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Advertising a job in open source software and hardware

I am developing a solution to deploy open-source hardware in a way that would be similar to APT or Portage in software. As a matter of fact, the idea is to extend something like Portage to make it ...
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Short Weak Copyleft Software License

Is there a short weak (or strong) copyleft license? I like the GPL v3. The way that all its different sections interlock is quite poetic. However, this beauty comes at the cost of it being near ...
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What is a "patent-granting" license?

I am beginning to learn about open source software licenses. I am especially interested in how open source licenses interact with patents. I've seen the term "patent-granting" used several ...
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using external images of multiple different licenses in a single document-oriented project

I am working on a project to create (in PDF) letter charts for children for alphabet learning. This involves a number of different pictures from different sources (but mostly Wikipedia) and different ...
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GNU license for "Open Metronome" - what license applies to beats generated with it?

If i am using the GNU-licensed software "Open Metronome" (https://sourceforge.net/projects/openmetronome/) to create the basic rhythm of my own music, I am wondering if I can freely ...
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Does the GPL require sharing source code if I charge for a consultation with the software?

I've been reading a whole lot and can't seem to find this specific question. I am currently making a software which will ideally be used to provide information to people that pay for consultations. ...
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Author rights on software when using an online IDE

There are a number of open integrated development environments which offer developer to make and compile software, such as the replit.com platform. Will the author of the code have full rights on the ...
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Are there any CI purified Firefox forks? [closed]

Are there any continuously integrated forks of Mozilla Firefox that only use the open source code? If not, why?
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If I create software that can leverage a CC BY-SA data set, do I have to license the software under the same license?

I'm writing a translation assist & dictionary-like software to assist in translating Japanese to English. To help with this, dictionary datasets in XML format by Electronic Dictionary Research and ...
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Are there any software licenses that allow for everything but changing the license or dual-licensing?

I would like to allow users of my code to make derivatives, but disallow derivatives from imposing any restrictions on the usage of my code. Is there an existing license that would fit this ...
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Can I download one file from GitHub without copying the license?

There is a github repository licensed under the MIT license. Can I download just 1 bash script and use it (execute) without copying the license file somewhere? The script itself doesn't provide any ...
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Are shell scripts considered binaries for licensing purposes?

There are a number of licenses that contain the term "binary distribution". For example, https://github.com/boostorg/beast/blob/develop/LICENSE_1_0.txt: A simple permissive license only ...
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Launching an application from another application

I have a GUI program that launches at start-up on a Linux machine. And this GUI can launch other applications like Spotify. I want to put this machine as a car's infotainment system of a vehicle that ...
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Does the Reciprocal Public Licence require notifications only to be given to the first original licensor?

If person A creates a work under RPL-1.5 and person B creates a work based on person A's work, person B has to notify person A with the changes. If person A then uses these changes and continues to ...
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Question on license for piece of U.S. Federal Government produced software

The license attached to the script/software reads as follows: “Software code created by U.S. Government employees is not subject to copyright in the United States(17 U.S.C. §105). The United States/...
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AGPL library usage for an internal software

I am working in the healthcare reimbursement ("mutuelle") in belgium and I wrote a network application that use an AGPL package. So, this application will be just used internally to provide ...
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Can a company license frontend software developed with open source frameworks?

Can a company license frontend components developed using open source javascript(JS) frameworks(e.g. Vue, React or Next JS) that are downloaded and accessible anytime a user accesses the site that ...
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Why are open source projects so broken and apathetic if they are run by idealists? [closed]

I've just wasted countless hours over weeks just trying to get LibreOffice to use a dark theme. I've made numerous searches, looked through the entire UI, manually gone hunting for "the usual ...
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Are there any real punishments for intentional malicious behavior in GPL or any other "no-warranties" licensed software?

There haven't been any significant incidents on FOSS software developers turning evil and pumping their software with malicious code. But each person is different, with different intentions. While I ...
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Is using SheetJS free for commercial use?

I downloaded a version of SheetJS here https://unpkg.com/[email protected]/dist/xlsx.full.min.js It's basically a version of xlsx that allows me to export an excel document and allows me to manipulate data ...
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What is the meaning of "internal use" in the GPL 3?

I want to develop a specific module from a GPL 3 software in a partnership with a third company to share the costs. Can we each use it for our companies (meaning internal use) without having to ...
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Using GetText (GNU) license in a commercial product (For now SaaS)?

I have a commercial product that will be will be available as a SaaS for now, but later on might be distributed. So for SaaS, using GNU libraries seems like a no issue since there is a loophole, ...
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Which licenses of Open Source plugins/libraries can i used in my commercial SaaS product

i wan to create SaaS for help people to solve different tasks. Which licenses of plugins/libraries can i use in my SaaS? A lot of examples describes a use of plugins and libraries with a software, but ...
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Can I prevent the National Security Agency from using my work?

I am currently working on a research project in a subfield of computer/data science that concerns a topic whose research seems to have worrying correlations with the U.S. National Security Agency due ...
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Redistribution of BSD source code

If I can access a source code with a BSD license, who, if anybody, do I need to ask permission to use/modify/commercialize/redistribute the code (under BSD license conditions)? The BSD license allows ...
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Do you need to document your changes/modifications to a program under GPLv3?

