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What does “distribute with full source code” mean in GPL?

I want to use Stanford-nlp in my project to implement some search. But it is under GPL license. I found the following lines: "if your company ever make changes to the software and want to distribute ...
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Reproducing all npm package Licenses

I'm about to release a website that uses a lot of open source software. There are likely 30-100 packages, and those probably include more packages. I've made sure none of them are the type of ...
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LGPL-licensed code reuse in MIT-licensed project

I have an MIT-licensed (in plans, currently it's not published) project. And I've found an implementation of the required algorithm in an LGPL-licensed project. Am I allowed to include that code in my ...
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How do the years specified in a copyright statement work?

Given that it is about to be or already is 2018, I now notice I have a few open-source projects licensed with MIT, where each one of them states: Copyright (c) <years> <name> Does this ...
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How to legally use Jekyll themes by others?

I realize this may be an extremely basic question, but I'm confused about the legal issues that come with starting a blog and using a theme. I want to use the Clean Blog theme (by BlackrockDigital). ...
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Where to put license for MIT licensed code on website

I'm a freelance web developer building a site for a client. I found some code I'd like to use on CodePen which uses the MIT License. As far as I understand the license, I can use the code freely on my ...
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Can library that took parts of library licensed under GPL with Classpath Exception be licensed under MIT?

I've spotted the library (library M) where developers took some source files from GPL with Classpath Exception licensed library (library G), included them in their project and changed namespaces and ...
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Using OSS of different licenses in MIT-licensed software

If I create a new MIT-licensed OSS project and use other software with different licenses (MIT, GPLv3, no license), what is the best way to create a compliant repository? We thought of adding a ...
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Is it still necessary to attribute MIT code if it has been modified?

If I take MIT licensed code, modify it, then use the modified code, is it still neccesary to attribute it to the original author? Does this change if the project using the modified code is licensed ...
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Explanation about open source codes and licences

I need to understand rules that I only read but never understood completely. I'm asking here some clarifications. I read that GPLv2 licence imposes that a developer, developing a software using codes ...
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can I remove files and folders in a PHP package without violating its license?

Let's say I'm working on a PHP application and I want to integrate some PHP packages like TWIG. Using Composer or some other automated management or code assisting technologies is irrelevant here. All ...
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Can I use BSD / MIT licensed code in a public-domain equivalent project?

As far as I know, the BSD 3-clause and MIT licenses are functionally equivalent. Can I take BSD/MIT-licensed code and use it in a project which I then release under CC0, the Unlicense, or similar? (...
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Include library dependencies licenses as well?

Sadly this didn´t really answer my question: When including libraries licenses, do I need to include the libraries' dependencies' licenses too? If I use Library A which is MIT and Library A ...
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Forking GitHub repository (MIT): what references to the original author should remain intact?

I'll pick one of the most popular React boilerplates as an example here. Assume I've forked it (the commits history till the fork date remains intact). According to the text of MIT license, the only ...
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Is there any particular reason to license docs with CC BY 4.0 rather than MIT?

MIT license can be used for "software and associated documentation files". But a few big open source projects licensed under MIT (for example, dotnetcore, reactjs), explicitly use Creative Commons ...
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How does Bootstrap v4 (MIT) deal with contributions made under v3 (Apache 2.0)?

Bootstrap version 4 is under MIT license. Bootstrap version 3 and earlier ones were under Apache license 2.0. Bootstrap version 4 probably inherits some source code from Bootstrap version 3. Then, ...
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I am using a MIT licensed module in a closed source consumer device. What are my obligations?

I am working on a piece of embedded software for a consumer device. For a small part of the software, we are using a third-party library that is licensed under the MIT license. As the MIT license ...
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License details in languages other than English (American)

I am adding support to allow the use of GUI languages other than English (American) with a large GPL project that uses some MIT/3-Clause BSD libraries and I was wondering whether I should produce ...
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Using GPL library with MIT licensed code

Let's say I created a project containing hundreds of source files under the MIT License (most of which I wrote myself for this project). Now I want to add a GPL library to the project, that will be ...
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Should you add any notes to sell copies of a 3rd party MIT licenced software?

The MIT licence says publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software but still to do that should you add notes or anything above or below in the licence or readme files to make ...
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Using information from MIT licensed code

I'm currently developing an editor that will implement syntax highlighter for a rather specialized language. I had already found a vim highlighting file that I rather liked the style of, and while I ...
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Sass project with modules licensed under MIT and GPLv2

I am having trouble working out some license issues with a Sass project I'm working on. I've created an HTML documentation template, and the CSS part is build with Sass. I'm using third party Sass ...
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Redistribution of modified fonts, originally licensed under Apache 2.0

I would like to use a font licensed under Apache License 2.0 (without a NOTICE file and without additional provisions) in my web project. For this end, I made a package of webfonts based on a subset ...
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Clarification for a permissive licensing of a derivative work by example

The situation is the following: I am working on a binding project (using a library/framework built on Swift and binding for Xamarin/C#) which includes some sample apps/programs adopted from Swift to ...
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What must be the license of a software including other apps with different licenses?

