Questions tagged [licensing]

Licensing refers to applying a license to an area of software. Only use this tag if your question concerns the application of a license to an area of interest. If your question concerns a specific license, use the tag that corresponds to your license. For more general questions, use this tag.

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Can I send a pull request of a License file to a project?

I found an open issue in a GitHub repository requesting a permissive license for the project to be used by other people. It was answered by saying that they will put an MIT License, but was not done ...
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Can I publish my SpamAssassin plugin under MIT licence on Github?

I would like to publish my custom SpamAssassin plugin under the MIT licence on GitHub but I am not sure if it is possible. SpamAssassin is licensed under the Apache Licence 2.0 and vast majority of ...
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Find a library license markdown_to_asciidoc?

Hi in my enterprise project I use as a transitive dependency io.github.swagger2markup:markup-document-builder:1.1.2 which is with Apache-2.0 License. But the problem is one of its transitive ...
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Can I use Qt plugin mechanism under LGPL? [duplicate]

https://doc.qt.io/qt-5/plugins-howto.html So can I use Qt plugin mechanism under LGPL?
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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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I'm using Magick.NET in my apps, should I append license to my app directly or can I link it through my website?

I have two questions about Magick.NET license: As the title says, I'm making apps that use the Magick.NET library. Since Magick.NET is under the Apache 2 license, I wonder if I have to append Apache ...
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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 impact of the LGPL license on building solutions using abp.io?

I want to write commercial, closed-source applications using abp.io. Given that abp.io is licensed as LGPL, LGPL is primarily seen as a license for libraries, and abp.io is a framework, not a library -...
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What license do IETF RFC standards use?

I would like to modify an existing IETF RFC (Request for Comments) Standard and I was wondering what license they would fall under. I assume they are under something similar to the Unlicense but I ...
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PyQt5 Commercial License

Suppose I do the following: I code out a very small python program (like no more than five hundred lines of code): I download relevant packages about PyQt5, opencv, numpy, math and matplotlib at ...
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Dual licensing AGPL 3.0/EUPL 1.2

Can OS project published on Github be dual licensed for AGPL and EUPL 1.2? If so, what technically needs to be done for that?
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If my repository uses a MIT license, can I submit a DMCA takedown for someone who copied it?

I have an MIT-licensed repository which has been copied entirely, just replacing the author's name. I've heard that MIT takes away most copyright and permits free use, but if anyone can copy code and ...
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Including a MIT library that contains a statically linked LGPL library within a Mac app

I'm building a Mac app that I'm planning to release on the Mac App Store. I would like to use a MIT library that contains a statically linked LGPL2.1 library. My understanding, is that in order to ...
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Non Wordpress-repository Plugin license

A client asked me to write a WP plugin that is just for their website - it won't be on the repository. Basically it contains a form, place-able with a shortcode, and then sends the collected entry ...
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How can i use pandasgui commercially if the pyqt library used is not free for commercial use?

pandasgui allows commercial use under the MIT license but I noticed the library used includes PYQT5 which is under the GPL v3 licence how is that possible ?
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Can proprietary-licensed software execute shell commands that are probably GPL licensed?

Can proprietary-licensed software (that will be distributed, alongside with the hardware) use GPL software (distributed from package manager)?. It's basically scientific-measurement-device, that ...
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Can I use Apache 2.0 for closed source product?

I have a Product "A" which is a closed source, i.e. the repository is private and wont want to make it as a public repository. Product "A" can also use/dynamically link Library &...
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Question about PyQt license

I am learning PyQt5 and was reading about it an PySide and I was wondering about something regarding the licensing. PyQt is available under the GNU GPLv3 and a commercial license. From my ...
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No distribute, only for self modifications license [closed]

I am programming three things, an API, an Android app, and a front-end web React app. The whole system will be sold to a company for money, I have no problem with them modifying the source code to fit ...
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Sell expiring licenses for GPL software?

I know that you can commercialize GPL'ed software by selling it under the condition that you distribute the source code with the sold product. I'm now thinking about the case where you don't sell a ...
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Doubts with CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 learning material

I have access to a learning material(docs/solutions) which is licensed under XYZ Training - ABC Product Copyright (C) 2019 - 2021 XYZ. All rights reserved. The software in this package is published ...
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How can I judge the "strength" of a licence?

A quote from the FOSSA blog, How to Apply a License to Your Open Source Software Project: In a nutshell, if your dependencies are distributed under open source licenses different than the one you are ...
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Is the PDF output of LaTeX code licensed under GPLv3 also covered?

I have seen the similar question here Does "the GPL doesn't cover the ouput of a program" also apply if...... However, I think the use of LaTex to write a book with code examples that were ...
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Does CC BY-SA 4.0 license apply to statistical analysis based on code blocks in CC BY-SA 4.0 licensed document?

I am planning on writing a science text under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license. The text will contain code blocks for commonly preformed analysis from the relevant field of study. Additionally, it will use ...
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How do I add contributors to the attribution/ownership part of the CC BY-SA 4.0 licensing statement of my work?

