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Questions tagged [license-notice]

For questions about the content and placement of license, copyright, and disclaimers

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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What is the right way to add yourself to ISC license as copyright holder? [duplicate]

Case is following: Someone has released software under ISC license, and the source code file has following section at the beginning Copyright (c) 2015, 2018 John Doe Permission to use, copy,...
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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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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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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?
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License header for CSS/JS resources

I'm creating a template for a company and fetching all vendor libs and selfmade code together to one minified style.css and script.js. My question to you is: Is this following license header legal? /...
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Third-party 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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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 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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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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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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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 ...
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Which of Qt license files must we include with our open source (MIT) software?

We are using the LGPL version of Qt 4.8 for some components of our MIT-licensed desktop software (https://appleseedhq.net/). In my Qt 4.8.7 distribution, I see at least the following license files: ....
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Am I allowed to use these gifs for my game?

I am a game developer and while searching for assets to put in my game I stumbled across this website. I came across this website and the FAQs were not clear on whether or not I can use the assets for ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...