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Does a central copyright and license notice cover all the files in a software program?

Some open-source programs have a single copyright and license notice in the README file, while others put a notice in each file in the program. I prefer the first practice because it makes the code ...
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How to deal with contributors who write very bad quality code?

As a maintainer of an open source project which strictly enforces coding style and 100% test coverage, how do I deal with enthusiastic contributors who write terrible looking, untested code (that ...
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MIT-licensed project with CC-BY-SA dependency

I have a project (code) that I am wanting to license as MIT. It has a few dependencies, mostly assets (icons and images). Some dependencies are MIT and I include their licenses in the source, but a ...
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Forking a GPL 2 Project on GitHub

I recently forked a project on GitHub. After doing a significant amount of work on the fork I was wondering how to proceed with spinning it off into an independent project. The reason I ask is because ...
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Can I “upgrade” the version of CC BY-SA from 3.0 to 4.0 in my modification?

What I'm doing: I'm adapting a work licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported license to a different language. I'm indicating the original work and its license. I'm indicating that I have made changes to ...
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Can I change license of my GPL project? [duplicate]

I have created a project from scratch and made it available online under the GPL license. Can I release a new version of the same project that does not have the GPL license? I would also like to know ...
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Can GoJS be included into an open source project?

Context: GoJS is not open source, its license stating in particular that modification is forbidden (though the fact that its source code is hosted on GitHub seems to confuse some people). The ...
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What license version should I use for an open-source PyQt5 application on GitHub

On the Riverbank License FAQ for PyQt5 it specifies that PyQt5 is under the license GPL. I'm not sure whether I should use GPLv1, GPLv2 or GPLv3. What license should I choose and it is MIT compatible?...
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How can I refer to a repository for my project when it has no license but we can download it?

I made a .NET C# project with an api library published on GitHub by some company. So I'm now going to publish mine to GitHub as well, but I've found there is no license on the repository that I ...
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Can someone explain the basic requirements of Open Source Qt LGPL to a beginner?

I’m a automotive electronic and electrical engineer with little to no software experience. I need to hire a developer to develop Windows GUI application that is used to configure and program a ...
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FDL code in GPL repo

I have a repository (GPLv3) full of configuration files that I recently noticed uses some FDL code (FDLv1.3). I have the following questions: To resolve this issue and keep the code: Could I re-...
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How to License a software that uses google drive API

I recently developed a software which currently uses google drive API for some functionalities, i am looking forward to release the software to the public for free. however i am not sure on which kind ...
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Fork maintain and distribute a MIT project

Given a project which is under MIT, has been archived, can it be forked, restarted the dev and be redistributed/renamed?
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Restrict Apache 2.0 to non-commercial use only

I recently came across a project stating in the LICENSE file: This project is released under the Apache License, version 2.0. This is a commercial solution, requiring a valid paid-for license for ...
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Restrict GPLv3 to non-commercial use [duplicate]

My question is very similar, but crucially different from this one. I have a library that I want to offer under a dual license: GPLv3 and commercial. GPL so others can read, maintain and modify if ...
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What is the difference between LGPLv2.1 and LGPLv3?

Below text is cited from https://www1.qt.io/faq/#_Toc_3_6 LGPLv3 is the current version of the GNU Lesser General Public License. LGPLv2.1 is an older version and not recommended by the Free ...
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Proper way of “migrating” MIT-licensed code to Apache 2.0 License

I am building a software which I plan to release with Apache 2.0 License and some components are code based from a repository released with MIT License. MIT License states: "The above copyright ...
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Is GPL “for research purposes only” self-contradictory?

So I used a piece of software which claims to be open source and is licensed under "GPL for research purposes only". As far as I know, GPL 2 and 3 are not themselves free, in sense that you can't ...
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Is it possible for Linux developers to retroactively “pull their code” from Linux?

Linux now has a Code of Conduct. In the resulting backlash some people have claimed that developers can "flip a kill switch" or "pull their code" from Linux. They seem to mean that developers can ...
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Can I insist on GPL version 3.0 terms when requesting GPL code from an embedded manufacturer?

I have an embedded device that contains software licensed under the GPL version 2.0 'or any later version'. The company that produced it never released any GPL code, and I plan to request it from them....
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Do defunct companies have to comply with requests for GPL code?

I have an embedded Linux device. The company that developed and produced this device is now defunct, having been sold to Flex Ltd. When this acquisition occurred, it seems that the employees signed ...
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How much code does the manufacturer of an embedded device that uses GPL software have to give me?

I have an embedded device that runs Linux among other software licensed by the GNU GPL. The manufacturer never released any GPL code, and I plan to demand that from them tomorrow. My question is, do ...
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Is there a good license for a libertarian programmer who's against intellectual property?

I know, I know, you're probably thinking CC0 or WTFPL or something along those lines. But the thing is, the way I see it, people have a right to redistribute anything, even if the author doesn't want ...
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Clarification of gpl v3 section 9

This question occurred to me as a result of Stephen Kitt's comment below my recent post, How to properly display the Copyright information in the User Interface or product documentation? His comment: ...
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How to properly display the Copyright information in the User Interface or product documentation?

In order to fulfill license obligations (in some cases) one must display the copyright information (when not delivering source code). Should one display (in GUI or IFU) the copyright information of ...
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Do I need to include the license for all dependencies declared in a setup.py?

