Questions tagged [license-recommendation]

For questions asking the community to recommend a particular license that meets criteria provided by the future licensor. Any question that seeks to have an open license is allowed, even if the criteria would render it impossible. Questions that ask for proprietary licenses explicitly are off-topic.

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Choose a license for a library

I'm new to Open Source, and would like to create an open source project hosted on GitHub. The project is a library of functions written in a specific language which will be used for this language. It ...
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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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What's the license for a Qt based project? [duplicate]

https://www.qt.io/product/features I work for a company where I'm developing a project based on a number of Qt components. Not using Qt commercial license, after reading here and there about Qt ...
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Can I install Qt using online installer, while under LGPL? [duplicate]

https://www.qt.io/product/features I'm working for a company where I'm developing an application based on a number of Qt components, keeping application source code closed is important. So I'm trying ...
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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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Which licenses are to be considered when developing a software

I am developing my first open source software, but choosing the appropriate license is getting difficult for me (maybe because of the bad suggestions I have read on the internet). My program uses the ...
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Attempting to understand CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

I was wondering if I could get clarification on the CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 licence. Suppose if I uploaded to my Github repository a .pdf of a technical book I've written and want to share. According to CC BY-...
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What license should I use for releasing a design system free for everyone to use, adapt, develop etc.?

I have created a new media/format of presenting video, but is not a 'technology' but a concept, a design system. I want to release the idea for free for anyone to develop, use etc. What kind of ...
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Choice of and conversion between licenses

I have found an article with links to compare license types, but as there are so many, it's still very hard to decide, so I will have to keep reading, but what I hope to find are answers to the ...
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What is the appropriate license that I should pick for my software?

We are making use of the following tools in our software, and not modified any of these tools. Tools 1-3 are used directly in my software. Tool 4 is used for reference, but included as part of our ...
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Simple 1-Paragraph Book License?

I would like to release a book under a simple license. The GPL license is quite intimidating for non-lawyers and way too long. TL;DNR. In spirit, I want something like: The author and title must ...
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License to enforce open source on derivative work from AI training such as GitHub Copilot or OpenAI Codex?

New technologies like GitHub Copilot or OpenAI Codex use public code to train their models to generate code. Is there a license to enforce open source upon output trained from public code? Is there a ...
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SOFA software license compatibility with FOSS/CC licenses

The International Astronomy Union's Standards of Fundamental Astronomy is a software library providing an authoritative suite of functions useful in astonomonical and geospatial calculations. It is ...
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MIT license alternative with explicit trademark use protection [closed]

Do you know a license, if possible approved by the Open Source Initiative, that's very similar to the MIT license but has explicit trademark use protection like the MLP 2.0 license?
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Require attribution with AGPL

I've read Is ONLYOFFICE restricting our freedom with their FAQ? (AGPL v3) and What are the attribution requirements of the AGPL license? but can't come to a definitive answer - how can I require ...
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License for Windows Forms Application in C++/CLI and MySQL

I have built an application using Windows Forms Desktop Application in C++/CLI, I am also using NuGet Package for MySQL.data as well as I am using MySQL code for the application. I need to add a ...
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Adding an open source license to a website with licensed images/names

I have made one site and want to publish on GitHub, though this site has copyrighted images and names. I've searched and found the MPL 2.0 that theoretically will protect this licensed images and ...
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How can I deal with this (predatory?) scenario?

This question is related, but it is different to this one: How can I forbid shady resale practices? Scenario: Suppose that a small team or startup (company A), develops a good software project, which ...
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Which license can protect a software to be distribute without changes under a different name?

