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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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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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 ...
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Licensing and publicly hosting commercial software, but free for non-profit or personal use

I am developing a commercial PHP software which I will offer for free for non-profit, open source, personal usage and for self training and I want to make it open source but in the same time it is a ...
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License that prohibits attribution on derivatives?

I don't need this but still would be very interested in an answer. Is there any license in this vein? © year my name No warranty You may distrubute exact copies You may distribute modified ...
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License that allows to make copies of a file and distribute them BUT NOT to make changes to the file

I am looking for a license that allows to make copies of a file and distribute them BUT NOT to make changes to the file, or cut parts of the text and distribute only them. Any ideas? For example, ...
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Open Source license that needs to include reference to original work and author

Open Source licences are hard to read and understand for non-native English speakers because it sounds more like a constitutional text (at least I'm having problems to understand them and that's why I ...
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1-year time delay open source license

I'm wondering if there's an open source license like GPL but lets you sell a program/product for a specific amount of time. Then, after a reasonable amount of time, say 1 year after product release, ...
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License that prevents re-distribution at least on Play Store and XDA

I'm working on an Android app that I plan on uploading to the Play Store as a paid listing. I also want to make it open source. I'm perfectly fine with people building it for personal use, but I want ...
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Streaming coding sessions on Twitch, is it possible to license the code as open-source?

TL;DR; If I wish to stream some coding/programming sessions on Twitch, is it still possible to license the produced code in some open-source flavor, while still being compatible with Twitch terms-of-...
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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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Is this an appropriate use of the GPL?

I'm currently producing an application for a client, where I'm writing all the source code myself from scratch. The client is paying me a one-off fee for development work. The plan is for the client ...
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Explanation about open source codes and licences

I need to understand rules that I only read but never understood completely. I'm asking here some clarifications. I read that GPLv2 licence imposes that a developer, developing a software using codes ...
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What license should I use with a project that is primarily data?

I have a project that is a resume. The resume, and the data contained within it are the heart of the project and written in a data format (XML). There is also, however, a style sheet written in XSLT ...
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License for origami crease pattern drawing software

I'm planning to make some origami crease pattern drawing software. Now this will be mainly based on an existing piece of software (Oripa 3.5) which is under the GNU GPL 3 license. The author mentioned ...
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License for Sketch template with branding

I want to publish a very meticulously designed Sketch kit on GitHub. Though, I wish anyone who would use it in their open/closed source projects to be obligated to have my company's title mentioned ...
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"Fair use" open source licence

I'm looking for a "fair use" open source license. By this I mean that I want anyone to be able to browse the source code and take bits and pieces as they please, and be able to inspect my source code ...
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An open-source code license: zero-cost for open-source only

I'm creating set of open-source boilerplates and, possibly, other instances of code. What kind of license should i use if I need these conditions to be applied: code can be used at no cost for open ...
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Is it possible to be open source but restrict distribution of compiled binaries?

I've started to consider how I want to license a project of mine, and I want people to be able to read, modify and distribute the source code. However, I also want to be able to monitise the project, ...
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License that is safe against terrorist groups

This looks like the old question, but IT IS NOT. BSD and MIT licenses are simple and straight forward, but are they safe against terrorist groups? Any terrorist can use our code against us. Can't ...
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Is there any license that prohibits copying the code for assignment?

I have written a simple shell in C. I started my work when I had an OS lab. I did this as an assignment. I tried to implement cd, pipe, I/O redirection, background process, jobs, running system ...
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Can we keep the components of a derivative work open source, but allow the work as a whole to be closed?

We are creating a repository of resources so that people can build software or create videos or artwork using our material as their basis. We are making a virtual Moon colony and a website of related ...
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License that only allows distribution of edited versions

I am creating a project on GitHub, and I need to choose a licence. I want it this license to follow something like this: Permissions It can be edited. An edited version of the project can be ...
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Software license that says "you can use this source code commercially as long as you don't also use any of the included art assets"?

I want to put the source code of a game out there with the stipulation that people are not allowed to use any of its art assets commercially. I'd also require attribution. Mods distributed for free ...
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Can the original author see other people's modifications?

