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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Python package where each module has a different license

I created a Python package, where different submodules have different licenses (MIT, BSD, Apache etc). I am now wondering, how my setup.py should look like. Looking at this post, I assume it would ...
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Is it safe to use FreeType inside a proprietary closed-source software?

Many of libraries, that have LGPL or permissive licenses, depends on FreeType, that have multi-licensing (FTL/GPL). My question is: if FreeType can be used under any of these licenses, can someone ...
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Does multi-licensing disable “use/run for any purpose” right?

It is understood from the Open Source Initiative's definition of open source that the software under the licenses here and here can be used/run for any purpose. For example, it is understood that ...
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Multi-Licensing with open source licenses

When a project on GitHub uses two OS licenses, Apache/EPL or Apache/AGPL, does one license govern over the other or do both govern equally and together? My main confusion is how the two licenses ...
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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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Is license compatibility a partial order?

When we say that some license X is (one-way) compatible with another license Y, I gather that we often intend for compatibility to be transitive; that is, given some other license W which is ...
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How does firefox use proprietory fonts?

Visit about:preferences on firefox and search fonts.Almost every font that is listed is proprietory.How does firefox use them though they are open source?
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Granting exceptions to the GPL so that binary is compatible with 3rd party license

Suppose there exists a software library libfoo distributed under the terms of a hypothetical license we will here call The Foo License (TFL). The terms of TFL are identical to those of the 3-clause ...
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Using one source code file from other project with different license type

I want to use one source code file from other open source project which is licensed under GPL3. That source code will be used to perform a single task in my project. My entire project is licensed ...
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Can you use a less restrictive open source licence from the one your depedency has?

Without loss of generality, suppose you have an open source Java project with Gradle as the build system, and you want to add the MIT licence to it. Consider the cases: Case 1. From the build.gradle ...
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What might be the licence for OpenAI model generated code snippets?

I saw an interesting video on computer-generated code snippets. The model has been trained on thousands of open source GitHub repositories. In the video, an AI model produced some small code ...
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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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Is there a specific header used to indicate that a file is exempt from the licensing of the rest of the project?

I am using the GPLv3 license for a tool that embeds files into source code. However as part of it's operation it copies a portion of it's own source into projects that use it (as a library to allow ...
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Include copyright material used by permission in open source repository

I've got an open source web project on GitHub licensed under GPL 3.0. Now I'm going to be adding some material under copyright (verses from a translation of the Bible) that I've been given permission ...
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Python package with different licenses per modules, some with GPL: is a global GPL license required?

I'm in a situation a bit similar to this one, but more precisely I developed a Python package with multiple modules. Some of them have dependencies under GPL, therefore "infecting" this specific ...
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Can downstream dual licensing be inferred?

Suppose a developer receives software from XX with a license permitting unlimited modification and redistribution as well as full ownership of any original content. The only restriction being no ...
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Suitable license for open-source game with proprietary content

I am developing a 2D sidescroller game for mobile platforms and am trying to figure out the best licensing option for this situation: My desire is to make the game's source code open-source, but the ...
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Dual license open source software?

I'm building a piece of open source code that I want to use the AGPLv3 license, but at the same time, if a company pays a fee, I want to allow them to access the software using a much more permissive ...
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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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Would a multi-license consisting of all possible non-exclusive licenses work?

Dual licensing is used to maximize compatibility. One requirement is that licenses must be non-exclusive, although they don't have to compatible and as licensee you are free to choose a subset of the ...
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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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GPL with license exception for iOS?

I'd really like to use the GPL license for my cross-platform mobile app. I want to publish on the iOS AppStore, the terms of which indirectly prohibit the GPL from being used. What's the best way to ...
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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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Can I use a library that is dual licensed GPL + LGPL as if it was only LGPL?

PaGMO 2 includes both GPL and LGPL in their copyright notices: Copyright 2017-2018 PaGMO development team This file is part of the PaGMO library. The PaGMO library is free software; you can ...
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Can I license code that links to GPL code under a more permissive license?

I'm working on a project that I want to release under the MIT license. However, it includes a GPL'ed library. I understand this means I must release my work under GPL. Am I able to release the whole ...
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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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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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License header for CSS/JS resources

I'm creating a template for a company and fetching all vendor libs and selfmade code together to one minified style.css and script.js. My question to you is: Is this following license header legal? /...
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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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Open Source Hardware software and patent license

I'm working on a hardware medical device which I'd like to open source without giving out my patent rights to potential competitors. I'd like to open source the firmware/software part. What's ...
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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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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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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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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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Is it correct in general to have both MIT and Apache license for the same project

I am using the javascript library Datejs in my project, the library states in their website that the code is released under the MIT Licence but the code published on their GitHub account is published ...
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can I use CC BY-SA 3.0 media (pictures) in a software partly licensed under a non-derivative license?

I am working on a software wich contains graphics i didn't make that are licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0. since the software contains other parts I didn't make, I want to put it under two different ...
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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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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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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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Is License Zero compatible with other open source licenses like GNU, MIT or BSD licenses for example?

I am currently developing a small open source project and would like to make sure I got the licensing right. I am pretty new to the open source model. I have benefited from it on a personal level for ...
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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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Can you license the same software with different licenses for different industries? [duplicate]

If I have software that I want a non-profit or non-commercial entity to use, improve, etc. and so on, and I want them to have it open source, say GPL3, but I don't want commercial entities to be able ...
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Buying a license to public domain software (where PD is recognized)?

Are there ever any practical reasons for purchasing an explicit license to "public-domain" software, assuming both the software developer and the user reside in jurisdictions where the public domain ...
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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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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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Font licensed as GPL *and* OFL … Can I use under OFL? [duplicate]

I would like the build upon the Libertine Open Fonts Project under SIL OFL 1.1, a permission that seems to be intended by the authors. However, several issues / irregularities crop up in the wording ...
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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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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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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 partially open source program/s and non open source programs, together in a project to be commercial?

In my case I'd like to use an open-source music program to make some music for an android app. When I later want to publish this app on the app store, this does mean I cannot use a normal copyright ...