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Java SDK 8 vs. OpenJDK 8 licenses for freelance development

So I'm new to both freelance development and software licensing. However, I still managed to convince a company to let me develop a small piece of software for them (woohoo!). The company runs JRE 8 ...
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Use of closed-source library in LGPL library

I would like to open source my software library under LGPL licence. But I'm not sure if I'm allowed to use that licence, as my library uses an another library which is currently closed sourced. By ...
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Can I maintain a closed-source fork of my own AGPL project? [duplicate]

Say I run a free software project licensed under the AGPLv3. I’d like to add some features to the officially published version of this software, e.g. on app stores, but I don’t want to release the ...
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Can I use the EPL-licensed library (Paho) for a proprietary project and NOT disclose the source code of the project?

Can I use the Eclipse Paho library (licensed under EPL) for a proprietary project and NOT disclose the whole source code of that project? I'm not going to make any changes to Paho code, I just want ...
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How to refer to the license when my code is based on a sample in documentation?

When someone makes a code for their project using a certain library, oftentimes he will refer to the official documentation. But how does he need to think about the license? Assuming I have been ...
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What is the correct way to add a CC BY-SA 4.0 license to the assets in a project already licensed under GPLv3?

These assets would include images, sounds, and anything else in the project besides the source code. I own the copyright to these assets. To be clear, I'm asking how I would actually apply the ...
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Distributing binaries under non-GPL license for GPL code?

Let's say there is an analytics suite Foobarize. Authors of it have it released under GPL to promote collaboration and research and advance mankind and all that good stuff. But they would also like ...
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As the owner of a GPLv3 project, what type of restrictions will be placed on me if I accept contributions?

For example, will accepting someone's copyrighted contribution prohibit me from changing the license, accepting donations towards the project, or anything else?
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Can I change my project's license before release?

I started my project with the GPLv3 license, but I haven't released or made available any code related to it yet. As I move further along in my project, I am starting to realize that it is something I ...
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Licensing in Docker image that only modifies configuration files of used software

The question refers to Tomcat as an example, but it applies to any software that is licensed under Apache 2.0 and requires configuration through configuration files. I am creating a Docker image for ...
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GPL code in a proprietary program by putting it in a separate standalone program, but shipping in same installer together with proprietary program?

this question is an extension of the following question: Is it legal to use GPL code in a proprietary, closed-source program by putting it in a separate, standalone program? It has been more or less ...
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Incorporate gpl2 code into software

I want to use code written by others and published under gpl2 license, on my software project. I was wondering what is the way to go about it. I hope to publish my software using the gpl3 license. I ...
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Code obfuscation in FOSS source code

Is code obfuscation allowed in FOSS source code as per any of the popularly used FOSS licenses? If it is allowed, to what degree and extent?
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Does the GPLv3 license on my project require me to also include the source code of a tool to edit the icon of my executable file?

Godot requires a tool called rcedit to change the application icon. According to my understanding of GPL, I believe I have to include the source code of Godot with the releases of my game. Do I also ...
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Can I use and distrubute code posted on JSFiddle

I'd like to use code posted on JSFiddle in a project but do I have permission to do so? I read the terms of service but they do not mention anything about licensing the code they host. Instead its ...
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How do I include GPLv3 code in a LGPLv3 or MIT project

I have no doubt that this question has been answered countless times before, but my searches have not produced an answer yet. I'm writing a library using LGPLv3 and I would like to copy a couple of ...
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Is there any research on, whether the owner of a project making money from it, has any significant effect, on contributions?

I completely know that most of open source projects could be used to make profit and people contribute to them whether the creators are making money from it too or not. My question is this: Does ...
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Implement GNU License code with or without modification

Can I take an open source app (chat app) under The GNU General Public License v3.0 and implements it as a feature in a bigger app, I will not make modification on the source code, will I have to ...
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Is GPL linking to AGPL possible?

Suppose I have a program that uses a library released under the AGPL license. Can the program be released as GPL, or does it have to be released as AGPL too ?
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Can I use libgit2 in commercial application?

I want to embed libgit2 in my commercial application (here is license https://github.com/libgit2/libgit2/blob/master/COPYING) . I want to create static libgit2 library, and link it with my commercial ...
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Licensing: distributing open source components with your PyPI package

I have developed a Python package capable of generating a web page with some embedded tables and figures. The web page employs some open source components (namely Angular.js, Bootstrap and font-...
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If I bundle an open source DLL with my GPLv3 software, how do I properly handle supplying the source of that DLL?

I am including a copy of SDL2.dll (https://www.libsdl.org/download-2.0.php) in my open source project. Do I need to also include the source code of SDL in my repository, add a document with the URL to ...
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Can a GPL license be converted to Proprietary by the author later?

Can the author of software make it proprietary after making it gpl?
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Convergent Licencing

Is there a variation of the GPL/BSD licences that states that you may use modify and distribute this code however you please but in such a fashion that should your distribution of the code compete ...
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Am I legally required to provide a (GPL licensed) source code even after a project is abandoned?

