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 a “zlib like” license

I am looking at using this nodejs package and it is labelled as "zlib like" with no further information. What, if any, are the implications of the license being zlib like?
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Bumptech glide licensing

I'm using bumptech/glide for loading images in my app. After reading the License i saw that most of the library was licensed under the Apache License except for the AnimatedGifEncoder. License for ...
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Legally, is getting a js file from a server the same as installing npm package?

I'm working on a (most possibly) proprietary front-end React app for my company. We use this npm package as a plugin for TinyMce editor. Turns out, it has GPL v3 license, which isn't allowed as per ...
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What happens when a MIT licensed project uses Apache 2.0 drivers to connect to GPLv3 databases?

I'm working on a SaaS medical research startup project with a MIT license. The goal is for the source to be open (because then customers can help improve it and find bugs), and end-users who want to ...
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Does using a WebAssembly compiled GPL library require calling application to be GPL?

Specifically, I'm thinking of taking the libraries that squoosh.app (source) uses internally (imagequant, optipng, etc) and break them up into an image optimization webassemby set of libraries that ...
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What are the license obligations if just importing licensed code without modifying/distributing it

I plan open source some python script files which import from NumPy (BSD license), scikit-learn (New BSD License) and Keras (MIT license). However, I do not modify and/or redistribute (parts of the) ...
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How to best indicate license of source code and copying terms of binary when multiple licenses are involved?

Suppose I have some open source project which makes use of both GPL and MIT licensed components. The source code of my project is also MIT licensed (not copyleft). What is the right way to indicate ...
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License of QtCore in Qt 5.6: LGPL v2.1 or LGPL v3?

In the headers of QtCore 5.6 it says: -- clip -- ** GNU Lesser General Public License Usage ** Alternatively, this file may be used under the terms of the GNU Lesser ** General Public License ...
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Copyright notice in the binaries of a library

I'm building a library that is based on a modified version of an already existing source released under the GPLv2 license. I'm modifying each files of the original project to adapt it to my needs, ...
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Should one reference a source library under MIT license if a code was grabed out of it and was changed

a library that depends on jquery was created. After that, a version where all dependant calls were replaced with original jquery code. Most parts of such code were removed as redundant. Should be ...
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Using Material Design icons in commercial software

I want to use Material Design icons provided by Google in my web app. According Apache License I guess I must mention the author. How should I do it? a) Write into footer something like: "All icons ...
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Using AGPL version 3 code in a chrome extension that is part of a SaaS project

I was thinking of building a chrome extension using some open source code licensed under AGPL version 3 for one of my projects. I have modified the original source code quite heavily, and am fine with ...
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ZHST_IMS_Package license issue

The ZHST_IMS_Package 1.0.0 was installed through Application insights nugget packages. As part of black duck scan found this has issue with license and reported as "License Not Found". I found this ...
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Qt's open source license (GPL or LGPL)

Ive been reading about Qt and its licensing and ive come across this part: Qt is available under different licensing options designed to accommodate the needs of our various users: Qt ...
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Copyleft license that explicitly disallows monetisation [duplicate]

I plan to open source a full-stack project (hardware schematics + firmware). I want to find a way of open sourcing it with a copyleft-style license that allows anyone to use, modify, and redistribute ...
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How to address common FOS license problems? - About creditstealing and ruthless cashcowing

I am a hobbyist software developer and had some disputes with a group of passionate FOSS proponents. Although they didn't manage to convince me, It made me think about what the issues with FOSS ...
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Implications of powershell usage on Linux

Looking, in particular, at: PowerShell 6.0 Linux Administration Cookbook Prashanth Jayaram, Ram Iyer November 30, 2018 566 pages I just want to go in eyes-open, knowing any pitfalls of the ...
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What's the correct way to include licence for part of the code from another project

Let's say I have an open source project (Apache2) And I only take one function from another project which is also open sourced under MIT/Apache2 license, and put it together with my code in a single ...
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License for JSON database that prevents proprietary use

I'm building a database consisting of large JSON files, based on sources that are licensed under the public domain or CC-BY. I would like this database to remain open but I would also like to prevent ...
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Copyright of scientific figures

Hope this question fit well in this community. Suppose that I create a scientific figure using some programs, e.g., Matlab/Python from some data. However, the programs script for generating the data ...
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What licensing should I include or consider if I am building a program in Python and a range of PyPi libraries?

The program I am building for our production system relies heavily and Python and a few libraries such as pandas, flask, jupyter and pillow. I have observed that the licensing tied to them are mainly ...
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Why does Creative Commons recommend not using CC-BY licenses for software?

The FAQ on the Creative Commons website states: Can I apply a Creative Commons license to software? We recommend against using Creative Commons licenses for software. Instead, we strongly ...
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Placement of Licensing in Apple Sample Code - Swift

I was going through a tutorial on Apple/Swift and they show a sample project which they offer users to download. On the Swift file, they show: /* See LICENSE folder for this sample's licensing ...
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Is Java (JRE) still free for commercial use?

