Stack Exchange Network

Stack Exchange network consists of 174 Q&A communities including Stack Overflow, the largest, most trusted online community for developers to learn, share their knowledge, and build their careers.

Visit Stack Exchange

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.

2
votes
1answer
18 views

Can I include license text in my project's README and not add a license file?

When I add a license to a software project I place the text of the license in a file named LICENSE.md in the root of the repository. From now on, I want to include the license text in the README.md ...
1
vote
1answer
35 views

How does share-alike play with commercial use?

I'd like to know how a licence can both allow commercial use and be share-alike. My reasoning is as follow : If we use it in a product (which is authorized by the "commercial use" part), we have to ...
0
votes
1answer
23 views

Open-source project and assets

There is open-source project under GPL 3 hosted on GitHub. The project contains source code and assets (images, sounds etc.). Can I legally use only assets (without soruce code) for custom, commercial ...
1
vote
1answer
23 views

Is using LGPL 1.2 or EPL 1.0 licensed jar allowed in proprietary software in Docker?

I am creating a proprietary java application which uses some open source jars licensed with LGPL 2.1 or EPL 1.0. I am deploying the application in docker container with all jars inside it. Is there ...
2
votes
1answer
44 views

License a single Line of Code / Hypothetical Question

I was wondering what requirements must be met if you want to License Code, if you take this Simple Code for example: int main() { int x = 0; return 0; } Could one Hypothetically License this ...
3
votes
1answer
22 views

How to distribute third-party open source components?

When using an open source component (say, licensed under CDDL), we are required to distribute the source code for any components directly derived from the component. Is it acceptable to just provide a ...
-1
votes
0answers
40 views

Free-to-use-but-not-sell license? [duplicate]

I'm writing an application that I'm happy for others to use, modify, and share. But I want to include a license that prevents anyone from selling it. I found this and this which seem to address ...
3
votes
1answer
43 views

Compatibility of RPL (Reciprocal Public License) with other licenses

I have found a library that I would like to use in my project "as-is", but it is licensed under the Reciprocal Public License. As far as I understand it, you have to make your source code using that ...
4
votes
2answers
83 views

Preventing a company in GPLv2 license

Is it possible to prevent a specific company or specific employee in that company from using an open-source project that uses GPLv2 license? To give more details, the project is based on another open-...
3
votes
2answers
63 views

What “non-commercial” license is that?

I have found the following license: Copyright (c) [year] [name] Please read carefully the following terms and conditions and any accompanying documentation before you download and/or use this ...
4
votes
1answer
32 views

How to announce data entered in a survey might be distributed under the ODbL?

I'm making a survey using Google Forms. I plan (if I can find time) to distribute the dataset (or possibly a sanitized, trimmed, and if needed anonymized version of the data) under the Open Database ...
4
votes
2answers
63 views

What is the correct way to add license information to source code?

I have recently released some projects on GitHub and its catching people's attention(I had released earlier too but they were just for learning and didn't carry much weight). But I think I made a ...
2
votes
1answer
67 views

What is it called when a project is released under several different licenses simultaneously?

Sometimes, perhaps due to code's history, a project is released under several different licenses at the same time. An example of this is ranges-v3. What is the name for this practise? To be clear I'...
0
votes
1answer
46 views

What is the meaning of the term “company” in MS-RSL?

MS-RSL contains multiple references to the term "company", e.g.: "Reference use" means use of the software within your company as a reference, in read only form, for the sole purposes of debugging ...
-1
votes
1answer
37 views

Does license change on images has retroactive effect?

Say I have images in my WordPress theme that I got from Unsplash or Pexels a year or so ago, when their license was more permissive (GPL compatible). Fast forward to today: their licenses changed. ...
0
votes
0answers
18 views

Are android studio drawable resources royalty free?

