Questions tagged [license-recommendation]

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Choosing an open source license for my up to now commercial project

I'm about to re-license my desktop application as open source software. For several years now, the application is published and sold under a commercial license. While working on a new version (...
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How do I release code written for a company to the public?

I'm working on a Unity project for a company and, while doing so, I wrote some code that I think would be cool to have it on the internet, free to use. But I never released something that is owned by ...
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Is it allowed to statically link to a library licensed under Eclipse Public License 2.0 without publishing the source code of linked software?

Let's say I've developed a library and licensed it under EPL 2.0. If somebody statically links his/her software to my library, is that software considered a derivative/modified work? Does s/he has to ...
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Choosing a license for a repository of programming course material (LaTeX slides + examples code)

With some colleagues, we have been developing a programming university course over some years, and now we want to make it available to the public as open-source, in the form of a GitLab repository. ...
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How to license a literate program?

A literate program is a set of of source files each containing a mix of documentation (e.g. as Latex 'code') and code (e.g. as C++ code -- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Literate_programming). From ...
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Can I use blazor (MIT) and mysql community (GPL) for commercial purposes? [closed]

If I sell my program in blazor and use mysql community for the data layer... my blazor program would be under the GPL?, that is, would I have to deliver my source code of my blazor made in program?
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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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Is it open source for allowing people who have access to the source act as if it's open source?

To make a sustainable living, we ask people who want to use our program to choose one of these options before receiving the source: Donate/pay X amount of money Volunteer/work for us for Y tasks If ...
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Is BSD-3-Clause Variant compatible with BSD-3-Clause?

My Python package has a dependency of an open-source package with a BSD-3-Clause-LBNL variant license. It seems the only difference between this variant and the original BSD-3-Clause license is the ...
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Strong open-source license that forbids limiting innovation

I am looking for an open source license that strictly matches the following criteria, could anyone suggest any? Must: Rename the project Disclose the source Include the original license (also cannot ...
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License R code when using R packages with different license types

I am navigating licensing, and this is very confusing. I produced a lot of R code to analyze data for a research article that will be published on a peer-reviewed journal. Reading here License for R ...
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Copyleft licenses for a (new) LaTeX document class

I am about to release a new document class I developed myself. I am currently in disarray about what license can/should be used for such a project. The "default" license used for LaTeX code ...
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"Pure Copyleft" Software Licenses? (with no additional restrictions)

TL;DR How can we replace the GPLv3 requirements of source disclosure + explicit license copy with something more subtle like "This work allows the users [...], and any derived work (recursively) ...
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Simple free culture attribution license?

I'd like to license my creative works that are not code (including the project's documentation) under a license that is like the MIT license, but does apply to non-code. The CC BY is too big to fit ...
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A license that gives you credit to the code forever with minor changes [duplicate]

I'm new to licensing and open source as a whole, so please be patient with me. Let's say I have created an organization on Github that's called "Organization X", under that organization I ...
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How can I add a license for one file from a github repository?

I would like to use a text file from a GitHub repository that is under MIT License. My repository is private and I'm distributing my software. My question is how can I use this file and put the right ...
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Seeking a software license to fairly distribute income among open-source contributors, discourage closed-source OS dependency [closed]

I'm looking for a software license, wrapper, or amendment that distinguishes between users of open-source and closed-source operating systems, aiming to balance the efforts of open-source users and ...
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Is there a license that explicitly exempts AI from all conditions?

Are there any FOSS licenses that explicitly allow the use of the software as AI training data with no restrictions, and explicitly disclaim any copyright interest in the output of the AI? I'm ...
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License that grants free use for non commercial purposes but asks for some money for commercial use [duplicate]

I have developed material to teach a programming class. It is an old style class, thought for a teacher teaching to students, with slides and examples. The material is made of a website, where the ...
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Is there a license like MIT that explicitly forbids the use of AI?

I am aware that the licenses of e.g. code on Github are currently not observed when training AIs and that there are licenses such as AGPL that require the code to be disclosed. But is there already a ...
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Do I need to distribute licenses for Python modules used in code that I release but don't directly distribute (i.e. users pip install modules)?)?

I intend to publish the code for my thesis under an appropriate open-source license, such as GPL v3. The code consists of Python and compiled C code that either imports or is statically linked to ...
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Is there a "Free Software Philosophy Advertising" permissive license?

I used to think that spreading the Free Software philosophy through advertising, as companies usually do, would be more moderate and more acceptable to people (more infectious) than spreading the Free ...
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AGPL : license of backend and frontend

I’m a bit confused with AGPL license, so I ask for advice. I read contradictory things on the matter. I want to make an android app. The backend will use AGPL modified material : stable diffusion ...
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Is it legal to publish a book on about coding Python or Java on Amazon Kindle publishing?

