Questions tagged [source-code]

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

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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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Distributing source code with different licenses in a single page

I'm writing a web application (hobby project) that aggregates documentations and source code of arbitrary artifacts (from Maven Central) and (possibly) present them to the user in a single web page, ...
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Correct way to license third party software for Android apps

I am an Android developer. In my project (app) I use third party software (ex: Glide image loader library) to save some time and improve my app performance. Now I read this and I was able to ...
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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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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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Permanently archive a specific version of open source code for a scientific publication

For scientific publications, ideally a permanently archived version of code should be available, for a couple of reasons: The owner of a repository, such as a GitHub repo, could delete it. You will ...
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Code obfuscation and GPL3

I have a project, written in Python, which has lots of different functionalities. I will sell this project to third parties. I'm calling a GPL3 licensed Python program via a subprocess call in parts ...
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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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Ethereum's source code

Am I correct to assume that I can copy Ethereum's source code, modify it to create my own blockchain and issue my new currency, without any problems provided that I follow GPL and LGPL?
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My code is similar to an opensource framework that has more features [closed]

I have spent some time working on a python code - which is about ( 60 )% of it complete - before i realize that another opensource framework with similar functionality and with more features already ...
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Creating a game based on a story licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

Some of you may be familiar with the collaborative fiction site SCP. Their content is licensed under the CC BY-SA 3.0 license. Suppose I am trying to create a game based on this. Under the ShareAlike ...
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Are there any places for abandoned repos to be transferred?

It's true that big outfits like Github aim to be around for at least the next decade or so, so arguably it's not a big deal for repos to just sit in user accounts. However, other questions make clear ...
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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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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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Built-in mechanisms to fetch the corresponding source code for AGPLv3-licensed projects

In the AGPLv3 text -after the END OF TERMS AND CONDITIONS line- there is this recommendation on How to Apply These Terms to Your New Programs which rather terse and states that there are many ways to ...
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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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Using a GPL V3 library in a Android app published on Google Play, do I need to release the application's source code?

I'm in a situation where I'm considering using a GPL V3 library in a module of an Android application. The application will be published to Google Play and will be available for free download. My ...
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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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License for R scripts

As long as I understood a piece of code is data for the interpreter and thus according to this Q&A an R script is not automatically licensed under GPL. Is that correct? So if I make an R script ...
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How do I get the kernel source for my Android tablet?

As I understand it, the Android kernel is GPL. Doesn't that mean that if I buy an Android tablet the manufacturer has to make the kernel source available? There is no source on their website and ...
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Meaning of Attribution in CC BY 3.0 for a JavaScript library

I come across a JavaScript library which is licensed under the CC BY 3.0 (US) license. The only restrictions of the license is Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the ...
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Can I sell my own CMS based on another CMS (e.g. WordPress) and encrypt the source code?

Can I recode WordPress or another CMS and then sell it as my own? Can I encrypt the source code?
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Is it OK to change url scheme for the links to Apache 2 license?

For an open source project is it OK to modify the original LICENSE.txt file from https://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0.txt and also the source file headers to use https instead of http for the ...
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Cross Platform Open Source Projects

All open-source projects I have come across so far appear to be cross-platform, such as VLC, GIMP, and OpenOffice. All of this software is able to be run on multiple devices, including Windows and Mac ...
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Do licenses actually apply to the source code or product itself?

I'm new to licensing and want to clarify something. Do licenses (such as Apache, MIT, GNU General Public etc.) apply to the source code or the (compiled) program? I thought it applied to the source ...
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Derived work of BSD licensed software, how do I indicate this?

I found a javascript module (file), which contains two functions, and I would like to modify it under the terms of its BSD license. I'm happy for the resulting source file to be declared derived work ...
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Is there any way to assert that a source code correspond to a compiled code?

When using a program that was compiled from open source code by a 3rd party and not by yourself directly, how is it possible to check that the binary program is well built against an exact source code ...
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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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Reciprocal Public License - Usage in App, Commercial Limits

I require clarity on using a Reciprocal Public Licensed (RPL) assembly in my project. I want to use a RPL c++ code-assembly in my .net application. I plan to make no changes to the RPL assembly ...
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Linux Kernel v0.01 source code licensing

The source for the Linux kernel v0.01 can easily be found online, however it does not seem to contain a license or any redistribution rules. Is it, therefore, safe to assume that this code is in the ...
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Open source license that only affects code

I have a repository (a website) available on Github which contains code, media and texts. Everything is freely available (either on the website or via the code on Github). I want to let the code ...
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What strategies should I follow while searching for open source projects [closed]

I am fan of reusing stuff where possible, ever try to start developing any piece of software I search at following websites to get related software before developing it from scratch, GitHub ...
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Do I need to host Qt source when compling with LGPLv3 license?

We are using Qt(5.3.2 - opensource) for one of our applications that we are going to be distributing (closed-source). We dynamically link to Qt and have made no modifications to Qt. At Qt's Legal ...
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How to manage opensource and customization [closed]

I'm creating a webframework hosted on a public Github repository. The same framework is hosted on a server with some customization. So how can I manage those two states developement and production? ...
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Emscripten-compiled code under The University of Illinois/NCSA Open Source License (NCSA) UIUC

The UIUC license contains the clauses Redistributions of source code must retain the above copyright notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimers. Redistributions in binary ...
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Updating modified source code's copyright [duplicate]

A few years ago I started working on an open-source project, but things continued and now--years later--I currently maintain my own branch of the project. The project currently resides on GitHub. The ...
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What counts as adaptation for using code licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 in software licensed under GPLv3?

Since 2015-10-08, GPLv3 is listed as one-way compatible license for CC BY-SA 4.0: […] you may license your contributions to adaptations of BY-SA 4.0 materials under GPLv3, but you may not license ...
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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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Do I have to disclose the source code of a Linux Driver I have not developed?

A 3rd-party Hardware manufacturing company is willing to sell me a Linux Driver for one of their products. The third-party company claims that the Linux Driver is derivative work of the driver they ...
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How do I see the source code of Notepad++? [closed]

I have downloaded and installed Notepad++ and it is working fine. I hear it is open source. How do I see the source code?
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Do I have to offer the source of an AGPL (v3.0) licensed Web app even if I didn’t modify it?

The point of using the GNU Affero General Public License (Version 3) is that it allows "users who interact with the licensed software over a network to receive the source for that program" (FSF). ...
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Can a novel be open source, although it does not have a source?

If I want something I have written release as open source, for instance a novel, is that possible? A novel does not have a source, the work itself is all that is needed to recreate the work. In cases ...

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