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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Does licensing a parent software under GPL v3.0 satisfy the licensing requirements of GPLv3/LGPL libraries used?

I have written two Java desktop programs that I would like to license under GPLv3 and distribute as executable JARs on Gitlab. The programs use Maven for dependencies and pull in GPLv3 and LGPL ...
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CC BY-NC-SA “ShareAlike” (source vs binaries)

If I use and adapt a part from the source code of an open-source (Java) project Licensed under CC BY-NC-SA (3.0) into my project : I know the "ShareAlike" requirement means I'll have to ...
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Requirement to name original library / project when acknowledging

One of the key provisions of most open source licenses is the requirement to reinclude the license text in derived works. For example, the BSD licenses (all forms) say: Copyright <YEAR> <...
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How to publish research source code that modifies GPL v3 and LGPL v2.1 or later code, as well as uses MIT and MPL2 code?

I wrote a software simulation for my Bachelor's Thesis. For a statistical routine for the simulation, I adapted code from an LGPL v2.1 or later licensed library, without including the library, just ...
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Dual Licensing for Artistic Software

Let's say I'd like to develop an end-user application with which you can create some kind of artistic work (say presentations or drawings). As a fan of the open source idea, I'd like to open-source ...
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If the original author updates their program, is it now a modified work? [duplicate]

Lets say programmer Ed has made program foo and the program is licensed under the GPL license. If Ed updates his program, is that now a derivative or modified work? What if John contributes to ...
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Can you purchase the right to distribute GPLv3 code without disclosing source code?

WhatsApp uses the Signal protocol which is licensed under GPLv3. Am I right to assume that they should legally be required to publish their source code since they use the Signal protocol on binaries ...
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GPL and original author's copyright text in completely rewritten code

I'm about to release my first "big" project on Github, and although I want it to remain open-source and I have no plan of selling it, I want to try to make this licensing stuff right for my ...
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Using ZIPFoundation Library in e-commerce app, do I have to copy the license and add inside the code?

I am using the first time the open-source library. I have to export some files of costumer as a ZIP, seems the ZIPFoundation looks great to use it. I read the license which wrote it is free, but the ...
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Adding an open source license to a website with licensed images/names

I have made one site and want to publish on github, though this site has Copyrighted images and names. I've searched and found the MPL 2.0 that theoretically will protect this licensed images and ...
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How can I deal with this (predatory?) scenario?

This question is related, but it is different to this one: How can I forbid shady resale practices? Scenario: Suppose that a small team or startup (company A), develops a good software project, which ...
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What is this Keep the license and copyright notice included in Bootstrap’s CSS and JavaScript files when you use them in your works?

I have developed a website using Django and I have used getbootstrap4.3 in my website. On the official website, they have stated like this: It requires you to: Keep the license and copyright notice ...
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Using icons with MIT licensing on the website

On the website, I use these SVG icons embedded in HTML https://feathericons.com/. They are under the MIT license. Should I mark the author somehow? How should I do it? Is it enough if I add something ...
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Can I have open source notices in my app which are only displayed after authentication?

I work on an Android app which is only used by customers. Anyone can download the app from the Play Store but if they don't have credentials then they will just see a login screen and won't be able to ...
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Am I licensing this code correctly?

I am using icons from here for my web project. This is the file I used for one of the icons: <!-- This file was licenced under the following license: MIT License Copyright (c) 2020 Paweł Kuna ...
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Modifying and releasing Windows-XP code [closed]

Am I legally allowed to modify (remove bloatware, rewrite functions etc.) to leaked code and release it online for free? I don't intend to license anything, it's just mostly for a personal project to ...
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Can you release binaries on GitHub, and have it under an EULA?

Say someone made software, put it up on GitHub under the GPLv3 License, but then had an EULA that is not supplied with the binaries on GitHub, do you have to follow the EULA, or the GPL? And do they ...
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Do I need to add Flutter and Dart license into the app?

I'm currently programming an app with flutter and have already listed all the licenses I use from the packages on an individual license page in the Settings. The question I am now asking myself is do ...
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Which license can protect a software to be distribute without changes under a different name?

I'm looking for a license that fit in the following points: Software source code will be public so anyone can read it or use it. Anyone can contribute or add modifications to the source code (pull ...
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Use package / package-lock for acknowledgments?

I wanted to create a site with acknowledgments/attributions for all the packages used in my project (that's even required for the MIT licenses). So I thought about using package.json for that purpose. ...
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can I get rid of the GPL-v3 LICENCE file if I use GPL-v3 licensed code but declare it in `package.json`?

I've been working with a project lately involving the usage of live2d. live2d, however, is licensed under GPLv3, so in my understanding I must include the GPLv3 licence file in my repository. However,...
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Add author to MIT license? [duplicate]

I have forked a git repository where the original author has added a MIT license. The license begins with: Copyright (c) 2017 Original Author Now, I have added some significant contributions to the ...
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Licensing a code based on a research paper

I have recently ran into a research paper which explains a technique of image-processing. Now, the paper just explains the process and is not based on any specific coding-language, but we can say that ...
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How exactly do I comply with open source software under Apache 2.0 if I'm only using some code and not all?

This is my first time posting here and I'm sorry if any of my questions are silly. This is my first time dealing with open source code and licenses. I'm working on a small game engine and I decided to ...
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Can I use unmodified Grafana as the visualisation component of my commercial service?

