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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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Can I contribute the same source file to two opensource project under two diffrent license? [duplicate]

I have implemented an algorithm and i want to contribute it to two opensource projects, say projectA and projectB. ProjectA uses apache2.0 license, projectB uses gpl license. I want to license code ...
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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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What should I do to make my open source project legally sound?

I am currently making a small script that you use in the browser to get the current user's IP address (I use it with a WebRTC chat), and as I noticed that all popular packages that get an IP address ...
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Do I need to credit the license and any 3rd party licenses an open source project is using?

For example, this repository uses 3rd party libraries - https://github.com/tomasiser/pepr3d/blob/master/LICENSE.md. If I use this, do I need to cite the licenses its using or only its own license?
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What guarantees that the published app matches the published open source code?

Take as an example the Italian app "Immuni" (https://github.com/immuni-app), used by the government to trace contacts exposure against COVID-19. Since many people were afraid about how the ...
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Licensing binaries of open source project with Apache License 2.0

I am writing an open source project licensed under Apache License 2.0, I wonder how can I license the precompiled binaries with the same license
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Which open-source community software is this? [closed]

This is an example of the forum software: https://community.aseprite.org/ I have seen many communities with identical design, suggesting that they use the same self-hosted software. Is that an open-...
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Does the 3-Clause BSD license allow this

Neither a native english speaker nor a law expert. I'm making a development tool, which allows user to export and redistribute standalone binary from the tool. The exported binary contains my tool's ...
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License for public “WTFYW to do” code snippets on StackOverflow and other places?

I've came across StackOverflow's license a week ago, which I had no idea about. Seems they use CC BY-SA there (before, 3.0, now, 4.0). If I'm publishing code there, it's because I want anyone to do ...
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Does LGPL allow Pro / Enterprise versions of the same library?

I have a good understanding of GPL, LGPL, dual-licensing, etc. However I have a specific doubt about the meaning of "linking" in the LGPL. Suppose that: The library is released under the ...
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Are Open Source Licenses valid globally?

I found the Open Source Licenses here and here and want to know whether these are valid globally or not. For example, I am from Turkey. Are these licenses valid for me?
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Is it legal to use/run open source software for any purpose?

I am planning to be a Udemy instructor to make money. As you predict, I need softwares such as OS, Hypervisor, IDE, web browser, screen video recorder, etc. That's why, I'll use/run open source ...
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Software as both product and service?

Can someone give an example of software that is distributed as both service and product and how to classify, if i have to eventually, under one category?
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does anyone know the location of Oracle's 3 different berkeley db source code repositories? [closed]

The Oracle corporation states that their 3 Berkeley DB family products Berkeley DB, Berkeley DB Java Edition and Berkeley DB XML are each offered under the OSS Affero General Public License. I have to ...
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What prevents a large company with deep pockets from rebranding my MIT project and killing me off?

I'm planning to start an MIT licensed project for a Web Server like Apache and Nginx, but primarily targeting the Windows Platform. Those that don't understand open source software are calling me ...
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What license should I put in my datasets?

I've scraped tonnes of sites. I'm making these datasets for public use. I've been using GPL-v3 license for other software tasks but I don't know what license should I put for datasets. I prefer a ...
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Webdev: Open Source font and legal issues

I use the open source font Metropolis as main font for my webpages. However, apparently there has been a legal issue with similarities to Gotham. See https://discourse.mozilla.org/t/metropolis-font-...
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Can I privately use copyrighted materials as test data for public projects?

Some time ago I started to develop a 'Sudoku Solver' using Python. Of course, there are many Sudoku solvers already available as open source projects, but I did not want to use any of those, because I ...
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Why did Google make Chromium Open Source?

This question really baffles me. What advantage does making it Open Source bring? Aren't they worried someone can learn the secrets in their code and make a competing version of chrome?
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cooperative work between opensource project and commercial projects

We have a commercial product, and we want to provide an opensource project for community. But those two projects are different, one commercial, one community, like features. Then, we will have two ...
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Using LGPL 2.1 in a closed-source project

I'm making a commercial closed-source project in C++. I use this library, uchardet, which is licensed under MPL 1.1 or GPL 2.0 or LGPL 2.1. For say LGPL 2.1, can I statically link uchardet to MY ...
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How can I trust to Open Source programs?

I have a question about Open Source programs. How can I sure an open source program is safe and isn't spying on me? For example, I installed Firefox on Linux and how can I sure this program is safe! ...
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Using openSSL in a software and exporting it

The OpenSSL license talks about crypto laws in various countries. I have seen many apps using https. So, do all of them take a license or something? What kind of license can I choose to give to take ...
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Licensing of an obfuscated script made of Open-source permissive licenses

I searched the best i could but couldn't find the answer i wanted.Since i'm only coding for a year now,my knowledge of this field (especially licenses) is not the best. Here's my case : I coded a ...
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Use and distribute executable licensed under GNU GPLv2 with proprietary software

I'm a little confused. Can I use a GNU GPLv2 licensed piece of software with a proprietary (closed source) piece of software without affecting the license of the proprietary software? Am I able to ...
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Which license should I use

I want to share my android project on GitHub, allow everyone contribute to it but I don't want them to upload the project to play store without changing anything. Because I will be doing it. Why I ...
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Open Source Music

Is there an existing way to make music in an open source way (similarly to developing software on Github with a public domain license) ? If not, is open-source music producing actually something that ...
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Liability for errors in open source software

Is the government liable in all cases of the open-source software? Who except the government is to accept liability in the first place (later on, liability will be fixed on the erring ...
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Using reverse-engineered closed protocol in open source software

The question is a partial derivative of this one: Someone open-sourced an un-open-source project Here is the situation: There is a device and a proprietary software to manage that device. They are ...
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Using Axelor-Open-Suite Open source software with AGPL license for commercial product

This is the first time, we have a plan to use Open source software as it provides a good start and lot of modules by default. We have plan to use https://github.com/axelor/axelor-open-suite which is a ...
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What license should I use if my code on GitHub includes Apple's ARKit and SceneKit?

I'm currently developing an app based on Apple's ARKit and I'm just wondering what licenses should I use for this project as none of these libraries demonstrated what licenses they are currently using,...
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Company Copyright and Eclipse Public License at the same time?

stackexchange helped me out in many ways and right now I'm stuck with the next problem. There is a company, my company paid, to extend an opensource code because we had no time. The original code is ...
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Why Opensource projects don't include notice and copyright information of dependent libraries having permissive license?

Many of the Opensource projects which use libraries which have a permissive license, doesn't include copyright and license information. For eg: Requests project (https://github.com/psf/requests) uses ...