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Source Code is a human-readable collection of instructions in a programming language used to produce a computer program.

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What counts as derivative work in GPL-3.0?

So there's this app which is licensed under GPL-3.0 and there is a piece of code in that application that I like to use. My app is not by any way a copy/modification of the this app. Since the two ...
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The official node.js deb package repository has no source packages, is it a license breach?

Recently I tried to download the official node.js source debian packages, as described here. For my largest surprise, their source repositories are simply empty (although they are part of their ...
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In the .NET AssemblyInfo.cs, where to put the license info?

In .NET, assemblies have their AssemblyInfo.cs file where one can put general descriptive info about the assembly. But, where to explicitly put an (open source) license? I will have a copyright, which ...
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Call GPL functionality from non-GPL interpreted code

I have code written in R, an interpreted language. The R interpreter and most R libraries are under the GPL. What are the limits upon my code, if I want to distribute it while keeping it proprietary ...
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How prohibitive is this Intel copyright clause in Microsoft Windows SDK sources?

We have an open source project going on Github and so far, have been able to comply with all licensing terms and conditions of libraries used, to the best of our knowledge. Today when debugging, I ...
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How to reuse code in Github without passing other code as mine?

I'm doing my first real project on Github (in Python) and I'm using functions from two other repos (which I'll call foo and bar) as well as rewriting some of their modules. I have two options. Option ...
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Explicit linkage of GCC STL source code in end user's code - GPLv3 + GCC runtime exception

My question is related to GPLv3 and GCC runtime exception. I need to include GCC source code in my project. I am an author of an embedded library that is intended to be built using GCC C++ compiler ...
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What counts as disclosing source for software licenses?

MPL v2, GPL v3 and other licenses alike require giving users access to source code. Having read both licenses, I did not come across specific examples of how to disclose source code, so my question is ...
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Choosing a license in Arduino environment

I wrote a C++ library for Arduino. The source code have the following specificities: it includes headers, uses functions, macros, and structures/classes (and their methods) from LGPL libraries (...
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does anyone know the location of Oracle's 3 different berkeley db source code repositories? [closed]

The Oracle corporation states that their 3 Berkeley DB family products Berkeley DB, Berkeley DB Java Edition and Berkeley DB XML are each offered under the OSS Affero General Public License. I have to ...
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Is a software open source if its source code is published by its copyright owner but cannot be used without a commercial license? [duplicate]

Suppose I wrote a commercial program, and I publish its complete source code on my website. I retain all rights to the source code. No one gets any distribution or usage rights. They only have the ...
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Is the entire beta/release candidate process of open source projects mostly just “for show”?

This risks offending some. I don't mean to. I'm seriously wondering about this. And it's not at all specifically about PHP; it's just that this is such a major, critical software project which is ...
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Does reading code and re-implementing the logic, and releasing under your name count as a licensing violation of MIT?

I'm not clear on what counts as a "copy" in the case of code. If I read your code, that was MIT licensed, implement a similar logic on my own and use no code fragments from the original author, does ...
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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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What license can I use for source code in an (e)book, that does not restrict binary distribution?

I'm writing an eBook (perhaps to be published physically one day) on the topic of programming. As such, it contains many coding samples. I want to expressly allow readers to copy the source code of ...
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Is Google's Chrome web browser truly open source?

I have been trying to understand if Google's Chrome web browser is truly open source. Some people claim that it is, while others claim that it integrates binary blobs for which the source is ...
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GPL - Is it required to post source code to the Public - when is a software released?

The GPL FAQ "Does the GPL require that source code of modified versions be posted to the public?" contains this statement (emphasis by me): The GPL does not require you to release your ...
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Are there examples of the free software which are available to run and copy as gratis but source code is being sold?

Think of the software which is being distributed in following way: Available to download gratis and giving the freedom to run the software for any purpose as you wish, the freedom to redistribute ...
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NAS vendor modified rsync with own options; can I ask for the source code?

My NAS has an app which includes a modified version of rsync version 3.1.3 with additional options: --XXXX-mode=mode 0:Normal, 1:XXXXXX, 2:USB copy 3:HD copy USB --check-dest ...
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Do I need to include the licence for part of a program, which I have modified?

The X window manager dwm is designed to be customised by copying its default configuration config.def.h (which is supplied, along with the program's source code, under the MIT/X consortium licence) ...
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License of code generated by a code generator

I am wondering under what license the code generated by a code generator that generates code from conditional code templates would fall under. Would it be possible to release the generator's source ...
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Dependencies installed via package managers

Is there any difference to provide for instance a npm package.json or to provide all the packages source code in the source code repository of the software project? What's the impact if the project ...
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Open source software: How do I know whether it uses the actual code? [duplicate]

Because of the current debate about tracking and privacy regarding the new Corona apps, I'd like to know in general, if an app or software really uses solely the code that it claims to be build on if ...
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Clarification on using FFmpeg in an open source app

Can someone please clarify the legality of bundling and using the full version of FFmpeg (with included libx264 and libx265 and other gpl codecs) in an open source app. I don't want to modify ...
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Should I include .vcxproj files with open source C++ projects?

I am working on developing some libraries in C++, and I was wondering whether I should include my .vcxproj files that Visual Studio creates in my project's GitHub repository. Thanks!
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Distributing my own software under Apache License 2.0 - should I distribute source code?

