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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How much is “substantial portion” in MIT licence?

MIT license says: The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software. How much is that substantial portion? For ...
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Can I change the license of a GPL derived work to be more restrictive regarding version upgrades?

Specifically, the GPLv2. The creator of a work can allow people to upgrade to a higher GPL version: (emphasis mine) This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under ...
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Openbravo ERP is Open source erp? [closed]

I want to deploy Openbravo erp in some companies, but I am confused about it. That ERP software opensource or licencee.
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Software licence to limit use/modification of parts of open-source code?

Is there any software licence (GNU, MIT Apache etc.) that could be readily used or modified to allow to impose limitations of the specific use/modification of parts of a source code that otherwise is ...
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What license should I use for an app released under my employer's account?

My company is offering an Amazon Echo and and Amazon gift card for employees who develop a Skill. There are some requirements with it. It must be completed during personal time (the learning and ...
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MIT license and “All rights reserved.”?

I recently saw something like this: Copyright (c) Some Corporation All rights reserved. MIT License ... And then the MIT license follows. Now, from what I know the MIT license is one of the most ...
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Are fonts considered software? [closed]

Are all fonts considered software, or does it depend on the font? What sort of licences do and don't make sense for fonts?
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Does using Stanford NER in a website count as distributing it?

I'm working for a company that stores millions of newspapers articles. Subscribers can log on our site and make queries. Our search engine returns articles that match the queries. I know that in ...
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What's “no longer necessary” about parts of BSD-3?

I've read that the BSD-2 or "Simplified BSD" software license removes from the BSD-3 "some language that is no longer necessary". Looking at the difference between these two licenses, it appears that ...
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CC Licence and Automatically Retrieving Linked Content from a Source

I was reading this topic about users posting content to a community and not having the right to "take it down" later on. It got me to thinking about communities which might have a system to ...
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If a project is forked and its license is changed, which license should be followed?

We have seen a lot of open source project on GitHub. But what would happen if someone fork a project and modify & improve from it? For example, if an original open source project creator states ...
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Distribution of open source software between different legal entities

At the company I work for we are developing an app for use within the company. The company consists of numerous branches across the world, all other legal entities. For testing we would like to send a ...
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Can you reuse a project's name, if the project is MIT licensed?

Can you fork a MIT licensed project, discard the code, and keep only the name? Say I wanted to piggyback on top of a popular MIT licensed project name for marketing purposes, but not use any of its ...
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How can I protect my advanced version based on my open source project?

I have developed an open source project, and people can get the community version from Github. But I also want some customers to buy an advanced version based on the open source project, the advanced ...
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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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What license options do I have for licensing ported source code?

If, I port Ruby on Rails (licensed under MIT) from Ruby to Java what license options do I have? Would I have to use MIT or a compatible license?
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How do I license an open source application that uses closed source libraries?

I'm not sure if this is the right place for this question since the software I'm developing isn't completely open source, but here goes. Long story short (and for context), I'm a member of a not-for-...
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Licensing a project which is still under development

As the title suggests I'm a bit confused when it comes to licencing in the middle of development. Say the following situation (for the sake of argument I'm the only contributor): I make a project ...
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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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Why is CC BY-SA discouraged for code?

Everybody knows that you shouldn't use a CC BY-SA license on your code. Even the Creative Commons folk recommend against it. What I don't know or understand is why. I can't seem to find any ...
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Why are you obliged to comply with the license of an anonymous project?

Is there any point in complying with the licence which comes with a project published anonymously (like the initial Bitcoin source code)? If so, in case of breaking the rules of your license, who has ...
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Can I preserve exceptions in GPL 3?

GPL 3 allows adding additional clauses, such as exceptions, as long as such exceptions grant additional privileges. But if I distribute software under GPL 3 with exceptions, are those exceptions ...
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If I'm using a GPL 3 library in my project, can I license my project under MIT license?

If I'm using a library that is licensed under GPL v3 in my project, can I license my project under the MIT license? I tried to read the GPL v3 text but I cannot understand it without your assistance.
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Am I free to distribute a software for a file format that was reverse engineered?

The scenario is the following: a proprietary software can save files in its own file format. I want to build a free/open-source software capable of decoding those files for further processing. Given ...
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Is it OK to remove the license terms for a code snippet?

A while ago, I encountered an edit suggestion on Stack Overflow. The OP had posted a snippet that was under the GPL, and included the GPL in the snippet. The editor tried to remove the GPL as it was ...
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What should be written in MIT license (year, full name)?

I am creating an open source project and I want to use an MIT license for that. I have found this page: http://choosealicense.com/licenses/mit/ What should I write under "full name"? Should the group ...
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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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Should I send attribution/copyright notes to a client over a server?

