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Can a program that uses a GPL library be closed source if it is distributed without the GPL library?

Suppose I create software that uses a library licensed under the GPL. If I distribute the software including the library, the software would have to be licensed under the GPL as well. But what if I ...
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PolyForm Noncommercial 1.0.0 license is proprietary software?

I saw an interesting project for self-hosting. Umbrel is licensed under the PolyForm Noncommercial 1.0.0 license. TL;DR — You're free to use, fork, modify, and redestribute Umbrel for personal and ...
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Can an AGPLv3 licensed application be provided with a proprietary portion?

I have come across a web application project on GitHub that uses AGPLv3 as it's primarily licensed, but a sub-folder of the project is provided under a proprietary license. This contains the code for ...
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Is there any license which is based off on AGPL, but provides exemptions for the owner to allow others use it under a different license?

I have a set of libraries or framework that has been under development for more than a year by my team. We are finally nearing the completion of a few of these projects and want to release them as ...
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MIT license ambiguity about copyright?

I asked this question in softwareengineering.stackexchange.com but it was pointed out to me that it is better suited to be posted here. I deleted the original thread in the other subforum. So the ...
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Does MySQL / MariaDB allow proprietary (i.e. close-sourced) storage engines?

I understand that MySQL (community edition) and MariaDB are under GPL v2 license. Does it mean that it is not allowed to build proprietary database storage engines for them? It is inevitable that one ...
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Can GoJS be included into an open source project?

Context: GoJS is not open source, its license stating in particular that modification is forbidden (though the fact that its source code is hosted on GitHub seems to confuse some people). The ...
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Disallowing FOSS code to be used for certain purpose [duplicate]

I want to release my proprietary software as open source but don't want people to use it with the same purpose as I do, for example imagine you have made a video streaming app but you want to be the ...
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What is a good permissive license for the public domain but restrictive for proprietary corporations? [duplicate]

I want my source to be free as in freedom to the public but restrictive for proprietary corporations, I do remember there being one but I have forgotten it.
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Can you dual-license your own code, e.g. release a library as strict GPL (not LGPL), but then use that library in your own proprietary program? [duplicate]

As the author of a codebase, I understand that I have the right to decide how to license my code. If I write a library of code and release it under the pure GPL, that means that anyone else using my ...
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Using copyleft software (GPL v2) and distribute it with proprietary software

My case: My app is proprietary full-stack server app that will be distributed as closed source. I want to package my app into an VM. The VM have Ubuntu installed which contains Linux (GPL v2 licensed)...
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Can proprietary-licensed software execute shell commands that are probably GPL licensed?

Can proprietary-licensed software (that will be distributed, alongside with the hardware) use GPL software (distributed from package manager)?. It's basically scientific-measurement-device, that ...
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Why exactly is NirSoft's software not open source? [closed]

Apologies if this type of question isn't allowed here, but I am quite curious about this. If you don't know, NirSoft is some sort of dev that has created a lot of software for use on Windows primarily....
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Can I disregard GPL just because I use autoconf?

I found the following text in licenses to some software I am considering to use: As a special exception to the GNU General Public License, if you # distribute this file as part of a program that ...
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Using Conda's XZ package for proprietary use

I am currently packaging up my python software. I listed down all the packages that it uses and found out that a package, which is called xz, uses multiple licenses (public domain, LGPLv2.1+, GPLv2+). ...
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Will there be any obligation if I distribute GPLv3-licensed software inside the Docker container?

I have a GPLv3 code inside the container which I am planning to distribute. I also have a proprietary code in the same hardware where the GPLv3 code inside the container runs. Does this mean I have ...
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Can my proprietary app automatically download a GPL-licensed binary?

I'm developing a proprietary app that will mainly use a dynamically linked execute a GPL-licensed FFmpeg binary. I'm wondering if I can design the app in a way that it downloads the binary dependency ...
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Is a reimplementation of math or logic found in an existing BSL codebase a license violation? [duplicate]

A related question has been asked regarding the MIT license, but I would like clarification regarding the Business Source License(BSL). Would re-implementing the logic/math found in a BSL codebase ...
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Including design reference implementations with open source program

I am developing an open-source FPGA project that targets multiple FPGA development boards. The project itself is licensed MIT. On one of the targets, the VGA-to-HDMI encoder chip included on the board ...
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Android to Fully Libre (FOSS)

HI I found that an Android uses the Same Kernal of Linux same of (Linus Torvalds) which contains Non-free blobs (proprietary code) as per my research these blobs can be harmful as Linus Torvalds tells ...
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How do I pick the best suited license for my software?

I own a new software development company, and I developed some software that I want to sell in the future, but for now, I want to give it out free but still want my company accredited in some type of ...
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Is it possible to link an LGPL v2.1 software with a proprietary library?

If I understand correctly, the LGPL v2.1 (and the subsequent licenses) allow an user to link a proprietary program to the LGPL licensed library as long as the open source library can be modified and ...
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Does injected CSS code count as derivative work?

