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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How does AGPL affect Microservices?

So if I had a microservice architecture and one of my services relied on a piece of AGPL software, and that service wasn't customer facing, but a service that communicated with it was, would I be ...
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Copyright on derived software under EPL license v1.0

I recently modified software code licensed under EPL v1.0. Can I remove the original copyright and add my own copyright ?
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Using Neo4j Community edition in commercial applications

I am not sure about what is allowed license-wise in the use of Neo4j Community Edition. Can i use it in closed-source commercial applications ? What i'm allowed to do with the community edition in ...
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Distribute SWF (binary) files with open source license?

Is it possible to distribute binary files using any open source or Creative Commons license? In particular, I have several Flash videos (.swf files) whose sources (.fla files) are not available/lost. ...
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What happens if I use a FOSS library and distribute my program with the proprietary license?

As I said in the title I have created a software that contains a library that has FOSS license.. 1) can I distribute my project with proprietary license (either sell it or give it for free) ? 2) If ...
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Combining GPL with non-commercial license

I've been a hobbyist programmer for a long time, and only recently have I been writing code I've thought others might benefit from. Here's my conundrum: I'm a big supporter of the GPL, and I ...
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Does physically removing GPL code relieve combined work from GPL publication requirements?

Here's the scenario. Alice crafted a compression library and published it under GPL. Bob crafted a font processing library which uses pieces of code from Alice's library and ... let's call it overly ...
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Does the MIT license's right to “sublicense” allow me to change the license of someone else's work?

I understand that, generally speaking, you may not issue a license on a copyrighted work if you do not own the copyright to that work. Licensing is an exclusive right of the copyright holder. Instead, ...
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Front-End vs Back-end vs Redistributions - Must I disclose my source?

A couple of the gems that I'm using in my rails backend are MIT licensed and I do want to go commercial with this app - that being said the MIT license requires that I include the copyright and ...
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What happens if I use a GPL licensed jQuery plugin without a licence on my website?

I like the jQuery Isotope plugin and I want to use it on my website. I was wondering if it was OK to use it without a licence. It's licensed under either GPLv3 as an open-source license, or there's a ...
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Would this scenario be considered “propagation without conveying” according to the GPLv3 terminology?

I have a fancy software "foo" that may be considered the derivative work of a GPLv3 library. "foo" is GPLv3 itself. Example 1: I install the foo binary on my company's laptop, go to a customer's ...
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Is it legal for a corporation to “lock in” & restrict usage and redistribution of Open Source software that it has released to it's own services?

In source code for a project released by Amazon.com Inc., awslabs/amazon-redshift-utils, an "Open Source"-like license is found with questionable stipulations, particularly section 3.3: 3.3 Use ...
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Why doesn't FFmpeg distribute a binary with libfdk_aac enabled?

From the FFmpeg's Encode/AAC page: The licenses of libaacplus, libfaac, and libfdk_aac are not compatible with the GPL, so the GPL does not permit distribution of binaries containing code ...
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Usage of permissive BSD license

I want to start one e-commerce site , for which i chose the backbone framework which is under permissive BSD license , can i use it for commercial purpose. what are the things do i need to keep in ...
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Do I need to share the source for my modified AGPL-licensed MongoDB instance if the user doesn't interact with it directly?

MongoDB positively asserts that a program that uses a MongoDB database does not form a combined work with it. This is nice because my web service that uses MongoDB does not need to be licensed under ...
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GPLv3 With Section 7 Exception Linked to LGPLv3

As a follow up from GPL V3 with OpenSSL Exception, I'm curious about linking an LGPLv3 project with a GPLv3 project that has a special exception for OpenSSL. In the answer to the aforementioned ...
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Do I need a license to design IP cores with AXI interfaces?

Many IP cores especially from Xilinx have an AXI interface from ARM. The AXI interface standard is free for download (after registration), but I don't think it's free for implementation. So I assume ...
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Is there any recourse when an “Open Source” project has a closed-source core?

I have come across a Java project licensed under Apache 2.0, but there's a fair bit of behavior locked away in an internal package that isn't checked into the project's repository (though the compiled ...
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Are there any license limitations for my created XPCOM component?

We use XPCOM technology to create XPCOM components for our Firefox add-on. For creating any XPCOM component, Mozilla's XULRunner tool is needed as a development tool. XULRunner is under the Mozilla ...
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What if a company uses my open source project for a closed-source system?

I have created an open-source project in github and R around financial calculations under GPL v3. Today I saw in the traffic graph of github that someone cloned the repository and that there was a ...
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Mixing Apache 2.0 and AGPLv3 in open-source project

I have developed and released an open-source Java library under Apache 2.0 license. In the next version, I plan to include BerkeleyDB as one of the supported storage engines. Note that the actual ...
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Ramifications of the proposed new SE licensing model

Like many other people I read this meta post. Since I don't really understand what is at stake I became confused and worried. Does this mean that I can legally force any organization to let me see ...
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Using open source sample code provided by Microsoft for commercial software

I am developing a software for commercial release which is developed ahead on a sample code provided by MSDN This is mentioned in the beginning // THIS CODE AND INFORMATION IS PROVIDED "AS IS" ...
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Can I create and use my own license or do I need to publish it somewhere? [duplicate]

I have created a license for my apps: This computer program is licensed under Illuze License v1.0.0 or later. Illuze License v1.0.0 [3rdDec2015] -Rahul2001.com It's simple: -You are ...
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If a project is forked and its license is changed, which license should be followed?

