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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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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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shiny and GPL-3

I'm tasked with developing a dashboard using shiny, but I'm concerned about the GPL-3 license. My understanding is this, and please correct me where I've gone wrong: If the dashboard is used inside ...
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How can I correctly apply the Apache 2.0 licence to contributed code from an existing repository?

Given a repository github.com/x in github that is licenced with Apache 2.0. On their source files they have Copyright [2019] [Evil Corp] Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License")...
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Do I have to attribute licenses of all the libraries of the same project?

Let's say I use Jersey Inject, Jersey Container Jetty HTTP, Jersey Container Servlet Core for the backend of my Android App. In the "Open Source Libraries" section, do I have to mention them all ...
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GPL v3 - Does freely distributed software that includes GPL licensed code also require sharing source?

The Arkansas Division of Land Surveys shares all of their documents as pdfs with password protection, and they have a little viewer app that has the password built in: https://surveyor.arkansas.gov/...
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Does using a GPL v2.1 as a resource in studying count as derivative work?

I came across source code for an AI that plays some classic video games. It's licensed as: GNU LESSER GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE Version 2.1, I understand the Gnu license pretty well and if I were to ...
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Licence for usage of GPL, apache licence

Never though of that before, until read Linus note in Linux kernel: "GPL below is copyrighted by the Free Software Foundation" So, what right do we have to use so called free software licences? ...
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Can i use Qt Virtual Keyboard?

Is this design correct? System Qt 5 has qtvirtualkeyboard thich is GPL. Can I link my proprietary app with system Qt? Can I create open source app which run Qt Virtual Keyboard then load my app as ...
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What are the drawbacks of releasing my language under MPL 2.0?

I'm about to publish the source of the compiler of my new language and the standard library, both written in this language. I need to choose the license. GPL is too restrictive (even with the linking ...
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Is there a legal definintion of a file?

The MIT, GPL, and Apache Licenses all make references to "files". Here are example of such references: (all emphasis added) MIT: Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person ...
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Must a plugin for a GPLv2 work also be GPLv2?

I would like to develop an addon/extension plugin for an existing WordPress plugin, to add some premium features, but the base plugin's source-code is under GPLv2, which makes me doubtful... Is any ...
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Can I use a company's name in my open-source project?

I'm developing a small open-source plugin for a fairly well known CMS, which as far as I can tell has a trademark on the product and company name. It's starting to get a bit of traction, so I'm in the ...
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How do I handle aggressive or toxic project maintainers?

One thing in OSS I have now run into a few times are project owners or maintainers who are very aggressive. Sentences are taken out of context, asking about a design decision is seen as an attack and ...
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Can I use AVS Device SDK to access another voice service API?

We are developing a smart device in China and we would like to use DuerOS as our voice assistant. Since they have a version of API which is fully compatible with the Alexa Voice Service APIs, we want ...
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Modifying the copyright statement in WTFPL

A project I am following uses the WTFPL but updated the text to replace the copyright statement Copyright (C) 2004 Sam Hocevar <sam@hocevar.net> with the project author's name and email ...
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WordPress: is extending plugin allowed by GPLv2?

I would like to extend an existing plugin (for example FileBird), to add some features, and later publish and sell it off... But although the plugin's source-code can be simply downloaded from ...
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GPLv2 - licensing for commercial use

I have a few questions regarding the GPLv2 license: For it to be GPLv2, I need provide access to my source files? If I use the v2 license, but charge for use, do users HAVE to purchase my license in ...
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LGPL license in a concatenated JS file

I came across an old project in which there's a LGPL licensed JavaScript code was used. The code had the commented LGPL license information, but it was in a combined JS file (Not minified though) ...
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How can Qt charge for a commercial license without getting copyright assignments from contributors?

As I understand, if the copyright holder accepts external contributions under GPL / LGPL, they are no longer the sole copyright owner and cannot charge for a commercial license. Or does this only ...
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Can I use cacert.pem file (MPL 2.0) as part of my proprietary program

I need The Mozilla CA certificate store file in PEM format to be always available to my Windows C++ proprietary application. I can copy it to user machine as part of normal installation of software, ...

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