United States here. I have a client that I would like to build a small suite of Java 8+ applications for to be installed on their office desktops and servers. This requires the Java Runtime ...
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Debian packaging … is licensed under the GPL version 3 in copyrights file

On Ubuntu I see for many packages copyright file under /usr/share/doc/%PKG_NAME%/. In the file of some of those packages, I see the following at the end of the file (protobuf, which looks like BSD (...
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Is Microsoft.AnalysisServices.Tabular nuget package free or not?

I want to use nuget package with three .dll libraries https://www.nuget.org/packages/Microsoft.AnalysisServices.Tabular/13.0.2150.2. It seems to be just additional pack to .net framework and doesn't ...
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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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Using Oracle VirtualBox Base Package for Commercial Applications

The VirtualBox Base Package is licensed under the GNU General Public License, version 2. My company is distributing software that runs on an Ubuntu system within a VirtualBox VM. We have not modified ...
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Can Apple require users to accept the Xcode/iOS license to use git?

After launching an upgrade of XCode on a MacOS Sierra, calling git in a terminal suprisingly results in: $ git Agreeing to the Xcode/iOS license requires admin privileges, please re-run as root via ...
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Are there any established licenses that encourage users of my projects to give back?

For my open-source projects, I have to rely on the users to send back bug reports, tell me which features they need, etc. I’d love to encourage all users to make a good-faith effort to do this via the ...
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Modifying software with Apache 2.0 License

I have a library I wanted to use: https://github.com/yodle/docker-registry-client Unfortunately, it's dead (Last PR merged in 2017), and there are bugs that I need to be fixed. There's maybe 2-3 ...
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Licence of open source software re-implementation

I'm rewriting/reimplementing an open source program/library and need to know about my options for licensing. I'm asking about software rewrites/reimplementations generally and specifically about my ...
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Can I use dual license for a python package which uses library with GPL license?

I have created a python package with several files and directories out of which only one particular module requires a library (PyQt) with GPL license. Since GPL license of the used library puts a ...
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If I use a public API endpoint that has its source code licensed under AGPL in my app, do I need to disclose my source?

If there's a public API server that has it's source code licensed with AGPL, and if I make an app that uses these public endpoints in some part of it, (entire application doesn't necessarily depend on ...
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Copying vs referencing

Over in Is code made from the documentation a derivative work it was asked if code made from licensed documentation constitutes derivative works, and thus license restrictions. It seems the answer is ...
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What is coherent open source?

What is "coherent" open source? How is it different from other forms of open source?
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Is code made from the documentation a derivative work

Ansible is licensed under the GPL 3.0, they provide a wonderful collection of documentation for most every bit of the software. For instance the copy module can be seen on their documentation page: ...
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Can I use a Apache v2 licensed driver for a commercial project without revealing sources of the project?

I am building a project that will be commercialised. One of the library I use is licensed under Apache v2. To my understanding, if I modify the library, I need to give the source of the library with ...
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How to properly assemble NOTICE file for new software under Apache License 2.0

Apache provides NOTICE boilerplate for a new software projects which are going to be released under this license. I'm going to release my project under that license, so it actually doesn't contain any ...
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Can I release an Excel Workbook with VBA code under the GPL v3?

This is my first foray into the open source world. I've got a Microsoft Excel workbook that I have some custom VBA modules in that I want to distribute under the GPL v3. I can't find much discussion ...
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Why is this text usually uppercase in licenses? [duplicate]

Many FLOSS licenses contain a variant of the following text: THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF ...
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GitHub source to npm js module set author correctly

I use Arboreal library in my new project, I am made some changes and now working to change it to npm module and use Grunt, because it not available from npm. But I have a problem, when I start ...
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How does an LGPLv3 dependency affect an application when sharing the dependent application with others?

Suppose a developer named Peter has an application named AppMIT licensed MIT that has a dependancy on Tony's library named LibLGPL licensed LGPLv3. Please help me understand if the cases below are ...
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Which license to use LGPL-3.0, MPL-2.0 or AGPL-3.0 for a library that manages files locally?

I'm open-sourcing a library that tries to make managing local files easier by enabling full text search, encryption, corruption handling & remote transfer/distribution of files. What license to ...
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Recommended license for small script without an attribution clause?

I'm interested in publishing a small script of mine with effectively no conditions, including attribution. What's the best license to accomplish this? It looks like the most popular options are: CC0 /...
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What if your repository history infringes a license? [duplicate]

I came across this question which answers what should be done if you find that your open source project infringes a license. One of the answers states it's ok to simply remove the infringing code. ...
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Can I redistribute node.exe in my commercial Application's Installer?

I want to use node.exe and a very simple Javascript that essentially uses only the net module for some functionality in my product. I don't need anything else. I know electron and other frameworks are ...
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I put someone else's name in MIT license by mistake and then changed it back to my name. The other person is insisting I keep their name on it

I made an open-source blog theme(template) based on Hugo's static web page generator. This is my first step to the open-source world. So I didn't know much about license things. I copied and pasted ...
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Implications of using GPL licenced code only during testing

Let's say I'm working on a software library in which certain unit tests rely on GPL licensed code but the code that a user of this library would install on their system does not interact with GPL ...
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Does using libraries under LGPL in my product limit my choice on how to license it?

I am developing a product that links to a number of LGPL (or compatible) licensed libraries. The product itself is a creator tool for intellectual property work of its users. The LGPL libraries are ...

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