I know that when I use MIT projects, I have to include the license text of that author. But when I use that stuff on the server-side should I render/send it to the client of the server? Should I put ...
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Do I have to disclose the source code of a Linux Driver I have not developed?

A 3rd-party Hardware manufacturing company is willing to sell me a Linux Driver for one of their products. The third-party company claims that the Linux Driver is derivative work of the driver they ...
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How can a “crayon” license be a problem?

Bruce Perens (co-founder of OSI) has coined the term "crayon license": I've been calling these "crayon licenses", taking a line from an old Monty Python sketch about a dog license with the word "...
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Is aviary free for commercial use? [closed]

I found a piece of software I would like to use but I am unsure if I can use it in a an app which generates money for me. This is the app's legal terms but I am used to basic licences like apache or ...
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Have open source licenses been shut down in court?

There was a lawsuit between Mattell regarding CPHack. As I remember, Mattell bought a company who made a product under the GPL, rescinded the license and sued all those who redistributed original or ...
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Should the source code of the Linux drivers ported to the VMKernel be released?

As this blog entry says, although the command line interface of the ESXi server (the virtualization host platform of the VMWare vSphere) isn't derived from Linux, but it is an independently developed, ...
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Can I apply an open source license if I referenced copyright documentation during development?

I am working on python library that wraps a non-free C library. In order to develop this, I referenced the C library's copyrighted documentation. Because of that my function and variable names are the ...
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License for Mondor's MS Captcha?

Does anyone know what the license is for Mondor's MS Captcha? The only information that I could find on their site was: "License MS Captcha is free to use in any kind of projects. The software is ...
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Licensing Community Wiki Posts at Stack Exchange

A while back, I ask this question: Can I Override a licensing Policy? I determined that instead of stating a license on a profile page, it dual-licenses the content posted by that user, instead of ...
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Will copyleft help me control what others are able to do with my code?

Given that I've written a program that I want to release as Open Source / Free Software (as defined by the OSI and the FSF), will choosing a copyleft license help me control what others are able to do ...
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Can I use Free Software as basis for a web-service without distributing the source?

I want to provide a service, intended to make me money, based upon free software. It consists of a free plugin (client) and a web-service. The client is published as Open Source, and it is deployed ...
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Can I forbid distributing my open source project for less money than I do?

This question is partially inspired by How is selling FLOSS packages for monetary compensation a viable strategy? After reading that question and some of its answers, I was left wondering if there ...
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Are dates mandatory in GPL licences?

According to Wikipedia's Copyright Formalities and Copyright notice, dating or even putting the author copyright notice in unnecessary. And then explanations such as this Stack Overflow Post make me ...
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Are you obliged to enforce your license?

I've got a number of software projects, licensed under varying licenses. For simplicity, let's take one of them, licensed under the GPL. Obviously, the GPL requires various things, and there may be ...
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Integrating code without a patent license into a code base with a patent license

What issues are involved when taking code from (for example) MIT licensed code and including it in a Apache 2.0/GPLv3 licensed project. Does that mean that there is simply no patent license granted? ...
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Does open source clothing exist?

Does open source clothing exists? With that I mean, do sewing patterns, tutorials or steering files for sewing and weaving machines, that are licensed as open source exist? Meaning these patterns, ...
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Are discriminatory free licenses still free?

With free licenses, one cannot restrict who or how the software is used. Suppose that I construct a license that says: If you are not Steve you are permitted to license under A; if you are Steve ...
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Is my code FLOSS just because it is published it on GitHub?

Does publishing my code on GitHub make it FLOSS automatically? Is there some license automatically assigned to it? Is it "technically or say literally, open source"?
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Acknowledging employer in an open source project

My employer has given me to permission to open source a component of a project that I have been working on, allowing me to retain ownership and control, with the condition that they be acknowledged in ...
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How is Google able to relicense their photos on Google Streetview, which may contain copyrighted content? [closed]

While driving in the car recently I noticed a Google Streetview car go by outside. Once I got home I went onto Google Streetview and looked around for a bit. This is when I noticed the copyright ...
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What do I do if I broke the terms of an open source license? [closed]

While this question says what to do if someone is breaking the terms of a license, I am asking what do I do if I breaking the terms of an open source license? I was using a piece of software and ...
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Can I create a derivative of an old book?

Copyright for old works expire at some point. In most countries that happens 70 years after authors death. Can I take a book with expired copyright (say Dickens Oliver Twist), change it substantially (...
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Is there an institution that accepts and promotes open hardware licenses?

In the software world the FSF and the OSI both accept licenses as free/open. They also promote licenses for usage. In the hardware world some open source licenses have been created, like the TAPR Open ...