I'm tossing around the idea of writing and publishing a book on the Amazon Kindle platform about Java or Python. The name of the book would be something like "Basic and Simple Programming with ...
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I believe that the License decision diagram section of Codeberg.org is wrong [duplicate]

As title. Can anyone help me confirming whether my intuition about whether the section "License decision diagram" of on Codeberg.org could be wrong? Quoted those lines from the link: Do you ...
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Which license I should use for public project?

the brief I want to do "open source" project. In my mind, I would like to : that the code has always the same license even if it is redistributed or sold etc... that the authors and ...
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What should be taken into account when licensing software that generate video?

For the context, I am involved in Manim Community which develop Manim (originally published by Grant Sanderson), a Python library for creating explanatory math videos. Users of the library write ...
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If I release some code under a Commons Clause license, can I still profit from it?

I have some code that I would like others to be able to use, share, build on it, as long as they don't profit from it. I came across the commons clause license which seems nice but I don't know if ...
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Is AGPLv3 or MPLv2 better for an open-source API meant to be integrated into closed-source customer APIs?

Description: This open-source code is an API (let's call it X-API), which is meant to be used by businesses running their own closed-source APIs The goal: Let other companies/individuals interact ...
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According to this web site unless I am sharing or selling my website code I dont have to attribute anything about the mit license, is that truth?

This is the answers I am refering to: https://discourse.gohugo.io/t/how-to-put-the-themes-mit-license-information-on-my-website/32001. Edit: They talk about a difference between serving in a web page ...
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Open source HTML/CSS/JAVA code under GPLv3 license - implication if used for public company website?

I would like to use some open source HTML/CSS/JAVA code under a GPLv3 license to feed into my company website (start up). I am not 100% clear whether I can use the open source code or at which stage I ...
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Can I mix CC-BY-SA 3.0 and CC-BY-SA 4.0 artwork? How to license output of such mix, such as a screenshot? Is it even having a license?

What is the license of following screenshot of StreetComplete? In this case only image licenses are relevant, some CC-BY-SA 3.0 and some CC-BY-SA 4.0 and some less problematic. But how the entire ...
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Should I include the licenses of my dependencies' dependencies?

I'm considering adding an MIT licensed library to my code as a raw C file. Currently, my library is only licensed under my LGPL license. If I was to add this MIT licensed C file and its corresponding ...
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Is there any license which is based off on AGPL, but provides exemptions for the owner to allow others use it under a different license?

I have a set of libraries or framework that has been under development for more than a year by my team. We are finally nearing the completion of a few of these projects and want to release them as ...
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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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MIT License technicalities and compatibility with Apache 2.0

I'm working on a FOSS project and would very much prefer to release it under MIT license. To consider, it is a C program, using a MIT licensed library, a MIT licensed executable packaged in the files, ...
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Would a YouTuber fall in trouble for recording a walkthough of a Game that uses music licensed under CC BY 3.0?

I'm basically developing a Game with a background music licensed under the CC BY 3.0 along with couple of other music/sound effects. Now suppose a YouTuber/Gamer in future decides to publish a walk-...
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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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Mandatory Source Contribution For Open Source Database

I would like to release a specific niche database application as open source. My only concern is that any potentially beneficial changes to the project are made available to all users of the ...
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No distribute, only for self modifications license [closed]

I am programming three things, an API, an Android app, and a front-end web React app. The whole system will be sold to a company for money, I have no problem with them modifying the source code to fit ...
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How can I judge the "strength" of a licence?

A quote from the FOSSA blog, How to Apply a License to Your Open Source Software Project: In a nutshell, if your dependencies are distributed under open source licenses different than the one you are ...
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Does CC BY-SA 4.0 license apply to statistical analysis based on code blocks in CC BY-SA 4.0 licensed document?

I am planning on writing a science text under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license. The text will contain code blocks for commonly preformed analysis from the relevant field of study. Additionally, it will use ...
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License for donating software to not for profit - non exclusive [closed]

I am doing some voluntary programming work for a not for profit - and it will be far faster if I re-use several thousand lines of boilerplate code I have previously written for commercial projects ...
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LGPL that covers network-distributed use cases/web applications?

Yes, another license question. I know. I quite like using LGPL to cover my libraries, as I really don't care what users do with the library; however, I do care about the users sharing any improvements ...
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Can i put my opensource project under MIT License if i used zlib library?

I'm currently writing a library that encrypts sqlite database(It's hard to install sqlcipher on windows). Can I choose MIT even if I use pysqlite3 that is licensed under zlib?
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Preventing commercial exploitation of small changes that require a lot of work

At my previous job I was responsible for building and maintaining a library in their ecosystem. The project is mature in the sense that no major new features are being implemented. It is still ...
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Choosing License of GitHub Repository

I really don't know much about the licenses. I am working on a project which I might upload on a website. So I have a few questions. Can someone ever steal my code and commercially use it if I put my ...
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Can the MIT license be applied to music?

If not, are there any other good options for me to effectively allow use by everyone for almost any reason? I'd prefer to take a hands-off approach as opposed to attempting to place anything in the ...
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Attempting to understand CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 followup

As a followup to my earlier question, I'm having trouble understanding the section about derivatives. From About The Licenses concerning CC BY-NC-ND: This license is the most restrictive of our six ...
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