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Aligning employer's and employee's interests in a hybrid/parallel open-source strategy

I work for Institute X, an academic institution looking to expand its commercialization opportunities. I want to develop with them a hybrid-open-source strategy for the code written by me and my team. ...
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Optional GPL dependency in commercial Python application

I am developing a commerical clock application ("JJClock"), which is written in Python. What I will deliver to my customers will either be a .pyc file or a .so file ("compiled") with Cython -- the ...
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creativecommons by-nc-sa 4.0 Non Commercial Virality?

How far does the Non Commercial aspect of by-nc-sa stretch? E.g. someone published a JSON Schema for an (external to both of us) set of JSON files that I wish to validate without a license. I asked ...
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Can I redistribute node.exe in my commercial Application's Installer?

I want to use node.exe and a very simple Javascript that essentially uses only the net module for some functionality in my product. I don't need anything else. I know electron and other frameworks are ...
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Can GPL v3 Back-End be used for iOS apps without opening of whole program code

We are developing an iOS app in which all of the front-end is based on MIT/Apache/BSD components, while server part is fully on GPL v3. All these licenses are compatible, so there is no problem with ...
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Does using an AGPLv3 application through a customised API deem a interfacing application derivative work and must be made public to network users?

A few points to be made to help give clarity to the scenario: The AGPL application and its API can and most likely be customised to suit business needs Other unknown licensed applications require to ...
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Clarification of BSD's second clause - binary must reproduce copyright notice?

The second clause of the BSD licences: Redistributions in binary form must reproduce the above copyright notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer in the documentation and/or ...
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Can an author of a GFDL content allow a publisher to publish a propietary derivative?

I wrote some texts and put then in the Wikisource website, which says that the content is available under both CC-BY-SA 3.0 and GFDL. Suppose a certain publisher wants to create a printed book based ...
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Does it make sense to license an application (not library) under LGPL?

Say, I have a game engine which is meant to be an executable, not a library (i.e. it has its' own main() and has the top-level control. It calls on other libraries but cannot be used as a dynamic ...
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Which of Qt license files must we include with our open source (MIT) software?

We are using the LGPL version of Qt 4.8 for some components of our MIT-licensed desktop software (https://appleseedhq.net/). In my Qt 4.8.7 distribution, I see at least the following license files: ....
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Is it correct in general to have both MIT and Apache license for the same project

I am using the javascript library Datejs in my project, the library states in their website that the code is released under the MIT Licence but the code published on their GitHub account is published ...
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How ethical and legal is it to develop proprietary software? [closed]

I am a freelancer and recently, built software for an organization. Our deal was for me to develop and submit software at whole. Hence, it is a proprietary software owned by that organization. I've ...
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Do I lose the right to use my patent after contributing to a project with Apache License 2.0?

Apache License 2.0: Grant of Patent License. Subject to the terms and conditions of this License, each Contributor hereby grants to You a perpetual, worldwide, non-exclusive, no-charge, ...
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Can we use the source code of a GPL library when we have contributed to the library

I have contributed to a GPL library and I am using that library in my project as a module. Do I have to make my entire project open source or, as I have contributed to the library and the source code ...
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How should I license my project if it can install GPL-based plugins?

I'm developing a software which has two parts, kernel and plugins, their code are completely separated. Here's the question: Some of the plugins should be GPL based, as they invoked GPL code. The ...
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What are the libraries Blender is based on for mesh visualization and editing? [closed]

I'd like to make a software on Python with a GUI for 3D visual editing of meshes. That's why I ask the question. I suppose at least one mesh editing library is used. And at least one 3d visualization ...
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If I compile Visual Studio Code from source, is the compiled version licensed from MIT or Microsoft's license?

I intend to compile Visual Studio Code on my own to be able to redistribute it. But I still don't know whether I could do that. So may I know if the compiled version uses the MIT License or Microsoft'...
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Could I remove GPLv2 from this algorithm implementation?

I have a project that I started a long time ago and licensed under GPLv3. It uses an implementation of a particular algorithm, where the implementation is licensed under GPLv2. The algorithm is the ...
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Whether to open source a specific project

As the owner of a company that has a Web application, I would like to make that code freely available for people to contribute code to. There are several places where this is a specific application, ...
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Are we liable for license problems posed by transitive OSS libraries?

We (small team in large organisation, in Germany/EU) have the following situation: we use OSS libraries within our commercial products, licenses are checked and we are sure that we're complying (LGPL,...
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A question about closed-source software with GNU GSL for commercial and free-to-use cases

I plan to build a closed-source software with C++ language using GSL (GNU Scientific Library). This software is made by compiling my source codes into executable. By the way, my source codes use GSL ...
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Legality of open hardware vs. patents

While much discussion is there around software patents (because sometimes it's just maybe a creative idea), how does maker community position themselves to existing patents? In other words, is high ...
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Are there any licensing restrictions on the Training Center XML file format?

The wikipedia page doesn't give much information on the page. It seems to be only generated by garmin devices but there are numerous open source libraries that can process this file format. Are ...
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Is “license”: “MIT” in config enough to be a valid license in a software project?

For my case, I have open source projects in Node JS that use the MIT license for which I have only added "MIT" to the license field in the package.json config file. There are no contents of the ...
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Contributor license agreement between individuals not an entity?

