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 Angular and Node.js to build a commercial website

I plan to build a commercial website in Angular 5. Can I do so without needing to pay anyone? It looks like the node.js license consists of a lot of other components and each of them has their own set ...
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What counts as disclosing source for software licenses?

MPL v2, GPL v3 and other licenses alike require giving users access to source code. Having read both licenses, I did not come across specific examples of how to disclose source code, so my question is ...
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Project licencing with other people's libraries [closed]

I'm working on a very big project and want to upload this to GitHub for people to use (flight controller software) and I'm using libraries from other people to make the process in the beginning easier ...
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What is the license for derivative work of a project in MIT with no license file [duplicate]

I have an open source github Library that i need to use for work, however there is no LICENSE file in the repository. The library itself is a derivative work (porting to another language) of a library ...
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How is Static Website affected by fact that it was generated by AGPL-3.0 tool?

There is Pelican Static Site Generator https://blog.getpelican.com/ it takes directory structure with mainly *.RST files ("blog source" written by me) on my HDD and creates another ...
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No way to write a commercial product in R?

I want to write a small program in the R language, connecting to DB (hence using packages), that I'd like to sell. As it will connect to DB, on internal networks, that can't be hosted. I tried to ...
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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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According to the GPL FAQ use within a company or organization is not considered distribution. What is the legal definition of a company/organization?

https://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-faq.html#InternalDistribution : Is making and using multiple copies within one organization or company “distribution”? No, in that case the organization is just ...
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Using GPL licensed project in closed source as copyright holder? [duplicate]

I am currently working on security-related tool that I want to release for free as open-source but I would also like to see if I can earn a bit of money on my project by offering a paid "Pro"...
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Licensing binaries of open source project with Apache License 2.0

I am writing an open source project licensed under Apache License 2.0, I wonder how can I license the precompiled binaries with the same license
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Licensing open-source code and art assets

I want to build a permissively-licensed web site, but preserve copyright for art assets included in the repo. How do open software licenses differentiate between code and art assets/content? ...
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Can i add copyright and license to a web template with a license?

I downloaded this template for my website & built my website over it. The template license says: This Bootstrap template is 100% FREE as long as you keep the footer attribution link. You do not ...
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Licensing an Open-source Project and a Hosted version

If I was building an open-source solution and wanted to create a hosted version as the business side of things. What license would be best for me to use? Preferably allowing: Other users to use the ...
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Understanding GPL: Blender Add-on + System Library

Basic Information I am writing a Blender add-on which enables the use of Blender with a piece of hardware (i.e., a lightfield display). Blender and the use of the specific Python API, which is ...
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Does the 3-Clause BSD license allow this

Neither a native english speaker nor a law expert. I'm making a development tool, which allows user to export and redistribute standalone binary from the tool. The exported binary contains my tool's ...
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Licenses similar to CC BY-NC-SA and CC BY-NC-ND, but for software [duplicate]

The creative commons licenses state explicitly that they should not be used for software. What alternatives exists for CC BY-NC-SA and CC BY-NC-ND suitable for software that is published on the ...
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If I use MIT, and I like authors to keep copyright of their patches, does MIT forbid this and do I need them to relicense back their contributions?

I'm reading the C4 explanation and I like many of its directives. http://socialarchitecture.science/c4-deep/ I'm not looking to create a OSS project that aims to be C4 certified. For one reason, I ...
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Can i use multiple licenses in my free project?

I will plan write project for portfolio for free use with no modifying source code of dependencies and publish it on github. Dependencies is openjdk (gplv2+cpe), spring (apache 2.0), hibernate (LGPL 2....
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Software license for non-commerical reproducible research [duplicate]

I am a researcher at a university with a guest status. I am not employed though and the work I do is my own. The software I develop belongs to me. For reproducible research I want to publish some of ...
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What are the downsides to copyleft licences?

When one looks at GitHub, permissive licences like MIT and BSD-3 are favoured over the weak and strong copyleft licences from the GNU libraries (for instance, back in 2015, MIT-licensed repositories ...
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Requirements for including Boost source code in your own library

According to the Boost license, if I include any of the source code in the Boost library in my own, I have to include a copy of their license alongside my library (https://www.boost.org/LICENSE_1_0....
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Licensing using c++ strings and cout

I am creating a library for c++ on github. I want to release it under mit license, but several times i use lines of code like: #include <iostream> #include <string> cout << "...
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License for public “WTFYW to do” code snippets on StackOverflow and other places?

