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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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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 - 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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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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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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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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Apart from Creative Commons and GFDL are there any other licenses for images?

This is just for my knowledge. I had to select a license to release my work and my searches led me various licenses. What licenses apart from Creative Commons and GFDL can be used for images? Say ...
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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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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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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 ...
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Python projects & licensing choice

I have some python projects which I release on GitHub. Some of them binds actions to some DLLs, and some are purely reinventing the wheel. I choose MIT license for these kind of projects, then I found ...
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Is there a good license for a libertarian programmer who's against intellectual property?

I know, I know, you're probably thinking CC0 or WTFPL or something along those lines. But the thing is, the way I see it, people have a right to redistribute anything, even if the author doesn't want ...
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How to license programming assignments permissively, while preventing solutions from being published?

I have created a few practical programming assignments for a bachelor's course in computer science, which I'm quite proud of. I'd love for my work to be used anywhere, and for any future teachers or ...
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Should I use the WTFPL for my FLOSS project?

I am looking for a free, permissive license for a small project, providing as few restrictions as possible on the use of my code. Somebody recommended the WTFPL. I want my project to be freely shared,...
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Can one get all copyrights on derivative software if one add enough new code?

According to german law, can one get all copyrights on software derivative if one added enough new code? if yes, how is the "percentage of new code" measured? if yes, are there such paragraphs in ...
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License to use for smaller GitHub repos

I frequently create programs to process my local files in some fashion. About half of them are Bash shell scripts under 100 lines, others may be longer, include multiple files, or even be in other ...
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How can I exclude a target platform from an open source licence?

I'm developing a software using a game engine that can cross compile the result for different targets (HTML, Android, IOS). I'm planning to release the software under an open source licence. Eg. ...
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Microsoft Public License and Mozilla Public License v2: A proper license for the binary form compiled from mixed source code by these two licenses

If a binary form is built from some source files licensed under Mozilla Public License mixed with some source files licensed under Microsoft Public License, what would be a proper license for it?
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Force derivative works to be public

Is there a known license where all derivative works must be made public? Consider this: I give copyleft code to team X. Team X improves code and only shares/uses it internally. This situation is ...
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Is there a generally accepted “anti-copyleft” clause or license?

I would like to publish code for an application under an open source license like BSD, MIT, or Apache 2 which allows for changes and derivative works to be contributed back to the open source project ...
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Simple permissive license that requires author statement in addition to copyright statement

I created an open source software component which I put under the MIT license. I chose it because I don't like legalese, and this license is about the shortest there is apart from public domain (which ...
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What license structure is appropriate for a site on GitHub where the “look & feel” is proprietary, but the code is not?

We have built our new marketing website on Gatsby and wish to have it as a public repository on GitHub in case it’s helpful for others building projects with Gatsby. The repository contains a number ...
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Is there a license for legally sharing photos of copyrighted content?

If I took photos of some copyrighted video game cases and then shared them, I assume it would fall into fair use even though I took the photos, correct me if I am wrong. Is there a suitable license ...
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Non-commercial licensing recommendation [duplicate]

I am in the process of creating a project that I would like to make open source for the community. Ideally, I would like to restrict the use of my code to non-commercial use only. Is this possible? ...
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Is it legal for me to make a fan game to find a job?

I made a web-app of the popular board game Onitama, and am looking to host the code open source on Github, and on the portfolio website I'm building. Since I'm not putting any adds on the site or ...
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Open Source License that requires commercial users to contribute

I want to start an open source project that will provide ready-to-use business logos for use in mapping products. Part of the challenge here is that logos are trademarked and cannot be used without ...
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License that requires to show watermark on video generated by the software? [closed]

I am currently part of the development of an 'engine' that generates a video out of a MIDI file and includes special effects. We would like to make the code open-source, but we need a kind of license ...
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Code generation, source-only dependencies and GPLv3

I'm building a Java annotation processor and looking for the correct license to use with respect to some requirements (see below). Basically, a user of this tool: depends on it during compilation (...
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Is there an existing license that is copy-left by default, but allows use in proprietary software through case-by-case negotiation?

I'm looking for a license which is designed such that anyone can use my code so long as the license they release it under is copy-left. However, I'd also like to be able to license my code out for ...
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License that forces developers to make their contributions/add-ons open source

I wanna develop a software in PHP. This software I wanna put under a license which forces every person, which continues the development or makes an addon, to make it open source. Which license would ...
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Open source license that protects my ability to patent in the future?

I just published a project on GitHub that I've been working on for a few years to see if I could maybe get some help polishing it up and augmenting it from here. I'm trying to choose a license and I ...