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What counts as a “user” for the purpose of the AGPL?

If someone modifies a program licensed with the AGPL, the modified program is required to give user's its source code if it interacts with them over a network. My question is what constitutes a "user" ...
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Can I use proprietary library in a GPL-Compatible library loaded on a gpl Program?

I am asking mainly to be sure. To describe it better, I want to use some external functionality that is available through a proprietary library. Since the library IS NOT compatible with GPL Programs, ...
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MySQL for Commercial Web Application

We have created a web application hosted on virtual machine for client access through web only, no distribution . The database we have used is MySQL Community Edition under GPL 2. The application is ...
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Extending GPL project with Paid license features

I found some GPL v3 licensed open source projects that also have paid enterprise license versions with more useful features. I only need 10% of the features available in the (expensive) enterprise ...
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Can I share the code JUST with my client in BSD License?

I am wondering if I can use a license like BSD in the code of a software I am making for a client. They are not a software company so I don't think they want an exclusive use, but I want to give them ...
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License to acknowledge the initiative work

In case someone makes a product based on my open source project, I'd like to have them to acknowledge my project with: "Powered by <MyProject>[link_on_Github]" Is there a license similar to MIT,...
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How to properly assemble NOTICE file for new software under Apache License 2.0

Apache provides NOTICE boilerplate for a new software projects which are going to be released under this license. I'm going to release my project under that license, so it actually doesn't contain any ...
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Archive Formats and Licensing

A number of archive formats such as DAR, AR, tar come under the GNU GPL license. If I understand correctly I only need to license my software as GPL if I use any APIs provided by libraries which ...
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Distributing the Copyright Notices of Libraries with Binary Software

I'm working on a piece of open source software that's distributed as a binary in a Docker container. Thus, most of the users of the software not only do not interact with the source, they do not even ...
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Are there cases where not releasing code history led to failure?

One of the problems that comes up around releasing a piece of formerly proprietary software as open source is the necessity to "scrub the history" of potentially embarrassing or legally hazardous ...
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Attributing a software library which uses another library

I'm using this library in my app: AndroidPhotoFilters library The problem is, that it uses some other library (link: Original AndroidPhotoFilters library) with some minor changes, I guess. Who to ...
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If I use GPLv3, am I responsible for the damage caused by my program?

For example, deleting files from a user's computer, or transferring personal data from a user's computer to someone?
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Java OpenJDK GPL license with CLASSPATH EXCEPTION

The JDK license said: only where Oracle has expressly included in the particular source file's header the words "Oracle designates..." Then, is all the OpenJDK released under the GPL with CLASSPATH ...
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Including the MIT copyright notice when the software is part of a larger proprietary software

From reading the license here I understand how I can use the software but the only condition it imposes has confused me. The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in ...
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What are the implications of Apple's Swift related patents?

Patent US9952841B2 - Programming system and language for application development - To make the question more concrete (based on this post in the Swift forum) - Is it safe for a new distinct ...
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Using Parts of MIT Licensed Software

I use an MIT licensed package to receive messages in a certain protocol. If I want to use a part of this package to build a new one (also MIT) which sends messages in that protocol (so it's 80% diff. ...
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Can we use the weight of the neural net learned with the MIT-BIH dataset for commercial purposes?

MIT-BIH is here. https://physionet.org/physiobank/database/mitdb/ I found a page about licenses, but I did not know about commercial availability of learned models. license description is here. ...
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How to add Apache 2.0 License to heavily modified work [duplicate]

I am creating a c++ file based on Android java source code. The file is completely renamed and a lot of the code is gutted, but the basic algorithms and some function names will likely stay the same. ...
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Is it legal to install and run FOSS in a closed operating system like Windows?

Is it legal to install and run FOSS (free open source software) in a closed operating system like Windows? If so then why did Richard Stallman felt it necessary that there "must" be a GNU operating ...
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Can I include the Ubuntu Fonts in a proprietary application?

I am creating a desktop application that has the ability to generate PDF reports. I would like to use ubuntu font because it has wide language support. I do not plan to modify the font file in any way....
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License violation within git history

What are the consequences of pushing a git repository that has an open-source license violation in its history, but not the current head? Consider this scenario: I have a git repository with some ...
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How to update GPL licensed software distributed to a customer without providing the source code on each update?

This question extends my last question about 'How to comply with the GPL when providing auto updates'. Problem description: I want to distribute a Debian VM with Debian based docker containers, so ...
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What am I supposed to do with the license, in case of a third party project modification?

I'm making some modifications to this project licensed under MIT License. The thing is: I don't know what to do to their license file. Do I just override with my stuff?!
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Can a copyleft, GPLv3 project be closed by its copyright holder?

Let's say a private company released a popular software product under a copyleft (GPLv3) license. It's business model was offering consulting services and premium features for a fee, which in turn ...
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How to comply with the GPL when providing auto updates?

Problem description: I want to distribute a Debian VM with Debian based docker containers, so far I would just extract the entire source code after the VM is configured and provide the source code on ...
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Is deleting a file under MPL 1.1 is a license violation? [duplicate]

I have an open source code repository under MPL 1.1/GPL 2.0/LGPL 2.1. My question: is deleting a file is a license violation ?
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Can I bundle a GPL-2 binary (Pandoc) with my GPL-3 app?

