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Do i need a license, for parsing a command/program that is not written by myself?

// Example in c++: string cmd1 = "sudo dmidecode"; string cmd2 = "sudo nethogs -t -s -a -d 1"; string cmd3 = "sudo intel_gpu_top -J"; FILE *pipe = popen(cmd1.c_str(), &...
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On Mac OS X, if a resource is created or edited with the GPL-licensed Rezilla utility, is the resource a derivative work of the Rezilla software?

On the Mac OS X platform, there is an open source resource editor utility called Rezilla. For those that are unfamiliar, a lot of the Rezilla utility’s functionality is similar to that of the ResEdit ...
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One Stop Information About Commericialization of Apache Projects [closed]

Observation: I got to know that commercialization of Apache Software Foundation's(ASF) projects is possible. Examples of My Observation: For example, Astronomer company(https://www.astronomer.io/) has ...
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Is saving a book in a company's server or cloud considered commercial use? [closed]

I am failing to understand what things could be included in "commercial use". I have downloaded a book that has a license that says: This work is licensed under the Attribution-...
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Could a license that allows later versions impose obligations or remove protections for licensors in the future?

If a project is licensed under GPL-2.0-or-later/MPL1.*, to what extent could the FSF/Mozilla releases a new version that imposes obligations or removes protections for licensors? Some examples: Could ...
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Does the Reciprocal Public Licence require notifications only to be given to the first original licensor?

If person A creates a work under RPL-1.5 and person B creates a work based on person A's work, person B has to notify person A with the changes. If person A then uses these changes and continues to ...
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Can we use a previous release of an open source project when it had Apache 2.0 license for commercial purpose?

If an open source project which had Apache 2.0 license, has now changed its license to non-commercial use license, can we use a previous release(when it was free for commercial use) of the project for ...
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Can I remove files that I do not use under ZLib license?

I have downloaded the SDL2 libraries source code and noticed that I do not use the majority of what is in there. However, there are licenses in there under the ZLib license. So my question is whether ...
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AppleJavaExtensions-1.4.jar is free or not for commercial use?

I know AppleJavaExtensions-1.4.jar is under Apple License. https://developer.apple.com/library/archive/samplecode/AppleJavaExtensions/Listings/README_txt.html I wonder that AppleJavaExtensions-1.4....
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Citing project with license but without copyright notice

The authors of a project whose code I wish to use and is licensed under GPL-3.0-or-later have failed to provide a copyright notice. I know what their GitHub organization is. How should I cite their ...
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How to use code licensed under GPL-3.0-or-later in a project licensed under GPL-3.0-or-later?

I'd like to use code from project A that was licensed under GPL-3.0-or-later in project B, which is also going to be licensed under GPL-3.0-or-later. What should the license headers in the source ...
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Is requiring a link to my site allowed for a FOSS license?

If I require a SEO link to my site (with that my software installed) from every installation of my software, does it make my license not FOSS? Can I use GPL components in so licensed software? Can you ...
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Some files or parts of code Apache 2.0 into new Open Source project

If one is to release a new open source project using a license like Apache 2.0 or MIT, or any other, and this project uses some files or parts of code, that can be slight modified for a proper use or ...
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what to implement in my commercial website in order to legally use PrimeNG MIT license?

I'm trying to find some very specific angular ui components that I can only find in primeNG. I never used it before, it looks simple enough to implement, the only problem that i'm having is that I ...
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Including Apache 2 Licensed Code in Project

I have a large codebase licensed under GPL. There is another codebase I found one specific file to be useful in, and the whole codebase is under Apache 2. I cannot change the license of my project, ...
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JDK Documentation Examples Licence

What is the license for code examples in the JDK's documentation? For example: The code examples present in this javadoc. Additionally, in general do code examples embedded in documentation always ...
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Qt Installer Framework to distribute closed source project [duplicate]

I work for a company where I'm developing an application based on a number of Qt components. We want o keep application source code closed and use Qt for free, I understand that means use Qt under ...
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What's the license for a Qt based project? [duplicate]

https://www.qt.io/product/features I work for a company where I'm developing a project based on a number of Qt components. Not using Qt commercial license, after reading here and there about Qt ...
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Can I install Qt using online installer, while under LGPL? [duplicate]

https://www.qt.io/product/features I'm working for a company where I'm developing an application based on a number of Qt components, keeping application source code closed is important. So I'm trying ...
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Can Qt be used in company project?

I work for a company in which I'm developing a Qt application. So when I install Qt using the online installer it asks me to mark a checkbox saying I am an individual person not using Qt for any ...
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What is the appropriate license that I should pick for my software?

We are making use of the following tools in our software, and not modified any of these tools. Tools 1-3 are used directly in my software. Tool 4 is used for reference, but included as part of our ...
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Use of SaaS application with using a AGPL script as a command line tool

I am planning to use a command-line tool on a docker image that our SaaS application has used to deploy some microservices. This command-line tool is licensed under AGPL and one of our microservices ...
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Do I need QT Commercial License for annotation tool?

I'm going to make an annotation tool for deep learning using PyQT. Trained models are sold on the product. My annotation tool is not sold with the product. so, Customer can't see my annotation tool. ...
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What is the legal status of a repository that deleted its license?

