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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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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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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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 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 ...
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Software licenses that force contribution back to the original project only for commercial use

Is there a Software licenses that force contribution back to the original project only for commercial use (projects that wants to make money out of it)?. Another way to phrase the question People can ...
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What is the most similar license to the GPL 2.0, but for non-code works?

What license is most similar to GPL 2.0 but for stuff other than code like images and documentation?
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"As is, no warranties" statement for open source app that offers precompiled binaries via app/play store and GitHub

(Updated: As it turns out, based on the comments below CC-SA-NC is not considered an Open Source license. The moderators are free to close this. That being said, whether my software is CC-SA-NC or GPL ...
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Force derivative works to be public

Is there a known license where all derivative works must be made public? Consider this: I give copyleft code to team X. Team X improves code and only shares/uses it internally. This situation is ...
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Is there an open source/free license that allows for restrictions on academic usage?

I study CS at university and obviously do a lot of programming for my course. I'd like to be able to release my source code to show employers and such, but the university is understandably concerned ...
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License for Graphics Design Program

I've written a Graphics Design program, with less functionality than Photoshop, but more than MS Paint. I've targeted the application towards teenagers and kids, mainly for educational usages for ...
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License for open sourcing software with pending patents

I have a pending patent on my Confidence Coin invention. I shared the code publicly on Github (after I started my application), but I have not added a license yet. This software is a blockchain ...
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My university is asking to choose between BY-SA and GFDL to release my work

An infographic I designed is to be uploaded to my university website. They have asked me to choose between the BY-SA and GFDL to release my work. I tried looking up the difference but I cannot find ...
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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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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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A license for a python project with unforseen libraries usage and lots of outside contribution?

I'm not good at legalities and this is my first official project so I have little knowledge of copyrights and licenses. I haven't read a lot of legal documents and only a bit of knowledge about ...
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Licensing an electron app made with third-party packages

I have an app made with electron.js I have used third party packages in my app. All the packages have permissive licenses(MIT and BSD License) with them. I am using UI assets(e.g. icons) with MIT ...
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A license to protect the core, but allow proprietary extensions

I like the GPL. I like that it keeps FOSS free and open. I like that if my software is re-distributed, users know where to file bug reports, buy feature requests, and know where it came from. ...
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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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Which licence to choose to deny hosting a software?

I plan to make a webapp but I don't want to host it myself so if people want to use it they will have to host it themselves. The source will be on GitHub and I don't know which licence to choose. My ...
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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 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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How can I get benefits priority out of my open source code? [closed]

I have a project that I want to publish as an open source project, but as the creator I would like to get a head-start in taking advantage of my work for monetary gain. Can I prevent people ...
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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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Should I add a licence to a Python3 script when putting it on GitHub?

I have written a script on python3. It is fairly simple it converts one biological sequence format of text file to another. I am adding it to GitHub and was wondering if I should and need add a ...
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Are there any common software licenses which only allow distribution in source code form?

Are there any licenses that allow anyone to distribute the source code, but pre-compiled binaries can only be publicly distributed by the original developer?
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How to refer to the license when my code is based on a sample in documentation?

When someone makes a code for their project using a certain library, oftentimes he will refer to the official documentation. But how does he need to think about the license? Assuming I have been ...
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Is there a "read only" software license?

Is there a license that would allow a software vendor to show their source code to the public, but if the user wants to run the code require them to buy a license? For example, the vendor could be ...
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Best open source license to preserve author credit?

We have a few library plugins that we want to open source on GitHub, but we want to preserve the author credit for us when our libraries are used by others. I see a lot of different open source ...
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Licensing a project which uses numerous other modified projects under different licenses

I am using multiple libraries in a project I plan to release and distribute in both source and binary form. In my project, I use a few other open-source projects, and modified the source-code in a few ...
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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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Which license can be used when I want to protect contributions to my program?

So, we are trying to write library in java which will make it easier to work with images, etc. It's something like university project, so we have 15 people in our team. We don't want anyone to have ...
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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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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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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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Using third-party libraries in my webapp (Python)

I've searched the web for information about this, but haven't found a clear answer, that I understand at least. I have created an Flask app, which utilizes libraries such as Pandas, NumPy, Scikit ...
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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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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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Software license that has the condition to link back to the original

I want to license a project made by me. MIT License would be sufficient, but I want any future work to be linked back to the sourcecode. Similar to the MPL where you always have to link back to the ...
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Can I use MPL-2 for not being held responsible for software bugs?

I just started my career as an online freelancer and even though I try to do my best I have this constant stress & anxiety about what will happen if there is a huge unwanted issue/bug in my code ...
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How can a paid/proprietary module be combined with an open-source platform?

How could licences be chosen to allow this? As an example, how are things done with paid addons with Prestashop?
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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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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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Licencing a software while working in an enterprise

I work for one of the 4 big consulting companies. I developed a software on my free time. It gained lot of attention, I was asked to register it as company asset. I guess there are plans to use/sell ...
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MIT Licensed web app - can I enforce copyright header at the top of the main html in derivative works?

I'm considering releasing a software product under MIT license. It's a complete front-end web application, that users would self-host. There are 3 parts to the application: index.html (a simple file ...

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