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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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Using open source license text verbatim without attribution

I came across an open-source software project, and its license contains verbatim text from the MIT license, although without directly mentioning that it is the MIT license (I know separately that the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Does Sourceforge have a default licence?

There's an abandoned project on Sourceforge that I want to change. I downloaded the source files but there was no license files and the source files did not contain license headers. Does Sourceforge ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Copyright unitl 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 ...
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If I'm installing a binary, where do I put the license?

Gitless offers a binary release as well as the source code. Since I've had difficulty with installing from source (one of the dependencies won't build), I downloaded said binary and copied it to /usr/...
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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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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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License Text Coverage

I plan to use the following library https://github.com/krzyzanowskim/CryptoSwift. For this library a convenient license is displayed on the front page. The issue I see is that when I go inside the ...
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Is it OK to put license note that uses “this code/file/work” into a separate file?

MPL & CC-BY-SA both allow putting only a small license statement to place I deem fit. But both of them use "this": This Source Code Form is subject to the terms of the Mozilla Public License ...
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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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Should I credit indirect depended package in my open source credit notice too? [duplicate]

My project about to launch to public. So I'm preparing open source credit notice page. Since my project is developed in JavaScript, there's lots of node_modules in the development directory. Here's ...
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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 ...
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License information included with distributable PyInstaller binary

I'm trying to find information on which license information I should include in the About section of my application that I build with PyInstaller and distribute in binary form. I've already included ...
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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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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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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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How to declare a license usage in android app

I'm building an app and willing to post it on play store. As common when build the app specially for the beginners like me, I used to ask questions at the web specially Stack Overflow about how to ...
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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 ...