I'm looking for a license that fit in the following points: Software source code will be public so anyone can read it or use it. Anyone can contribute or add modifications to the source code (pull ...
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Separately licensing source code and website content

I am fairly new to actual open source licensing, since I usually just add the Unlicense to all my Github repositories, just to have it completely permissive for everyone. I recently started a small ...
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Extremely copyleft licenses enforcing redistribution of source code intended for internal use

I would like to release my software under stronger copyleft than GPL (and AGPL), namely I would like to impose the burden of releasing sources of any derivative work, even the work intended for ...
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What license to choose for an open source project using Highcharts

I have to release a software package on GitHub (or any public repository) that uses Highcharts. Because of this, I am not sure which license to pick for my project. Here is some more information: I ...
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Can I reserve all rights of website non-code content despite putting complete website (code & content) on Github? [duplicate]

I would like to publish my website on Github. However, I want to keep all copyrights/trademark rights for the non-code content (images, texts, logos etc.), while putting the source code under an open ...
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R package licensing when using modified functions from another GPL-3 package

I have a question regarding choosing a license for my R package. I started putting together some R functions that I wrote during my Master's thesis. One of the function I want to include is a modified ...
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How to manage multi-licensed components in a project

I am working on a commercial application that leverages several available components (spring, hibernate, etc.). There are certain components that have multiple licenses associated with them. All these ...
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Thesis manuscript inside MIT-licensed project

I'm very soon going to submit my master's thesis, which consists of a manuscript and code. I plan to publish the code with an MIT license on a public GitHub repository. Because the manuscript also ...
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clarify R licenses: machine learning models, developed with R in Azure, possible for commercial use?

i want to estimate machine learning models with R and i need to use it in a production environment, i'll work with Azure Datascience Virtual Machine or Azure Machine Learning. If i use , for ex., ...
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Is there a license to make your code open source, but at the same time for people not to be able to use the code? [closed]

I'm trying to make an app, and I'm actually serious about it. I'm using electron, so I know my source code is guaranteed to be leaked. I was thinking of making my app open source, but at the same time ...
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Do we have to choose a GPL License when we use MIT, GPLv.2+, LGPL2.1, LGPL3, Apache 2.0 licensed libraries in our distribution?

Our question more specific would be if the whole work has to be published (a must) under GPLv.3 or LGPLv.3 as the used gettext.inc, gettext.php, streams.php are GNU GPLv.2 or later and Smarty is ...
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License requirements for self-contained dotnet (.net) core in embedded linux

I am developing a .net core self-contained application for an embedded linux device. The software is part of the device image and won't be sold standalone nor it is downloadable in binary or source ...
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Software license for game consoles?

I'm thinking about making my own video games and want them to be open source and on game consoles as well. I know that GPL is not an option because companies like Nintendo and Microsoft don't allow ...
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Modern Alternatives for the Common Public Attribution License

I am looking for a modern alternative or similar license to the Common Public Attribution License. Here are some of the specific license attributions that I am looking for: A requirement that the ...
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License for programming tutorial on website

I'm wondering what license I should use for a programming tutorial on a website. It will have a mixture of text, media and code snippets. Ideally, I want to allow others to copy/modify my tutorial ...
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How to license my software which already includes other software licenses?

I've had a question for a long time on how to license my project. I would really appreciate your guidance to help me choosing the right licenses for my specific case. My main goal is to make available ...
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Licensing an Open-source Project and a Hosted version

If I was building an open-source solution and wanted to create a hosted version as the business side of things. What license would be best for me to use? Preferably allowing: Other users to use the ...
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Finding right license to support open source community only. GPLv3 too strict, LGPLv3 too permissive

I have created an open source library ( https://github.com/pitschr/knx-link ) that is designed to be used by other open source projects; not by end users. Currently it is licensed as GPLv3. My main ...
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License for public "WTFYW to do" code snippets on StackOverflow and other places?

I've came across StackOverflow's license a week ago, which I had no idea about. Seems they use CC BY-SA there (before, 3.0, now, 4.0). If I'm publishing code there, it's because I want anyone to do ...
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Sell app, but make source available for the curious [duplicate]

I'm working on a desktop app. It's a passion project today, but I'm hoping it'll be part of my path to becoming a full time indie dev. In my development process, I've benefited a lot from looking at ...
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Appropriate license for songbook shared with friends

I am planning to write a songbook (LaTex, Lilypond) of christmas/seasonal songs and am looking for the right license to pick. Some parameters of the project: The book currently is planned with songs ...
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