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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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 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 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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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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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 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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Using a less common license

In a comment on my question What if anything is wrong with the Apache License 2.0? someone (Zimm) reminded me that its considered bad practice to use a less widely known license. How wildly known is ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Do anything with this free beer except generate revenue, for that you'll need to purchase an additional beer license?

Background I'm working on a talk, complete with an accompanying resource pack and website. I've never released anything I believe to be of some actual significant monetary value to anyone else ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Using older versions of licenses in new projects

When creating a new project today, am I allowed to license my software using the older version of licenses such as GPLv2 (vs. GPLv3), or BSD 4 clause (vs BSD 3 clause). OR Am I only allowed to use ...
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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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What license permits everything but gives credit?

So I have been looking for a while for a License which permits basically everything but gives me credit for the original work, I have had a look at the ISC, BSM, zLib and GPL license but am not sure ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is it legal to monetize from someone else's software?

I was wondering if I copy someone else's software and make some design changes and try to make money from it. Is it legal? Which licenses provides a facility for that?
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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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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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How to protect a web game with open-sourced code?

We (as in "a bunch of friends") are creating a text-based RPG online game. For sake of simplicity let's end it at that. We want to build it using open-source tools and technologies and we are fine ...
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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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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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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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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, ...