There is a GPL web app. I want to make style modifications to it by injecting CSS code. The injected code aims to change some styles, but not all. For example, it will completely change the style of ...
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Proprietary app injecting CSS into a remote self-hosted GPL web-app in WebView

I'm building a proprietary application that loads into its WebView a remote, self-hosted GPLv2 licensed web application. I'm sure that loading a resource via WebView will not violate GPL (the web ...
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How can I build proprietary software on top of open source software? [closed]

Lets say that I want to use Linux kernel, but I want to create some proprietary code on top of it (like create a Linux distribution) and later on sell it combined with the Linux kernel (like Mac did ...
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Proprietary Software + GPL: A case study with OctaneRender and Blender

Background: I currently stumbled across an interesting case of a combination between a proprietary software and a GPL software, which I am trying to understand: There is the GPL software Blender - a ...
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can open source software be proprietary? if so, what examples exist?

quick question, i'm doing research into open source software and i was wondering if open source software be proprietary? if so, what examples exist? what examples exist of source code that is open ...
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Documented protocol of proprietary software + plugin of GPL software

Please assume the following: There is a GPL software (G), which provides API to write plugins to this software (GP). There is a closed-source / proprietary software (P), which has an openly ...
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Is it possible to use a library under the EUPL license for a commercial closed-source project?

I want to use this library in my project. Author says it is under the LGPL license, but one of its dependencies is under the EUPL license. EUPL license isn't clear about if a closed-source ...
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Do we have to choose the GNU LGPL v2.1 license libraries for our distribution?

Our situation - LGPLv2.1 Libraries = LGPL for whole work? Our distribution Package contains libraries which are licensed GNU LGPLv2.1 jquery.form - dual licensed GNU-LGPL-2.1+ - MIT, * ...
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What happens if stolen software is published as Open Source?

This is not a real world issue, at least for me. It is more about a thought experiment from a talk that I once had with a friend: Let's say that Acme develops closed source software for their own ...
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clarify R licenses: machine learning models, developed with R in Azure, possible for commercial use?

i want to estimate machine learning models with R and i need to use it in a production environment, i'll work with Azure Datascience Virtual Machine or Azure Machine Learning. If i use , for ex., ...
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LGPL and different architectures

I am in the midst of writing software using LGPL libraries, which will be part of an image for a device. Am I obliged to provide object files for different (micro)architectures than the device the ...
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Can I pack art assets from a leaked source code repository? [duplicate]

I am thinking about porting a commercial PlayStation game which had its entire development leaked. This game is SpongeBob SquarePants: SuperSponge. The source code as well as all its development ...
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What happens if a company releases third-party confidential code as open source?

This is very similar to this question: What happens if stolen software is published as Open Source? – but it doesn't exactly answer my question. This is also a thought experiment with no real ...
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Choosing the most restrictive open-source license

I am working on a not open source project. As I truly respect the ideas behind the free software movement, I would like to also make my own works open source whenever possible. However, I am not the ...
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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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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 do you sell a hardware product that uses the linux kernel?

I would like to create a Linux based OS for a VR headset that I'm developing. From what I understand, the Linux kernel uses the GPL-2 license which allows for commercial use but it also requires you ...
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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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Can I use the "pro" features found in open source code if it's GPL 2?

I am looking at including a library from Github on my next project that has different tiers. It claims that the lowest free tier is licensed under GPL 2, however to use advanced functions you need to ...
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Difference between MongoDB SSPL and GNU AGPL

I'm trying to understand the difference between the SSPL and the GNU AGPL license, after reading the terms of SSPL. The 13th clause of the license states the following: If you make the ...
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Understanding GPL & LGPL: Free Software with zero-cost, proprietary libraries

Background: This question is derived from a previous question. I am writing a Blender add-on which enables the use of Blender with a piece of hardware (i.e., a lightfield display). Blender and the ...
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Understanding GPL: Blender Add-on + System Library

Basic Information I am writing a Blender add-on which enables the use of Blender with a piece of hardware (i.e., a lightfield display). Blender and the use of the specific Python API, which is ...
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Is it possible to license that header file to LGPL but implementation to proprietary license

Suppose someone is writing a proprietary software that uses a shared or dynamic library that is licensed under the GNU LGPL license. If he wants to change the LGPL library code, he make some functions ...
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Which Creative Commons licenses are permissive enough for proprietary software?

We are releasing a software under a dual license APGLv3/proprietary. To build it, we are reusing many components availabe on the web. For source code, those components have to be released with a ...
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What is a good license model for a game that I want to both sell and show publicly?

I'm currently developing a game. I want to publish its code online (i.e. GitLab, GitHub, etc.) in order for people to review it, learn and get ideas from it. But I also want to be able to sell it at a ...
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Can my paid WordPress plugin have a proprietary license?

WordPress is licensed under (GPLv2 or later). WordPress states that all plugins hosted under the WordPress Plugin Directory must be licensed under GPL. We have a Free version of our plugin that is ...
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Linking GPL software with "indirection library" with both GPL-compatible and proprietary backends, in constrast with wrapper library

I'm about to publish a GPL3 piece of software I wrote. That software uses OpenCL, and in its normal use one typically links the software against the Khronos OpenCL ICD. The ICD lets the user then ...
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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 ...