I plan to develop an application using an easy to use GPLv2 licensed libraries. Once my app is complete I plan to distribute it free and open source complying with GPLv2 copyleft requirements. The ...
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Relicensing a MIT licensed project to prevent damaging code changes

I have found a piece of software which I have grown so fond of that I wish to improve it. However, since the software is an MIT licensed project I could fear that the change I would like might not be ...
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Do I need to include license files/info from android ndk toolchain into my library?

So I have a native library for Android that is built with ndk17. Do I need to include license information from android toolchain with my library package?
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Is there a license that allows the freedom of the MIT license but only with permission to an entity?

I want decent developers to extend and use my framework as they please. Is there a middle-ground where it is open source, but only to these with the permission? One of the 2 developers that uses it ...
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1answer
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Can this file be included in a project that's going to be released under the GPL?

I have a need to emulate a 6502 in my project, but I don't really want to spend time to develop and debug something to do that when there already exist many solutions to exactly that problem. ...
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Using a python EUPL 1.1 command line tool in a commercial app?

I need to use an EUPL 1.1 licensed library in my python app. Since, I don't want to disclose the source code of my app, I am thinking of creating a command line tool which will be invoked from my ...
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Licensing question about using OpenJDK to build and run

I have a small java application which I was building with Oracle JDK till now. Now I am migrating this application to OpenJDK11 and am bit confused with the licensing. I am using RedHat distribution ...
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GPLv3 in proprietary software - clarifications

I have a few questions about GPLv3 and I want to find an answer to them or confirm that what I've found is correct. Hypothesis: I pay 'someone' to make me a 'closed source' software. That someone ...
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GPL for CAD design using patented hardware

I would like to create a functional peice of mechanical hardware. To my knowledge, GPL-3.0 is compatible with non-software works. I would like to license the design of my under GPL-3.0. However, I ...
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Can I use a library that is dual licensed GPL + LGPL as if it was only LGPL?

PaGMO 2 includes both GPL and LGPL in their copyright notices: Copyright 2017-2018 PaGMO development team This file is part of the PaGMO library. The PaGMO library is free software; you can ...
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Can I put a GPL code snippet in a Creative Commons paper?

What I need to do is blogging about my own code. I already use github for my experiments and release code usually on GPL3. My wish is to write blog pages with code snippets from the GPL3 projects. ...
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Are there open source hardware licenses that require publishing modified sources when a physical product is distributed?

According to this answer (correct me if I'm wrong), copyleft software licenses don't do much when applied to hardware. Unlike software which is protected by copyright in any form, HDL/CAD hardware is ...
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Technically posible to prohibit closed source drivers with Linux?

Would it be technically (legally) possible for the Linux kernel developers to create a new license (similar to GPLv2) but different in the sense that hardware manufacturers are prohibited from ...
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License Comptatibility with GSuite?

Are websites made with Google Sites compatible with GPL 3.0? A prospective user can create a web site with Google Sites using the web editor, but the HTML output, which may be interprited as the ...
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Creator shifting from permissive to copyleft license [duplicate]

Suppose Mr. X releases his codes under a permissive license (say MIT), and I uses his codes in my proprietary software. Then suddenly he changes the licence to a copyleft licence (say GPL). Now as ...
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Push notifications for Android 8 open source app

I am developing an open source Android app that has push notifications. If I understand https://developer.android.com/about/versions/oreo/background#services correctly, Android 8 forces me to use ...
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Question about whether license allows inclusion in open source project

We are currently developing an open source project using the MIT license, and we'd like to incorporate Microsoft's Visual Studio 2017 icons, which can be found here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/...
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Is MIT license suitable for an open source specification?

I know the MIT license is suitable for code and its associated documentation. However, is it suitable for an open source specification (without any code)? Or should I use a different license (and ...
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Handling very old implicitly licensed code

For software preservation reasons, I've been trying to sort out the licensing for a lot of 40-year-old CP/M code with an intent to liberate as much as possible. Back then formal licensing was very ...
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GNU AGPL/GPL 3.0 and Docker containers

So we have been discussing the implications of the GNU AGPL/GPL 3.0 license on our distributed code. I will make things, extremely simple. I hope. We will use AGPL in this example. We will write code....
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Is open source license compatible with a patent-encumbered standard?

Let's say heic is a patented image format. There is an open source implementation of heic called "libheif". GIMP use it to edit heic images, however, development team of Eye of Gnome(EOG) refuse to ...
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Use of Creative Commons licenses by an anonymous user

As part of a survey (collecting environmental data from the public) my participants can choose to provide their name or to contribute anonymously. Part of the survey includes submission of photos that ...
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What's this meaning of `xxx@xxx` in a GitHub open source project? [migrated]

When reading an open source project, I sometimes come across icons like these below; when I click this example, it will go to the AFNetworking open source project. What's this for? Is it just a link ...
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Is the term 'open source' a trademark?

A few months ago, MongoDB introduced a new license called SSPL following some conflicts with AWS. Later they presented this license to the Open Source Initiative (OSI) for approval for it to be called ...
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MIT vs GNU licences for Embedded system projects

For embedded system projects which have small hardware using MCU's and sensors and use open source c-source codes. How will it make a difference if my license is an MIT or a GNU licenses?
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Calling GPL'ed socket server inside Docker?

These questions can easily devolve into philosophizing, so let me be concrete: There is open source software X licensed under the GNU General Public License (v2 or later). X runs as a stand-alone ...

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