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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Can a license license itself?

Any publicly-addressed content license which is not just a mere custom legal notice is a public content license because it was developed by one entity for licensing generally any content by generally ...
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Do public content licenses which are not FOSS exist?

All non-source-code and/or source-code public content licenses I have came across are free or open source (FOSS) which reduces the effect of "copyright" to minimum (although not vanish ...
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Wiki under GNU Free Documentation License - who is the author?

I'd like to use code of Cholesky decomposition as shown here: This page licenses all its code under GNU Free Documentation License My understanding is that to appropriately include it into something I'...
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Can I mix GPL code with assets modified under different licenses?

I'm currently working on an open source video game and would like to mix licenses within the core project. I would like to: License all source code I write as AGPLv3. License all original assets I ...
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Does the BSD licence implicitly apply to derived work?

Moved from the discussion of this answer, which makes the following claim about BSD licences: The 3BSD licence requires (in clause 1) that your copyright notices be preserved, and that some licence ...
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Github, how to add license of fonts I am using in a project?

A while back I made a game and uploaded it's project files on Github and added a MIT license to it. So I was just looking at it and realized that the font I am using in it had some sort of license ...
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Can someone re-license my BSD-3-licensed project under the MIT license, remove my copyright notices, and list me as a “collaborator” without consent

I maintain an open source numerical computing library. I license my project under BSD-3. Another developer has copied 90% of the source code to a new project with the same name, while changing the ...
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What does a web API entails if it's licensed under MIT? Do I have to credit the API if I use it in my app?

I have trouble understanding if a web api must be credited if it's under the MIT license. I'm technically only calling the API so I'm not modify the API code. It seems to my understanding that it is ...
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Does communicating with GPL software force me to distribute my source code?

Let's say I have two applications: Server-side application which is written by myself entirely and it communicates with a GPL software in various ways, i.e: HTTP REST API (preceisely it's Asterisk if ...
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Do I need to show branding for TinyMCE (self hosted, free usage license)?

I want to use TinyMCE rich text editor in one of our project. We are using angular warpper of TinyMCE. We will host the tinymce.min.js in our servers (not tinymce cloud). Exact steps mentioned at end ...
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Are we obliged to host the code, if we distribute(share) build of an exact commit of already hosted(by another party) GPL code base?

Say we are ready to give link and credits to another party's code base. Edits Based on comments:- Planning to give a link to download executable (hosted on a private server). If it has to be hosted ...
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I would like to embed ffmpeg in my app for the Mac App Store. Is this compliant with the license ? is there any other blocker to achieve my goal? [closed]

I am developing an application for macOS on the Mac App Store, and I would like to embed ffmpeg into the application's binary. Is this compliant with the ffmpeg license and does anybody have ...
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Is this normal? Intermediate client is not willing to provide license terms and not willing that I appear as the author

An intermediate client (say software agency) requested me to develop a plugin for a popular system. She is selling this to the final client. Full story is here in this other question: Can I publish a ...
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Book & Writer data for commercial use (goodreads contradictory behaviour)

I am working on small app for searching authors and their works. I had quite issues with finding reasonable and clean data. Main problem was a licence of usage and since I plan to use data for ...
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Can I have the copyright of a derivative work from a project licensed under Apache license?

I have used an image licensed under Apache license for my own products. I have modified it, change colors, add shadows, etc. My question is: can I register it? If anyone steals that image from me I ...
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Can I bake licensed dependencies (i.e. software under GPL) into a Docker image and keep the project MIT-licensed?

I'm a little new to the nuances of how licensing of software can propagate/affect other pieces of software so sorry if there's anything in the question that doesn't make sense. Basically though, I'm ...
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How can you check if your dependencies comply to their dependencies' licenses?

Like the top answer of this post says, let's say your project uses library M. M uses the MIT license and has dependencies G and A, which use GPLv2 and Apache2 respectively. As a result, M is not ...
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Can I use GPL v3 licensed software to create my commercial product? [duplicate]

Note that I am not modifying or redistributing the GPL3 licensed software, nor am I selling it. I am merely using it to create a different product, which contains the output of the software for ...
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Proper attribution of 'BSD 3-Clause License' code in a MIT license project [duplicate]

I have a repository on Github that I want to license under the MIT license. I have copy pasted parts of two other projects, one which is under an MIT license, and another which is under a BSD 3-Clause ...
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What is the main difference between GPL and CC?

I assume that the main difference between GPL and CC is that the former is for computer memorized data which is a source code and that the latter is for computer memorized data which isn't a source ...
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Utilization Of GPL v3 Client / Server Components For A Service + Client App

Scenario There is a GPL3 code repository containing a client + server (Say it's a proxy server and client library). I want to create a paid service which uses them. It is my understanding that: ...
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Software vs non software differences

On this website https://choosealicense.com/non-software/#data-media-etc they seem to classify non software as data but can't data be code which in turn would be software? Basically in the open source ...
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Using LGPL 2.1 in a closed-source project

I'm making a commercial closed-source project in C++. I use this library, uchardet, which is licensed under MPL 1.1 or GPL 2.0 or LGPL 2.1. For say LGPL 2.1, can I statically link uchardet to MY ...
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Can I write closed source software linked to a GPL library if I am the copyright holder?

