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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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Difference between MongoDB SSPL and GNU AGPL

I'm trying to understand the difference between the SSPL and the GNU AGPL license, after reading the terms of SSPL. The 13th clause of the license states the following: If you make the ...
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SSPL and the Open Source Definition

MongoDB has decided to change the licensing of MongoDB Community Server, seemingly to prevent businesses from monetizing on their product without giving anything back: https://www.mongodb.com/press/...
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Pros and cons of licensing non-executable content under GPL rather than CC-BY-SA?

I'm writing a book, but I liked all its source files distributed on derivative works. What are the advantages and disadvantages of licensing non-executable content under GPL when compared with CC-BY-...
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Is it possible to ask for reference in an open source project?

One of my projects is in Github and currently it does not have any license such as MIT. Therefore, it should be considered as an Open Source project by default. But, I wish that if anyone uses this ...
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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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Is use of Creative Common's BY-SA licensed database in software 'adaption'?

I am building a functionality in my propriety software for translation of names between Spanish (and other languages) and English. The translation function works by typing words in Spanish which then ...
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Why is ShareAlike more popular than just CC-BY?

The two biggest users of Creative Commons licenses (Wikipedia and StackExchange) seem to prefer CC-BY-SA over CC-BY. On the other hand many software projects are distributed under MIT, BSD or other ...
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How to use GPLv3 in open source project?

I want to use license GPLv3 in my open source project on GitHub. And I want to ask how can I do that? I have read an article and I have understood that: My repo has to have a file License, that ...
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Can I sell my app which code is published under Apache 2.0?

I've created an app (not a library) and published it. It is used by dozens companies for free. The code was published under Apache 2.0. I had wrong expectations about publishing, I thought that ...
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Under what license is the content of GitHub's issues that were created by others?

I would like to know, under what license is the content of GitHub issues that were created by others. To clarify my needs: By "issues created by others", I mean issues created by GitHub users both ...
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Using GPL licensed software with commercial app [duplicate]

I've read some answers here (1, 2) regarding combining closed source apps and GPL licensed tools, but can't quite figure out my own situation. If I create a commercial app, which is dependent on the ...
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Using Images from Google Image

I am writing my Thesis about Machine Learning and for that purpose I am searching for Databases with Pictures. I have seen that some people just download pictures from Google Images with a script and ...
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Copyright of modifications and derivative works of Python License 2 licensed software

I am writing a Python package in which I plan to vendorize a modified copy of part of another package that was released under Python License 2 (it is not part of the PSL and not subject to any other ...
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Can an open license induce users to publish private modifications? [duplicate]

[Edit:] The first part of the question is answered in the negative in Is there a license that “forces leaks”, so to speak?. The second part of the question asks whether we can correct the issue while ...
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Question about the word “irrevocable” in a Contributor License Agreement

In the CLA of the Linux Foundation, under section 2 there was the following: ... You hereby grant to the Foundation and to recipients of software distributed by the Foundation a perpetua l, ...
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Did Google accidentally release Product Sans/Google Sans font in Apache License?

I found that Google uploaded Product Sans font to a repo licensed under Apache License 2.0: https://github.com/google/iosched-ios/blob/master/Source/IOsched/ProductSans-Regular.ttf Can the font file ...
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Can I make a derived work of a GPL project and a non GPL project for personal use?

In the GNU General Public License, version 2, some limits on how you can modify the Program are listed. Point 2.b states that (emphasis mine): You must cause any work that you distribute or publish,...
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What is the difference between LGPLv2.1 and LGPLv3?

Below text is cited from https://www1.qt.io/faq/#_Toc_3_6 LGPLv3 is the current version of the GNU Lesser General Public License. LGPLv2.1 is an older version and not recommended by the Free ...
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Use GPLv3 library in a closed system (no software distribution)

I'm developing a software that will be preinstalled in a headless PC. The user will see the "output" of the software processing (sent with a given protocol via ethernet), and can configure some ...
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How can I use this GPLv2+ file in my MIT project?

I was having a programming problem and Google brought me to this blog, which refers to a GPLv2+ licensed file. However, I would like to keep my project MIT-licensed. What should I do? I'm considering ...
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Attach CC0 licensed datasets to own R package

I am writing an R package that uses data from other authors (UN Voting). Is there any licensing issue in adding the data directly to the package? I am not sure whether I can just add this data to the ...
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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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Re-using code from an open source project, but said code partly re-uses code from another project

I am borrowing and heavily modifying code from an open source repo (let's call this A). However, the code I am borrowing also contains code borrowed from another open source project (let's call this B)...
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license - how to skip GPLv2 [closed]

We have read lot of questions about General Public License v2 and know that it's like a virus and everything that does touch it get open-source: We just use/need a single component/library in our ...
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What is the difference between the Apache License v2.0 and the BSD+Patent License?

To my current understandig, both the Apache License version 2.0 and the BSD+Patent grant you a license to any patent that the software is using. In what situation is the BSD+Patent license preferred ...
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What license has jai_imageio ? (jai imageio)

Somebody is cleaning up SO and deleting posts (here and here). Instead is should have been moved here but I can't comment / edit / move it, so here is the question: I know that sun/oracle stopped ...
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What's the difference between Copyright and Licensing?

