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Can one of several heirs of a copyright release it under a Creative Commons license, and if so, how?

Alice created a work and died without publishing it. Bob and Charlie jointly inherited the copyright. All three live(d) in the United States. Bob wants to publish the work under a Creative Commons ...
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Do I put my license/copyright header on top of a permissively-licensed file I found on the internet?

I found a nice Python class on a website devoted to nice Python gists - and on its web page (but not in the source code) it has the author's name and says it is PSF licensed - which wikipedia says is ...
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What are the implications of using a license template as a license?

Some open-source licenses contain a copyright notice at the beginning, and then further down in the license text, refer to "the above copyright notice". When these licenses are stored in ...
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Locking myself from ever changing license

Is there any way, that I can lock myself from ever changing the repository license to non open-source one? These is this trend with open-source companies, that once they gain enough press, and enough ...
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How do I properly put third-party dependencies under MIT on my copyright notice for a published MacOS app on the App Store?

If IconCast is the name of a close-sourced app I'm publishing that makes money, and AppIconSetGen, an open source library under the MIT license made by someone else that I made some changes to (which ...
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How should be a SPDX license name when extracting from another file content?

Following the SPDX simple license expressions and the License identifier field example, when creating a custom license that's not listed in licenses list (including exception), I could use LicenseRef-...
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Is Debian violating the license requirements for this project's dependencies?

It is my understanding that when an executable program that depends (directly or indirectly) on libraries licensed under MIT and/or Apache 2.0 is compiled into a statically-linked binary that is then ...
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Exact attribution requirements for distributing compiled binaries depending on MIT and/or Apache 2.0 libraries

Consider an executable program whose source is licensed under the MIT and/or Apache 2.0 license and that depends (directly & indirectly) on a number of libraries written by third parties that are ...
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License requirements for DLLs that are indirectly required by Qt [duplicate]

I am deploying a Qt project on Windows with MinGW which spits out a dozen or so DLLs that are required by Qt, but not directly by my project. Some of these are: pcre2 zlib harfbuzz freetype iconv ...
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Third party license in single-file distribution

I found some similar questions here and in other places, but nothing seemed to quite fit my use case. I am writing a JavaScript program that imports and uses another library which is licensed under ...
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How does GPL differ from CC BY-NC-SA?

Am I right that: Copyleft is not equal to Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-SA "This license lets others remix, adapt, and build upon your work non-commercially, as long as they credit you and license ...
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What rights do Artistic 2.0 licence gives to the Author?

I am not sure that this license grants the Author the right of referencing its name in future modifications of Open-Source code. Does this license grant the Licensee the right to sell the modified ...
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Propagation of third party notices

Lets assume I use ChakraCore in a project that I distribute like a web browser. Does that mean that I have to inlude all the third party notices of ChakraCore in my shipped product? Basically a ...
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Is it mandatory to cite libraries used? [duplicate]

I'm developing an android app which uses two libraries: Library A (Apache 2.0 license) Library B (MPL-2.0 license) My question is: is it mandatory to cite these two libraries within the app? The ...
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Do people/companies using my library need to include my OSS licensing notice? [duplicate]

I made a library with which I distribute an opensource-licences-readme.txt file disclosing which open-source projects I have leveraged and including their copyright notices and other required info. I ...
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BSD license attribution

I'm planning to use PCRE2 in my program, which is written in C (Licensed under GPLv3). PCRE2 is licensed under BSD license, with a few changes. Go to this page to see the license: https://github.com/...
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Including portions of MIT and BSD-licensed code in proprietary software [duplicate]

I'd like to include some code from MIT- and BSD-licensed libraries in a proprietary package, but for reasons of performance (and just organising the code better) would like to take portions of the ...
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Can I use CC BY-ND font in company logo?

I own a one-person business and want to use it's name written in font licensed CC BY-ND as logo on papers send to my clients. Is it possible? Would I need to include a license
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How to effectively communicate the license of database content?

I'm working on a project make some New Zealand government data available to the public under the Creative Commons license. The access to the data will be directly to a PostgreSQL database (read-only, ...
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What to put in header copyright notice after total conversion of library that didn't have license headers?

I want to convert a C# library (not written by myself) licensed under Apache License v2 to C++. The original C# library has a LICENSE file with the Apache license information, however the individual ...
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Using Tailwind CSS in website

let's say I am using Tailwind CSS (licensed under MIT) in my website by using the npm package "tailwindcss" which on build creates a css file. According to MIT - "The above copyright ...
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Can I use a Kaggle Dataset with CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 license to create projects and publish it on GitHub?

I was searching for a relational dataset on Kaggle for my SQL Data Analysis project & found one such dataset - https://www.kaggle.com/datasets/olistbr/brazilian-ecommerce. I have downloaded the ...
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Using heroicons in a website

I want to use heroicons which is licensed under MIT in a website. The license states - "The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial ...
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LICENSE text in build folder

When I build my site using create-react-app build, it creates a main.779c7054.js.LICENSE.txt which contains the license texts of the dependencies. In this case I am using Next.js and lets say I am ...
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Use SVG code licensed under CC

I want to use SVG icons which are licensed under CC BY 4.0 on my website. The CC BY 4.0 asks to give attribution. So, the question is do I give the attribution in the SVG code as "Icons provided ...
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Using Font Awesome icons on my site

" In the Font Awesome Free download, the CC BY 4.0 license applies to all icons packaged as .svg and .js files types.". How can such simple and general purpose icons hold copyright? Also the ...
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Is CC-BY 4.0 attribution recursive?

