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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Using public domain code in an LGPL program

I want to release a program that uses some public domain code (or a permissive license) from netlib.org under the LGPL license. Since the licenses (or lack of it) are compatible, there should be no ...
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Using an MIT licensed library in my project

I am using a library that is under the MIT license. I never used a library that I needed to include the license before, so I have no idea where to add them. I read that I should add them in my file, ...
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How can I exclude a target platform from an open source licence?

I'm developing a software using a game engine that can cross compile the result for different targets (HTML, Android, IOS). I'm planning to release the software under an open source licence. Eg. ...
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Use Apache 2.0 license or AGPLv3 licensed Software

I want to sell a custom piece of Hardware with my own company's name with an Ubuntu Server 16.0.4 LTS on it. Is that allowed? I want to run on this server an Apache 2.0 licensed or AGPLv3 licensed ...
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Which of these licenses are free for an enterprise?

I'm currently working on a project related to georeferenced analysis of entomological and epidemiological data of Dengue fever. The project aims to help a public institution and it's supposed to be ...
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Derivative work BSD license when not known original work

I want to put a BSD license in some code. I use part of code that doesn't have license information but it belongs to other people who I don't know. It was given to my from other privates but the code ...
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Does the AGPL help to protect against closed source if the application is run on a remote server and proxied by a separate service?

Note that there is this related question of which this question is by no means a duplicate. It refers to a related but separate scenario. Long question title, I'll just go with an example. Suppose I ...
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Having a copyright protected image on AGPL website

I'm developing a piece of software that will be available under AGPL license. It is a webpage intended to be used by different fandoms to track interviews with their favorite author/creator. I'm ...
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Does the GNU Affero GPL help to protect against closed source if the application is run on a remote server?

Note that there is this related question of which this question is by no means a duplicate. It refers to a related but separate scenario. I'*m about to release an application and yet need to choose a ...
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GitHub source to npm js module set author correctly

I use Arboreal library in my new project, I am made some changes and now working to change it to npm module and use Grunt, because it not available from npm. But I have a problem, when I start ...
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Implications of using Linux's Kbuild infrastructure in proprietary software

We have our own proprietary software that we are developing for commercial business. We want to sell the software and we do not have any problem in distributing the source code to our customers. Due ...
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Is there a temporary copyleft license?

Suppose I produce some work, and I want all derivative works released before the year 2030 to be open source under the same license, but during and after the year 2030 I wish to allow derivative works ...
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Can a specification, for example ISA, be under open-source license?

I and a few others are designing yet another open instruction set architecture(ISA). Open ISA is thought by us as "free to see, and implement(even when selling it)". But we want to make this ...
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Google Web Starter Kit licensing

I would like to use Google's Web Starter Kit in a project of mine, but I don't know what exactly I need to do to abide by the license. It is licensed under the Apache License 2.0. Do I need to ...
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What happens to Cloud providers, if I download a GPL Binaries from cloud storage service?

1) For example, if I upload a GPL binary to google drive and then provide a link for everyone. Does it mean that GOOGLE should now provide the sources for the binary if anyone requests them? 2) What ...
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Can I take over the Stack Exchange review system in an Apache 2.0 licensed web service?

The Stack Exchange review system for post creation, editing and removal is quite sophisticated and somehow steered by discussion on meta networks (Stack Exchange and others) which are "user ...
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Is a repo with just a COPYING file GPL-X-only or GPL-X-or-later?

It is a common convention to include the full license text in a file named COPYING (or LICENSE) in the root folder of a repo. Sometimes, the developer: does nothing more (no copyright byline in the ...
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Can a Regex expression be licensed? [closed]

I'm considering using a nontrivial Regex expression example I found online in a commercial product. The original page has no info on licensing. I guess a regex is arguably executable code (or a court ...
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Is there a license that both provides patent protection and does not require attribution?

Looking at https://choosealicense.com/appendix/, we can see that there are a number of licenses that provide patent troll protection, and there are also a few licenses that that do not require ...
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Should I use GNU GPL or CC-0 to distribute scripts? [closed]

I want to add a copyright disclaimer in all my code/scripts (i.e. not software), which I share in my website. These are for many languages, like Matlab, R, Stata, Julia, etc. Which license should I ...
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Is MIT license invoked when code is used as reference to write other code?

In the situation that you know your code was used as reference to write other code (e.g., you had a conversation with said person who referenced your work as the structure to follow when they were ...
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License similar to GPL, but allowing to incorporate into the commercial version

Continuing this question: I want a license L which is generally like GPL, but allows us to do the following: License our software under both L and a commercial license. Require that every patch (or ...
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Will my app be copylefted if it uses the webservice of a GPL server?

I'm planning to code a mobile app that uses an opensource server liscenced in GPL. So my app will make webservices call to that server. Will I be obliged to publish the code of my mobile application?
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What are the ZFS patents and when do they expire?

One of the "big deals" in FreeBSD these days is ZFS. The issue is that ZFS is under a non-compatible license and has patents preventing clean-room re-implementation. My question is for how much ...
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Open source components in a larger one-off system setup

I'm in the early concept and planning stages of a large-ish interactive installation. The installation is a one-off for a large client; think a mix between science museum interactive stands/kiosk-type ...
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EOS - How to understand license agreement of Linux kernel derivative?

