Questions tagged [unlicensed-code]

Code which has not been published under a license and can be used only under regular copyright law.

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Is it OK to use unlicensed GitHub code in a thesis, by having explicit permission to do so?

I am writing my Master Thesis. I used code from GitHub for my application and did modifications and extended its functionality to adjust my requirements. I am also citing the code in my own code and ...
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If source code is only labelled “copyright” - what kinds of use, if any, are allowed? [duplicate]

The specific example I have in mind is the code posted along with a descriptive article at: Lines with Arrows, Charles Petzold, April 18, 2007, New York, N.Y. In the article it simply says: © 2007, ...
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Using a licensed code which use an unlicensed code without explicit mention an authorization from the author [duplicate]

I checked What can I assume if a publicly published project has no license? Is my code FLOSS just because it is published it on GitHub? Open source code with no license… can I fork it? and other ...
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Using code with copyright waiver and no license

I have come across a file in a repository that says the following source code put in public domain by xxx, no copyright It does not contain an explicit license, just the aforementioned waiver. My ...
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What can I assume about the copyrightablity of a certain method of doing something programatically appearing on multiple websites

Hypothetical Scenario: Lets say that, I need to find a way to delete an image from a list of images in a Java program. I go online to learn how to delete an image programmatically, and as I am ...
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Is it a good idea to read code in a no-licence repository?

Related to but distinct from What can I assume if a publicly published project has no license? Background: I'm working on piece of web-based software under the AGPL, which I may monetize in the ...
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Handling very old implicitly licensed code

For software preservation reasons, I've been trying to sort out the licensing for a lot of 40-year-old CP/M code with an intent to liberate as much as possible. Back then formal licensing was very ...
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Can I license a library as LGPL after it has been released under no license for a while?

I've written a C library (minilibc) and at the time of releasing it I was unsure as to what license I was going to use, so I left it unlicensed. I've now decided on the LGPLv3+ and am unsure whether ...
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Does Sourceforge have a default licence?

There's an abandoned project on Sourceforge that I want to change. I downloaded the source files but there was no license files and the source files did not contain license headers. Does Sourceforge ...
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What license type is it if it is called opensource but no specific license is stated? [duplicate]

I'm asking particularry about the c math library cephes (http://www.netlib.org/cephes/) where after I downloaded it found no file stating any licanse and the sourcecode it self has in the typical ...
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What can I assume if a publicly published project has no license?

There is some code on GitHub that I would like to use. The repository has no public declaration of license that I can find. But this particular project has over 200 forks and is a pretty active ...
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How does GitHub's “forking right” cope with an “All rights reserved” project?

The GitHub FAQ states (emphasis mine): You're under no obligation to choose a license. It's your right not to include one with your code or project, but please be aware of the implications. ...
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Can a project be open source even if you don't have a license?

Suppose I am working on a project. I publish this project on a website. I release it without a copyright notice OR a licence. But in the project title /description I say it is open source. My ...
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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 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 ...