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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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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How to make my open source project's web domain bus-proof?

If I suddenly die, my small open source project will survive (after all, the source code is open), but it can be hurt quite badly: The project's web domain is owned by me and it could become ...
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What are the implications of licensing a JavaScript library under GPL?

When searching for "gpl javascript" in Google, I currently find these five first results: A piece by RMS warning about how we are using more and more web apps and that we should care whether these ...
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Is putting a page with javascript in it considered a redistribution

Imagine, I published a page on the web. It contains some javascript code, which uses open source library. Is it in general considered redistribution? On one hand, it's a redistribution. You put code ...
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Does accessing the REST interface of a AGPL-licensed server make the client a derivative work?

Supposed I have a server that I have licensed under AGPLv3. Let's also assume that this server has a REST interface. If I access this REST interface via a JavaScript script file from a client, does ...
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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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How to license website hosted on GitHub?

Assuming the following situation: I am having a GitHub open-source repository, licensed under the MIT license I want to document the software on a website with a logo and usage examples, hosted open-...
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If a part of the client-side code is licensed under GPL, does the server-side code have to be under GPL as well?

Say a part of the JavaScript which is provided to the client's browser is under GPL. Does this mean that server-side code also has to be made public under GPL as well? The GPL states: "You must ...
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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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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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Using GPL or LGPL licensed framework for web application

I am developing a web application which streams videos. For the frontend I intend to use the richfaces framework for jsf. That framework is licensed under the LGPL v2. Does that mean that I have to ...
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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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How Does The AGPL Apply To Javascript Libraries?

I have a web app that I sell. It is a Java REST service with an AngularJS front end. I want to use a Javascript library that is licensed under the AGPL but I don't understand the implications or if ...
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Is a Web application "released" in the sense of GPL?

In the sense of GPL, is a Web application running on a private server without exposing its code considered "released"? (or is the word "distributed"?) Therefore, if a GPL component is used in a Web ...
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What copyleft license should I use for my website's HTML/CSS/JavaScript?

If I made a somewhat complicated website, and I want it (the layout/JavaScript) to be under a copyleft license (but not the text), which license should I use? I want to pull others' forks so I have ...
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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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Do I have to open source our website if using an AGPL task queue?

We are running a web-based photo processing service, the architecture is as follows: Web backend -(photo to process)-> [task queue] --> worker -(processed photo)-> Object storage The task ...
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Documentation project containing articles and code examples with different licenses

I'm currently working on an open source collaborative project, and I am still confused regarding licenses, and weeks of research didn't really help me pinpoint my particular case. Let me expose it: ...
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How to include a license and copyright notice into a website

I have a website and I'm using a library that is licensed under the Apache License 2.0. Where should I place the notice? Should I create a file named Notice in the root of the website? Or add it ...
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Is there a simple web licence for a backlink?

I'm a BSD developer, and I prefer to have a clear ISC licence at the top of every file that is fully self-sufficient in regards to the exact terms that I'm imposing on my work. Is there a variation ...
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Can I use a GPL component in my site without having to disclose the sources of my site?

In which of the following situations can I use a GPL component in my website without having to GPL or disclose the source code of my entire site? The component is a JavaScript library that goes into ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 legally use Jekyll themes by others?

I realize this may be an extremely basic question, but I'm confused about the legal issues that come with starting a blog and using a theme. I want to use the Clean Blog theme (by BlackrockDigital). ...
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GPLv3 redistribution: when does it apply?

I have written a Java program designed to run server-side with a plain HTML web interface: I am reusing and I have integrated in this app a bunch of third-party libraries that are licensed under the ...
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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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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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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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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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Avoiding copycats when open sourcing website

I run a free website that lets users pull data out of a database that I maintain. Sometimes users make suggestions as to improvements to existing reports or new reports they would like to see. While ...
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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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Do I have to open source a website if I use GPL-licensed blogging software?

My friend is building a website for a school newspaper and we were considering using Instant Press for the stories to show up. Instant Press is licensed with the GPL 2. If we use Instant Press, will ...
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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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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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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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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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Removing copyright from the footer of a website theme

I have a WordPress theme developed by GoDaddy (license: GPL-2.0). The footer of all pages has this copyright: Primer WordPress theme by GoDaddy. I want to remove it, is it allowed? I have made ...
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webservice using source code under apache 2.0 license

Question is: I have developed a software which extends an open source project licensed under the Apache 2.0 license. The original open source project has been bought from another company which gave me ...
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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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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 ...