I have created my own computer application and I wanted to use Apache License 2.0 to license it. Can I distribute only binary form of my application without source code?
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Should I put PATENTS file to build folder

There is an editor Draft.js. It's licensed under the BSD-style License. Every file in the source code has a copyright notice. Here is a piece of that notice: * This source code is licensed under the ...
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Can I distribute non-GPL code that uses GPL code as long as I don't distribute myself that GPL code

I have some doubts about source code re-distribution and GPL I wrote DummyLib, a library that includes AmazingLib (third-party lib, released under GPL) and links against ProprietarySDK (no source, ...
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Can I have the source code of my Python/C++ project under MIT/BSD/Apache2.0 and its PyPI binary wheel under GPLv2?

I am trying to find how to license my open source project, but after having spent a few hours Googling around, my head started to hurt! Instead of asking a million of questions about different ...
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AGPLv3 source redistribution: when does it apply to my code for a server-side Java app using an AGPL-licensed library?

I have written a Java program designed to run server-side with a plain HTML web interface: My app is based based on Apache Tomcat and I wrote a bunch of servlets. I am reusing and I have integrated ...
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MIT-licensed app without the source code

There is one very cool app on GitHub, under the MIT license. However, for some reason, the author has not published the source code, only binaries. Is it allowed under the MIT license to provide ...
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GitHub downloaded source use cases [closed]

I am new to use open source project code and as well as the license. I have do some searching about the source code use cases along with the source code license, but mostly i found is about the ...
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Implications of powershell usage on Linux

Looking, in particular, at: PowerShell 6.0 Linux Administration Cookbook Prashanth Jayaram, Ram Iyer November 30, 2018 566 pages I just want to go in eyes-open, knowing any pitfalls of the ...
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Does “the GPL doesn't cover the ouput of a program” also apply if the output is source code?

As it is well known (see for example this question or this one), the GPL licenses do not cover the output of a GPL-licensed program. So, I could for example generate some pictures with a GPL-licensed ...
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Who owns the copyright to code which the author was paid to write?

For example, the repository owner owns the app, publishes the partial source code, and creates few tasks supported by some bounty to write some new components (such as new functions, classes, etc.). ...
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Why is CC BY-SA discouraged for code?

Everybody knows that you shouldn't use a CC BY-SA license on your code. Even the Creative Commons folk recommend against it. What I don't know or understand is why. I can't seem to find any ...
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GPL/LGPL license: convey source code by linking to original author

Scenario: you distribute your program in binary format, and it uses a GPL or LGPL library. In addition to the required conditions on your part of the application, you must offer a way to obtain the ...
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Sub-dependencies and code disclosure

I'm using in my code dependencies managed by npm. For example I'm using uglify-js which is using BSD license (which doesn't require code disclosure). But this plugin uses as dependency (so to my ...
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Are there rules on what to do with an old OpenSource software with a security issue?

I created Zipios version 2.x in 2015 based on an existing library and inherited the old version (0.1.5) as a result... In June 2019, I got an email from Mike Salvatore who reported having a problem ...
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Code obfuscation in FOSS source code

Is code obfuscation allowed in FOSS source code as per any of the popularly used FOSS licenses? If it is allowed, to what degree and extent?
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If I bundle an open source DLL with my GPLv3 software, how do I properly handle supplying the source of that DLL?

I am including a copy of SDL2.dll (https://www.libsdl.org/download-2.0.php) in my open source project. Do I need to also include the source code of SDL in my repository, add a document with the URL to ...
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what's the meaning of `Executable File `? and the `sloc` of github hint?

When I read the GitHub opensource project code: I see the Executable File 67 lines (60 sloc) 2.42 KB in front of the content. what's the meaning of Executable File? and the sloc? and when I ...
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Distribution of code of a system that uses open source tool with GPL license

I'm sorry if my question is repeated, but I have searched and read allot about this topic and kind of confused and want to make sure at this point. I'm planning to use an open source tool that will be ...
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How to deal with copy-left in source-code history prior open-sourcing?

Given the following situation: A software project is released as open-source under a non-invasive license (e.g., BSD 2/3 clause, Apache 2, ...). During the process, the entire Git repository is made ...
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GPL v3 - Does freely distributed software that includes GPL licensed code also require sharing source?

The Arkansas Division of Land Surveys shares all of their documents as pdfs with password protection, and they have a little viewer app that has the password built in: https://surveyor.arkansas.gov/...
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Who holds the copyright of standard lib C implementations?

I was wondering, since the ISO standard already gives already examples for a few functions on how to implement them, but by far not all, and I am not too sure, where exactly the functionality is ...
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What is the license of code found in ObservableHQ?

What is the license of code found in ObservableHQ, for example this one? I really tried reading The Observable Terms of Service but I couldn't get a conclusive answer by myself. The following excerpt ...
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Source request for a GPL-licensed Linux kernel module?

We have a CrowdStrike kernel module installed, and this is apparently the license: description: CrowdStrike Pinned Security Module author: CrowdStrike, Inc. license: GPL retpoline: ...
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Finding open source in closed-source code?

Sorry for the title, I don't master the subject enough to find a clear one. I see that free licenses come with a "same license" and "disclose source" mentions, like stated here. For instance, I have ...
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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,...