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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How to license open source service for commercial projects but restrict it to backend usage

How would you license an open source service (server with frontend) which is a tool let's say to monitor software applications. I'd like to find a license which allows companies to adopt it and use it ...
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Open sourcing software that I do not own IP to

I have written some software based on publicly available research papers that other people have written. I know that the authors of the research papers have filed for patent for their work. I do not ...
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BSD-2-Clause vs MIT [duplicate]

What is the biggest difference between a BSD-2-Clause license and an MIT license? What are the pros and cons of each?
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Is there a one-stop guide to choose a licence? [closed]

Do you know of a guide that walks you through the choosing of a licence?
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How can a paid/proprietary module be combined with an open-source platform?

How could licences be chosen to allow this? As an example, how are things done with paid addons with Prestashop?
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License of a Linux distribution

I'm helping a medicine student to build a Linux distribution which should include some imaging processing tools. The aim is give to the other students a bootable USB stick to be used for their ...
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Licence for open-source code which is part of proprietary code?

I've a proprietary program which is using OOP classes which I want to publish as FOSS (only the classes). Which FOSS compatible license I can choose for the classes which will work with my ...
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Is the Mozilla Public License 2.0 compatible with the Google Chrome Web Store?

I am working on a Mozilla Firefox Add-on licensed under the MPL-2.0, and just got asked by a user if I have a version for Google Chrome. I'd like to say yes and accommodate this request. However, ...
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Possibility of non-commercial ‘open-source’ and attribution based licence

I am currently planning to launch an alpha version of the software as a representative of an unregistered company. We (currently I'm the only person on the team) do not have any patents and are not ...
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Which existing license would fit those requrirements (or how to write our own license type)?

Sorry if anything I say is a bit stupid or out of context, I'm really new to Open Source licensing, so please don't be too mean ;) I have wrote a software framework which I want to distribute as open ...
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Which license can be used when I want to protect contributions to my program?

So, we are trying to write library in java which will make it easier to work with images, etc. It's something like university project, so we have 15 people in our team. We don't want anyone to have ...
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Opening the source of my project so others can learn

I've been working on a side project for fun that I originally wanted to release and commercialize. I've realized recently that while I think my work is great and would be fun to share I am not ready ...
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What's the closest to GPL3 I can get while staying compliant with the EPL and APL?

The Eclipse Public License and the GPL (2 or 3) are not compatible. [ ... ] you may not combine EPL and GPL code in any scenario where source code under those licenses are both the same source code ...
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Licensing for a pre-alpha software which is intended to be eventually released open source

I want to release a pre-alpha software for preview. I do not want to put the code in an open repository like GitHub yet because it is just a prototype and I intend to re-design parts. The package I am ...
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Looking for the right licence to use

I have a software I would like to release for free. It will be published on the AppStore at first and at the same time, the source code will be released on GitHub for those who would like to build ...
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Monetizing and licensing with AGPL libraries

I am just curious about, what license should i use for app(android), i have written in my free time. I am using some libraries, which have this licenses on it: Apache 2.0 license MIT license GNU ...
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Picking a license for library

I'm planning to open-source a server-side Python library from my pet project. It strictly depends on another Python library, which is distributed under the GNU GPL v2. Am I legally correct to put my ...
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Open source license that only affects code

I have a repository (a website) available on Github which contains code, media and texts. Everything is freely available (either on the website or via the code on Github). I want to let the code ...
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What license should I use for an open source Android app that has no third party libraries outside of ones provided by the Android operating system? [closed]

I made a simple app for Android and I want to make it open source, What license should I use, how should I implement it in the project files, and is there anything else I need to take into ...
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Pacifist copyleft-like partially-open-source license

I'd like a license restricting use to non-military projects, but otherwise just like the GNU GPL. (There is obviously no point in making a permissive license like that, because editing a comment is ...
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Can a social network site be open source?

I have a project that a small social network site (which is here). I am actively developing this project and I am planning it to be open source. But I am confused about licensing it. In the future, if ...
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Want to release old shareware application as open source but uses commercial libs. Options?

I have some Windows shareware applications built with Delphi 7 that have not been updated for almost 10 years. I was thinking to release the source code as open source on a site like sourceforge. ...
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Author Credits for certain licenses [closed]

All I want to know is what licensing allows me, the program author, to keep "author credits"(so no one can rip me off), and make all software created from this program to remain free (like Ruby ...
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Overview on licenses for data collections?

I'm dimly aware that there are differences in legal treatment of data collections (e.g. a telephone book, or map data like OpenStreetMap) as compared to, say, a novel or a program. For works like ...
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Is there a license which prevents misuse of the source code?

