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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Can I relicense software under the modified zlib licence?

In this project, the README says: Code(if not stated differently): (c) Copyright 2015-2016 DeveloperOne; modified zlib-License see "LICENSE.txt" for details. And zlib license says: This ...
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Is it possible to move from MIT to BSD?

I commited some work on GitHub under the MIT license. Is it possible to move from MIT license to BSD-3 or 4 clauses for some of the projects? And as an extent, to any other license? If possible, is ...
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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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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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Can the license of a work with open source license be revoked? [duplicate]

Say I have a work released under a FOSS license, can I revoke this FOSS license and release the work under some proprietary license? If yes, what happens to copies of work already under circulation ...
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How to deal with licences after forking a project?

I forked a project with an MIT license on GitHub: The MIT License (MIT) Copyright (c) 2012 Some Name Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software ...
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Remove BSD LICENSE file while importing code into GPL project

Can LICENSE file be removed from 3rd party BSD project that is merged with GPLed code? There are license headers in each file, but files will be modified, so BSD license in them will no longer be ...
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How do I turn a public domain project into a MIT project

A while ago I released some code into the public domain, using CC0. I am now thinking, that I would like to extend that work, but have it under the MIT license -- the extensions at least. I don't ...
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Does the CeCILL permit relicensing to licenses named in later versions of the license?

I want to release a program under the CeCILL version 2. It permits relicensing to the GPL, and I'm okay with that. However, version 2.1 permits relicensing to the European Union Public License, and I ...
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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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Impact of accepting a new open source licence type when updating software

I understand that if someone chooses not to upgrade their software they are free to retain all license benefits of their existing software. Please assume the following: XYZ software version 1.0 has ...
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Is putting a page with javascript in it considered a redistribution

Imagine, I published a page on the web. It contains some javascript code, which uses open source library. Is it in general considered redistribution? On one hand, it's a redistribution. You put code ...
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Using FreeBSD licensed code in a GPL3+ project

I have a code project which I have released under the GPL3+, which you can see here. I would like to implement a section of code that would use the lmfit nonlinear fitting library, provided here. The ...
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What license is portlet-api.jar in version 1.0?

I'm using portlet-api.jar within my maven project, but I can't find any hint on an applicable license. Is it public domain? And if so, is it written down somewhere? <dependency> <groupId&...
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Can software released under the Boost software license be relicensed under the Zlib/Libpng License?

I came across a library on GitHub (now Zlib/Libpng licensed) that is a fork of a library that was originally released under the Boost software license. Is it legitimate/legal to relicense boost ...
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If I create a derivative work of code that follows a protocol, am I still bound by its license?

I'm giving myself a headache just thinking about this, so would appreciate anyone else with an opinion. First, off, a note: I'm absolutely aware that my current code is a 'derivative work' - That's ...
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How does re-licensing without the approval of authors work (eg, wikimedia case)?

Wikipedia (and any other Wikimedia product) change to a dual licence since 01/08/2009. As I understand, that implies they redistribute GFDL licensed text in CC-BY-SA without asking every author (wich ...
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Does the Python Software Foundation License permit relicensing to the GPL?

Does the Python Software Foundation License permit relicensing to the GNU GPLv3 (or v2)?
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How did memtest86 transition from GPL to closed-source?

Memtest86, a popular software for RAM diagnostics, was initially developed as open source (GPLv2). Version 3 was forked into a separate project, Memtest86+, also distributed under GPL terms. Source ...
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Merge, rebrand, relicense projects

There are two libraries under MIT, that do the same thing, each with some pros and cons. I'd like to merge them, effectively reworking the public API, but keeping the underlying logic (code). The ...
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How would it be possible to distribute a GPL program with an Apache program?

A friend and I are making a program licensed under the Apache 2.0 license, and we would like to pull in code from one of his old projects licensed under the GPL 3.0 license, but I don't see a way to. ...
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Does it make sense to license my content under a more restrictive license if it's licensed CC-BY-SA?

