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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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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 ...
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Using code from research paper under different license

There is a research paper with a couple of related numerical algorithms I would like to use as part of an open-source project of mine. The paper itself includes plenty of pseudo-code-snippets, but the ...
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Including a limited published Java interface in an opensource project?

My context: I live in the Netherlands and I have written Apache 2 licensed software that is used globally. I have created a UDF (User Defined Function) for a piece of closed source software (https://...
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Propietary software + GPL source code modified to work with my propietary software

1) I find the source code for a program that is GPL licenced (ie, a video player, which supports playing videos at 16k resolution! [joke]). 2) I wanna play a video on it, but it doesn't offer an ...
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Renting out remote access to VMs with a modified GPL kernel

As I have read you can modify and use the Linux kernel if you do not distribute the binary of that modified version. The confusion that I have is that, suppose that if AWS were to provide a kernel ...
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Can CC BY 4.0 content be adapted into a CC BY-SA 3.0 work?

If an original work is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 (CC BY 4.0), can an adapted work (i.e. derivative work) be made from it and published under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 (CC ...
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Open source code with no license [duplicate]

I am looking at working on improving an app that has not been updated for several months, add some features etc. In the description of the app on google play it says that the app is open source and ...
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Commercial licence deproliferation attempts

I often run into various licenses for commercial software, and large part of that software has a different text saying the same thing. With license proliferation being a known thing in OSS, are/were ...
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Understanding a Perl module license

Can someone clarify these claims: This module is free software you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself. Copyright (C) year Some Author. All Rights Reserved It ...
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What does 'terms that are compatible with the GPL' mean?

From Octave's FAQ, Code written using Octave's native plug-in interface (also known as a .oct file) necessarily links with Octave internals and is considered a derivative work of Octave and ...
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Removing copyright notice in UIs of Apache 2 licensed software

I am customizing a particular software developed by Company X and distributed with Apache 2 license. I expect to use my customized version for commercial purpose. The original software comes with a ...
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How to Audit licensing of old project?

I manage a project with a very long open source history - Zikula (and https://github.com/zikula/core). Zikula grew out of PHPNuke and PostNuke. Most of the oldest code is long gone, but some legacy ...
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Copied code from LGPL library to my executable (what copyright notice should be? LGPL or GPL?)

I have a program containing only one file: main.cpp. I copied there a few lines of code from LGPL licensed file (from an LGPL licensed library). What copyright notice should I put at the top of my ...
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Re-licensing software in the public domain as CC0 [duplicate]

I would like to roll some OSS in the public domain into a larger code base to distribute myself. I have a few concerns however. Code released into the public domain may at the discretion of the ...
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Open sourcing a project that depends on libraries with various permissive licenses

I am currently in the process of open sourcing a university work project on GitHub. The project is a Java library which depends on a couple of open source libraries which are licensed under different ...
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AGPL and sandboxed user code

I'm developing a web application that allows users to program single-file scripts. These scripts are sandboxed and executed in the same application. I'd like to release the source of my application ...
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Is Docker still free and open source?

Docker recently introduced the Moby project, which Docker is now based on, and which is free software (Apache 2.0). But the instructions to install Docker CE don't mention Moby at all, and they don't ...
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Using public domain code in an LGPL program

I want to release a program that uses some public domain code (or a permissive license) from netlib.org under the LGPL license. Since the licenses (or lack of it) are compatible, there should be no ...
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Using an MIT licensed library in my project

I am using a library that is under the MIT license. I never used a library that I needed to include the license before, so I have no idea where to add them. I read that I should add them in my file, ...
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How can I exclude a target platform from an open source licence?

I'm developing a software using a game engine that can cross compile the result for different targets (HTML, Android, IOS). I'm planning to release the software under an open source licence. Eg. ...
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Use Apache 2.0 license or AGPLv3 licensed Software

I want to sell a custom piece of Hardware with my own company's name with an Ubuntu Server 16.0.4 LTS on it. Is that allowed? I want to run on this server an Apache 2.0 licensed or AGPLv3 licensed ...
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Which of these licenses are free for an enterprise?

I'm currently working on a project related to georeferenced analysis of entomological and epidemiological data of Dengue fever. The project aims to help a public institution and it's supposed to be ...
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Derivative work BSD license when not known original work

I want to put a BSD license in some code. I use part of code that doesn't have license information but it belongs to other people who I don't know. It was given to my from other privates but the code ...
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Does the AGPL help to protect against closed source if the application is run on a remote server and proxied by a separate service?

Note that there is this related question of which this question is by no means a duplicate. It refers to a related but separate scenario. Long question title, I'll just go with an example. Suppose I ...