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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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License for JSON database that prevent proprietary use

I'm building a database consisting of large JSON files, based on sources that are licensed under the public domain or CC-BY. I would like this database to remain open but I would also like to prevent ...
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Why does Creative Commons recommend not using CC-BY licenses for software?

The FAQ on the Creative Commons website states: Can I apply a Creative Commons license to software? We recommend against using Creative Commons licenses for software. Instead, we strongly ...
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Copyright notice in the binaries of a library

I'm building a library that is based on a modified version of an already existing source released under the gpl V2 license. I'm modifying each files of the original project to adapt it to my needs, ...
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Is Microsoft.AnalysisServices.Tabular nuget package free or not?

I want to use nuget package with three .dll libraries https://www.nuget.org/packages/Microsoft.AnalysisServices.Tabular/13.0.2150.2. It seems to be just additional pack to .net framework and doesn't ...
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What's the meaning of “porting” in SIL Open Font License v1.1?

It'stated in the license that: "Font Software" refers to the set of files released by the Copyright Holder(s) under this license and clearly marked as such. This may include source files, build ...
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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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Using Oracle VirtualBox Base Package for Commercial Applications

The VirtualBox Base Package is licensed under the GNU General Public License, version 2. My company is distributing software that runs on an Ubuntu system within a VirtualBox VM. We have not modified ...
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Licence of open source software re-implementation

I'm rewriting/reimplementing an open source program/library and need to know about my options for licensing. I'm asking about software rewrites/reimplementations generally and specifically about my ...
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What is coherent open source?

What is "coherent" open source? How is it different from other forms of open source?
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Should one reference a source library under MIT license if a code was grabed out of it and was changed

a library that depends on jquery was created. After that, a version where all dependant calls were replaced with original jquery code. Most parts of such code were removed as redundant. Should be ...
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Copying vs referencing

Over in Is code made from the documentation a derivative work it was asked if code made from licensed documentation constitutes derivative works, and thus license restrictions. It seems the answer is ...
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Is code made from the documentation a derivative work

Ansible is licensed under the GPL 3.0, they provide a wonderful collection of documentation for most every bit of the software. For instance the copy module can be seen on their documentation page: ...
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Can I release an Excel Workbook with VBA code under the GPL v3?

This is my first foray into the open source world. I've got a Microsoft Excel workbook that I have some custom VBA modules in that I want to distribute under the GPL v3. I can't find much discussion ...
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Why is this text usually uppercase in licenses? [duplicate]

Many FLOSS licenses contain a variant of the following text: THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF ...
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What to keep in BSD License when porting package to another language

I'd like to create a package based on an existing library written in a different language. The package will be a simple translation to the another language. The existing project is licensed under ...
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Which license to use LGPL-3.0, MPL-2.0 or AGPL-3.0 for a library that manages files locally?

I'm open-sourcing a library that tries to make managing local files easier by enabling full text search, encryption, corruption handling & remote transfer/distribution of files. What license to ...
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How does an LGPLv3 dependency affect an application when sharing the dependent application with others?

Suppose a developer named Peter has an application named AppMIT licensed MIT that has a dependancy on Tony's library named LibLGPL licensed LGPLv3. Please help me understand if the cases below are ...
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What if your repository history infringes a license? [duplicate]

I came across this question which answers what should be done if you find that your open source project infringes a license. One of the answers states it's ok to simply remove the infringing code. ...
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License that prevents SaaS hosting

I want to develop a web app for which I want to make the source code available, but I want to prevent others from offering my web app as a hosted service. Is there any existing license (which would ...
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Can I use dual license for a python package which uses library with GPL license?

I have created a python package with several files and directories out of which only one particular module requires a library (PyQt) with GPL license. Since GPL license of the used library puts a ...
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Does using libraries under LGPL in my product limit my choice on how to license it?

I am developing a product that links to a number of LGPL (or compatible) licensed libraries. The product itself is a creator tool for intellectual property work of its users. The LGPL libraries are ...
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How to edit a “GPL version 2” code and provide it to the customer (to get paid)?

A customer (from a freelancer website, who awarded me this single project) has asked me to add some extra functionality to a Wordpress plugin which is licensed under "GPL version 2", the customer ...
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Do I need to display copyright information of third-party libraries?

My software project is using several third party libraries which have different licenses (LGPL, MIT, BSD). I distribute the dlls of those libraries, and I understand that I need to give license ...
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Recommended license for small script without an attribution clause?

I'm interested in publishing a small script of mine with effectively no conditions, including attribution. What's the best license to accomplish this? It looks like the most popular options are: CC0 /...
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Using public domain code within Apache-or-MIT licensed project

I'm interested in borrowing functions from a file in a project dual-licensed as MIT-or-UNLICENSE in my package that I intend to also be dual-licensed as Apache-or-MIT. Is this possible? How should I ...
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Relicensing from Apache-2.0 to Apache-or-MIT

I'd like to relicense one of my projects from Apache 2.0 to Apache-or-MIT dual license for consistency with the outer community (Rust — see here), and to allow GPLv2 compatibility, which I was ...
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I put someone else's name in MIT license by mistake and then changed it back to my name. The other person is insisting I keep their name on it

I made an open-source blog theme(template) based on Hugo's static web page generator. This is my first step to the open-source world. So I didn't know much about license things. I copied and pasted ...
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Does GPL affect use of GitHub Actions?

