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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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GNU GPL v2 - Using libraries?

I had a question about the GNU General Public License v2 license. More specifically, I'm using a library with a GNU GPL v2 license. I'm merely importing it in Java through Maven, I'm not ...
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Is there a generally accepted “anti-copyleft” clause or license?

I would like to publish code for an application under an open source license like BSD, MIT, or Apache 2 which allows for changes and derivative works to be contributed back to the open source project ...
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Using OSS of different licenses in MIT-licensed software

If I create a new MIT-licensed OSS project and use other software with different licenses (MIT, GPLv3, no license), what is the best way to create a compliant repository? We thought of adding a ...
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Interpretation of AGPL with Shiny Server

The open source version of the Shiny Server is released with AGPL v3. Along my interpretation of the AGPL, this means that all the code that is deployed on the Shiny Server has to be released with (A)...
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Does the GPL/RPL Apply to me as Well? [duplicate]

I want to create a commercial application, but I want to make a significant portion of my back-end open source. It applies some really interesting math that I want people to learn from, but I don't ...
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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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License for origami crease pattern drawing software

I'm planning to make some origami crease pattern drawing software. Now this will be mainly based on an existing piece of software (Oripa 3.5) which is under the GNU GPL 3 license. The author mentioned ...
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Include library dependencies licenses as well?

Sadly this didn´t really answer my question: When including libraries licenses, do I need to include the libraries' dependencies' licenses too? If I use Library A which is MIT and Library A ...
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Cannot find the license of a software (if it has any) [duplicate]

I'm interested into modifying Chat.Onion software to build an application on my own, I guess it's some type of free software as its source code can be accesed, but on the other hand on its github page ...
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Why boilerplates are created from scratch, not forked?

I've checked couple dozens popular boilerplates (react, react-native, nodejs) and neither of them are forks from other boilerplates. Am i missing something? why are people writing them from scratch ...
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Generated content protected as well?

I created an icon for an Android app with the tool Android Asset Studio. The code of this tool is licensed under Apache 2.0. But I cannot find any copyright info on generated icons. Are they ...
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Using GPL library with MIT licensed code

Let's say I created a project containing hundreds of source files under the MIT License (most of which I wrote myself for this project). Now I want to add a GPL library to the project, that will be ...
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How to ensure the license for GitHub PRs?

My GitHub repository is licensed with CC BY-SA license. When people suggest PRs, and I accept them, do they automatically fall under the same license as the rest of the project? If not, how can I ...
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Relicensing open source project

Consider the following hypothetical situation. A project was open sourced. There were a number of external contributions but not too many. Imagine, the owner wants to change its license. Is it ...
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Handling copyright infringement in your own open source project

What do you do if you discover that some part of your own open source project infringes copyright? Consider the following hypothetical situation. An open source project's maintainer finds code in his ...
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Copyright on files copied from other Open Source project to my Open Source

I'm working on Open Source Java library. I don't want to waste time writing classes that Spring framework already has. I want to copy single files from Spring Framework and refactor it to cut ...
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Open Source licenses in the Dominican Republic

I live in the Dominican Republic where there Open Source isn't contemplated in the Constitution. I want to make Open Source hardware. How should I go about this? Should I get a patent and license it ...
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Licensing code on GitHub in a valid way

I'm currently developing something on GitHub. I would like to keep it open source; however I want to make sure in no way am I liable for any issues, and that my code cannot simply be copied and ...
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Can a copyright owner grant additional permission for another project to use under a different license?

Can a copyright holder of a GPL licensed project grant permission to allow another project to use it under the terms of a different license? The GNU/GPL is a copyleft license, which means that ...
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HTML5 template regular licence [closed]

I'm going to buy a responsive HTML5 template on Envato market. They sell the Regular Licence for some cash. In the Regular Licence, it allows: Use, by you or one client, in a single end product ...
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How can I integrate open source licenses, such as MIT, into my own open source project when my code is unlicensed?

I want to use a portion of an existing project that is licensed under MIT. MIT seems to state that I must include their license in my work, but I don't want to use any license for my own work (i.e. ...
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Public domain software in Europe

I've just found out that in some countries in Europe, one can't use public domain libraries in commercial software (e.g. Germany). Parts of the Linux libraries come under public domain (e.g. files ...
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How does the BSD 2-Clause License copyright notice work?

I'm currently developing software which I later want to distribute. The software itself is open source and makes use of the MIT license. Now, here is the problem: I use one library which is licensed ...
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Using GPL resource (with separate installation) with “commercial” product

I'm building a downloadable digital web product for sale. I want to use an open-source third-party library for my product. This third-party library has two licenses available: GPL Commercial I've ...
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What must be the license of a software including other apps with different licenses?

I have developed a software and I will publish it for free. But this software includes the following programs: The app is developed using Electron (License: MIT) Electron uses Chromium (It is ...
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How do I exclude some items from an Open Source software project (such as resource images) even though they are required by the project?

I am just about to release a few software projects under the Apache Open Source License 2.0. While creating the projects I have purchased the legal rights to royalty-free images which I use in the ...
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Can I distribute Boost-licensed code inside a BSD-licensed file?

