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 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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Do I need a longer license than this for a small program?

I have 2 small C programs (each is the inverse of the other) and a common header, <500 lines of code total, and it seems a waste to include a whole license file, so I've just written this comment ...
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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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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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Is it common to licence blog posts under Creative Commons?

I plan on writing a personal blog, which will be mostly about software development topics. It's going to be implemented as a Github Pages blog on my own custom domain. I am debating whether I should ...
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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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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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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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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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Finding a license that prohibits distribution

I have some open-source things I’ve made, and I am trying to get a license that prohibits the redistribution of them. By this, I mean when I publish it to wherever I do, I don’t want to permit others ...
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Permissive license that prohibits redistribution of code?

Referring to this excellent page: https://choosealicense.com/licenses/ The Apache License permits Commercial use Distribution Modification Patent use Private use I am writing code to accompany a ...
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MongoDB community license usage

As MongoDB introduced their own server-side-public-license model for community version I wonder in which use cases community version is allowed to be used in production. There are different ...
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Can the original Author keep his GNU AGPLv3 licensed code private if it is hosted on a server accessible to an entire university?

I'm writing a web app for my University that will be accessible to the entire uni. One of the things I'm negotiating for is to retain the copyright without giving it to the Uni. The Uni on the other ...
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How can I forbid shady resale practices?

From time to time, I come across a website that is clearly selling my MIT-licensed, FOSS project verbatim to unsuspecting buyers under an alternative name. Of course, they do not acknowledge the fact ...
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Software vs non software differences

On this website https://choosealicense.com/non-software/#data-media-etc they seem to classify non software as data but can't data be code which in turn would be software? Basically in the open source ...
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License description for repository that uses a template under MIT license

Assume that I use a template repository on GitHub (e.g., https://github.com/actions/typescript-action), make a tool, and publish it on GitHub under MIT license. However, obviously I need to show the ...
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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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GPL compatible alternative to LPPL?

Problem Sometimes, I write latex templates (e.g. to account for department-specific guidelines for theses etc.), and wonder how to license them. Background The IEEEtran latex class is licensed under ...

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