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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iText 2.1.7 in commercial Project

This question was originally asked on Stack Overflow but since licensing questions are off topic I move it here. So here comes the original question about this open source library: I want to use the ...
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I made my own open source license. Is it any good? Is it legal?

I made a license using the 3 clause BSD license as a base and added parts from the Apache 2.0 license. I was wondering if this license would hold any water or if it is legal. My legal knowledge is nil....
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Which licensing model should I use to share software within a company?

This is just hypothetical at this point. So just doing some ground work to understand, if this is even possible. If yes, which licensing model is most appropriate? Our company has several units. In ...
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Using a licensed code which use an unlicensed code without explicit mention an authorization from the author [duplicate]

I checked What can I assume if a publicly published project has no license? Is my code FLOSS just because it is published it on GitHub? Open source code with no license… can I fork it? and other ...
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What license can I use for source code in an (e)book, that does not restrict binary distribution?

I'm writing an eBook (perhaps to be published physically one day) on the topic of programming. As such, it contains many coding samples. I want to expressly allow readers to copy the source code of ...
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AGPL - Api usage

I am currently working on a workout app for a gym and in my research stumbled upon wger. https://wger.de/en/software/license. An API distributed under AGPL. My question is the following: Does the ...
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Licensing user-generated content

I am developing a software that is licensed AGPLv3. It's a simple tool that takes a user-provided string and generates an image based on it. What license is the generated image under? Can I choose the ...
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Will there be any restrictions if I use a MIT licensed module which is built on a GPL library in my commercial software?

I want to use a Python module (https://github.com/Belval/pdf2image) in my commercial software. This module is licensed under the MIT license whereas the library (Poppler) it is built on is licensed ...
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Licensing an electron app made with third-party packages

I have an app made with electron.js I have used third party packages in my app. All the packages have permissive licenses(MIT and BSD License) with them. I am using UI assets(e.g. icons) with MIT ...
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Can I get paid to make code that includes GPLv2 libraries?

I've been asked to make an application about astrology, and I would like to use this library https://github.com/astrolin/ephemeris/tree/develop/src/java/swisseph-2.01.00-01, however it is licensed ...
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What can I do if somebody copied my MPL-2.0 licensed code and released under their name?

To give more details, I've created a repository on GitHub, and I'm using the MPL-2.0 license (not only as a separate file but also with a copyright notice in each source file). Now, after some time, ...
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Copyleft for screenplay that forces film to be free

Consider I wrote a screenplay or book and I want if someone make a film from it, share it with same license that I used (Or another free license that keeps this constraint). Is CC BY-SA okay? Or is ...
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Compliance issue with drools-compiler including Eclipse ECJ

We have an dependency to drools-compiler (Version 7.19.0.Final) in one of our microservices: // Drools Compiler :: https://mvnrepository.com/artifact/org.drools/drools-compiler libraryDependencies += &...
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When folks send me pull-requests on GitHub, what are their copyright/licensing terms by default?

Say I'm maintaining a GPLv3 project on GitHub with a LICENSE file, code headers and all. Now, a few folks made some code enhancements and sent me a pull-request. Does that automatically mean that they ...
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I accidentally released some of my code, on github, without a licence, what rights (if any) do others have with respect to it? [duplicate]

Also, I didn't disclaim any warranty (which is typically part of the license). Does that mean others can sue for damage? (In the BSD 2-clause license this looks like: "THIS SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED ...
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Open Source license for a software implementation of a game for which I don't own IP (on mechanics, design, ..)

I am implementing an online version of a card game. The author and publisher of the game owns the IP, evidently (e.g on mechanics and design). the game (mechanics) and the graphics are our ...
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Licensing of independent implementation of GPL language

Say I choose to implement an interpreter or compiler for an existing programming language whose (only) reference implementation is distributed under the GPL. If in doing so I do not derive any code ...
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What can I assume if a publicly published project has no license?

