Questions tagged [relicensing]

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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Choice of and conversion between licenses

I have found an article with links to compare license types, but as there are so many, it's still very hard to decide, so I will have to keep reading, but what I hope to find are answers to the ...
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GPL v3 "Or Later Version" Clause -or- Counterfeiting the GPL [duplicate]

What stops someone from creating a newer version of the GPL? What prevents someone from creating a GPL v4 with permissive license terms and using the "or (at your option) any later version" ...
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How can I properly relicense MIT software to MPL 2.0 properly, while maintaining proper copyright notices

I have a project, it is a Rust one. From my understanding, with the MPL I must put a per-file header. Must I one-by-one add the MPL header to every file (perhaps including TOML files, etc.) or what? ...
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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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Does modifying build files (not source code) constitute a derivative work?

I am currently developing a library that uses libdwarf (licensed as LGPL 2.1). Suppose I modify the CMake files to get it to build with a different MSVCRT. What do I need to release and am I required ...
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Can the license of a previously distributed binary be changed? [duplicate]

Let's say I have a programme X licensed under the GPL, to which I am the sole contributor and copyright holder. I distribute the binaries for X and provide the source code online as required by the ...
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Can I relicense an abandoned GPL project if the copyright owners are no longer responsive?

Suppose I want to use GPL-copyrighted software in a closed-source project. With actively maintained projects I can contact the copyright holders to see if I can work out an agreement with them. But ...
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If a project only includes a copy of the GPL, can it be relicensed under any version?

There's a project that only includes a copy of the GNU GPLv2 accompanying it that I wish to combine with GPL-3.0-or-later code. Assume that simply including a license file applies it globally to the ...
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Do significant changes to code allow a license change from 3-BSD to something else? [duplicate]

Suppose person X writes some library foolib, licensing it under the 3-BSD license. Person Y now takes the foolib sources and develops it further, making significant changes: More functionality, ...
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Grant less restricted license from an AGPL project

I have developed a library which is licensed under AGPL. Before the library was licensed under MIT. I changed to AGPL because some commercial companies did use the library without commiting bugfixes ...
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Can I use a (modified) LGPL-2.1 library in my MIT-licensed library?

I am developing a Modbus library for use on microcontrollers. Internally, I am using an (apparently) heavily-modified version of libmodbus (slightly-modified from the version that comes with ...
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Can the Linux kernel be released under GPLv3?

From the Wikipedia article on Linux: The Linux kernel is licensed explicitly only under version 2 of the GPL, without offering the licensee the option to choose "any later version", which is a ...
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Can someone re-license an adaptation of my CC BY-NC materials under commercial terms?

In the comments below this answer, it is stated that while there is no ShareAlike clause (that would be CC BY-NC-SA), you would not be allowed to re-license Adapted Materials under commercial terms. ...
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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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Modern Alternatives for the Common Public Attribution License

I am looking for a modern alternative or similar license to the Common Public Attribution License. Here are some of the specific license attributions that I am looking for: A requirement that the ...
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How do I go about having stuff licensed differently in a project licensed under a different license?

Suppose my project A is licensed under AGPL v3. Now I choose to include stuff (a filter list actually) from different sources, which are licensed under GPLv2, CC-BY 4.0, and I have combined them in a ...
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Does the BSD licence implicitly apply to derived work?

Moved from the discussion of this answer, which makes the following claim about BSD licences: The 3BSD licence requires (in clause 1) that your copyright notices be preserved, and that some licence ...
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Transpiled Source-Code License & Copyright Holder

Can Transpiled Output Source-Code Have Different License And Different Copyright Holder Than Input Source-Code ? Prj-A──>─┬─>Prj-TP──>────┬─>Prj-┐ (Apache) │(Python-to-C++)│ TP │ ...
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BSD 3-Clause License Changed to GNU General Public License v2.0 [duplicate]

I had previously downloaded an open source project under the BSD 3-Clause, which I am planning to make use of in a commercial product. As far as I understand, this license will permit this in a closed ...
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Can a copy-left licensed software mutate to a permissive one? Can a permissive licence mutate to a copy-left one?

I am a bit lost with license compatibility and re-licensing. See this example: Author Alice is author and holds copyright of software under GPL3. This software supports plugins. Author Bob authors a ...
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Is it a violation of the GPL (or any other license) for Linux images on Azure to have 'plans' associated with them in all future copies?

Some images on Azure are 'supported' via a 'plan' (see for example https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/windows/cli-ps-findimage). See for example: https://azuremarketplace....
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When using a dependency with an Apache license but has sub-dependencies under GPL, do I need to open source my own code?

When using a dependency with an Apache license but has sub-dependencies under GPL, do I need to open source my own code? Based on my own research, it appears I would have to abide by the full line of ...
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Can you use a less restrictive open source licence from the one your depedency has?

Without loss of generality, suppose you have an open source Java project with Gradle as the build system, and you want to add the MIT licence to it. Consider the cases: Case 1. From the build.gradle ...
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Can there be a copyright on negative code?

