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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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....