There is some code on GitHub that I would like to use. The repository has no public declaration of license that I can find. But this particular project has over 200 forks and is a pretty active ...
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Selling copy of GPL v3 app under another license [duplicate]

I want to create a library, that can be used for free in any open-source project, so I want to publish it under terms of GNU GPL v3. But, also I want to sell it, so it could be used in proprietary ...
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Copyright when creating a Dockerfile & image based on a FOSS-licensed project

There is an MIT-licensed project, FooSoftware, which I have done some work to make work in a Docker container [1]. I would like to publish that work so that others can use FooSoftware in Docker ...
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Using a free API which licensed “For personal / non-commercial projects” in website with banners

if using in a website a free API that has the following license: For personal / non-commercial projects. under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. https://...
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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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AGPL Code reading output from proprietary software

I have the following scenario, and will appreciate any advice on the licensing issues. THE SCENARIO I have Application A that is open source, and has an AGPLv3 licence. And I have Application B that ...
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MPL-2.0: Propagation of Section 3.2

Section 3.2 of MPL-2.0 states: If You distribute Covered Software in Executable Form then: (a) such Covered Software must also be made available in Source Code Form, as described in Section ...
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Licencing a software while working in an enterprise

I work for one of the 4 big consulting companies. I developed a software on my free time. It gained lot of attention, I was asked to register it as company asset. I guess there are plans to use/sell ...
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license - how to skip GPLv2 [closed]

Question: Consider we have a GPLv2 licensed project, If we try to charge a fee for any warranty which we provide (e.g. we will ask for a huge amount that no one will ever pay), then, can someone skip ...
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Showcasing vs Distributing code on public repository such as github

For context, I have couple repositories on github, some of which showcase solutions to course projects or homeworks, while others - are created "for fun" (for example implementation of tail command in ...
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I want to build a new ISO based on official Ubuntu 18.04 ISO, plus some propietary software. What do I have to open-source to comply with GPL2?

What if I do not own the proprietary software but I have been given permission to distribute it (will being able to open-source the build automation help? This would mean only someone with the correct ...
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What might be the licence for OpenAI model generated code snippets?

I saw an interesting video on computer-generated code snippets. The model has been trained on thousands of open source GitHub repositories. In the video, an AI model produced some small code ...
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Who owns contributed code?

So, I contribute to a few projects, but the code I contribute is from ideas for my own projects. So let's say I have Project A, and a competitor has Project B. I contribute code I wrote to Project B, ...
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Software license that has the condition to link back to the original

I want to license a project made by me. MIT License would be sufficient, but I want any future work to be linked back to the sourcecode. Similar to the MPL where you always have to link back to the ...
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How to use non LGPL resources inside a library that contains LGPL codes?

I have found a library that contains Arphic (1999) Public Licensed (says the author) image resources, generated by converting a Arphic (1999) Public Licensed Font into SVG and modifying the SVG code ...
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What legal considerations needs to be made for distributing a commercial/closed source software which utilizes LGPLv2 open source libraries?

I am developing a Java web application which utilizes Open source libraries with LGPLv2.0 and v2.1 libraries without any modification. For distributing this software commercially, what legal ...
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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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Can I charge expenses for a work under CC BY-NC-SA?

I have a 3d printer that I use to print some models. There is a model I like that is licensed in Creative Commons under the Attribution - Non-Commercial - Share Alike license. I am not sure what "...
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Proper licensing of commercial SW including open-source by the same author

I have written from scratch some SW that I want to publish as open-source in Github while being the only contributor. I want to publish it under AGPL license. At the same time I want to use the ...
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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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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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Is any license needed, to build an open-source forum / community? [closed]

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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Can I use (statically or dynamically linked) mingw-w64 runtime libraries for commercial purposes?

I'm planning to use mingw-w64 for commercial software and I'm looking for info about it's licensing. I was looking through licenses included in package and some discussions on forums and mailing lists ...
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What does “user-visible display” in RPL mean?

I do not quite understand what "user-visible display" in the following sentence in RPL (https://opensource.org/licenses/RPL-1.5) means: d. User-Visible Attribution. You must duplicate any notice ...
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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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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 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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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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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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