We have seen a lot of open source project on GitHub. But what would happen if someone fork a project and modify & improve from it? For example, if an original open source project creator states ...
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Why is the definition of “System Libraries” in GPLv3 phrased the way it is?

I'm curious about the definition of "System Libraries" The “System Libraries” of an executable work include anything, other than the work as a whole, that (a) is included in the normal form of ...
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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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How should I license my project's logo?

For my OSS project, is it a good idea to release the "brand assets" under a CC license? I want to make it easy for people to use the logo for blogs/articles talking about the product and derivatives ...
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Can I “Override” a licensing policy?

On many sites, especially Stack Overflow, I can't help but notice such amazing code snippets. However, they come with a "catch" designed by the author. With user contributions being licensed with the ...
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How to license Stack Overflow contributions as permissive as possible? [duplicate]

Important: this related Meta Stack Exchange post. Code you post on Stack Overflow is licensed "cc-by-sa 3.0 with attribution required". Now this may pose problems for people wanting to use my ...
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Can I change the license of a GPL derived work to be more restrictive regarding version upgrades?

Specifically, the GPLv2. The creator of a work can allow people to upgrade to a higher GPL version: (emphasis mine) This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under ...
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Openbravo ERP is Open source erp? [closed]

I want to deploy Openbravo erp in some companies, but I am confused about it. That ERP software opensource or licencee.
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Software licence to limit use/modification of parts of open-source code?

Is there any software licence (GNU, MIT Apache etc.) that could be readily used or modified to allow to impose limitations of the specific use/modification of parts of a source code that otherwise is ...
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What license should I use for an app released under my employer's account?

My company is offering an Amazon Echo and and Amazon gift card for employees who develop a Skill. There are some requirements with it. It must be completed during personal time (the learning and ...
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Are fonts considered software? [closed]

Are all fonts considered software, or does it depend on the font? What sort of licences do and don't make sense for fonts?
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Does using Stanford NER in a website count as distributing it?

I'm working for a company that stores millions of newspapers articles. Subscribers can log on our site and make queries. Our search engine returns articles that match the queries. I know that in ...
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What's “no longer necessary” about parts of BSD-3?

I've read that the BSD-2 or "Simplified BSD" software license removes from the BSD-3 "some language that is no longer necessary". Looking at the difference between these two licenses, it appears that ...
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CC Licence and Automatically Retrieving Linked Content from a Source

I was reading this topic about users posting content to a community and not having the right to "take it down" later on. It got me to thinking about communities which might have a system to ...
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Distribution of open source software between different legal entities

At the company I work for we are developing an app for use within the company. The company consists of numerous branches across the world, all other legal entities. For testing we would like to send a ...
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Can you reuse a project's name, if the project is MIT licensed?

Can you fork a MIT licensed project, discard the code, and keep only the name? Say I wanted to piggyback on top of a popular MIT licensed project name for marketing purposes, but not use any of its ...
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Will a dual license lock me in to a provider?

I want to use open source software for my business, and it is dual licensed. If I choose the paid license which provides support for any changes we require, will this mean that we are unable to change ...
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What license options do I have for licensing ported source code?

If, I port Ruby on Rails (licensed under MIT) from Ruby to Java what license options do I have? Would I have to use MIT or a compatible license?
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How do I license an open source application that uses closed source libraries?

I'm not sure if this is the right place for this question since the software I'm developing isn't completely open source, but here goes. Long story short (and for context), I'm a member of a not-for-...
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Licensing a project which is still under development

As the title suggests I'm a bit confused when it comes to licencing in the middle of development. Say the following situation (for the sake of argument I'm the only contributor): I make a project ...
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How can I license my content in a blogpost?

Let's say I have a blog post, and I want to release it under a Creative Commons license. I later publish this post to my blog. How do I apply a license to my blogpost? Do I need to state how it is ...
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Can I preserve exceptions in GPL 3?

GPL 3 allows adding additional clauses, such as exceptions, as long as such exceptions grant additional privileges. But if I distribute software under GPL 3 with exceptions, are those exceptions ...
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Am I free to distribute a software for a file format that was reverse engineered?

The scenario is the following: a proprietary software can save files in its own file format. I want to build a free/open-source software capable of decoding those files for further processing. Given ...
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Why are you obliged to comply with the license of an anonymous project?

Is there any point in complying with the licence which comes with a project published anonymously (like the initial Bitcoin source code)? If so, in case of breaking the rules of your license, who has ...
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Do I need to make my users agree to a license?

Suppose I have a website. This website is an educational site and I am releasing it under [insert license here]. My question: Assuming I have the license at the bottom of the page, is there any need ...
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Licensing Community Wiki Posts at Stack Exchange

A while back, I ask this question: Can I Override a licensing Policy? I determined that instead of stating a license on a profile page, it dual-licenses the content posted by that user, instead of ...