Android studio offers many different drawables for free for developers. I was wondering what the restrictions are, if any, to use them in published applications.
-1
votes
1answer
31 views

Embedded Open Source Software

For permissive open source licenses, for example Apache 2.0, is it sufficient to include a readable copy of the license.txt/NOTICE/attribution file with the object code in the memory of the device? Or,...
0
votes
1answer
20 views

FPDF & GPLv2 & distributing changed code

Whipped up some demo code for a proof of concept I needed. Used FPDM which states as its license "FPDF". The FPDF license seems Free to me - Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any ...
0
votes
2answers
83 views

How to get people to contribute to my open source project instead of copying it?

I have a project that I worked alot on it, and now I'm thinking of asking people to contribute to it, but my concern is that people will take my existing code and do whatever they want with it(modify ...
1
vote
1answer
41 views

License - register software that using JNA library

I have created a program which uses the JNA (JAVA Native Access) library. Now, I would like to register it under some software license (I have not yet decided which), my question is: Can I register ...
3
votes
2answers
32 views

Using a tool under GPL v2 in a commercial application

I have read many articles on GPL v2 licensing and I understand the main idea - when one uses a library or piece of software that is GPL-based, then the software, generally speaking, must become GPL as ...
2
votes
3answers
42 views

Conditions on binaries incorporating BSD 3-clause licensed code

I have developed a software that uses (is statically linked to) code licensed under BSD 3-clause license. Just reading the license terms, it seems to me that I'm obliged to allow any one who I sell (...
4
votes
2answers
74 views

What do I need to know when distributing my first program?

I'm very new to this, and largely self taught but I have created a little python 3 program that edits images (images created and supplied by myself). I have used PILLOW, along with Kivy (for the UI) ...
3
votes
1answer
33 views

About of Apache 2.0 License

Hello everyone I'm going to use for my app ios the Google library "Tink" for cryptography End To End ... This library is released under an Apache 2.0 license, I wanted to know: Can I easily use an **...
-1
votes
1answer
30 views

Can I copy ISC licence NPM package code into a commercial project?

For a commercial project I'm working on I am using an NPM package called 'react-image-crop'. https://www.npmjs.com/package/react-image-crop react-image-crop holds the ISC licence. Since I want to ...
5
votes
1answer
62 views

Licensing of Git(Hub) history

Let's say a Git repository initially has either no license, or an extremely restrictive one, and then a more permissive license (such as the MIT License) is added in a later commit. Does this new ...
4
votes
1answer
28 views

How could I copyleft a document that contains a substantial amount of both code and prose?

I am writing a document in LaTeX that contains large sections of Python code and output. Typically, I like to license my writing under CC BY-SA 4.0 and my code under GPLv3. I have already placed a CC ...
-2
votes
2answers
76 views

What does happen with Open Source products after the acquisition?

Today IBM announces, on IBM News Room, that it'll acquire Red Hat. What will be the impact on Open Source products part like: CentOS, Ansible etc? Does IBM gain the power to limit the “Scientific ...
1
vote
1answer
36 views

Does Licensing have to be mentioned for MIT/BSD-3 Plugins/Libraries for my Commercial Website?

If I create a commercial website that uses MIT/BSD-3 libraries and plugins, do I have to specifically mention the licences of each plugin/library? If so where do I have to add the same? Are the ...
13
votes
1answer
801 views

SSPL and the Open Source Definition

MongoDB has decided to change the licensing of MongoDB Community Server, seemingly to prevent businesses from monetizing on their product without giving anything back: https://www.mongodb.com/press/...
-1
votes
1answer
67 views

How the big open source firm guarantees their rights [closed]

How big open source companies (Mozilla, Apache, Mysql) enforce their rights for their published code as open source. Take the case of Mozilla, which has invested in the development of its source code,...
2
votes
1answer
59 views

Licensing LGPL software commercially

We have a mobile app software and we distribute it with LGPL v3. It uses other 2 components licensed under LGPL-v3 and MIT. For our own code, we are have the full ownership (i.e. nobody else have made ...
0
votes
0answers
20 views

Licensing LGPL software commercially [duplicate]

We have a mobile app software and we distribute it with LGPL v3. It uses other 2 components licensed under LGPL-v3 and MIT. For our own code, we are have the full ownership (i.e. nobody else have made ...
-2
votes
1answer
95 views

