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Does reading code and re-implementing the logic, and releasing under your name count as a licensing violation of MIT?

I'm not clear on what counts as a "copy" in the case of code. If I read your code, that was MIT licensed, implement a similar logic on my own and use no code fragments from the original author, does ...
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MIT License for a jointly developed website

My friend and I developed an open-source non-commercial website which we would like to publish with MIT license. Mit License starts with words Copyright (c) [year] [fullname] Is it OK to write both ...
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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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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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NPM - can I use module with MIT license, even if it requires submodule with CC-BY license?

as the title implies, I've installed some npm packages - all of which I've knowingly installed and requested are published under MIT, ISC, Apache 2, or other permissive license. However, some of ...
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Are there really multiple “conditions” given in the MIT license?

It has always bothered me that the MIT license uses the word “conditions” but only seems to list one condition: Permission is hereby granted […] to any person obtaining a copy of this software […] ...
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Including the MIT copyright notice when the software is part of a larger proprietary software

From reading the license here I understand how I can use the software but the only condition it imposes has confused me. The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in ...
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MIT-licensed project with CC-BY-SA dependency

I have a project (code) that I am wanting to license as MIT. It has a few dependencies, mostly assets (icons and images). Some dependencies are MIT and I include their licenses in the source, but a ...
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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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Does redistributing an unmodified copy of rt.jar from OpenJDK7 using an MIT license violate the GPLv2 with Classpath Exception?

I am considering redistributing a copy of the rt.jar file available within the OpenJDK Zulu distribution within my GitHub project repository which is licensed on a project basis using the MIT license. ...
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license of MIT license text?

Under which license is the license text of the MIT license itself distributed? If I make a new license based on the MIT license (a derivative work) and call it differently, am I allowed to do that?
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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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When is a commercial company allowed to acquire an Open Source project?

For the last few months I spent significant time contributing to an open source project which is licensed with MIT license. I was aware that anyone is allowed to copy, use and change the project's ...
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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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Is it possible to transfer an MIT license?

Let's say that I have an MIT license on some open source software I created. I understand that with an MIT license, I need to state the license information in certain points of a code. I was wondering ...
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Can I change the copyright holder name and year of an MIT license?

Can I change the copyright holder name when using a project of MIT license ? Example: Changing 'john' to 'Justin' in below license ? Copyright 2018 john Permission is hereby granted, free of charge,...
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Opensource license ownership and collaboration

If a person releases their source under some Open source license. And later if another person contributes to the project through a pull request (in Github). Then, does the contributor gets a say if ...
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Merge, rebrand, relicense projects

There are two libraries under MIT, that do the same thing, each with some pros and cons. I'd like to merge them, effectively reworking the public API, but keeping the underlying logic (code). The ...
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Etiquette for incorporating someone else's MIT code in my GPL project?

I'm relatively new to open source, esp. in terms of collaboration, etiquette, etc. I am working on an open source library in the scientific/numerical programming domain, licensed under GPL. There are ...
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What's the usual procedure when using MIT or BSD-2-Clause licensed source code with something like `<script src="…`, `require(…` or `import …`?

This is not a legal question. It might touch the legal aspects around Open Source licenses but I need general help understanding how they work and what the usual procedure is. Part 1 of my question: ...
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Can I change the license of re-written code?

The is a single file source code that I have used as a base for my little project. That source code already works as it is. The problem is its syntaxes, variable naming, spacing, and so many unused ...
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Can I include license text in my project's README and not add a license file?

When I add a license to a software project I place the text of the license in a file named LICENSE.md in the root of the repository. Now I want to include the license text in the README.md instead ...
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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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Using different licenses for different branches of the same repository

I have a Git repository with a medium-sized project on GitHub. Since there are some components depending on GPL libraries, the repository is currently also licensed under the GPL. However, the GPL-...
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Clarification: Dual licensed under the MIT or GPL Version 2 licenses

I've been reading the differences between these two licenses for a few hours now and it is still quite not clear to me how this duality works. As far as I understood, the MIT license basically gives ...
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Including license in emails

I’ve found a nice HTML email template that I would like to customize and use to send automated emails to my clients. The template is MIT licensed, which means I should provide a copy of the license (...
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How to note contributors work with MIT license?

