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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Modifying the copyright statement in WTFPL

A project I am following uses the WTFPL but updated the text to replace the copyright statement Copyright (C) 2004 Sam Hocevar <sam@hocevar.net> with the project author's name and email ...
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Copyright notice in the file header (Apache v2 license)

Recently, about 50 top contributors (including myself) decided to fork Swagger Codegen to maintain a community-driven version called "OpenAPI Generator" (https://github.com/OpenAPITools/openapi-...
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GitHub with temporary code under 'GNU General Public License'

I am writing a software project, and have created a repository for it on GitHub for backup reasons (I don't actually want to publish it). I began doing a little refactoring, and as an experiment ...
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Who is responsible for code being in the public domain?

Recently, I wanted a certain functionality that can be difficult to implement due to many special cases and subtle details in technical specifications. So I did a websearch and quickly found existing ...
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Dynamic linking LGPL library and licensing in Windows Store app

I've a project in which I would like to use an LGPL licensed library, in this case FFmpeg without changes. I've run through questions and answers regarding LGPL in commercial products with conclusion ...
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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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Is there an institution that accepts and promotes open hardware licenses?

In the software world the FSF and the OSI both accept licenses as free/open. They also promote licenses for usage. In the hardware world some open source licenses have been created, like the TAPR Open ...
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Choosing a license based on conditions or an extensible license

I have several open source projects and now I really got to a question of choosing a license. They all are somewhat licensed, but in a noob way. I don't think I'll find something meeting all of the ...
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Why doesn't FFmpeg distribute a binary with libfdk_aac enabled?

From the FFmpeg's Encode/AAC page: The licenses of libaacplus, libfaac, and libfdk_aac are not compatible with the GPL, so the GPL does not permit distribution of binaries containing code ...
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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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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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How can a GPLv2 dependency affect licensing of adjacent components that form an aggregate project?

I've read some of the GPL questions on here that seem relevant, but I haven't found an understandable answer for my particular case. I'll note them here for reference. When does a dependency imply a ...
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Why doesn't Apple release full kernel source code?

Apple releases their XNU kernel source code for macOS with each minor release of the Operating System covered under the APSL Version 2 at their open source website. The license terms can be found here....
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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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I am using a MIT licensed module in a closed source project. What are my obligations?

I am using diverse module under the MIT license in my project. The project consist of a webserver, which will be closed source, commercial, and will not be distributed. As I understand the MIT ...
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Do unlicensed commits to a project acquire an open source license?

I have recently created a small project and pushed it to GitHub. I now plan on applying an open-source license. Once I choose a license and commit it to the project, are the older versions subjected ...
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Can I use Free Software as basis for a web-service without distributing the source?

I want to provide a service, intended to make me money, based upon free software. It consists of a free plugin (client) and a web-service. The client is published as Open Source, and it is deployed ...
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Do I need to include the license for all dependencies declared in a setup.py?

Let's say I'm making a library called X, which has a dependency on requests (which is under the Apache 2.0 license). For X's setup.py, I declare the following: setup( ... install_requires=[ ...
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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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Open sourcing code derived from a book

I decided to write a compiler as a learning experiment. I first started by following some random tutorials here and there and built something that I called by naive implementation. (Since there's a ...
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Can an interpreted program be under any license without restricted by its GPL'ed run-time environment?

If I write a run-time environment based on some GPL'ed libraries and separately write an program interpreter which is passively used by the run-time environment, can a program (which is intended to be ...
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Am I infringing copyright if I use an improperly licensed project?

While answering this question, it was pointed out to me in the comments that software that is improperly licensed (in that case, by violating another license) causes its own license to be cancelled ...
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For Software based on GPL library should I have to release software under GPL license or can I use MIT

I am currently building a generic rest framework and using Jersey and Grizzly as frameworks to build upon. Originally I planned to release (for commercial or public/private use) it under MIT license ...
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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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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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Can I sell and distribute my software using OpenJDK without having to release my code?

We develop a software for commercial use and sell it to customers. The software is a web based software that requires Oracle JDK for running (JRE). We are considering moving to OpenJDK because our ...
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Can I legally use iText under the AGPL license if my application is only available on a local area network?

I'm considering integrating iText into an internal-use web application. According to the AGPLv3 license, I have most certainly modified "the Program". However, this application cannot be accessed ...
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Can XenServer really be treated as open source software?

