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When updating a package version, what should the license year be?

When creating a new R package version under an existing MIT licence, should the year be [creation_year], [current_year] or [creation_year - current_year]?
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PySimpleGUI, until now, has been distributed under the GPLV3, but just became a subscription model. How does that work?

PySimpleGUI, a GUI framework for Python, has previously been published under the LGPLv3. They just announced that they are changing to a subscription model with PysimpleGUI 5, and that previous ...
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AGPLv3 version of itext

We have a web application (for internal users) using free version of AGPLv3. The web application is NOT a commercial application. Do we need to use commercial license instead of free version?
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Someone wants to contribute code with a copyright notice. Should I be concerned?

I maintain a parser combinator library called Parjs, licensed under the MIT license. I’ve received a PR that contains a copyright notice by Oracle. I was under the impression that whoever contributes ...
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Github Public Repo License [duplicate]

I'm building a software which is publicly hosted on GitHub. Its deployed on Play Store as well. I have a few contributory pull requests, but im concerned over possible legal complications over a long ...
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If someone used my open source (MIT license) project's logo and name to create their website/service, is it allowed?

I am the maintainer of a open source project Uptime Kuma (https://github.com/louislam/uptime-kuma), The project is under MIT license. Generally, for most cases, I don't mind how people used my ...
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How to find licensing information on EU-funded projects?

How can I find-out the licensing information on a product that's funded by the EU? For example, enormous amounts of research has been published about the "Euro Trough" -- a linear parabolic ...
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Using SoX requires commercial license

I'm building a Linux embedded OS usingYocto in which I have to include SoX to perform downsampling of .wav files. SoX is under GPL or LGPL license (the downsampling function I use is under LGPL) When ...
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Open Hardware: Why does it Exist if you can License Hardware Under Standard Open Source License? [duplicate]

I was looking into publishing some hardware I designed. I began to look into the world of Open Hardware License(s) and discovered the closest to the GNU GPL TAPR and CERN (strong copyleft). And ...
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What are the proper terms for those types of software combinations?

I am writing a python app and I am using external open source dependencies in 2 different ways: A) standard import B) calling an executable as a subprocess What is the proper language to refer to such ...
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What if I don't open-source my code after using a copyleft public repo?

I plan to build an app based on a public repo with a copyleft license (AGPL-3.0 license). I don't want to open-source my own code (my own code will just server and front-end code, which are built on ...
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Python Commercial Use of Software Licensing Compliance

I have a Flask application that is being sold to a client. I remain in control of the source code, and it is a private repo. I wanted to ensure I was not violating License Agreements, and ran a tool ...
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How to comply with MIT licenses for third-party libraries in my GitHub project? [duplicate]

I am planning to upload a project to GitHub, which I will later host on a web hosting service solely for the purpose of having a project in my portfolio. I am using the following third-party libraries ...
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Use of GPL-licensed JSON data in closed-source software [closed]

I write a word processor and for hyphenation I use data files and some of them are under GPL license like the Irish language one... For the moment these files are written in C/C++ and I'm going to ...
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Patent encumbrances on Falcon?

Does anyone have any hard evidence what exactly are the terms and conditions of the patent license that Dr. Whyte / OnBoard Security has pledged to provide to any prospective implementers of the ...
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Is it allowed to statically link to a library licensed under Eclipse Public License 2.0 without publishing the source code of linked software?

Let's say I've developed a library and licensed it under EPL 2.0. If somebody statically links his/her software to my library, is that software considered a derivative/modified work? Does s/he has to ...
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GPLv3 use in commercially sold embedded system

I have a question about GPLv3 usage in a commercially sold embedded system. The product sold uses a Raspberry Pi under the cover, and in the users manual provided it does mention the use of GPLv3 ...
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Is it legal to change the file names of wkhtmltopdf source

I am creating a library by building source of wkhtmltopdf which is having a LGPLv3 license. Is it legal to change the file names of wkhtmltopdf source used in my library ? My library will be ...
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Convert BSD-3 license project with own modification added to Elastic license

What should be considered to make an original project released under BSD-3 license, added modifications (many things changed) to Elastic License 2.0, at least for the changed parts? I assume I will ...
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Python packages and their license in the binary program [duplicate]

I am writing a program in Python that currently uses several different packages, mainly BSD licenses, e.g. Pandas, NumPy, etc. The finished program is distributed in the form of an .exe file. My ...
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Is the GNU All-Permissive License suitable for source code?

Text of the GNU All-Permissive License (also known as the "FSF All Permissive License"): Copying and distribution of this file, with or without modification, are permitted in any medium ...
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Can I use blazor (MIT) and mysql community (GPL) for commercial purposes? [closed]

If I sell my program in blazor and use mysql community for the data layer... my blazor program would be under the GPL?, that is, would I have to deliver my source code of my blazor made in program?
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Do EUPL-1.2 license violations have to be disputed in an EU court?

Section 14 of the EUPL-1.2 states: Jurisdiction Without prejudice to specific agreement between parties, — any litigation resulting from the interpretation of this License, arising between the ...
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Locking myself from ever changing license

Is there any way, that I can lock myself from ever changing the repository license to non open-source one? These is this trend with open-source companies, that once they gain enough press, and enough ...
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Short Weak Copyleft Software License

Is there a short weak (or strong) copyleft license? I like the GPL v3. The way that all its different sections interlock is quite poetic. However, this beauty comes at the cost of it being near ...
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How do I properly put third-party dependencies under MIT on my copyright notice for a published MacOS app on the App Store?

