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So the GPL doesn't restrict the creator of the software in any way?

In another thread I started (Red Hat buys Ansible), I am trying to figure out the economic value of a company transaction with respect to GPL'ed software. A few of the answers suggest that the owners ...
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Is the TeX typesetting system free and open source?

I recently opened the source code for the widely-used TeX typesetting system, and was surprised by the restrictive license I found: This program is copyright (C) 1982 by D. E. Knuth; all rights are ...
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Is the Ender 3 V2 licensed under the same license as the original?

Somewhere in 2018, it was a big deal when Chinese company Creality made their Ender 3 printer 'truly open source', as acknowledged by the Open Source HardWare Association. See for example this YouTube ...
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Distributing GPL binary which has no source and unresponsive author

I was found in a situation where some author published a binary which was widely used. Unfortunately he never shared the source despite marking the program as GPL (version not specified). Despite ...
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Is there a free open source version of Android SDK available for use?

When I download Android SDK from https://developers.android.com, I am prompted to agree with Google's EULA. What should I use in order to avoid agreeing on these terms? I'm under impression that ...
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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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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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How to avoid being AWSed?

Elastic built the tool, AWS redistributed it and is dominating the market. Elastic is probably going to struggle and slowly die because they are bad at business. However, they built a great tool and ...
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In what cases do open source licenses conditions apply? [duplicate]

Apache v2, MIL, GNU, and many others. They all have certain conditions you have to follow. But in what cases? What if I want to use Apache v2 (for example) software that generates... let's say images. ...
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Can I use a software published under AGPL as an unaltered webservice without either publishing my source code under AGPL or buying a licence?

My program is commercial, but the AGPL library would be a back end solution; only the output from that web service is being used. I was told that since I am not modifying the library I do not need to ...
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Which licenses give me a guarantee that a software I'm installing is completely open-source, free of closed-source dependencies or components?

I have a question about free vs open source software that's more about practical implications from the user's perspective. I'll explain the mindset first before the actual question, so you can ...
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Is Open Source Software a subset of free software?

Is Open Source Software a subset of free software? I was recently asked this and realized I was unsure the exact answer. I understand that free software is not a type of open source software, but I ...
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What's the website that gives a very simple list of what's required of an Open Source License [closed]

I remember a website that you could use that provided a very simple list in layman's terms of what's required from an open source license. Then it provided a link to the license. Can anyone tell me ...
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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 kind of license is Redis' RSAL (Redis Source Available License)?

The name would suggest it's not FOSS, but source available, which is a pretty low bar. But when I read about it, they seem to suggest that it's really only source available for specific use cases ...
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Is a software open source if its source code is published by its copyright owner but cannot be used without a commercial license? [duplicate]

Suppose I wrote a commercial program, and I publish its complete source code on my website. I retain all rights to the source code. No one gets any distribution or usage rights. They only have the ...
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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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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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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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Which licensing model should I use to share software within a company?

This is just hypothetical at this point. So just doing some ground work to understand, if this is even possible. If yes, which licensing model is most appropriate? Our company has several units. In ...
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Does "open source" always mean "open access"?

I will frame my question with a concrete example: HELYX is a software based on another software OpenFOAM. OpenFOAM is an open-source freely-accessible software distributed with GPLv3 licence. HELYX ...
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Releasing the source code of a premium feature for another open program

If I use a compiled program/non compiled source code which is under a license that everyone has the rights do use and sell (Eg: GPL) and no one can deny any person to use or sell it and then I want to ...
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Can FOSS software make API calls to proprietary systems?

I'm not sure if the distinction between free and open source software makes a difference for this question, so I'll use the term FOSS. Can a FOSS platform make API calls to proprietary systems, such ...
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Is "open software" the same as "open source" software?

A company sells a closed source software product - one that they actively also obfuscate - and market it as "open and flexible". Similarly there is no public issue tracking and when major exploits are ...
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Proper licensing of commercial SW including open-source by the same author

I have written from scratch some SW that I want to publish as open-source in Github while being the only contributor. I want to publish it under AGPL license. At the same time I want to use the ...
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Is any license needed, to build an open-source forum / community? [closed]

Is any license / paperwork need to build an open-source forum / community like stack overflow or like others Linux community site? If needed then from where i can get license for my forum / community,...
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Use of open-source templates at GitHub, android studio templates

Is it allowed to publish a program that had been copied and UPDATED from GitHub on google play, let's say I had done this: I went to GitHub and Cloned a project into my Android Studio. I updated the ...
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How to fill the "name of copyright owner" in the license, if there are multiple authors?