I’ve made a GPL-3 licensed app, the source code and binary releases of which are available on GitHub. Can I bundle the Pandoc and Pandoc-citeproc binaries with my app? These binaries are GPL-2 ...
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Right licenses for software: free use but ask for permission when economical profit [duplicate]

We have developed some software and we want to provide with the source code and binaries to the academic and industry community, so that they can freely use it. But if anybody wants to make commercial ...
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Publishing my Node.js library/framework under the GPL

I'm currently working on my Node.js library/framework. I would like to eventually publish it as FOSS software, but I would like to hinder people who change/fork my code from not giving their changes ...
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What if my license is not approved by OSI or FSF?

For some reasons I will be using CC BY NC SA license thorough out my project/program, and I know that this license is not approved by OSI or FSF because it have NC ( i.e. non-commercial) clause in it. ...
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Copyright notice in deployed smart contracts

This sounds like a corner case for including copyright notices when distributing copies of a software under MIT and other permissive licenses. In fact, deploying a smart contract on the blockchain ...
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Can I include license text in my project's README and not add a license file?

When I add a license to a software project I place the text of the license in a file named LICENSE.md in the root of the repository. Now I want to include the license text in the README.md instead ...
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Are software licenses version-specific?

When you put a license in your software, is it bound to all the versions of your software, or only a specific version? If I have licensed my software version 1 under license A, and then I developed ...
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License dispute

I made a GitHub project and decided to use the Apache License 2.0 in my source code. Although I never added a file with the full license text but only the boilerplate notice in each file. Then I ...
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Can I make a commercial JAVA GUI interface to a GPL2 licensed R package that I authored?

I authored an R package that will be licensed under GPL2 due to some dependencies that I use also being GPL2. I was wondering if I would be allowed to make a commercial closed source JAVA GUI ...
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How does share-alike play with commercial use?

I'd like to know how a licence can both allow commercial use and be share-alike. My reasoning is as follow : If we use it in a product (which is authorized by the "commercial use" part), we have to ...
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Revert copyleft license without consent of all copyright holders

Let's say that Alice has started a project under a permissive license, e. g. MIT. Then Bob forked it and added some features. Now the project has two copyright holders, Alice and Bob. Then Bob decided ...
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Source request for a GPL-licensed Linux kernel module?

We have a CrowdStrike kernel module installed, and this is apparently the license: description: CrowdStrike Pinned Security Module author: CrowdStrike, Inc. license: GPL retpoline: ...
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Can I sell a GPL2 licensed R package if it's for commercial applications and make it available for free only to academics?

I developed an R package that I would have to license under GPL2 due a few of my dependencies having that license. If I do not distribute this package via CRAN, would it be possible to sell the source ...
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Open-source project and assets

There is open-source project under GPL 3 hosted on GitHub. The project contains source code and assets (images, sounds etc.). Can I legally use only assets (without soruce code) for custom, commercial ...
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Effect of 'download separately' on GPL linking

Suppose I have Java jar-files which I provide to my customers under a commercial closed-source license. But my jar-files depend on a few jar-files released under the GPLv2 (without any special GNU ...
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Is using LGPL 1.2 or EPL 1.0 licensed jar allowed in proprietary software in Docker?

I am creating a proprietary java application which uses some open source jars licensed with LGPL 2.1 or EPL 1.0. I am deploying the application in docker container with all jars inside it. Is there ...
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License a single Line of Code / Hypothetical Question

I was wondering what requirements must be met if you want to License Code, if you take this Simple Code for example: int main() { int x = 0; return 0; } Could one Hypothetically License this ...
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Can I use LGPL 2.1 licensed java jar without disclosing my complete source code

I am working on a proprietary java application. I want to use a java library licensed LGPL 2.1. One condition of the license is to disclose source code. What does it exactly mean? Do I need to ...
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How to distribute third-party open source components?

When using an open source component (say, licensed under CDDL), we are required to distribute the source code for any components directly derived from the component. Is it acceptable to just provide a ...
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Is it legal to create an auto-extractible SFX archive containing mixed commercial/LGPL software?

I wondered something : - I develop a little standalone tool for a commercial application written in C++ with Qt (lets say "test.exe") - Not having a commercial licence of Qt, I use Qt LGPL license - I ...
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What is the way to handle a project that is a mix of software and non-software items?

Our project is partly software, and partly 3d models and images. To me, the language of the MIT license, which specifically refers to software, doesn't really seem applicable to the parts that aren't ...
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GPL2 license header usage in individual files

Im preparing to open source some code Im been working on, and have decided for the GPL2 license. Im wondering what the proper way is to mark code as licensed with this license. looking at the Linux ...
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GPLv3 - Explicit version number / “or any later version” - Implications?

This is my understanding about how software licenses work in most jurisdictions — I add this, because it might help to clearify things: When I attach a license to a program, the license governs my ...
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Using Linux kernel constants from a UAPI GPL 2.0 file

I would like to use some constants defined in this Linux userspace API header file in my permissive (MIT) licensed project. I could simply #include this header in my project, which will use the ...

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