EOS (the industry-leading, Linux-based network operating system) runs across the entire portfolio of Arista’s network switches as well as in a virtual machine instance (vEOS). EOS operating system ...
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Does CreativeCommon ShareAlike allow logo removal or rebranding

I am the author of a open source library for websites that is licensed under LGPL. To make this library easy to use for non-developers I plan to create a simple to use UI-component based on the ...
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Software licensing - Pre 1970's

From reference, page 4, The official ubuntu book, Eighth edition, As computer’s became cheaper and more numerous in the late 1970’s, producer’s of software began to see value in the software itself....
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Are the new GitHub Terms of service a kiss of death for open source projects?

This recent post tends to say that the new GitHub TOS make most open source projects at odds to comply with both their FOSS licensing and the TOS. Is this right? Anything copyleft (GPL, AGPL, LGPL,...
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Software: If I bundle built (compiled) GPL 2 licensed software with commercial software package how does it affect my software license?

If I bundle a piece of compiled software (in this case, FFMPEG) which is licensed under GPL 2, with my own commercial software (which is not licensed under any form of open source license), does it ...
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Finding license dependencies from GitHub repo

How can I easily determine a project's dependencies' licenses? For example on my GitHub repo which includes multiple open source softwares.
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Including untouched LGPL library in a MIT-licenced project

Can I include a library licenced under LGPL 2.1 in an MIT-licenced project without any legal problems? Since it's not a compiled language, I would provide the full untouched source code of the ...
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How does ASL 2.0 licensed software interact with patents or patent pending

If software artifact is patented and then licensed under Apache Software License 2.0 what are the limitation due to the patent? Can the patent be used for non derived works. Independent (better) ...
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Can you commercialize a GNU General Public License product?

So from what I understand a product under GNU General Public License needs to stay under GNU General Public License (with references to the previous copyright owner). So if you sell it then the full ...
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When is Nodemailer not free?

I was looking into using Nodemailer in an application of mine and was wondering when isn't it free and requires a license. http://nodemailer.com/about/license/ I have tried reading over the doc but ...
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Distributing a .NET Core project under GPL

Although the source code of the most .NET Core components is licensed under a MIT License, the binary files of the .NET Core runtime and other supporting libraries on NuGet are released under a more ...
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What if somebody removed my name from MIT license

Case: I developed a software and uploaded it to Github with MIT license. To apply the license, I created a LICENSE file with MIT license preamble (as mentioned in choosealicense.com) Somebody cloned(...
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Can I show a GNU GPL licensed software in a TV movie?

Am I allowed to show the interface of a GNU GPL licensed piece of software being used in a TV movie? I'm not in the US, so "fair use" and similar applications do not apply unfortunately.
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What's Android license? (If it's not free)

I was wondering since the Linux kernel in Android is under a free license while the other software is under Apache license. In which license we can say Android is? Also, according to the GNU project ...
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symfony-standard is an app skeleton, can I change/remove LICENSE?

I am wondering about copyright matters on projects built using an MIT-licensed project skeleton. The symfony-standard contains a MIT license but obviously, at the end of a proprietary project, this ...
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What is defined as trivial code when licensing a project

I am creating a project I am thinking about open sourcing but I am concerned about the licensing issue of what exactly is trivial code. I am concerned because if I did not know how to do something I ...
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Using older versions of licenses in new projects

When creating a new project today, am I allowed to license my software using the older version of licenses such as GPLv2 (vs. GPLv3), or BSD 4 clause (vs BSD 3 clause). OR Am I only allowed to use ...
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Do packages listed in a package.json file need to be documented individually?

I am trying to understand the general clause contained in most licenses that reads as follows The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial ...
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Do I need to license a Jupyter Notebook that uses a forked AGPL library?

I used an AGPL-licensed library for a data study, and am hoping to release and link to a Jupyter Notebook with my methodology. I was hoping to learn what license, if any, I would need to include with ...
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Licensing of configuration files that are technically code

I have created a piece of software that I have chosen to license under the GPL. Its configuration is technically also code. Are any run-time configuration files also licensed under GPL? Do I have to ...
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Can I license a program containing data from a video game?

Let's say I want to release a program, written in Java, that is a sort of encyclopedia containing data about a game. This program would contain images from the game, obtained via screenshot, and some ...
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Of the differences between the GPLv3 and the AGPLv3 texts: what to make of them?

When I review a side-by-side diff of the GPLv3 and the AGPLv3 the only significant change seems to me to be this addition in the section 13 of the AGPLv3: Notwithstanding any other provision of ...
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Am I allowed to modify CameraSource.Builder of Android vision package?

I am trying to build my custom library for eye detection, tracking, blinking, smile etc. I am using below open samples instead of reinventing the wheel. GooglyEyesActivity CameraSource The ...
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Linux Licensing Questions

How do some real time vendors license Linux when it is already open source? I have had a hard time finding licensing models for companies/distributions like Wind River Linux and RedHawk Linux.
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What is the proper etiquette for modifying a repo, then publishing it for an unrelated use?

I have cloned electron-quick-start, which is licensed as CC0 1.0 (Public Domain). It's purpose is to help new users to learn Electron. I used it as a scaffolding to make a utility app that I'm using ...