There is an open source project, licensed under Apache License 2.0. It is abandoned, so I would like to fork it, do some significant modifications, and publish it again as an open source project, ...
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How can I determine if some code I want to release as opensource is already licensed or proprietary?

Is there a way to analyze my code I want to release as opensource to see if it is / or has parts that are already licensed or proprietary?
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Some questions about LGPL v.3 (support, warranty…)

I participate in the development of a soft that will be distributed on a commercial basis. Question: 1. If I take the open-source Library (under LGPL v.3), will there be any obligations to support ...
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What can I assume about the copyrightablity of a certain method of doing something programatically appearing on multiple websites

Hypothetical Scenario: Lets say that, I need to find a way to delete an image from a list of images in a Java program. I go online to learn how to delete an image programmatically, and as I am ...
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If an employee modifies a copy of a GPLv3-licensed open source library, is the modified copy intellectual property of the company?

There is a GPLv3-licensed open source library on GitHub which is used by the company I work for in a central component of the business. The business does not sell software, but only a manipulation of ...
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Can a company modify and use the source code of a GPLed library without selling it or releasing the modification?

I have a specific case here for which I could not find a clear answer here or on other pages. I am working for a company that is interested in using an open source code licensed under GPLv2. The ...
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Can I put project using premium theme on github as public?

I am not very familiar with github and license copyright. I purchase metronic admin dashboard theme and built one project using it. So can I put this project on github as public so that others will be ...
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Open Sourcing my API - Exposing my Database?

I have an API that I created myself here: https://db.ygoprodeck.com/api-guide/ I get roughly 20,000 requests per day on it but have asked by a couple of people to open source it. I look into this ...
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SSPL and the Open Source Definition

MongoDB has decided to change the licensing of MongoDB Community Server, seemingly to prevent businesses from monetizing on their product without giving anything back: https://www.mongodb.com/press/...
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Telemetry in open source software?

Is it OK to embed some telemetry functions in an open source project or is it considered spying or privacy violating? I would like to connect my open source app to Microsoft Application Insights to ...
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Google voided Corporate Contributor License Agreements

So when I tried to signed the CLA for my company, it failed and Google told me that "Please have an authorized executive sign this document. ..." To me it's not quite clear their definition of ...
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Is it necessary to include MIT licenses for every project even if my code base is available in GitHub?

I use three MIT licensed projects in my source code. Do I need to include three copies of the MIT license (in different directories), or can I just include a single copy of the MIT license on the root?...
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MySQL for Commercial Web Application

We have created a web application hosted on virtual machine for client access through web only, no distribution . The database we have used is MySQL Community Edition under GPL 2. The application is ...
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Recreating assets from closed source projects

Recently I'm working on a game, where I have created some asset from closed source project. To be honest I actually re-created assets similar identical to hill climb. Now if I use those or I use ...
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What is really accepted as an open source project for GPLv3?

Let's say I want to use a Javascript component that is under the GPLv3 license. That forces me to license my product under an open source license compatible with GPLv3. So, let's say I have an ...
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How to distribute third-party open source components?

When using an open source component (say, licensed under CDDL), we are required to distribute the source code for any components directly derived from the component. Is it acceptable to just provide a ...
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About of Apache 2.0 License

Hello everyone I'm going to use for my app ios the Google library "Tink" for cryptography End To End ... This library is released under an Apache 2.0 license, I wanted to know: Can I easily use an **...
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Practical steps to licence Free software and Open Source Projects [closed]

Several discussions have supported the subject of a software license and the majority are limited to offer explanations or definitions (GNU GPL, EULA, BSD License ... etc) without addressing the ...
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How to License a software that uses google drive API

I recently developed a software which currently uses google drive API for some functionalities, i am looking forward to release the software to the public for free. however i am not sure on which kind ...
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Is it possible to write proprietary code that links to a shared library that's open source? Under what license and condition is it possible?

Is it possible to write proprietary code that links to a shared library that's open source? Under what license and condition are it possible?
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Using iText library with AGPL license to make application open sourced

I am working on a project to generate a 508 compliant annual PDF Publication from our database using iText 7 java library. This library works great for accessible PDFs. We are in the process of ...
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Can a proprietary ERP be built from a fork of an open source project?

Can an open-source project be forked and then used to build a proprietary enterprise resource planning app (ERP)? That is, ERP-A is already built and now I want to build ERP-B. Can I fork ERP-A and ...
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Does an FPGA design in Verilog / VHDL count as software or hardware in terms of copyright law?

If you have a programmable hardware device that incorporates hardware components (LEDs, switches, ADCs, DACs, batteries etc.) but is designed using Verilog or VHDL for the central FPGA design does the ...