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How to prevent users to jump to "premium" plan in a web-app

I want to know how can I prevent users to download the code from Git Hub for example, search in the code for a premium variable or something similar and change it to true, rebuild the project and boom,...
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Licensing code on GitHub in a valid way

I'm currently developing something on GitHub. I would like to keep it open source; however I want to make sure in no way am I liable for any issues, and that my code cannot simply be copied and ...
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License of Ubuntu MATE for commercial use

I would like to know what to be careful about using Ubuntu for commercial use. I use Ubuntu MATE (Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS), some packages, and applications I created. I only use my applicaton on my own ...
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Is this commercial use when using OSS library only in develop environment?

I don't know the definition of "commercial use" very much. Is this commercial use when using OSS library only in develop environment? I don't use the OSS library in production environment.
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Including a limited published Java interface in an opensource project?

My context: I live in the Netherlands and I have written Apache 2 licensed software that is used globally. I have created a UDF (User Defined Function) for a piece of closed source software (https://...
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Open Source projects with encryption keys

I currently have a project which I'm planning in the not too distant future to open source on GitHub. The question I have is regarding how open source projects are released if they have encryption ...
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Proprietary software pre-installed on the PocketC.H.I.P.?

After reading about the PocketC.H.I.P., I assumed that it comes with FLOSS only, because: Their page advertises: Open Source Hardware and Software mean you can do almost anything! Their FAQ says: ...
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How can you guarantee someone that your open sourced code is what's being used in production?

Let's say you have an app that prides itself on open source technologies and the full codebase of your app being open source is what attracts users. How can you guarantee your users that your open ...
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Most fitting software license for customized client work?

I am struggling with this question about a GitHub project of mine (MIT license). A client wanted me to customize it in a certain way and sell him the customizations (the customizations do not work ...
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Can a quine be distributed as binary only and be open source?

If the author of a program that outputs its own source code (quine) makes it open source, can others just distribute it as binaries? Does it matter which popular open source license he used, say GPL ...
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Software licensing - Pre 1970's

From reference, page 4, The official ubuntu book, Eighth edition, As computer’s became cheaper and more numerous in the late 1970’s, producer’s of software began to see value in the software itself....
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Software: If I bundle built (compiled) GPL 2 licensed software with commercial software package how does it affect my software license?

If I bundle a piece of compiled software (in this case, FFMPEG) which is licensed under GPL 2, with my own commercial software (which is not licensed under any form of open source license), does it ...
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How do Open Source projects manage continuous delivery credentials?

If one has an open source project that is deployed somewhere in the cloud via a continuous delivery pipeline, how can the programmatic credentials needed for the CI/CD to deploy the application ...
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Best open source license to preserve author credit?

We have a few library plugins that we want to open source on GitHub, but we want to preserve the author credit for us when our libraries are used by others. I see a lot of different open source ...
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An open file format initially created to tie users to a closed program. Would using it over other open formats help the open source community more?

Take the DOCX vs. ODT format for example. They are both open source and assumably have no clear advantage over each other, but DOCX was created to compete with ODT, which had been existed many years ...
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We worked with BSD-license software and modified it and now want to allow others to help us

We use a software (a forum) written in PHP run on a single webserver. We modified the original software itself and applied software around it, e.g. using parts of the origin code in our own code. The ...
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Apache 2.0 Licence

When a product includes a firmware written by my company, and this firmware makes use of an open source product, licenced under Apache 2.0 license, and this product is finally to be sold on a broad ...
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Is installing an old free version legal, if the new version is not free anymore?

Is it legal to install an old version of a software that was free but not anymore? Version 1 was free, I use it for a year. Version 2 is not free anymore. Can I install (into a new environment) the ...
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Distribute virtual machine image with gpl code

I have developed a C++ tool and I am the full copyright owner of the code. However the tool is dynamically linked to a gpl library. The whole source code of the tool is hosted on a virtual machine. In ...
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Is Microsoft VS code really open source?

I have been using MS VS Code since a while now and I am I really loving it. Although the other day I was having a discussion regarding editors with my mentor where he pointed to me this. It's ...
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Open sourcing software that I do not own IP to

I have written some software based on publicly available research papers that other people have written. I know that the authors of the research papers have filed for patent for their work. I do not ...
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Using AGPL v3 software in an enterprise deployment without sharing the changes

An enterprise utilizes the source code of a network software product licensed under the AGPL v3. It modifies the source code but does not share the changes with the original developer and copyright ...
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Would this scenario be considered "propagation without conveying" according to the GPLv3 terminology?

I have a fancy software "foo" that may be considered the derivative work of a GPLv3 library. "foo" is GPLv3 itself. Example 1: I install the foo binary on my company's laptop, go to a customer's ...
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Is it possible to include a shorter form of a license if the license would be longer than the content licensed?

