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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 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 ...
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Having a copyright protected image on AGPL website

I'm developing a piece of software that will be available under AGPL license. It is a webpage intended to be used by different fandoms to track interviews with their favorite author/creator. I'm ...
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Does the GNU Affero GPL help to protect against closed source if the application is run on a remote server?

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. I'*m about to release an application and yet need to choose a ...
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Github source to npm js module set author correctly

I use Arboreal library in my new project, i am made some changes and now working to change it to npm module and use Grunt, because it not available from Npm. But i have problem, when i am begin edit ...
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Implications of using Linux's Kbuild infrastructure in proprietary software

We have our own proprietary software that we are developing for commercial business. We want to sell the software and we do not have any problem in distributing the source code to our customers. Due ...
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Is there a temporary copyleft license?

Suppose I produce some work, and I want all derivative works released before the year 2030 to be open source under the same license, but during and after the year 2030 I wish to allow derivative works ...
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Can a specification, for example ISA, be under open-source license?

I and a few others are designing yet another open instruction set architecture(ISA). Open ISA is thought by us as "free to see, and implement(even when selling it)". But we want to make this ...
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Google Web Starter Kit licensing

I would like to use Google's Web Starter Kit in a project of mine, but I don't know what exactly I need to do to abide by the license. It is licensed under the Apache License 2.0. Do I need to ...
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What happens to Cloud providers, if I download a GPL Binaries from cloud storage service?

1) For example, if I upload a GPL binary to google drive and then provide a link for everyone. Does it mean that GOOGLE should now provide the sources for the binary if anyone requests them? 2) What ...
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Can I take over stackexchanges review system in an Apache 2.0 licensed web service?

The stackexchange review system for post creation, editing and removal is quite sophisticated and somehow steered by discussion on meta networks (stackexchange and others) which are "user ...
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Is a repo with just a COPYING file GPL-X-only or GPL-X-or-later?

It is a common convention to include the full license text in a file named COPYING (or LICENSE) in the root folder of a repo. Sometimes, the developer: does nothing more (no copyright byline in the ...
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Can a Regex expression be licensed? [closed]

I'm considering using a nontrivial Regex expression example I found online in a commercial product. The original page has no info on licensing. I guess a regex is arguably executable code (or a court ...
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Is there a license that both provides patent protection and does not require attribution?

Looking at https://choosealicense.com/appendix/, we can see that there are a number of licenses that provide patent troll protection, and there are also a few licenses that that do not require ...
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Should I use GNU GPL or CC-0 to distribute scripts? [closed]

I want to add a copyright disclaimer in all my code/scripts (i.e. not software), which I share in my website. These are for many languages, like Matlab, R, Stata, Julia, etc. Which license should I ...
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Is MIT license invoked when code is used as reference to write other code?

In the situation that you know your code was used as reference to write other code (e.g., you had a conversation with said person who referenced your work as the structure to follow when they were ...
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License similar to GPL, but allowing to incorporate into the commercial version

Continuing this question: I want a license L which is generally like GPL, but allows us to do the following: License our software under both L and a commercial license. Require that every patch (or ...
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Will my app be copylefted if it uses the webservice of a GPL server?

I'm planning to code a mobile app that uses an opensource server liscenced in GPL. So my app will make webservices call to that server. Will I be obliged to publish the code of my mobile application?
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What are the ZFS patents and when do they expire?

One of the "big deals" in FreeBSD these days is ZFS. The issue is that ZFS is under a non-compatible license and has patents preventing clean-room re-implementation. My question is for how much ...
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Open source components in a larger one-off system setup

I'm in the early concept and planning stages of a large-ish interactive installation. The installation is a one-off for a large client; think a mix between science museum interactive stands/kiosk-type ...
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EOS - How to understand license agreement of Linux kernel derivative?

EOS (the industry-leading, Linux-based network operating system) runs across the entire portfolio of Arista’s network switches as well as in a virtual machine instance (vEOS). EOS operating system ...
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Does CreativeCommon ShareAlike allow logo removal or rebranding

I am the author of a open source library for websites that is licensed under LGPL. To make this library easy to use for non-developers I plan to create a simple to use UI-component based on the ...
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Software licensing - Pre 1970's

From reference, page 4, The official ubuntu book, Eighth edition, As computer’s became cheaper and more numerous in the late 1970’s, producer’s of software began to see value in the software itself....
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Are the new GitHub Terms of service a kiss of death for open source projects?

This recent post tends to say that the new GitHub TOS make most open source projects at odds to comply with both their FOSS licensing and the TOS. Is this right? Anything copyleft (GPL, AGPL, LGPL,...
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Software: If I bundle built (compiled) GPL 2 licensed software with commercial software package how does it affect my software license?

If I bundle a piece of compiled software (in this case, FFMPEG) which is licensed under GPL 2, with my own commercial software (which is not licensed under any form of open source license), does it ...
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Finding license dependencies from GitHub repo

How can I easily determine a project's dependencies' licenses? For example on my GitHub repo which includes multiple open source softwares.
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Including untouched LGPL library in a MIT-licenced project

Can I include a library licenced under LGPL 2.1 in an MIT-licenced project without any legal problems? Since it's not a compiled language, I would provide the full untouched source code of the ...
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How does ASL 2.0 licensed software interact with patents or patent pending

If software artifact is patented and then licensed under Apache Software License 2.0 what are the limitation due to the patent? Can the patent be used for non derived works. Independent (better) ...
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Can you commercialize a GNU General Public License product?

So from what I understand a product under GNU General Public License needs to stay under GNU General Public License (with references to the previous copyright owner). So if you sell it then the full ...