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Open source license and “all other rights reserved”?

I came across this license declaration: This source code is subject to the terms of the Microsoft Reciprocal License (Ms-RL). For details, see http://www.opensource.org/licenses/ms-rl.html. ...
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License for docker images?

My question is explicitly not about the software in Docker images (that should be quite obvious) but about bundling open source software as docker images (-> Dockerfile + build / packing scripts + ...
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Is License Zero compatible with other open source licenses like GNU, MIT or BSD licenses for example?

I am currently developing a small open source project and would like to make sure I got the licensing right. I am pretty new to the open source model. I have benefited from it on a personal level for ...
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Force derivative works to be public

Is there a known license where all derivative works must be made public? Consider this: I give copyleft code to team X. Team X improves code and only shares/uses it internally. This situation is ...
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Is the Qt Network Authentication module LGPL?

The documentation is unclear whether the QT Network Authentication module is licensed under LGPL or GPL. Has it changed recently?
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Can Linus Torvalds change the license of Linux to private or nonfree “commercial”?

This is a general question. Is it possible to change the license of your creation (in this case something like linux) that have been developed by an entire community, not just Linus? Can it be changed?...
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Can I distribute an AGPL component used by an Apache licensed component in our application

We have a commercial .NET desktop application that uses a nuget package called Magick.NET. Magick.NET is licensed under Apache License. Some functions in Magick.NET relies on Ghostscript (AGPL ...
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Docker does not give source deb repositories, is it okay?

The docker sources are reachable on various places (mainly, GitHub). There are also many package repositories to download docker, these are hosted mainly by themselves. However, they have no source ...
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GPLv2 Wordpress Application - Selling

We have a customer that has built an application on top of WordPress (they are based in the UK) and intends to sell access to this software in two main forms on an international basis. A monthly ...
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What are my license options for releasing code I derived from code that was released under LGPL v2.1?

If I take some code that was released under LGPL v2.1 and make modifications to it, what are my options for releasing that derived work again as open source? I guess, one option would obviously be to ...
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Does Stack Exchange disallow me to use posted contents in an Apache 2.0 licensed project?

Content posted on Stack Exchange sites like Stack Overflow or Electrical Engineering are CC-BY-SA 3.0 licensed. User contributions licensed under cc-by-sa 3.0 See the footer of any SE site: As ...
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Take portion of MIT license library, and redistribute in new library

I am currently writing a java library that I intend to release under MIT license. Right now I have drawn on another MIT license library. I would like to only use a couple source files/classes from ...
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Using a person's name for an open source project

I'm looking for a name to give my open-source and non-profit project that will best represent its purpose. Presently, the ideal name for the project would be the name of a certain individual (Ken ...
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Should academic arguments be used to convince someone to accept a PR

I contribute to an open source webgl library. A PR has been proposed that solves a problem, introduces a new feature to the library, and places some properties on some class FOO. I didn't like the ...
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when using AngularJS can I gpl code that only I have written?

I have a simple chat server/client app, written in PHP (server side, 100% my own code) and AngularJS. The process for Angular development typically brings in many libraries with various licenses. Of ...
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Are there official Markdown versions of the CC licenses?

Official plaintext versions of the Creative Commons licenses are available. Are there similarly official Markdown versions?
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Can I modify an open source license to require that I be notified?

I often use the MIT license for my projects. But recently I've had the thought that I really would like to be notified if someone forked my software, whether it's for personal use, released or not I ...
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How does GPL apply to neural network models?

Suppose you are working on a mobile application. Because the application contains GPL licensed code, the mobile application will be licensed under GPL too. The mobile application also uses a ...
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Commercial print (shirt) of GitHub repository

GitHub offers a list of 33 licenses: Academic Free License v3.0 afl-3.0 Apache license 2.0 apache-2.0 Artistic license 2.0 artistic-2.0 Boost Software License 1.0 bs1-1.0 BSD 2-clause "Simplified" ...
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If I convert GPLv3-covered source code into a physical object, what counts as “conveyance”?

Under my interepretation of the GPLv3, specifically the following: “Object code” means any non-source form of a work. and You may convey a covered work in object code form under the terms of ...
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How to find opensource/software freedom GitHub alternatives?

Reviewers: the post was edited, now it asks for the most important selection parameters and not for a list. Now that Microsoft bought Github, I think programmers and coders favorizing software ...
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If I change the license of my project, can someone use the old license by navigating through Git history?

I am creating an open-source library in JavaScript and using Git to control versions and history. I have several commits in which the LICENSE file is X (for example, MIT), but I would like to change ...
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Can GPL with linking exception be linked with GPL and non-GPL simultaneously?

Let's say I have: A GPL module with linking exception. A non-GPL module. A pure-GPL module. I know that module 1 can be linked with module 2. My questions are: Can I link module 1 with module 3? ...
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Can I commercially use a fixed source code distributed under GPL?

There is this source code on GitHub (a PHP class, around 200 lines of code) distributed under GPL license which has some bugs and is not useful to me unless those bugs are fixed. If I fix those bugs, ...
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Having a mixed license repository with GPL and non GPL code

I have some code that I would like to integrate with a GPL licensed piece of code, my code is licensed BSD. If absolutely necessary I could license everything GPL, but if possible I would prefer to ...
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How to get help to get a company to open source a defunct product?

