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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Can I use MPL-2 for not being held responsible for software bugs?

I just started my career as an online freelancer and even though I try to do my best I have this constant stress & anxiety about what will happen if there is a huge unwanted issue/bug in my code ...
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Is there any reason to not use 0BSD?

I recently came across the Zero-Clause BSD License (also known as the Free Public License). A version of the BSD license that does not include any restrictions. I've looked for information regarding ...
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Restrict commercial use to protect users

I have a piece of software that could potentially be modified to provide revenue, but it is not going to be clear where the revenue goes - I want to add a license condition that ensures all users of ...
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Is it possible to liberate source code through double-licensing changes?

Let me describe the situation: there's an old piece of software (a game) with source code publically available. Source code was (officially, legally) released with following non-free license: The ...
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Creative Commons ShareAlike (CC SA 1.0) is retired and not recommended for use, but there's not a suitable active alternative. Should I not use it?

I have some graphic design creations that I want to allow others to modify if they wish to, as long as their remixed versions have the same permissions. Creative Commons ShareAlike (CC SA 1.0) ...
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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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What license can I choose, if my utility uses another one with a custom license

I recently open sourced a utility which uses PDFtoPrinter.exe. Now I am confused with choosing a license because its homepage says: This system uses the free PDF-Xchange Viewer. You should consult ...
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License - register software that using JNA library

I have created a program which uses the JNA (JAVA Native Access) library. Now, I would like to register it under some software license (I have not yet decided which), my question is: Can I register ...
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Can I sell personal/commercial licenses for Open Source product?

I'm developing a pretty unique software product, which I believe can be useful for professionals in organizations. I spent a lot of personal time on it and it would be great if companies could pay/...
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License for code snippets?

I share small snippets of code with friends, and would like to post them online for others to use. I'm not sure of the best license? I was thinking MIT, but it includes this clause: The above ...
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Can someone else patent an invention that I have introduced in my open source project?

Is open source protected in any way if I haven't filed for a patent myself? Maybe a specific license? Any examples of open source projects that introduced 'inventions' that could be patented (but they ...
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What open source license allows everything except modification?

There are so many licenses that honestly they are making me dizzy. Here is what I want to do: require my copyright notice and no-warranty statement. permit people to use + run my code. don't permit ...
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Will the ODBC installed with SAP ASE Trial continue working after ASE trial license expires?

I need to know that if I installed a SAP ASE on windows 10 (only choosing the ODBC component to install) with a trial license. Would I still be able to use it (ODBC) after the trial expires? I used ...
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Open-source license to prevent commercial use?

I could really use some help picking the right license for my project. The project is already released on github under the GPLv3 license but I have been made aware that this prevents uses that I want ...
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How to refer to the license when my code is based on a sample in documentation?

When someone makes a code for their project using a certain library, oftentimes he will refer to the official documentation. But how does he need to think about the license? Assuming I have been ...
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Can I put a GPL code snippet in a Creative Commons paper?

What I need to do is blogging about my own code. I already use github for my experiments and release code usually on GPL3. My wish is to write blog pages with code snippets from the GPL3 projects. ...
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How to license scientific software to be open while protecting against misuse?

Note: This question is a revision of an earlier question, which MadHatter suggested should be revised into a new more specific question. Note that there is a lot of similarity between the questions; ...
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My open source project relies on a paid software

Please, could you propose to me what kind of software license fits my project? I am creating a software project that relies on paid license software. I will release this software for free to help the ...
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Which licenses require that the third-party dependencies used by the licensed software are also open-source?

Some times I step into software that I believe that is fully-open-source, but then I discover that it actually contains a lot of dependencies (either by the same author, or by different authors) for ...
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Open-source licensing while limiting competitive use

I am writing an R package for my employer which will be used as part of the backend of a proprietary web application. We intend to distribute this under some type of open source license. If we ...
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org-rs: can I use MIT/Apache2/LGPL license?

I am working on a project https://github.com/org-rs/org-rs written in Rust programming language. The goal of the project is to provide a parser for the Org markup language. Because of the ...
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Can I use LPGL3 for library and Apache 2 for “main()”?

My project is a command which is split in library modules (the logic) and a "main" module, which glues my lib modules to make the CLI command. I don't really care about what people can write with the ...
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License for research projects

Consider the following case: I write some code and place it online under License X. A researcher, or group of researchers, makes changes to the code and publishes a scientific paper based on the ...
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Which licence to choose to deny hosting a software?

I plan to make a webapp but I don't want to host it myself so if people want to use it they will have to host it themselves. The source will be on GitHub and I don't know which licence to choose. My ...
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GPL 3.0 Licence Query

if I’m using an open source GPL-3.0 library in my saas product, do I need to publish my code under the same license as well?
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License to disallow distribution in closed source software, but allow exceptions made by owner?

