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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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What license does the auto-generated code of Webpack have?

When I pack my application, Webpack generates additional code into the bundle output file(s). Under which license is this code and am I not obliged to include that license into the source code (as it ...
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What might be the licence for OpenAI model generated code snippets?

I saw an interesting video on computer-generated code snippets. The model has been trained on thousands of open source GitHub repositories. In the video, an AI model produced some small code ...
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System libraries and exceptions regarding closed source distribution

There are some specific usage examples I would like to learn, regarding of using some open source libraries inside a commercial closed source product(binary, executable). Most of the answers online ...
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Copyright considerations for using IEC standard in open-source code

I'd like to create an open-source database of electronic components and their standard, manufacturer-independent attributes. So, for example, a user could query the manufacturer part number for a ...
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Bumptech glide licensing

I'm using bumptech/glide for loading images in my app. After reading the License i saw that most of the library was licensed under the Apache License except for the AnimatedGifEncoder. License for ...
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Creating new functionallity for an existing project under MPL 1.1

I am currently developing a new functionality for an existing open-source project on GitHub (FusionPBX), and I have a question regarding licensing. The original project contains files with the ...
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Does a BSD-3 repository own Pull Requests?

I submit a large PR to repository X. Later, I close the PR and make my own repository that uses some of X's code, and give X due attribution in the NOTICE file and function docstrings. At time of ...
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Are you required to license code under GPL if you're using TypeScript types from a GPL library?

I'm currently using a library that was licensed under the GNU General Public License (particularly GPL v3.0). This library consists mostly of types for software that is also under the GPL (but not ...
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Does the GPLv3 give recipients the legal right to circumvent technological measures imposed on them by third-party redistributors?

To my understanding, a distributor of GPLv3 software who does not have any right to redistribute software except by becoming a GPLv3 licensee, and knowingly distributes GPLv3 software agrees to ...
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Copyright notice in the binaries of a library

I'm building a library that is based on a modified version of an already existing source released under the GPLv2 license. I'm modifying each files of the original project to adapt it to my needs, ...
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Licensing question about using OpenJDK to build and run

I have a small java application which I was building with Oracle JDK till now. Now I am migrating this application to OpenJDK11 and am bit confused with the licensing. I am using RedHat distribution ...
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Is it allowed to statically link to a library licensed under Eclipse Public License 2.0 without publishing the source code of linked software?

Let's say I've developed a library and licensed it under EPL 2.0. If somebody statically links his/her software to my library, is that software considered a derivative/modified work? Does s/he has to ...
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Publishing GPLv3 code on Steam

I own a project called Luminol currently licensed under GPlv3 I'd like to distribute on Steam. If possible, I'd like to keep Luminol as GPLv3, mainly to ensure modifications of Luminol are public. I'...
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Can my open-source package adhere to GPL/LGPL v3 if it has a closed-source dependency?

My plugin dll depends on the presence of Microsoft Excel on a client computer. Excel is not part of the OS. The dependency is a 2 way transfer of data, the dll I created only works if run from inside ...
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Do I have to include licenses of my libraries if I don't publish them?

Case 1: I'm currently developing a plugin for GPL Software/ am using the GPL-licensed API to develop the interaction between the plugin and the software. I'm therefore having a dependency added to ...
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Am I legally obligated to disclose that my web app is using AngularJS?

I am using AngularJS in a web app I am building, and I'm wondering about the legal obligation of disclosing that my app uses AngularJS, and whether I need to make AngularJS's licence agreement ...
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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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Do I need to add Flutter and Dart license into the app?

I'm currently programming an app with flutter and have already listed all the licenses I use from the packages on an individual license page in the Settings. The question I am now asking myself is do ...
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When updating a package version, what should the license year be?

When creating a new R package version under an existing MIT licence, should the year be [creation_year], [current_year] or [creation_year - current_year]?
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What are the proper terms for those types of software combinations?

I am writing a python app and I am using external open source dependencies in 2 different ways: A) standard import B) calling an executable as a subprocess What is the proper language to refer to such ...
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Commercial usage of sentence-transformers/multi-qa-mpnet-base-cos-v1

We are trying to use a HuggingFace Embedding model - multi-qa-mpnet-base-cos-v1 for an internal Large Language Model powered application. While reading the documentation it says (not verbatim): For ...
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If I use AGPL software (hosted on my environment) to populate DB data w/o any code changes, should I open the code of my software that does DB calls?

If I use AGPL service w/o code changes to populate data in the Mongo database and then retrieve this data from DB via my own-written service, should I open-source the code of my service? My own-...
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Forking .NET library code (MIT license), how to treat individual file header?

I'm aware MIT license is permissive, I would still like to ask/verify how to proceed with forking code from .NET runtime libraries. Reason to fork: in my specific case, code I'm interested in is ...
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Which licence to use when writing a program based on an existing one?

Say program A is licensed under GNU GPL 2.0. I write a new program (B) which is heavily inspired by A. Both do pretty much the same thing with some small differences (B has a couple of old features ...
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Can I use unmodified Grafana as the visualisation component of my commercial service?

