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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Distributing a .NET Core project under GPL

Although the source code of the most .NET Core components is licensed under a MIT License, the binary files of the .NET Core runtime and other supporting libraries on NuGet are released under a more ...
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What if somebody removed my name from MIT license

Case: I developed a software and uploaded it to Github with MIT license. To apply the license, I created a LICENSE file with MIT license preamble (as mentioned in choosealicense.com) Somebody cloned(...
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Can I show a GNU GPL licensed software in a TV movie?

Am I allowed to show the interface of a GNU GPL licensed piece of software being used in a TV movie? I'm not in the US, so "fair use" and similar applications do not apply unfortunately.
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What's Android license? (If it's not free)

I was wondering since the Linux kernel in Android is under a free license while the other software is under Apache license. In which license we can say Android is? Also, according to the GNU project ...
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symfony-standard is an app skeleton, can I change/remove LICENSE?

I am wondering about copyright matters on projects built using an MIT-licensed project skeleton. The symfony-standard contains a MIT license but obviously, at the end of a proprietary project, this ...
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What is defined as trivial code when licensing a project

I am creating a project I am thinking about open sourcing but I am concerned about the licensing issue of what exactly is trivial code. I am concerned because if I did not know how to do something I ...
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Using older versions of licenses in new projects

When creating a new project today, am I allowed to license my software using the older version of licenses such as GPLv2 (vs. GPLv3), or BSD 4 clause (vs BSD 3 clause). OR Am I only allowed to use ...
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Do packages listed in a package.json file need to be documented individually?

I am trying to understand the general clause contained in most licenses that reads as follows The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial ...
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Do I need to license a Jupyter Notebook that uses a forked AGPL library?

I used an AGPL-licensed library for a data study, and am hoping to release and link to a Jupyter Notebook with my methodology. I was hoping to learn what license, if any, I would need to include with ...
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Licensing of configuration files that are technically code

I have created a piece of software that I have chosen to license under the GPL. Its configuration is technically also code. Are any run-time configuration files also licensed under GPL? Do I have to ...
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Can I license a program containing data from a video game?

Let's say I want to release a program, written in Java, that is a sort of encyclopedia containing data about a game. This program would contain images from the game, obtained via screenshot, and some ...
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Of the differences between the GPLv3 and the AGPLv3 texts: what to make of them?

When I review a side-by-side diff of the GPLv3 and the AGPLv3 the only significant change seems to me to be this addition in the section 13 of the AGPLv3: Notwithstanding any other provision of ...
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Am I allowed to modify CameraSource.Builder of Android vision package?

I am trying to build my custom library for eye detection, tracking, blinking, smile etc. I am using below open samples instead of reinventing the wheel. GooglyEyesActivity CameraSource The ...
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Linux Licensing Questions

How do some real time vendors license Linux when it is already open source? I have had a hard time finding licensing models for companies/distributions like Wind River Linux and RedHawk Linux.
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What is the proper etiquette for modifying a repo, then publishing it for an unrelated use?

I have cloned electron-quick-start, which is licensed as CC0 1.0 (Public Domain). It's purpose is to help new users to learn Electron. I used it as a scaffolding to make a utility app that I'm using ...
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Does an OpenSaaS company need to mention which software they are using for it?

I want to start an OpenSaaS software company for a software say WordPress. Something like Wordpress.com. Do I need to mention which software is being used behind the site, and what are the other ...
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Licensing a wrapper library

For the current open source I'm working on I need to create a Python package (that I'll be using as dependency) that wrap an existing C++ library released using Boost license. I'll be shipping this ...
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AGPLv3 source redistribution: when does it apply to my code for a server-side Java app using an AGPL-licensed library?

I have written a Java program designed to run server-side with a plain HTML web interface: My app is based based on Apache Tomcat and I wrote a bunch of servlets. I am reusing and I have integrated ...
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GitHub with temporary code under 'GNU General Public License'

I am writing a software project, and have created a repository for it on GitHub for backup reasons (I don't actually want to publish it). I began doing a little refactoring, and as an experiment ...
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Can XenServer really be treated as open source software?

I was wondering whether or not XenServer is truly open source. The project has seen quite some back and forth in its history. It was first released in 2006 as a proprietary extension of the Xen ...
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Is there an open source/free license that allows for restrictions on academic usage?

I study CS at university and obviously do a lot of programming for my course. I'd like to be able to release my source code to show employers and such, but the university is understandably concerned ...
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OSL v3.0 - Can I sell my software based on OSL v3.0 code source?

Can I sell my software based on OSL v3.0 code source? Can I open the source code only for my customers? Can I limit the my changes to original source code, that is, a customer can't sell, modify or ...
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Do programmers use licenses properly?

First of all you need to know, that I've made a research on Internet and I've read dozens of topics. Moreover I asked another programmers about this issue. I still don't know what to do. The problem ...
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A licence that lets anyone do anything! Except patent

I have been searching for an open source license to use for my project. There are many little things i would like to have but only one thing that truly matters - I don't want anyone to use my projects ...
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How to manage source code if there are doubts about the licence?