This is a hypothetical question, but I am curious. Feel free to ignore it, when it seems too theoretical for you. Some people may know the situation that you implement a feature and in the end you ...
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Can code licensed under AGPL also be (re)licensed under LGPL by its contributor?

I have a puzzling question: Somebody contributed to a AGPL licensed project (he is not the owner). Now this code could also be applied to a different project licensed under LGPL. Could the author of ...
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Do I have to change license of fork if mainstream changes license?

I forked a repository a year ago, which at the time had GPLv3 license. Mainstream repository has now applied AGPLv3 license. Do I have to change my license too ? My fork's last commit is over a year ...
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Credit for re-used public domain code?

If I get some code off of the public domain, and I make major changes, can I re-license it and put my copyright on it?
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Change license from Ritchey Extra Permissive License v2 to Zero-Clause BSD

Can I take something which is licensed under the Ritchey Extra Permissive License v2, and use the sub-licensing clause to distribute it under the Zero-Clause BSD license?
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Is it possible to close an open source project?

If yes, what are the consequences of Open Source projects being discontinued, if it's done by a large organization? As per this post, the older version of project can still be used under the same old ...
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Relicense a GPL 3 project which has other contributors

I am the author of an open-source program. I am the primary author, and the repository on github is owned by me. There are however, ~3 other individuals who have made a few dozen commits into the ...
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How is the Expat (MIT) license compatible with the GPL?

Suppose I come across Project G, an open-source project licensed under the GNU GPL, and Project M, an open-source project licensed under the Expat license (also called the MIT license). I want to ...
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Using MIT/Apache License 2.0 project in a SaaS product, Limitations from its dependencies

I have a specific question with respect to using a project which is licensed under MIT/Apache 2.0 in a SAAS product (proprietary). The open source project have multiple dependencies, if any of the ...
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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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Can I change the license of a forked project from LGPLv3 to MIT?

I have forked a project with LGPLv3 license and I did there a lot of changes. Can I distribute a new version under the MIT license? Or only the possibility is to write the code from "scratch"? ...
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Can I take BSD licensed code and distribute it under GPL?

Or in more general terms: Can I take code which is licensed under a permissive open source license (like the BSD license) and distribute it under a copyleft free software license (like the GPL)? ...
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Tizen OS "sample" projects are all generated to contain the Flora license. Must derivative works also apply the Flora license?

When starting a new project in the Tizen Studio, you are given two options: Start with a template project Start with a sample project The sample projects (like several watches, several simple apps, ...
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Can I use open source code with Apache 2.0 license in my thesis?

Is it permissible? Do I need to specifically mention it somewhere in my thesis?
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How does monetization of opensource app works?

I have a couple of questions regarding making a PRO version of an app. If I want to make a PRO version with more features of my already existing open-sourced MIT licensed app, what changes should I ...
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Upstream re-licensing project from GPL-3.0 to MIT allowed?

Wappalyzer has recently been re-licensed to MIT; however, it was previously licensed under GPLv3. I had opened an issue to clarify whether it was GPL-3.0-or-only, or GPL-3.0-or-later before this ...
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Distribute binaries of GNU GPL licensed project without source as copyright holder

I don't quite understand what I, the copyright holder of a project, am permitted to do according to the license I have given my project. I want the source code for most versions of the project to be ...
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Any lasting licensing implications from previously used, subsequently dropped library dependencies or usage licenses?

I will start off with this excerpt from Qt's legal faq to give some context: 3.13. I have started development of a product using the open source version of Qt, can I now purchase a commercial ...
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Can GPLv2 licensed software be re-published under LGPLv2.1?

I have read Can LGPL 2.1 licenses software be re-published under GPL 3.0? and followed link to GPL license compatibility matrix in the GPL FAQ, which is confusing me a bit: If I understand the table ...
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Merging bug fixes from a project with a different license

Recently I discovered my project of mine (call it A), was cloned by another project (call it M) to create a port for a different platform. "A" was originally licensed as MIT, but has since been ...
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Changing the open source license of a forked project (EUPL to GPL)

I believe context is important, so here is a little story. Let's imagine (all characters and events in this story - even those based on real people - are entirely fictional) that Alice has developed ...
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Is it possible to change the current GPLv3 license to something else?

Essentially I am just testing out stuff, here is my situation: I am developing a program which consists of several code files. I made a public repository on github where I regularly update those files....
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Relicensing content under CC-BY-SA

I have compiled a body of work from numerous contributors, who all licensed their individual works to me under CC-BY-SA version 3. Can I now instead redistribute their work under CC-BY-SA version 4?
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In the Apache-2.0 what changes do we need to state?

In Apache 2.0 do I need to disclose the scource as it is technically an addition ammounting up to a modification. Give some details on NOTICE if possible.
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Relicensing from Apache-2.0 to Apache-or-MIT

I'd like to relicense one of my projects from Apache 2.0 to Apache-or-MIT dual license for consistency with the outer community (Rust — see here), and to allow GPLv2 compatibility, which I was ...
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Open-source license that should aware if I want monetize my project

I'm creating a website. Some of functionaly is using open-source libraries from npm, github, etc. I want to monetize my sites using ads, or even I want to create some sites template and sell to ...
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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 ...