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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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choose between open-source or close source

if hypothetically I have developed special software, and I only want author recognition for it (leaving money aside) can i choose to distribute my creation as open source without other people usurping ...
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LGPL-licensed code reuse in MIT-licensed project

I have an MIT-licensed (in plans, currently it's not published) project. And I've found an implementation of the required algorithm in an LGPL-licensed project. Am I allowed to include that code in my ...
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Guidelines for licensing and attribution for code from an article/blog post

I am following a series of programming articles. In order to understand them better, I type in the code examples and play around with them - sometimes I change the code, sometimes I don't. I also like ...
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How do people hide protection methods for payed for open source software?

I am making some software that will need to play back mp4 videos (a small part of the application). The software has a mechanism built in so that I can unlock features after payment . The mechanism ...
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Would I need an FFMPEG licence?

Would I need an FFMPEG licence for an application that I am building? It plays back mp4 videos but I can’t get my head around the lingo in the licences. I don’t need to edit video or convert anything ...
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Is an icon covered by the same license than the repository it belongs to?

I would like to know if I can reuse an icon that is inside a repository licensed under BSD 3-clause for a project that I release under unlicensed. My understanding is that all files that are in a ...
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Do I need a license when I use licensed libraries in my app?

I have an Android app using two libraries (GPLv2 and APLv2). I read that GPLv2 and APLv2 are incompatible. I will show which open source libraries I've used and tell the reader which licenses the ...
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Can I change the copyright license, with this text in the CLA?

If I include this in the Contributor License Agreement (CLA) for an open source project I'm doing: (the following is from Apache's individual CLA) Grant of Copyright License. Subject to the terms ...
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How can a GPLv2 dependency affect licensing of adjacent components that form an aggregate project?

I've read some of the GPL questions on here that seem relevant, but I haven't found an understandable answer for my particular case. I'll note them here for reference. When does a dependency imply a ...
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Do Open Source/Free Software projects require submitters to submit proof of authorization to contribute?

Almost all paid programmers in North America (and probably the whole world?) have signed an agreement with their employer which assigns all inventions, copyright, patents, and intellectual property ...
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What is the purpose of “or (at your option) any later version”? What if I don't want this?

Firstly, what is the exact purpose of the phrase "or (at your option) any later version" that usually accompanies GPL-licensed software? I get that it's supposed to be to allow future freedoms to be ...
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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 ...