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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Licensing for Open Source project which uses commercial libraries [duplicate]

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 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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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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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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How do I enforce not just the letter but also the spirit of open source for an open culture?

When looking for a strong open source license for a new project, a license such as the (A)GPLv3 provides a round-all catch-all protection against legal shenanigans such as patent disputes. ...
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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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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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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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Seeking Creative-Commons-like license with addition(s) to request or require modifications be contributed back to source [duplicate]

Do any licenses exist that might serve the purposes below? If not, what licenses might be similarly useful? Initial license goals "Drive updates back to the source." My team seeks Creative-Commons-...
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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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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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What is a good license for a software project template?

I am looking for a suitable license for a current software project. The project is special as it is rather a template, its primary goal is to provide a solid basis for scientific software. Therefore, ...
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OSI approved License similar to CC BY-SA 4.0

What's the most recommended OSI approved license (here's the list) closest to our current license is Creative Commonns Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International? Also, why aren't the Creative Commons ...
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Can I give the software gratis and charge for the source? (and still be FOSS ?)

A friend and I developed a software which we would like to be free as in freedom. We would like our software to be available to anyone for no money, but we would like to sell the source code to those ...
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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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Using GLPv3 for open-source library modules that can be extended and linked by closed-source libraries and binaries

I'm developing a pretty big open-source project which will require multiple technology stacks. My hope is that this project will be primarily community-based, which means the community should be able ...
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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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Can your MIT library use an LGPL library?

If you use a library with LGPL 2.1 license (e.g., PHPMailer) in your also open source library, can you release your library as MIT license if you didn't actually modify PHPMailer? E.g., All you did ...
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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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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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How do I choose a suitable license for my academic software? [closed]

I'm in academia and I think that as a matter of principle, my code should be open source. It's not likely to have a lot of users. It might have none other than myself. I have it published on github, ...
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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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Appropriate copyleft license for translation files

I'm using a GPL license (with an AppStore exception) for my app and CC BY-SA for the images used in the app, as I know the GPL isn't appropriate for artwork. However, I'm wondering what I should ...
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What are my license obligations if I modify eclipse mosquito for commercial use

I am working for a service company. As per client requirement we need to slightly modify eclipse mosquito source code. It is dual licensed with EPL and EDL. (https://github.com/eclipse/mosquitto/blob/...
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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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Choosing the right open source license

My goals for the open-source license is credit for contributions like I get credit for the code I write and I would like if a person shows me a concept of how to do something and I implement it I want ...
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Open Source license for a software implementation of a game for which I don't own IP (on mechanics, design, ..)

I am implementing an online version of a card game. The author and publisher of the game owns the IP, evidently (e.g on mechanics and design). the game (mechanics) and the graphics are our ...
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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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Should my webapp also be AGPL if I use ImageMagick linked with GhostScript?

Should my webapp be licensed as AGPL if it runs ImageMagick linked with GhostScript (which is AGPL)? Here's a scenario: A user submits a PDF file. My webapp receives it and stores it on a HDD. The ...
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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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Publishing my Node.js library/framework under the GPL

I'm currently working on my Node.js library/framework. I would like to eventually publish it as FOSS software, but I would like to hinder people who change/fork my code from not giving their changes ...
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License that requires inclusion of a documentation file?

Someone came to me with this request, and I couldn't come up with a license that satisfies it. We found a workaround, but I think the author's request represents a realistic requirement, so would ...
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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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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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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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Licensing a small project so that anyone can use/modify it without redistribution

I have created a small project with the primary purpose of demonstrating the use of a Makefile. The file in question may be useful for me in the future, but I don't want to be forced to distribute ...
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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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A library that is licensed differently on client and server

I am developing an application (Budibase) that will be used to build and host web applications. My application is a Low Code Development Platform. Think Wordpress, except that the output would be a ...
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Am I legally obligated to disclose that my web app is using AngularJS?

I am using AngularJS in a web app I am building, and I'm wondering about the legal obligation of disclosing that my app uses AngularJS, and whether I need to make AngularJS's licence agreement ...
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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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Pacifist copyleft-like partially-open-source license [closed]

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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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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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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Are there any established licenses that encourage users of my projects to give back?

For my open-source projects, I have to rely on the users to send back bug reports, tell me which features they need, etc. I’d love to encourage all users to make a good-faith effort to do this via the ...
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Impact of a license on the Open Source Community [closed]

Which kind of licence would be better for the open source community. An extremely permissive licence like the MIT or Apache Licences of a more copyleft licence like the GNU licences that limit ...
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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 ...