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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What advantages and disadvantages has licensing non executable content under the GPL compared with CC-BY-SA?

I'm writing a book, but I liked all its source files distributed on derivative works. What advantages and disadvantages has licensing non executable content under the GPL compared with CC-BY-SA?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 include the ...
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Would a multi-license consisting of all possible non-exclusive licenses work?

Dual licensing is used to maximize compatibility. One requirement is that licenses must be non-exclusive, although they don't have to compatible and as licensee you are free to choose a subset of the ...
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Licensing for forked projects

If a project is licensed with MIT license, can someone fork the project, create significant changes, and put a more restrictive license on it? Or even copyright it?
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GPL with license exception for iOS?

I'd really like to use the GPL license for my cross-platform mobile app. I want to publish on the iOS AppStore, the terms of which indirectly prohibit the GPL from being used. What's the best way to ...
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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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Is it necessary to include MIT licenses for every project even if my code base is available in GitHub?

I use three MIT licensed projects in my source code. Do I need to include three copies of the MIT license (in different directories), or can I just include a single copy of the MIT license on the root?...
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What is a good strategy for gradually preparing a switch to a new version of a license / new license?

I was interested to discover the GPL Cooperation Commitment today, and more particularly the COMMITMENT file they propose to include in a project under GPL v2 or LGPL v2 or v2.1: https://github.com/...
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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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What are the guidelines I must abide by in order to use this code I found on GitHub in my own Chrome Extension?

Here is the code. This too, a large portion of it. I'm not associated with any organization, I'm just trying to create a Chrome Extension that I will post to the Chrome Web Store and expect people to ...
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Is it a good idea to read code in a no-licence repository?

Related to but distinct from What can I assume if a publicly published project has no license? Background: I'm working on piece of web-based software under the AGPL, which I may monetize in the ...
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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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Call MS-PL library in LGPL code

I am currently developing a small desktop application. I am looking for a license that guarantee : That the code cannot be sold, and must be freely distributed. That modifications of the code cannot ...
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What is the different between MIT and X11 license? Should the open source package be identified differently under these two licenses

What are the main difference in obligations of both MIT and X11 license. How do they differentiate or there is no difference and can be used in replacements.
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GNU GPL V3 with no code change disclosure

I read a lot of articles and information regarding my questions, but those answers were very technical and I wanted to understand the law in simple English. https://tldrlegal.com/license/gnu-general-...
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What is the correct way to receive and give attribution to CC BY-SA asset contributions on a project managed with git?

The Creative Commons website gives this example for giving attribution to an image that was found on a website. For this project, contributors who wish to contribute assets would be sending the assets ...
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For a GPLv3 project, would accepting contributions under the MIT license allow me to keep full control of the project?

I would like to do this as an alternative to having a CLA (which was suggested to me in my previous question) that transfers all copyright over to me. Is this a good idea and are there any potential ...