If IconCast is the name of a close-sourced app I'm publishing that makes money, and AppIconSetGen, an open source library under the MIT license made by someone else that I made some changes to (which ...
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Creating new functionallity for an existing project under MPL 1.1

I am currently developing a new functionality for an existing open-source project on GitHub (FusionPBX), and I have a question regarding licensing. The original project contains files with the ...
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Is it possible to use AGPL with Go?

Is it possible to license Go source code using the AGPL? Every Go program gets linked statically with the Go runtime, which does not use the AGPL. Is this allowed to use the AGPL for my own code and ...
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Need Help Choosing a FOSS License for a Swift Package With Specific Requirements [duplicate]

Stack Overflow community! I'm working on a Swift package and am having some trouble deciding which FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) license to use. I have specific requirements and am hoping ...
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Open code, closed repo?

Has anyone tried to separately license their repository (e.g. Git) from the code that it holds? How did it go? (Sorry about the open-ended nature of the question.) Corollary to this question: what is ...
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Why it is not possible to create a proprietary fork of GPL?-or-later software?

Let's assume there is a project under GPL2-or-later license. My understanding is that anyone can take the project and make a fork with GPL2-only additions. They could also take the project and make a ...
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Is BSD-3-Clause Variant compatible with BSD-3-Clause?

My Python package has a dependency of an open-source package with a BSD-3-Clause-LBNL variant license. It seems the only difference between this variant and the original BSD-3-Clause license is the ...
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A project states no license, but imports GPL code. Can I assume an implied license? [duplicate]

According to the answers to What can I assume if a publicly published project has no license?, If a repository has no license, then all rights are reserved and it is not Open Source or Free. You ...
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How should be a SPDX license name when extracting from another file content?

Following the SPDX simple license expressions and the License identifier field example, when creating a custom license that's not listed in licenses list (including exception), I could use LicenseRef-...
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Using GPLv2 License in an internal company software that develops physical products

There are many questions in here regarding licenses, however, I did not find this specific scenario. I have the following situation: There is an internal company software, which is used for producing ...
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using external images of multiple different licenses in a single document-oriented project

I am working on a project to create (in PDF) letter charts for children for alphabet learning. This involves a number of different pictures from different sources (but mostly Wikipedia) and different ...
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Is there a software license that says anyone can do what they want with it except sell it or sell modified versions of it? [duplicate]

From what I can tell GPL lets folks modify your code and sell it and MIT lets them do whatever they want. I plan on charging for my application. I am okay if someone wants to tweak it and use it for ...
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License R code when using R packages with different license types

I am navigating licensing, and this is very confusing. I produced a lot of R code to analyze data for a research article that will be published on a peer-reviewed journal. Reading here License for R ...
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How should an Open-Source project that can be integrated into proprietary software be licensed?

Say I have a personal software project that I would like to be Open-Source. 100% of the source code for my version of that project is available online for everyone (e.g. on GitHub). I'd the like to ...
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License like LGPL-3.0, but owner can sell source to 3rd party freely and contributors can't say no or revoke code

TL;DR: Basically "Hey, look, I felt your soft A lacked this so I made this Soft B. You can buy it and add it or do whatever you want with it but don't be a dick and give credit where it's due. ...
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An open-source license that seems impossible to comply with

I am a math professor, and I'm considering pushing my department to adopt OpenStax textbooks. These are free, and the website says that they are offered under the CC BY-NC-SA license. However, the ...
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How to license website articles under a different licence to source code [duplicate]

I'm making a personal website whose source code I intend to license under a permissive licence like Apache 2.0, for example, I might host the code on GitHub and use GitHub Pages to host the site. But ...
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Allowances/rules for including binary/compiled files from another OSS project into my own repo?

Long story made short: Have a python based repo in Github currently. It relies on some external software in its compiled/executable form as a simple popen call. Currently it relies on the user to ...
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Dual-licensing model

Imagine I have a program which is licensed by GPLv3. Now will I be able to apply a second license for non-open one? It says that anyone who wants to copy, distribute, modify my program needs my ...
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Publish open source

I use iText in my application Is the application considered open source if I put the AGPL3 license when publishing the application on Google Play only?, or I must to do something else to considered ...
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Do public foundation registered members constitute "organization" in the GPL distribution context?

From this question: Is making and using multiple copies within one organization or company “distribution”? No, in that case the organization is just making the copies for itself. As a consequence, a ...
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Does GPL apply to optional and disabled code and no linking

I am using mostly LGPL or compatible libraries, but there's also a few that are available under GPL & compatible only. I understand that GPL requirements apply to software distribution, in other ...
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Understanding PDFtk and GPL license

I work for a local county that will generate our local tax statements for free via a web service consumable by a public URL. For example, the web service would generate and stream the PDF using the ...
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Legal and Usage Questions about an Extension of Whisper Model on GitHub

I recently came across an extension version of the Whisper model from OpenAI on GitHub, (https://github.com/linto-ai/whisper-timestamped) and I'm interested in using it in my Python project. However, ...
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"Pure Copyleft" Software Licenses? (with no additional restrictions)

TL;DR How can we replace the GPLv3 requirements of source disclosure + explicit license copy with something more subtle like "This work allows the users [...], and any derived work (recursively) ...
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