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Does the MIT license propagate?

MIT license states The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software. If I make a modified version of an MIT-covered ...
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Use Mint Y theme look and feel in MIT licensed library

I'm writing an UI library for JavaScript. I wish to release my work under the MIT license. As part as my code I wish to provide a hand crafted theme based on the look and feel of the Mint Y family of ...
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Can I publish my SpamAssassin plugin under MIT licence on Github?

I would like to publish my custom SpamAssassin plugin under the MIT licence on GitHub but I am not sure if it is possible. SpamAssassin is licensed under the Apache Licence 2.0 and vast majority of ...
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Choose a license for a library

I'm new to Open Source, and would like to create an open source project hosted on GitHub. The project is a library of functions written in a specific language which will be used for this language. It ...
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If my repository uses a MIT license, can I submit a DMCA takedown for someone who copied it?

I have an MIT-licensed repository which has been copied entirely, just replacing the author's name. I've heard that MIT takes away most copyright and permits free use, but if anyone can copy code and ...
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Including a MIT library that contains a statically linked LGPL library within a Mac app

I'm building a Mac app that I'm planning to release on the Mac App Store. I would like to use a MIT library that contains a statically linked LGPL2.1 library. My understanding, is that in order to ...
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License for Windows Forms Application in C++/CLI and MySQL

I have built an application using Windows Forms Desktop Application in C++/CLI, I am also using NuGet Package for MySQL.data as well as I am using MySQL code for the application. I need to add a ...
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Do I have to remove the license on zLib-licensed code project in order for it to be integrated into a GPL3, Apache2 or MIT-licensed codebase?

As the title states, if I take one code project that is under a zlib license, and incorporate it into a GPL3, Apache2 or MIT-licensed codebase, do I have to remove the license from the code project ...
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Why does Creative Commons recommend not using CC-BY licenses for software?

The FAQ on the Creative Commons website states: Can I apply a Creative Commons license to software? We recommend against using Creative Commons licenses for software. Instead, we strongly ...
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Project contains some code snippets under MIT license - can I publish the repo under BSL?

We've created a project where the bulk of it (70%) is proprietary code. The remaining is code that is public under MIT license. Can we still publish our codebase under a BSL (Business Source License) ...
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Credit Bootstrap on website

I am creating a website using Bootstrap. Do I need to credit Bootstrap since it has MIT license? If so, how can I do that?
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How is the wow.js fork free, while the original project is not free?

I searched for a library to manage browser scrolling. I came upon https://wowjs.uk/. If you look at the bottom, it says it's free, and on its GitHub page the license is MIT. However, it's a project ...
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How do I comply with MIT or Apache licenses while making clear that these licenses only apply to the libraries?

I am making a closed source app for my employer. This app uses libraries under MIT and Apache licenses. How do I comply with these licenses in such a way that it is absolutely clear that these ...
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Using code licensed under an MIT license with code licensed under the GPL

Say I have a repository that uses the GPL and I want to include code from a repository under the MIT license. I found here that MIT and GPL licensed code can be freely combined; however, I am unsure ...
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Can I use "public domain" data in MIT-licensed software?

I want to use a small dataset that a university professor posted on his web page (a list of English words). The data is part of a larger corpus of data that accompanies a textbook (written by said ...
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If I'm using a MIT library in my project, can I license my project under GPLv3 license?

If I'm using a MIT library in my project, can I license my project under GPLv3 license? And which libraries Im allow to use if I want to license my project under GPL v3?
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Do Open Source Licenses allow authors to corrupt their own code, like in the colors.js case?

I was seeing a lot of news about the colors.js library. I would like to know if the open source license entitles the developer of the colors.js library to make it dysfunctional and create the damage ...
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How to use LGPL with embedded firmwares?

I am developing a firmware for embedded devices. The project contains many libraries, plus one main executable that uses all the libraries. Each component is compiled individually. In the final step, ...
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Can i use Apache-2.0 in a project licensed as MIT?

This link tells me not to use MIT under my license when redistributing the Apache 2.0 source code. Then, if Apache 2.0 or GPL source code is not included, only when specified in the header file and ...
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Developing a project based on a GitHub MIT license project

For more than a year now, I've been developing a paid, commercial application that is based on an existing project posted on GitHub and licensed as MIT. In addition to integrating this project into my ...
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Can any project under ISC have the license migrated to MIT text by me if it possibly meets the criterion? (+the permissions listed within MIT License)

Was wondering after I had seen this answer on ISC vs BSD vs MIT If both explicit & implied rights are the same and the permissions mentioned in the ISC are also found in MIT, including to sub-...
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Python's tqdm package license

tqdm package seems to mention 2 types of licenses. Here's the license for tqdm's package `tqdm` is a product of collaborative work. Unless otherwise stated, all authors (see commit logs) retain ...
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License notice for BSD and MIT licenses

Should I put the complete text of BSD or MIT license to every file? For longer licenses like GPL or MPL, there is a license notice. It is relatively short text that says what license is selected for ...
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MIT license in R packages

According to the text of the MIT license: The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software. However, many R packages, ...
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System libraries and exceptions regarding closed source distribution

There are some specific usage examples I would like to learn, regarding of using some open source libraries inside a commercial closed source product(binary, executable). Most of the answers online ...
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Attribution when deriving from a W3C Software Notice and Document License work

I am creating a reimplementation for a different language of a software library that is licensed under the W3C Software Notice and Document License. The original library contains a NOTICE file. As my ...
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Best way to include GPL-licensed code in an MIT-licensed library

I am currently developing a Python library under an MIT license (let's call it mylib). I have, however, come across what may be a minor hurdle. I want to include an optional GPL-licensed dependency. I ...
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Does a copyright notice in a file header affect the licensing?

