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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Which license should I use

I want to share my android project on GitHub, allow everyone contribute to it but I don't want them to upload the project to play store without changing anything. Because I will be doing it. Why I ...
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Can a company circumvent the freedom of distribution on GPL software for its employees or service providers?

This post contains various related questions, but I think it's needed to solve my doubts properly. As far as I know if I can access a free software I have the freedom to run, study, modify and ...
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Licensing of software in commercial Youtube videos

I'm thinking of recording a couple of coding tutorials on Youtube. I wonder if I can use free (e.g. codepen) and purchased software (e.g. Visual Studio) in those videos without risking to run into ...
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BSD-3 clause software fork redistributed with GPLv3 parts

Software A: BSD-3 clause software, I am not its author. Software B: forked from A, a few files have been changed by me. There are a few file additions, these files have a single author, me. I know ...
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Open Source Music

Is there an existing way to make music in an open source way (similarly to developing software on Github with a public domain license) ? If not, is open-source music producing actually something that ...
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Mattermost License

I don't understand this: Mattermost Licensing SOFTWARE LICENSING You are licensed to use compiled versions of the Mattermost platform produced by Mattermost, Inc. under an MIT LICENSE See MIT-...
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Rebrand a modified version of an Apache licensed software [duplicate]

I wanted to impart a few native features (menus, tabs support etc.) to the original Draw.io project. I cloned the project and started modifying, only to find that the changes I made could not be ...
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Flutter: using package under BSD License

Where do i have to link the copyright notice of a used package under BSD license in my App? I am not publishing documentation or any source code of my app.
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CKEditor5 in commercial application?

Is it allowed to use CKEditor5 in a commercial (closed source) application? According to this github page they use GPL 2: CKEditor5 License I will publish any changes to CKEditor5 I will do and make ...
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How to tell which parts of code are under MIT license?

I am building a javascript application that will be sold commercially with a non-free EULA. I used small sections of code from an MIT licensed project, so I understand I need to include the MIT ...
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Distributing LGPL library (OpenAL) as part of the MIT licensed game engine

Background: I'm writing a game engine (a set of libraries actually) that simplifies game development with C# language (OK it is yet another game engine :). My plan is to make it as free as possible. ...
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Can I use documentation licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 in an application?

There is a very complex API endpoint with a documentation licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0. Due to its complexity, I am considering developing a commercial visual drag & drop editor (single-page web ...
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Can I make a personal exception to a license I hold?

I would like to write some software, in my free time, and release it under GPLv3. As I understand it, this would imply that any software that uses that code must also abide by the terms of GPLv3. I ...
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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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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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Use code from BSD-3 License for my own framework

I'm really interested in the conf module from the Django framework. It's pretty well done and will fit perfectly my project with some modification. The code I'm looking for is in the init file: https:/...
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Is it OK to use unlicensed GitHub code in a thesis, by having explicit permission to do so?

I am writing my Master Thesis. I used code from GitHub for my application and did modifications and extended its functionality to adjust my requirements. I am also citing the code in my own code and ...
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Can you use a less restrictive open source licence from the one your depedency has?

Without loss of generality, suppose you have an open source Java project with Gradle as the build system, and you want to add the MIT licence to it. Consider the cases: Case 1. From the build.gradle ...
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Can I freely redistribute MongoDb community .msi installer with proprietary software

I'm building a classic proprietary on-prem application, that I might sell software licenses for if the project succeeds. The application is dependent on MongoDb as a database. Can I freely bundle ...
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What license does the auto-generated code of Webpack have?

When I pack my application, Webpack generates additional code into the bundle output file(s). Under which license is this code and am I not obliged to include that license into the source code (as it ...
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Can git binaries be distributed and called by a commercial app without providing source code?

git portable binaries are distributed (included in the installer) with a windows commercial app. the app calls the binaries (init, add, commit, push) as command line then handles the output. does ...
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Question on Red Hat's monetization model for RHEL

I've been trying out different Linux distributions when I came across Red Hat's Enterprise Linux (RHEL). I then started wondering how Red Hat gets money from the product. The Linux kernel is GPL which ...
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Confused by html2canvas library's license

I was planning to use html2canvas The license is really confusing to me, as it's never stated which parts are for Microsoft, which are not and if the whole code is licensed under MIT, as it also ...
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Licence confusion FFmpeg & MobileFFmpeg

First, sorry if this is a silly question. I have little experience with regards to licencing. I have an app (commercial) in which I need to convert MP4 to MJpeg .avi so that I can use grab the frames ...
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Licensing requirement for usage of win32com APIs through python package (pywin32)

For my project work testing, I want to use win32com APIs through python package (pywin32). Is there any license restriction for this? OR in other words what is the license clause if this python script ...
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Is it common to licence blog posts under Creative Commons?

I plan on writing a personal blog, which will be mostly about software development topics. It's going to be implemented as a Github Pages blog on my own custom domain. I am debating whether I should ...
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Including GPL plugin in repository of MIT code

I have an MIT-licensed library that supports user-provided backends. I was asked to implement a backend that would require using a GPL-licensed library. If I write such a backend, license it's files ...
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Choose or write a proper license [duplicate]

Is there a proper license (I have already checked MIT, LGPL, CC licenses), which fits the following needs (conditions), or it has to be specify some way? BY (from CC): Attribution needed SA (from CC):...
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Are these additional permission properly worded?