I have a relatively young private GitHub repo with 5-6 people working on it together. My understanding of a contributor agreement is that I can use this to state that: Users have access to the ...
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Can the wordpress docker files and every software it installs be used for commercial purpose?

The WordPress docker files installs many software including WordPress, PHP, some php extensions and it also uses php docker file such as php:5.6-apache which installs many software for it to run. My ...
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Is declaring something one made as “free software” legally binding?

I used an unfree license, but I made a copy paste mistake, declaring that the licnesed stuff is "free software". Is that legally binding = does it grant the licensee the three fos freedoms? Here the ...
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iText 2.1.7 in commercial Project

This question was originally asked on Stack Overflow but since licensing questions are off topic I move it here. So here comes the original question about this open source library: I want to use the ...
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Used code from two differnetly licensed projects - which license should I use for mine?

In my project, I have copied and used code from two other projects, one of which is licensed under GPLv3 and the other one has an MIT license. Which license should I use for my project?
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Does using an AGPLv3-licensed library prevent me from dual-licensing my own source code?

I wrote some software (a simple command-line utility) and released the source code under the following zlib-style open source license: Permission is granted to anyone to use this software for any ...
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Relicensing a fork of a GPL project and source code distribution requirements

(Reposted in here because this is the more correct section.) So the situation is this: I run a project which is a fork of an emulator licensed under GPL v2, my fork respects that and has not ...
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Third-party component licensing obligations, usage and obligations scale

I'm not sure if this question makes sense here although in my point of view it does. Otherwise I would be happy to post it in the right SO. Scope I would like to rise a few scenarios concerning ...
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Is this restriction of Cheerp community edition in violation of GPLv2?

As I understand, Cheerp is a tool in a similar way it is GCC, licensed with GPLv2. The license applies to the work reached by the copy rights, but not for use restrictions. So, as long as one does ...
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MPL 1.1: Re-distribute under MPL 2.0 without modification

I look at a project under MPL 1.1. Can I take the source and re-distribute it under MPL 2.0 without any modification or contribution? That is, I am not a contributor (not the initial, not in the past, ...
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Can I use Caddy in Rocket.Chat snap for free?

I need to enable SSL for Rocket.Chat. Here I found that I can do it with Caddy. I have never used Caddy before. Personal license here says Caddy is free only for non-commercial use. And Caddy has open ...
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How do we verify if the code deployed in same as the one published?

My question might be naive but wanted to clarify this anyway. We see software being published as open source. Take for example Signal. We can audit the software since its public. But how do we verify ...
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How to use software published under MIT without copyright notice?

MIT License says: The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software. However, a few repositories do not have any ...
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Can software licensed under the GPLv2 be included in GPLv3 software?

I'm writing a database library in Java which is licensed under the GPLv3, and I want to include the MySQL JDBC driver in it, which is licensed under the GPLv2. Are there any restrictions stopping me ...
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Can I commercialize my product that uses mblock?

I have a question regarding licensing of mblock based products. The mBlock 5 is a software tool for STEAM education. It is inspired by Scratch 3.0 and supports graphical and text programming. Also, ...
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CLA as an exception to the GPL

If it is true that GPL exceptions can be made to apply to some individuals and not others, could the author of an open source program avoid the hassle of asking contributors to sign a Contributor ...
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Using Material Design icons in commercial software

I want to use Material Design icons provided by Google in my web app. According Apache License I guess I must mention the author. How should I do it? a) Write into footer something like: "All icons ...
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How to license or patent an open standard for a GPL program?

I am starting an open source project that consist of two parts: a program for reading, writing, modifying, and displaying information from file and a standard for the file. Obviously, this project may ...
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GPL exceptions that only apply to certain individuals

The GPL does not allow people to impose additional copyright restrictions on top of those that already exist in the terms and conditions of the GPL itself. However, the GPL does allow the original ...
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Opensource license ownership and collaboration

If a person releases their source under some Open source license. And later if another person contributes to the project through a pull request (in Github). Then, does the contributor gets a say if ...
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includeJavascript snippet inside a GPL php page, have i to include a license comment?

If i include Javascript snippet inside a GPL php page, have i to include a license comment in the page? Or insert the license comment on the main style.css is enough?
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Is Google Analytics compatible with GPL?

If i include Google Analytics JS code inside a php page GPL licensed (WordPress template), is it ok with GPL license? I'm asking beacause I think Google Analytics is not open source code.
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Redistributing MSVC runtime components with GPL application

A library I used in my native Visual C++ application was GPLv3-licensed; I found the GPL acceptable, and thus I was planning to make my application GPL-licensed as well. The application depends on ...
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Can I combine GPLv2 and BSD-3-Clause code and keep the BSD permissions?

I want to take some GPLv2 licensed code written by someone else and add code with a BSD-3-Clause license, originally written by someone else. This BSD-code has been modified by me to add some ...
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Can i use website domain as author for open source license? [duplicate]

When in the open source licenses is required to indicate the author, can i use simply the domain of the website (not the company name)? @curiousdannii thanks for point me this other question, but i ...
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Is renting a vps makes me the owner?

I am making a website and the website components are one master server and a lot of slave VPS, as usual the VPS providers will rent those servers to me. The website will use a module which is under ...

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