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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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Having a mixed license repository with GPL and non GPL code

I have some code that I would like to integrate with a GPL licensed piece of code, my code is licensed BSD. If absolutely necessary I could license everything GPL, but if possible I would prefer to ...
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Can I move an in-line license to a file?

I am currently using a library that is licensed under MIT. Each file of the library has a in-line comment containing the standard MIT license text in full length, which is kind of repetitive in my ...
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Is it possible to create commercial software by studying the code of a github project with no license?

I'd like to know if what I'm telling is possible or not. I obviously know that's illegal to copy the code and add it to a commercial software. But I think it's not illegal to study the code so you ...
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Can commercial software be created with Tor license?

I'm not sure if commercial software can be created with the Tor license without previous permission of the Tor community: Here's its license: Tor license. In that license I don't see anything that ...
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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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Bundling GCC along with my GPLv2 project

Is it legal to bundle the GCC cross-compiler (tar.bz2 file) along with a GPL v2 licensed ARMv4T processor core on Github? The compiler will extracted during simulations to compile C code for the core ...
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license - how to skip GPLv2 [closed]

We have read lot of questions about General Public License v2 and know that it's like a virus and everything that does touch it get open-source: we just use/need a single component/library in our ...
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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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Query on distributing Application under Apache 2.0 license which dynamically links with LGPL2.1 shared libraries

I'm writing some C++ code which I might eventually like to release under an Apache v2.0 license. I'm looking to build the application linking to some of the LGPL v2.1-licensed shared libraries from ...
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How to properly re-license code released under the MIT License?

Suppose I fork a software with 1000 files licensed under the MIT License. There's only a LICENSE file in the root of the project (no MIT License notice at the beginning of the files). Now, if I add ...
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Extend GPL to be informed in case of derivative work

I understand that any work that is based on work licensed under GPL must also be released under GPL. However, it does not require contacting original authors about the fact that a derivative work has ...
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Can I put a copyright on my website and make the code private when the source code is partially copied from an open source GNU GPL V3 project

I've rewritten my personal website using this https://github.com/bk2dcradle/researcher . I've made some significant changes. Like I did on my previously (built from scratch) website, I'd like to add ...
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How do you copyright/license software based on MIT-licensed open source code?

I am a former developer that codes in my spare time for fun and to maintain some level knowledge in the subject. So I found an interesting proof of concept online. I saw the potential to modify it and ...
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Can I use source code licensed under CC-BY-SA for commercial closed source project?

I want to use some source code under CC-BY-SA for my company's project. That project is commercial and closed source code. I want our project not to have obligation to release the source code. Is this ...
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Is a “permission does not imply endorsement” clause compatible with OSS?

In the past, I licensed most of my photos under CC-BY-SA. One of my photos ended up on a website with political views I strongly abhor. Diligently, they attributed the photo with my name. Exactly ...
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AGPL/LGPL licensed app usage in proprietary software

I have software with proprietary license. For some reasons I need an AGPL library (DLL). So, for including the AGPL licensed application (To manage license terms) I am using the following methods (I ...
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Buying a license to public domain software (where PD is recognized)?

Are there ever any practical reasons for purchasing an explicit license to "public-domain" software, assuming both the software developer and the user reside in jurisdictions where the public domain ...
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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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With source code lost, can the binary be released as MIT?

I preserve old software by asking copyright owners (often one author) to release the source code under an Open Source License, GPL or MIT. In many cases the source is gone, but the binaries still ...
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Protection from 'this version or later' in CC BY-SA

I was wondering about the meaning of this term in CC BY-SA 4.0 (and others), with this context: In addition to the conditions in Section 3(a), if You Share Adapted Material You produce, the ...
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(A)GPLv3 - 'covered work' and 'based on'. is it really viral?

In AGPLv3 and GPLv3, clause 5c says: You may convey a work based on the Program, or the modifications to produce it from the Program [only if you] license the entire work, as a whole, under this ...
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If I translate/port a repository from one programming language to another, do I need to use the license file (Github) from that original project?

If I translate/port a repository from one programming language to another, do I need to use the license file (Github) from that original project? Or can I use my own license file. I intend to use the ...
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Open Source License that requires commercial users to contribute

I want to start an open source project that will provide ready-to-use business logos for use in mapping products. Part of the challenge here is that logos are trademarked and cannot be used without ...
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How do I require users to license future submissions on sign-up?

Users will submit content to my website. I want them to license that content under CC BY 4.0 when they do, otherwise they should not submit it. Thus, all user-submitted content will be released under ...
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Should I put PATENTS file to build folder

There is an editor Draft.js. It's licensed under the BSD-style License. Every file in the source code has a copyright notice. Here is a piece of that notice: * This source code is licensed under the ...
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How do I comply with MIT or Apache licenses while making clear that these licenses only apply to the libraries?