I created a fork of a repository that hadn't received a commit in ~4 years. Three weeks ago (and after a 7 year hiatus), the repository owner deleted the MIT license in the repository. The commits I ...
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Are works created using GPLv2 licensed code considered derivative of the code? [duplicate]

Consider that I write some code which generates 3D models, and release it using the GPLv2 license. Someone else then sees value in my code but wishes to change it and so they modify it to their ...
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Does the GPL apply to my files that are used alongside (no part of) a GPL item

I wrote an simple addon/xml theme for some software that is GPL licensed. No modifications were ever made to the GPL licensed code during this time. Someone took one of my images and is claiming that ...
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Copy license terms from other product?

This might not be a very "open source" question, but I thought I might find in this forum the right people for the question. For a mortal human being creating a PDF with the license terms ...
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How is 'commercial use' of software defined?

Licenses often distinguish between commercial use and non-commercial use. I found different sources discussing this topic: What is commercial and non-commercial? What Does Commercial Software Mean? ...
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Apache-2.0 and MPL-2.0: To what extent does "license termination when instituting litigation" applied?

Background Apache-2.0 and MPL-2.0 contain a clause that if you sue the project/user for infringement of your patent, all of the licenses you have been granted are terminated (though the exact rights ...
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Which license to use for a template that you cannot modify (structure) and must attribute, but which can be used freely : fill with data, images...?

What license to use for a template ? As an example, let's say an MS Access template. I want people to use/share it but only to store data, commercially or not, but isn't it a 'modification' of the ...
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Can I disregard GPL just because I use autoconf?

I found the following text in licenses to some software I am considering to use: As a special exception to the GNU General Public License, if you # distribute this file as part of a program that ...
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distributing gcc together with program

Ok so i have a project which requires gcc to work. I would like to distribute gcc binaries together with program for sake of convenience. What are legal requirements for this. Should i add copy of gcc ...
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Can any project under ISC have the license migrated to MIT text by me if it possibly meets the criterion? (+the permissions listed within MIT License)

Was wondering after I had seen this answer on ISC vs BSD vs MIT If both explicit & implied rights are the same and the permissions mentioned in the ISC are also found in MIT, including to sub-...
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Can a license be licensed?

Since licenses could also be viewed as IP, is it possible to release a license under another (or even the same) license, which could impose conditions on the usage of said license?
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Trying to understand an old custom license

I found this code that I want to use: https://github.com/ObjectivitySRC/PVGPlugins/blob/master/NonBSDPlugins/DataMineReader/dmfile.h The license is on top and states: If you do use this code please ...
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Is it legally required to name used libraries under Apache 2.0 when publishing an Android app?

My Android app contains many libraries licensed under Apache 2.0. According to my understanding, when publishing the app, it is enough to add the following sentence in the app's description: "...
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LGPL obligations implementation in beta versions

As far as I know, LGPL mandates that the respective licenses are featured in file and in app visual representation. The former is a simple distribution matter, but the latter is a gui feature. Assume ...
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Why FreeBSD License is considered a permissive license instead of weak copyleft license?

From FreeBSD License: Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without modification, are permitted provided that the following conditions are met: 1.Redistributions of source code ...
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Using EPL 2.0 library as a node module in APL 2.0 project

I plan on using an EPL 2.0 Library in an Apache License 2.0 project as a dependency for the UI. I won't be modifying the source code but I believe when we do npm install to install the library, the ...
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Does a copyright notice in a file header affect the licensing?

I'm a little confused about the licensing. In the LICENSE file it says that the repository is under MIT license. But in the header of some js files there is a copyright notice with apache-2.0. Does ...
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How web design programs let users edit HTML elements and gives CSS? Do they have a permission(license) for that?

How web design programs let users edit HTML elements and gives CSS? Do they have a permission(license) for that? The question is about HTML5 and CSS licensing. I know we can use them in our websites ...
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Is the TeX typesetting system free and open source?

I recently opened the source code for the widely-used TeX typesetting system, and was surprised by the restrictive license I found: This program is copyright (C) 1982 by D. E. Knuth; all rights are ...
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Does the compilation always have the same license as the source code?

Let's say I have a work which consists of a source code and some license. The source code can be a program (e.g. written in C) but also an image (e.g. written in SVG). This source code can be ...
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Does copyright infringement apply to user interfaces in a software?

I am making an open-source software that is an alternative version of another very popular software, Postman. The inspiration reflects mainly on user interface and concepts. No source code was copied ...
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What does the ICU License state about third party rights?

The license link. Can someone elaborate "NONINFRINGEMENT OF THIRD PARTY RIGHTS"? What is being implied here? It's confusing to me. I will choose the answer with most votes.
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1 File with two Licenses

I'm writing a project, and there is a code that I would like to use, from here: https://developer.mozilla.org/es/docs/Web/JavaScript/Reference/Global_Objects/Set The code is over CC0 licence, all fine,...
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How does software licensing works for Docker Images on commercial usage? [duplicate]

I want to develop and share an application for commercial usage (closed source only). This application only "lives" inside a Docker Image. This Docker Image is based an own Dockerfile which ...
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How can I use Apache License-2.0-licensed software in my MIT-licensed software? [duplicate]

• License and copyright notice May I add notice to LICENSE file like the following? MIT License Copyright (c) 2021 me Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to... ----- ...
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Different license for JSON files and images

I'm working on a web-app that has a pretty big .json database file baked into it with a lot of images associated with it. The database & it's images will be frequently updated alongside the main ...
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What are the restrictions for software licenses if I use source code from the Java documentation?

I plan to use source code from Oracles Java documentation, which contains the following license information. Since I'm not used to publishing my code, but I have to this time, I have no idea of the ...