I heard that you must document all your changes and modifications to a software under the GPLv3. Is this true? If I'm not distributing this software, do I have to document my changes/modifications. ...
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Where is the VLC changelog? [closed]

There was finally (after like a year) a new minor version of VLC released. Neither the program itself, nor the website, says one single word about what changes have been made. I've spent like an hour ...
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Software license for non-commerical reproducible research [duplicate]

I am a researcher at a university with a guest status. I am not employed though and the work I do is my own. The software I develop belongs to me. For reproducible research I want to publish some of ...
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Can Ubuntu be used to make money? [duplicate]

I plan to sell course(s) on Udemy by using Ubuntu. As you predict, there will be everything what the Ubuntu has (such as screens, icons, logos, symbols, tools, softwares etc. and their use) in the ...
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How does a cooking recipe and a software recipe (source code) differ from other kinds of data?

I understand that it is commonly believed that cooking recipes and "software recipes" (source codes) differ from other kinds of potentially-computer-memorized-data (such as a romantic song ...
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The specifics of licensing public domain code within project under GNU GPLv3+

I'm developing a project which I'm about to release under the GNU GPL 3+ license. It does, however, contain a number of public domain subroutines. Question: How do I go about placing a GPL license ...
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Licensing of software in commercial Youtube videos

I'm thinking of recording a couple of coding tutorials on Youtube. I wonder if I can use free (e.g. codepen) and purchased software (e.g. Visual Studio) in those videos without risking to run into ...
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Can I use dynamically linked MinGW runtime libraries with a BSD dll library for commercial purposes?

I had earlier asked Can I use BSD license-based dll statically linked to MinGW under the run-time licence exception?. Can I use dynamically linked MinGW runtime libraries (f.e. libgcc_s_sjlj-1.dll, ...
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Can I use BSD license-based dll statically linked to MinGW under the run-time licence exception?

This BSD DLL depends on 3 MinGW run-time libraries (libgcc_s_sjlj-1.dll, libgfortran-3.dll and libquadmath-0.dll). What if I'll compile them statically into BSD dll to eliminate dependences on MinGW ...
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Confused by html2canvas library's license

I was planning to use html2canvas The license is really confusing to me, as it's never stated which parts are for Microsoft, which are not and if the whole code is licensed under MIT, as it also ...
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How can I use programming documentation without infringing copyright?

I have a really hard time understanding how can I use copyrighted programming documentation, tutorials, articles, blogs, etc. presented as text or video, without infringing copyright? I will explain ...
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Licencing a software while working in an enterprise

I work for one of the 4 big consulting companies. I developed a software on my free time. It gained lot of attention, I was asked to register it as company asset. I guess there are plans to use/sell ...
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Use of GPL licensed code in commercial software

I have created an library (A) that uses several other GPL v2 or v3 licensed libraries (B,C,D) which, I am not the author of. I am only the author of A. Can I license library A under a GPL or a dual ...
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Copyright holder in R packages

I am developing an R package and distribute it under the GPL-2 license by submitting it to CRAN. According to CRAN's Writing R extensions, i am the author and maintainer of the source code. The R ...
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Copyright issue of the interface of Windows Notepad [closed]

I'm developing Windows application. It is crypto-functioning notepad. And its design(UI interface) is almost(approx 90%?) same with Microsoft Windows Notepad. Differences are only some buttons and ...
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Can I use CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 content in a webview while keeping the app commercial?

I am developing an app that uses material (the material I want to show is a website) which is licensed with CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 but I want to place ads in my application. The application has another ...
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How to effectively browse mailing lists

There are many open source projects whose development is officially discussed through mailing lists (the obvious example being the Linux kernel). Being young and spoiled by nice clean website design,...
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Rebranding existing library under MIT

I bit of background: When I was working in my previous company I came up with an idea to extract all some generic functionality from the different projects and create open source library (MIT) from ...
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Under what license may I take and use screenshots of LibreOffice?

Recently, I have been considering making some screenshots of LibreOffice's applications and putting them on my blog (just as graphical examples for the text). But then, I started to think about what ...
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Is Java (JRE) still free for commercial use?

United States here. I have a client that I would like to build a small suite of Java 8+ applications for to be installed on their office desktops and servers. This requires the Java Runtime ...
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Creative Commons ShareAlike, weak or strong copyleft?

I am wondering whether Creative Commons ShareAlike is a weak or strong copyleft license. That is, does it allow linking with code with under a different license?
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Placement of Licensing in Apple Sample Code - Swift

I was going through a tutorial on Apple/Swift and they show a sample project which they offer users to download. On the Swift file, they show: /* See LICENSE folder for this sample's licensing ...
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Can I use libgit2 in commercial application?

I want to embed libgit2 in my commercial application (here is license https://github.com/libgit2/libgit2/blob/master/COPYING) . I want to create static libgit2 library, and link it with my commercial ...
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Is it legal to have the "// (c) 2019 John Smith" header in all files when there are hundreds of contributors?

Companies use headers like // Copyright 2011 The Go Authors. But countless projects with a single maintainer have // Copyright 2011 John Smith even though they have hundreds of contributors, all ...
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Can I use a company's name in my open-source project?

I'm developing a small open-source plugin for a fairly well known CMS, which as far as I can tell has a trademark on the product and company name. It's starting to get a bit of traction, so I'm in the ...
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