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Crediting a library [duplicate]

I'm using a library for a commercial application, and I'm wondering how I credit that library. The library is using the BSD-3-Clause license, and my application is going to be closed source. Do I ...
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How to distribute a project under MPL v2.0 only?

I want to use a weak copyleft license for some new software project of mine. When reading the MPL v2.0 license text I stumbled over the following lines in section 10: 10.2. Effect of New Versions You ...
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Do I need copyright notice on CI related code?

The project has files related to CI/CD process in its repository, such as Travis-CI and GitHub Actions configurations. Can they be classified as source code? Should I put copyright notice into them (...
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If an organization pays me for a report that shows performance results of executed MIT/Apache 2.0 code, do I have to include the respective licenses?

I got a awarded a contract for a report of the performance of some new software. The software is a result of two merged open-source codebases (I merged them) and some logic on top of it (including a ...
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How should copyright notices be included when distributing source of modified Apache 2.0 code commercially?

A company wants to distribute a product which includes a browser extension. A browser extension is implemented in JavaScript, so it's distributed in source code form. Parts of extension are written by ...
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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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How to integrate MIT-licensed files into a different project?

I would like to use some code from an MIT-licensed project I don't own (let's call it project A), in a project (B) with a different license. It is my understanding that I can do whatever I want with ...
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Trying to understand MIT, BSD and Apache 2.0 licenses and attribution with real examples

Trying to make sense on how MIT, BSD and Apache 2.0 licenses and attribution work, I've taken some real examples from GitHub. The open source software projects below are classified according to these ...
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MIT Licensed web app - can I enforce copyright header at the top of the main html in derivative works?

I'm considering releasing a software product under MIT license. It's a complete front-end web application, that users would self-host. There are 3 parts to the application: index.html (a simple file ...
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LICENSE file required?

When creating a new Gatsby site with gatsby new gatsby-site, there exists the file LICENSE. LICENSE The MIT License (MIT) Copyright (c) 2015 gatsbyjs Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, ...
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Am I legally obligated to disclose that my web app is using AngularJS?

I am using AngularJS in a web app I am building, and I'm wondering about the legal obligation of disclosing that my app uses AngularJS, and whether I need to make AngularJS's licence agreement ...
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Precise syntax of SPDX-License-Identifier in source files

What is the precise syntax of the // SPDX-License-Identifier: GPL-2.0-only comments in source files, and which organization, project or specification defines it? If there is no such definition, what ...
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With BSD-3, do I need to propagate an “All rights reserved” statement?

I'm looking at a repository with the BSD-3 license in its LICENSE file, but in which the source files say: Copyright (c) Big Corp Inc. All rights reserved. When I redistribute / modify, and include ...
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MIT code interfacing GPL3 library,

I have a Python module, pygalmesh (Github, PyPi), published under the MIT license. It essentially interfaces a part of CGAL which is published under the GPL3 and uses other pieces of software with ...
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Licensing auto-generated code under MPL 2.0?

I am writing a specialized binary file parser using Kaitai Struct. In brief, the file formats are described in YAML documents according to a custom spec called KSY, which are then passed to a code ...
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Can I skip the end of term for my license in the preamble of my source code?

I have a software for which I set the license at the beginning of each file. The model I have is the following: // ************************************************************************** // // // ...
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License that is MIT-like but prevents wholesale republishing or sale of the original [closed]

I'm releasing a bunch of code that is part of free teaching resources and lessons I'm providing. For the most part, I'm totally fine with others reusing the code however they want. That's the point. ...
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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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What does the second statement accomplish if the first has already disclaimed all warranties?

Ritchey Permissive License v7 states: provided without warranties of any kind. The authors, owners, and providers will not be held responsible for anything then states: When sharing the ...
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In the Apache-2.0 what changes do we need to state?

In Apache 2.0 do I need to disclose the scource as it is technically an addition ammounting up to a modification. Give some details on NOTICE if possible.
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MIT License and how to use

MIT License gives you permissions to use the software commercially without any restrictions. You need only give credit to the author. What I am going to use for my project (that will be commercial) ...
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I put someone else's name in MIT license by mistake and then changed it back to my name. The other person is insisting I keep their name on it

I made an open-source blog theme(template) based on Hugo's static web page generator. This is my first step to the open-source world. So I didn't know much about license things. I copied and pasted ...
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Use sympy code in a GPL project

I'm currently working alone on a project that I intend to publish under the AGPL3+ license. I want to use parts of the Sympy source in it. The Sympy license says, that " Redistributions of source code ...
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License for a framework with multiple dependencies

I'm looking to open source my framework with Apache-2.0. There are plenty of dependencies with different licenses: Most are Apache-2.0. There are a couple of exceptions: (These licenses are listed ...
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How to add {copyright, license, etc} to restructuredText source?

I've got a lotta docs written in reST (note docs, not docstrings in code) to which I'd like to add (depending on the work) one or more of copyright notice license notice license badge/icon I'd like ...
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Displaying Qt Licence in Thesis

I am currently using Qt in my academic studies, and my professor wants me to display the code in the thesis. Since all of the code will be presented in the appendix, it will become public when the ...
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GPL v3.0 Is there a standard format for modification notice?