I have a BSD-licensed piece of code, and I would like to integrate some code licensed under the Boost software license directly in the file, for reasons of portability. The file contains the full BSD ...
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Do Contributors Own Copyright After Sending Contributions?

I have a GitHub repository which its license is GPL. Although of this, in the "about" window of my program, I mentioned that I own the copyright (like this: © My name, 2017). And I added the GPL text ...
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Can I change a LPPL licensed LaTeX file (template) license?

I got this .tex file. I need to edit it so it becomes my thesis. According to the LPPL license, I need to change its name, and state from what name I am renaming. But what do I do about this part? %...
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Can I distribute my software using a license other than EPL if I use an EPL dependency in the project?

I'm planning to work on a library which uses Clojure as a dependency. I'm planning to add it as a Maven dependency so I won't modify anything in Clojure, I'll just use the binary as-is. The EPL FAQ ...
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Relicensing an MIT licensed project under the GPL that has non code contributions from others

I have an Android Game I've written that I released under the MIT license. Recently, there have been several people who have downloaded the source of my application, added ads and uploaded it to the ...
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CC BY-SA – Do I need to open source my app if I don’t really distribute it?

I started developing a commercial web application that uses spaCy – a MIT-licensed library for natural language processing. In order to use this library, one needs to initialize a processing pipeline ...
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Can my thesis LaTeX source files contents be under GPL v3?

I want to release all the LaTeX source files (*.tex), when I publish my thesis. I do not want to just release the PDF. So everybody can build my thesis with a LaTeX compiler from its source code. Can ...
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GPL licensing a web app software

I am in the early stages of building a software with a team to design websites, kind of like WordPress. You download the system on your website, and go on from there. People can be allowed to expand ...
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Why doesn't Apple release full kernel source code?

Apple releases their XNU kernel source code for macOS with each minor release of the Operating System covered under the APSL Version 2 at their open source website. The license terms can be found here....
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Can I put my project unter zlib, when I use BSD libraries?

My project uses some libraries, which are licensed by BSD. Can I put my project under zlib license or do I have to follow BSD and put my project under BSD as well?
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Can the original author see other people's modifications?

In the topic Appropriate licence for later merging back, one of the desired criteria was, I want to be capable to merge any derivatives back [...] from somebody who made modifications [...]. ...
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License of Ubuntu MATE for commercial use

I would like to know what to be careful about using Ubuntu for commercial use. I use Ubuntu MATE (Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS), some packages, and applications I created. I only use my applicaton on my own ...
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Using my own code fragments in multiple projects: does this count as multi-licensing?

I'm working on different open source projects, to which I'm contributing code which sometimes overlaps. Does this count as multi-licensing (and if so, do I have to make note of this explicitly)? Or ...
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Code obfuscation and GPL3

I have a project, written in Python, which has lots of different functionalities. I will sell this project to third parties. I'm calling a GPL3 licensed Python program via a subprocess call in parts ...
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Nativescript Licence documentation

If I use NativeScript in my project, what licence agreement and documentation should I use and include? The question is, I'm using an open source tool to create mobile apps. Should I include the ...
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Can I use the MIT license if I use Font Awesome (SIL OFL)?

I have a project in which I included libraries of: Bootstrap v3.3.7 (http://getbootstrap.com) Licensed MIT jQuery v1.11.2 (jquery.org/license) Licensed MIT jQuery UI v1.11.2 (http://jqueryui.com) ...
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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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What happens if I do not add a license to my open source project on Github? [duplicate]

I just received a notification about the following issue from a project I contributed in the past: Can it be a open source project? (Since the source code is already open, I think the title should be ...
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Is it possible to get rich prosecuting GitHub users from a non-lincesed fork?

On the thread Half of GitHub Code Unsafe To Use (If You Want Open Source) you can find a recipe to getting rich: Post it on Github Make everyone think it's free to use. Sue everyone you can ...
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Is it possible to move from BSD to MIT without author consent?

I'm author of a Python package released under BSD license. This work was published in a GitHub repository. Someone forked my repository. Did some improvements and published code under MIT license with ...
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How to correctly handle software licenses?(code under GPL3 making use of code under Apache2)

I'm new to work in software developing by myself and I'm not sure what is the correct way to handle licenses, so far I'm working on a java project using maven (google json simple and junit pugins). ...
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Can you commercialize your own GPL product? [duplicate]

I've been wanting to make my own open-source project under the GPL. However, I was thinking of making a paid "professional" version that adds features that are closed-source. Is this possible? Edit:...
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Need sellable license-text for “commercial use” of GPL v3 software [closed]

I'm the creator of a software which is licensed under GPL v3. But now I want to sell the software for "commercial use" like Fancybox (http://fancyapps.com/fancybox/3/#license). I'm a real noob in ...
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Open-sourced project license

A fellow developer friend of mine and myself have been working on an iOS app for the last months. We have put a considerable amount of work into it, utilizing GitHub for source control. We share our ...