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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Are old copies of “mistakenly licensed” OSS still subject to their previous licenses, even after “fixing”?

I want to publish the source of a program which borrows some code from project A. Years ago, A's maintainers forked it from project B (which has no apparent license) and licensed it as MIT. Several ...
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Selling images licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 in game

I am making a game. It is free-to-play. Is it legal to take the top-hat from the Emoji One (v1) icon set licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 and sell it as an in-game cosmetic items? https://iconify.design/...
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What license to choose for an open source project using Highcharts

I have to release a software package on GitHub (or any public repository) that uses Highcharts. Because of this, I am not sure which license to pick for my project. Here is some more information: I ...
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How to properly attribute other's people work on GitHub?

I have an open source project (under GPL license) that has some parts incorporated from other projects (that use MIT and GPL), and one of the provisions of both of these licenses is The above ...
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What filename for a LGPL license for github projects?

When using a LGPL License in a github open-source project, you have the possibility to choose a license in github yourself. When you edit a license file github shows you a button with the text "...
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Is Java (JRE) still free for commercial use?

United States here. I have a client that I would like to build a small suite of Java 8+ applications for to be installed on their office desktops and servers. This requires the Java Runtime ...
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Grant less restricted license from an AGPL project

I have developed a library which is licensed under AGPL. Before the library was licensed under MIT. I changed to AGPL because some commercial companies did use the library without commiting bugfixes ...
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AGPL, with Apache-2.0 option for non-commercial use

I want to license a project that allows anyone to license it under AGPL-3.0, but with the option to license it under Apache-2.0 for non-commercial use only. Are there any hidden pitfalls I may have ...
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Can I prevent the National Security Agency from using my work?

I am currently working on a research project in a subfield of computer/data science that concerns a topic whose research seems to have worrying correlations with the U.S. National Security Agency due ...
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Can I change a Mozilla Public License Version 2.0 project I forked to GPL v3?

I forked a Mozilla Public License Version 2.0 licensed app and made some changes. I want to publish the app, but I want anybody who uses my code to have to adhere to GPL v3. Since GPL v3 is more ...
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Can I use the Elastic License 2.0 or is it copyrighted?

Can I use the Elastic License 2.0 for my project or is the text of the license copyrighted? Essentially I want to know if the text of the license is freely available for use?
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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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How to license my wordpress plugin after development under GPL?

I have created a wordpress plugin but I have no knowledge of licensing. I have already read the wordpress article - "Including a Software License" under wordpress plugin handbook. Do I need ...
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Should I include the license of packages used for a personal project?

After working on a project in flask, I wondered if I should include as a third-party license, the licenses of the installed packages. To explain myself better... I installed flask and other packages ...
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What needs to be done to comply with OpenSSL double license?

The OpenSSL double license is available at: https://www.openssl.org/source/license.txt I am not a lawyer and I am not sure whether I am more confused by the license agreement than I am scared of it. I ...
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GoogleSignIn license in my app's licenses list view

I made an app for iOS and before publication I have to make view, where I list all used 3rd party libraries licenses. Unfortunately, I cannot find license for GoogleSignIn SDK for iOS. This package is ...
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CC-BY “inheritance”?

If I distribute an open source software (licensed under MIT or Apache if that matters) that includes/uses a resource that is licensed under CC-BY, and I provide proper attribution. Do users of said ...
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What is the difference between jdk java net and OpenJDK

I'm fairly new to Java programming and I've recently read this article from Oracle(from September 2018). https://blogs.oracle.com/java-platform-group/oracle-jdk-releases-for-java-11-and-later. What ...
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Possibilities to use a GPL-v3 licensed library in a closed-source game

Licensing is absolutely not my topic and I'm currently trying to learn about it while developing my game. I'm trying to implement the espeak-ng library into my game, so I can use it to generate robot ...
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Repository with no license declaration and a single contributor, who isn't the owner [closed]

I am in touch with the one contributor of this project. The owner seems to be absent and there is no license. The only contributor is the developer I am in touch with. Would all of the copyright go to ...
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Freeboard - MIT license vs Pricing reality

I am confused with this product (freeboard) licensing. On their website they specifies pricing: https://freeboard.io/#pricing While on GitHub it says MIT License, ok for Commercial use https://github....
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Is it possible to get rich prosecuting GitHub users of an unlicensed 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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Section 14 of GPL(v3)

Section 14 of the GPL(v3) states: Revised Versions of this License. The Free Software Foundation may publish revised and/or new versions of the GNU General Public License from time to time. Such new ...
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Using the (L)GPL as an open-source hardware license?

I use the GPLv3 for my applications and the LGPLv3 for my libraries. In a similar fashion I'd like to use them for my open-source hardware projects (GPL for schematic and PCBs, LGPL for schematic ...
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What does “with modifications” mean in BSD licenses?

