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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Multi level license attribution problem

Consider a scenario with three products. X, A and B: X belongs to my company and is not open source. A is also not open source, but they have free version and paid version with different licenses. B ...
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How to apply MIT license in the GitHub repo for fully free project?

I have a public repository for an open source project on GitHub. It's main goal is to make this code available to anybody (including myself) who may what to use it, for free, for all the time, with ...
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Can I open source a piece of software that I am already licensing to someone?

I have written a piece of software, which I am licensing to a company, moreover the license is exclusive in some specific fields of use. I am currently thinking about publishing the said piece of ...
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How does the FOSS exception for MySQL connectors apply to code written in PHP or Python?

I have looked all over and can't find clear answers to the following: If I write code in PHP or Python that uses GPL MySQL connectors for PHP or Python - which license applies to my code? That of PHP ...
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What license to use and how to handle copyright disclaimer?

I'm currently building a website for a small, local soccer club. I'm building it, based on a template of html5up.net/. As far as I know, their only requirement for doing so is that I give them credit. ...
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FFmpeg LGPL licence and embedded codecs

I want to use FFmpeg in commercial software using its LGPL licence without enabling the GPL add-on. However, the libavformat library allows decoding for a lot of codecs straight out of the box. These ...
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Javassit: What has to be distributed when using the pre-compiled .jar?

I am using Javassist within my free open-source project (Javassist is included as pre-built .jar file which has been downloaded from the Releases section on their page, no source code). I'm now ...
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Distribute virtual machine image with gpl code

I have developed a C++ tool and I am the full copyright owner of the code. However the tool is dynamically linked to a gpl library. The whole source code of the tool is hosted on a virtual machine. In ...
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How to read the license for EDSDK?

I'm wondering how much of the Canon SDK I am allowed to distribute with applications I build on top of it. Canon's SDK for remote operation of DSLR cameras (generally known as EDSDK) is free to ...
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How Does The AGPL Apply To Javascript Libraries?

I have a web app that I sell. It is a Java REST service with an AngularJS front end. I want to use a Javascript library that is licensed under the AGPL but I don't understand the implications or if ...
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Open Source Licence Reformulated [duplicate]

OK, Zizouz212 I will try to reformulate my question making it as clear as I can. I have a tool that is not open source but allows you to define plugins that have to follow a set of interfaces, all of ...
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How to deal with licences after forking a project?

I forked a project with an MIT license on GitHub: The MIT License (MIT) Copyright (c) 2012 Some Name Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software ...
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Remove BSD LICENSE file while importing code into GPL project

Can LICENSE file be removed from 3rd party BSD project that is merged with GPLed code? There are license headers in each file, but files will be modified, so BSD license in them will no longer be ...
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Licensing of 3rd party libraries

I'm using a 3rd party lib in Java which has the LGPL license. E.g. jasperreports (https://mvnrepository.com/artifact/net.sf.jasperreports/jasperreports/6.3.0). Which license is relevant for me as a ...
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When does a dependency imply a derivative work?

I'm building a program which gets certain info off the net, makes calculations, then sends the info to the net again. I don't program the 'taking off the net' and 'sending to the net' parts though; ...
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Do I own GPLv3 code that I wrote? [duplicate]

This is a hypothetical question, that has not happened, so please no advice. If I publish some code on GitHub with the GPLv3 license, then want to use that code in proprietary software that I will ...
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Am I infringing copyright if I use an improperly licensed project?

While answering this question, it was pointed out to me in the comments that software that is improperly licensed (in that case, by violating another license) causes its own license to be cancelled ...
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Can I use an alias instead of my full name when licensing my code? [duplicate]

On many (if not all) open source licenses there is a copyright notice which shows who the copyright holder is, e.g: Copyright (c) [year] [fullname] For legal reasons, do I actually have to include ...
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Release binary content under AGPL

I have a natural language processing model that I've compiled from several gigs of text data. The format of the model does not contain in itself any of the input copyrighted material, it has been ...
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Is Microsoft VS code really open source?

I have been using MS VS Code since a while now and I am I really loving it. Although the other day I was having a discussion regarding editors with my mentor where he pointed to me this. It's ...
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Is a CLA only useful for copyleft licensed?

Is it useful to have a CLA when you e.g. use an MIT license for your project? I am just asking this, because when you use the MIT license you are already granted to sublicense it, so is a CLA ...
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Should a software product license cover third party content included in it

I am distributing a free, closed source Java application which includes some unmodified third party jar files in the package (under a lib folder). These third party jar files follow one of BSD2, ...
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Dynamic linking, bundling, and GPL

I have a code that is dynamically linked to a GPL library. When I distribute my code in binary form, I do not distribute it with the GPL library, and provide instruction for the user to acquire this ...
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Using a GNU licensed software to make new software to be sold

I have been researching the GNU and GPL licenses and I can't find a straight answer to a question I have. If you are going to use a Programming IDE that is distributed under a GNU GPL does the ...
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Cases of license applicability to previous/next versions

If I'm getting this whole thing right, each time I'm changing something in a published licensed project, I'm licensing it independently from any other edition of it. Each version/commit from legal ...
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Is every project using a Json licensed library forced to add “use it for good, not evil” statement to its license?