Many of my coding projects are licensed under the MIT license, with my copyright notice at the top: Copyright (C) 2019 David Callanan Anyone making modifications to my code must keep the MIT ...
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Can I be accused of using MIT library in my codebase that internally depends on library not compatible with MIT?

In general, when I make my code dependent on library, do I have to check its dependencies licenses or library license is the only one to be checked on my side? Can I be assused of using MIT library ...
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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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Proper way of mentioning credits to other open source tools used in my application

I am planning to publish an open source tool at github under MIT license. This tool itself uses another tool published at codeplex under Ms-Pl license. What is the proper way of giving appropriate ...
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Using Parts of MIT Licensed Software

I use an MIT licensed package to receive messages in a certain protocol. If I want to use a part of this package to build a new one (also MIT) which sends messages in that protocol (so it's 80% diff. ...
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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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What license to use for GitHub repository containing trademark/copyright protected images?

I just can't seem to find an answer to this. Normally I assign MIT License to all of my GitHub repositories, but so far they have only included code that I have personally written. I think that MIT ...
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What's the correct way to include licence for part of the code from another project

Let's say I have an open source project (Apache2) And I only take one function from another project which is also open sourced under MIT/Apache2 license, and put it together with my code in a single ...
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Take portion of MIT license library, and redistribute in new library

I am currently writing a java library that I intend to release under MIT license. Right now I have drawn on another MIT license library. I would like to only use a couple source files/classes from ...
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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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Adding condition of giving a url to the original work to MIT license

I wand to share my code under MIT license on github, my question is: can I add a condition to the license that makes anyone who uses my code include copyright notice along with a url to my original ...
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Including GPL plugin in repository of MIT code

I have an MIT-licensed library that supports user-provided backends. I was asked to implement a backend that would require using a GPL-licensed library. If I write such a backend, license it's files ...
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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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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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Can I shade ORMLite into my Jar via Maven and distribute that Jar?

I have a little question about ORMLite and its license. I've found this document. Is this the true license of ORMLite? If I understand it correctly, I just need to copy the license into my final jar,...
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Front-End vs Back-end vs Redistributions - Must I disclose my source?

A couple of the gems that I'm using in my rails backend are MIT licensed and I do want to go commercial with this app - that being said the MIT license requires that I include the copyright and ...
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Distributing LGPL library (OpenAL) as part of the MIT licensed game engine

Background: I'm writing a game engine (a set of libraries actually) that simplifies game development with C# language (OK it is yet another game engine :). My plan is to make it as free as possible. ...
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Using a GPL 3.0 parser generator for an MIT licensed program

If I used a GPL 3.0 licensed program like jacc to generate a parser generator which I incorporate into an MIT licensed program, do I have to release my program as GPL? Note that the grammar ...
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Open source license that only affects code

I have a repository (a website) available on Github which contains code, media and texts. Everything is freely available (either on the website or via the code on Github). I want to let the code ...
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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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How to fulfill the conditions of the MIT license for a code contribution [duplicate]

If I have a project licensed under the MIT License, and I find a snippet of code I want to integrate into my project, also licensed under MIT, how do I fulfill the conditions of the project the ...
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Why doesn't the MIT license have “patent use” permission?

From https://choosealicense.com/licenses/ and https://choosealicense.com/appendix/ I notice that the MIT license doesn't have "patent use" permisson like other popular open source licenses. What ...
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Mattermost License

I don't understand this: Mattermost Licensing SOFTWARE LICENSING You are licensed to use compiled versions of the Mattermost platform produced by Mattermost, Inc. under an MIT LICENSE See MIT-...
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Can an NPM package have an MIT license on github if it depends on MIT packages with BSD-2, BSD-3 and Apache 2 licenses

I am trying to understand if an NPM package can be open-source on GitHub with an MIT license if it depends on NPM packages that are open-source on GitHub with a BSD-2, BSD-3, Apache 1 or Apache 2 ...

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