Practical steps to licence Free software and Open Source Projects [closed]

Several discussions have supported the subject of a software license and the majority are limited to offer explanations or definitions (GNU GPL, EULA, BSD License ... etc) without addressing the ...
2
votes
2answers
229 views

IPC between open-source and closed-source applications

We have two applications developed by two teams. One is open-source under GPL, another closed-source without any possibility to open the code. Also there's a requirement to implement some kind of API ...
0
votes
2answers
63 views

Implications of using GPL licenced code only during testing

Let's say I'm working on a software library in which certain unit tests rely on GPL licensed code but the code that a user of this library would install on their system does not interact with GPL ...
4
votes
1answer
95 views

How do I detect an AGPL violation?

For client side code, even if it is obfuscated or is just a binary, I can imagine there might be ways of doing this, but if I have some server-side AGPL licensed code, how am I supposed to know that ...
3
votes
3answers
460 views

Open source software license, granting co authorship in scientific publications? [closed]

I'm a PhD candidate and part of my research project involves writing scientific software. I use that code to verify theoretical results and also as a proof of feasibility. It is usually not necessary ...
3
votes
1answer
44 views

Can I use bits of source from another library in an original work without having to worry about license issues?

I've been writing a docking framework in JavaFX. This is a new library with original work. However, I have been reading the source code of a few other open source docking projects to get some hints ...
4
votes
1answer
48 views

Why it is sufficient to include only copyright without permission notice when using React library in your project?

As far as I understand if you want to use React.js library you should comply with MIT license by adding its copyright and permission notice before the library is included to the source code (to the ...
0
votes
0answers
38 views

GNU GPL based commercial project

I am currently developing a IoT based software which will run on a Raspberry pi and distributed to user(like a product). I also want to place another software on the Raspberry pi which will work in ...
2
votes
2answers
109 views

How to interpret a one line license?

In a certain open source project I'm planning to use, which is a developmental tool, there is no license included in the project, but the readme contains the following lines: Terms and Conditions ...
4
votes
1answer
45 views

Does a central copyright and license notice cover all the files in a software program?

Some open-source programs have a single copyright and license notice in the README file, while others put a notice in each file in the program. I prefer the first practice because it makes the code ...
2
votes
2answers
182 views

Can GoJS be included into an open source project?

Context: GoJS is not open source, its license stating in particular that modification is forbidden (though the fact that its source code is hosted on GitHub seems to confuse some people). The ...
1
vote
1answer
29 views

FDL code in GPL repo

I have a repository (GPLv3) full of configuration files that I recently noticed uses some FDL code (FDLv1.3). I have the following questions: To resolve this issue and keep the code: Could I re-...
3
votes
1answer
113 views

What is the difference between LGPLv2.1 and LGPLv3?

Below text is cited from https://www1.qt.io/faq/#_Toc_3_6 LGPLv3 is the current version of the GNU Lesser General Public License. LGPLv2.1 is an older version and not recommended by the Free ...
5
votes
1answer
85 views

Proper way of “migrating” MIT-licensed code to Apache 2.0 License

I am building a software which I plan to release with Apache 2.0 License and some components are code based from a repository released with MIT License. MIT License states: "The above copyright ...
5
votes
2answers
163 views

Is there a good license for a libertarian programmer who's against intellectual property?

I know, I know, you're probably thinking CC0 or WTFPL or something along those lines. But the thing is, the way I see it, people have a right to redistribute anything, even if the author doesn't want ...
6
votes
1answer
58 views

Do I need to include the license for all dependencies declared in a setup.py?

Let's say I'm making a library called X, which has a dependency on requests (which is under the Apache 2.0 license). For X's setup.py, I declare the following: setup( ... install_requires=[ ...
-2
votes
1answer
58 views

NDAs vs. FOSS Projects

Suppose someone signed an NDA at a company that does X. Generally speaking, does this typically preclude them from working on open-source projects that also do X?