Questions tagged [license-recommendation]

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Using GLPv3 for open-source library modules that can be extended and linked by closed-source libraries and binaries

I'm developing a pretty big open-source project which will require multiple technology stacks. My hope is that this project will be primarily community-based, which means the community should be able ...
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Copyleft license that explicitly disallows monetisation

I plan to open source a full-stack project (hardware schematics + firmware). I want to find a way of open sourcing it with a copyleft-style license that allows anyone to use, modify, and redistribute ...
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How to address common FOS license problems? - About creditstealing and ruthless cashcowing

I am a hobbyist software developer and had some disputes with a group of passionate FOSS proponents. Although they didn't manage to convince me, It made me think about what the issues with FOSS ...
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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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How can commercial products use GPL or LGPL libraries?

I would like to design a web app with a free and paid tier that will include a WYSIWYG editor. I'm considering the following options CKEditor - GPL TinyMCE - LGPLv3 QuillJS - BSD 3-Clause SlateJS - ...
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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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Are there any established licenses that encourage users of my projects to give back?

For my open-source projects, I have to rely on the users to send back bug reports, tell me which features they need, etc. I’d love to encourage all users to make a good-faith effort to do this via the ...
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Go vendor license

I am trying to use Hyperledger Fabric open source project and it has been licensed under Apache License 2.0 but while check it's vendor license it got opencontainers/go-digest which is licensed under ...
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Recommended license for small script without an attribution clause?

I'm interested in publishing a small script of mine with effectively no conditions, including attribution. What's the best license to accomplish this? It looks like the most popular options are: CC0 /...
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What is the appropriate license for open-source content which I might publish into a book?

I maintain a project called hacker-laws. It is a collection of laws, theories, patterns and so on. The repo is here: https://github.com/dwmkerr/hacker-laws It was pointed out that the MIT License ...
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Appropriate copyleft license for translation files

I'm using a GPL license (with an AppStore exception) for my app and CC BY-SA for the images used in the app, as I know the GPL isn't appropriate for artwork. However, I'm wondering what I should ...
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Open-source license that should aware if I want monetize my project

I'm creating a website. Some of functionaly is using open-source libraries from npm, github, etc. I want to monetize my sites using ads, or even I want to create some sites template and sell to ...
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What are my license obligations if I modify eclipse mosquito for commercial use

I am working for a service company. As per client requirement we need to slightly modify eclipse mosquito source code. It is dual licensed with EPL and EDL. (https://github.com/eclipse/mosquitto/blob/...
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What is a good license for a software project template?

I am looking for a suitable license for a current software project. The project is special as it is rather a template, its primary goal is to provide a solid basis for scientific software. Therefore, ...
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Pros and cons of licensing non-executable content under GPL rather than CC-BY-SA?

I'm writing a book, but I liked all its source files distributed on derivative works. What are the advantages and disadvantages of licensing non-executable content under GPL when compared with CC-BY-...
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Are there any common software licenses which only allow distribution in source code form?

Are there any licenses that allow anyone to distribute the source code, but pre-compiled binaries can only be publicly distributed by the original developer?
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License for a framework with multiple dependencies

I'm looking to open source my framework with Apache-2.0. There are plenty of dependencies with different licenses: Most are Apache-2.0. There are a couple of exceptions: (These licenses are listed ...
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If my R package uses GPL packages, does mine automatically inherit GPL?

I've built an R package that uses a mix of libraries licensed under GPL-2 and GPL-3. From what I've read, because of this dependency, my package will also have to be GPL. See here: https://www.gnu....
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Pros and Cons of using MPL-2.0 license?

I want to license my project (hosted on GitHub) under MPL-2.0, which looks like a reasonable choice. But since I'm not a lawyer, it's hard to estimate long-term benefits and consequences of this ...
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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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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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