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What is the correct way to hire someone to create open source assets?

I'd like to hire artists to create some assets for an open source game project. I'd like all the assets I use to also be released under a compatible open source/free content license (e.g. Creative ...
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Trying to understand an old custom license

I found this code that I want to use: https://github.com/ObjectivitySRC/PVGPlugins/blob/master/NonBSDPlugins/DataMineReader/dmfile.h The license is on top and states: If you do use this code please ...
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Java Licensing Question

I have questions about Java licensing Well, after many court hearings with Oracle vs Google, I analyzed this topic again and I would like to ask you about a few things: Oracle was accusing Google of ...
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Why should software be free when housing, education, groceries, books, movies, music and utilities are not? [closed]

As a programmer, I always felt unconvinced by the slogan that "all software should be free". Why should software be free when housing, education, groceries, books, movies, music and ...
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Software becoming open source

First of all I would like to apologize for my post here. However, I don't know where else to ask these questions. For some of my projects, I use the SourceMonitor software from Campwood LLC. The ...
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In open source software, what is the concept of "ready when it's ready" called?

I remember seeing in several open source projects, particularly smaller ones, that it is discouraged to ask for a timeline or deadline for a particular feature or release, because "it'll be ready ...
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What modifications to the Authors and License section in the README file of a cloned repository are permissible under an MIT License?

Suppose Robert Smith has a repo with a README file containing this section: Authors Robert Smith Robert Smith's website License Code copyright Robert Smith. Code released under the MIT license. ...
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Do the licenses of dependencies matter if the dependencies are not actually shipped by my software?

I have a github repository that I plan on making public, and I'm in the process of choosing a license for it. It's a Python project that utilizes a number of open source libraries. The code for those ...
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Help with GPL license

So I want to use some code under GPLv3 for a project do we have to use GPLv3? The project I’m making costs money am I allowed to have free GPL code in a paid project? Do I have to make my source code ...
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How to make my iOS project source-closed while it must use open source code?

My colleague and I are writing a software named hin2n-ios, which is an implementation of n2n (a peer to peer VPN software) on iOS platform. So it is inevitable to call or use the code of n2n. the n2n ...
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Can I impose the requirement of a paid license if and only if my software is offered as a service?

I'm getting ready to open source a project that facilitates the deployment, maintenance, and orchestration of data platforms on just about any architecture (locally, on any cloud of your choosing, on ...
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How could a large open source project manage the Pull Requests?

I was thinking about a very complicated GitHub open source project, how to manage pull requests. For example, here there are close to a thousand pull requests . How could the k8s administrator ...
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Using GNU General Public Licensed code in an MIT Licensed application

I am developing a GUI Java-based application using swing and am thinking of using the MIT license, though when reading the licenses stated in the components of java swing I see that they are licensed ...
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What is the meaning of "internal use" in the GPL 3?

I want to develop a specific module from a GPL 3 software in a partnership with a third company to share the costs. Can we each use it for our companies (meaning internal use) without having to ...
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What does trademark use limitation mean in open-source licenses?

A lot of open-source licenses have a limitation on trademark use, meaning that they "do not grant trademark rights, even though licenses without such a statement probably do not grant any ...
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How can I contribute source code to the NTP project?

Can someone please explain how to contribute code to the NTP project? They do have a github repository, but it does not seem very up-to-date, with only one branch. They also have a bitkeeper ...
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Apache and LGPL differences [closed]

What is key differences between Apache and LGPL licenses? Are they both permissive and have same level compatibility?
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When forking a GitHub project which has the GPL3.0 or the LGPL3.0 license - what do I have to do exactly?

In the case I want to fork a project from GitHub that has the LGPL3.0 or the GPL3.0 license, what do I have to do? The original license text might contain the "process" that is required (...
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When cloning a Apache project from github and that project contains a NOTICE text file - what shall I do?

In the case I want to clone a project from github that has the Apache License and that contains a NOTICE text file, what shall I do? The Apache License does contain a paragraph on what to do, but to ...
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Open Source Package Name

I have found this useful package for cloud native applications. It's name and site is Kuma . The problem is that, the name(Kuma) is a very sensitive organ in my language. A womans private part, (...
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Can I redistribute to public domain a contribution I made to an MPL 2.0 licensed project?

I made a contribution to an MPL 2.0-licensed project a while ago. I am not the maintainer of this project, I don't own it and I'm not affiliated to it in any way (apart from this specific benevolent ...
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If I use a mobile app that fetches data from a website under GPLv2+ is the app also under GPL?

I am currently programming a mobile app that is not under the GPL. However, the mobile app correspond with a website that is under GPL Version 2 or higher. In my case the mobiel app send request via ...
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Do you have to be mark the changes when modifying code under MIT, Apache2.0 or BSD?

I'm currently programming a Flutter mobile app and a website. I use code from the MIT license on the website and the app. In the app I also use code under the Apache 2.0 license and the BSD 3 clause. ...
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google_font license (Apache2.0) has no Copyright what to do?

