Questions tagged [website]

Topics centered around the application of legal licenses to creative works displayed or offered for use primarily in the form of a web page or site via the use of a browser application. Best practices for inclusion, display/aesthetics, specific requirements for enforceability and relative merits of various standard licenses used this way are some examples of specific questions included under this tag.

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Is having an entirely open-source website a stupid idea?

I may or may not be participating in an argument and I hold the idea that a 100% open-source website is not a great idea. Suppose you are running a website with millions of users signed up. Is it ...
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Would it make sense to build an open source project around a paid AWS service?

I'm thinking of creating a web app (details of which I'll give later) with the intention of participating in a hackathon hosted by Hashnode in conjunction with AWS Amplify (link: https://townhall....
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Open source HTML/CSS/JAVA code under GPLv3 license - implication if used for public company website?

I would like to use some open source HTML/CSS/JAVA code under a GPLv3 license to feed into my company website (start up). I am not 100% clear whether I can use the open source code or at which stage I ...
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How can an AGPL web application allow proprietary plugins?

We are developing a web application (REST API backend + frontend, both Python/Flask if that matters). We want to distribute it as a free software and we'd prefer a GPL license over a less restrictive ...
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Consequences of html files being under GPL license

This is about consequences of html files being under GPL license (v2 or v3). I am aware that it is not recommended to apply the GPL license to documentation. However, a typical use case is that a blog ...
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How to change the license of a project from GPL to AGPL

Situation: A web based project, providing network service is currently under GPL license. Some people have made a fork and are hosting their forked service without sharing the code, which original ...
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Can I make a proprietary web application using ideas from the source code from an desktop application that is under the GNU GPL2 license?

I want to make a web application that has a membership fee and has a proprietary algorithm. Customers would not have access to the code, so I wouldn't be distributing it or selling it. Some of the ...
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Adding an open source license to a website with licensed images/names

I have made one site and want to publish on GitHub, though this site has copyrighted images and names. I've searched and found the MPL 2.0 that theoretically will protect this licensed images and ...
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Can I reserve all rights of website non-code content despite putting complete website (code & content) on Github? [duplicate]

I would like to publish my website on Github. However, I want to keep all copyrights/trademark rights for the non-code content (images, texts, logos etc.), while putting the source code under an open ...
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Minified GPL code inside Javascript webapp

This answer on Chess Stack Exchange comes from the lead developer of a webapp for learning chess that integrates a version of Stockfish (a popular chess-playing program released under GPLv3) ...
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Several beginner questions about using MIT-licensed code

Hi, I recently made this website, hosted on Github. (Repo) The website uses multiple MIT-licensed (or similar licenses) 'code': Several SVG icons from Wikimedia commons (Icon 1, Icon 2, Icon 3). Code ...
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Web Frontend uses GPL3 Library

I do know that license conditions must be applied if I want to distribute my app. But, if my app is a frontend and I use GPL3 licensed library on it, does that count as distributed? Do I need to make ...
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Can the official MySQL connectors be used in a commercial closed-source backend?

The official Oracle MySQL connectors seem to correspond with these GitHub repositories: mysql-connector-cpp mysql-connector-nodejs mysql-connector-python ... They all contain a LICENSE.txt that ...
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Where is the VLC changelog? [closed]

There was finally (after like a year) a new minor version of VLC released. Neither the program itself, nor the website, says one single word about what changes have been made. I've spent like an hour ...
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How is Static Website affected by fact that it was generated by AGPL-3.0 tool?

There is Pelican Static Site Generator https://blog.getpelican.com/ it takes directory structure with mainly *.RST files ("blog source" written by me) on my HDD and creates another ...
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What's the website that gives a very simple list of what's required of an Open Source License [closed]

I remember a website that you could use that provided a very simple list in layman's terms of what's required from an open source license. Then it provided a link to the license. Can anyone tell me ...
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How can an open-source project share web site ownership?

How, with no company or non-profit organization to own an open source project, can I arrange for the project community to hold the ownership of the web site, vs. one person. Simple in theory, but ...
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Is it possible to restrict GPL3 licensed software to non-commercial projects?

I am searching for a suitable license for my project (A Grav CMS PHP Website Rating Plugin). I want to ensure that: The code is published open source The code will be kept open source by other users (...
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Licensing restrictions for a Wordpress site hosted online

I am a noob with regards to software licensing ... this might seem like a very silly question. As per this page (https://wordpress.org/about/license/) on Wordpress official website, Wordpress is ...
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Attribution of resources under CC-BY-SA

This seeems like such a simple question but having a hard time finding a definitive answer. Apologies if it has been asked before (and it feels like it should). Please point me in the right direction ...
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GNU Affero Can I offer in connection to another app?

Let's say I have a web app, and I want to offer an AGPL image editor in it. That image editor is run separately from the app but is displayed in an IFrame on it. The source code of both apps is ...
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How do illustration licenses work for website

I have been looking for illustrations for the commercial website I'm building and I am a bit confused by some license terms and would like to know if someone with experience could answer. Flaticon ...
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Can I use a GPLv3-licensed workaround for a chrome bug without disclosing the rest of my web page source code?

Chrome has a bug where it doesn't properly report download progress for gzip-encoded content. I found a library that works around it, as far as I understand by injecting the fix into the DOM. Now I'm ...
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Is it possible to use D3 word cloud on your (for profit) website for free?