I have developed a software and I will publish it for free. But this software includes the following programs: The app is developed using Electron (License: MIT) Electron uses Chromium (It is ...
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Relicensing an MIT licensed project under the GPL that has non code contributions from others

I have an Android Game I've written that I released under the MIT license. Recently, there have been several people who have downloaded the source of my application, added ads and uploaded it to the ...
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Where would I give credit to an MIT licensed project, in an iOS app?

I would like to include a pod that I found on cocoa pods and its an animation of a button. It is licensed under MIT licence: https://cocoapods.org/pods/DynamicButton In the licence it states: ...
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Licenses compatibility with EPL

My software is a static analysis tools for old languages. I'm currently writing new tests and I wanted to use some files from open-source projects on GitHub. However, I'm kind of lost with licenses ...
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How should I continue work on an abandoned open source project?

I've found an open source project (MIT-licensed) that I really loved the idea and the project code base itself, however it seems to be abandoned and people are doing their own forks from it. I did ...
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Why do licenses such as the MIT License specify a single year?

From opensource.org, the first line of the license reads, Copyright <YEAR> <COPYRIGHT HOLDER> If the development goes across January 1, or a repository consists of sources written in ...
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GPL in a runtime environment

I'm making a runtime environment for Squirrel that includes embedded functions for basic I/O needed in games. The idea is that it would just run Squirrel files (.nut or .sq) or its own format for ...
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Can I use PostgreSQL on a server for users to access a desktop application without sharing my source code?

I have a desktop application with a login where data users are loaded from a PostgreSQL database in a server on the web. This server has a website where the user can create an account and buy a ...
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Can I use the MIT license if I use Font Awesome (SIL OFL)?

I have a project in which I included libraries of: Bootstrap v3.3.7 (http://getbootstrap.com) Licensed MIT jQuery v1.11.2 (jquery.org/license) Licensed MIT jQuery UI v1.11.2 (http://jqueryui.com) ...
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Can I publish my C++ game on GitHub under MIT using art and libraries under others licenses?

Can I publish my C++ game on GitHub under MIT using art and libraries under others licenses? I want to publish my code on GitHub, but I have some troubles with licensing. In my game I use GLEW (...
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Company logo in an MIT licensed project [duplicate]

I want to release a project under the MIT license. Among the source files there is a png with the company logo. I would like to specify that that logo cannot be included in any of the derivative works....
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Is it possible to move from BSD to MIT without author consent?

I'm author of a Python package released under BSD license. This work was published in a GitHub repository. Someone forked my repository. Did some improvements and published code under MIT license with ...
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Is using MIT-licensed code in non-open source code considered stealing?

What if we use MIT-licensed code in our propietary software? Is it considered stealing? I saw some software that was packaged with MIT licensed code in the installation directory. Some people think ...
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Has the MIT license been “Battle tested” in court?

The GPL has been pertinent to several court cases. We know it is strong because it has been "battle-tested". Can the same be said to be true for the MIT license?
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MIT-licensed project that only consists of a README file

I have an open source project on GitHub that is currently under the MIT license. The "project" is actually a README file containing information on a variety of new language and library features, ...
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Adding conditions to a terse, permissible open source license

I wrote a library in JavaScript and chose the ISC license for its terseness, permissibility and likeness to the MIT license. I would like to add some conditions to my software to limit specific uses ...
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Copying GPL-licensed config into MIT-licensed library

I'm building a library and want to release it under MIT. Among other functions, this library has to emulate the internal behaviour of std::unordered_set from libstdc++ (precisely -- determine the ...
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Can I publish my iOS app store app code to GitHub under MIT/GPL

I am about to start developing an iOS app which will be published on Apple App Store. While developing this app, I am thinking to push all the code to GitHub public repository; pull requests from ...
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Valid locations for propagated MIT/BSD licenses?

Background My own project is a module for Python (without GUI, so this answer does not fully apply). It’s licensed with a three-clause BSD license which resides in a separate file (say License), and ...
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Can software be both MIT licensed and in the public domain?

docopt.rs is dual-licensed under the MIT and Unlicense. How can the software be both copyrighted and in the public domain? Is this an example of invalid licensing?
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Copyright license grants of GPLv2 in MIT project

Open source library X has an MIT license. It contains files from another (GPLv2) project, which I will call library Y. Library X states explicitly (in the license notes, a chapter of the readme.md ...
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Using GPL-covered dataset in non-GPL code

We are currently writing a piece of software. In it, we want to use the Disconnect.me tracking services list. The list is licensed under the GPLv3. Our code will generally only run on servers, but we ...
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Can I use images and resources available with GPL3 code?

I would like to use images available in a GitHub repository that is marked with GPL3 license. If I proper reference it, can I use and modify it without author's explicit consent? If so, is it still ...
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How to use MIT license in a project?

Let's say i used a MIT program as a base for a new project, and modified about 50% of the program files. How should i specify that the program is a derivative work? Do i need to keep track of every ...
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Release code with MIT dependencies under GPL

I am creating a game and want to release the code under a copyleft license (GPL 2 or 3). So far, so good, but there are multiple MIT-licensed library dependencies. Can I still release my code under ...
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Most fitting software license for customized client work?

I am struggling with this question about a GitHub project of mine (MIT license). A client wanted me to customize it in a certain way and sell him the customizations (the customizations do not work ...