0 license modification notice?

I would like to use a modified version of open-source code licensed under MPL 2.0 in my own open-source code, also licensed under MPL 2.0. But I'm unsure about the specific standard format for ...
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Qt Installer Framework to distribute closed source project [duplicate]

I work for a company where I'm developing an application based on a number of Qt components. We want o keep application source code closed and use Qt for free, I understand that means use Qt under ...
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What's the license for a Qt based project? [duplicate]

https://www.qt.io/product/features I work for a company where I'm developing a project based on a number of Qt components. Not using Qt commercial license, after reading here and there about Qt ...
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Can Qt be used in company project?

I work for a company in which I'm developing a Qt application. So when I install Qt using the online installer it asks me to mark a checkbox saying I am an individual person not using Qt for any ...
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How to shorten the GPLv3 text [duplicate]

The question is simple: How should I shorten the text of GNU GPLv3 (674 lines) for adding it to the top of all the source files in a repository? As an example, here is a piece of text added to the top ...
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How am I expected to list my code's copyright and license under GPLv3?

Naïve question, I know, but what exactly is the standard for licensing code under GLPv3? Where should I list the copyright and the license? What specifically do I include at the top of each source ...
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Why does GPLv2 include a mailing address (51 Franklin Street) in the license notice?

The last paragraph of the GPL v2 notice reads: You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 51 ...
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Apache 2.0 License redistribute with package/class name change

I have been modifying an open source Apache 2.0 licensed project and now I want to re-distribute the code under the same license but under MY SET OF REPOS as the original company isn't wanting my ...
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License notice for BSD and MIT licenses

Should I put the complete text of BSD or MIT license to every file? For longer licenses like GPL or MPL, there is a license notice. It is relatively short text that says what license is selected for ...
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System libraries and exceptions regarding closed source distribution

There are some specific usage examples I would like to learn, regarding of using some open source libraries inside a commercial closed source product(binary, executable). Most of the answers online ...
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Handling licenses of dependencies

I am developing a java library, which will be released in maven central. My project depends on few others, the dependencies look something like this: <dependencies> <dependency> ...
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Can any project under ISC have the license migrated to MIT text by me if it possibly meets the criterion? (+the permissions listed within MIT License)

Was wondering after I had seen this answer on ISC vs BSD vs MIT If both explicit & implied rights are the same and the permissions mentioned in the ISC are also found in MIT, including to sub-...
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Idiomatic format for a doxygen file header with license, author and copyright info?

Suppose I have taken a source file named foo.c, written by John Smith in 1999, with email address jsmith@some.where.org, which was published under the terms of, say, GPL v2. Now, I'm making some ...
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Can I include online alias along with my full name in license notices in files

I have an Open-source library called animate.css-dynamic, with an MIT license. My copyright statement says "Copyright (c) 2021 Mohammed Khurram", while in license notices I have written &...
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How can I use Apache License-2.0-licensed software in my MIT-licensed software? [duplicate]

• License and copyright notice May I add notice to LICENSE file like the following? MIT License Copyright (c) 2021 me Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to... ----- ...
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Satisfying Apache 2.0 section 4.(b) when forking a project

I want to fork a project licensed under the Apache 2.0 license. Section 4.(b) states that: You must cause any modified files to carry prominent notices stating that You changed the files The ...
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Can I use a license without providing a copyright notice myself?

So I googled a bit and found that a copyright notice isn't actually required anymore which I prefer as I'd rather provide a text like this: Project is open-source and made by the following ...
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Package that includes a library file with non-commercial license

We are trying to use a package released by a commercial entity for use with one of their reporting software. I think it was closed source at one point then they converted it to a "Community" ...
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MIT notice in firmware for devices with no user interface

The MIT license says: The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software. In case of proprietary software, there is usually ...
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How can I properly relicense MIT software to MPL 2.0 properly, while maintaining proper copyright notices

I have a project, it is a Rust one. From my understanding, with the MPL I must put a per-file header. Must I one-by-one add the MPL header to every file (perhaps including TOML files, etc.) or what? ...
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Is License mentioned in README enough [duplicate]

Some discontinued library mentions the MIT license only in their readme: https://github.com/krispenney/FCAlertView Do license mentions in README file without actual LICENSE file mean same in court?
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Requirement to name original library / project when acknowledging

One of the key provisions of most open source licenses is the requirement to reinclude the license text in derived works. For example, the BSD licenses (all forms) say: Copyright <YEAR> <...
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MIT license alternative with explicit trademark use protection [closed]

Do you know a license, if possible approved by the Open Source Initiative, that's very similar to the MIT license but has explicit trademark use protection like the MLP 2.0 license?
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Can I have open source notices in my app which are only displayed after authentication?