I am trying to create a website using React, and I need to implement a word cloud. Is the D3 word cloud free? I have read the LICENSE file, and it says it is protected by copyright. I am not sure I ...
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Is it common to licence blog posts under Creative Commons?

I plan on writing a personal blog, which will be mostly about software development topics. It's going to be implemented as a Github Pages blog on my own custom domain. I am debating whether I should ...
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Do the GNU Rules about Nonfree Javascript apply to Server-Side JS?

The page The Javascript Trap describes guidelines for making JS code free/libre. I know that this is considered mandatory in web pages, but do the same rules apply to server-side JS? For example, do I ...
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Extending a GPL website by web service plugin

Please consider this situation. A company modifies a GPLed website X and adds a feature to accept plugin. Then develops a new feature as API service Y and publishes it separately. Service Y needs to ...
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GPL-3.0 library in MIT project

I'm working on a project comprised of a small HTML page and a JavaScript script. From the HTML page I include a library which is licensed under the GNU General Public License v3.0, and from my script ...
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How to license a website linking to JS/CSS libraries

I am working on a Django project which uses Javascript and CSS libraries. Every library is unmodified and has its license as comment in the actual files I link to. Their licenses range from GPLv3 to ...
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How can I license my GitHub Page hosted in a open-source template?

Let's assume the following situation: I have created a personal blog hosted on Github Pages, based in a modified version of a template from HTML5UP, which is available for free for personal and ...
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LICENSE file required?

When creating a new Gatsby site with gatsby new gatsby-site, there exists the file LICENSE. LICENSE The MIT License (MIT) Copyright (c) 2015 gatsbyjs Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, ...
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Can one resell any Bootstrap template because of the MIT licence?

The MIT licence contains Permission is hereby granted,[..] to sell copies of the Software The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions ...
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Using third-party libraries in my webapp (Python)

I've searched the web for information about this, but haven't found a clear answer, that I understand at least. I have created an Flask app, which utilizes libraries such as Pandas, NumPy, Scikit ...
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How to show MIT License on Icons

I want to use some icons on some links in the footer of my website, such as these. They are under the MIT license. These icons are files by themselves, so I cannot just add the MIT license at the top ...
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Does using a WebAssembly compiled GPL library require calling application to be GPL?

Specifically, I'm thinking of taking the libraries that squoosh.app (source) uses internally (imagequant, optipng, etc) and break them up into an image optimization webassemby set of libraries that ...
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How can commercial products use GPL or LGPL libraries?

I would like to design a web app with a free and paid tier that will include a WYSIWYG editor. I'm considering the following options CKEditor - GPL TinyMCE - LGPLv3 QuillJS - BSD 3-Clause SlateJS - ...
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How can I deploy an open source web app that hosts user data?

I'm thinking about developing an open-source web application where users can enter trips that they have done (touristic or commuting) and then view statistics and maps created from this data. From the ...
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Am I personally liable if user data from an open source web application is stolen?

I'm thinking about developing an open-source web application where users can enter trips that they have done (touristic or commuting) and then view statistics and maps created from this data. If I ...
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Is an app required to be open sourced when the app is using a GPL library created by the organization that created the app?

Let’s say an organization writes a JavaScript library under the GPL license. Then let’s say the organization writes a web app which uses several MIT licensed libraries along with this GPL library ...
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Does GPL cover single page web apps fully

If you're trying to make sure future changes to a single page app (including perhaps adding a backend API) are GPL'd, is it sufficient to release the code under the GPL, or is the AGPL required?
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License Comptatibility with GSuite?

Are websites made with Google Sites compatible with GPL 3.0? A prospective user can create a web site with Google Sites using the web editor, but the HTML output, which may be interprited as the ...
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License for open-sourcing a website theme while disallowing direct reuse

I'm working on a theme for the static website generator Hugo to use for my personal portfolio website. Since I prefer open-source code and would like to keep all my own projects in the same vein, I ...
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What is really accepted as an open source project for GPLv3?

Let's say I want to use a Javascript component that is under the GPLv3 license. That forces me to license my product under an open source license compatible with GPLv3. So, let's say I have an ...
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What are the details of this accusation regarding the "web app loophole"?

I was recently reading an article, and I came across the following text (emphasis mine): Even that most notorious of “Communist” licenses often cited by paranoid executives as examples of anti-...
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Why it is sufficient to include only copyright without permission notice when using React library in your project?

As far as I understand if you want to use React.js library you should comply with MIT license by adding its copyright and permission notice before the library is included to the source code (to the ...
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Can I write on my website and make the code private when the source code is partially copied from an open source GNU GPL V3 project [duplicate]

I've rewritten my personal website using this https://github.com/ptrpov/ptrpov . I've made some significant changes. Like I did on my previously (built from scratch) website, I'd like to add ...
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Statements on GDPR with respect to FOSS

The General Data Protection Regulation that is about to come into effect in the EU appears to impose requirements to (among others) anyone who runs a website of public interest. As some of these ...
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Where to show the MIT license for a webpage theme?

I have found 1-2 interesting Jekyll webpage themes that have the MIT license (on http://jekyllthemes.org/). I want to use an adjusted version of these themes for my webpage and I understand that I ...
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Can I embed proprietary content in a CC BY-SA website?

I would like to build a free open-source copylefted personal website under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license (or a similar such license). However, I would like to still be able to ...
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Concatenating LGPL code

I want to reuse some LGPL'ed code in a commercial piece of software. Said code is here if you're particularly interested. However, the library itself (written in JavaScript / CSS) has been split ...