The Json license has an appendix where it says: The Software shall be used for Good, not Evil. If I want to use a library with the Json license am I forced to add this quote to my license? ...
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Can I use Android SDK binary in a framework I develop?

Me and several collegues of mine are working on open sourced framework (licensed under GPL) in the mobile field. Our code depends on the Android SDK. Looking into the license of the SDK itself you ...
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Licensing under “version X or later”

Is it a GPL-only thing or can I use this formulation with any license, like "MPL 2 or later"? Does it mean that in case versions 1, 2 & 3 of license are available, "version 1 or later" effectively ...
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Do unlicensed commits to a project acquire an open source license?

I have recently created a small project and pushed it to GitHub. I now plan on applying an open-source license. Once I choose a license and commit it to the project, are the older versions subjected ...
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How can I forbid shady resale practices?

From time to time, I come across a website that is clearly selling my MIT-licensed, FOSS project verbatim to unsuspecting buyers under an alternative name. Of course, they do not acknowledge the fact ...
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Choosing a license based on conditions or an extensible license

I have several open source projects and now I really got to a question of choosing a license. They all are somewhat licensed, but in a noob way. I don't think I'll find something meeting all of the ...
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Practical implications of using bsd licensed code

Up to now, I've mainly been programming for fun projects on a small scale. Now I am planning the release of a larger iOS application in which I use BSD licensed code. I've know this is one of the ...
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What license to use on a package containing MIT, Boostv1, and public domain?

I have written an R package whose source code requires several libraries, whose source is therefore included in the package. These libraries are licensed Boostv1, MIT-style, and public domain. I am ...
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Monogame mobile licensing with xamarin studio

I'm a bit confused on the licensing for Xamarin Studio and Monogame and Xamarin. If I develop a game in Xamarin Studio using Monogame and want to release it for iOS and Android which uses Xamarin can ...
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Proper way of mentioning credits to other open source tools used in my application

I am planning to publish an open source tool at github under MIT license. This tool itself uses another tool published at codeplex under Ms-Pl license. What is the proper way of giving appropriate ...
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Encouraging a piece of software to be used ethically

Software is a double edged sword. Is there a way to add a clause to encourage ethical use or a licence that exists in this respect? My concerns are in terms of avoiding harm to someone.
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Including 3rd party libraries in my code

My question is regarding the legal aspect of including free open source 3rd party libraries in my commercial software. As an example, I have used the c# library MySqlBackup.NET to be able to backup ...
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How can I structure my program to honor the AGPL and a proprietary license scheme?

I am writing an HTML5/JavaScript app (A) with a closed-source license, into which I wish to import data from third-party program (B). I wrote a library to read (B)'s data files, but as it is a ...
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What is the point of including the MIT copyright text if you use someone's code licensed under MIT?

I'm confused as to what this license really means. Say I have a large piece of software I plan on selling and keeping closed source. It makes use of several small resources that are under the MIT ...
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Can source code that is intended to be used with something with a restrictive license, still be licensed anyway the author wants?

If you make something that is to be used by something with a restrictive license (but not actually included in your work) can your work still have any license? This question asks about restrictive ...
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Is there a one-stop guide to choose a licence? [closed]

Do you know of a guide that walks you through the choosing of a licence?
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Are licenses irrevocable by default?

I've noticed that some FOSS licenses explicitly mention that they are irrevocable (as long as their conditions are met) and others are silent on this point. Does this matter? Are the licenses that don'...
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Would the Oracle v. Google lawsuit imply that any API can be re-implemented, including hardware CPU ISAs? [closed]

EDIT: this was migrated to: https://law.stackexchange.com/questions/10945/would-the-oracle-v-google-lawsuit-imply-that-any-api-can-be-re-implemented-inc I understood that the lawsuit implies that ...
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Can I use/distribute LGPL command line software in mine that isn't LGPL?

I've developed a little software that use FFmpeg in command line mode. To further clarify: My software launch several times ffmpeg.exe that is stored inside the same folder as my .exe. User never ...
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Why do almost all open source licenses require attribution?

Almost all popular open source licenses require derivative works to give attribution to the original author(s). The only exceptions I'm aware of are the nearly-public-domains ones (CC0, WTFPL, ...
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Referencing nuget packages that are licensed under the Apache 2.0 license?

I created my first open-source project a few weeks ago. I have never done anything like that and have no idea, how to license and how to use licensed stuff. I researched a bit and found that it would ...
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Should project analysis documents be packaged along with software?

Analysis documents can be useful to see how a project has been designed from a more abstract point of view. However, would there be any potential downsides on packaging these along with some software ...
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Under what conditions can someone dual licence existing works?

When software is diffused under an open-source licence I imagine that a project becomes the "intellectual property" of the community. However, I'm not clear about this answer in that an author agrees ...
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Are there maven-plugins with licenses that prevent their use in open source projects?

Are there maven-plugins that should not be used in opensource projects? Because their license restricts that Because they add code ... In other words: Is it save to ignore the plugins when looking ...
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Does the license of a released product / artifact change with the content of a webpage?

Many products / artifacts point to a webpage to declare their license. e.g. http://www.antlr.org/license.html. The content of the webpage can change at any time. Does that mean that already published ...