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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Credit for re-used public domain code?

If I get some code off of the public domain, and I make major changes, can I re-license it and put my copyright on it?
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GPL software, proprietary assets? [duplicate]

I'm considering utilizing a few GPL libraries in an application I'm working on, the source code for which I'd of course make available and would be subject to the GPL also. But a critical part of ...
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What is the highest Java version I can use for free?

I want to develop a desktop Java application, deploy it as a jar file and sell it. What is the latest Oracle JDK version I can use to keep it free assuming I don't need further updates nor support and ...
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Are there any 3rd-party licenses' obligations when using GCC's libstdc++ while linking dynamically?

The libstdc++ as a whole is under GPLv3 + GCC Runtime Exception. However, in files such as <vector> and <memory> we can easily see code with additional licenses (libstdc++-v3, last ...
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Is any license needed, to build an open-source forum / community?

Is any license / paperwork need to build an open-source forum / community like stack overflow or like others Linux community site? If needed then from where i can get license for my forum / community,...
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What licenses and copyright notices I should include with dynamically linked libstdc++ and how to do it properly?

While libstdc++ (and GCC) is licensed under GPLv3 + GCC Runtime Library Exception, and glibc is under LGPLv2.1, the header files (see, for example, <memory> and <vector> for libstdc++-v3) ...
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Can I license my project with an open-source license but disallow commercial use?

I'd like to make my project open-source. Is there a free/open-source license that lets me do that, but disallows anyone receiving my project to use it for commercial purposes or monetary gain? In a ...
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Clone, modify and rename Apache v2 licensed project

There's an OS project that I like (and would want to contribute), however, it's very inactive and there are PRs that stayed unreviewed even for years. I'd want to create a clone and take control of it....
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Trying to understand MIT, BSD and Apache 2.0 licenses and attribution with real examples

Trying to make sense on how MIT, BSD and Apache 2.0 licenses and attribution work, I've taken some real examples from GitHub. The open source software projects below are classified according to these ...
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What I should consider about licenses when starting a software project? [duplicate]

I'm trying to come up with all the license-related considerations I should think about when starting a software project from scratch. I believe taking into account the licenses of programming ...
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Can I use a GPL v2 software in commercial software? [duplicate]

I've already gone through the following links and many more: Using a tool under GPL v2 in a commercial application Can I use GPL libraries in a closed source project if only the output is ...
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Using MIT/Apache License 2.0 project in a SaaS product, Limitations from its dependencies

I have a specific question with respect to using a project which is licensed under MIT/Apache 2.0 in a SAAS product (proprietary). The open source project have multiple dependencies, if any of the ...
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Can I make a JS Library license 'MIT' if the JS library includes a paid commercial license

I purchased a single developer license for CanvasJS. Here is the CanvasJS License: https://canvasjs.com/eula/chart/ I used the library to create my library which is for a specific factory automation ...
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GPL-3.0 library in MIT project

I'm working on a project comprised of a small HTML page and a JavaScript script. From the HTML page I include a library which is licensed under the GNU General Public License v3.0, and from my script ...
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What license to choose when starting an open source project in a company?

I'm interested in converting part of our company application into and open source project. They will let me work on it (they need it) and publish it to their own GitHub account. I will be the only ...
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Etiquette for incorporating someone else's MIT code in my GPL project?

I'm relatively new to open source, esp. in terms of collaboration, etiquette, etc. I am working on an open source library in the scientific/numerical programming domain, licensed under GPL. There are ...
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What kind of license is GPL 2.0 license? [closed]

On our project we are allowed to use following licences : MIT, MIT-equivalent, Public Domain and several other concrete licences. I am not able to find out which licences are MIT-equivalent or Public ...
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Some questions about LGPL v.3 (support, warranty…)

I participate in the development of a soft that will be distributed on a commercial basis. Question: 1. If I take the open-source Library (under LGPL v.3), will there be any obligations to support ...
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Selling used hardware with open source software

Assume someone has bought some hardware with open source software, maybe GPLed software, and also assume that the original vendor has fully complied with the licenses. Which means, for example, that ...
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License for a modern engine for an old video game?

I am working on a modern engine for an old video game, pretty much like those modern engines for Doom game that require the user to provide original Doom game data in order to be runnable. that ...
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Can freelancers publish code in GitHub and claim it to be theirs? [repost] [migrated]

I have copy pasted the question from stack overflow main, because it is considered off topic there, and https://meta.stackoverflow.com/a/308750/2670775 suggests it is on topic here. I am curious to ...
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Should the License be the initial commit in a repo?

I plan to opensource a personal project on github. As a part of this - I plan to add necessary License file(s) in the latest commit prior to making the repository public. My questions are: Does the ...
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Clarification on using FFmpeg in an open source app

Can someone please clarify the legality of bundling and using the full version of FFmpeg (with included libx264 and libx265 and other gpl codecs) in an open source app. I don't want to modify ...
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Tizen OS “sample” projects are all generated to contain the Flora license. Must derivative works also apply the Flora license?