I've came across StackOverflow's license a week ago, which I had no idea about. Seems they use CC BY-SA there (before, 3.0, now, 4.0). If I'm publishing code there, it's because I want anyone to do ...
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Is it possible to license that header file to LGPL but implementation to proprietary license

Suppose someone is writing a proprietary software that uses a shared or dynamic library that is licensed under the GNU LGPL license. If he wants to change the LGPL library code, he make some functions ...
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Study existing GPLv3 licensed code while working on my own project

I plan to write a toy interpreter for a programming language as a hobby project hosted on GitHub. The official implementation of the language is licensed under GPLv3. I have read some of its code to ...
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Is it permitted to prohibit a certain individual from using software that's under the AGPL license?

I recently found an open-source class library that declares that it "has the permission to prohibit a certain individual from using it" and I can't stop wondering if I published an open-...
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Does transpilation output fall under the transpilers` license? [duplicate]

Let's suppose I am working on a project that uses typescript, babel, sass, less or any other preprocessor that takes my code, my intellectual property and simply transforms it to some native form - ...
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Does LGPL allow Pro / Enterprise versions of the same library?

I have a good understanding of GPL, LGPL, dual-licensing, etc. However I have a specific doubt about the meaning of "linking" in the LGPL. Suppose that: The library is released under the ...
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Which license allows usage in end products (aimed at consumers) but not tools aimed at developers and companies? [duplicate]

I developed a project and I want to make the source code publicly available. I want everyone to be able to use the code as they see fit when used for developing end products (not sure if this is the ...
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Should I give attribution for transitive dev-dependencies?

I'm working on a library/cli-tool for bundling dependency licenses into a single file. Currently, I'm trying to collect licenses of: direct dependencies, transitive-dependencies and direct dev-...
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Appropriate license for songbook shared with friends

I am planning to write a songbook (LaTex, Lilypond) of christmas/seasonal songs and am looking for the right license to pick. Some parameters of the project: The book currently is planned with songs ...
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Can Qt 5.15 or 5.15.x can be used as open source? Because they say yes and no

Qt decided to remove offline installers for open source users. But we can still install Qt 5.15.x LTS with Debug Informations using Online Installer. However they also say: Starting with Qt 5.15, ...
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Does multi-licensing disable “use/run for any purpose” right?

It is understood from the Open Source Initiative's definition of open source that the software under the licenses here and here can be used/run for any purpose. For example, it is understood that ...
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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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Are Open Source Licenses valid globally?

I found the Open Source Licenses here and here and want to know whether these are valid globally or not. For example, I am from Turkey. Are these licenses valid for me?
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gnuplot license compatibility

I have a Python software package Foobar that, amongst other things, uses gnuplot for displaying graphs on the command line. The gnuplot license is open-source, but not compatible with the GPL, so if I ...
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Using GPL image server with proprietary applications

I have a proprietary desktop app that uploads images, and a proprietary web app that displays the images. Can I use a GPL image server for these images? I am reasonably sure the answer is yes, and the ...
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Implementing the same idea under GPL and under MIT

What are the limitations and constraints if one wants to implement the same idea in different languages requiring different licenses? To make it more concrete, say some algorithm should be implemented ...
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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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Use GPL licensed software externally? [duplicate]

I want to use scapy for my commercial project but scapy is licensed GPLv2. I use scapy as a parser for packets and I wonder if it is OK if I create a separate wrapper module using scapy and get input ...
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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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Using FFmpeg only for decoding in closed source commercial application

There are already lots of questions about FFmpeg licensing but I could not find one for my specific case. I'm making an application which is able to play video files using FFmpeg (through a LPGL ...
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Licensing for a physical product developed from MIT code

I have a developed a Book using outputs from parts of code from a MIT licence repository. Where would I show or put the copyright licence? On the product? Or create a website? Or because it is not ...
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What kind of license is Redis' RSAL (Redis Source Available License)?

The name would suggest it's not FOSS, but source available, which is a pretty low bar. But when I read about it, they seem to suggest that it's really only source available for specific use cases ...
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Can I link a BSD-3 library to an MIT project?

I have an MIT licensed project and I want to use a BSD-3 library as a package. The BSD-3 library will only be used for implementation purposes, so the users of the MIT project will not be able to use ...
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If a piece of software does not specify whether it is licenced under GPL 3.0 “only” or “or-later”, which variant does it “default to”?

I want to package a piece of software which only states its licence through a file called LICENSE in its repository. Said file contains the GPL 3.0 verbatim. What isn't clear is whether this means &...
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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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Non-disclosure agreement for an open source project

I work on a third-party open source project (partly GPL 3, partly Apache 2). I don't want to disclose my changes right away (but publish them in the future). Is it legal to require a hired worker whom ...
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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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Open-source license (probably not FLOSS) that allows “use in a commercial context” but disallow “to sell the software or modified versions”? [duplicate]

"Non-commercial use" could mean two different things: "Don't use the software in a commercial/business context, but only for personal use (i.e. at home)" "In the case you ...

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