In GPL v3.0 paragraph 5a it says: The work must carry prominent notices stating that you modified it, and giving a relevant date. Is adding your copyright notice enough? (like described in this ...
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“As is, no warranties” statement for open source app that offers precompiled binaries via app/play store and GitHub

(Updated: As it turns out, based on the comments below CC-SA-NC is not considered an Open Source license. The moderators are free to close this. That being said, whether my software is CC-SA-NC or GPL ...
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Interactive tool to identify license based on the license text

Is there some web page or Unix command line tool where I can paste the text of a license, and it would match it against a database of well-known open source licenses to tell me which one it is? For ...
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Do I have to include attribution and license files for an LGPL-licensed library together with a “work that uses the library”?

I am making use of a library licensed under LGPLv2 in a proprietarily licensed closed-source project. Specifically, I am dynamically linking my commercial C++ program to a C++ library that is itself ...
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Is it legal to have the “// (c) 2019 John Smith” header in all files when there are hundreds of contributors?

Companies use headers like // Copyright 2011 The Go Authors. But countless projects with a single maintainer have // Copyright 2011 John Smith even though they have hundreds of contributors, all ...
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License that requires attribution to end users?

I'm looking for an open source license that requires attribution to end users. Thus far, I've looked at the MIT license and Apache 2.0. But I am not convinced that they require attribution to end ...
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Copyright notices and multiple developers

Suppose a big project with GPL license has several developers, most of whom working on a few source files. Is it appropriate/possible that the copyright notice in each source file include only the ...
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Do I have to attribute licenses of all the libraries of the same project?

Let's say I use Jersey Inject, Jersey Container Jetty HTTP, Jersey Container Servlet Core for the backend of my Android App. In the "Open Source Libraries" section, do I have to mention them all ...
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Debian packaging … is licensed under the GPL version 3 in copyrights file

On Ubuntu I see for many packages copyright file under /usr/share/doc/%PKG_NAME%/. In the file of some of those packages, I see the following at the end of the file (protobuf, which looks like BSD (...
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How should I identify myself in a copyright notice / license?

(migrated from programmers.SX) I'm placing a copyright notice with some (FOSS) license in a LICENSE file in a software package I'm publishing; or it's a license block in a source file. It starts like ...
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Can I comply with Apache 2.0 license by adding the license text in the binary file?

I'm using an Apache 2.0 licensed library in my closed source software. Let's say I include the Apache 2.0 text file as a "const string" variable in my C code and make sure it makes it to the binary. ...
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What entities are eligible to copyright a project?

Me and my friend want to make business on customization of our open source project. We have NOT yet registered the project trademark NOR started a company. Сan we write in Copyright 2019 [name of ...
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License to acknowledge the initiative work

In case someone makes a product based on my open source project, I'd like to have them to acknowledge my project with: "Powered by <MyProject>[link_on_Github]" Is there a license similar to MIT,...
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How to properly assemble NOTICE file for new software under Apache License 2.0

Apache provides NOTICE boilerplate for a new software projects which are going to be released under this license. I'm going to release my project under that license, so it actually doesn't contain any ...
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Attributing a software library which uses another library

I'm using this library in my app: AndroidPhotoFilters library The problem is, that it uses some other library (link: Original AndroidPhotoFilters library) with some minor changes, I guess. Who to ...
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Including the MIT copyright notice when the software is part of a larger proprietary software

From reading the license here I understand how I can use the software but the only condition it imposes has confused me. The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in ...
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License violation within git history

What are the consequences of pushing a git repository that has an open-source license violation in its history, but not the current head? Consider this scenario: I have a git repository with some ...
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What is the correct way to add license information to source code?

I have recently released some projects on GitHub and its catching people's attention(I had released earlier too but they were just for learning and didn't carry much weight). But I think I made a ...
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How should I use software under the MIT Licence without copyright holder?

I am working on a project and started from some GitHub repository, licensed under the MIT license. The preamble is the following: MIT License Copyright (c) 2018 Permission is hereby ...
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How the big open source firm guarantees their rights [closed]

How big open source companies (Mozilla, Apache, Mysql) enforce their rights for their published code as open source. Take the case of Mozilla, which has invested in the development of its source code,...
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Does a central copyright and license notice cover all the files in a software program?

Some open-source programs have a single copyright and license notice in the README file, while others put a notice in each file in the program. I prefer the first practice because it makes the code ...
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How to properly display the Copyright information in the User Interface or product documentation?

In order to fulfill license obligations (in some cases) one must display the copyright information (when not delivering source code). Should one display (in GUI or IFU) the copyright information of ...
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Do I need to include the license for all dependencies declared in a setup.py?

Let's say I'm making a library called X, which has a dependency on requests (which is under the Apache 2.0 license). For X's setup.py, I declare the following: setup( ... install_requires=[ ...
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What is the appropriate way to include third-party libraries copyright notice and permission notice in my project source code?

I am writing a web app based on react framework and I am using npm package manager. Together with transitive dependencies I have about 800 MIT licensed dependencies. To comply with MIT, do I need to ...