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If I just look up a solution for a programming problem do I need to cite the source?

For example, I needed to implement my own pagination system, but I did not know the logic behind a system like that, so I would look up how to do it and then after understading how to do it I would ...
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Accidentally used ASF license header instead of normal Apache License V2 header

During the early phases of a (team) project on GitHub, I had copy-pasted the Apache Software Foundation's license header into our code as opposed to the usual License header. I hadn't realized for ...
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Spawning an AGPL executable from an Apache-2.0 project

Can I spawn an AGPL executable (mupdf for example) from my python based Apache-2.0 project? Note: I'm not linking to it, merely calling the executable from the shell.
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Which licence to choose to deny hosting a software?

I plan to make a webapp but I don't want to host it myself so if people want to use it they will have to host it themselves. The source will be on GitHub and I don't know which licence to choose. My ...
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GPL 3.0 Licence Query

if I’m using an open source GPL-3.0 library in my saas product, do I need to publish my code under the same license as well?
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Is monkey-patching considered a modification of the original work licensed under LGPL or MPL licenses?

I'm interested if monkey-patching is considered a modification by LGPL 3.0 and MPL 2.0 licenses. Specifically, I'm interested in monkey-patching of ruby code. E.g. I require an LGPL library (e.g. ...
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Are there any AGPL-style licences that require source code modifications to be public?

So my understanding of the AGPL, is that it requires modifications to be distributed to the users of the network service, but I'm looking for a licence that would require any modifications (non-...
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Releasing Patch File for BSD3 Licensed Project

There is a simple project licensed under BSD3 that provides a CMake module. The project has a CMake build system that builds an example document by including the provided module. The CMake module has ...
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Is ripping off an open source library okay?

I don't know if I'm over-reacting but a while ago, I'm using a library https://github.com/sudeepag/SAConfettiView and I saw an open ticket https://github.com/sudeepag/SAConfettiView/issues/57 and it ...
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License to disallow distribution in closed source software, but allow exceptions made by owner?

Is there a license (similar to the GNU v3 software license) that forbids the usage of an open-source software in closed-source software, but except parties that receive approval by the original owner (...
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Do permissive or copyleft licenses have a limited term based on US copyright law?

If you write a book, the copyright for that work is protected for a long time, but the work will eventually enter the public domain under US copyright law. Does the same thing apply to pieces of ...
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Recreating assets from closed source projects

Recently I'm working on a game, where I have created some asset from closed source project. To be honest I actually re-created assets similar identical to hill climb. Now if I use those or I use ...
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If I use a public API endpoint that has its source code licensed under AGPL in my app, do I need to disclose my source?

If there's a public API server that has it's source code licensed with AGPL, and if I make an app that uses these public endpoints in some part of it, (entire application doesn't necessarily depend on ...
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LGPL licensed software distributed with cx_Freeze

I am developing a python GUI for my company using PySide which is under LGPL license. My company would like to sell it and thus it can't be open source. From my understanding of the LGPL, I need to ...
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Calling AGPL code with a PHP Script

I made an AGPL-3.0 project in Python3 that fills in missing regions of images. Someone made a website that uses the AGPL code on their server. A user uploads an image on their website, the image is ...
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Can I develop a front-end under a different license than the GPL-license CLI application?

I want to develop and distribute a GUI (Graphical User Interface) for an existing command-line tool (LibLouis). I want to do so using .NET WPF or Windows Forms, but the library of Liblouis is written ...
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Is there a license that requires derivative works to be published using my project's name?

Like many software developers, I am seeing my open source projects as showcases of my abilities and style of work. I want to license them in a way that prevents others from publishing derivative works ...
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When is a commercial company allowed to acquire an Open Source project?

For the last few months I spent significant time contributing to an open source project which is licensed with MIT license. I was aware that anyone is allowed to copy, use and change the project's ...
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A library that is licensed differently on client and server

I am developing an application (Budibase) that will be used to build and host web applications. My application is a Low Code Development Platform. Think Wordpress, except that the output would be a ...
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Sharing machine learning models of a confidential dataset

Please share me your thoughts about using machine learning models from confidential datasets. For example, I have a classification model I trained using sklearn. In general, can I use the model for ...
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License obligations when creating a statically linked executable

I've recently completed my first "real" game and although it's not much I'd like other people to be able to play it without having to compile from source and satisfy dependencies on their own. I ...
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Using a GPL 3.0 parser generator for an MIT licensed program

If I used a GPL 3.0 licensed program like jacc to generate a parser generator which I incorporate into an MIT licensed program, do I have to release my program as GPL? Note that the grammar ...
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Is it legal to have the “// (c) 2019 John Smith” header in all files when there are hundreds of contributors?

Companies use headers like // Copyright 2011 The Go Authors. But countless projects with a single maintainer have // Copyright 2011 John Smith even though they have hundreds of contributors, all ...
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How to deal with situation where your competitors have access to your source code because you developed it with GPL?

I make an industrial machine control product with LCD touch screen UGI. I use embedded Linux, I use GPL license tools. I am using industrial single board computer which is a bought out product. I am ...
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License that requires attribution to end users?

I'm looking for an open source license that requires attribution to end users. Thus far, I've looked at the MIT license and Apache 2.0. But I am not convinced that they require attribution to end ...
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Are there any projects using a temporary license similar to Founders Copyright?

