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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As the owner of a GPLv3 project, what type of restrictions will be placed on me if I accept contributions?

For example, will accepting someone's copyrighted contribution prohibit me from changing the license, accepting donations towards the project, or anything else?
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Incorporate gpl2 code into software

I want to use code written by others and published under gpl2 license, on my software project. I was wondering what is the way to go about it. I hope to publish my software using the gpl3 license. I ...
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Code obfuscation in FOSS source code

Is code obfuscation allowed in FOSS source code as per any of the popularly used FOSS licenses? If it is allowed, to what degree and extent?
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Does the GPLv3 license on my project require me to also include the source code of a tool to edit the icon of my executable file?

Godot requires a tool called rcedit to change the application icon. According to my understanding of GPL, I believe I have to include the source code of Godot with the releases of my game. Do I also ...
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Implement GNU License code with or without modification

Can I take an open source app (chat app) under The GNU General Public License v3.0 and implements it as a feature in a bigger app, I will not make modification on the source code, will I have to ...
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Can I use libgit2 in commercial application?

I want to embed libgit2 in my commercial application (here is license https://github.com/libgit2/libgit2/blob/master/COPYING) . I want to create static libgit2 library, and link it with my commercial ...
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If I bundle an open source DLL with my GPLv3 software, how do I properly handle supplying the source of that DLL?

I am including a copy of SDL2.dll (https://www.libsdl.org/download-2.0.php) in my open source project. Do I need to also include the source code of SDL in my repository, add a document with the URL to ...
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Can a GPL license be converted to Proprietary by the author later?

Can the author of software make it proprietary after making it gpl?
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Am I legally required to provide a (GPL licensed) source code even after a project is abandoned?

I plan to develop an application using an easy to use GPLv2 licensed libraries. Once my app is complete I plan to distribute it free and open source complying with GPLv2 copyleft requirements. The ...
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Do I need to include license files/info from android ndk toolchain into my library?

So I have a native library for Android that is built with ndk17. Do I need to include license information from android toolchain with my library package?
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Is there a license that allows the freedom of the MIT license but only with permission to an entity?

I want decent developers to extend and use my framework as they please. Is there a middle-ground where it is open source, but only to these with the permission? One of the 2 developers that uses it ...
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Licensing question about using OpenJDK to build and run

I have a small java application which I was building with Oracle JDK till now. Now I am migrating this application to OpenJDK11 and am bit confused with the licensing. I am using RedHat distribution ...
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Can I use a library that is dual licensed GPL + LGPL as if it was only LGPL?

PaGMO 2 includes both GPL and LGPL in their copyright notices: Copyright 2017-2018 PaGMO development team This file is part of the PaGMO library. The PaGMO library is free software; you can ...
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Can I put a GPL code snippet in a Creative Commons paper?

What I need to do is blogging about my own code. I already use github for my experiments and release code usually on GPL3. My wish is to write blog pages with code snippets from the GPL3 projects. ...
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Are there open source hardware licenses that require publishing modified sources when a physical product is distributed?

According to this answer (correct me if I'm wrong), copyleft software licenses don't do much when applied to hardware. Unlike software which is protected by copyright in any form, HDL/CAD hardware is ...
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Is MIT license suitable for an open source specification?

I know the MIT license is suitable for code and its associated documentation. However, is it suitable for an open source specification (without any code)? Or should I use a different license (and ...
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Handling very old implicitly licensed code

For software preservation reasons, I've been trying to sort out the licensing for a lot of 40-year-old CP/M code with an intent to liberate as much as possible. Back then formal licensing was very ...
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Use of Creative Commons licenses by an anonymous user

As part of a survey (collecting environmental data from the public) my participants can choose to provide their name or to contribute anonymously. Part of the survey includes submission of photos that ...
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MIT vs GNU licences for Embedded system projects

For embedded system projects which have small hardware using MCU's and sensors and use open source c-source codes. How will it make a difference if my license is an MIT or a GNU licenses?
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Calling GPL'ed socket server inside Docker?

These questions can easily devolve into philosophizing, so let me be concrete: There is open source software X licensed under the GNU General Public License (v2 or later). X runs as a stand-alone ...
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My open source project relies on a paid software

Please, could you propose to me what kind of software license fits my project? I am creating a software project that relies on paid license software. I will release this software for free to help the ...
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Using MySQL JDBC connector, when to disclose source code

Part 1 I would like to use MySQL JDBC connector (called connector) licensed under GNU GPL V2 to exchange data to and from a MySQL database in my project, as far as i can read, If i add the connector ...
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Does package metadata confer a license? [duplicate]

This question asks more from a maintainer's point of view -- obviously the right answer is to include LICENSE.txt in the distribution. What about on the user side? Obviously with some licenses there ...
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Which licenses require that the third-party dependencies used by the licensed software are also open-source?

Some times I step into software that I believe that is fully-open-source, but then I discover that it actually contains a lot of dependencies (either by the same author, or by different authors) for ...
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Including MySQL installation with commercial application

Ive been developing a commercial management application for windows in Qt, and im using MySQL as my default DB system. I have a setup file that installs both my software + MySQL on my client's machine ...
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License but no copyright notice - how to attribute correctly?

i am using several OSS libs from github in my project and want to add them to a combined licence file (using the amazon oss attribution builder) so i can attribute their work. However, several of ...
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Is it a GPL license violation to bundle a GPL'd Python script with a closed-source application?

