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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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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 “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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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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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.
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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,...
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Can I add a license to a forked repository? Can I license only my added code?

I would like to fork an existing repository which has no existing license. I would then like to add the GNU GPLv3 license to any code that I write, but it seems as though I cannot apply this license ...
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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 ...
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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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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 (...
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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 ...
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How to add Firebase API's licence into our app?

Like many other apps, whenever our app uses a third-party library, we add its licence to a page in our app displaying all third-party licences, be the licence MIT or Apache. Recently, we have added ...
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Using GPLv2 licensed library in engineer's thesis

I wanted to base my engineer's thesis on Truffle framework (https://github.com/oracle/graal/tree/master/truffle) and GraalVM (https://github.com/oracle/graal). Truffle is licensed under GPL 2 with ...
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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 **...
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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 ...
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If I modify and include a MIT lcensed software in my website, have i to include the license?

If i modify and include a MIT lcensed software in my website (script for functions, no download for users), have i to include the license? Have i to indicate the changes?
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Third-party component licensing obligations, usage and obligations scale

I'm not sure if this question makes sense here although in my point of view it does. Otherwise I would be happy to post it in the right SO. Scope I would like to rise a few scenarios concerning ...
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Relicensing a fork of a GPL project and source code distribution requirements

(Reposted in here because this is the more correct section.) So the situation is this: I run a project which is a fork of an emulator licensed under GPL v2, my fork respects that and has not ...
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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 ...
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GitHub with temporary code under 'GNU General Public License'

I am writing a software project, and have created a repository for it on GitHub for backup reasons (I don't actually want to publish it). I began doing a little refactoring, and as an experiment ...
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OSS licensing for GitHub projects

If I made some contributions to a repository on GitHub and then decided to delete the source code that I contributed, are other users of the repository still allowed to use that particular source code?...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Flutter licence and involved dependencies

My company is very sensitive about using open source software. A small team started to group licences in three categories: green, yellow, red. Flutter is a library to create native apps for ios and ...
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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 ...
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AGPL v3 licensing: How does external party determine if modifications were made?

When using an AGPL v3 licensed software within a public-facing web application hosted on a private server, you are obligated (section 13) to share your code if you modify the original AGPL code. Many ...
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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/...
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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 ...
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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,...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Can I use/distribute LGPL command line software in mine that isn't LGPL?

I've developed a little software that use FFmpeg in command line mode. To further clarify: My software launch several times ffmpeg.exe that is stored inside the same folder as my .exe. User never ...
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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 ...