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Does private GPL open source exist? if so, how does it work if mixed with public GPL?

Does private GPL open source exist? If so, how it works if mixed with public GPL? I read that a company may sell a binary under the GPL, and only people who bought it can have access to the GPL ...
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License R code when using R packages with different license types

I am navigating licensing, and this is very confusing. I produced a lot of R code to analyze data for a research article that will be published on a peer-reviewed journal. Reading here License for R ...
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Can CC-BY-SA code be removed from a larger code base and not have the remaining code bear the CC-BY-SA license?

My understanding of the CC-BY-SA is that if you use a snippet of CC-BY-SA code in a larger project, not only must you reveal the source code of your entire project, but you must also brand the entire ...
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Is it legal to publish a book on about coding Python or Java on Amazon Kindle publishing?

I'm tossing around the idea of writing and publishing a book on the Amazon Kindle platform about Java or Python. The name of the book would be something like "Basic and Simple Programming with ...
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Does this constitute a breach in GPL license? Article with GPL licensed software and Journal reviewer guidelines

Here is the scenario: As a researcher you are making a modification to some GPL3-licensed software, and thus if you were to distribute the code, you would need to do this using the GPL (or a ...
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Can the author of an MIT licenced project prevent me from publishing to an App Store

I took an open source project that is published under the MIT License and I want to re-release it on an App Store. (After I updated the SDK and switched from JavaScript to TypeScript). But now the ...
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Is the PDF output of LaTeX code licensed under GPLv3 also covered?

I have seen the similar question here Does "the GPL doesn't cover the ouput of a program" also apply if...... However, I think the use of LaTex to write a book with code examples that were ...
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How to publish a software for use with a disrespected website?

I am part of a community website, which is seen as disrespected by many people who do not know much about the community. People in the community hide their real identities by using pseudonyms and not ...
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'Adding' a license to a source-code

How to add a license to a source-code? For example, I have written a piece of code that is very efficient and has many commercial applications. I have published the code on my website, and I want to ...
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Publish a heavily modified version of forked NPM package

I have forked and modified a legacy open-source NPM package for my personal use. And I thought publishing my modification might be useful for others. The "heavily modified" in my case is: ...
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Study existing GPLv3 licensed code while working on my own project

I plan to write a toy interpreter for a programming language as a hobby project hosted on GitHub. The official implementation of the language is licensed under GPLv3. I have read some of its code to ...
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How to publish paper and project inspired by Open Source Projects

This is about my final project for my grade. I did a project. I looked at similar open source projects and got influenced by them. I didn't copy them, but i definitely got influenced and some parts ...
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Can I publish a GPL source I'm being paid for to develop?

For a popular program licensed under GPL3, a system of plugins exists. The program and the plugins are closely interoperable and exchange large structures of data, so the plugins will necessarily be ...
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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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Does GPL require me to publish the source code INCLUDING configuration files needed to run?

For simplicity lets say i created a Server-Client programm which uses libraries under the GNU license. My understanding is that i now have to give everyone who asks my full client source-code and ...
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What is the appropriate license for open-source content which I might publish into a book?

I maintain a project called hacker-laws. It is a collection of laws, theories, patterns and so on. The repo is here: https://github.com/dwmkerr/hacker-laws It was pointed out that the MIT License ...
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Properly licensing my software on GitHub

When releasing software on GitHub, I usually state something in the Readme which reads like "Code written by [name and alias], licensed under GPLv3". Is this sufficient? Or do I need to ...
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What do I need the company I work for to do to open source a program I wrote for them?

I would like to open-source a program I wrote for my employer. As I understand it, this is a “work for hire” (at least in the United States) since I wrote the code for them and on their time. This ...
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Amount and way of publishing under share-alike license

I found a small C++ code example (containing a function) that is under CC-BY-SA-4.0 license. I am thinking about revising that example, extending it to multiple functions and using it in a much bigger ...
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Can I publish only select code under GPLv3 from a private project?

So my team is planning to go open source with a project that has been in development together with an industry partner for some time now. We're not sure about the licensing yet, but GPLv3 looks ...
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GPL for Embedded

I'm working in a company that develops and sells embedded systems. We are using Linux and some GPL software, alongside proprietary software. Some of the GPL softwares are modified to fit our needs. ...
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Can we use the source code of a GPL library when we have contributed to the library

I have contributed to a GPL library and I am using that library in my project as a module. Do I have to make my entire project open source or, as I have contributed to the library and the source code ...
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How to find opensource/software freedom GitHub alternatives?

Reviewers: the post was edited, now it asks for the most important selection parameters and not for a list. Now that Microsoft bought Github, I think programmers and coders favorizing software ...
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If I change the license of my project, can someone use the old license by navigating through Git history?

