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Non-commercial refers to licences that prohibit commercial use, according to some definition which is usually particular to the licence in question.

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Are reimplementations of works with a non-commercial license usable commercially? [closed]

Nvidia releases some of its research works like Instant NGP with the source code. I was reading a paper and its license, "Nvidia License" and wondering if reimplementing the paper, for ...
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Can I host CC BY-NC-ND photos along side commercial stock photos?

If I had a stock photo site that contained a mix of free Creative Commons licensed photos and commercial stock photos (where I make a commission), would I be allowed to include photos licensed under ...
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Can you use an open access CC-BY ND scientific article for text annotation?

We plan to use clinical trial articles in one of the text annotation projects. This article mentions the license below. This is an open-access article under the terms of the Creative Commons ...
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Can FOSS software licenses (e.g. MIT, Apache, GNU, etc.) apply to documents without the need to be rewritten?

I wish to share some documents in the .md format and to license them permissively. Do I need to specifically seek a license that specifically covers the scope of static documents, or can I use a ...
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Copy license terms from other product?

This might not be a very "open source" question, but I thought I might find in this forum the right people for the question. For a mortal human being creating a PDF with the license terms ...
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How is 'commercial use' of software defined?

Licenses often distinguish between commercial use and non-commercial use. I found different sources discussing this topic: What is commercial and non-commercial? What Does Commercial Software Mean? ...
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I have a license in mind but what should I include in the license file?

I am working on an open-source GitHub project and I want to license the contents of it under Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs: CC BY-NC-ND so what should I include under the LICENSE file? Would just ...
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Package that includes a library file with non-commercial license

We are trying to use a package released by a commercial entity for use with one of their reporting software. I think it was closed source at one point then they converted it to a "Community" ...
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Freely distributing software with third-part libraries and including R engine and packages

I want to freely distribute a software I developed, very demanded in a specific research and academic field. That's why it's important for me to distribute it freely at least in binary form (easy to ...
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Do adverts break NC clause of Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence

I have an idea for an android app and I'm interested if it is legal. Basically there are sites where people upload their recipes for vape juices, and all of these recipes fall under this specific ...
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Does a non-commercial license like CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 preclude a work to be sold for money?

If a work is published under, e.g. CC BY-NC-SA 4.0, does this mean the work or one of its (appropriately licensed) derivatives can never be sold in a physical medium, even if the price asked for it: ...
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Is it legally possible to accept public contributions under a non-open source license?

If I have a project, licensed under terms similar to CC BY-NC-SA. It is not open source by definition, as no commercial use is allowed. I can of course put it on GitHub, and make the source code open ...
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Accessing a non-commercial API with Software under strong copyleft (e.g. GPLv3) possible?

My intention I’d like to write a desktop GUI program using Qt (which is itself is licensed under GPL) that interfaces a REST API and I want to use a strong copyleft license, preferably GPLv3. (I use ...
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Open-source license (probably not FLOSS) that allows "use in a commercial context" but disallow "to sell the software or modified versions"? [duplicate]

"Non-commercial use" could mean two different things: "Don't use the software in a commercial/business context, but only for personal use (i.e. at home)" "In the case you ...
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Book & Writer data for commercial use (goodreads contradictory behaviour)

I am working on small app for searching authors and their works. I had quite issues with finding reasonable and clean data. Main problem was a licence of usage and since I plan to use data for ...
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Can I release a fork of an LGPL project under a commercial licence?

In the past I have made use of a third party project released under the LGPL licence. Recently the owner/creator of the project has archived the original repo and created a new version (seemingly ...
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Copyright issue of the interface of Windows Notepad [closed]

I'm developing Windows application. It is crypto-functioning notepad. And its design(UI interface) is almost(approx 90%?) same with Microsoft Windows Notepad. Differences are only some buttons and ...
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Linking to CC-BY-NC Content

I'm playing around with creating a sound mixer for TTRPGs, I was thinking this could pull in external sounds from other sources but I'm not sure how this would interact with non commercial licenses. ...
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Using Images from Google Image

I am writing my Thesis about Machine Learning and for that purpose I am searching for Databases with Pictures. I have seen that some people just download pictures from Google Images with a script and ...
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Is Geogebra's "non-commercial only GPL3" license valid?