In the topic Appropriate licence for later merging back, one of the desired criteria was, I want to be capable to merge any derivatives back [...] from somebody who made modifications [...]. ...
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Can I use the MIT license if I use Font Awesome (SIL OFL)?

I have a project in which I included libraries of: Bootstrap v3.3.7 (http://getbootstrap.com) Licensed MIT jQuery v1.11.2 (jquery.org/license) Licensed MIT jQuery UI v1.11.2 (http://jqueryui.com) ...
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How to retain complete copyright on a GitHub open source project

I'm about to start a project and make it 'open source' cause I really like it, and would fit perfectly my project spirit. The project is divided in 2 parts: The main application, whose anyone could ...
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License of photos of code?

If I take a photograph of software code, in what way(s) am I allowed to use/distribute that photograph? I am assuming copyright code hangs somewhere between fair usage and copyright infringement, but ...
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Licensing software that should be free for using with free RDBMS

We want to make our software free for using with free RDBMS (and commercial for using with commercial RDBMS). What is the best way to do this? We haven't found any public well-known license for that, ...
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Is there a "free use with advertisement" license?

Is there a license that means free usage of source code or its parts, free use of the product for personal or any commercial purposes, but the license obliges the user to place an advertisement of ...
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Keeping contributions and allowing free use of libraries. i.e. Complex licencing issue

I have an idea for a modern compiler project which will involve, at least at the start: A driver program. A set of libraries that implement the compiler, much like LLVM/Clang. A runtime library that ...
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How to Audit licensing of old project?

I manage a project with a very long open source history - Zikula (and https://github.com/zikula/core). Zikula grew out of PHPNuke and PostNuke. Most of the oldest code is long gone, but some legacy ...
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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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GPL and 3-clause BSD together

I want to make DLLs of my code (not the source) publicly available for any type of usage, but the code depends on a GPL-licensed DLL and a 3-clause BSD licensed DLL. What license should I use? And is ...
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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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Does the AGPL help to protect against closed source if the application is run on a remote server and proxied by a separate service?

Note that there is this related question of which this question is by no means a duplicate. It refers to a related but separate scenario. Long question title, I'll just go with an example. Suppose I ...
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Is there a temporary copyleft license?

Suppose I produce some work, and I want all derivative works released before the year 2030 to be open source under the same license, but during and after the year 2030 I wish to allow derivative works ...
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Which OpenSource License for a proprietary software? [closed]

I am creating a software that I want to release under a proprietary license with some flexibility for the customer and I need your help to find a license that fits my requirements since I am not sure ...
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Combining software and image licensing in the same repository

I have a project under Apache license on GitHub. I want to add some non-text stuff into repository (logo). Can I use Apache license for an image? If not, what CC license is most 'aligned' with Apache ...
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Should I use GNU GPL or CC-0 to distribute scripts? [closed]

I want to add a copyright disclaimer in all my code/scripts (i.e. not software), which I share in my website. These are for many languages, like Matlab, R, Stata, Julia, etc. Which license should I ...
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License similar to GPL, but allowing to incorporate into the commercial version

Continuing this question: I want a license L which is generally like GPL, but allows us to do the following: License our software under both L and a commercial license. Require that every patch (or ...
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An even lesser LGPL-like license that allows static linking

Is there a weak copyleft license, that: allows you to distribute the sources, as long as they are under the same license allows you to do pretty much what you want if you do not distribute the ...
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How can I protect the rights on character names or imagery in an open source game?

I want to publish an open source game, but I want to retain all copyrights on the used characters. A use case would be that another party downloads the code and makes a new game with it, but the ...
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Mozilla Public License for core open source modules but proprietary modules?

I have built a framework that has the core modules: module1, module2, module3, module4. But I have also build module5 that uses the core modules and also derives classes from the module1. I want ...
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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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Are there licenses which restrict sales/commercial use of software in UNmodified form?

I am working on a project whose source code I intend to release on GitHub, but I might also like to sell the binary on an app store. I would like to prevent others from simply copying my code and ...
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Is there a license that restricts interpretation of the source except to documentation?

I was reading an issue on python-patterns' GitHub repo. Where it was asked Really? I mean, these are simple snippets showing design patterns for learning purposes, none of this code is usable as it ...

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