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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GNU GPL Licensing

We are planning to use an Open Source GNU GPL License software for distribution also with the hardware we sell. We will make several changes to GP, software to make it work with our device and are ok ...
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License information included with distributable PyInstaller binary

I'm trying to find information on which license information I should include in the About section of my application that I build with PyInstaller and distribute in binary form. I've already included ...
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For applications using the paid/community model, why not just fork?

Some applications made by commercial companies employ a paid/community model for their software, meaning that you can use the open-source "community" version with less features, or you can purchase a ...
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Creating Public Domain CC0 project that uses plugins/libraries with different licenses

I work for a city and want to start releasing our projects with CC0 Public Domain license. However, if we use other bits of code (dc.js, jquery, plugins for leaflet.js, etc) that are not CC0, is that ...
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How to disclose source of a software with mozilla public licence?

I am distributing the binary of a software that I derived from a MPL-licensed source. I only reskinned the software. How do I conform to my obligations regarding redistribution of source code? Can I ...
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Is it legal to use code from Microsoft Knowledge Base Article in an open source software?

In an open-source software project, GPL2 or 3, is it legal to use code snippets from Microsoft Knowledge Base articles - the ones that used to be called something like Q1234567, nowadays called just ...
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Common licencing types [closed]

I'm an independent software developer and thus have little to no knowledge about licenses or general software law. Could someone list the most common licenses and what they mean in layman's therms.
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GPL3 project with EPL library

I am making an opensource project and I would like to cover it with the GPL3 license. I also plan to use a library that is released under EPL license (https://github.com/forge/roaster). Is this ...
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Flutter licence and involved dependencies

My company is very sensitive about using open source software. A small team started to group licences in three categories: green, yellow, red. Flutter is a library to create native apps for ios and ...
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Is it legal to monetize from someone else's software?

I was wondering if I copy someone else's software and make some design changes and try to make money from it. Is it legal? Which licenses provides a facility for that?
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Can I use non-gpl library in GPL2 application?

I have my own GPLv2 licensed application. It uses GPLv2 library (it has many authors, including me). In addition, I link to my application another proprietary library (I am the only author) in which I ...
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How to protect a web game with open-sourced code?

We (as in "a bunch of friends") are creating a text-based RPG online game. For sake of simplicity let's end it at that. We want to build it using open-source tools and technologies and we are fine ...
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Can a SaaS product by successfully developed as Open Source?

The accepted answer on How can large open source projects be monetized? mentions open source SaaS. Once you are successful enough in one of the above, you can afford giving away your software for ...
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Any steps required to satify OFL/UFL license terms for a font embedded in an (possibly DRM-protected) e-book (e.g., epub file)?

I'm seeing a range of possibilities here. E.g.,[0] Nothing special needs to be done, based on [1] (and UFL being close to OFL), [2], and an opinion stated under Use an Open Font[3]. Perhaps such font ...
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webservice using source code under apache 2.0 license

Question is: I have developed a software which extends an open source project licensed under the Apache 2.0 license. The original open source project has been bought from another company which gave me ...
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Hardware with GPL firmware

I would like to know if selling a hardware product which runs a firmware is considered as conveying that firmware. For example, if I want to use a GPLv3 library statically linked with my own code, I ...
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I am using a MIT licensed module in a closed source project. What are my obligations?

I am using diverse module under the MIT license in my project. The project consist of a webserver, which will be closed source, commercial, and will not be distributed. As I understand the MIT ...
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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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AGPL v3 licensing: How does external party determine if modifications were made?

When using an AGPL v3 licensed software within a public-facing web application hosted on a private server, you are obligated (section 13) to share your code if you modify the original AGPL code. Many ...
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Java and AGPL 3: how far does license extend into web app?

I want to use a java library released by someone else having an AGPL3 license. I'm not modifying their library, but I do link to it using import com.theirlibrary.methodABC; in one of my java classes ...
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I want to release my software as open-source but prevent people from competing with my SaaS solution. Which license should I pick?

I'm finishing a web application and I want to release it as open-source. Here are my terms: You cannot compete with my SaaS/Cloud solution. You are able to use the software, even commercially, for ...
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Is external code review re-distribution of software

I have heavily modified GPLv3 software running on my system. If hire someone external for code-reviewed, will this be automatically a re-distribution of software? Hence I would need to provide the ...
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GPL (v2) License Compliance Question

Customers will often pay me to setup a website for them which occasionally involves using themes from Themeforest which are GPL Licensed. 1) Reselling Can I "Resell" the Theme to this customer in ...
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Do I need to provide build/install instructions for LGPL-2.1 or AGPL-3.0 licensed libraries?

We have a Java project which uses a couple of libraries licensed by LGPL-2.1 and uses MongoDB which is licensed by AGPL-3.0 as its database. We don't modify any of them. Our legal team claims we ...
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Free Art License Proper Method Of Attribution For An Image

I am working on an (as of yet) small project, a wallpaper generator that overlays SVG images like stencils on solid backgrounds, and I am unsure of how to properly go about licensing the art (largely ...
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Dynamic linking LGPL library and licensing in Windows Store app

I've a project in which I would like to use an LGPL licensed library, in this case FFmpeg without changes. I've run through questions and answers regarding LGPL in commercial products with conclusion ...
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GPL - is it distribution to use libraries in an appliance loaned to customers?

Let's say there is a hardware appliance which a company would like to rent out to customers for use e.g. during trade fairs. The appliance is fed image data, analyses it and displays the results on-...
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Freedom 0 licencing issue

"Free Software Definition" says that that a piece of software can be classified as free if it meets The Four Freedoms. The first of these is: The freedom to run the program as you wish, for any ...
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How am I supposed to distribute the file licensed under this license?

I'm making a game in that requires the CSFML libraries. I've downloaded the libraries from: http://dsfml.com/downloads.html I can't understand these things, the license doesn't explain much: I ...
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How to fulfill the conditions of the MIT license for a code contribution [duplicate]

If I have a project licensed under the MIT License, and I find a snippet of code I want to integrate into my project, also licensed under MIT, how do I fulfill the conditions of the project the ...
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Can the license of a work with open source license be revoked? [duplicate]

Say I have a work released under a FOSS license, can I revoke this FOSS license and release the work under some proprietary license? If yes, what happens to copies of work already under circulation ...
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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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