Even if the subject involves the MIT licence, my question is not strictly limited to that license. Working for a private company, I found in their private repository some projects apparently licensed ...
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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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Why use licenses? Why not release open source code to public domain?

Why do most open source projects use licenses instead of simply releasing the code into the public domain?
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GNU Lesser GPL with additional requirement for customer reference

I am planning to release a software under GNU Lesser GPL (not sure yet if v2 or v3 should be used). But I would also like to state a requirement that whenever my software is used commercially the ...
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Plagiarism? What are the requirements to Modeling/adapting published research for software development? [closed]

I would like to create a suite of software tools (for commercial use) to be used by medical professionals in their daily practice. This will require that I utilize information published in medical ...
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Open sourcing code derived from a book

I decided to write a compiler as a learning experiment. I first started by following some random tutorials here and there and built something that I called by naive implementation. (Since there's a ...
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Who is responsible for code being in the public domain?

Recently, I wanted a certain functionality that can be difficult to implement due to many special cases and subtle details in technical specifications. So I did a websearch and quickly found existing ...
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Can an interpreted program be under any license without restricted by its GPL'ed run-time environment?

If I write a run-time environment based on some GPL'ed libraries and separately write an program interpreter which is passively used by the run-time environment, can a program (which is intended to be ...
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Can I sell my primitive material which is intended to be processed in a factory software under GPL?

If I develop a parametric 3D mesh creation tool and license it under GPL (because it is dependent on some geometry libraries also under GPL), can I sell 3D mesh data for use with the tool and would ...
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Distributing App for free which uses GPL'ed code

Here is the one of the many (confusing) cases related to GPLv2/3 licensing: My company is developing an application for mobiles which will connect to servers and provide services to users. So, here'...
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How to apply the MIT License to a program including its embedded resource data?

I would like to apply the MIT License to all artifacts of an open source software project, i.e. its full source code, but also its resource data such as graphics or localized string lists that are ...
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Obtaining MIT licence for own plugin

I wrote a simple plugin in JavaScript and I want to put it on GitHub for people to download and use it freely. I saw many people include MIT licence in a file. How can I obtain the MIT licence? Do I ...
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How open or proprietary are the various PBX systems?

Is the following situation with FreePBX standard for VoIP? Why Not Use FreePBX 13? Glad you asked. Despite the freepbx.org facelift1 and the eternal message that “The ‘Free’ Stands for Freedom,”...
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Licence issues using ContentTools WYSIWYG editor

We have been searching for a Html editor for couple of days, we have visited some editors too, but nothing fits our requirement, and then someone suggested us to use ContentTools WYSIWYG editor, which ...
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How can I use an MIT license for code but protect the copyright of photos in my repository?

My project is a fork of a project that comes with the MIT license and nobody wants to change the license that applies to the software. However, some of the content that is also stored on GitHub is not ...
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Is it appropriate to use open source license with Matlab code?

Since Matlab itself is not open source (commercial software and Matlab language can only be used within the Matlab environment), is it OK to put my Matlab code on github under open source license, e.g....
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Copyright unitl the “present” year in BSD license?

I have the following line in my BSD (new, 2 clause) open-source code: // Copyright (c) 2003-present, Jodd Team (http://jodd.org) Previously, I've used a real year (e.g. 2003-2014). However, updating ...
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how did Elastix move from GPL to proprietary?

I'm just scratching the surface for VoIP with Elastix. I notice that Elastix 2.x is "open source" but 5.x is proprietary? Looking into licensing from the manual on Elastix brings: http://www.3cx....
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Can I sell my project using GNU GPL v3?

At first, I always developed commercial projects only, so I bad know GNU licenses. Now, I want to make my library available for other developers. And maybe to find co-developers. So, I chosen GNU GPL ...
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Open-source license to prevent commercial use?

I could really use some help picking the right license for my project. The project is already released on github under the GPLv3 license but I have been made aware that this prevents uses that I want ...
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Can we use principles from a book to create an application? [closed]

I've read this book that has tips on how to live healthy. Forget the fact that there are many like it out there, that's not the point, and it's not about specific book. Now I am just curious how does ...
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Is Java for server runtimes like JBoss EAP / Wildfly still free to use?

With Oracle starting to collect license fees from different customers for using Java SE I've asked myself if the usage with a server runtime is still free. I'm no lawyer and all these licenses are ...
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What kind of license to issue for themes development? [closed]

We are a team of Web Developer and Graphics designer and work on Website themes for Ragnarok Online. Our designer use characters, backgrounds from other sources eg;google etc like other graphics ...
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GPL library in an open source plugin in an open source application using a commercial plugin

I have developed an application, a commercial plugin, and an open source plugin, each part distributed separately. The application dynamically loads each plugin, and function calls are bidirectional. ...
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Can I edit software under GNU Lesser GPL for my paid app [duplicate]

I'm building a chat bot based on Alice AIML set providing here: https://code.google.com/archive/p/aiml-en-us-foundation-alice/ I'm planning to edit this AIML set and expand it by adding new phrases. ...
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BSD-3 Closed Source Attribution

I'm having some confusion with the BSD-3 license language. I am going to close source a bsd-3 project and make modifications to it. I will not be redistributing the code. It will be used as a SaaS. ...

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