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 the big open source firm guarantees their rights [closed]

How big open source companies (Mozilla, Apache, Mysql) enforce their rights for their published code as open source. Take the case of Mozilla, which has invested in the development of its source code,...
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Does the GPL/RPL Apply to me as Well? [duplicate]

I want to create a commercial application, but I want to make a significant portion of my back-end open source. It applies some really interesting math that I want people to learn from, but I don't ...
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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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How to handle license files in cx_freeze'd python applications

So I have a python application which uses different packages, which are licensed under different OpenSource Licenses.(MIT, LGPL, GPL, and other OSS licenses) I want to create a bundle for Windows ...
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What counts as disclosing source for software licenses?

MPL v2, GPL v3 and other licenses alike require giving users access to source code. Having read both licenses, I did not come across specific examples of how to disclose source code, so my question is ...
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Licensing using c++ strings and cout

I am creating a library for c++ on github. I want to release it under mit license, but several times i use lines of code like: #include <iostream> #include <string> cout << "...
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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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Can I share the code JUST with my client in BSD License?

I am wondering if I can use a license like BSD in the code of a software I am making for a client. They are not a software company so I don't think they want an exclusive use, but I want to give them ...
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Embedded Open Source Software

For permissive open source licenses, for example Apache 2.0, is it sufficient to include a readable copy of the license.txt/NOTICE/attribution file with the object code in the memory of the device? Or,...
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Can I copy ISC licence NPM package code into a commercial project?

For a commercial project I'm working on I am using an NPM package called 'react-image-crop'. https://www.npmjs.com/package/react-image-crop react-image-crop holds the ISC licence. Since I want to ...
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License of Ubuntu MATE for commercial use

I would like to know what to be careful about using Ubuntu for commercial use. I use Ubuntu MATE (Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS), some packages, and applications I created. I only use my applicaton on my own ...
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What kind of license to issue for themes development? [closed]

We are a team of Web Developer and Graphics designer and work on Website themes for Ragnarok Online. Our designer use characters, backgrounds from other sources eg;google etc like other graphics ...
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Does license change on images has retroactive effect?

Say I have images in my WordPress theme that I got from Unsplash or Pexels a year or so ago, when their license was more permissive (GPL compatible). Fast forward to today: their licenses changed. ...
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Using GPL licensed project in closed source as copyright holder? [duplicate]

I am currently working on security-related tool that I want to release for free as open-source but I would also like to see if I can earn a bit of money on my project by offering a paid "Pro"...
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License considerations with Java 9 deprecations

I'm using the javax.activation package in a project that is deployed as a monolithic jar. The mentioned package is licensed under CDDL 1.0 and up to now part of the Java distribution but is now ...
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HTML5 template regular licence [closed]

I'm going to buy a responsive HTML5 template on Envato market. They sell the Regular Licence for some cash. In the Regular Licence, it allows: Use, by you or one client, in a single end product ...
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Can I put my project unter zlib, when I use BSD libraries?

My project uses some libraries, which are licensed by BSD. Can I put my project under zlib license or do I have to follow BSD and put my project under BSD as well?
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What is the highest Java version I can use for free?

I want to develop a desktop Java application, deploy it as a jar file and sell it. What is the latest Oracle JDK version I can use to keep it free assuming I don't need further updates nor support and ...
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What kind of license is GPL 2.0 license? [closed]

On our project we are allowed to use following licences : MIT, MIT-equivalent, Public Domain and several other concrete licences. I am not able to find out which licences are MIT-equivalent or Public ...
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What does happen with Open Source products after the acquisition?

Today IBM announces, on IBM News Room, that it'll acquire Red Hat. What will be the impact on Open Source products part like: CentOS, Ansible etc? Does IBM gain the power to limit the “Scientific ...
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NDAs vs. FOSS Projects

Suppose someone signed an NDA at a company that does X. Generally speaking, does this typically preclude them from working on open-source projects that also do X?
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What entities are eligible to copyright a project?

Me and my friend want to make business on customization of our open source project. We have NOT yet registered the project trademark NOR started a company. Сan we write in Copyright 2019 [name of ...
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Practical steps to licence Free software and Open Source Projects [closed]

Several discussions have supported the subject of a software license and the majority are limited to offer explanations or definitions (GNU GPL, EULA, BSD License ... etc) without addressing the ...
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Nativescript Licence documentation

If I use NativeScript in my project, what licence agreement and documentation should I use and include? The question is, I'm using an open source tool to create mobile apps. Should I include the ...
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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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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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What are the license restrictions on opencv-contrib-python, 'ximgproc' module to be specific?

I am not able to find solid licensing details for opencv-contrib-python, I am aware that it uses non-free algorithms. https://github.com/opencv/opencv_contrib However, I am not sure if I can use the '...
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How can anyone argue against open source software considering virtually all software products are made from open source software? [closed]

Any product currently on the market is possible because the languages, libraries and frameworks used to construct those products are open source. So I've never understood the argument against open ...
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Is a MySQL commercial license required when selling a PHP-website that is hosted on WAMP?

Do I have to pay a commercial MySQL license to install WAMP with my PHP-script on the localhost of a company, asking monthly fee for it from the company? (The PHP script is a modified version of an ...
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Do I need a license when I use licensed libraries in my app?

I have an Android app using two libraries (GPLv2 and APLv2). I read that GPLv2 and APLv2 are incompatible. I will show which open source libraries I've used and tell the reader which licenses the ...
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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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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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Does a software under one of the OSI-approved licenses allow anybody to use/run it for any purpose?

OSI (Open Source Initiative) says that: Open source software is made by many people and distributed under an OSD-compliant license which grants all the rights to use, study, change, and share the ...
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Can open-source software have not any free version? [closed]

I was using the project, and I did not know this until I was going to use the software on production, and it showed a warning when it realized it's not development mode. I found an open-source ...
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Can you commercialize your own GPL product? [duplicate]

I've been wanting to make my own open-source project under the GPL. However, I was thinking of making a paid "professional" version that adds features that are closed-source. Is this possible? Edit:...
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GPL licensing a web app software

I am in the early stages of building a software with a team to design websites, kind of like WordPress. You download the system on your website, and go on from there. People can be allowed to expand ...
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Need sellable license-text for “commercial use” of GPL v3 software [closed]

I'm the creator of a software which is licensed under GPL v3. But now I want to sell the software for "commercial use" like Fancybox (http://fancyapps.com/fancybox/3/#license). I'm a real noob in ...
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choose between open-source or close source

if hypothetically I have developed special software, and I only want author recognition for it (leaving money aside) can i choose to distribute my creation as open source without other people usurping ...
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Common licencing types [closed]

I'm an independent software developer and thus have little to no knowledge about licenses or general software law. Could someone list the most common licenses and what they mean in layman's therms.
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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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Implications of powershell usage on Linux

Looking, in particular, at: PowerShell 6.0 Linux Administration Cookbook Prashanth Jayaram, Ram Iyer November 30, 2018 566 pages I just want to go in eyes-open, knowing any pitfalls of the ...
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Could you apply a CC-BY license to a piece of land? [closed]

Suppose you are a land owner. You own a large piece of land containing lots of amazing fossils and other important pieces of history. To share this with the world you decide you want to allow ANYONE ...
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license - how to skip GPLv2 [closed]

Question: Consider we have a GPLv2 licensed project, If we try to charge a fee for any warranty which we provide (e.g. we will ask for a huge amount that no one will ever pay), then, can someone skip ...

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