All BSD licenses start with the following paragraph: Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without modification, are permitted provided that the following conditions are met: ...
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How to include licenses for packages downloaded with Nuget?

I have a software that uses some MIT and Apache licenses. The source code is not open source and all the third-party software is downloaded from Nuget as a reference (I'm not including the source code ...
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iText 2.1.7 in commercial Project

This question was originally asked on Stack Overflow but since licensing questions are off topic I move it here. So here comes the original question about this open source library: I want to use the ...
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If I am going to change the name of my open source project, what should I do?

I have been developing an open source project independently before, which is under Apache-2.0 License. With the deepening of development, the function of the project has been enriched, so I plan to ...
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Custom Linux distro Copyright and license notices

I am developing a commercial product that ships with a custom embedded Linux distro (similar to Yocto), and am in the process of collecting the copyright and license notices to comply with the GPL ...
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Does a software under one of the OSI-approved licenses allow anybody to use/run it for any purpose?

OSI (Open Source Initiative) says that: Open source software is made by many people and distributed under an OSD-compliant license which grants all the rights to use, study, change, and share the ...
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Publishing code on github considered (re)distribution?

I wonder if publishing some code on github is considered a distribution. According to this answer, it seems that it would be : Yes, this is considered redistribution. If not what would? Also, that ...
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Properly licensing my software on GitHub

When releasing software on GitHub, I usually state something in the Readme which reads like "Code written by [name and alias], licensed under GPLv3". Is this sufficient? Or do I need to ...
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Can you use code on GitHub for commercial purposes?

so I want to use the code in GitHub to help with my project, I don't sell the code or others I only need the output for my project. in the readme file, the project is built upon A, and B (other GitHub ...
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Legal Aspects of Illustrations in Open Source Software (MIT License) - Adding Copyright Notice?

It's about an app that was created in a student project (in Germany) and will be soon released in the Google Play Store and also published on GitHub as OSS under the MIT license. The app features ...
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Include licenses of Maven dependencies

Let's say you write a microservice, which includes (API) libraries as Maven dependencies (in compile scope). Then you will only include them in your project; you don't modify them. Additionally you ...
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Do I need a longer license than this for a small program?

I have 2 small C programs (each is the inverse of the other) and a common header, <500 lines of code total, and it seems a waste to include a whole license file, so I've just written this comment ...
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What are the practical differences between MIT, Apache and BSD licenses?

Non-copy-left licenses are popular. AFAIK their point is mostly to protect the developers from being sued over loss of money or life (compared to no license at all). But I am neither a lawyer nor have ...
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Partial use of Apache 2.0 licensed code

I am preparing some source codes for a course that I intend to teach at Udemy, which will be paid for. One of the codes I'm writing used a few lines from a Kaggle kernel, which is under the Apache 2.0 ...
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Can I contribute the same source file to two opensource project under two diffrent license? [duplicate]

I have implemented an algorithm and i want to contribute it to two opensource projects, say projectA and projectB. ProjectA uses apache2.0 license, projectB uses gpl license. I want to license code ...
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License requirements for self-contained dotnet (.net) core in embedded linux

I am developing a .net core self-contained application for an embedded linux device. The software is part of the device image and won't be sold standalone nor it is downloadable in binary or source ...
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Deploy GNU GPLv3 licensed SaaS application with custom pricing and closed source enhancements

I want to deploy a SaaS application (Licensed GNU GPLv3) and offer to 3rd parties with my own pricing model. I have few doubts with respect to the license and future development on the same. Can i ...
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Do you need to document your changes/modifications to a program under GPLv3?

I heard that you must document all your changes and modifications to a software under the GPLv3. Is this true? If I'm not distributing this software, do I have to document my changes/modifications. ...
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How should you include your dependencies' licenses?

I have read this question and am well aware that you are required to also include your project's dependencies' licenses besides your own in any open source project. What I don't understand is how you ...
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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 should I put attribution or license when using a minified version of code which does not assert copyright?

I am using some JavaScript code under the BSD 3-Clause License. However, the minified version that they provided does not assert the said license. Is it fine if I just copy the license provided in ...
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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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How to handle license files in cx_freeze'd python applications

So I have a python application which uses different packages, which are licensed under different OpenSource Licenses.(MIT, LGPL, GPL, and other OSS licenses) I want to create a bundle for Windows ...
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License for programming tutorial on website

I'm wondering what license I should use for a programming tutorial on a website. It will have a mixture of text, media and code snippets. Ideally, I want to allow others to copy/modify my tutorial ...
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How to avoid being AWSed?

Elastic built the tool, AWS redistributed it and is dominating the market. Elastic is probably going to struggle and slowly die because they are bad at business. However, they built a great tool and ...
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Is it common to licence blog posts under Creative Commons?

I plan on writing a personal blog, which will be mostly about software development topics. It's going to be implemented as a Github Pages blog on my own custom domain. I am debating whether I should ...

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