I have a closed-source C++ application that includes an embedded CPython interpreter. It ships with a directory full of example Python scripts that I wrote, which perform useful actions within the ...
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Modifying software with Apache 2.0 License

I have a library I wanted to use: https://github.com/yodle/docker-registry-client Unfortunately, it's dead (Last PR merged in 2017), and there are bugs that I need to be fixed. There's maybe 2-3 ...
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CDDL library and closed source application

I am working on a project that uses a C++ library licensed under CDDL v1.0. Ideally I would like to publish it commercially as well as keep it closed source (wouldn't mind open sourcing it but then it'...
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Proper use of Wikipedia code sample in open source projects

Many Wikipedia articles contain code or pseudocode samples. I implemented a pseudocode snippet in a concrete language and am planning to use it in one of my projects. There's another question on here ...
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Should we add the copyright month to a license, in addition to the year, after a fork?

Should I add the month (or even day) after forking a project to be more explicit regarding timeline boundaries? Is there any benefit in doing so? Example The MIT License, for example, has the line: ...
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How to use the GNU GPL licensed GCC Complier [duplicate]

I have been trying to figure out the GPL and other free software license. I am planning to use the GCC compilers which are licensed under the GPL category. If I use the GCC compiler to compile my C++...
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Proper licensing of commercial SW including open-source by the same author

I have written from scratch some SW that I want to publish as open-source in Github while being the only contributor. I want to publish it under AGPL license. At the same time I want to use the ...
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Is monkey-patching considered a modification of the original work licensed under LGPL or MPL licenses?

I'm interested if monkey-patching is considered a modification by LGPL 3.0 and MPL 2.0 licenses. Specifically, I'm interested in monkey-patching of ruby code. E.g. I require an LGPL library (e.g. ...
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Is ripping off an open source library okay?

I don't know if I'm over-reacting but a while ago, I'm using a library https://github.com/sudeepag/SAConfettiView and I saw an open ticket https://github.com/sudeepag/SAConfettiView/issues/57 and it ...
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Do permissive or copyleft licenses have a limited term based on US copyright law?

If you write a book, the copyright for that work is protected for a long time, but the work will eventually enter the public domain under US copyright law. Does the same thing apply to pieces of ...
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If I use a public API endpoint that has its source code licensed under AGPL in my app, do I need to disclose my source?

If there's a public API server that has it's source code licensed with AGPL, and if I make an app that uses these public endpoints in some part of it, (entire application doesn't necessarily depend on ...
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Can I develop a front-end under a different license than the GPL-license CLI application?

I want to develop and distribute a GUI (Graphical User Interface) for an existing command-line tool (LibLouis). I want to do so using .NET WPF or Windows Forms, but the library of Liblouis is written ...
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License that requires attribution to end users?

I'm looking for an open source license that requires attribution to end users. Thus far, I've looked at the MIT license and Apache 2.0. But I am not convinced that they require attribution to end ...
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Are there any projects using a temporary license similar to Founders Copyright?

There is the Founders Copyright project that tried to adjust the copyright expiration time span to a much shorter time. Is there something similar in software? As far as I understand, a project can ...
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How do Wikipedia licenses, CC-BY-SA and GFDL differ?

Wikipedia licenses most of their text and images under two licenses, CC-BY-SA and GFDL. We can choose either of the licenses while using the work. I know both of them are copyleft licenses and ...
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License for example implementations in C++ standard committee proposals?

I'd like to use some code in the example implementation section of a C++ standard committee proposal. (Specifically, from A Proposal to Add Y Combinator to the Standard Library.) The paper itself is ...
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Can i use MIT, ISC, Apache-2.0 in a project licensed as MIT or Apache 2.0?

I want to create a project in Angular licensed as MIT or Apache 2.0 and i need to include projects with different licences (MIT, ISC, Apache-2.0 and perhaps BSD-3). The project includes an area for ...
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How does C# GMap.Net.Windows NuGet Package and Google Maps licensing work ? Is it legal to use both for commercial use?

I'm developing tracking software using c# windows forms and the NuGet GMap.NET.Windows package by Jurgen De Leon Rodriguez. The problem is will it be legal to use the GMap package in my c# application ...
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Can CC0 works be called “Copyright free”?

When a work is the Public domain it is "free of any copyright" so it can be called "Copyright free". When I use the CC0 license I am waiving off all of rights and dedicating it to the public domain. ...
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Proprietary licensing combinations of non-copyleft software

Premise: Software Z (distributed as binary) includes software Y (MIT) and software X (MIT). Does Software Z need to disclose it's inclusion of Y and X? Software Z can be distributed under a ...
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License only specified in package.json, no LICENSE file

I found a github repo with a package.json with a line saying: "license": "BSD-2-Clause" However, this repo: does not have a LICENSE file at all no single file inside the repo has a header ...
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Will adding a BY-SA image to a blog post make the entire post BY-SA?

I tried to read the license deed but it was too advanced for me to understand. Consider these 2 situations, I take a CC-BY-SA image and upload it to my blogpost it as is, without any modification. I ...
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Is content licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 allowed in app stores?

I was reading the website of the Secret Hitler board game which states the following (emphasis mine): Secret Hitler is licensed under Creative Commons BY–NC–SA 4.0. That means you have to give us ...
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License for open source application based on Qt

I'm developing an free and open source application that uses Qt. I'm not making any changes to Qt library itself. I wanted to know: On what license can I publish my application sources. On what ...