I'm currently programming an app with flutter and have already listed all the licenses I use from the packages on an individual license page in the Settings. I also used the google_font package. ...
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MIT License for a translation

There's a software called vnpy on github that's in chinese. We have a translated copy to english. The goal is to keep their MIT license but just for that code. We're wondering: Should we make a ...
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Are old copies of "mistakenly licensed" OSS still subject to their previous licenses, even after "fixing"?

I want to publish the source of a program which borrows some code from project A. Years ago, A's maintainers forked it from project B (which has no apparent license) and licensed it as MIT. Several ...
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Which licenses of Open Source plugins/libraries can i used in my commercial SaaS product

i wan to create SaaS for help people to solve different tasks. Which licenses of plugins/libraries can i use in my SaaS? A lot of examples describes a use of plugins and libraries with a software, but ...
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Can I reserve all rights of website non-code content despite putting complete website (code & content) on Github? [duplicate]

I would like to publish my website on Github. However, I want to keep all copyrights/trademark rights for the non-code content (images, texts, logos etc.), while putting the source code under an open ...
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Free Office/Libre Office/Apache Office

How Free Office / Libre Office / Apache Office resembles Microsoft Office ? Did they committed a breach of copyright and cheated Microsoft Office? And, why till date, Microsoft is not taking any ...
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Do you retain copyright in a project even if all your code has been rewritten?

If somebody has participated in an open source project, and has previously contributed several lines of source code but all those lines have now been completely rewritten and/or deleted so that all ...
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Can I use a logo (Image) from a GitHub repository with an MIT License?

Can I use a Logo (Image file) from Github Repository with an MIT License, without violating any copyright terms?
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What needs to be done to comply with OpenSSL double license?

The OpenSSL double license is available at: https://www.openssl.org/source/license.txt I am not a lawyer and I am not sure whether I am more confused by the license agreement than I am scared of it. I ...
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Repository with no license declaration and a single contributor, who isn't the owner [closed]

I am in touch with the one contributor of this project. The owner seems to be absent and there is no license. The only contributor is the developer I am in touch with. Would all of the copyright go to ...
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Merging parts of another, parallel, fork [MIT]

The situation is following: There is a project (lets call it A), standard MIT licensed but long abandoned. I created a rebranded fork, fully MIT compliant, called B. Another person, lets call him Jack,...
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If I am going to change the name of my open source project, what should I do?

I have been developing an open source project independently before, which is under Apache-2.0 License. With the deepening of development, the function of the project has been enriched, so I plan to ...
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How to opensource code while protecting the product that runs on it

I have a project that I would like to retain copyright over conceptually while releasing the prototype code. It's a novelty digital clock. I posted some videos of the prototype online and some people ...
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Legal Aspects of Illustrations in Open Source Software (MIT License) - Adding Copyright Notice?

It's about an app that was created in a student project (in Germany) and will be soon released in the Google Play Store and also published on GitHub as OSS under the MIT license. The app features ...
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Transfer of MIT project to another repo/site

I have decided to take over an open source (MIT license) project that hasn't been maintained in 4 years, but I want to maintain it on GitLab (as opposed to current GitHub). I have decided NOT to fork ...
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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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Is org.json a free/open source library?

github link: https://github.com/stleary/JSON-java The license reads, "..The Software shall be used for Good, not Evil. ..." There is also a hyperlink in overview of github link to https://en....
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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 you need to document your changes/modifications to a program under GPLv3?

I heard that you must document all your changes and modifications to a software under the GPLv3. Is this true? If I'm not distributing this software, do I have to document my changes/modifications. ...
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How to protect communities from devolving into "open source in name only"?

There are many open source communities that provide good and effective tools and ecosystems for their users. In fact, there is not doubt that the best programming tools available in this age, follow a ...
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Licensing commercial product for open source MIT project

We have under development a commercial library of controls for a UI framework. An open source (MIT licenced) project wishes to use these controls and we want to let them use them. So I guess my ...
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Can Non GPL software use GPL code in virtual machine or interpreter

I hope this is the right place to ask these questions. If not please help me find a place so I can safely ask these questions without simply getting a off-topic label. I will describe two situations: ...
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Is it wrong to demand features in open-source projects?

I have been using open-source software, and, the open-source Community is great at maintaining such projects. But, I have observed something in smaller open-source projects. Whenever I demand some ...
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How to create connections with contributions?

I am starting to work on open source projects and make contributions on some well known projects. I wanted to know how well this is for me professionally and how can you come about creating ...
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Distribution of different oss libraries in the same zip file

within a project that involves distribution of software that will (on recipient side) then be flashed into a hardware component, i have to make the different libraries available under the same ...
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If I install a proprietary hardware driver onto my Debian system, do I then lose the right to run it for any purpose?

Does installing proprietary hardware drivers onto a Debian system disable my right to run/use it for any purpose? Or, as an example, can Debian be used to prepare paid Linux courses if proprietary ...
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Free App and non free Pro app source code licensing model

I'm going to build an Android app under some open source license but I want to use this same app as a basis for a proprietary software in the future. So I will have two softwares: My Software My ...
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