I am making a closed source app for my employer. This app uses libraries under MIT and Apache licenses. How do I comply with these licenses in such a way that it is absolutely clear that these ...
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Do I need to place a second license notice on my own code under the Apache License?

I have a project template that I have published to GitHub which is currently licensed under the Apache 2.0 License (I am the sole author/contributor). I want to use this template in another project ...
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License of the Linux kernel user space API headers

The Linux kernel is licensed under the GPLv2. The headers that it exports to user space, however, are not covered by the license. This is documented in the kernel's licensing rules: The User-space ...
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Clarification on use of GPL open source code

I am a little confused around the restrictions surrounding my use of existing (GPL) open source code. I plan on using open source code (GPL license) to build an application - my plan is to use and ...
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Do you have to specify dual licensing before releasing open source software?

I'm working on an open source project I'd like to release at some point. I am going to license it under the AGPL v3, but I'd like people to have the option to pay for private development which only ...
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Can I use Google's Safe Browsing logo?

I'm using Google's Safe Browsing API. I want to put their logo on the bottom of my input form so that people know I'm using the API. However, I'm not sure if it is legal. On the bottom of the page it ...
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What does “user-visible display” in RPL mean?

I do not quite understand what "user-visible display" in the following sentence in RPL (https://opensource.org/licenses/RPL-1.5) means: d. User-Visible Attribution. You must duplicate any notice ...
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Publishing Java project with LGPL licensed module

I have a Java project made by multiple JARs and one of them is LGPL licensed. I know that this kind of license doesn't propagate through the modules that uses it. But every code modification that I ...
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Can I legally use iText under the AGPL license if my application is only available on a local area network?

I'm considering integrating iText into an internal-use web application. According to the AGPLv3 license, I have most certainly modified "the Program". However, this application cannot be accessed ...
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Recursive license implications for third party FOSS components?

I'll use Qt as an exmaple: If I use Qt for a commercial software, I have to consider the Qt licensing, but at the same time Qt states many own third party components with different FOSS licenses. e.g....
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Is it legal to release an old commercial software as free software?

A group of friends and I are discussing founding a startup where the products would be commercial software. One the most important aspects that in our opinion we should put in any legal agreement is ...
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Licensing and publicly hosting commercial software, but free for non-profit or personal use

I am developing a commercial PHP software which I will offer for free for non-profit, open source, personal usage and for self training and I want to make it open source but in the same time it is a ...
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Can I use a CC-BY-SA licensed image as part of my online course's cover (commercial use)?

I'm creating online course about coding with the Express JavaScript framework, whose site and logo are licensed under the CC-BY-SA license. Since my course is about Express, I want to use Express's ...
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Using a GPL external executable within a commercial web application

I want to develop an idea for a commercial web application. To provide that service (and get paid for it), I need to use an external executable software somewhere in the process, which is licensed ...
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Creative Commons: Unported vs. Generic vs. International etc

I'm a big user of Creative Common licenses and I often used https://creativecommons.org/choose/ in the past to find the right license to use. However I see now many suffixes for CC Attribution ...
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What parts of license to put on “show w” and “show c” command?

My program came with GNU GPL 3 license and has a COPYING file which has the copy of GNU GPL 3 license inside. I finished my open source program, with all of its documentations. I followed the GPL ...
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Can I use GPL-licensed software in a commercial program?

Can I use GPL-licensed software in a commercial program? I know that the use of source code in a commercial program is forbidden but if I use system call functions for example I make the call a bash ...
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VLC and VLCJ licenses

I'm confused about the licenses GPL and LGPL. I see that VLC is released under LGPL license since sept 2011: https://www.videolan.org/press/lgpl.html. But VLCJ, which is a Java wrapper on top of VLC, ...
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How to deal with copy-left in source-code history prior open-sourcing?

Given the following situation: A software project is released as open-source under a non-invasive license (e.g., BSD 2/3 clause, Apache 2, ...). During the process, the entire Git repository is made ...
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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 custom license enforcable? [duplicate]

I have written my own license recently which can be found here. If I applied my licence to my work (in the same way I'd apply the MIT license on a GitHub repo for example) would my license be valid ...
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License considerations with Java 9 deprecations

I'm using the javax.activation package in a project that is deployed as a monolithic jar. The mentioned package is licensed under CDDL 1.0 and up to now part of the Java distribution but is now ...
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In 2018 if I use C++ Qt 5.10.0 to build a closed source application requires open source or commercial license?

I currently have a C# application that I want to convert over to Qt/C++ 5.10.0 but I am having an issue with QT licensing. This application is given away for free, but it has a service that the user ...
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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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Moving project from AGPL to Apache v2 / MIT license

The question in a nutshell Hi! Together with a team of brilliant engineers we've been building a software project (http://luna-lang.org) for the last two years and now we want to release everything ...