When starting a new project in the Tizen Studio, you are given two options: Start with a template project Start with a sample project The sample projects (like several watches, several simple apps, ...
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What is the purpose of the LGPL re-linking requirement?

I understand that in using a LGPL library in your application, you have to provide a re-linking mechanism for the end user (by linking to the library dynamically or providing all your object files ...
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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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Can you withdraw the license on an open source project so that even those who already have it can no longer use it?

I have just read this post in the KDE-mailinglist and then i wonder (generally): If someone has released his software under the terms of (for example) GPL or LGPL or something similar, can he ...
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Distributing my own software under Apache License 2.0 - should I distribute source code?

I have created my own computer application and I wanted to use Apache License 2.0 to license it. Can I distribute only binary form of my application without source code?
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Can I put project using premium theme on github as public?

I am not very familiar with github and license copyright. I purchase metronic admin dashboard theme and built one project using it. So can I put this project on github as public so that others will be ...
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I m interested in package on GITHUB - what are my rights and what should i do? [closed]

i m thinking on making browser game and would like to start it on ready made code. For example https://github.com/FrankProjects/UltimateWarfare if i would pick this one. .. I know that i would need ...
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Sell content separately for app licensed under GNU v3?

If you're using a library that is licensed under GNU GPL v3 to help develop your application, then from what I understand, you must release your application for free and it's source code. Is it then ...
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Use code snippets as canaries for a static code-checker

I am maintaining a free open-source (3-clause BSD) code checker for c++ files, and to run regression tests on real-world code, I added isolated C++ files from other high-profile open-source projects (...
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What are my obligations if I convey software that calls GPL code (specifically via python import), but I do NOT convey the GPL software itself?

Party A writes some software; perhaps intending to distribute it under the MIT or some other permissive license. THe software uses some GPL'd software. Party A conveys the software to party B, without ...
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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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Use of GPL software with proprietary network program

I am working on a distributed computing project. The client for this project uses Twisted (MIT licensed) to communicate with the server. The client will locally invoke a PARI/GP (GPL licensed) script ...
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Could the anti-tivoization provisions of the GPLv3 be circumvented by providing software separately?

In the FAQ section of the GPLv3, the Free Software Foundation presents the following entry: Question: Suppose that two companies try to circumvent the requirement to provide Installation ...
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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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Is there a licensing restriction shipping proprietary software that packages/redistributes CDDL1.1-licensed software?

We are having a debate about whether we are allowed to package CDDL 1.1 licensed software like jaxb-api as-is with our commercial software. We would provide the licensing terms of CDDL 1.1 as required ...
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Modifying and Using Open Source Software licensed under GNU Lesser General Public License, v2.1

TL;DR: Is it legal to use a modified version of the product licensed under LGPL 2.1, for commercial purposes and without the permission of the author (because the authors cannot be reached), and ...
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Can I sell a proprietary software with an LGPL library bundled along with it, without making my source code public?

I am making a commercial application for my own company. I want to use PySide2 in it which comes under the LGPL license. I will be using PySide2 without any modification to it for designing the GUI. ...
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Seeking Creative-Commons-like license with addition(s) to request or require modifications be contributed back to source [duplicate]

Do any licenses exist that might serve the purposes below? If not, what licenses might be similarly useful? Initial license goals "Drive updates back to the source." My team seeks Creative-Commons-...
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Do you think its OK for an open-source hosting company to incorporate your ideas into their product offerings?

I'm not exactly sure where this question would belong, but would love to hear some opinions about it. Long story short, I came up with a way to integrate open-source Platform A with open-source ...
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MIT code interfacing GPL3 library,

I have a Python module, pygalmesh (Github, PyPi), published under the MIT license. It essentially interfaces a part of CGAL which is published under the GPL3 and uses other pieces of software with ...
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Implement a RBT for proprietary software using idea from Linux kernel

Linux kernel's RBT implementation has a nice trick of using the LSB bit of parent pointer as a node color. If I were to implement a RBT for my proprietary software and use the LSB as a node color bit ...
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Any lasting licensing implications from previously used, subsequently dropped library dependencies or usage licenses?

I will start off with this excerpt from Qt's legal faq to give some context: 3.13. I have started development of a product using the open source version of Qt, can I now purchase a commercial ...
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Questions about MIT license for a Unity video game

I'm thinking of creating an open source Unity video game. I checked this page to have an overview of the MIT license. But there are still some things that are not very clear to me: If someone want to ...
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How do I use GNU licensed code copyrighted by the original author?

I am writing open-source code based on another author's open-source code. The original author licensed the code under the GNU Public License and copyrighted it under his name. I am, of course, ...
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Does every file need to have GPLv2+ mentioned in the header to be GPLv2? [duplicate]

So all Wordpress plugins are supposed to be GPLv2 or higher. We'd like to fork a plugin that currently integrates with one system and change it to integrate with a different system. There's a readme....
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Changing the open source license of a forked project (EUPL to GPL)

I believe context is important, so here is a little story. Let's imagine (all characters and events in this story - even those based on real people - are entirely fictional) that Alice has developed ...

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