I am creating an open-source library in JavaScript and using Git to control versions and history. I have several commits in which the LICENSE file is X (for example, MIT), but I would like to change ...
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Publishing Java project with LGPL licensed module

I have a Java project made by multiple JARs and one of them is LGPL licensed. I know that this kind of license doesn't propagate through the modules that uses it. But every code modification that I ...
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Guidelines for licensing and attribution for code from an article/blog post

I am following a series of programming articles. In order to understand them better, I type in the code examples and play around with them - sometimes I change the code, sometimes I don't. I also like ...
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Delay when downloading with SourceForge and many other sites

When I am downloading a file with SourceForge, and also from many other sites, I'm getting a count down and I am wondering what is the reason? I'm not talking about storage sites like rapidgator, etc ...
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Is it OK to upload someone else's code to NPM?

Per user recommendation, this question is based on an SO question. ASX is a cool library I use for some of my projects, but it is not available on NPM. I filed an issue on the GitHub repo asking to ...
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How to anonymously submit GPL licensed source code to a science fair?

I've created a personal project and licensed it as GPL3 (I'm a fan of the open source movement). The source code is posted publicly on GitHub. I'm planning on submitting it to the Siemens Competition, ...
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Is it legal to publish an open source adapter to a closed source SDK?

OSIsoft, LLC publishes an SDK with their PI System, to which I wrote a python adapter. At this point it is for internal use in our company only, but I think it is potentially useful to other users of ...
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Help with getting permission to open source a small piece of software

If you are an employee, work you do in the course of your job (as opposed to in your spare time) is a "work for hire" and the copyright is by default owned by the company you work for. How do you go ...
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Can I use/distribute LGPL command line software in mine that isn't LGPL?

I've developed a little software that use FFmpeg in command line mode. To further clarify: My software launch several times ffmpeg.exe that is stored inside the same folder as my .exe. User never ...
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Risks of not showing open source libraries used

As a developer, certain app markets for Android (Amazon or some manufacturers) require to list all open source libraries used (name , author, license etc.) accessible offline. I've created a page "...
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Open Source Textbook Solutions

Is there a licensing model, or common ethic agreement, prohibiting the leaking of solutions to questions contained in a textbook? I was searching for solutions to a question in a very popular and ...
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Volley library and publish on Play Store

I am using the Volley library, provided by Google, to do some http requests on android app. The Volley library is under the "Creative Commons Attribution 2.5". If I want to publish my app later on ...
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How can I open source a repository on GitHub by using Apache license in only one file?

To license a project in GitHub, can I do it like this: There are many files like src->Java, res, etc for my Android app So I want to use Apache license v 2.0 for open sourcing it So will the ...
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How can a software company cope with more and more customers asking for open source software

My company has invested a lot in R&D over the past 3 years. It led to the development of a system we can use as a base to build custom software for our customers. More and more customers want ...
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How should I release my notes under public domain if they contain quotes from proprietary texts?

I'm keeping a GitHub repository that contains my personal notes. While I feel comfortable with releasing most of the things in the public domain, that repository does contain some quotes, mostly from ...
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Could I run my own websites about projects I do not own?

I've found a few open-source software projects and I'd like to run my own websites regarding them, but not claiming to own them; just make a place where information and such can be found. I believe I ...
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What are the limits of Libre when publishing open access controversial books? [closed]

We're living in freedom of speech community. However when writing controversial books, are there any topics which are not allowed to write about in First World countries (even for educational purposes)...
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Can you open source a virus/exploit?

Is it fine to open source a virus, exploit or any other potential dangerous software (if used in the wrong way)? If so, are there any limitations/circumstances when you can't? Does it depends on the ...
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Publishing software as open source while keeping an API key secret

I have a project that I want to release as open source. However, the project interacts with some external web-based API that requires a key (issued by API owners specifically for the project), that ...
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Is my code FLOSS just because it is published it on GitHub?

Does publishing my code on GitHub make it FLOSS automatically? Is there some license automatically assigned to it? Is it "technically or say literally, open source"?
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Can I open source the code and charge for the access to it?

I have some code which I would like to open source it (as part of the private repository), however the access should be limited only to the memberships who paid the access fee. Is it going to work? ...
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What risks are involved for a publisher, if he decides to release teaching materials as open source?

Teaching materials like textbooks or work sheets can be opened up to free redistribution and free change for everyone. What risks does the publisher face, then deciding to do so? Are there legal ...
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Are there good reasons to open source "trivial" projects?

Sometimes, I'll start writing some code with no actual expectations about where it will end up or how useful it will be. Is there any point in releasing the code for a small project, mainly done for ...
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