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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What limits do the Docker CE EULA impose on its commercial use?

I would appreciate some clarity on the limits the Docker CE EULA impose on its use in commercial products? The Docker CE for Windows EULA states the following: DOCKER FOR WINDOWS 18.03.1-ce-win65 ...
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Licensing for forked projects

If a project is licensed with MIT license, can someone fork the project, create significant changes, and put a more restrictive license on it? Or even copyright it?
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GPL with license exception for iOS?

I'd really like to use the GPL license for my cross-platform mobile app. I want to publish on the iOS AppStore, the terms of which indirectly prohibit the GPL from being used. What's the best way to ...
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Can I use MPL-2 for not being held responsible for software bugs?

I just started my career as an online freelancer and even though I try to do my best I have this constant stress & anxiety about what will happen if there is a huge unwanted issue/bug in my code ...
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What license can I choose, if my utility uses another one with a custom license

I recently open sourced a utility which uses PDFtoPrinter.exe. Now I am confused with choosing a license because its homepage says: This system uses the free PDF-Xchange Viewer. You should consult ...
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Is it necessary to include MIT licenses for every project even if my code base is available in GitHub?

I use three MIT licensed projects in my source code. Do I need to include three copies of the MIT license (in different directories), or can I just include a single copy of the MIT license on the root?...
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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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What is a good strategy for gradually preparing a switch to a new version of a license / new license?

I was interested to discover the GPL Cooperation Commitment today, and more particularly the COMMITMENT file they propose to include in a project under GPL v2 or LGPL v2 or v2.1: https://github.com/...
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Including license in emails

I’ve found a nice HTML email template that I would like to customize and use to send automated emails to my clients. The template is MIT licensed, which means I should provide a copy of the license (...
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Is it a good idea to read code in a no-licence repository?

Related to but distinct from What can I assume if a publicly published project has no license? Background: I'm working on piece of web-based software under the AGPL, which I may monetize in the ...
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What are the guidelines I must abide by in order to use this code I found on GitHub in my own Chrome Extension?

Here is the code. This too, a large portion of it. I'm not associated with any organization, I'm just trying to create a Chrome Extension that I will post to the Chrome Web Store and expect people to ...
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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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Can a license be placed anywhere in a file?

I forked some code, the license is MIT. It states that The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software. without ...
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Call MS-PL library in LGPL code

I am currently developing a small desktop application. I am looking for a license that guarantee : That the code cannot be sold, and must be freely distributed. That modifications of the code cannot ...
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Selecting the right licensing model

I'm trying to select the correct licensing model for training content I create and currently host on Github. The content may be migrated in the future to another hosting platform or be converted to a ...
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What is the different between MIT and X11 license? Should the open source package be identified differently under these two licenses

What are the main difference in obligations of both MIT and X11 license. How do they differentiate or there is no difference and can be used in replacements.
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Which licenses do “not contradict the terms and conditions” of AFL v. 3.0?

The Academic Free License 3.0 explicitly allows distributing copies of the work "under any license of your choice that does not contradict the terms and conditions, including Licensor's reserved ...
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Proper way to show 3rdpartylicenses.txt in Angular app

I am building my Angular app with Angular CLI and it generates 3rdpartylicenses.txt when I execute a production build. The file is deployed to the server and therefore is published under /...
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License for code snippets?

I share small snippets of code with friends, and would like to post them online for others to use. I'm not sure of the best license? I was thinking MIT, but it includes this clause: The above ...
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GNU GPL V3 with no code change disclosure

I read a lot of articles and information regarding my questions, but those answers were very technical and I wanted to understand the law in simple English. https://tldrlegal.com/license/gnu-general-...
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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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GPL with Classpath Exception License [duplicate]

for example, File A.java is distributed under GPL with Classpath Exception License.. And I develop software C. There is a B.java file in C. B.java imports A(not A.jar, but A.java) and call function of ...
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What is the correct way to receive and give attribution to CC BY-SA asset contributions on a project managed with git?

The Creative Commons website gives this example for giving attribution to an image that was found on a website. For this project, contributors who wish to contribute assets would be sending the assets ...
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For a GPLv3 project, would accepting contributions under the MIT license allow me to keep full control of the project?

I would like to do this as an alternative to having a CLA (which was suggested to me in my previous question) that transfers all copyright over to me. Is this a good idea and are there any potential ...
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Do all packages under Axis come under apache license?

I am trying to find what license is used by axis-wsdl4j here - https://mvnrepository.com/artifact/axis/axis-wsdl4j Since no license was listed I looked at axis license: https://mvnrepository.com/...
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Can a GPL license be converted to Proprietary by the author later?

Can the author of software make it proprietary after making it gpl?
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Can I publish a WordPress site as MIT?

I know that WordPress is licensed GPLv2 (or later). I also know that all things that use WordPress must also be GPLv2 (or later) compatible (eg. Plugins and Themes) I also read somewhere that ...
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How can a “crayon” license be a problem?

