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Do the GNU Rules about Nonfree Javascript apply to Server-Side JS?

The page The Javascript Trap describes guidelines for making JS code free/libre. I know that this is considered mandatory in web pages, but do the same rules apply to server-side JS? For example, do I ...
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Is my software still “free” if I charge for its commercial use and not for non-commercial use?

"If you plan to use [some software] on a commercial basis, you must separately purchase a commercial-use license" [1] Assuming the commercial-use and non-commercial use licenses for my software both ...
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Why is the ath10k driver nonfree if it ships with Linux?

I was recently attempting to install Debian, and I noticed it said that my wifi card (a Qualcomm Atheros QCA6174) required nonfree drivers. I was able to find the firmware for these, which turned out ...
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NAS vendor modified rsync with own options; can I ask for the source code?

My NAS has an app which includes a modified version of rsync version 3.1.3 with additional options: --XXXX-mode=mode 0:Normal, 1:XXXXXX, 2:USB copy 3:HD copy USB --check-dest ...
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I want to build a new ISO based on official Ubuntu 18.04 ISO, plus some propietary software. What do I have to open-source to comply with GPL2?

What if I do not own the proprietary software but I have been given permission to distribute it (will being able to open-source the build automation help? This would mean only someone with the correct ...
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Possibilities with Creative Commons ND

I am currently having trouble understanding the ND part of Creative Commons licenses. Let's assume that I have found a database which is being published as CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 DE. Most of the ...
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Changing the binary/project name under BSD 3-clause license

Can I change the name of the BSD 3-clause project and its binary name? To be specific, I have forked EACopy with a BSD 3-clause license. Its project name and binary name are the same, EACopy. I ...
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How to integrate MIT-licensed files into a different project?

I would like to use some code from an MIT-licensed project I don't own (let's call it project A), in a project (B) with a different license. It is my understanding that I can do whatever I want with ...
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Own license creation [duplicate]

For instance, in Github, can we declare our own license (in LICENSE.txt): "make any use only if you declare the author", or must we choose known ones like GPL3, MIT, etc
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What might be the licence for OpenAI model generated code snippets?

I saw an interesting video on computer-generated code snippets. The model has been trained on thousands of open source GitHub repositories. In the video, an AI model produced some small code ...
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Can I partially include third party source code in my project?

I'm going to release a software package which needs polynomial fits to work, and I'm currently using the GNU Scientific Library (GSL) in my project. GSL is licensed under the GPL. GSL has many ...
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Can I make a GPLv3 or AGPLv3 software which serves a proprietary protocol?

I'm planning to make a GPLv3 or AGPLv3 library to allow the library user to interact with the multiplayer portion of a non-free, closed-source, proprietary game. The game's EULA explicitly allows the ...
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Do I need to include the licence for part of a program, which I have modified?

The X window manager dwm is designed to be customised by copying its default configuration config.def.h (which is supplied, along with the program's source code, under the MIT/X consortium licence) ...
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Implications of using open-source license with additional clauses [closed]

I would release some JavaScript code, possibly on GitHub. I have neither released anything online before, nor I have used GitHub (please advise if there is some place better). I would license it ...
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Who owns contributed code?

So, I contribute to a few projects, but the code I contribute is from ideas for my own projects. So let's say I have Project A, and a competitor has Project B. I contribute code I wrote to Project B, ...
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What considerations needs to be made for distributing a commercial/closed source software which utilizes LGPLv3 open source libraries? [duplicate]

For Java web application which utilizes Open source libraries with LGPLv3 libraries without any modification. For distributing this software commercially, what legal considerations needs to be made. I ...
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Software license that has the condition to link back to the original

I want to license a project made by me. MIT License would be sufficient, but I want any future work to be linked back to the sourcecode. Similar to the MPL where you always have to link back to the ...
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What legal considerations needs to be made for distributing a commercial/closed source software which utilizes LGPLv2 open source libraries?

I am developing a Java web application which utilizes Open source libraries with LGPLv2.0 and v2.1 libraries without any modification. For distributing this software commercially, what legal ...
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Is it required to disclose proprietary / closed source code of commercial software which utilizes open source CDDLv1.0 libraries?

I am working on a Java server side solution utilizing open source libraries (using jars ‘as-is’) released under CDDLv1.0 license. The open source libraries is either statically or dynamically bound in ...
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How to use non LGPL resources inside a library that contains LGPL codes?

I have found a library that contains Arphic (1999) Public Licensed (says the author) image resources, generated by converting a Arphic (1999) Public Licensed Font into SVG and modifying the SVG code ...
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Is attribution required for server-side usage of MIT-licensed library?

I'm writing an ASP.NET application which is deployed to virtual machines running on Microsoft Azure and customers access using their browser. The virtual machines are under my control and customers ...
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Can FOSS software make API calls to proprietary systems?

I'm not sure if the distinction between free and open source software makes a difference for this question, so I'll use the term FOSS. Can a FOSS platform make API calls to proprietary systems, such ...
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Use of GPL licensed code in commercial software

I have created an library (A) that uses several other GPL v2 or v3 licensed libraries (B,C,D) which, I am not the author of. I am only the author of A. Can I license library A under a GPL or a dual ...
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Can AGPL code depends on closed source code

I have a closed source module (A) in odoo that it working fine without depending on anything. Now I would like to add an AGPL module(B) and integrate it with the module (A). So, I am planning to ...
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Which licence do I choose, publishing a previously closed-source product?