Is there a license (similar to the GNU v3 software license) that forbids the usage of an open-source software in closed-source software, but except parties that receive approval by the original owner (...
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A library that is licensed differently on client and server

I am developing an application (Budibase) that will be used to build and host web applications. My application is a Low Code Development Platform. Think Wordpress, except that the output would be a ...
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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 ...
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Licenses for scientific software

Edit: This question has been revised into a more specific question here that does not muddy the waters by bringing up the difficulties of supporting scientific software financially. Please see the ...
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License for open sourcing software with pending patents

I have a pending patent on my Confidence Coin invention. I shared the code publicly on Github (after I started my application), but I have not added a license yet. This software is a blockchain ...
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My university is asking to choose between BY-SA and GFDL to release my work

An infographic I designed is to be uploaded to my university website. They have asked me to choose between the BY-SA and GFDL to release my work. I tried looking up the difference but I cannot find ...
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Publishing my Node.js library/framework under the GPL

I'm currently working on my Node.js library/framework. I would like to eventually publish it as FOSS software, but I would like to hinder people who change/fork my code from not giving their changes ...
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Is there a “read only” software license?

Is there a license that would allow a software vendor to show their source code to the public, but if the user wants to run the code require them to buy a license? For example, the vendor could be ...
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Which license for open source API with proprietary use of that API?

What open source license do I use to also enable proprietary development using my open source library? I don't want to force all the proprietary source code to be free and available. I'm building a ...
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What is the OpenChain project?

Many MNCs like Facebook, Uber, Google and now Microsoft have joined the OpenChain Project, but what's it all about? I think it has something to do with FOSS licenses, but based on the material on ...
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Can your MIT library use an LGPL library?

If you use a library with LGPL 2.1 license (e.g., PHPMailer) in your also open source library, can you release your library as MIT license if you didn't actually modify PHPMailer? E.g., All you did ...
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Is there a license that “forces leaks”, so to speak?

I am looking for a license that "forces leaks", so to speak. What I mean by that is: A copyright holder must convey a copy of derivatives works they made using the license to anyone who requests it. ...
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License to acknowledge the initiative work

In case someone makes a product based on my open source project, I'd like to have them to acknowledge my project with: "Powered by <MyProject>[link_on_Github]" Is there a license similar to MIT,...
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FFMPEG License as a separate library

I am currently writing a video project using FFMPEG shared library with other license abiding projects (like libass and freetype2). I have a script that compiles FFMPEG and the other libraries as a ...
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Licensing a segmentation dictionary derived from CC SA-BY source (Wikipedia)

We are creating a Japanese Morphological Analyzer (https://github.com/ku-nlp/jumanpp), but it needs a segmentation dictionary to perform the analysis. We want to license the analyzer under a ...
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How to get people to contribute to my open source project instead of copying it?

I have a project that I worked alot on it, and now I'm thinking of asking people to contribute to it, but my concern is that people will take my existing code and do whatever they want with it(modify ...
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What is the definition of “use” of an open source software?

Currently I'm going to publish my project on GitHub. It is initialized by some template in Visual Studio and developed with additional nuget packages, but I don't really understand what I did "use" ...
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Open Source Software Licensing - Is it possible to make software free but in terms prohibit certain companies from using it? [closed]

If I wanted to make a certain piece of software free and open source but don’t want certain companies (or their affiliates or partners) which are major privacy violators from using it is that possible ...
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Licensing current and future change

I have this repo on my GitHub https://github.com/bortek/EZ-WifiBroadcast which is based on Raspbian OS image plus has additional code developed initially by a person which we call here Creator. The ...
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Most fitting software license for customized client work?

I am struggling with this question about a GitHub project of mine (MIT license). A client wanted me to customize it in a certain way and sell him the customizations (the customizations do not work ...
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I want to make my private GitHub repo public; can I put part of it under MIT license, and keep the rest protected?

I have been working on a project that is hosted on GitHub in a private repository. The repo has three directories, call them frame, private1, private2. The frame directory is framework code used by ...
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Open source software license, granting co authorship in scientific publications? [closed]

I'm a PhD candidate and part of my research project involves writing scientific software. I use that code to verify theoretical results and also as a proof of feasibility. It is usually not necessary ...
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License that requires inclusion of a documentation file?

Someone came to me with this request, and I couldn't come up with a license that satisfies it. We found a workaround, but I think the author's request represents a realistic requirement, so would ...
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What license version should I use for an open-source PyQt5 application on GitHub

On the Riverbank License FAQ for PyQt5 it specifies that PyQt5 is under the license GPL. I'm not sure whether I should use GPLv1, GPLv2 or GPLv3. What license should I choose and it is MIT compatible?...
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How can I refer to a repository for my project when it has no license but we can download it?

I made a .NET C# project with an api library published on GitHub by some company. So I'm now going to publish mine to GitHub as well, but I've found there is no license on the repository that I ...