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Including the MIT copyright notice when the software is part of a larger proprietary software

From reading the license here I understand how I can use the software but the only condition it imposes has confused me. The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in ...
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What are the implications of Apple's Swift related patents?

Patent US9952841B2 - Programming system and language for application development - To make the question more concrete (based on this post in the Swift forum) - Is it safe for a new distinct ...
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Using Parts of MIT Licensed Software

I use an MIT licensed package to receive messages in a certain protocol. If I want to use a part of this package to build a new one (also MIT) which sends messages in that protocol (so it's 80% diff. ...
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Can we use the weight of the neural net learned with the MIT-BIH dataset for commercial purposes?

MIT-BIH is here. https://physionet.org/physiobank/database/mitdb/ I found a page about licenses, but I did not know about commercial availability of learned models. license description is here. ...
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How to add Apache 2.0 License to heavily modified work [duplicate]

I am creating a c++ file based on Android java source code. The file is completely renamed and a lot of the code is gutted, but the basic algorithms and some function names will likely stay the same. ...
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Is it legal to install and run FOSS in a closed operating system like Windows?

Is it legal to install and run FOSS (free open source software) in a closed operating system like Windows? If so then why did Richard Stallman felt it necessary that there "must" be a GNU operating ...
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Can I include the Ubuntu Fonts in a proprietary application?

I am creating a desktop application that has the ability to generate PDF reports. I would like to use ubuntu font because it has wide language support. I do not plan to modify the font file in any way....
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License violation within git history

What are the consequences of pushing a git repository that has an open-source license violation in its history, but not the current head? Consider this scenario: I have a git repository with some ...
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How to update GPL licensed software distributed to a customer without providing the source code on each update?

This question extends my last question about '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 ...
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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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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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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. Now I want to include the license text in the README.md instead ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Am I allowed to provide compiled binaries of open source libraries?

I have a project which is open source. I use the gstreamer library in my application. Can I distribute my application on github and provide a compiled version of gstreamer with it (so users dont have ...
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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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Pitfalls for beginners forking GPL3 code on GitHub?

I have found a nice program on GitHub that reads data from “A” and puts it in a text file, it is released under GPL3. I want to modify it to put the data in a database instead and then release it as ...
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Adding a very minor part of GPL3 code to a BSD-licensed project

I am porting a library that somebody else released under BSD-3 license from Fortran to C++. In order to make it run easily under C++, I am using an interface that is only a very minor and almost ...
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Rights of deep learning output trained on CC-BY-ND or CC-BY-NC images

We can use GANs to generate original images, but if I train my GAN using CC-BY-ND am I creating a derivative work? If I train with CC-BY-NC images (or even copyrighted images), do I have rights to use ...
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FFMPEG License as a separate library

I am currently writing a video project using FFMPEG shared library with other license abiding projects (like libass and freetype2). I have a script that compiles FFMPEG and the other libraries as a ...
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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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Compelling reasons to open-source internal service of a highly recognized brand by just dumping the sources?

Assume you are considering open-sourcing a large service of your internal enterprise infrastructure. Let's say you have the resources required to ensure the minimal requirements are met: the licenses ...

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