In the light of the new AGPL Grafana license, can we still use unmodifed Grafana served as a docker image on cloud as the visualisation component of our commercial service? My understanding so far is ...
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Converting fonts to curves for other companies' drawings: Font Licensing?

We have a server that allows for anyone to do processing on different vector files. One feature we are planning is to allow them to convert SVG's with text elements to paths. In order to do this ...
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If I use a lot of libraries with the exact same license, can I condense the required attributions and notices?

I'm developing a project that happens to use a lot of open-source third-party libraries by different authors. Most of these libraries use the same license (mostly MIT, with the occasional Apache or ...
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Do I have to worry about software dependency licence management?

Does a licence for a product such as Express JS take account of the most onerous licence in its dependencies? We only develop in JavaScript and use NPM for module management; does NPM itself do any ...
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Is it possible to use QT under LGPL for a hardware commercial product?

I am considering using QT for a commercial hardware product. The product will have a Raspberry Pi Compute Module and will run standard Raspberry Pi Linux OS. It will load our application, which will ...
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Arguments for using a FLOSS license

I wrote code for an employer which, I feel, would benefit from being released under a copyleft (e.g. LGPL) or permissive (e.g. MIT) license. The code is of general utility and exists well outside the ...
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How should I format licences to redistribute Apache 2.0-based project?

I want to redistribute the compiled binaries and headers of OpenCV. That means that I'm going to: Download some compiled release from OpenCV's Releases page. Create my own repository which will ...
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Under which license is Github metadata (repo names, commits metadata…)?

I'm extracting a sub-dataset from the GH Archive dataset. The GH Archive dataset, I quote, "includes material that may be subject to third party rights." In my sub-dataset, I never extract &...
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'Adding' a license to a source-code

How to add a license to a source-code? For example, I have written a piece of code that is very efficient and has many commercial applications. I have published the code on my website, and I want to ...
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Can I use the output of a free for personal use software that requires a license for commercial use in an art project

As the title says, can I use the output, a jpeg image, of a software which states it can be downloaded free of charge for academic, government, nonprofit, and personal use, but which requires a ...
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Are old copies of “mistakenly licensed” OSS still subject to their previous licenses, even after “fixing”?

I want to publish the source of a program which borrows some code from project A. Years ago, A's maintainers forked it from project B (which has no apparent license) and licensed it as MIT. Several ...
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Selling images licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 in game

I am making a game. It is free-to-play. Is it legal to take the top-hat from the Emoji One (v1) icon set licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 and sell it as an in-game cosmetic items? https://iconify.design/...
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What license to choose for an open source project using Highcharts

I have to release a software package on GitHub (or any public repository) that uses Highcharts. Because of this, I am not sure which license to pick for my project. Here is some more information: I ...
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How to properly attribute other's people work on GitHub?

I have an open source project (under GPL license) that has some parts incorporated from other projects (that use MIT and GPL), and one of the provisions of both of these licenses is The above ...
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What filename for a LGPL license for github projects?

When using a LGPL License in a github open-source project, you have the possibility to choose a license in github yourself. When you edit a license file github shows you a button with the text "...
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Grant less restricted license from an AGPL project

I have developed a library which is licensed under AGPL. Before the library was licensed under MIT. I changed to AGPL because some commercial companies did use the library without commiting bugfixes ...
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AGPL, with Apache-2.0 option for non-commercial use

I want to license a project that allows anyone to license it under AGPL-3.0, but with the option to license it under Apache-2.0 for non-commercial use only. Are there any hidden pitfalls I may have ...
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Can I prevent the National Security Agency from using my work?

I am currently working on a research project in a subfield of computer/data science that concerns a topic whose research seems to have worrying correlations with the U.S. National Security Agency due ...
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Can I use the Elastic License 2.0 or is it copyrighted?

Can I use the Elastic License 2.0 for my project or is the text of the license copyrighted? Essentially I want to know if the text of the license is freely available for use?
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Can I change a Mozilla Public License Version 2.0 project I forked to GPL v3?

I forked a Mozilla Public License Version 2.0 licensed app and made some changes. I want to publish the app, but I want anybody who uses my code to have to adhere to GPL v3. Since GPL v3 is more ...
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Should I include the license of packages used for a personal project?

After working on a project in flask, I wondered if I should include as a third-party license, the licenses of the installed packages. To explain myself better... I installed flask and other packages ...
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How to license my wordpress plugin after development under GPL?

I have created a wordpress plugin but I have no knowledge of licensing. I have already read the wordpress article - "Including a Software License" under wordpress plugin handbook. Do I need ...
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What needs to be done to comply with OpenSSL double license?

The OpenSSL double license is available at: https://www.openssl.org/source/license.txt I am not a lawyer and I am not sure whether I am more confused by the license agreement than I am scared of it. I ...
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GoogleSignIn license in my app's licenses list view

I made an app for iOS and before publication I have to make view, where I list all used 3rd party libraries licenses. Unfortunately, I cannot find license for GoogleSignIn SDK for iOS. This package is ...
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CC-BY “inheritance”?

If I distribute an open source software (licensed under MIT or Apache if that matters) that includes/uses a resource that is licensed under CC-BY, and I provide proper attribution. Do users of said ...
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Possibilities to use a GPL-v3 licensed library in a closed-source game

Licensing is absolutely not my topic and I'm currently trying to learn about it while developing my game. I'm trying to implement the espeak-ng library into my game, so I can use it to generate robot ...

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