Let's say we have Work A licensed under CC-BY 4.0, made by Author A. Author B uses Work A to create Work B, attributing Work A: "Work A was created by Author A under the CC-BY 4.0 license (link ...
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What's the use of Apache's "Not a contribution"?

When making changes to an Apache licensed file, one should amend the file header: Copyright 2022 Me, Myself & I There is the possibility to add the suffix "Not a contribution": ...
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Where exactly I have to put the copyright notice of LGPL?

Where I have exactly to put the LGPL copyright notice? I mean, I know I have to put on the code, but do I have to put in the program interface? Or I can just put it on the file of code? And do I have ...
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Why don't open source licenses give a more specific definition of "derivative works" to reduce ambiguity?

The Free Software Foundation is of the opinion that a program that links a library is a derivative work of that library, so a program that links to a GPL-licensed library would need to be distributed ...
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Can I use the SPDX License Identifier in place of the full text of a file-based license?

I am planning to release my code under the terms of the Universal Permissive License (UPL), Version 1.0. According to UPL's FAQ, it is recommended that I include the entire text of the license at the ...
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How to comply with Apache 2.0 requirement to state that changes have been made to a file

I have made a copy of an open source project that is licensed under the Apache 2.0 license, and I have made modifications to some of its files. I want to release my modified version to the general ...
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AspectJ Weaver published license clashes with license notice in source code

I am using AspectJ Weaver 1.9.9.1 in a project. Regarding to https://mvnrepository.com/artifact/org.aspectj/aspectjweaver it is published under EPL 2.0, but when scanning the sources I found org\...
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Making trademarks in an open source project on Github with Apache 2.0 License

I have published a FOSS project on Github and am interested in retaining the trademarks to the project name and graphic elements. From the Apache 2.0 license: Trademarks. This License does not grant ...
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Does the Reciprocal Public Licence require notifications only to be given to the first original licensor?

If person A creates a work under RPL-1.5 and person B creates a work based on person A's work, person B has to notify person A with the changes. If person A then uses these changes and continues to ...
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Does software released under GPLv3 require a copyright notice?

If a project using GPL-3.0-or-later doesn't include a copyright notice, does it violate the license? What would the consequences be? I'm asking because https://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-faq.html#...
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What file(s) (on GitHub) should have the copyright owner's name for GPL3?

Lots of projects on GitHub have a GPL3 License, as it's easily created by their software when you want to add a license and you choose GPL3. However, unlike the MIT license, you don't put your own ...
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What must you include in a derived work of an MIT project?

I am very confused about how the MIT license works in detail. In layman's terms, I understand the following: If you distribute copies of MIT source, then you must include the license, and the rights ...
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Where should I include the license and copyright notice into my website?

My website used TailwindCSS, and other OSS. TailwindCSS (generated the css) (imported via npm install) typed.js (imported via <script src=""></script> from https://cdnjs....
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SPDX And Copyright notices. Do I need to do anything about dependencies?

I'm currently working on a new MIT licensed project (with Creative Commons License for documentation). The project uses a combination of Java and Kotlin and is built with Gradle. All files have ben ...
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Is requiring a link to my site allowed for a FOSS license?

If I require a SEO link to my site (with that my software installed) from every installation of my software, does it make my license not FOSS? Can I use GPL components in so licensed software? Can you ...
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What is the standard format for the MPL-2.0 license modification notice?

I would like to use a modified version of open-source code licensed under MPL 2.0 in my own open-source code, also licensed under MPL 2.0. But I'm unsure about the specific standard format for ...
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Qt Installer Framework to distribute closed source project [duplicate]

I work for a company where I'm developing an application based on a number of Qt components. We want o keep application source code closed and use Qt for free, I understand that means use Qt under ...
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Can Qt be used in company project?

I work for a company in which I'm developing a Qt application. So when I install Qt using the online installer it asks me to mark a checkbox saying I am an individual person not using Qt for any ...
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How to shorten the GPLv3 text [duplicate]

The question is simple: How should I shorten the text of GNU GPLv3 (674 lines) for adding it to the top of all the source files in a repository? As an example, here is a piece of text added to the top ...
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How am I expected to list my code's copyright and license under GPLv3?

Naïve question, I know, but what exactly is the standard for licensing code under GLPv3? Where should I list the copyright and the license? What specifically do I include at the top of each source ...
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Why does GPLv2 include a mailing address (51 Franklin Street) in the license notice?

The last paragraph of the GPL v2 notice reads: You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 51 ...
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Apache 2.0 License redistribute with package/class name change

I have been modifying an open source Apache 2.0 licensed project and now I want to re-distribute the code under the same license but under MY SET OF REPOS as the original company isn't wanting my ...
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License notice for BSD and MIT licenses

Should I put the complete text of BSD or MIT license to every file? For longer licenses like GPL or MPL, there is a license notice. It is relatively short text that says what license is selected for ...
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System libraries and exceptions regarding closed source distribution

There are some specific usage examples I would like to learn, regarding of using some open source libraries inside a commercial closed source product(binary, executable). Most of the answers online ...
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