Let's say I'm making a library called X, which has a dependency on requests (which is under the Apache 2.0 license). For X's setup.py, I declare the following: setup( ... install_requires=[ ...
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Creating a new open source License based off of the GPL? [duplicate]

Hey suppose I would like to create a new modification of the GPL 3.0 license, would I be allowed to copy the GPL, modify it, and then rename it to something else? I.e. is the GPL license itself open ...
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NDAs vs. FOSS Projects

Suppose someone signed an NDA at a company that does X. Generally speaking, does this typically preclude them from working on open-source projects that also do X?
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Closed source plugin for a GPLv2 application

I wrote a library that is indeed a subclass of QTreeView. So easily I can attach it to any Qt application that uses QTreeView. I want to patch a GPL application (GPL_APP) in a way that it searches ...
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Is it possible to write proprietary code that links to a shared library that's open source? Under what license and condition is it possible?

Is it possible to write proprietary code that links to a shared library that's open source? Under what license and condition are it possible?
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License for your TreeFrog application

I have come across the TreeFrog framework. While its license is BSD, it still uses qmake to compile as seen in the tutorial. So does TreeFrog's BSD license or Qt's LGPL license apply to the ...
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Requiring personal info for source code

I bought a Samsung laptop recently. The model is shipped with TCL (Tiny Core Linux) with BusyBox in it. Circumstantial evidence suggests that TCL is modified to meet Samsung's requirements. I found ...
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Do project owners have to comply with their software's license? [duplicate]

Say that I create an open source project with a license X, that grants user the capacity to edit and distribute my code, but under the same license. Do I, as the owner and copyright holder, have to ...
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Can a proprietary ERP be built from a fork of an open source project?

Can an open-source project be forked and then used to build a proprietary enterprise resource planning app (ERP)? That is, ERP-A is already built and now I want to build ERP-B. Can I fork ERP-A and ...
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Will distributing my program with virtual box make it GPL?

So I'm wondering if I distribute my application (as an .iso file) with virtualbox portable http://www.vbox.me/ which is licensed under GPLv2, will that make my program also under the GPLv2 license? Or ...
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What license has jai_imageio ? (jai imageio)

Somebody is cleaning up SO and deleting posts (here and here). Instead is should have been moved here but I can't comment / edit / move it, so here is the question: I know that sun/oracle stopped ...
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Can I have a different license on a product that executes an open source scripting language

I am developing some software very similar to openvas - http://www.openvas.org/ most components of this software are release under the GNU GPL license. To be clear my software will not be directly ...
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Why contribute to Android if it has an Apache license?

Why do commercial firms contribute to Android open source project if they are not bound to. They can build their own version of android and use it with their products under any license. Samsung uses ...
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Why GNU doesn't blame the zlib license of the same _patent treachery_ problems of the BSD-2 license?

GNU comments the BSD-2-clause license in: https://www.gnu.org/licenses/license-list.en.html#FreeBSD, referencing the comments on the BSD-3-clause license as all applying to the BSD-2-clause license. ...
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Publishing an open source project linked to commercial closed API

We are thinking about to publish a module of a commercial closed software as open source under e.g. MIT or BSD. The published open source module would have still some dependencies to the commercial ...
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Offering exceptions to the GNU GPL as an employee

I find myself in the following situation; I have a software project under GPL license, which is a good fit for usage in the company I am currently employed at. Now I am happy to dual license it to ...
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load in runtime an extern .qml file with GPL license

This is my question related with GPL and extern GPL scripts: I have a closed source project plus an extern .qml file, in the app root folder, that uses some GPL QT modules (for example, Virtual ...
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Using iText library with AGPL license to make application open sourced

I am working on a project to generate a 508 compliant annual PDF Publication from our database using iText 7 java library. This library works great for accessible PDFs. We are in the process of ...
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How to add the name of my organization to a Mozilla Public License?

My organization made a Python module and would like to share it under the Mozilla Public License. Is there a way to add the name of this organization to the license ? If I use the license as is, ...
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What is the appropriate way to include third-party libraries copyright notice and permission notice in my project source code?

I am writing a web app based on react framework and I am using npm package manager. Together with transitive dependencies I have about 800 MIT licensed dependencies. To comply with MIT, do I need to ...
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Redistributing 7-Zip Binaries with LGPL & BSD 3-clause License

We want to use 7Zip to extract the contents of the ISO file in our paid product. There is no other API free library available as of now that can unzip ISO files on all Windows platforms that we want ...
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Copyright notice in the file header (Apache v2 license)

Recently, about 50 top contributors (including myself) decided to fork Swagger Codegen to maintain a community-driven version called "OpenAPI Generator" (https://github.com/OpenAPITools/openapi-...
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How to license programming assignments permissively, while preventing solutions from being published?

I have created a few practical programming assignments for a bachelor's course in computer science, which I'm quite proud of. I'd love for my work to be used anywhere, and for any future teachers or ...
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Can I add a license to a forked repository? Can I license only my added code?

I would like to fork an existing repository which has no existing license. I would then like to add the GNU GPLv3 license to any code that I write, but it seems as though I cannot apply this license ...
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Can I make the code in a project currently licensed under the MIT license private without involving a contributor? [duplicate]

I licensed an iOS project under MIT license and a friend made one contribution, adding a few lines to the README.md. The project has been forked twice. I would like to make the second version closed ...

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