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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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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 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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 ...