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Is “license”: “MIT” in config enough to be a valid license in a software project?

For my case, I have open source projects in Node JS that use the MIT license for which I have only added "MIT" to the license field in the package.json config file. There are no contents of the ...
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Is declaring something one made as “free software” legally binding?

I used an unfree license, but I made a copy paste mistake, declaring that the licnesed stuff is "free software". Is that legally binding = does it grant the licensee the three fos freedoms? Here the ...
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Third-part component licensing obligations, usage and obligations scale

I'm not sure if this question makes sense here although in my point of view it does. Otherwise I would be happy to post it in the right SO. Scope I would like to rise a few scenarios concerning ...
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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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For WordPress community run js/css is not distribution?

Here i found many answer that said: for open source licenses js/css in a website are considered distributed. In this topic people said that js/css in a website are not distributed: https://wordpress....
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How to handle the copyright notice of a BSD 3-clause licence when modifying it

If I take some BSD 3-claused code and modify it, do I then have the right to place my own copyright under the original author's copyright notice? I.e. BSD 3-Clause License Copyright (c) 2018, ...
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Can a license be placed anywhere in a file?

I forked some code, the license is MIT. It states that The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software. without ...
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What are my license (or giving-credit) obligations regarding open source software?

We're using a number of open source libraries in our software. They all fall under one of the following 3 licenses: MIT License Apache License 2.0 BSD 3-Clause License These are all very liberal ...
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Do I have to include license in artwork that uses a font licensed Apache License v2.00?

If I create a artwork (images) using a font licensed Apache License v2.00, and i include this artwork in a website (commercial), do I have to include the license somewhere?
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Where include SIL open font license in a website if i use @font-face?

If i use a font under the Sil open font license 1.10 including it in my website with (@font-face), where have i to include the license? Thanks
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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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Change text of original author

I am thinking about using this library: https://github.com/rxi/classic/blob/master/classic.lua and I have a question regarding the first few lines: -- -- classic -- -- Copyright (c) 2014, rxi -- -- ...
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Should I replace this line in AGPL-3.0?

In AGPL 3.0, on line 632, I see this: <one line to give the program's name and a brief idea of what it does.> Copyright (C) <year> <name of author> I'm creating a software ...
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Using GPLv2 licensed library in engineer's thesis

I wanted to base my engineer's thesis on Truffle framework (https://github.com/oracle/graal/tree/master/truffle) and GraalVM (https://github.com/oracle/graal). Truffle is licensed under GPL 2 with ...
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Single-executable CLI program, does this comply with the MIT license?

I'm making a single-executable CLI program that I plan on distributing with some man pages. But I can't seem to understand whether or not I can comply with the MIT license by adding an argument (-a ...
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BSD licenses: What to do with “year” and “copyright holder”?

We develop a desktop application that uses some libraries with BSD-license. BSD licenses got this line: Copyright (c) "year", "copyright holder". Shall one leave it this way or do I have to fill ...
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How to add Firebase API's licence into our app?

Like many other apps, whenever our app uses a third-party library, we add its licence to a page in our app displaying all third-party licences, be the licence MIT or Apache. Recently, we have added ...
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Is using the GPLv3 without putting a license notice in each source file OK?

I have published code on GitHub with the following license: Quantum including: Main.scala  Enrichment/   package.scala  Graphics/   Canvas.scala  ...
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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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Best practice to let my app's users know about used Apache 2 licensed libraries

I create a closed source library that includes Some modified source code of a project with Apache 2.0 license. Result: I include this project's NOTICE file into my project, and a txt file with the ...
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How can I anticipate a smooth transition to CC BY 5.0?

Let's say I create a CC BY 4.0 work today, and others contribute to it under the same license. Some individual elements will have multiple authors, some will have single authors. Some might include CC ...
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In the .NET AssemblyInfo.cs, where to put the license info?

In .NET, assemblies have their AssemblyInfo.cs file where one can put general descriptive info about the assembly. But, where to explicitly put an (open source) license? I will have a copyright, which ...
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Do I need to place a second license notice on my own code under the Apache License?

I have a project template that I have published to GitHub which is currently licensed under the Apache 2.0 License (I am the sole author/contributor). I want to use this template in another project ...
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Can I remove some copyright holders from headers and replace them by a generic “and contributors”?

