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The public domain contains works that have no copyright on them, either because the author dedicated it to the public domain or because copyright has expired.

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Combining code written under different licenses (Eiffel Forum License, MIT and Apache), what are my options?

So I'm new to all this licensing jazz, and I've just started work on a project I'd like to one day publish as open source. I've found a couple of projects so far that have code to accomplish stuff ...
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May someone else apply a license to CC0 material?

Alice licensed her work under CC0 1.0. May Bob take Alice’s work and publish it under another Creative Commons license (e.g., CC BY-SA)? If yes, may Bob publish it under his own name (i.e., not ...
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How can I place software in the public domain

I know CC0 and the WTFPL for example exist to grant all rights associated with the public domain, without placing it in the public domain, because this is difficult, or in some cases impossible. I ...
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Does open source qualify as being part of the public domain?

According to Google, Open Source is... denoting software for which the original source code is made freely available and may be redistributed and modified. It seems to be that the product seems to ...
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Why is there no public domain licensing in Europe?

Why are there issues with public domain in Europe, that forces public domain projects to use CC0, 0BSD, Unlicense or other similar licenses? I.E. why is it that, when someone dedicates a work to the ...
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Recommended license for small script without an attribution clause?

I'm interested in publishing a small script of mine with effectively no conditions, including attribution. What's the best license to accomplish this? It looks like the most popular options are: CC0 /...
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Does using a GPLv2 code generator force my project to be similarly licensed?

I use gSOAP to generate c++ code from wsdl in some project hosted on github and I am a little lost in the license compatibilities. Shortly I prefer to share my work without any license constraint, ...
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What are the limitations of CC0 vs Public Domain

What are the shortcomings of CC0 in comparison with Public Domain? for author of work? for users? for those who modify/extend/change license of original work?
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What are the benefits of Unlicense/PD over BSD0?

I'm looking at the BSD0 license right now, and it looks pretty nice as something that works better than Public Domain in terms of jurisdictions and wording. What are the benefits, however, of using ...
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Using public domain code in an LGPL program

I want to release a program that uses some public domain code (or a permissive license) from netlib.org under the LGPL license. Since the licenses (or lack of it) are compatible, there should be no ...
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Using public domain code within Apache-or-MIT licensed project

I'm interested in borrowing functions from a file in a project dual-licensed as MIT-or-UNLICENSE in my package that I intend to also be dual-licensed as Apache-or-MIT. Is this possible? How should I ...
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Who is responsible for code being in the public domain?

Recently, I wanted a certain functionality that can be difficult to implement due to many special cases and subtle details in technical specifications. So I did a websearch and quickly found existing ...
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Can Public Domain use GPL licensed library/program?

A similar question already asked here (https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/159023/can-cc0-code-use-a-gpl-library) but my question is a little bit different, perhaps more accurately....
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Am I allowed to use these gifs for my game?

I am a game developer and while searching for assets to put in my game I stumbled across this website. I came across this website and the FAQs were not clear on whether or not I can use the assets for ...
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