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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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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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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 ...
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OS license and responsibility for code modification

Let's suppose that developer D created some OS code and published it under some OS license, e.g. MIT. A company C downloaded copy of the code, modified it a bit and incorporated in its own work. ...
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In open source licenses what does “Distribution” means in terms of hosted web applications?

Open source licenses e.g. GPL, MIT etc always has a clause about how they should be treated when "Distributing" the code that they are used in. If I use an open source library in one of my ...
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How to credit MIT NuGet dependencies in specific C# project?

the question has been asked many times, but as far as I can tell, answers always depend on the concrete situation. I intend to release an open-source project written in C# on GitLab soon, and I am ...
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Is it in line with the DCO that a github sign-off needs and publishes full name + an email “that matches the commit author”?

This is a full copy from https://stackoverflow.com/questions/62969381/is-it-in-line-with-the-dco-that-a-github-sign-off-needs-and-publishes-full-name ######## Coming from Stack Overflow where a pseudo ...
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If closed source software is distributed along with open source software, will the resulting code still be open-source?

Suppose there is an open source project (a collection of open-source repositories) on GitHub. Can we include closed-source software in the same open-source repository? (Specifically I'm referring to ...
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I made my own open source license. Is it any good? Is it legal?

I made a license using the 3 clause BSD license as a base and added parts from the Apache 2.0 license. I was wondering if this license would hold any water or if it is legal. My legal knowledge is nil....
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What can I do if somebody copied my MPL-2.0 licensed code and released under their name?

To give more details, I've created a repository on GitHub, and I'm using the MPL-2.0 license (not only as a separate file but also with a copyright notice in each source file). Now, after some time, ...
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Does DMCA protect third-party website?

GitHub is protect by DMCA, i.e., so long as a service provider follows the DMCA's notice-and-takedown rules, it won't be liable for copyright infringement based on user-generated content. If another ...