GitHub Actions is a continous-integration service by GitHub. You can create actions that other peaple use in order to e.g. test their code. Let's say, I license a github action with GNU GPLv3. Do ...
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Forking an AGPL v3 project that went closed source?

A project (desktop app) that I've been using for a while has decided to go closed source. I fully respect the decision, but also have no interest in the direction where this new development is headed. ...
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Can I use (statically or dynamically linked) mingw-w64 runtime libraries for commercial purposes?

I'm planning to use mingw-w64 for commercial software and I'm looking for info about it's licensing. I was looking through licenses included in package and some discussions on forums and mailing lists ...
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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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Is Java (JRE) still free for commercial use?

United States here. I have a client that I would like to build a small suite of Java 8+ applications for to be installed on their office desktops and servers. This requires the Java Runtime ...
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Is use of Creative Common's BY-SA licensed database in software 'adaption'?

I am building a functionality in my propriety software for translation of names between Spanish (and other languages) and English. The translation function works by typing words in Spanish which then ...
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Pros and cons of licensing non-executable content under GPL rather than CC-BY-SA?

I'm writing a book, but I liked all its source files distributed on derivative works. What are the advantages and disadvantages of licensing non-executable content under GPL when compared with CC-BY-...
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How to use GPLv3 in open source project?

I want to use license GPLv3 in my open source project on GitHub. And I want to ask how can I do that? I have read an article and I have understood that: My repo has to have a file License, that ...
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Is it possible to ask for reference in an open source project?

One of my projects is in Github and currently it does not have any license such as MIT. Therefore, it should be considered as an Open Source project by default. But, I wish that if anyone uses this ...
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Can I sell my app which code is published under Apache 2.0?

I've created an app (not a library) and published it. It is used by dozens companies for free. The code was published under Apache 2.0. I had wrong expectations about publishing, I thought that ...
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Under what license is the content of GitHub's issues that were created by others?

I would like to know, under what license is the content of GitHub issues that were created by others. To clarify my needs: By "issues created by others", I mean issues created by GitHub users both ...
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Using GPL licensed software with commercial app [duplicate]

I've read some answers here (1, 2) regarding combining closed source apps and GPL licensed tools, but can't quite figure out my own situation. If I create a commercial app, which is dependent on the ...
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Using Images from Google Image

I am writing my Thesis about Machine Learning and for that purpose I am searching for Databases with Pictures. I have seen that some people just download pictures from Google Images with a script and ...
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Copyright of modifications and derivative works of Python License 2 licensed software

I am writing a Python package in which I plan to vendorize a modified copy of part of another package that was released under Python License 2 (it is not part of the PSL and not subject to any other ...
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Question about the word “irrevocable” in a Contributor License Agreement

In the CLA of the Linux Foundation, under section 2 there was the following: ... You hereby grant to the Foundation and to recipients of software distributed by the Foundation a perpetua l, ...
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How can I use this GPLv2+ file in my MIT project?

I was having a programming problem and Google brought me to this blog, which refers to a GPLv2+ licensed file. However, I would like to keep my project MIT-licensed. What should I do? I'm considering ...
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Attach CC0 licensed datasets to own R package

I am writing an R package that uses data from other authors (UN Voting). Is there any licensing issue in adding the data directly to the package? I am not sure whether I can just add this data to the ...
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Re-using code from an open source project, but said code partly re-uses code from another project

I am borrowing and heavily modifying code from an open source repo (let's call this A). However, the code I am borrowing also contains code borrowed from another open source project (let's call this B)...
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Using CC-BY-SA 3.0 data in commercial web application

There is a study published as a PDF under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0. Can I create a commercial (proprietary) web application that uses data from the study and makes computations as ...
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Use GPLv3 library in a closed system (no software distribution)

I'm developing a software that will be preinstalled in a headless PC. The user will see the "output" of the software processing (sent with a given protocol via ethernet), and can configure some ...
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What is the difference between the Apache License v2.0 and the BSD+Patent License?

To my current understandig, both the Apache License version 2.0 and the BSD+Patent grant you a license to any patent that the software is using. In what situation is the BSD+Patent license preferred ...
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Community and enterprise editions of LGPL software

Red Hat has community and enterprise editions of it's application server. WildFly is licensed under LGPL. JBoss EAP is based on WildFly and costs a lot of money. How is it possible that they don't ...
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License for a framework with multiple dependencies

I'm looking to open source my framework with Apache-2.0. There are plenty of dependencies with different licenses: Most are Apache-2.0. There are a couple of exceptions: (These licenses are listed ...