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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Could the anti-tivoization provisions of the GPLv3 be circumvented by providing software separately?

In the FAQ section of the GPLv3, the Free Software Foundation presents the following entry: Question: Suppose that two companies try to circumvent the requirement to provide Installation ...
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Am I legally obligated to disclose that my web app is using AngularJS?

I am using AngularJS in a web app I am building, and I'm wondering about the legal obligation of disclosing that my app uses AngularJS, and whether I need to make AngularJS's licence agreement ...
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Is there a licensing restriction shipping proprietary software that packages/redistributes CDDL1.1-licensed software?

We are having a debate about whether we are allowed to package CDDL 1.1 licensed software like jaxb-api as-is with our commercial software. We would provide the licensing terms of CDDL 1.1 as required ...
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Modifying and Using Open Source Software licensed under GNU Lesser General Public License, v2.1

TL;DR: Is it legal to use a modified version of the product licensed under LGPL 2.1, for commercial purposes and without the permission of the author (because the authors cannot be reached), and ...
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Can I sell a proprietary software with an LGPL library bundled along with it, without making my source code public?

I am making a commercial application for my own company. I want to use PySide2 in it which comes under the LGPL license. I will be using PySide2 without any modification to it for designing the GUI. ...
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Seeking Creative-Commons-like license with addition(s) to request or require modifications be contributed back to source [duplicate]

Do any licenses exist that might serve the purposes below? If not, what licenses might be similarly useful? Initial license goals "Drive updates back to the source." My team seeks Creative-Commons-...
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Do you think its OK for an open-source hosting company to incorporate your ideas into their product offerings?

I'm not exactly sure where this question would belong, but would love to hear some opinions about it. Long story short, I came up with a way to integrate open-source Platform A with open-source ...
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MIT code interfacing GPL3 library,

I have a Python module, pygalmesh (Github, PyPi), published under the MIT license. It essentially interfaces a part of CGAL which is published under the GPL3 and uses other pieces of software with ...
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Implement a RBT for proprietary software using idea from Linux kernel

Linux kernel's RBT implementation has a nice trick of using the LSB bit of parent pointer as a node color. If I were to implement a RBT for my proprietary software and use the LSB as a node color bit ...
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Any lasting licensing implications from previously used, subsequently dropped library dependencies or usage licenses?

I will start off with this excerpt from Qt's legal faq to give some context: 3.13. I have started development of a product using the open source version of Qt, can I now purchase a commercial ...
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Questions about MIT license for a Unity video game

I'm thinking of creating an open source Unity video game. I checked this page to have an overview of the MIT license. But there are still some things that are not very clear to me: If someone want to ...
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How do I use GNU licensed code copyrighted by the original author?

I am writing open-source code based on another author's open-source code. The original author licensed the code under the GNU Public License and copyrighted it under his name. I am, of course, ...
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Does every file need to have GPLv2+ mentioned in the header to be GPLv2? [duplicate]

So all Wordpress plugins are supposed to be GPLv2 or higher. We'd like to fork a plugin that currently integrates with one system and change it to integrate with a different system. There's a readme....
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Changing the open source license of a forked project (EUPL to GPL)

I believe context is important, so here is a little story. Let's imagine (all characters and events in this story - even those based on real people - are entirely fictional) that Alice has developed ...
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How to handle a project with both MIT and BSD-3 licence

I have forked an open source project after the original maintainer has not responded for almost a year. The original developer left things in a bit of a mess however, and while there is a LICENCE file ...
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Question about MIT licensed library

I use MIT licensed library in program when I publish it how do I create copyright notice for it because I already created LICENSE.md file with license for my project. Note: I didn't edit libraries ...
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Using a “zlib like” license

I am looking at using this nodejs package and it is labelled as "zlib like" with no further information. What, if any, are the implications of the license being zlib like?
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Bumptech glide licensing

I'm using bumptech/glide for loading images in my app. After reading the License i saw that most of the library was licensed under the Apache License except for the AnimatedGifEncoder. License for ...
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Legally, is getting a js file from a server the same as installing npm package?

I'm working on a (most possibly) proprietary front-end React app for my company. We use this npm package as a plugin for TinyMce editor. Turns out, it has GPL v3 license, which isn't allowed as per ...
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Does using a WebAssembly compiled GPL library require calling application to be GPL?

Specifically, I'm thinking of taking the libraries that squoosh.app (source) uses internally (imagequant, optipng, etc) and break them up into an image optimization webassemby set of libraries that ...
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What are the license obligations if just importing licensed code without modifying/distributing it

I plan open source some python script files which import from NumPy (BSD license), scikit-learn (New BSD License) and Keras (MIT license). However, I do not modify and/or redistribute (parts of the) ...
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License of QtCore in Qt 5.6: LGPL v2.1 or LGPL v3?

In the headers of QtCore 5.6 it says: -- clip -- ** GNU Lesser General Public License Usage ** Alternatively, this file may be used under the terms of the GNU Lesser ** General Public License ...
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Using AGPL version 3 code in a chrome extension that is part of a SaaS project

I was thinking of building a chrome extension using some open source code licensed under AGPL version 3 for one of my projects. I have modified the original source code quite heavily, and am fine with ...
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ZHST_IMS_Package license issue

The ZHST_IMS_Package 1.0.0 was installed through Application insights nugget packages. As part of black duck scan found this has issue with license and reported as "License Not Found". I found this ...
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Qt's open source license (GPL or LGPL)

Ive been reading about Qt and its licensing and ive come across this part: Qt is available under different licensing options designed to accommodate the needs of our various users: Qt ...
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Copyleft license that explicitly disallows monetisation

I plan to open source a full-stack project (hardware schematics + firmware). I want to find a way of open sourcing it with a copyleft-style license that allows anyone to use, modify, and redistribute ...
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How to address common FOS license problems? - About creditstealing and ruthless cashcowing

I am a hobbyist software developer and had some disputes with a group of passionate FOSS proponents. Although they didn't manage to convince me, It made me think about what the issues with FOSS ...
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What happens when a MIT licensed project uses Apache 2.0 drivers to connect to GPLv3 databases?

I'm working on a SaaS medical research startup project with a MIT license. The goal is for the source to be open (because then customers can help improve it and find bugs), and end-users who want to ...
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What's the correct way to include licence for part of the code from another project

Let's say I have an open source project (Apache2) And I only take one function from another project which is also open sourced under MIT/Apache2 license, and put it together with my code in a single ...
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Implications of powershell usage on Linux

Looking, in particular, at: PowerShell 6.0 Linux Administration Cookbook Prashanth Jayaram, Ram Iyer November 30, 2018 566 pages I just want to go in eyes-open, knowing any pitfalls of the ...
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What licensing should I include or consider if I am building a program in Python and a range of PyPi libraries?

The program I am building for our production system relies heavily and Python and a few libraries such as pandas, flask, jupyter and pillow. I have observed that the licensing tied to them are mainly ...
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Copyright of scientific figures

Hope this question fit well in this community. Suppose that I create a scientific figure using some programs, e.g., Matlab/Python from some data. However, the programs script for generating the data ...
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License for JSON database that prevents 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 GPLv2 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 [duplicate]

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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