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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 does AGPL affect Microservices?

So if I had a microservice architecture and one of my services relied on a piece of AGPL software, and that service wasn't customer facing, but a service that communicated with it was, would I be ...
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Using Neo4j Community edition in commercial applications

I am not sure about what is allowed license-wise in the use of Neo4j Community Edition. Can i use it in closed-source commercial applications ? What i'm allowed to do with the community edition in ...
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Is a binary compatible interface to a proprietary spec proprietary

I am putting together some code that will use the Steinbergs VST3 specification and it has occurred to me that it would make a nice open source project. Most that exist are a bit old and are based on ...
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Distribute SWF (binary) files with open source license?

Is it possible to distribute binary files using any open source or Creative Commons license? In particular, I have several Flash videos (.swf files) whose sources (.fla files) are not available/lost. ...
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For Software based on GPL library should I have to release software under GPL license or can I use MIT

I am currently building a generic rest framework and using Jersey and Grizzly as frameworks to build upon. Originally I planned to release (for commercial or public/private use) it under MIT license ...
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What happens if I use a FOSS library and distribute my program with the proprietary license?

As I said in the title I have created a software that contains a library that has FOSS license.. 1) can I distribute my project with proprietary license (either sell it or give it for free) ? 2) If ...
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Licensing for a pre-alpha software which is intended to be eventually released open source

I want to release a pre-alpha software for preview. I do not want to put the code in an open repository like GitHub yet because it is just a prototype and I intend to re-design parts. The package I am ...
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Combining GPL with non-commercial license

I've been a hobbyist programmer for a long time, and only recently have I been writing code I've thought others might benefit from. Here's my conundrum: I'm a big supporter of the GPL, and I ...
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Who owns the copyright to code which the author was paid to write?

For example, the repository owner owns the app, publishes the partial source code, and creates few tasks supported by some bounty to write some new components (such as new functions, classes, etc.). ...
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Would I violate anything if I use vlclib for android in my closed-source app?

I'm developing a video player and I want to use vlclib for android for better codec support. I have some questions in mind regarding use of the library in my project. Would I violate anything if I ...
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Front-End vs Back-end vs Redistributions - Must I disclose my source?

A couple of the gems that I'm using in my rails backend are MIT licensed and I do want to go commercial with this app - that being said the MIT license requires that I include the copyright and ...
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What happens if I use a GPL licensed jQuery plugin without a licence on my website?

I like the jQuery Isotope plugin and I want to use it on my website. I was wondering if it was OK to use it without a licence. It's licensed under either GPLv3 as an open-source license, or there's a ...
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Would this scenario be considered "propagation without conveying" according to the GPLv3 terminology?

I have a fancy software "foo" that may be considered the derivative work of a GPLv3 library. "foo" is GPLv3 itself. Example 1: I install the foo binary on my company's laptop, go to a customer's ...
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What is the license of the scaffolding files Visual Studio generates automatically?

I know this question is utterly silly for a developer, but apparently the legal dept. is getting paid to have a common sense that's ... different from ours. So here is my question: What license ...
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Does the MIT license's right to "sublicense" allow me to change the license of someone else's work?

I understand that, generally speaking, you may not issue a license on a copyrighted work if you do not own the copyright to that work. Licensing is an exclusive right of the copyright holder. Instead, ...
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Does physically removing GPL code relieve combined work from GPL publication requirements?

Here's the scenario. Alice crafted a compression library and published it under GPL. Bob crafted a font processing library which uses pieces of code from Alice's library and ... let's call it overly ...
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When folks send me pull-requests on GitHub, what are their copyright/licensing terms by default?

Say I'm maintaining a GPLv3 project on GitHub with a LICENSE file, code headers and all. Now, a few folks made some code enhancements and sent me a pull-request. Does that automatically mean that they ...
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Usage of permissive BSD license

I want to start one e-commerce site , for which i chose the backbone framework which is under permissive BSD license , can i use it for commercial purpose. what are the things do i need to keep in ...
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Is it legal for a corporation to "lock in" & restrict usage and redistribution of Open Source software that it has released to it's own services?