I'm planning to create an AGPL licensed web app that should help you with organizing your life. I want to create it in Clojure but there are a few roadblocks that I want to avoid with additional ...
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In open source licenses what does “Distribution” means in terms of hosted web applications?

Open source licenses e.g. GPL, MIT etc always has a clause about how they should be treated when "Distributing" the code that they are used in. If I use an open source library in one of my ...
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I modified an already modified script under GPL v3 and want to allow optional academic citations in my package

I'm building a public open source package that uses, as part of the library, a modified script from an already modified code originally under the GPL v3 license. I want to allow optional academic ...
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Do any open source licenses cover outbound internet connections/data sharing?

I have built a software tool that recognizes text from images of handwriting. I want to make the code public under a permissive license (like Apache 2.0), but with the stipulation that all ...
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How to credit MIT NuGet dependencies in specific C# project?

the question has been asked many times, but as far as I can tell, answers always depend on the concrete situation. I intend to release an open-source project written in C# on GitLab soon, and I am ...
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How difficult is it for a developer to combine features from two separate open source solutions?

My company is looking to build a marketplace for peer to peer services. You could think Thumbtack type setup. We have identified two to three open-source platforms we could use as a base, but each ...
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Is it possible to re-brand an MPL licensed open source software?

I have a question regarding the "MPL" license. Is it possible to re-brand and distribute an MPL licensed open-source software for commercial purposes? I read that Debian has rebranded ...
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Can there be a copyright on negative code?

This is a hypothetical question, but I am curious. Feel free to ignore it, when it seems too theoretical for you. Some people may know the situation that you implement a feature and in the end you ...
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Can code licensed under AGPL also be (re)licensed under LGPL by its contributor?

I have a puzzling question: Somebody contributed to a AGPL licensed project (he is not the owner). Now this code could also be applied to a different project licensed under LGPL. Could the author of ...
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Which licensing model should I use to share software within a company?

This is just hypothetical at this point. So just doing some ground work to understand, if this is even possible. If yes, which licensing model is most appropriate? Our company has several units. In ...
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Using a licensed code which use an unlicensed code without explicit mention an authorization from the author [duplicate]

I checked What can I assume if a publicly published project has no license? Is my code FLOSS just because it is published it on GitHub? Open source code with no license… can I fork it? and other ...
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AGPL - Api usage

I am currently working on a workout app for a gym and in my research stumbled upon wger. https://wger.de/en/software/license. An API distributed under AGPL. My question is the following: Does the ...
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What license can I use for source code in an (e)book, that does not restrict binary distribution?

I'm writing an eBook (perhaps to be published physically one day) on the topic of programming. As such, it contains many coding samples. I want to expressly allow readers to copy the source code of ...
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Licensing user-generated content

I am developing a software that is licensed AGPLv3. It's a simple tool that takes a user-provided string and generates an image based on it. What license is the generated image under? Can I choose the ...
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I made my own open source license. Is it any good? Is it legal?

I made a license using the 3 clause BSD license as a base and added parts from the Apache 2.0 license. I was wondering if this license would hold any water or if it is legal. My legal knowledge is nil....
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Will there be any restrictions if I use a MIT licensed module which is built on a GPL library in my commercial software?

I want to use a Python module (https://github.com/Belval/pdf2image) in my commercial software. This module is licensed under the MIT license whereas the library (Poppler) it is built on is licensed ...
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Can I get paid to make code that includes GPLv2 libraries?

I've been asked to make an application about astrology, and I would like to use this library https://github.com/astrolin/ephemeris/tree/develop/src/java/swisseph-2.01.00-01, however it is licensed ...
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What can I do if somebody copied my MPL-2.0 licensed code and released under their name?

To give more details, I've created a repository on GitHub, and I'm using the MPL-2.0 license (not only as a separate file but also with a copyright notice in each source file). Now, after some time, ...
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Copyleft for screenplay that forces film to be free

Consider I wrote a screenplay or book and I want if someone make a film from it, share it with same license that I used (Or another free license that keeps this constraint). Is CC BY-SA okay? Or is ...
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QT Licensing - limitations

I have seen that QT framework offers 4 licenses, as shown here: https://www.qt.io/product/features Quoting: Commercial: A commercial license keeps your code proprietary where only you can control and ...
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Compliance issue with drools-compiler including Eclipse ECJ

We have an dependency to drools-compiler (Version 7.19.0.Final) in one of our microservices: // Drools Compiler :: https://mvnrepository.com/artifact/org.drools/drools-compiler libraryDependencies += &...
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I accidentally released some of my code, on github, without a licence, what rights (if any) do others have with respect to it? [duplicate]

Also, I didn't disclaim any warranty (which is typically part of the license). Does that mean others can sue for damage? (In the BSD 2-clause license this looks like: "THIS SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED ...

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