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Java OpenJDK 11 and Spring licenses

I'm developing a web application with Spring (and Spring Boot) and Open JDK 11 and I'm very confused about their licenses and how I can combine them. Open JDK 11 is released under GPL GNU 2 (with ...
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Java 11 program, GPLv2 + Classpath Exception license do I need to check everything

So following this schema if I wish to do everything free I can use the JDK's that are on https://jdk.java.net/ Now say that I wish to publish ready made packages for clients with jlink that I offer ...
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GPL - Is it required to post source code to the Public - when is a software released?

The GPL FAQ "Does the GPL require that source code of modified versions be posted to the public?" contains this statement (emphasis by me) The GPL does not require you to release your modified ...
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Why is the Apache license 2.0 patent license clause useful/important?

I've read the Apache 2.0 license (A2L), in particular its clause regarding patent licensing. I don't quite understand what's the use of it. If Alice lets Bob use a piece of software under the terms ...
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I'm creating a code generator that uses BSD licensed code as a reference. How do I give proper attribution to the referenced code?

I'm writing a code generator in Java that will generate GNU linker scripts and C header files for microcontrollers made by Microchip Technology. I want both the code generator itself and the files it ...
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If I’m using someone’s open source project, do I need to use the same license the open-source project uses?

I’m using the Google Open Source Project 2016 (and others from Github using MIT and Apache licenses) and it has an Apache license. Do I need to add the Apache license to my project, too? If so, do I ...
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GPLv3 disclaimer ineffective?

GPLv3: Acceptance Not Required for Having Copies. You are not required to accept this License in order to receive or run a copy of the Program. But if Acceptance Not Required to run a ...
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Final product warranty vs MIT licensed FreeRTOS warranty disclaimer

I want to base my embedded project on FreeRTOS, modify the original source code of FreeRTOS (strip some functionality, remove some unused code, increase reliability), write my application specific ...
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What is the license of the Debian Live ISO binary since it is an aggregate work?

A Debian CD or DVD ISO file - here is an example - consists of many different packages containing software licenses under various licenses such as GPLv2, GPLv3, BSD, and a lot of other licenses. The ...
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How should I identify myself in a copyright notice / license?

(migrated from programmers.SX) I'm placing a copyright notice with some (FOSS) license in a LICENSE file in a software package I'm publishing; or it's a license block in a source file. It starts ...
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Why to prefer permissive license over copyleft license?

In open source software/projects why do people release there codes with permissive license instead of a copyleft license. I mean the original author will not get back much (if anything at all ) if he ...
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Is there published precedent regarding the scope of covered work that uses AGPL software?

I found a number of questions discussing AGPL, but none really speak to the scope of AGPL. In practice, large providers such as Amazon provide AGPL software (e.g., MongoDB) and clearly do not provide ...
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Is there a “read only” software license?

Is there a license that would allow a software vendor to show their source code to the public, but if the user wants to run the code require them to buy a license? For example, the vendor could be ...
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Embedding code using API of GPL library in tutorial website

I want to make a commercial tutorial website that will teach people to use GPL-licensed R packages in a series of articles. The website will not execute the code, but will show people the output of ...
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Application code shared between GNU and Comercial software

We have a software of our authory and made by our company, We have licensed a sub part of it as GPL v2 and still develloping a professional version with more features and that shares the code we ...
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Is there any Open Source Pledges or “stamps of approval” for Open Source Projects to join to show they are ethical?

I'm looking for ways to communicate to my users that our project is committed to making the world a better place. That we don't collect or sell the user's privacy. That we are committed to promoting ...
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Which license for open source API with proprietary use of that API?

What open source license do I use to also enable proprietary development using my open source library? I don't want to force all the proprietary source code to be free and available. I'm building a ...
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Are there advocates for open source, copyleft biology?

I know this might seem off-topic, but you can think of a living organism as a software, with its DNA/genome being the code. In that sense, there is a project aimed at discovering the source code of ...
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Someone is offering money to use my software without a license. Is it a scam?

I am the creator of an open source project licensed under MIT and GPL. Recently, someone has reached out saying that these licenses do not fit their needs, and that they would like to pay me to be ...
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What is the OpenChain project?

Many MNCs like Facebook, Uber, Google and now Microsoft have joined the OpenChain Project, but what's it all about? I think it has something to do with FOSS licenses, but based on the material on ...
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Classifying Commercial and non commercial use

We intend to use openrules in an application that will be deployed and used in house by an insurance firm. The application caters to internal users to check whether certain business conditions are met ...
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Can I comply with Apache 2.0 license by adding the license text in the binary file?

I'm using an Apache 2.0 licensed library in my closed source software. Let's say I include the Apache 2.0 text file as a "const string" variable in my C code and make sure it makes it to the binary. ...
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Is flyway community edition free for commercial purposes

I am writing an application for my organization which needs to be shipped to customer. It has a part of database migration for which I am using flyway library. However I am confused with licensing. ...
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Using output of a CC BY-NC AI algorithm in a commercial product?

If I use nvidia's stylegan, which is CC BY-NC, to generate images that then will be part of a dataset used as input of my own ML algorithm, do I infringe the stylegan license if I make a remuneration ...
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Should I use my own license in a fork of another GitHub repository, which I've revamped completely?