There is the Founders Copyright project that tried to adjust the copyright expiration time span to a much shorter time. Is there something similar in software? As far as I understand, a project can ...
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Copyright notices and multiple developers

Suppose a big project with GPL license has several developers, most of whom working on a few source files. Is it appropriate/possible that the copyright notice in each source file include only the ...
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How to license scientific software to be open while protecting against misuse?

Note: This question is a revision of an earlier question, which MadHatter suggested should be revised into a new more specific question. Note that there is a lot of similarity between the questions; ...
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Licenses for scientific software

Edit: This question has been revised into a more specific question here that does not muddy the waters by bringing up the difficulties of supporting scientific software financially. Please see the ...
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How much changes are required for the “editor” of an open source software to become the new owner?

I think I read somewhere that if you modify the source of a software enough, you become the owner ("author") of that source. First I'd like to make sure that this is correct. If not, then the point ...
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Developping a Qt game engine under GPL-3 license: can I force users to pay a fee if they want to commercialize their games (software output)?

I'm using Qt Open source so I have my software under GPL-3 license. I would like the engine to be free for users that are not using their output games for commercial use. For commercial use, I would ...
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How do Wikipedia licenses, CC-BY-SA and GFDL differ?

Wikipedia licenses most of their text and images under two licenses, CC-BY-SA and GFDL. We can choose either of the licenses while using the work. I know both of them are copyleft licenses and ...
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License for example implementations in C++ standard committee proposals?

I'd like to use some code in the example implementation section of a C++ standard committee proposal. (Specifically, from A Proposal to Add Y Combinator to the Standard Library.) The paper itself is ...
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GPL author attributions

I have a question: this week I found a older project I contributed to, released under GPL/GNUv2. I found back the project by googling my name, thus I found my copyright notice inside the distribution'...
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How does GNU GPL work in a fullstack Android project?

What is the compatibility in terms of license with an API? For example: GPL license from the client side and PHP license from the server side, is it possible? Can the Android application contain ...
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License of a not anymore existing pip library

I think the question is language agnostic but we are doing an audit and there is a python library which doesn't specify license and it doesn't install anymore. > pip freeze | grep MakeJS MakeJS==0....
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Can i use MIT, ISC, Apache-2.0 in a project licensed as MIT or Apache 2.0?

I want to create a project in Angular licensed as MIT or Apache 2.0 and i need to include projects with different licences (MIT, ISC, Apache-2.0 and perhaps BSD-3). The project includes an area for ...
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If MIT licensed code links to GPL licensed code what should be the license of the resulting binary program?

Scenario: I have written a program that uses a GPLv2 library. The source code to my program is publicly available under an MIT license. For the sake of this example let's say my program links to the ...
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How does C# GMap.Net.Windows NuGet Package and Google Maps licensing work ? Is it legal to use both for commercial use?

I'm developing tracking software using c# windows forms and the NuGet GMap.NET.Windows package by Jurgen De Leon Rodriguez. The problem is will it be legal to use the GMap package in my c# application ...
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Can CC0 works be called “Copyright free”?

When a work is the Public domain it is "free of any copyright" so it can be called "Copyright free". When I use the CC0 license I am waiving off all of rights and dedicating it to the public domain. ...
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Proprietary licensing combinations of non-copyleft software

Premise: Software Z (distributed as binary) includes software Y (MIT) and software X (MIT). Does Software Z need to disclose it's inclusion of Y and X? Software Z can be distributed under a ...
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License only specified in package.json, no LICENSE file

I found a github repo with a package.json with a line saying: "license": "BSD-2-Clause" However, this repo: does not have a LICENSE file at all no single file inside the repo has a header ...
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Will adding a BY-SA image to a blog post make the entire post BY-SA?

I tried to read the license deed but it was too advanced for me to understand. Consider these 2 situations, I take a CC-BY-SA image and upload it to my blogpost it as is, without any modification. I ...
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What licence header to use for paid contributors pushing code for an open-source AGPL project?

If I hire someone to work on a soon to be opensource AGPL project with me what licence header should they use for the code committed by them? Currently all files have the following header Copyright (...
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Is content licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 allowed in app stores?

I was reading the website of the Secret Hitler board game which states the following (emphasis mine): Secret Hitler is licensed under Creative Commons BY–NC–SA 4.0. That means you have to give us ...
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Apart from Creative Commons and GFDL are there any other licenses for images?

This is just for my knowledge. I had to select a license to release my work and my searches led me various licenses. What licenses apart from Creative Commons and GFDL can be used for images? Say ...
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My university is asking to choose between BY-SA and GFDL to release my work

An infographic I designed is to be uploaded to my university website. They have asked me to choose between the BY-SA and GFDL to release my work. I tried looking up the difference but I cannot find ...
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Distributing BSD-3 code under the Apache license v2 only

Alice and Bob write a piece of source code (call it Source1) and publish it under the BSD 3-clause license. Later, Bob and Charlie are working on a software project, licensed under AL2 (Apache License ...
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License for open source application based on Qt

I'm developing an free and open source application that uses Qt. I'm not making any changes to Qt library itself. I wanted to know: On what license can I publish my application sources. On what ...
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License of papers on arxiv

I'm wondering if I can use any paper from arxiv.org for building commercial app. For better clarity let's say I want to build myself commercial app based on this paper in which I can't find anything ...

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