Bruce Perens (co-founder of OSI) has coined the term "crayon license": I've been calling these "crayon licenses", taking a line from an old Monty Python sketch about a dog license with the word "...
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Using Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial Data in a GPLv3 GitHub repo

My currently open-source project was made so that I could analyze a specific dataset. However, when in talks with the data holders, they want to keep their data in a Creative Commons Attribution-...
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Promoting open source project via LinkedIn message

I am just wondering how offensive would it be to promote my open source project via LinkedIn messages? I am thinking about buying a premium access in LinkedIn so I can search people who might be ...
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Placement of Licensing in Apple Sample Code - Swift

I was going through a tutorial on Apple/Swift and they show a sample project which they offer users to download. On the Swift file, they show: /* See LICENSE folder for this sample's licensing ...
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Can I change the license of re-written code?

The is a single file source code that I have used as a base for my little project. That source code already works as it is. The problem is its syntaxes, variable naming, spacing, and so many unused ...
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How to give credit to the creators of a dual-licensed library used in my project? [duplicate]

There is an opensource tool I want to use in my project, JSZip, which is dual-licensed. The maintainers say: You may use it under the MIT license or the GPLv3 license My project will be a single-...
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Open-source license to prevent commercial use?

I could really use some help picking the right license for my project. The project is already released on github under the GPLv3 license but I have been made aware that this prevents uses that I want ...
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Wiktionary module code licensing

I'm currently in the process of porting some Lua code used in a Wiktionary module to JavaScript for an npm package. I can't find anything on whether Lua Modules on Wiktionary (or Wikipedia, which also ...
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AGPLv3 source redistribution: when does it apply to my code for a server-side Java app using an AGPL-licensed library?

I have written a Java program designed to run server-side with a plain HTML web interface: My app is based based on Apache Tomcat and I wrote a bunch of servlets. I am reusing and I have integrated ...
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Code obfuscation in FOSS source code

Is code obfuscation allowed in FOSS source code as per any of the popularly used FOSS licenses? If it is allowed, to what degree and extent?
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Java SDK 8 vs. OpenJDK 8 licenses for freelance development

So I'm new to both freelance development and software licensing. However, I still managed to convince a company to let me develop a small piece of software for them (woohoo!). The company runs JRE 8 ...
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Can I use the EPL-licensed library (Paho) for a proprietary project and NOT disclose the source code of the project?

Can I use the Eclipse Paho library (licensed under EPL) for a proprietary project and NOT disclose the whole source code of that project? I'm not going to make any changes to Paho code, I just want ...
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As the owner of a GPLv3 project, what type of restrictions will be placed on me if I accept contributions?

For example, will accepting someone's copyrighted contribution prohibit me from changing the license, accepting donations towards the project, or anything else?
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Incorporate gpl2 code into software

I want to use code written by others and published under gpl2 license, on my software project. I was wondering what is the way to go about it. I hope to publish my software using the gpl3 license. I ...
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Does the GPLv3 license on my project require me to also include the source code of a tool to edit the icon of my executable file?

Godot requires a tool called rcedit to change the application icon. According to my understanding of GPL, I believe I have to include the source code of Godot with the releases of my game. Do I also ...
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Am I legally required to provide a (GPL licensed) source code even after a project is abandoned?

I plan to develop an application using an easy to use GPLv2 licensed libraries. Once my app is complete I plan to distribute it free and open source complying with GPLv2 copyleft requirements. The ...
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Implement GNU License code with or without modification

Can I take an open source app (chat app) under The GNU General Public License v3.0 and implements it as a feature in a bigger app, I will not make modification on the source code, will I have to ...
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If I bundle an open source DLL with my GPLv3 software, how do I properly handle supplying the source of that DLL?

I am including a copy of SDL2.dll (https://www.libsdl.org/download-2.0.php) in my open source project. Do I need to also include the source code of SDL in my repository, add a document with the URL to ...
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Can I use libgit2 in commercial application?

I want to embed libgit2 in my commercial application (here is license https://github.com/libgit2/libgit2/blob/master/COPYING) . I want to create static libgit2 library, and link it with my commercial ...
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Do I need to include license files/info from android ndk toolchain into my library?

So I have a native library for Android that is built with ndk17. Do I need to include license information from android toolchain with my library package?
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Is there a license that allows the freedom of the MIT license but only with permission to an entity?

I want decent developers to extend and use my framework as they please. Is there a middle-ground where it is open source, but only to these with the permission? One of the 2 developers that uses it ...
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Licensing question about using OpenJDK to build and run

I have a small java application which I was building with Oracle JDK till now. Now I am migrating this application to OpenJDK11 and am bit confused with the licensing. I am using RedHat distribution ...
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Can I use a library that is dual licensed GPL + LGPL as if it was only LGPL?

PaGMO 2 includes both GPL and LGPL in their copyright notices: Copyright 2017-2018 PaGMO development team This file is part of the PaGMO library. The PaGMO library is free software; you can ...