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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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Do I have to exclude quotations in the license notice?

I want to publish a blog post under a Creative Commons license (e.g., CC BY-SA 4.0). This post includes several quotations (to the extent allowed by copyright law) from works which are not licensed ...
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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 ...
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How should I re-license the scaffold code for my new application? (it is licensed under MIT)

If you notice the following scaffold starter kit source code is licensed under MIT throughout the code base. Even the configuration file contain a header of MIT licensed by the creator. Assuming, I ...
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Apache 2.0 license - NOTICE, CHANGELOG

I have a question about the NOTICE and CHANGELOG files in Apache 2.0 license. Here is the situation: I based my work on an Apache 2.0 licensed project. I did some minor changes (compared to the ...
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How to denote certain files are under a different license?

Example GPL v3 Project, MIT (ExPat) file/directory. myproject ├── LICENSE (GPL v3) ├── ... ├── gpl_licensed_file ├── mit_licensed_directory │   └── mit_file1 └── mit_licensed_file So If I were ...
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Why does the FSF make this recommendation about ranges of copyright years?

In the document “How to use GNU licenses for your own software”, the FSF says: For software with several releases over multiple years, it's okay to use a range (“2008-2010”) instead of listing ...
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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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Does Open Source Software need an EULA to protect the developer?

From Wikipedia, it states that EULA is different from OSSL Unlike EULAs, free software licenses do not work as contractual extensions to existing legislation. No agreement between parties is ever ...
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What firebase license should I include in my app?

I am using the library: com.firebase:firebase-client-android:2.4.0 Firebase in my app. The library belongs this site: Firebase My doubt is whether I have to include some license from firebase like ...
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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 deal with licences after forking a project?

I forked a project with an MIT license on GitHub: The MIT License (MIT) Copyright (c) 2012 Some Name Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software ...
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How much is “substantial portion” in MIT licence?

MIT license says: The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software. How much is that substantial portion? For ...
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What if somebody removed my name from MIT license

Case: I developed a software and uploaded it to Github with MIT license. To apply the license, I created a LICENSE file with MIT license preamble (as mentioned in choosealicense.com) Somebody cloned(...
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Licensed Projects: How many projects are licensed without a file?

I've been searching around a little bit for statistics on how many projects are licensed with a licence file in their repository. I found this article with a graph: The spike between 2013 and 2014 ...
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How do search engines read image licence?

It's easy to search for images published under a creative commons licence in search engines, I just have to fine-tune my search options. But how do I get my images with their licence on the web ? Is ...
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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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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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Copyrighting open source code using a business name vs as an individual

I'm the only developer working on an open source project (MPL v2.0 license, not sure if it does matter) and I have a single-person LLC I use for some consulting works. What are the pros and cons of ...
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Remove BSD LICENSE file while importing code into GPL project

Can LICENSE file be removed from 3rd party BSD project that is merged with GPLed code? There are license headers in each file, but files will be modified, so BSD license in them will no longer be ...
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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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Copyright notice must be regularly updated while the project is active?

I started an open source project in 2013, with the LGPL license. I've been regularly working on it for the last four years. Each file includes the standard copyright notice that include the copyright ...
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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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How to properly include a license file within an EPUB?

I am currently working on an EPUB project in which I'll embed a font licensed under OFL. According to the second point in the PERMISSION & CONDITIONS section, the font "may be bundled (...) ...
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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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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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Can I force additional notices in my open source project?

Answering a question here put me in a drawback. In Open Source projects, it's clear that copyright notices shall be retained, especially when they contain copyleft and share alike clauses. However, ...
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What is the difference between a license, and an EULA when forking a project?

A open software license generally outlines what conditions that a fellow software developer must follow in respect to the original project, be it someone who is plain out of the blue looking at it, ...
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How can I open source a repository on Github by using Apache license in only one file?

To license a project in Github ,can I do it like this: There are many files like src->Java, res etc for my Android app So i want to use Apache license v 2.0 for open sourcing it So will the license ...
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JPEG comment to convey Copyleft Multi-Licenced Copyright Notice

This question is related to Copyleft Multi-Licenced Copyright Notice. I upload pictures on commons.wikimedia.org and I want to facilitate the reuse but I want derivatives stay "libre". Therefore I ...
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Copyleft Multi-Licenced Copyright Notice

I want to allow any usage/modification/distribution of my work except with the restriction that my work and derivatives must stay "libre". Therefore I think the right way is to publish my work under ...
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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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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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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 ...