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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 ...
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Open source project from an idea at my job

I've recently used https://github.com/ARCANEDEV/SEO-Helper to build a SEO Bundle for Symfony 2.8 at my company. It was a bit painful as the Symfony standards weren't followed by ARCANEDEV (it's a ...
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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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Proper License for Ritchie Stock Exchange, Proprietary Algorithms, and Algorithmic Trading?

A little context for this question: I'm building an alternative stock exchange (ATS) named "Ritchie". It is based on "The Open Source Way," and I'm trying to decide on the proper license. http://www....
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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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Can I use angular-material in any commercial project ? Is there any cost for that?

I have using angular material for quite few days. Now I am planning to develop a commercial software using angular material (https://material.angularjs.org/). While going through the license section ...
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Is it possible to move from MIT to BSD?

I commited some work on GitHub under the MIT license. Is it possible to move from MIT license to BSD-3 or 4 clauses for some of the projects? And as an extent, to any other license? If possible, is ...
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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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I want to make my private GitHub repo public; can I put part of it under MIT license, and keep the rest protected?

I have been working on a project that is hosted on GitHub in a private repository. The repo has three directories, call them frame, private1, private2. The frame directory is framework code used by ...
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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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MIT license ambiguity about copyright?

I asked this question in softwareengineering.stackexchange.com but it was pointed out to me that it is better suited to be posted here. I deleted the original thread in the other subforum. So the ...
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License as permissive as WTFPL but including no warranty disclaimer

I like publishing my software completely open source with no limitations (no contribution required, etc). I thought about using the WTFPL, but it lacks an MIT-like disclaimer: THE SOFTWARE IS ...
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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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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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AGPL v3 project with MIT licensed framework

I wish to create an AGPLv3 project which uses an underlying framework which is MIT-licensed. The framework offers some source code which needs to/can be modified to make the framework bend to the ...
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How to manage source code if there are doubts about the licence?

Even if the subject involves the MIT licence, my question is not strictly limited to that license. Working for a private company, I found in their private repository some projects apparently licensed ...
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Can a team be the copyright holder (MIT)?

I'm developing in a team of OSS developers and currently my name is specified in all LICENSE files or copyright headers. But, as it's a teamwork instead of writing "Copyright (c) 2017 MY Name" I would ...
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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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How to apply the MIT License to a program including its embedded resource data?

I would like to apply the MIT License to all artifacts of an open source software project, i.e. its full source code, but also its resource data such as graphics or localized string lists that are ...
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Obtaining MIT licence for own plugin

I wrote a simple plugin in JavaScript and I want to put it on GitHub for people to download and use it freely. I saw many people include MIT licence in a file. How can I obtain the MIT licence? Do I ...
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Licence issues using ContentTools WYSIWYG editor

We have been searching for a Html editor for couple of days, we have visited some editors too, but nothing fits our requirement, and then someone suggested us to use ContentTools WYSIWYG editor, which ...
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How can I use an MIT license for code but protect the copyright of photos in my repository?

My project is a fork of a project that comes with the MIT license and nobody wants to change the license that applies to the software. However, some of the content that is also stored on GitHub is not ...
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Is it appropriate to use open source license with Matlab code?

Since Matlab itself is not open source (commercial software and Matlab language can only be used within the Matlab environment), is it OK to put my Matlab code on github under open source license, e.g....
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What is the use of attaching a license like WTFPL?

I've been checking out the different licenses and I came around WTFPL. I understand the basic intention of the license. But how much appropriate is this license to use for any work? It says, You ...
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How is the Expat (MIT) license compatible with the GPL?

Suppose I come across Project G, an open-source project licensed under the GNU GPL, and Project M, an open-source project licensed under the Expat license (also called the MIT license). I want to ...
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MIT License of ported theme vs Original theme license

I started playing around with Hugo (a static site generator) and came across a theme I wanted to use. At the root of the theme, there's an MIT license. My confusion comes from a file inside of the ...
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At which point does your work stop being a derivative of a seed project?

Seed projects, in my understanding, are commonly meant to help quick-start an application development by taking away the boilerplate, redundant work, and maybe provide an initial architectural ...
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Is it legal to monetize from someone else's software?

I was wondering if I copy someone else's software and make some design changes and try to make money from it. Is it legal? Which licenses provides a facility for that?
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MIT license, do I need to include it? [duplicate]

If I program a website and use a JS plugin (http://responsiveslides.com/ for example), which is licensed under MIT. Does this mean I have to put the MIT-license somewhere in my directory. If so, where ...