From 2001 thru 2019, a company "A" that I own and I am the CEO of with HQ in EU, had a commercial software product for sale on the international market. We issued perpetual per-site licences to what ...
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Does GPL library in git history impose GPL requirements even after its removal?

I am working on a proprietary project. My colleague used - by mistake - GPLv3 library (copying it's source code and building along with it). The fact was discovered pretty early (before any release ...
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Why is there no public domain licensing in Europe?

Why are there issues with public domain in Europe, that forces public domain projects to use CC0, 0BSD, Unlicense or other similar licenses? I.E. why is it that, when someone dedicates a work to the ...
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Credit for re-used public domain code?

If I get some code off of the public domain, and I make major changes, can I re-license it and put my copyright on it?
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Do I have to change license of fork if mainstream changes license?

I forked a repository a year ago, which at the time had GPLv3 license. Mainstream repository has now applied AGPLv3 license. Do I have to change my license too ? My fork's last commit is over a year ...
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Copyright holder in R packages

I am developing an R package and distribute it under the GPL-2 license by submitting it to CRAN. According to CRAN's Writing R extensions, i am the author and maintainer of the source code. The R ...
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A license to protect the core, but allow proprietary extensions

I like the GPL. I like that it keeps FOSS free and open. I like that if my software is re-distributed, users know where to file bug reports, buy feature requests, and know where it came from. ...
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Do I have to credit small changes to my source?

Say I have a project I've posted on Github and after having it online for a month, I get an email or pull request from someone recommending a small change (For example, they say that on line 123 of ...
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Opensource software company and license obligation

There is a company that uses opensource code licensed by GPLv2 and BSD, they have a page in their site that specifies a contact mail to request the opensource code and a list of the used open source ...
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GPL software, proprietary assets? [duplicate]

I'm considering utilizing a few GPL libraries in an application I'm working on, the source code for which I'd of course make available and would be subject to the GPL also. But a critical part of ...
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What is the highest Java version I can use for free?

I want to develop a desktop Java application, deploy it as a jar file and sell it. What is the latest Oracle JDK version I can use to keep it free assuming I don't need further updates nor support and ...
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Can different parts of a project be under different licenses?

I have a personal project (in C++) I've been working on that I'm thinking of putting on Git hub. I'm finding the question of picking an appropriate license quite daunting. Part of the project is an ...
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Are there any 3rd-party licenses' obligations when using GCC's libstdc++ while linking dynamically?

The libstdc++ as a whole is under GPLv3 + GCC Runtime Exception. However, in files such as <vector> and <memory> we can easily see code with additional licenses (libstdc++-v3, last ...
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Is any license needed, to build an open-source forum / community?

Is any license / paperwork need to build an open-source forum / community like stack overflow or like others Linux community site? If needed then from where i can get license for my forum / community,...
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Uploading to online service and distribution

Would uploading a file, a program, a script, etc. to an online storage service without sharing it, count as distributing the file to the online service? More specific cases of interest: If I backup ...
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Proprietary resources in GPLv3 project

Can a GPL project use proprietary resources (icons) as part of it? What I mean is that if it is possible that there is a repository covered by a GPL license that has a build script that downloads ...
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Relicensing AGPLv3 content

I got some code that is Open Source published under, GNU AFFERO GENERAL v3, my question is can I re-licenses to so something more strict with sharing? And what license could I change it to, to be more ...
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What licenses and copyright notices I should include with dynamically linked libstdc++ and how to do it properly?

While libstdc++ (and GCC) is licensed under GPLv3 + GCC Runtime Library Exception, and glibc is under LGPLv2.1, the header files (see, for example, <memory> and <vector> for libstdc++-v3) ...
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How can I turn my open source project into a business? [duplicate]

I spent 1 year developing an OSS product. It's a secure remote browser that anyone can run. I posted a few times on various forums (PH, HN), and collected stars on GitHub. I released a free version ...
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Deriving from a GPL LaTeX package

Would it be against the GPL to publish a work (eg. a preamble) that has a dependency on both GPL and LPPL packages? The LPPL is not GPL compatible. Could I argue that the LPPL package is a system ...
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Using cc-by-sa 4.0 in a server

Can one build a server that uses a cc by sa database for computation but does not respond with the cc 4.0 without giving attribution or follwing the terms of cc 4.0?
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Why would anyone contribute to Android?

I think of open-source developers as people with a certain sense of social responsibility. In that regard, why would someone decide to contribute to Android? Why help Google make more money? How does ...
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Extending a GPL website by web service plugin

Please consider this situation. A company modifies a GPLed website X and adds a feature to accept plugin. Then develops a new feature as API service Y and publishes it separately. Service Y needs to ...
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Is “open software” the same as “open source” software?

A company sells a closed source software product - one that they actively also obfuscate - and market it as "open and flexible". Similarly there is no public issue tracking and when major exploits are ...
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Use of open-source templates at GitHub, android studio templates

Is it allowed to publish a program that had been copied and UPDATED from GitHub on google play, let's say I had done this: I went to GitHub and Cloned a project into my Android Studio. I updated the ...
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Change license from Ritchey Extra Permissive License v2 to Zero-Clause BSD

Can I take something which is licensed under the Ritchey Extra Permissive License v2, and use the sub-licensing clause to distribute it under the Zero-Clause BSD license?

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