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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License that allows contribution and distribution but no custom builds

I am looking for a license that would allow anyone to contribute to an open source project. That of course includes copying/forking the code and applying changes to it, that potentially (and maybe ...
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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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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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Can I sell personal/commercial licenses for an 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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Can I create a translation for a project under a Creative Commons non-commercial non-derivative?

I am writing a book on Github (Learn-Vim) under the Creative Commons Non-Commercial Non-Derivative 4.0 License. If you're wondering why I selected this particular license, the main reason is because ...
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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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Choosing a license based on conditions or an extensible license

I have several open source projects and now I really got to a question of choosing a license. They all are somewhat licensed, but in a noob way. I don't think I'll find something meeting all of the ...
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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 ...
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What is the OpenChain project?

Many MNCs like Facebook, Uber, Google and now Microsoft have joined the OpenChain Project, but what's it all about? I think it has something to do with FOSS licenses, but based on the material on ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Copyright holder in R packages

I am developing an R package and distribute it under the GPL-2 license by submitting it to CRAN. According to CRAN's Writing R extensions, i am the author and maintainer of the source code. The R ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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How to require anyone who modifies a work with intent to distribute REMOVE references to the originator?

I'm on an organization's Bylaws Committee and am using a (currently private) GitHub repository to track our proposed changes/amendments. Once the committee's work is complete, the intent is to make ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 before ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Can I use open source code with Apache 2.0 license in my thesis?

Is it permissible? Do I need to specifically mention it somewhere in my thesis?
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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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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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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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Licence that says the original author must be given credit, but is otherwise mostly free

I'm not a native English speaker and licenses are difficult to understand for me. I'm looking for a license that requires any people who use the code covered under the license to say "this 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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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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Licensing a segmentation dictionary derived from CC SA-BY source (Wikipedia)

We are creating a Japanese Morphological Analyzer (https://github.com/ku-nlp/jumanpp), but it needs a segmentation dictionary to perform the analysis. We want to license the analyzer under a ...