I work on an Android app which is only used by customers. Anyone can download the app from the Play Store but if they don't have credentials then they will just see a login screen and won't be able to ...
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google_font license (Apache2.0) has no Copyright what to do?

I'm currently programming an app with flutter and have already listed all the licenses I use from the packages on an individual license page in the Settings. I also used the google_font package. ...
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How to use GPL-licensed project with MIT code snippet license correctly?

My company uses WordPress (GPL license), a child theme of a theme and plugins under GPL and just a few code snippets under the MIT license. Because the GPL license is the stronger license (MIT license ...
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If I use a lot of libraries with the exact same license, can I condense the required attributions and notices?

I'm developing a project that happens to use a lot of open-source third-party libraries by different authors. Most of these libraries use the same license (mostly MIT, with the occasional Apache or ...
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'Adding' a license to a source-code

How to add a license to a source-code? For example, I have written a piece of code that is very efficient and has many commercial applications. I have published the code on my website, and I want to ...
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How to indicate a change of copyright holders in modified work?

I've written a 3-BSD library while working someplace for a few years; and myself and my workplace are copyright holders jointly. After leaving, I've continued development - on my own. Naturally, my ...
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What needs to be done to comply with OpenSSL double license?

The OpenSSL double license is available at: https://www.openssl.org/source/license.txt I am not a lawyer and I am not sure whether I am more confused by the license agreement than I am scared of it. I ...
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CC-BY "inheritance"?

If I distribute an open source software (licensed under MIT or Apache if that matters) that includes/uses a resource that is licensed under CC-BY, and I provide proper attribution. Do users of said ...
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Where to disclaim multiple third-party copyrights in project?

I am building a software that in its theoretical form would use logos from several different financial companies to enhance user experience and identification. I intend to use their websites' favicons ...
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Thesis manuscript inside MIT-licensed project

I'm very soon going to submit my master's thesis, which consists of a manuscript and code. I plan to publish the code with an MIT license on a public GitHub repository. Because the manuscript also ...
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How am I supposed to include a license notice if I use some code licensed under Apache License 2.0 in some API?

I plan to use some code licensed under Apache License 2.0 in some API. How shall I include the license notice that is required by Apache License 2.0? The API is a RESTful API, which is documented on a ...
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Several beginner questions about using MIT-licensed code

Hi, I recently made this website, hosted on Github. (Repo) The website uses multiple MIT-licensed (or similar licenses) 'code': Several SVG icons from Wikimedia commons (Icon 1, Icon 2, Icon 3). Code ...
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Apache Cordova License Notice

If I make an app with Apache Cordova / Ionic Capacitor (likely fork of Apache Cordova I think), is put license notices on the source code is sufficient enough? I've seen an app that did notices each ...
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MIT license change own name as copyright holder

If I am the copyright holder of a project licensed under the MIT license, can I change the name in the copyright notice? For example after a name change or changing to/from a pseudonym. Note that (...
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How should you include your dependencies' licenses?

I have read this question and am well aware that you are required to also include your project's dependencies' licenses besides your own in any open source project. What I don't understand is how you ...
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License notice for embedded device - include operating system and apt packages?

I have to create a license and copyright notice for an embedded device using Raspbian Lite as operating system, running a custom application developed by me. The device is sold as a whole. I browsed a ...
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How to handle license files in cx_freeze'd python applications

So I have a python application which uses different packages, which are licensed under different OpenSource Licenses.(MIT, LGPL, GPL, and other OSS licenses) I want to create a bundle for Windows ...
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Modern Alternatives for the Common Public Attribution License

I am looking for a modern alternative or similar license to the Common Public Attribution License. Here are some of the specific license attributions that I am looking for: A requirement that the ...
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GPL 3.0 license compatibility with this custom license

I want to use paulscode sound system (http://www.paulscode.com/forum/index.php?topic=4.0) in GPL-3.0 licensed open source project. The library has the following license (it seems it is custom written ...
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Do I have to open source my app if I use unmodified API data licensed under CC-BY-SA 4.0

I'm working on a little Quiz App. To get questions I use Open Trivia DB All data provided by the API is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. I have ...
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Correctly attributing github libraries without specific mentioning

I would to attribue some of the OpenSource libraries that I'm using in my project but I found my self having problems in doing so since it is not written clear (in my opinion). For example, the ...
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Where should I place the NOTICE file and the license?

I want to create a project that's based on apache 2.0 open source code. I know that I should include a NOTICE file and the license, but my question is where should I place them? in the code or inside ...
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Do I need a longer license than this for a small program?

I have 2 small C programs (each is the inverse of the other) and a common header, <500 lines of code total, and it seems a waste to include a whole license file, so I've just written this comment ...
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