The license for Geogebra says: You are free to copy, distribute and transmit GeoGebra for non-commercial purposes. Non-commercial use is subject to the terms of our GeoGebra Non-Commercial ...
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Can I sell personal/commercial licenses for an Open Source product?

I'm developing a pretty unique software product, which I believe can be useful for professionals in organizations. I spent a lot of personal time on it and it would be great if companies could pay/...
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Can it be possible to prevent user from changing donate link in a GPL licenced project?

I'm going to place my app (a dictionary) under the GPL Licence. I don't care if everybody changes the source code, fix bugs or add some new features to it; but I don't want developer changes donation ...
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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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What "non-commercial" license is that?

I have found the following license: Copyright (c) [year] [name] Please read carefully the following terms and conditions and any accompanying documentation before you download and/or use this ...
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Restrict Apache 2.0 to non-commercial use only

I recently came across a project stating in the LICENSE file: This project is released under the Apache License, version 2.0. This is a commercial solution, requiring a valid paid-for license for ...
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Using a person's name for an open source project

I'm looking for a name to give my open-source and non-profit project that will best represent its purpose. Presently, the ideal name for the project would be the name of a certain individual (Ken ...
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Will I be in trouble if I alter or innovate a work that is under CC Non-Commercial, and use it to my project?

I am a Blender animator, and I have found a lot of designs at thingiverse.com and I want to use them for my project. But I found out that the designs that I've downloaded are under Creative Commons - ...
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Open source crypto project liability

I'm working on a crypto wallet for a top 50 cryptocurrency. I'm part of the core team and we were discussing potential liability around the app we're building. The user always has their wallet seed ...
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Is it legal to release an old commercial software as free software?

A group of friends and I are discussing founding a startup where the products would be commercial software. One the most important aspects that in our opinion we should put in any legal agreement is ...
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An open-source code license: zero-cost for open-source only

I'm creating set of open-source boilerplates and, possibly, other instances of code. What kind of license should i use if I need these conditions to be applied: code can be used at no cost for open ...
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Is a newspaper a commercial activity in regard to CreativeCommons NC clause?

In a French newspaper from Sunday the 27th of August La voix du Nord, a picture from xkcd is reproduced in an article on page 39. Not only the author is not quoted, which is an obvious violation of ...
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Software license that says "you can use this source code commercially as long as you don't also use any of the included art assets"?

I want to put the source code of a game out there with the stipulation that people are not allowed to use any of its art assets commercially. I'd also require attribution. Mods distributed for free ...
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Why is the Non-Profit Open Software License (NPOSL) OSI-approved?

Recently I came across the Non-Profit Open Software License; tl;dr Legal says this about it: A variant of the Open Software License 3.0, this license requires that the organization using it is a ...
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Legal to use "research-only" data in an open source product?

Is it okay to use data (for machine learning purposes) that specify that they can only be used for "research-only" purposes (or "non-commercial") in an open source product? If so, is it okay to take ...
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I want to apply the Apache 2.0 Licence to my code. Should I submit it to someone?

I have written for the purposes of my PhD some very short Python code (110 lines) which I believe could be useful to others. Hence I would like to spread it (e.g. on GitHub) but want to prevent anyone ...
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Can I use JavaFX in a Commercial Application for Free?

There is so much confusion regarding this simple question it's driving me crazy. The post here says there is no difference between JavaFX and Java licence now. The post here says that we don't ...
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Is a government organisation commercial or non-commercial?

Assume that someone is working on a government project either as a government employee or a contractor working on a site which will be delivered and then subsequently maintained by a government agency....
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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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Using CC BY-NC-ND images on website with ads

I am currently developing an online service that allows to share and download music from different source on the internet, this is a free service without subscription or registration, I found a ...
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Source code distribution without commercial use

I was wondering if there was a software license that has the same requirements as the Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 since they do not recommend its use for software. I looked on choosealicense.com but ...
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Using CC-NC material inside a freemium app

I want to include a bunch of images licensed under the CC BY-NC-SA inside my freemium web software. The user can choose one or more of these images to make her own composition. This part of the ...
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