I was wondering whether or not XenServer is truly open source. The project has seen quite some back and forth in its history. It was first released in 2006 as a proprietary extension of the Xen ...
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How to best indicate license of source code and copying terms of binary when multiple licenses are involved?

Suppose I have some open source project which makes use of both GPL and MIT licensed components. The source code of my project is also MIT licensed (not copyleft). What is the right way to indicate ...
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Is there a simple web licence for a backlink?

I'm a BSD developer, and I prefer to have a clear ISC licence at the top of every file that is fully self-sufficient in regards to the exact terms that I'm imposing on my work. Is there a variation ...
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What is the difference between a ported and non-ported licenses?

What I know: From what I have read ported licenses are for specific locations while non-ported licenses have been customized to work in as many places as possible. Question: Even though I license ...
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Why it is sufficient to include only copyright without permission notice when using React library in your project?

As far as I understand if you want to use React.js library you should comply with MIT license by adding its copyright and permission notice before the library is included to the source code (to the ...
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Using GPL resource (with separate installation) with “commercial” product

I'm building a downloadable digital web product for sale. I want to use an open-source third-party library for my product. This third-party library has two licenses available: GPL Commercial I've ...
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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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Combining GPL with non-commercial license

I've been a hobbyist programmer for a long time, and only recently have I been writing code I've thought others might benefit from. Here's my conundrum: I'm a big supporter of the GPL, and I ...
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Open Source libraries inside IC firmware and attribution obligation

I wonder whether Open Source libraries used within firmware burnt (in flash or ROM) in an IC that is sold to customers building products with it requires the final manufacturer to give credits (...
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Which licenses do “not contradict the terms and conditions” of AFL v. 3.0?

The Academic Free License 3.0 explicitly allows distributing copies of the work "under any license of your choice that does not contradict the terms and conditions, including Licensor's reserved ...
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How to deal with copy-left in source-code history prior open-sourcing?

Given the following situation: A software project is released as open-source under a non-invasive license (e.g., BSD 2/3 clause, Apache 2, ...). During the process, the entire Git repository is made ...
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Can I Open Source a software for a particular operating system?

I am writing some software for a particular operating system, OS1. Imagine this is the most awesome software ever! I want the users of OS1 to use the software as open source and restrict all others ...
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Is there a good license for a libertarian programmer who's against intellectual property?

I know, I know, you're probably thinking CC0 or WTFPL or something along those lines. But the thing is, the way I see it, people have a right to redistribute anything, even if the author doesn't want ...
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Is it legal for a corporation to “lock in” & restrict usage and redistribution of Open Source software that it has released to it's own services?

In source code for a project released by Amazon.com Inc., awslabs/amazon-redshift-utils, an "Open Source"-like license is found with questionable stipulations, particularly section 3.3: 3.3 Use ...
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Have open source licenses been shut down in court?

There was a lawsuit between Mattell regarding CPHack. As I remember, Mattell bought a company who made a product under the GPL, rescinded the license and sued all those who redistributed original or ...
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Can software be restricted to open source operating systems?

As can be seen from answers to this question, a piece of open source software cannot be licensed in such a way that it is only usable on one specified operating system. However, can it be licensed in ...
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License for Mondor's MS Captcha?

Does anyone know what the license is for Mondor's MS Captcha? The only information that I could find on their site was: "License MS Captcha is free to use in any kind of projects. The software is ...
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Open-source license (probably not FLOSS) that allows “use in a commercial context” but disallow “to sell the software or modified versions”? [duplicate]

"Non-commercial use" could mean two different things: "Don't use the software in a commercial/business context, but only for personal use (i.e. at home)" "In the case you ...
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What license can I choose, if my utility uses another one with a custom license

I recently open sourced a utility which uses PDFtoPrinter.exe. Now I am confused with choosing a license because its homepage says: This system uses the free PDF-Xchange Viewer. You should consult ...
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How much of the project needs to be open source for it be be considered open source?

I know that you can make parts of a project open source and keep other parts colosed source. Suppose I have a peice of software and I only make 1 line of the code in the software open source. My ...
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Should I use a permissive license if I might charge for my product later?

Background Suppose I am working on a piece of open sourced software. Suppose I am unsure whether or not I want to sell it in future versions. My question: Would using a permissive license make it ...
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Will there be any restrictions if I use a MIT licensed module which is built on a GPL library in my commercial software?

I want to use a Python module (https://github.com/Belval/pdf2image) in my commercial software. This module is licensed under the MIT license whereas the library (Poppler) it is built on is licensed ...
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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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