For example, Gists on GitHub don't have a field to track the license that they are available under. You can simply choose to create a public Gist or a secret (private) Gist. Many of the open source ...
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Forking repos to "back up" in case they are removed?

I am wondering if forking a repo of software I use in case the owner ever decides to remove it is a silly thing to do or whether it actually makes sense. It seems like the repo could just disappear ...
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MIT license and "All rights reserved."?

I recently saw something like this: Copyright (c) Some Corporation All rights reserved. MIT License ... And then the MIT license follows. Now, from what I know the MIT license is one of the most ...
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How do I document licenses of code snippets on a web page with a CC BY 4.0 license?

I have a non-trivial amount of text, image, audio, and video content that I'm licensing as Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0). I chose this license because it allows people to ...
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How to license software that implements a well-documented algorithm, but which does not borrow source from the official library?

I have implemented an RSYNC library based on the technical report by Andrew Tridgell and Paul Mackerras. The library implementation does not borrow code from the official RSYNC library and does not ...
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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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How to give evidence that an open-source project is reputable?

Other than having someone manually reading all of the code, how can you demonstrate an open-source project's reputability? i.e. it is not a virus/malware/whatever. I'm not concerned with the ...
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How can I detect if someone is breaking my license terms?

If this question is about what we are supposed to do if someone is breaking the terms of a software license, I would like to know how I can know if some is doing so. Suppose that I'm writing a ...
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License for Graphics Design Program

I've written a Graphics Design program, with less functionality than Photoshop, but more than MS Paint. I've targeted the application towards teenagers and kids, mainly for educational usages for ...
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Does using Eclipse wizards to generate code make my software a derivative?

I am using Eclipse to code my program. After doing research on the Eclipse website I found that there was no clear answer to my question. My issue is that I need to be able to license my software ...
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Examples of companies undercutting smaller companies using FOSS? [closed]

When speaking to my friends about FOSS, a common concern comes up that if they release their code under a free and open source license, this might encourage companies to 'steal' their hard work ...
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What does 'upstream' mean?

In some documents or blogs about development in open source projects, you can read stuff like 'upstream developer' or 'upstream fix'. What does that mean?
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How can I get my program into a Linux distribution (Debian)?

Assume I have programmed a cool application and released it as open source. But not many people are using it, as most install their programs through their distribution of choice. Can I somehow add ...
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Why is open source software often shared via distributions?

Linux comes most often to your computer as a distribution. This distribution contains a lot more than only Linux: Browser, Editor, Games, Terminal, Spreadsheet and so on. But nearly all software in ...
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Why shouldn't Creative Commons licenses be used for software? [duplicate]

Suppose I was finishing up an open source software. I needed to license it under an open source license. My question: Why would I not want to license my software under a Creative Commons license? ...
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Are there any open source Software as a Service projects?

According to this page Cloud software is slightly different than conventional software. As a general rule, you don't get access to the source code, even if the hosted software is built entirely on ...
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What costs are involved in an open sourced project compared to a non open sourced project? [closed]

Often if employing a team to program a project you would need to pay: the programmers, office space, etc. My question: In open source projects is it common for the programmers to be volunteers? Are ...
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Awareness of the difference free/libre/open-source software and zero-cost software

Often when talking to friends or family they are unaware that open source is a completely different thing than free-ware. Are there studies about the awareness of open-source being a separate thing ...
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What is the benefit to using open source alternatives?

When downloading software I often see open source alternatives. Many of these look quite similar but never quite the same. I continue to buy the paid version. Recently, I started to wonder if the open ...
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How does Linux use Open Source to its advantage?

While most operating systems have a closed source nature, from the beginning Linux / Ubuntu has remain open sourced. This has allowed it to become quite popular. My question: How has it used open ...
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What are the advantages of making an open source project free?

I was trying to get a program when I found out that you had to pay for it. After some time I noticed that it was also open sourced. This confused me! After a bit more digging I found that I could ...
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What are the benefits of having an open sourced software?

The software I am developing has been closed source. Recently my friend suggested that I make it open sourced. This is why I would like to know: What benefits do I have to making my software open ...
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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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Is there a term that means "Free Software and/*or* Open Source (Software)"?

The term Free Software is typically associated with software licensed under an FSF-approved license (The Free Software Definition), and the term Open Source (Software) is typically associated with ...
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Are there any other applications of Open Source other than on software/code?

Are there any other applications of Open Source other than on software/code? I guess you could apply the same idea to any other intellectual property (creations of the mind/intellect). But are there ...
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What licenses can be used for open source projects? [closed]

I really don't know much about licensing. All I know is there are a hell of a lot of licenses out there. I suppose there are so many, because each one exists for a specific use. Is there a list of ...
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What should I look for in a platform to make my project easy to edit? [closed]

To clarify, since I don't know if "platform" is the right word: I'm talking about things like GitHub or the late Google Code. What features should I look for in a code publishing platform so that ...

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