There are many old defunct software products that are no longer marketable. Is there any organization or group who helps to get these valuable codes released as open source? For example, DEC had a ...
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Can I move an in-line license to a file?

I am currently using a library that is licensed under MIT. Each file of the library has a in-line comment containing the standard MIT license text in full length, which is kind of repetitive in my ...
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How to identify programming language of a file for Open Hub?

Open Hub provides statistics on a number of open source projects. Some of this data is categorized by programming language. How do they identify the programming languages in the source code? Is is by ...
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Subclassing, Unity, and the LGPL

I want to release a package on the Unity Asset Store. Based on this answer, it looks like the best option for my situation would be LGPLv3. However, after doing plenty of research, I've stumbled ...
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Getting a company to start discussing open source

I work in a large company which makes use of a lot of open source software and employees a fair number of software developers but does not consider itself to be a software development firm. I believe ...
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What did GitHub's CEO mean by “clouds are mostly computers”, and what impact on open source?

Announcing GitHub's acquisition by Microsoft, GitHub CEO @defunkt wrote: Open source and business, people said at the time, mixed as well as oil and water. [...] Now, of course, things are ...
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Is it possible to create commercial software by studying the code of a github project with no license?

I'd like to know if what I'm telling is possible or not. I obviously know that's illegal to copy the code and add it to a commercial software. But I think it's not illegal to study the code so you ...
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Can commercial software be created with Tor license?

I'm not sure if commercial software can be created with the Tor license without previous permission of the Tor community: Here's its license: Tor license. In that license I don't see anything that ...
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Change text of original author

I am thinking about using this library: https://github.com/rxi/classic/blob/master/classic.lua and I have a question regarding the first few lines: -- -- classic -- -- Copyright (c) 2014, rxi -- -- ...
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Modifying file without copyright under Apache 2.0

I'd like to use a modified version of a certain file from an open source project that is licensed under the Apache 2.0. The file itself doesn't contain copyright notice neither the project does. Now, ...
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Can a gap in a license coverage on a VCS be exploited?

Consider this: I have a repository on, for example, GitHub, and add a file I wrote. I forget to mention the file in the license, and publish the updated version to the repository, realizing the ...
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Should I replace this line in AGPL-3.0?

In AGPL 3.0, on line 632, I see this: <one line to give the program's name and a brief idea of what it does.> Copyright (C) <year> <name of author> I'm creating a software ...
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Using GPLv2 licensed library in engineer's thesis

I wanted to base my engineer's thesis on Truffle framework (https://github.com/oracle/graal/tree/master/truffle) and GraalVM (https://github.com/oracle/graal). Truffle is licensed under GPL 2 with ...
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OpenJDK vs OracleJDK Licensing?

This answer on Stack Overflow states that the OpenJDK is licensed under GPLv2 yet the OracleJDK has a different license? My understanding of GPL was that if they used the OpenJDK sources, they would ...
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Does the android license allow handset manufacturers to build an OS that is proprietary?

Does the Android license, being Apache license, permit others to develop their own versions of Android and license them as proprietary? As far as I understand, the Linux kernel on which Android is ...
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Single-executable CLI program, does this comply with the MIT license?

I'm making a single-executable CLI program that I plan on distributing with some man pages. But I can't seem to understand whether or not I can comply with the MIT license by adding an argument (-a ...
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Bundling GCC along with my GPLv2 project

Is it legal to bundle the GCC cross-compiler (tar.bz2 file) along with a GPL v2 licensed ARMv4T processor core on Github? The compiler will extracted during simulations to compile C code for the core ...
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BSD licenses: What to do with “year” and “copyright holder”?

We develop a desktop application that uses some libraries with BSD-license. BSD licenses got this line: Copyright (c) "year", "copyright holder". Shall one leave it this way or do I have to fill ...
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May I use AGPL license in a desktop application without providing the source code?

We develop a commercial desktop application that uses an AGPL library. The lib's code is just used, not modified. Our application runs completely offline. May we use the AGPL library without having ...
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False Claims and Open Source

I discovered a chrome extension Adblock ultimate, it claims to be open source on the aforementioned webpage. I see that the app was updated about a year ago. Also, a GitHub page is also mentioned. ...
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license - how to skip GPLv2 [closed]

We have read lot of questions about General Public License v2 and know that it's like a virus and everything that does touch it get open-source: We just use/need a single component/library in our ...
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Can LGPL 2.1 licenses software be re-published under GPL 3.0?

I have software licensed under LGPL 2.1 and I want to modify it and re-publish the whole software under the GPL 3.0 license. Is this legally possible? I think so, but I'm not completely sure. LGPL 2....
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Libre Office and proprietary Microsoft file formats

Libre Office can open proprietary Microsoft file formats (although some features are unsupported). But how was it able to achieve this? Did they reverse engineer these formats from binaries? In this ...
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Can I post code examples with GPL software on Stack Overflow?

Suppose there is a Python library called g which is licensed under GPL v2.0 (or v3.0). Suppose further that the library is sufficiently complex that it contains some C/C++ component(s) that are ...
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Can I license Latex code under GPL but the content under CC BY-SA?

I have written a non-trivial scientific text for university. It is written in Latex and I want to make the source available under GPL (v3 if that matters) so other can learn from my Latex skills. ...

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