Sorry for the rather strange question, I made a GPL library and I got a project I am making with it for someone else (alpha testing). The client wants the software that links to my library to be ...
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How do I ensure I am using MIT-licensed code correctly?

This might be silly question but I thought its best I thought I should clear this up. I found this repositoy on Github. It has a MIT license attached to it and I modified this repository according to ...
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Can I use a EPL library in closed source commercial application?

I am planning to use the Jakarta ee library which is licensed under EPL v2.0 in my project. For example using java.xml.bind annotations. I wonder if that impacts the license of my closed source ...
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How to distribute a project under MPL v2.0 only?

I want to use a weak copyleft license for some new software project of mine. When reading the MPL v2.0 license text I stumbled over the following lines in section 10: 10.2. Effect of New Versions You ...
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Copied and modified amalgamation of GPL, Creative Commons, MIT, etc?

Let's say that there are aspects of the GPL, one of the Creative Commons, and MIT licenses that I want to use for a project. Do any of those licenses restrict me from copying the contents of the ...
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Doesn't GPL with CLA defeat the point?

I see that a lot of proprietary projects which make their source available operate with dual licensing model, with the open source version being licensed under GPL v3 and proprietary product being, ...
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Publish app with multiple open-source

I wrote an app that hopefully will be published soon. My app uses multiple 3rd party packages such as:com.squareup.picasso, com.loopj.android and com.ms-square. All of them are under Apache 2.0 ...
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Licensing of an obfuscated script made of Open-source permissive licenses

I searched the best i could but couldn't find the answer i wanted.Since i'm only coding for a year now,my knowledge of this field (especially licenses) is not the best. Here's my case : I coded a ...
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Transpiled Source-Code License & Copyright Holder

Can Transpiled Output Source-Code Have Different License And Different Copyright Holder Than Input Source-Code ? Prj-A──>─┬─>Prj-TP──>────┬─>Prj-┐ (Apache) │(Python-to-C++)│ TP │ ...
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Copyright considerations for using IEC standard in open-source code

I'd like to create an open-source database of electronic components and their standard, manufacturer-independent attributes. So, for example, a user could query the manufacturer part number for a ...
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GPL compatible alternative to LPPL?

Problem Sometimes, I write latex templates (e.g. to account for department-specific guidelines for theses etc.), and wonder how to license them. Background The IEEEtran latex class is licensed under ...
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How does the APGLv3 applies on a project which links only through an iFrame?

Suppose you build a point of sale software using PHP code. You used another standalone server for the report viewing such as the Jasper Reports Server. These two links only via library built in PHP ...
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Software Licensing

I am a little confused concerning software licensing. I have read many articles about this topic but there are many technical things involved. I want to develop an application in Apache NetBeans (...
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Is browser a dependency?

An application has a few links, where it needs to open a browser window. Does this mean the browser is a dependency and a liscence for the browser is needed?
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How are software patches licensed?

Consider the software project dwm by Suckless. The project is clearly licensed under the MIT/X Consortium License, which includes the clause The above copyright notice and this permission notice ...
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Which license should I use

I want to share my android project on GitHub, allow everyone contribute to it but I don't want them to upload the project to play store without changing anything. Because I will be doing it. Why I ...
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Can a company circumvent the freedom of distribution on GPL software for its employees or service providers?

This post contains various related questions, but I think it's needed to solve my doubts properly. As far as I know if I can access a free software I have the freedom to run, study, modify and ...
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Licensing of software in commercial Youtube videos

I'm thinking of recording a couple of coding tutorials on Youtube. I wonder if I can use free (e.g. codepen) and purchased software (e.g. Visual Studio) in those videos without risking to run into ...
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BSD-3 clause software fork redistributed with GPLv3 parts

Software A: BSD-3 clause software, I am not its author. Software B: forked from A, a few files have been changed by me. There are a few file additions, these files have a single author, me. I know ...
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Open Source Music

Is there an existing way to make music in an open source way (similarly to developing software on Github with a public domain license) ? If not, is open-source music producing actually something that ...
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Mattermost License

I don't understand this: Mattermost Licensing SOFTWARE LICENSING You are licensed to use compiled versions of the Mattermost platform produced by Mattermost, Inc. under an MIT LICENSE See MIT-...
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Rebrand a modified version of an Apache licensed software [duplicate]

I wanted to impart a few native features (menus, tabs support etc.) to the original Draw.io project. I cloned the project and started modifying, only to find that the changes I made could not be ...
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Flutter: using package under BSD License

Where do i have to link the copyright notice of a used package under BSD license in my App? I am not publishing documentation or any source code of my app.
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CKEditor5 in commercial application?

Is it allowed to use CKEditor5 in a commercial (closed source) application? According to this github page they use GPL 2: CKEditor5 License I will publish any changes to CKEditor5 I will do and make ...
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How to tell which parts of code are under MIT license?

I am building a javascript application that will be sold commercially with a non-free EULA. I used small sections of code from an MIT licensed project, so I understand I need to include the MIT ...
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Distributing LGPL library (OpenAL) as part of the MIT licensed game engine

Background: I'm writing a game engine (a set of libraries actually) that simplifies game development with C# language (OK it is yet another game engine :). My plan is to make it as free as possible. ...
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Can I use documentation licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 in an application?

There is a very complex API endpoint with a documentation licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0. Due to its complexity, I am considering developing a commercial visual drag & drop editor (single-page web ...

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