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Questions tagged [multi-licensing]

Works can be released under two (or more) licenses, which may or may not be compatible, giving recipients the choice of which terms they will abide by

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Why is CC BY-SA discouraged for code?

Everybody knows that you shouldn't use a CC BY-SA license on your code. Even the Creative Commons folk recommend against it. What I don't know or understand is why. I can't seem to find any ...
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Can I “Override” a licensing policy?

On many sites, especially Stack Overflow, I can't help but notice such amazing code snippets. However, they come with a "catch" designed by the author. With user contributions being licensed with the ...
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Will a dual license lock me in to a provider?

I want to use open source software for my business, and it is dual licensed. If I choose the paid license which provides support for any changes we require, will this mean that we are unable to change ...
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What is the most concise unambiguous way to represent dual licensing of a work?

I publish photos under multiple Creative Commons licenses and often want to indicate the licensing in a short caption or comment on the photo online or in print. If one of them is dual licensed, how ...
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May someone else apply a license to CC0 material?

Alice licensed her work under CC0 1.0. May Bob take Alice’s work and publish it under another Creative Commons license (e.g., CC BY-SA)? If yes, may Bob publish it under his own name (i.e., not ...
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Can paid-for Open Sourcing be a viable model for a freelancer?

Open sourcing doesn't necessarily mean that you give away your source code for free. I am wondering about the business model where your code is made public, free for personal/hobby use, but with a ...
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Can I apply one license to specific users and another to others?

Suppose I am a developer. I am developing a piece of software. I decide I want to make this code open source. But... I only want developers (or people that will be using the code in other projects) to ...
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Is it possible to restrict GNU GPLv3 to non-commercial use only?

I've noticed that the jQuery plugin "Fancybox" has a peculiar licensing note in its header: // Licensed GPLv3 for open source use // or fancyBox Commercial License for commercial use // // http://...
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Does it make sense to license my content under a more restrictive license if it's licensed CC-BY-SA?

Let's say that I make a post on a Stack Exchange site. That content is owned by me, but I gave the company a perpetual and irrevocable license under Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike 3.0. As ...
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Licensing Community Wiki Posts at Stack Exchange

A while back, I ask this question: Can I Override a licensing Policy? I determined that instead of stating a license on a profile page, it dual-licenses the content posted by that user, instead of ...
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What is the meaning of two licenses in a maven pom?

Maven allows several licenses in its license block e.g. <licenses> <license> <name>GPL-3.0</name> </license> <license> <name> Beerware</...
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License to use for smaller GitHub repos

I frequently create programs to process my local files in some fashion. About half of them are Bash shell scripts under 100 lines, others may be longer, include multiple files, or even be in other ...
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Dual license compatibility

Suppose I place work I publish under two licenses. If the two have conflicting attributes which property should be used. Can you specify which properties you want two be applied from the two licenses?...
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How to Audit licensing of old project?

I manage a project with a very long open source history - Zikula (and https://github.com/zikula/core). Zikula grew out of PHPNuke and PostNuke. Most of the oldest code is long gone, but some legacy ...
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How to license Stack Overflow contributions as permissive as possible? [duplicate]

Important: this related Meta Stack Exchange post. Code you post on Stack Overflow is licensed "cc-by-sa 3.0 with attribution required". Now this may pose problems for people wanting to use my ...
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If something is licensed to me under two (Open Source) licences, can I redistribute under only one?

I have modified a particular file (A LaTeX Beamer Template) The readme says: The code of the package is dual-license. This means that you can decide which license you wish to use when using the ...
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License header for dual-licensed (AGPL or “non-free”) source code

For one of my products I plan to move from a commercial-only to a dual licensed license model: GNU Affero General Public License (AGPL) or a "non-free" license. I can imagine two options for the ...
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Possibility of non-commercial ‘open-source’ and attribution based licence

I am currently planning to launch an alpha version of the software as a representative of an unregistered company. We (currently I'm the only person on the team) do not have any patents and are not ...
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Is it legal to use code from Microsoft Knowledge Base Article in an open source software?

In an open-source software project, GPL2 or 3, is it legal to use code snippets from Microsoft Knowledge Base articles - the ones that used to be called something like Q1234567, nowadays called just ...
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Using GPL-ed library from code with more permissive license (MPL-2)

I'm writing a library and a tool on top of it, and I would like to release both under MPL-2. However, the library has an optional dependency, another library which is released under GPL (not LGPL). I ...
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Can I dual license my code under the AGPL and the CPAL? If so, how?

I'm beginning work on a web application at the moment which ideally I'd like to dual license under the terms of the AGPL and the CPAL. This would mean that anyone using the code in their own web ...
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As owner of GPL library, can I break the licensing terms?

As far as I understand, choosing GPL licence for library does not permits use of it in proprietary programs as opposed to LGPL. So releasing my library (or code classes), I'm forcing people to use ...
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Dual license or relicense when the new license is more permissive?

An organization is considering changing the license of an OSS repo on GitHub. For the purposes of this question, assume that organization has the legal rights to change the license. It is currently ...
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License similar to GPL, but allowing to incorporate into the commercial version

Continuing this question: I want a license L which is generally like GPL, but allows us to do the following: License our software under both L and a commercial license. Require that every patch (or ...
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Licence for open-source code which is part of proprietary code?

