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Questions about changing the license of a work which has already been published under a different license (or published under all-rights-reserved copyright)

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Copyright of modifications and derivative works of Python License 2 licensed software

I am writing a Python package in which I plan to vendorize a modified copy of part of another package that was released under Python License 2 (it is not part of the PSL and not subject to any other ...
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Using only certain files out of GPL code

The whole of atk1.0-2.4.0 is listed under GNU-GPLv2.0. Can I take certain files out of GNU GPL license code and use it under different license / no license, or is this considered as obfuscation of ...
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Clarification: Dual licensed under the MIT or GPL Version 2 licenses

I've been reading the differences between these two licenses for a few hours now and it is still quite not clear to me how this duality works. As far as I understood, the MIT license basically gives ...
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Is it possible to liberate source code through double-licensing changes?

Let me describe the situation: there's an old piece of software (a game) with source code publically available. Source code was (officially, legally) released with following non-free license: The ...
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What is a good strategy for gradually preparing a switch to a new version of a license / new license?

I was interested to discover the GPL Cooperation Commitment today, and more particularly the COMMITMENT file they propose to include in a project under GPL v2 or LGPL v2 or v2.1: https://github.com/...
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Can I change the license of a forked project to the MIT if the license of the parent project has changed from the GPL to the MIT?

Some time ago I have forked a project on the GitHub that used the GNU GPL v3 license. So I also had to use the GPL license in my fork. Recently, the author of the original project changed license to ...
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License validity of unreleased project

For educational purposes I've open sourced my blog on GitHub (https://github.com/nehalist/nehalist.io), which is based on a fork of an MIT licensed repo (https://github.com/gatsbyjs/gatsby-starter-...
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Can I change the license of re-written code?

The is a single file source code that I have used as a base for my little project. That source code already works as it is. The problem is its syntaxes, variable naming, spacing, and so many unused ...
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Relicensing a MIT licensed project to prevent damaging code changes

I have found a piece of software which I have grown so fond of that I wish to improve it. However, since the software is an MIT licensed project I could fear that the change I would like might not be ...
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Can this file be included in a project that's going to be released under the GPL?

I have a need to emulate a 6502 in my project, but I don't really want to spend time to develop and debug something to do that when there already exist many solutions to exactly that problem. ...
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org-rs: can I use MIT/Apache2/LGPL license?

I am working on a project https://github.com/org-rs/org-rs written in Rust programming language. The goal of the project is to provide a parser for the Org markup language. Because of the ...
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When is a commercial company allowed to acquire an Open Source project?

For the last few months I spent significant time contributing to an open source project which is licensed with MIT license. I was aware that anyone is allowed to copy, use and change the project's ...
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Are there any projects using a temporary license similar to Founders Copyright?

There is the Founders Copyright project that tried to adjust the copyright expiration time span to a much shorter time. Is there something similar in software? As far as I understand, a project can ...
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How much changes are required for the “editor” of an open source software to become the new owner?

I think I read somewhere that if you modify the source of a software enough, you become the owner ("author") of that source. First I'd like to make sure that this is correct. If not, then the point ...
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Distributing BSD-3 code under the Apache license v2 only

Alice and Bob write a piece of source code (call it Source1) and publish it under the BSD 3-clause license. Later, Bob and Charlie are working on a software project, licensed under AL2 (Apache License ...
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Why does the clause 3 of 4-clause BSD makes it incompatible with GPL?

As explained on the GNU GPL site, the 4-clause BSD is incompatible with GPL because of the clause 3 which states: All advertising materials mentioning features or use of this software must ...
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Is it legal to fork “gpl 2 or later” software and make “gpl 2 only” changes

I've found interesting open source project (mostly dead now) and I would like to fork it, fix some bugs and use it. The project is licensed under "gpl 2 or later", however I'm not big fan of "gpl 3", ...
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Is the Maximum Use License for Everybody (MULE) a FOSS license?

I encountered an obscure software license called the Maximum Use License for Everybody (MULE). (I have used text from version 4 below, but my concerns also apply to version 3.) The license first ...
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Revert copyleft license without consent of all copyright holders

Let's say that Alice has started a project under a permissive license, e. g. MIT. Then Bob forked it and added some features. Now the project has two copyright holders, Alice and Bob. Then Bob decided ...
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Can contributions be licensed under different licence instead of using CLA's?

I sometimes see open source projects that want to switch their licenses to a more permissive one. If original author of a project or community around it want to switch license then they must ask all ...
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Can I take MIT licensed code and distribute it under BSD?

There is django-auth-kerberos (MIT) which I want to cherry-pick as initial implementation and include+modify as a plugin to python-social-auth/social-core (BSD). Does the MIT license permit this? Are ...
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Can I relicense my own GPL code into Apache/MIT? [duplicate]

Suppose that I distribute my own code with a GPL license, even though the code use just external MIT or Apache code. In particular, no preexisting GPL code is in it. Can I later relicense it under ...
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Can I change license of my GPL project? [duplicate]

I have created a project from scratch and made it available online under the GPL license. Can I release a new version of the same project that does not have the GPL license? I would also like to know ...
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Can I make the code in a project currently licensed under the MIT license private without involving a contributor? [duplicate]

I licensed an iOS project under MIT license and a friend made one contribution, adding a few lines to the README.md. The project has been forked twice. I would like to make the second version closed ...
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Relicensing a fork of a GPL project and source code distribution requirements

(Reposted in here because this is the more correct section.) So the situation is this: I run a project which is a fork of an emulator licensed under GPL v2, my fork respects that and has not ...
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Is this restriction of Cheerp community edition in violation of GPLv2?