The manuscript I will be working on is an original work that I am currently starting by myself. I am writing the work in LaTex, and the manuscript will have code blocks included within the text. I ...
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Legal wording to exempt bug fixes to open-source framework from NDA?

Attempting to hire contractors to develop code using open-source framework with Apache 2.0 license. In reviewing our legal contract, the contractors are hesitant to sign because they want to donate ...
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Contributor asking to remove their contributions

I have a project licensed under the LGPL-3.0. A major contributor recently stopped contributing, and is now requesting all their contributions to be removed from the project. All the code in the ...
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Credit Bootstrap on website

I am creating a website using Bootstrap. Do I need to credit Bootstrap since it has MIT license? If so, how can I do that?
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Are you required to license code under GPL if you're using TypeScript types from a GPL library?

I'm currently using a library that was licensed under the GNU General Public License (particularly GPL v3.0). This library consists mostly of types for software that is also under the GPL (but not ...
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Open source licenses and royalties

Many projects, e.g. GitLab, BitWarden, EasyRedmine, use open source software licenses. Their code is publicly available, and the services can be self-hosted. Of course they can charge users for ...
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Can a company license frontend software developed with open source frameworks?

Can a company license frontend components developed using open source javascript(JS) frameworks(e.g. Vue, React or Next JS) that are downloaded and accessible anytime a user accesses the site that ...
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Is unDraw really "open source"?

unDraw is a website providing free SVG graphics. It advertises itself as having an "open-source" license. But looking at its license, I have doubts, so I'm asking here. All images, assets ...
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Using code licensed under an MIT license with code licensed under the GPL

Say I have a repository that uses the GPL and I want to include code from a repository under the MIT license. I found here that MIT and GPL licensed code can be freely combined; however, I am unsure ...
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Should I provide my source code if I use GPL source code combined into my subscription service code?

I've looked at other topics related to this question, but mine is quite different from others so I'm not sure about the answer. Let's say I am building a website that will provide SAAS for users. In ...
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Is there a special tooling that github linguist is using for third party software licensing?

I am studying how other libraries handle third party software licensing. I noticed that github linguist has a separate folder called vendor and inside it uses git submodules and yaml files https://...
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Proprietary command-line tool with GPL/LGPL GUI

Suppose that I created a command-line tool with a proprietary license. If I create a GUI, for the command-line tool, using a GPL/LGPL-licensed library/framework such as Qt, does the copyleft apply to ...
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Question about upgrading GPL license on a forked project

I'm looking to fork a project on GitHub that was last updated "Three Years Ago" according to GitHub, I've written to the author and not gotten a response - so I assume the project is dead. I ...
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If I'm using a MIT library in my project, can I license my project under GPLv3 license?

If I'm using a MIT library in my project, can I license my project under GPLv3 license? And which libraries Im allow to use if I want to license my project under GPL v3?
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Is an Apache 2.0 license with missing appendix notice on files valid?

In the process of including a library's code to my private commercial use, I noticed that the repository's LICENSE was not properly applied. I cannot find this (filled out) boilerplate notice on any ...
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Consequences of html files being under GPL license

This is about consequences of html files being under GPL license (v2 or v3). I am aware that it is not recommended to apply the GPL license to documentation. However, a typical use case is that a blog ...
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Log4j 1.x API Modification Apache License

I work for a software house and we've used log4j 1.2 in a lot of our older code. Following the recent Logshell incident (which I know doesn't concern log4j 1.2 directly), we've considered migrating to ...
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Distributing GPL-Licensed JavaScript for Userscripts Safari

I have been building a GPL v3.0 licensed user script for use in browser extensions like Greasemonkey, Tampermonkey, Violentmonkey, etc. I would also like to state in the documentation that it can also ...
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Choosing a license [duplicate]

Need a license for github for my lecture script (latex, svg, screenshots). Is CC-BY-NC the right one? Do i need a ND? Everyone can use, share, copy, edit it for non commercial purposes. => CC My ...
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Can i use Apache-2.0 in a project licensed as MIT?

This link tells me not to use MIT under my license when redistributing the Apache 2.0 source code. Then, if Apache 2.0 or GPL source code is not included, only when specified in the header file and ...
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License compliance for redistributing Kubernetes components

I'm developing an app that runs on Kubernetes, and thinking of distributing some main components of Kubernetes and tools to build a cluster in case customers do not have Internet access. To meet the ...
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Propietary licensing of open source code

I have written a program that uses several open source components. First off, it's written in python. Second, I use the modules subprocess, argparse, os and datetime. Since my work asked me to find a ...
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How to figure out licences of Newlib

I'm currently working on a software project which makes heavy use of the Red Hat Newlib as the C standard library. We now need to figure out the license of basically every third-party software ...
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How to respect user freedom when selling consumer software without services?

By "consumer software", I mean stand-alone software that an end-user would directly download and use on a desktop or phone. No business or corporation involved. I have read these questions ...
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