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 can I judge the "strength" of a licence?

A quote from the FOSSA blog, How to Apply a License to Your Open Source Software Project: In a nutshell, if your dependencies are distributed under open source licenses different than the one you are ...
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Is the PDF output of LaTeX code licensed under GPLv3 also covered?

I have seen the similar question here Does "the GPL doesn't cover the ouput of a program" also apply if...... However, I think the use of LaTex to write a book with code examples that were ...
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Does CC BY-SA 4.0 license apply to statistical analysis based on code blocks in CC BY-SA 4.0 licensed document?

I am planning on writing a science text under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license. The text will contain code blocks for commonly preformed analysis from the relevant field of study. Additionally, it will use ...
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How do I add contributors to the attribution/ownership part of the CC BY-SA 4.0 licensing statement of my work?

The manuscript I will be working on is an original work that I am currently starting by myself. I am writing the work in LaTex, and the manuscript will have code blocks included within the text. I ...
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Legal wording to exempt bug fixes to open-source framework from NDA?

Attempting to hire contractors to develop code using open-source framework with Apache 2.0 license. In reviewing our legal contract, the contractors are hesitant to sign because they want to donate ...
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Contributor asking to remove their contributions

I have a project licensed under the LGPL-3.0. A major contributor recently stopped contributing, and is now requesting all their contributions to be removed from the project. All the code in the ...
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Credit Bootstrap on website

I am creating a website using Bootstrap. Do I need to credit Bootstrap since it has MIT license? If so, how can I do that?
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Are you required to license code under GPL if you're using TypeScript types from a GPL library?

I'm currently using a library that was licensed under the GNU General Public License (particularly GPL v3.0). This library consists mostly of types for software that is also under the GPL (but not ...
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Open source licenses and royalties

Many projects, e.g. GitLab, BitWarden, EasyRedmine, use open source software licenses. Their code is publicly available, and the services can be self-hosted. Of course they can charge users for ...
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Can a company license frontend software developed with open source frameworks?

Can a company license frontend components developed using open source javascript(JS) frameworks(e.g. Vue, React or Next JS) that are downloaded and accessible anytime a user accesses the site that ...
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Is unDraw really "open source"?

unDraw is a website providing free SVG graphics. It advertises itself as having an "open-source" license. But looking at its license, I have doubts, so I'm asking here. All images, assets ...
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Using code licensed under an MIT license with code licensed under the GPL [duplicate]

Say I have a repository that uses the GPL and I want to include code from a repository under the MIT license. I found here that MIT and GPL licensed code can be freely combined; however, I am unsure ...
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Should I provide my source code if I use GPL source code combined into my subscription service code?

I've looked at other topics related to this question, but mine is quite different from others so I'm not sure about the answer. Let's say I am building a website that will provide SAAS for users. In ...
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Is there a special tooling that github linguist is using for third party software licensing?

I am studying how other libraries handle third party software licensing. I noticed that github linguist has a separate folder called vendor and inside it uses git submodules and yaml files https://...
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Proprietary command-line tool with GPL/LGPL GUI

Suppose that I created a command-line tool with a proprietary license. If I create a GUI, for the command-line tool, using a GPL/LGPL-licensed library/framework such as Qt, does the copyleft apply to ...
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Question about upgrading GPL license on a forked project

I'm looking to fork a project on GitHub that was last updated "Three Years Ago" according to GitHub, I've written to the author and not gotten a response - so I assume the project is dead. I ...
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If I'm using a MIT library in my project, can I license my project under GPLv3 license?

If I'm using a MIT library in my project, can I license my project under GPLv3 license? And which libraries Im allow to use if I want to license my project under GPL v3?
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Is an Apache 2.0 license with missing appendix notice on files valid?

In the process of including a library's code to my private commercial use, I noticed that the repository's LICENSE was not properly applied. I cannot find this (filled out) boilerplate notice on any ...
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Consequences of html files being under GPL license

This is about consequences of html files being under GPL license (v2 or v3). I am aware that it is not recommended to apply the GPL license to documentation. However, a typical use case is that a blog ...
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Log4j 1.x API Modification Apache License

I work for a software house and we've used log4j 1.2 in a lot of our older code. Following the recent Logshell incident (which I know doesn't concern log4j 1.2 directly), we've considered migrating to ...
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Distributing GPL-Licensed JavaScript for Userscripts Safari

I have been building a GPL v3.0 licensed user script for use in browser extensions like Greasemonkey, Tampermonkey, Violentmonkey, etc. I would also like to state in the documentation that it can also ...
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Choosing a license [duplicate]

Need a license for github for my lecture script (latex, svg, screenshots). Is CC-BY-NC the right one? Do i need a ND? Everyone can use, share, copy, edit it for non commercial purposes. => CC My ...
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Can i use Apache-2.0 in a project licensed as MIT?

This link tells me not to use MIT under my license when redistributing the Apache 2.0 source code. Then, if Apache 2.0 or GPL source code is not included, only when specified in the header file and ...
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Propietary licensing of open source code

I have written a program that uses several open source components. First off, it's written in python. Second, I use the modules subprocess, argparse, os and datetime. Since my work asked me to find a ...
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How to figure out licences of Newlib

I'm currently working on a software project which makes heavy use of the Red Hat Newlib as the C standard library. We now need to figure out the license of basically every third-party software ...
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How to respect user freedom when selling consumer software without services?

