Questions tagged [license-notice]

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

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
55
votes
3answers
6k views

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 ...
28
votes
4answers
8k views

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 ...
25
votes
2answers
14k views

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 ...
20
votes
1answer
5k views

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 ...
16
votes
1answer
1k views

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 ...
15
votes
1answer
766 views

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 charge, to ...
14
votes
3answers
6k views

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(...
14
votes
2answers
3k views

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 ...
13
votes
2answers
876 views

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 ...
11
votes
4answers
2k views

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 ...
11
votes
3answers
4k views

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 ...
11
votes
1answer
4k views

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 ...
11
votes
2answers
3k views

Is it possible to include a shorter form of a license if the license would be longer than the content licensed?

For example, Gists on GitHub don't have a field to track the license that they are available under. You can simply choose to create a public Gist or a secret (private) Gist. Many of the open source ...
10
votes
2answers
2k views

Who will be the copyright owner of a new file in a forked repository on github?

Let's say there is a MIT Licensed repository on github, then by definition all the files that belongs to the repository is owned by the copyright holder of the repository. But if I fork the project ...
10
votes
2answers
11k views

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 ...
10
votes
1answer
4k views

How to license website hosted on GitHub?

Assuming the following situation: I am having a GitHub open-source repository, licensed under the MIT license I want to document the software on a website with a logo and usage examples, hosted open-...
9
votes
2answers
2k views

How to add a licensed piece of code to my own repository? (Brainfuck)

For example, I'm building this Brainfuck interpreter. I want to add some people's programs as test cases. For example this program. The program I want to add to my repository is MIT licensed in this ...
9
votes
1answer
1k views

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 ...
9
votes
1answer
426 views

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 ...
9
votes
3answers
172 views

Are ambiguous JavaScript concatenations by the copyright owner legally significant

Here is an interesting case: A company provides a free (MPL-licensed) library (called JointJS), and furthermore a number of proprietary extensions (called rappid). On their web server they ship a ...
9
votes
1answer
385 views

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 ...
9
votes
1answer
356 views

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 ...
8
votes
3answers
562 views

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 ...
8
votes
2answers
3k views

How to combine multiple LICENSE notes into single file?

What is the exact format to combine multiple LICENSE notes from different projects into a single file? The specific project is Python binding for OpenCV. The binding itself is MIT licensed, OpenCV is ...
8
votes
2answers
140 views

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 ...
8
votes
1answer
986 views

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=[ ...
8
votes
1answer
3k views

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 ...
8
votes
2answers
2k views

License header for dual-licensed (AGPL or "non-free") source code

For one of my products I plan to move from a commercial-only to a dual licensed license model: GNU Affero General Public License (AGPL) or a "non-free" license. I can imagine two options for the ...
8
votes
1answer
432 views

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 ...
8
votes
1answer
3k views

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 ...
8
votes
1answer
565 views

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 ...
7
votes
2answers
797 views

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 ...
7
votes
1answer
75 views

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: // ************************************************************************** // // // ...
7
votes
2answers
342 views

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 (...) ...
7
votes
1answer
2k views

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 ...
7
votes
1answer
926 views

Do I need to license a Jupyter Notebook that uses a forked AGPL library?

I used an AGPL-licensed library for a data study, and am hoping to release and link to a Jupyter Notebook with my methodology. I was hoping to learn what license, if any, I would need to include with ...
7
votes
0answers
72 views

Relicensing MIT Work [duplicate]

There's a web app released under the MIT license that I am forking. If I were to still keep it under the MIT from what I understand I would change the notice to something like: Copyright (c) 2015 [...
6
votes
2answers
535 views

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 ...
6
votes
1answer
83 views

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 ...
6
votes
1answer
974 views

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?
6
votes
1answer
945 views

Applying GNU GPL and messages printed by a program

The full text of GNU GPL includes this advice: If you develop a new program, and you want it to be of the greatest possible use to the public, the best way to achieve this is to make it free ...
6
votes
1answer
91 views

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 ...
6
votes
1answer
938 views

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 ...
6
votes
2answers
4k views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
481 views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
168 views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
948 views

Copyright until the present year in BSD license?

I have the following line in my BSD (new, 2 clause) open-source code: // Copyright (c) 2003-present, Jodd Team (http://jodd.org) Previously, I've used a real year (e.g. 2003-2014). However, updating ...
5
votes
2answers
84 views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
90 views

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 ...
5
votes
2answers
204 views

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 ...