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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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When distributing a Linux kernel driver as source code, what's the difference between Proprietary and GPL license?

The company I work for is selling PCIe cards. I'm writing the Linux driver for it as a Linux kernel module. When selling these PCIe cards, we give along the Linux kernel driver as source code. ...
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Why is the Apache license 2.0 patent license clause useful/important?

I've read the Apache 2.0 license (A2L), in particular its clause regarding patent licensing. I don't quite understand what's the use of it. If Alice lets Bob use a piece of software under the terms ...
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Final product warranty vs MIT licensed FreeRTOS warranty disclaimer

I want to base my embedded project on FreeRTOS, modify the original source code of FreeRTOS (strip some functionality, remove some unused code, increase reliability), write my application specific ...
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Is flyway community edition free for commercial purposes

I am writing an application for my organization which needs to be shipped to customer. It has a part of database migration for which I am using flyway library. However I am confused with licensing. ...
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How should I identify myself in a copyright notice / license?

(migrated from programmers.SX) I'm placing a copyright notice with some (FOSS) license in a LICENSE file in a software package I'm publishing; or it's a license block in a source file. It starts ...
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Embedding code using API of GPL library in tutorial website

I want to make a commercial tutorial website that will teach people to use GPL-licensed R packages in a series of articles. The website will not execute the code, but will show people the output of ...
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BSD-3 Closed Source Attribution

I'm having some confusion with the BSD-3 license language. I am going to close source a bsd-3 project and make modifications to it. I will not be redistributing the code. It will be used as a SaaS. ...
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Classifying Commercial and non commercial use

We intend to use openrules in an application that will be deployed and used in house by an insurance firm. The application caters to internal users to check whether certain business conditions are met ...
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Someone is offering money to use my software without a license. Is it a scam?

I am the creator of an open source project licensed under MIT and GPL. Recently, someone has reached out saying that these licenses do not fit their needs, and that they would like to pay me to be ...
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User account licenses, in an AGPL SaaS app

Can I build & release an AGPL (v3) SaaS application, but still put constraints on the usage of user accounts in that application? I like to: Provide a hosted version of the service Provide the ...
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What entities are eligible to copyright a project?

Me and my friend want to make business on customization of our open source project. We have NOT yet registered the project trademark NOR started a company. Сan we write in Copyright 2019 [name of ...
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Can your MIT library use an LGPL library?

If you use a library with LGPL 2.1 license (e.g., PHPMailer) in your also open source library, can you release your library as MIT license if you didn't actually modify PHPMailer? E.g., All you did ...
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What is the license of code found in ObservableHQ?

What is the license of code found in ObservableHQ, for example this one? I really tried reading The Observable Terms of Service but I couldn't get a conclusive answer by myself. The following ...
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License to acknowledge the initiative work

In case someone makes a product based on my open source project, I'd like to have them to acknowledge my project with: "Powered by <MyProject>[link_on_Github]" Is there a license similar to MIT,...
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Can I share the code JUST with my client in BSD License?

I am wondering if I can use a license like BSD in the code of a software I am making for a client. They are not a software company so I don't think they want an exclusive use, but I want to give them ...
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Archive Formats and Licensing

A number of archive formats such as DAR, AR, tar come under the GNU GPL license. If I understand correctly I only need to license my software as GPL if I use any APIs provided by libraries which ...
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How to properly assemble NOTICE file for new software under Apache License 2.0

Apache provides NOTICE boilerplate for a new software projects which are going to be released under this license. I'm going to release my project under that license, so it actually doesn't contain any ...
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Distributing the Copyright Notices of Libraries with Binary Software

I'm working on a piece of open source software that's distributed as a binary in a Docker container. Thus, most of the users of the software not only do not interact with the source, they do not even ...
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Can I include the Ubuntu Fonts in a proprietary application?

I am creating a desktop application that has the ability to generate PDF reports. I would like to use ubuntu font because it has wide language support. I do not plan to modify the font file in any way....
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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. Now I want to include the license text in the README.md instead ...
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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 ...
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What am I supposed to do with the license, in case of a third party project modification?

I'm making some modifications to this project licensed under MIT License. The thing is: I don't know what to do to their license file. Do I just override with my stuff?!
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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 ...
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Right licenses for software: free use but ask for permission when economical profit [duplicate]

We have developed some software and we want to provide with the source code and binaries to the academic and industry community, so that they can freely use it. But if anybody wants to make commercial ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Can I use AGPL component to create a data file for commercial application?

I’m using an AGPL library in an internal tool. We don’t redistribute the tool to anywhere. We don’t expose the tool over a network either. The tool produced a data file, namely a PDF document, that I’...
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What can I assume if a publicly published project has no license?

There is some code on GitHub that I would like to use. The repository has no public declaration of license that I can find. But this particular project has over 200 forks and is a pretty active ...
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Reproducing all npm package Licenses

I'm about to release a website that uses a lot of open source software. There are likely 30-100 packages, and those probably include more packages. I've made sure none of them are the type of ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Open Source libraries inside IC firmware and attribution obligation

I wonder whether Open Source libraries used within firmware burnt (in flash or ROM) in an IC that is sold to customers building products with it requires the final manufacturer to give credits (...
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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 ...
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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-...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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) ...
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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 ...
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Why is CC BY-SA discouraged for code?

Everybody knows that you shouldn't use a CC BY-SA license on your code. Even the Creative Commons folk recommend against it. What I don't know or understand is why. I can't seem to find any ...
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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'...
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Why GitHub is not opensource when it's use Git that has GPLv2 license?

I have this question after all happens when Microsoft bought GitHub. But GitHub core is not git? I now that when you use a GPLv2 in your program you must have to give your program the same license. ...
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Are the new GitHub Terms of service a kiss of death for open source projects?

This recent post tends to say that the new GitHub TOS make most open source projects at odds to comply with both their FOSS licensing and the TOS. Is this right? Anything copyleft (GPL, AGPL, LGPL,...
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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. ...
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What's the usual procedure when using MIT or BSD-2-Clause licensed source code with something like `<script src="…`, `require(…` or `import …`?

This is not a legal question. It might touch the legal aspects around Open Source licenses but I need general help understanding how they work and what the usual procedure is. Part 1 of my question: ...
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Is a MySQL commercial license required when selling a PHP-website that is hosted on WAMP?

Do I have to pay a commercial MySQL license to install WAMP with my PHP-script on the localhost of a company, asking monthly fee for it from the company? (The PHP script is a modified version of an ...
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iText 2.1.7 in commercial Project

This question was originally asked on Stack Overflow but since licensing questions are off topic I move it here. So here comes the original question about this open source library: I want to use the ...
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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.