In the light of the new AGPL Grafana license, can we still use unmodifed Grafana served as a docker image on cloud as the visualisation component of our commercial service? My understanding so far is ...
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How to give attribution for Open Source Licenses used in commercial SaaS web-applications?

Say I commercialize a SaaS Web Application that uses a component licensed under GNU GPL v3 (like CKEditor5) or under Apache 2.0 license (like Material Design Icons), where and how should I give ...
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How to include license information for library that imports LGPL licensed library?

I have made a python library that imports an LGPL licensed python library. My library does not modify the LGPL library, but it cannot operate without the import. Is my library a "combined work&...
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Wiki under GNU Free Documentation License - who is the author?

I'd like to use code of Cholesky decomposition as shown here: This page licenses all its code under GNU Free Documentation License My understanding is that to appropriately include it into something I'...
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What does a web API entails if it's licensed under MIT? Do I have to credit the API if I use it in my app?

I have trouble understanding if a web api must be credited if it's under the MIT license. I'm technically only calling the API so I'm not modify the API code. It seems to my understanding that it is ...
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Book & Writer data for commercial use (goodreads contradictory behaviour)

I am working on small app for searching authors and their works. I had quite issues with finding reasonable and clean data. Main problem was a licence of usage and since I plan to use data for ...
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Can I bake licensed dependencies (i.e. software under GPL) into a Docker image and keep the project MIT-licensed?

I'm a little new to the nuances of how licensing of software can propagate/affect other pieces of software so sorry if there's anything in the question that doesn't make sense. Basically though, I'm ...
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Which license should I use

I want to share my android project on GitHub, allow everyone contribute to it but I don't want them to upload the project to play store without changing anything. Because I will be doing it. Why I ...
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Licensing of software in commercial Youtube videos

I'm thinking of recording a couple of coding tutorials on Youtube. I wonder if I can use free (e.g. codepen) and purchased software (e.g. Visual Studio) in those videos without risking to run into ...
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Licensing requirement for usage of win32com APIs through python package (pywin32)

For my project work testing, I want to use win32com APIs through python package (pywin32). Is there any license restriction for this? OR in other words what is the license clause if this python script ...
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AGPL - Api usage

I am currently working on a workout app for a gym and in my research stumbled upon wger. https://wger.de/en/software/license. An API distributed under AGPL. My question is the following: Does the ...
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Licencing a software while working in an enterprise

I work for one of the 4 big consulting companies. I developed a software on my free time. It gained lot of attention, I was asked to register it as company asset. I guess there are plans to use/sell ...
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How to include open source licenses (and what to include) in a Dockerized, Nginx hosted website?

We are building and hosting a website for our company that is built with HTML/CSS as usual. However, in writing those, SCSS was used, all JS files were written completely from Dart source. I wonder if ...
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Do you need to include the copyright for imported libraries?

My new code imports libraries from other sources (pandas,tqdm,plotly to name the big ones). Do I need to reference them in my LICENSE.md? Or is it enough to simply mention them in the README.md?
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Which license to use LGPL-3.0, MPL-2.0 or AGPL-3.0 for a library that manages files locally?

I'm open-sourcing a library that tries to make managing local files easier by enabling full text search, encryption, corruption handling & remote transfer/distribution of files. What license to ...
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Using CC-BY-SA 3.0 data in commercial web application

There is a study published as a PDF under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0. Can I create a commercial (proprietary) web application that uses data from the study and makes computations as ...
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Selecting the right licensing model

I'm trying to select the correct licensing model for training content I create and currently host on Github. The content may be migrated in the future to another hosting platform or be converted to a ...
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Using MySQL JDBC connector, when to disclose source code

Part 1 I would like to use MySQL JDBC connector (called connector) licensed under GNU GPL V2 to exchange data to and from a MySQL database in my project, as far as i can read, If i add the connector ...
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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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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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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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Any steps required to satify OFL/UFL license terms for a font embedded in an (possibly DRM-protected) e-book (e.g., epub file)?

I'm seeing a range of possibilities here. E.g.,[0] Nothing special needs to be done, based on [1] (and UFL being close to OFL), [2], and an opinion stated under Use an Open Font[3]. Perhaps such font ...
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Do I need a license to design IP cores with AXI interfaces?

Many IP cores especially from Xilinx have an AXI interface from ARM. The AXI interface standard is free for download (after registration), but I don't think it's free for implementation. So I assume ...
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Open code, closed repo?

Has anyone tried to separately license their repository (e.g. Git) from the code that it holds? How did it go? (Sorry about the open-ended nature of the question.) Corollary to this question: what is ...
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Convert BSD-3 license project with own modification added to Elastic license

What should be considered to make an original project released under BSD-3 license, added modifications (many things changed) to Elastic License 2.0, at least for the changed parts? I assume I will ...
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Understanding PDFtk and GPL license

I work for a local county that will generate our local tax statements for free via a web service consumable by a public URL. For example, the web service would generate and stream the PDF using the ...
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