In source code for a project released by Amazon.com Inc., awslabs/amazon-redshift-utils, an "Open Source"-like license is found with questionable stipulations, particularly section 3.3: 3.3 Use ...
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Common practice on GitHub and license/copyright

I have been searching the web for quite some time now, but the plethora of opinions/comments/articles about licensing questions make it difficult to verify how trustworthy the various sources are. ...
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Do I need to share the source for my modified AGPL-licensed MongoDB instance if the user doesn't interact with it directly?

MongoDB positively asserts that a program that uses a MongoDB database does not form a combined work with it. This is nice because my web service that uses MongoDB does not need to be licensed under ...
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Open Source libraries inside IC firmware and attribution obligation

I wonder whether Open Source libraries used within firmware burnt (in flash or ROM) in an IC that is sold to customers building products with it requires the final manufacturer to give credits (...
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Are there any license limitations for my created XPCOM component?

We use XPCOM technology to create XPCOM components for our Firefox add-on. For creating any XPCOM component, Mozilla's XULRunner tool is needed as a development tool. XULRunner is under the Mozilla ...
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What if a company uses my open source project for a closed-source system?

I have created an open-source project in github and R around financial calculations under GPL v3. Today I saw in the traffic graph of github that someone cloned the repository and that there was a ...
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Is there any recourse when an "Open Source" project has a closed-source core?

I have come across a Java project licensed under Apache 2.0, but there's a fair bit of behavior locked away in an internal package that isn't checked into the project's repository (though the compiled ...
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Why doesn't FFmpeg distribute a binary with libfdk_aac enabled?

From the FFmpeg's Encode/AAC page: The licenses of libaacplus, libfaac, and libfdk_aac are not compatible with the GPL, so the GPL does not permit distribution of binaries containing code ...
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Mixing Apache 2.0 and AGPLv3 in open-source project

I have developed and released an open-source Java library under Apache 2.0 license. In the next version, I plan to include BerkeleyDB as one of the supported storage engines. Note that the actual ...
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Do I need a license to design IP cores with AXI interfaces?

Many IP cores especially from Xilinx have an AXI interface from ARM. The AXI interface standard is free for download (after registration), but I don't think it's free for implementation. So I assume ...
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Is there an authoritative, comprehensive list of licenses in use?

Where can I find a single, comprehensive list of known software licenses? If possible, it would be useful if it covered both FLOSS licenses and commercial (possibly closed-source) licenses, but it ...
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Using open source sample code provided by Microsoft for commercial software

I am developing a software for commercial release which is developed ahead on a sample code provided by MSDN This is mentioned in the beginning // THIS CODE AND INFORMATION IS PROVIDED "AS IS" ...
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Can I create and use my own license or do I need to publish it somewhere? [duplicate]

I have created a license for my apps: This computer program is licensed under Illuze License v1.0.0 or later. Illuze License v1.0.0 [3rdDec2015] -Rahul2001.com It's simple: -You are ...
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GPLv3 With Section 7 Exception Linked to LGPLv3

As a follow up from GPL V3 with OpenSSL Exception, I'm curious about linking an LGPLv3 project with a GPLv3 project that has a special exception for OpenSSL. In the answer to the aforementioned ...
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How should I license my project's logo?

For my OSS project, is it a good idea to release the "brand assets" under a CC license? I want to make it easy for people to use the logo for blogs/articles talking about the product and derivatives ...
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Using the (L)GPL as an open-source hardware license?

I use the GPLv3 for my applications and the LGPLv3 for my libraries. In a similar fashion I'd like to use them for my open-source hardware projects (GPL for schematic and PCBs, LGPL for schematic ...
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Ramifications of the proposed new SE licensing model

Like many other people I read this meta post. Since I don't really understand what is at stake I became confused and worried. Does this mean that I can legally force any organization to let me see ...
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Why is the definition of "System Libraries" in GPLv3 phrased the way it is?

I'm curious about the definition of "System Libraries" The “System Libraries” of an executable work include anything, other than the work as a whole, that (a) is included in the normal form of ...
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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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