Preamble There are two other questions, specifically related to Licensing and Copyright. In reviewing the answers and comments, I get the feeling that people generally consider the two to be the ...
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Community and enterprise editions of LGPL software

Red Hat has community and enterprise editions of it's application server. WildFly is licensed under LGPL. JBoss EAP is based on WildFly and costs a lot of money. How is it possible that they don't ...
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License for a framework with multiple dependencies

I'm looking to open source my framework with Apache-2.0. There are plenty of dependencies with different licenses: Most are Apache-2.0. There are a couple of exceptions: (These licenses are listed ...
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Licensing pretrained machine learning models

For trained a model I have used training data set covered by BSD license and using a software covered by Apache License 2.0. Now I would like to publish the pretrained model on GitHub. Which license ...
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Can I statically link Apache2/MIT/BSD licensed code into my GPLv3 licensed code?

Can I statically link Apache2/ISC/MIT/BSD licensed libraries to my project that is under GPL (v3 because I've learned that v2 isn't compatible with Apache2) and create an executable binary? ...
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Can I change the copyright holder name and year of an MIT license?

Can I change the copyright holder name when using a project of MIT license ? Example: Changing 'john' to 'Justin' in below license ? Copyright 2018 john Permission is hereby granted, free of charge,...
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GPLv3 forces us to make code available, but to whom?

I've read that GPLv3 imposes that we should make the source code of our app available. But, available to whom? In case we sell our GPLv3 software, does it mean we have to make it available to those ...
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GPL Licensed Woocommerce paid plugins

I have very basic question. I'm building website service where I want to use WooCommerce Subscription and Membership plugins. These plugins are paid on the official websites, but there is written ...
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Clarification: Dual licensed under the MIT or GPL Version 2 licenses

I've been reading the differences between these two licenses for a few hours now and it is still quite not clear to me how this duality works. As far as I understood, the MIT license basically gives ...
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Who owns the copyright to code which the author was paid to write?

For example, the repository owner owns the app, publishes the partial source code, and creates few tasks supported by some bounty to write some new components (such as new functions, classes, etc.). ...
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Why is CC BY-SA discouraged for code?

Everybody knows that you shouldn't use a CC BY-SA license on your code. Even the Creative Commons folk recommend against it. What I don't know or understand is why. I can't seem to find any ...
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Pros and Cons of using MPL-2.0 license?

I want to license my project (hosted on GitHub) under MPL-2.0, which looks like a reasonable choice. But since I'm not a lawyer, it's hard to estimate long-term benefits and consequences of this ...
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Is Open Public License suitable for libraries?

I would like to know if the Open Public License (OPL) allows library being bundled together or be a part of other code covered by other license (e.g. standard copyright - closed source code). I found ...
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Can I sell and distribute my software using OpenJDK without having to release my code?

We develop a software for commercial use and sell it to customers. The software is a web based software that requires Oracle JDK for running (JRE). We are considering moving to OpenJDK because our ...
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Java SDK 8 vs. OpenJDK 8 licenses for freelance development

So I'm new to both freelance development and software licensing. However, I still managed to convince a company to let me develop a small piece of software for them (woohoo!). The company runs JRE 8 ...
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Including license in emails

I’ve found a nice HTML email template that I would like to customize and use to send automated emails to my clients. The template is MIT licensed, which means I should provide a copy of the license (...
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Can I use MPL-2 for not being held responsible for software bugs?

I just started my career as an online freelancer and even though I try to do my best I have this constant stress & anxiety about what will happen if there is a huge unwanted issue/bug in my code ...
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Do I need a commercial license for the QT framework?

I'm a developer working for an automotive company and I'm currently developing a hardware testing tool which includes a graphical user interface built on the QT framework. The application will solely ...
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If a CocoaPod does not have a licence file but a licence is specified in the Podspec, does the licence apply?

This is the library: https://github.com/mtford90/react-native-watch-connectivity This is the Podspec: https://github.com/mtford90/react-native-watch-connectivity/blob/master/Libraries/RNWatch/RNWatch....
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How to identify and ascertain applicable license for OSS java libraries?

How does one identify and ascertain the applicable license for the respective OSS Java libraries (directly or via transitive dependency) included in a Java application from a Maven archive (e.g. ...
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Displaying Qt Licence in Thesis

I am currently using Qt in my academic studies, and my professor wants me to display the code in the thesis. Since all of the code will be presented in the appendix, it will become public when the ...
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Is there a license similar to MIT that also requires changes to be indicated?

The MIT License permits Commercial use, Distribution, Modification, and Private use, while requiring the inclusion of the License and copyright notice and limiting Liability and Warranty (source: ...
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If a library is LGPL licensed, can the creator impose additional usage limits?

Example: A programmer produces a library. They release that library under the LGPL and provide full source code. The programmer wants to monetize their product as well. Rather than offering a "pro" ...
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Can I redistribute node.exe in my commercial Application's Installer?

I want to use node.exe and a very simple Javascript that essentially uses only the net module for some functionality in my product. I don't need anything else. I know electron and other frameworks are ...