The project I'm involved in currently has headers of the following form: The X Development Team Organization A - Organization B - Organization C - Copyright 1999-2018 This file is distributed under ...
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Reproducing all npm package Licenses

I'm about to release a website that uses a lot of open source software. There are likely 30-100 packages, and those probably include more packages. I've made sure none of them are the type of ...
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Is SharpDevelop free to use by companies or in companies?

I would like to ask whether SharpDevelop and MVS (community edition) are free to use by companies or in companies? Do I need to buy them?
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LGPL-licensed code reuse in MIT-licensed project

I have an MIT-licensed (in plans, currently it's not published) project. And I've found an implementation of the required algorithm in an LGPL-licensed project. Am I allowed to include that code in my ...
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How do the years specified in a copyright statement work?

Given that it is about to be or already is 2018, I now notice I have a few open-source projects licensed with MIT, where each one of them states: Copyright (c) <years> <name> Does this ...
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Where to put license for MIT licensed code on website

I'm a freelance web developer building a site for a client. I found some code I'd like to use on CodePen which uses the MIT License. As far as I understand the license, I can use the code freely on my ...
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How to include a license and copyright notice into a website

I have a website and I'm using a library that is licensed under the Apache License 2.0. Where should I place the notice? Should I create a file named Notice in the root of the website? Or add it ...
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Sections 4 and 6 of the Artistic License 2.0

Section 6 states: (6) You may Distribute a Modified Version in Compiled form without the Source, provided that you comply with Section 4 with respect to the Source of the Modified Version. But if ...
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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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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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Using a “paraphrasing” of a function from MESA's GLU

I need to calculate the inverse of a 4x4 matrix in a JavaScript application. This goes well beyond my math capabilities, and doing some "research" (read: Googled it) I found a Stack Overflow answer ...
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License file organization when moving from one permissive license to another?

I have a project that is currently licensed under the BSD 3-clause license, and I would prefer, going forward, to switch to the Apache 2.0 license. I plan on contacting the original contributors to ...
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How do I comply with the “bundle the license text” requirement of Apache 2.0 for embedded software?

I'm writing software for a "closed" embedded device. I want to use fonts licensed under the Apache 2.0 license in it. I know it's legal to do that, but I'm stumbling over this text from the license: ...
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How should I mark a source file with GPLv2 as a derivative work?

I want to include a file with GPLv2 license in my project (which is also GPL, so there are no worries there). The file starts with a copyright line, and the license information. I'll be making ...
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Should you add any notes to sell copies of a 3rd party MIT licenced software?

The MIT licence says publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software but still to do that should you add notes or anything above or below in the licence or readme files to make ...
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Is it sufficient for using GPL-licensed code to add a note that the source can be requested via email?

My company is about to launch a commercial product, said product consists of an embedded Linux computer running custom software and talking to custom hardware. My understanding is that the GPL ...
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Copyright on files copied from other Open Source project to my Open Source

I'm working on Open Source Java library. I don't want to waste time writing classes that Spring framework already has. I want to copy single files from Spring Framework and refactor it to cut ...
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Providing license text on a display-less system

We are building a display-less system, which interacts with the user only through an audio interface (and some buttons). Our system is based on Linux, and as such we are using several GPL/LGPL ...
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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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Licenses PyQt and QT

I would like to use PyQT5 and QT5 to create an -internal- application for a friend and his company. I would like to use PyQT GPL license and QT LGPL license. To respect these licenses, I need to: ...
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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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Adding conditions to a terse, permissible open source license

I wrote a library in JavaScript and chose the ISC license for its terseness, permissibility and likeness to the MIT license. I would like to add some conditions to my software to limit specific uses ...
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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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Removing copyright notice in UIs of Apache 2 licensed software

I am customizing a particular software developed by Company X and distributed with Apache 2 license. I expect to use my customized version for commercial purpose. The original software comes with a ...
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Are license headers required under the AGPLv3?

While applying AGPLv3 I discovered the following statement on the GNU website's page titled How to use GNU licenses for your own software about 10 paragraphs in: If you are releasing your program ...
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Fulfilling license conditions on server applications

Let's say I have a server side software(running as a service) with no direct interaction with the user but nevertheless commercial. This software contains open source components. Most of the open ...
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Copied code from LGPL library to my executable (what copyright notice should be? LGPL or GPL?)

I have a program containing only one file: main.cpp. I copied there a few lines of code from LGPL licensed file (from an LGPL licensed library). What copyright notice should I put at the top of my ...