I'm a little confused about the licensing. In the LICENSE file it says that the repository is under MIT license. But in the header of some js files there is a copyright notice with apache-2.0. Does ...
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Applying MIT License to Internal Embedded Linux System

I have an embedded Linux PoC device that has been developed and designed in house to help produce a product that is then sold. The device weighs produce then etches a marker on the bottle indicating ...
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Arduino GitHub project - what is the scope of copyright attribution and how to include it?

I'm trying to upload my project to GitHub and have questions regarding license/credit attribution. My project is an Arduino (specifically NodeMCU ESP8266) project, which mainly includes two external ...
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Can I include online alias along with my full name in license notices in files

I have an Open-source library called animate.css-dynamic, with an MIT license. My copyright statement says "Copyright (c) 2021 Mohammed Khurram", while in license notices I have written &...
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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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Am I violating the terms of the base licenses when I publish my project on GitHub without any license and/or links to authors of used components?

Many developers, students, etc. put their code on GitHub without any links to authors of used components and licenses. I tried find a new job and yesterday HR ask me create Rest API with django + drf ...
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What type of notices and licenses do I need to add when adding (and modifying) code from an Apache 2.0 codebase to my own MIT codebase?

I want to add code from an Apache 2.0 software to my own code base which is MIT. I know that generally these are compatible but my worry is how to add the Apache 2.0 code with the appropriate ...
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Can the MIT license be applied to music?

If not, are there any other good options for me to effectively allow use by everyone for almost any reason? I'd prefer to take a hands-off approach as opposed to attempting to place anything in the ...
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How to provide attribution when numerous contributors hold copyright

My software depends on and links to a third-party open-source library licensed under the MIT license. No copyright notice is present in the LICENSE file, the README file, or any of the source files. ...
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What modifications to the Authors and License section in the README file of a cloned repository are permissible under an MIT License?

Suppose Robert Smith has a repo with a README file containing this section: Authors Robert Smith Robert Smith's website License Code copyright Robert Smith. Code released under the MIT license. ...
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Is it possible to have an MIT-licensed directory inside an MPL 2.0 repository?

I'm licensing my project under MPL 2.0, but I have a certain directory for utilities that I don't want to be under copyleft. If I put an MIT license in the said directory, can it override the MPL 2.0 ...
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Including design reference implementations with open source program

I am developing an open-source FPGA project that targets multiple FPGA development boards. The project itself is licensed MIT. On one of the targets, the VGA-to-HDMI encoder chip included on the board ...
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If someone purchases a MIT license for code that is otherwise GPLv3, may they redistribute it? May they upload it on Github?

A fellow developer has done something that has made me curious, he has a popular javascript front-end package on GitHub which for years was licensed under MIT, then all of a sudden he released a v2 ...
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Using GNU General Public Licensed code in an MIT Licensed application

I am developing a GUI Java-based application using swing and am thinking of using the MIT license, though when reading the licenses stated in the components of java swing I see that they are licensed ...
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What is the appropriate way to include third-party libraries copyright notice and permission notice in my project source code?

I am writing a web app based on react framework and I am using npm package manager. Together with transitive dependencies I have about 800 MIT licensed dependencies. To comply with MIT, do I need to ...
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What to do if someone forked your project and removed its license?

Say you created a website and it's open-source under MIT. A month later, I changed it to GPL-3.0 License. A month passed again, someone forked my project in GitHub and is making money off it via ...
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Given the existence of the Apache license, and the reasons for it over MIT/BSD license, is it still safe to use MIT/BSD?

Apache license exists as a permissive open-source license as opposed to MIT/BSD license with the perceived benefit that it also protects authors from patent violations. Although I think I read ...
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Which license for a project combining MIT libraries and GPL modified files?

I have a website that uses MIT licensed libraries for JavaScript (THREE.js, Chart.js, js-yaml). The librairies are loaded through CDNs so their source files aren't explicitly present in the source ...
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What are the *restrictions* in permissive licenses like MIT or Apache 2.0?

If I (or a company where I work) use a source code part from an open source project licensed under a permissive license like MIT or Apache 2.0 it is clear I can modify, edit etc it. What is not clear ...
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MIT notice in firmware for devices with no user interface

The MIT license says: The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software. In case of proprietary software, there is usually ...
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MIT-licensed data as part of Android app

I have developed an Android app with Kivy, which I'd like to publish in Google Play. Now, I'd like to use certain MIT-licensed data, which will ship as part of the app. Is this legal? As far as I ...
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What is the official logo for the MIT License?

I'm wanting to find a way to indicate visually, as shorthand, that certain projects I'm publishing fall under one license or another. On the actual GitHub page for each project, the full license name ...
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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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