As I understand, Cheerp is a tool in a similar way it is GCC, licensed with GPLv2. The license applies to the work reached by the copy rights, but not for use restrictions. So, as long as one does ...
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MPL 1.1: Re-distribute under MPL 2.0 without modification

I look at a project under MPL 1.1. Can I take the source and re-distribute it under MPL 2.0 without any modification or contribution? That is, I am not a contributor (not the initial, not in the past, ...
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Using a printed format used by an application licensed under GNU GPL

I want to generate Twibright Optar compatible printed pages but I do not want to license my project under GNU GPL license. The format is simple enough to make a completely new generator tool in few ...
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If I release software under the GNU GPL v3, and a new version of the GPL is released, can I change the license?

If I release software under the GNU GPL v3, and a new version of the GPL is released, can I change the license to the new version if I choose to without having to say "GNU GPL v3.0 or later"?
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How can I add a license to an existing group project?

For a university course I have developed a software application in a group of 12 students. So far we have been developing without a license (in a private repository), but now that the course is over ...
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Relicensing open-source software

During my PhD at a research institution I developed some software that I made public under the LGPL license (upon advice from the law people at this institution). I then moved to another research ...
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Can Linus Torvalds change the license of Linux to private or nonfree “commercial”?

This is a general question. Is it possible to change the license of your creation (in this case something like linux) that have been developed by an entire community, not just Linus? Can it be changed?...
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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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Can LGPL 2.1 licenses software be re-published under GPL 3.0?

I have software licensed under LGPL 2.1 and I want to modify it and re-publish the whole software under the GPL 3.0 license. Is this legally possible? I think so, but I'm not completely sure. LGPL 2....
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Is it possible to release a newer version of a CC0 project under a license such as the zlib/libpng license?

Context: I am the sole contributor to a git versioned project. Let's say I have a project that is licensed under the CC0. Now suddenly I decide that this license doesn't really fit my needs. Am I ...
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Can I include Jenny Everywhere in a licensed work?

Jenny Everywhere is an "open source" character made before there were Creative Commons licenses. When including her in a work you are supposed to include the Jenny Everywhere Paragraph: The ...
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How can I anticipate a smooth transition to CC BY 5.0?

Let's say I create a CC BY 4.0 work today, and others contribute to it under the same license. Some individual elements will have multiple authors, some will have single authors. Some might include CC ...
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Can I change the copyright license, with this text in the CLA?

If I include this in the Contributor License Agreement (CLA) for an open source project I'm doing: (the following is from Apache's individual CLA) Grant of Copyright License. Subject to the terms ...
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License file organization when moving from one permissive license to another?

I have a project that is currently licensed under the BSD 3-clause license, and I would prefer, going forward, to switch to the Apache 2.0 license. I plan on contacting the original contributors to ...
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How does Bootstrap v4 (MIT) deal with contributions made under v3 (Apache 2.0)?

Bootstrap version 4 is under MIT license. Bootstrap version 3 and earlier ones were under Apache license 2.0. Bootstrap version 4 probably inherits some source code from Bootstrap version 3. Then, ...
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Relicensing open source project

Consider the following hypothetical situation. A project was open sourced. There were a number of external contributions but not too many. Imagine, the owner wants to change its license. Is it ...
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What does LGPL point 3 mean?

The LGPL point 3 says: 3. You may opt to apply the terms of the ordinary GNU General Public License instead of this License to a given copy of the Library. To do this, you must alter ...
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Dual license or relicense when the new license is more permissive?

An organization is considering changing the license of an OSS repo on GitHub. For the purposes of this question, assume that organization has the legal rights to change the license. It is currently ...
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Can a copyright owner grant additional permission for another project to use under a different license?

Can a copyright holder of a GPL licensed project grant permission to allow another project to use it under the terms of a different license? The GNU/GPL is a copyleft license, which means that ...
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How can I integrate open source licenses, such as MIT, into my own open source project when my code is unlicensed?

I want to use a portion of an existing project that is licensed under MIT. MIT seems to state that I must include their license in my work, but I don't want to use any license for my own work (i.e. ...
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What happens if I stop using a GPL library?

If I understand it correctly, when I develop a program that depends on a GPL library, it becomes a derivative work of the library and the GPL license also aplies to it. But what happens if I develop a ...
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What must be the license of a software including other apps with different licenses?

I have developed a software and I will publish it for free. But this software includes the following programs: The app is developed using Electron (License: MIT) Electron uses Chromium (It is ...
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Can I change a LPPL licensed LaTeX file (template) license?

I got this .tex file. I need to edit it so it becomes my thesis. According to the LPPL license, I need to change its name, and state from what name I am renaming. But what do I do about this part? %...
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Relicensing an MIT licensed project under the GPL that has non code contributions from others

I have an Android Game I've written that I released under the MIT license. Recently, there have been several people who have downloaded the source of my application, added ads and uploaded it to the ...
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Which licenses do “not contradict the terms and conditions” of AFL v. 3.0?

The Academic Free License 3.0 explicitly allows distributing copies of the work "under any license of your choice that does not contradict the terms and conditions, including Licensor's reserved ...