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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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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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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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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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How to get tool names from license information? [on hold]

I am trying to implement software audit tool which will tell you which components are used in you project and whether they are compliant. Let's take example that you have developed one website, but ...
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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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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. From now on, I want to include the license text in the README.md ...
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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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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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What license should I use for my software?

I developed a software but I don't know what license I should use. Is there a license which give the user the permission to modify it and re-distribute it only for free? Oh and in the software I used ...
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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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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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How can I find usage statistics for an open source project?

Put simply, is there any way to find out how widely used a given open source project is? Say, for example, I am looking for a serialization library. I can imagine various metrics to help choose ...
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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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When is my project a derivative work in an interpreted language?

With compiled languages, I understand when a work is considered derivative of another and thus, a license such as the GNU GPL covers the whole work. However, with interpreted languages such as PHP or ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Free-to-use-but-not-sell license? [duplicate]

I'm writing an application that I'm happy for others to use, modify, and share. But I want to include a license that prevents anyone from selling it. I found this and this which seem to address ...
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Are there any OSS Master Service Agreements I could use for contracts with clients?

I've been doing Open-Source Software work for a number of years, familiar with all the soup of various OSS licences and models (and being a fan of BSD for its simplicity), but most of my OSS ...
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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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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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Do Fedora's export restrictions violate the GPL?

On the download page of Fedora, one finds this text: By downloading Fedora software, you acknowledge that you understand all of the following: Fedora software and technical information may be ...
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What “non-commercial” license is that?

I have found the following license: Copyright (c) [year] [name] Please read carefully the following terms and conditions and any accompanying documentation before you download and/or use this ...
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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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Can contributions be licensed under different licence instead of using CLA's?

I sometimes see open source projects that want to switch their licenses to a more permissive one. If original author of a project or community around it want to switch license then they must ask all ...
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Which Creative Commons licenses are permissive enough for proprietary software?

We are releasing a software under a dual license APGLv3/proprietary. To build it, we are reusing many components availabe on the web. For source code, those components have to be released with a ...
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What are my license obligations if I modify the object code of a GPL project?

I am modifying some STL files for 3d printing which originated from a GPL'd project, and though the originals are available, the "object code" STLs are easier to modify in my case. Ignoring the fact ...
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How does AL2 propagate? Can I sublicence under more permissive terms?

If I receive source code under the Apache License 2.0 and intent to redistribute it to a third party, do I have to do so under the same terms? It seems at first glance that I can sublicense it under ...
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Can I use AGPL component to create a data file for commercial application?

I’m using an AGPL library in an internal tool. We don’t redistribute the tool to anywhere. We don’t expose the tool over a network either. The tool produced a data file, namely a PDF document, that I’...
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Can I publish someone's GPL (version 2) source code to GitHub or BitBucket?

I obtained a GPLed (version 2) source code. But it is not maintained, and I have tried to fix some bugs. I plan to publish the code to git repository like GitHub or BitBucket. However, I cannot get ...
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Licensing a closed-source game to allow redistribution in an otherwise open-source project

tl;dr, how can I bundle a gratis but closed-source game in an otherwise BSD 2 clause licensed free software project? I develop a free software project which is licensed under the BSD 2 clause license....
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Required works to put existing GPLv3 source code on GitHub, with respect to modification dates

I was looking at the GPLv3 License. It states that when I modify the Program and distribute it, I need to meet the condition of: a) The work must carry prominent notices stating that you modified it,...
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Is question 25 from MPL 2.0 FAQ correct?

I'm having difficulty understanding how the text of the Mozilla Public License 2.0 reconciles with their own Frequently Asked Questions, question 25. The question and its answer are as follows: Q25:...
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Bundling FFmpeg command line tool (invoked as child process, no linking) - GPL license compliance?

I have written a free and open-source app (available on GitHub) that needs to bundle a static binary build of FFmpeg's command line executable tool, but does not link to its code statically or ...
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How to smoothly handle migrating documentation between hosts when redirects are not possible?

I will describe the situation in a language-agnostic manner, but if you are interested in some specifics I will supply them at the bottom of the question. I have a few open source libraries that have ...
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Example Terms of Service for OSS software hosted on Google platform?

I've written a relatively simple extension for Google Sheets that is open source and free, but recently Google have changed their policies and require all such extensions to include a Terms of Service....

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