Background I am the owner of an open-source theme for Hugo named hugo-dream-plus which, as the name implies, is an upgraded version of hugo-theme-dream. Note that hugo-theme-dream is licensed ...
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User account licenses, in an AGPL SaaS app

Can I build & release an AGPL (v3) SaaS application, but still put constraints on the usage of user accounts in that application? I like to: Provide a hosted version of the service Provide the ...
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Why is Android frequently taunted as “evil” in the FOSS community?

I keep reading frequent statements to the effect that, in terms of FOSS, Android is “evil”. Most of these are rather unspecific and do not really elaborate (example here). Now I am wondering if there ...
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If there is no copyright notice, is the license applied?

On a project I noticed that it has a LICENSE file, apparently put in place as template when the project was initialized by Github. The file contains the standard GPLv2 template but no copyright notice....
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Can your MIT library use an LGPL library?

If you use a library with LGPL 2.1 license (e.g., PHPMailer) in your also open source library, can you release your library as MIT license if you didn't actually modify PHPMailer? E.g., All you did ...
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GPL. Can source code be modified for security?

I'm currently working on a project that will be given for free under GPL license, for which I have no problem giving the source code. The problem lies in the algorithm used to obtain the private key (...
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license for the code snippet posted in github issues

Is the code snippet posted in github repository issues section automatically under the same license that the repository is having? Additionally(and related), is the content in pull request which has ...
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What is the license of code found in ObservableHQ?

What is the license of code found in ObservableHQ, for example this one? I really tried reading The Observable Terms of Service but I couldn't get a conclusive answer by myself. The following ...
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Where to get music for testing my program?

I need music files I can use for testing my program that I can put in my git repo. Can I copy the test music files from other open source projects? Do I have to attribute them and if so how?
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A small Go library under GPLv2, rewrite it under modified BSD

Go is using a modified BSD license. I would like to use the same license for some projects, most parts / libraries will be published under an open source license, but clients do demand some of the ...
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Can I publish only select code under GPLv3 from a private project?

So my team is planning to go open source with a project that has been in development together with an industry partner for some time now. We're not sure about the licensing yet, but GPLv3 looks ...
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What entities are eligible to copyright a project?

Me and my friend want to make business on customization of our open source project. We have NOT yet registered the project trademark NOR started a company. Сan we write in Copyright 2019 [name of ...
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Is there a license that “forces leaks”, so to speak?

I am looking for a license that "forces leaks", so to speak. What I mean by that is: A copyright holder must convey a copy of derivatives works they made using the license to anyone who requests it. ...
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What counts as a “user” for the purpose of the AGPL?

If someone modifies a program licensed with the AGPL, the modified program is required to give user's its source code if it interacts with them over a network. My question is what constitutes a "user" ...
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Can I use proprietary library in a GPL-Compatible library loaded on a gpl Program?

I am asking mainly to be sure. To describe it better, I want to use some external functionality that is available through a proprietary library. Since the library IS NOT compatible with GPL Programs, ...
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MySQL for Commercial Web Application

We have created a web application hosted on virtual machine for client access through web only, no distribution . The database we have used is MySQL Community Edition under GPL 2. The application is ...
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Extending GPL project with Paid license features

I found some GPL v3 licensed open source projects that also have paid enterprise license versions with more useful features. I only need 10% of the features available in the (expensive) enterprise ...
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Can I share the code JUST with my client in BSD License?

I am wondering if I can use a license like BSD in the code of a software I am making for a client. They are not a software company so I don't think they want an exclusive use, but I want to give them ...
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License to acknowledge the initiative work

In case someone makes a product based on my open source project, I'd like to have them to acknowledge my project with: "Powered by <MyProject>[link_on_Github]" Is there a license similar to MIT,...
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How to properly assemble NOTICE file for new software under Apache License 2.0

Apache provides NOTICE boilerplate for a new software projects which are going to be released under this license. I'm going to release my project under that license, so it actually doesn't contain any ...
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Archive Formats and Licensing

A number of archive formats such as DAR, AR, tar come under the GNU GPL license. If I understand correctly I only need to license my software as GPL if I use any APIs provided by libraries which ...
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Distributing the Copyright Notices of Libraries with Binary Software

I'm working on a piece of open source software that's distributed as a binary in a Docker container. Thus, most of the users of the software not only do not interact with the source, they do not even ...
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Are there cases where not releasing code history led to failure?

One of the problems that comes up around releasing a piece of formerly proprietary software as open source is the necessity to "scrub the history" of potentially embarrassing or legally hazardous ...
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Attributing a software library which uses another library

I'm using this library in my app: AndroidPhotoFilters library The problem is, that it uses some other library (link: Original AndroidPhotoFilters library) with some minor changes, I guess. Who to ...
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If I use GPLv3, am I responsible for the damage caused by my program?

For example, deleting files from a user's computer, or transferring personal data from a user's computer to someone?
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Java OpenJDK GPL license with CLASSPATH EXCEPTION

The JDK license said: only where Oracle has expressly included in the particular source file's header the words "Oracle designates..." Then, is all the OpenJDK released under the GPL with CLASSPATH ...

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