I've a proprietary program which is using OOP classes which I want to publish as FOSS (only the classes). Which FOSS compatible license I can choose for the classes which will work with my ...
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Does using an AGPLv3-licensed library prevent me from dual-licensing my own source code?

I wrote some software (a simple command-line utility) and released the source code under the following zlib-style open source license: Permission is granted to anyone to use this software for any ...
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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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Do anything with this free beer except generate revenue, for that you'll need to purchase an additional beer license?

Background I'm working on a talk, complete with an accompanying resource pack and website. I've never released anything I believe to be of some actual significant monetary value to anyone else ...
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Is dual licensing a software that contains gpl programs possible?

I have seen that there is a question about gpl and dual licensing, but I know copyleft can behave different depending on the shape of the software. so here's my question: I have a package of lua ...
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Commercial AGPL application

I'm developing an application using iText. iText, unless a commercial license is purchased, forces you to abide by the AGPL. My plan is to sell commercial pre-compiled copies of my software at a small ...
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Under what conditions can someone dual licence existing works?

When software is diffused under an open-source licence I imagine that a project becomes the "intellectual property" of the community. However, I'm not clear about this answer in that an author agrees ...
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Do you have to specify dual licensing before releasing open source software?

I'm working on an open source project I'd like to release at some point. I am going to license it under the AGPL v3, but I'd like people to have the option to pay for private development which only ...
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Do Stack Exchange’s ToS mean that the user-generated content is double-licensed to them?

In the ToS of Stack Exchange sites, under the section Subscriber Content, the first sentence states that my submitted content is licensed (to Stack Exchange) under CC BY-SA 3.0: You agree that all ...
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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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How to license programming assignments permissively, while preventing solutions from being published?

I have created a few practical programming assignments for a bachelor's course in computer science, which I'm quite proud of. I'd love for my work to be used anywhere, and for any future teachers or ...
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Can my thesis LaTeX source files contents be under GPL v3?

I want to release all the LaTeX source files (*.tex), when I publish my thesis. I do not want to just release the PDF. So everybody can build my thesis with a LaTeX compiler from its source code. Can ...
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Wiki template licensing?

I do some editing for Wiki A, which is generally licensed in a typical wiki fashion: Content is available under GNU FDL 1.3 unless otherwise noted. Wiki B uses some templates I'd like to copy for ...
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Adding a very minor part of GPL3 code to a BSD-licensed project

I am porting a library that somebody else released under BSD-3 license from Fortran to C++. In order to make it run easily under C++, I am using an interface that is only a very minor and almost ...
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Is this restriction of Cheerp community edition in violation of GPLv2?

As I understand, Cheerp is a tool in a similar way it is GCC, licensed with GPLv2. The license applies to the work reached by the copy rights, but not for use restrictions. So, as long as one does ...
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What does the Zstandard dual license mean?

I am looking at the Zstandard library and it says that it is dual licensed, BSD and GPLv2. What does it mean? If I use libraries in a non open source program will the license be GPL or BSD? In the ...
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What is the way to handle a project that is a mix of software and non-software items?

Our project is partly software, and partly 3d models and images. To me, the language of the MIT license, which specifically refers to software, doesn't really seem applicable to the parts that aren't ...
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Licensing under “version X or later”

Is it a GPL-only thing or can I use this formulation with any license, like "MPL 2 or later"? Does it mean that in case versions 1, 2 & 3 of license are available, "version 1 or later" effectively ...
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JPEG comment to convey Copyleft Multi-Licenced Copyright Notice

This question is related to Copyleft Multi-Licenced Copyright Notice. I upload pictures on commons.wikimedia.org and I want to facilitate the reuse but I want derivatives stay "libre". Therefore I ...
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Copyleft Multi-Licenced Copyright Notice

I want to allow any usage/modification/distribution of my work except with the restriction that my work and derivatives must stay "libre". Therefore I think the right way is to publish my work under ...
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Using my own code fragments in multiple projects: does this count as multi-licensing?

I'm working on different open source projects, to which I'm contributing code which sometimes overlaps. Does this count as multi-licensing (and if so, do I have to make note of this explicitly)? Or ...
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Will distributing my program with virtual box make it GPL?

So I'm wondering if I distribute my application (as an .iso file) with virtualbox portable http://www.vbox.me/ which is licensed under GPLv2, will that make my program also under the GPLv2 license? Or ...
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Dual Licensing - AFL/GPL

I would like to use a library that is dual licensed: library is licensed to you under your choice of the Academic Free License version 2.1, or the GNU General Public License version 2 (or, at your ...
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GPL, LGPL or MPL for open source app with closed source Pro flavour

I have had a fairly popular Android business app on Google Play a while now. It is available as a free version and a version with features targeted to bigger businesses. I am currently in the process ...
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Meaning of “and” and “additionally” connectors with two Open Source licenses

[This question is an expansion of the question "Meaning of OFL and GPL" because of limits on the number of characters in comment-responses]. I am unsure of the meaning of the terms "and" and "...
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License for Graphics Design Program

I've written a Graphics Design program, with less functionality than Photoshop, but more than MS Paint. I've targeted the application towards teenagers and kids, mainly for educational usages for ...