How do I prevent the misuse of my applications and/or their source codes? Maybe something along these lines: You are NOT allowed to bundle this application with anything that may count as: Malware,...
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Short open source license that requires mentioning if changes were made

I would like to publish an open source program, but I am not sure which licence I should use. Here are my criteria: Copying and modifying the source code must be allowed. The copyright notice and the ...
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When using libraries taken from Github, where should I put the Apache license?

I downloaded few source codes for android from here. From what I see this website doesn't state the license of these source codes anywhere, although the title say free code game and it says open ...
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How should I license my source code? [closed]

I have written a commercial application which contains closed source code and a script API which is open source. Currently I have a CLA similar to this which has to be signed by each contributor to be ...
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Open source license not allowing to publish others changes

I am developing a framework, and want it to be dual-licensed: free for non-commercial use; if someone improves the code, then the only way to publish it is by a pull request on Github (he cannot make ...
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Licensing for Open Source project which uses commercial libraries

We are developing an application which will be Open Source (code), however there are few libraries which are either paid or commercial. We have liaised with original developers/parties and agreed to ...
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What license for code resembles CC BY-SA most?

With the rise of much licensing debate around here on Stack Exchange, there's been a lot of arguments about having a license closest to the status quo. Initially, I would've thought that the closest ...
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How to require a “pingback” when my CC-licensed material is used?

I have a graduation project based on an open source system. As my university is more leaned towards the market instead of the academia, I wanted to know who else (if ever) is going to take my project ...
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Source code distribution without commercial use

I was wondering if there was a software license that has the same requirements as the Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 since they do not recommend its use for software. I looked on choosealicense.com but ...
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How to deal with third party libraries?

I'm working on a project I would like to release as an open source project in the future. In my work I'm using a number of third party libraries, either from open source projects or released to the ...
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How should I license my project's logo?

For my OSS project, is it a good idea to release the "brand assets" under a CC license? I want to make it easy for people to use the logo for blogs/articles talking about the product and derivatives ...
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License for code snippets on programmers community

I'm part of a programmers community over the internet. I've been struggling with the code that's shared over the site because it's licensed under the CC BY-SA. I'd love to accomplish with the law and ...
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What license should I release my code under? It contains FFmpeg binaries, code from NAudio and code from FFmpeg.Autogen

I want to release my WPF Media Element based on FFmpeg on GitHub. I want to be as permissive as possible. I believe that this control could be of great help to a ton of people. Here are the links to ...
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License that keeps a library open, but also allows use in proprietary applications?

I wrote a C++ library (that compiles to a dll that can be called in C#). I would like it so that the library itself can never become proprietary but can be used in proprietary applications. If the ...
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Software licence to limit use/modification of parts of open-source code?

Is there any software licence (GNU, MIT Apache etc.) that could be readily used or modified to allow to impose limitations of the specific use/modification of parts of a source code that otherwise is ...
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Are there any GPL like licenses for Apple App Store?

GPL software is not allowed onto the Apple App Store. The FSF shows how the GPL2 is not compatible with the App Store terms of service. Along the same lines, we'll be talking about GPLv2 ...
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Licence to prevent sharing a modified copy of a software?

Is there any open source licence that would allow one individual to copy, modify, share the source code of the project while preventing to share a modified copy of the project? I'm asking that ...
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What kind of license for a small code

I am looking for a license for a small project. As a mathematician with my collaborators we created some C code that allows one to simulate some equations. This code is pretty simple but allows for ...
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Open source licensing with extra restriction clause

I know the title is a bit misleading, I guess it might not be possible to release software as open source with this restriction, so the question is how I should license the following scenario: I want ...
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Open Source license for school use, but not commercial use

I am starting a web API for my school and I was wondering what licence would be most appropriate? The goal is to have an open source application that can be freely shared with other school but ...
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AGPL-like license for datasets

Is anyone aware of (work towards) a license with similar freedom-preserving restrictions as the AGPL, which can be applied to datasets? Some background: The GPL puts restrictions on the legally ...
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License for my Framework

I'm looking for a good license-model. I am developing a framework. These key points should be considered: Can: modify distribute commercial and private use sell it in modified/extended state ...
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How can I create my own fork of Creative Commons license for a book - educational use [closed]

How can I create my own educational license for my scholar books? I'm thinking in a fork of CC BY-SA-NC + educational use. What should I have in mind before write the license? These is our draft for ...
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Need free / open source software licences for specific requirements [closed]

Before publishing my reusable software source code to some online repository, I have some license requirements as follows. I need to know whether any existing free or open software source license ...
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Move from MIT license to a new one

I want to move from MIT license to a new one, with this goals to reach: Leave the project free to use for individuals and small open source companies Let commercial companies pay some money for using ...
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Which license should I use when my project uses plugins under various licenses?

I am confused about choosing a license for my project. I have read some resources like Open Source Initiative and Choosealicense.com, though. My project is a mobile application for Android. Now, it's ...