Let's say that I make a post on a Stack Exchange site. That content is owned by me, but I gave the company a perpetual and irrevocable license under Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike 3.0. As ...
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How do I license code when rewriting code in another language? [duplicate]

I took the C code from the png2theora example tool of Xiph.Org Theora which has a copyright header: /******************************************************************** * ...
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How can i change the license of an open source project? [duplicate]

What is the good way to change the license of an opensource project? I guess it depends of the agreements of the contributors Do i need 100% approval? What if one contributor disagree or one ...
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Can I add "third clause" to BSD-like license?

I forked a project which is licensed under “BSD-like” license. This goes as the following: Copyright © 20xx Author CopyRight © 20xx Another author All rights reserved. Redistribution and use in ...
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If a project is forked and its license is changed, which license should be followed?

We have seen a lot of open source project on GitHub. But what would happen if someone fork a project and modify & improve from it? For example, if an original open source project creator states ...
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Move from MIT license to a new one

I want to move from MIT license to a new one, with this goals to reach: Leave the project free to use for individuals and small open source companies Let commercial companies pay some money for using ...
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Global donor to OSI approved licenses

I have some small projects under different open source licenses (I like BSD and GPLv2). I would like to license some new projects under an OSI approved license but make sure any other OSI-approved ...
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Am I in danger if a project component is relicensed?

I am currently managing a project, which includes a library that is licensed under the MIT license. My current project is licensed under the Apache 2.0 license. The maintainers of the library that I ...
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Relicensing from GPL v2 to LGPL v2 - What if I can't contact all contributors?

I am a contributor to a very old project presently in violation of the GPL. Our project is a plugin for a closed-source program, but the GPL does not permit this kind of linking. The project should ...
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Can I relicense software under the modified BSD licence?

I want to modify and merge some software that is available under the two clause BSD license into a project that is available under the GNU GPL version 2. I want to distribute the result under the GNU ...
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Is a license bound to a commit?

Lets say there is some software hosted in a public github git repository under some license A. The owner and copyright-holder now decides to relicense the source-code to another license B. If i would ...
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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 should I re-license the scaffold code for my new application? (it is licensed under MIT)

If you notice the following scaffold starter kit source code is licensed under MIT throughout the code base. Even the configuration file contain a header of MIT licensed by the creator. Assuming, I ...
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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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How do I upgrade from GPLv2 to GPLv3?

Consider I've written a program and released it under the GNU GPL version 2. Now I want to release it under the GNU GPL version 3. Let's call this "upgrading the license". Is this possible? How do I ...
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How does one combine differently licensed code in one open source program?

I'm the author of WorldPainter. It's licensed according to the GPL v3, but I am about to include some code (dynmap) that is licensed according to the Apache License version 2.0. According to both ...
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On what grounds can companies bring open source projects into closed source?

There are applications that are widely used out there (just think of PHP, MySQL, etc...). What would happen if the organisations behind them pull this software back into closed source? On what ...
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How can I prove that a work was free/libre at some point?

The authors of a free/libre work can change the license of their work any time, and they can even make it non-free again. This does not affect copies that were made before that change (and any ...
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Can I place a license on something that I already published? [duplicate]

Suppose I upload an image to my website under no license or copyright notice. But then I decide that I want to license it under specific open source CC attributes. Can I simply just add the license? ...
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Can I license a project that I have built on if it already has a license?

Scenario I am building off of a project that was released under the Creative Commons BY license. Now that my project is done, I want to release my version of the product under my own license. ...
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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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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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Can I license a project which I have already released without a license?

If I have put my code in one of the online repositories and have made it public but haven't licensed it... (to which the policy is that you retain the copyright). Is it enough to just commit a ...
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What happens when a GPL licence is changed to a LGPL?

I'm using an open source library under GPL in a closed source project. If the libraries license changes from GPL to LGPL, does it mean the previous code (written when the library was GPL) should be ...
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If I include some GPL code in my project, can I release it as BSD?

I have scientific software that I would like to release under the BSD 3-clause licence, but it includes some old code that was released under GPL. Can I still package it all and release as BSD?
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How can a project be relicensed?

I've found out that the license I picked for my project does not quite do what I wanted it do (bad research). Now I want to change the license. Is it as simple as changing the LICENSE.txt in the root?...

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