By "consumer software", I mean stand-alone software that an end-user would directly download and use on a desktop or phone. No business or corporation involved. I have read these questions ...
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Apache 2.0 License redistribute with package/class name change

I have been modifying an open source Apache 2.0 licensed project and now I want to re-distribute the code under the same license but under MY SET OF REPOS as the original company isn't wanting my ...
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LGPL that covers network-distributed use cases/web applications?

Yes, another license question. I know. I quite like using LGPL to cover my libraries, as I really don't care what users do with the library; however, I do care about the users sharing any improvements ...
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GPLv3 restricting end user

There is software on GitHub which has with it the GPLv3 license file. Now, I am not going to mention which software to protect its devs from backlash. However... The devs have mentioned that they do ...
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Are there any real punishments for intentional malicious behavior in GPL or any other "no-warranties" licensed software?

There haven't been any significant incidents on FOSS software developers turning evil and pumping their software with malicious code. But each person is different, with different intentions. While I ...
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Using Conda's XZ package for proprietary use

I am currently packaging up my python software. I listed down all the packages that it uses and found out that a package, which is called xz, uses multiple licenses (public domain, LGPLv2.1+, GPLv2+). ...
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distributing your own linux flavour (or modified distro) - copyright, trademark issues

I've recently learned how to modify Linux distros. Now I want to be able to share my modified versions with others. I want to do so in a legally correct way. I see a set of related questions, I put ...
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Can i put my opensource project under MIT License if i used zlib library?

I'm currently writing a library that encrypts sqlite database(It's hard to install sqlcipher on windows). Can I choose MIT even if I use pysqlite3 that is licensed under zlib?
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System libraries and exceptions regarding closed source distribution

There are some specific usage examples I would like to learn, regarding of using some open source libraries inside a commercial closed source product(binary, executable). Most of the answers online ...
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Attribution when deriving from a W3C Software Notice and Document License work

I am creating a reimplementation for a different language of a software library that is licensed under the W3C Software Notice and Document License. The original library contains a NOTICE file. As my ...
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Why FreeBSD License is considered a permissive license instead of weak copyleft license?

From FreeBSD License: Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without modification, are permitted provided that the following conditions are met: 1.Redistributions of source code ...
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A use of BSD-headers and linking with BSD-libraries in GCC project

One question about GCC and GPL3. Is it possible to use library's headers with BSD-like license inside GCC project(-fork)? Suppose there is a BSD-library named A (libA), which describes some IR-A. The ...
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Is using SheetJS free for commercial use?

I downloaded a version of SheetJS here https://unpkg.com/xlsx@0.17.4/dist/xlsx.full.min.js It's basically a version of xlsx that allows me to export an excel document and allows me to manipulate data ...
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1 File with two Licenses

I'm writing a project, and there is a code that I would like to use, from here: https://developer.mozilla.org/es/docs/Web/JavaScript/Reference/Global_Objects/Set The code is over CC0 licence, all fine,...
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Best way to include GPL-licensed code in an MIT-licensed library

I am currently developing a Python library under an MIT license (let's call it mylib). I have, however, come across what may be a minor hurdle. I want to include an optional GPL-licensed dependency. I ...
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Using an unmodified GPL library in non-copyleft code

I am writing a piece of software that I plan to distribute. In my code, I use a GPL licensed library. Do I have to apply the GPL to my software even if I did not do any changes to the above mentioned ...
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Is there any danger in using an outdated license version?

I'm using a code snippet that is licensed ritchey permissive license 10 but the newest version of the license available is 12. Is it bad that I'm using an outdated license? Can I upgrade to the latest ...
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Does the Apache 2 licence include the implementation of algorithms?

If I rewrote an algorithm (small one 100-200 lines), written in some programming language and licensed under Apache 2, in another programming language, should the new code be considered as a ...
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Can I dual license my software that is on Github with a GPLv3 license?

To my understanding, as the maker of the software, I have the right to dual licensing the software as I wish, be it both an open source license and a proprietary closed license at the same time. ...
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What license for my own web application so its forks can be closed source?

As my graduation work I'm working on a simple web application. I read a bit through documentation for licenses but my head hurts from it. All I know is that I don't want GPL I plan on making the ...
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LGPL application and plugins under different licenses

Imagine I have an LGPL application A that has dlopen-based plugin system. There are different parties of people that write the plugin for it. Plugin B is licensed under GPL. Plugin C is proprietary. ...
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Using maven artifacts without going insane over licensing

Every time I try to read or learn about licensing, it ends in a massive headache for me. Hence, I'm asking here, hoping to finally get some peace of mind about this. Say I have a little program I'm ...
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Choosing License of GitHub Repository

I really don't know much about the licenses. I am working on a project which I might upload on a website. So I have a few questions. Can someone ever steal my code and commercially use it if I put my ...
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Can I sell an Electron application that use a library under Eclipse Public License 1.0 without disclosing the source code of the entire app?

I want to sell an Electron desktop application that uses a JS library under the Eclipse Public License 1.0 license. One of the conditions is to "disclose source". It's not totally clear to ...
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What is the scope and trigger of the the copyleft provision of the Common Public Attribution License v1.0 (CPAL)?

I wrote a C++ program that uses an unmodified as-is 3rd-party library that's licensed under the Common Public Attribution License v1.0 (CPAL). I want to distribute my program along with the 3rd-party ...

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