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Am I allowed to decompile a GPL3 software if I didn't get source with it?

Consider a situation if I have a code licensed with GPL3, but no source arrived with it. The original source code is unavailable, either because the other part simply won't give it (violating GPL3 ...
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Is there any reason to not use 0BSD?

I recently came across the Zero-Clause BSD License (also known as the Free Public License). A version of the BSD license that does not include any restrictions. I've looked for information regarding ...
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Is a git repository enough to show changes to the code for GNU-GPLv3?

I want to create a fork of an opensource project. I'm planning to make significant changes to it and I will keep these changes on a git(hub) repository that is available to anyone. As such changes ...
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Using Qt Designer to create UI design for closed source application

Am I allowed to create a closed-source application using the LGPL licensing scheme for Qt if I use Qt Designer to generate its user interface? I originally thought this was possible until I saw this ...
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How do I adhere to AGPL Licensing restrictions (iTextSharp)?

I am interested in using the iTextSharp C# library in a very minimal way. We have some pdf templates (think "Certificates of Achievement") for which we need to fill three fields: an ID, date, and ...
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Compatibility of RPL (Reciprocal Public License) with other licenses

I have found a library that I would like to use in my project "as-is", but it is licensed under the Reciprocal Public License. As far as I understand it, you have to make your source code using that ...
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Licensing a segmentation dictionary derived from CC SA-BY source (Wikipedia)

We are creating a Japanese Morphological Analyzer (https://github.com/ku-nlp/jumanpp), but it needs a segmentation dictionary to perform the analysis. We want to license the analyzer under a ...
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How do I cite MIT licensed software in a research publication?

I have found code provided on GitHub under an MIT license. I have modified the code to be useful for my application. In order to give proper credit to the original author/developer, how can I provide ...
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Preventing a company in GPLv2 license

Is it possible to prevent a specific company or specific employee in that company from using an open-source project that uses GPLv2 license? To give more details, the project is based on another open-...
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Selectively distribute a GPL program

Imagine that there is this software, FooBar, which is under the GPLv2 license. Then, in one of your unproductive Saturday afternoons, you modify, let's say a new module, that is a derivative work of ...
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Can the OpenJDK runtime be used to run third-party Java applications?

With Oracle's shuttering of their Java runtime distribution (the January release will be the last version available for commercial use without a paid license) many people are recommending the use of ...
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What “non-commercial” license is that?

I have found the following license: Copyright (c) [year] [name] Please read carefully the following terms and conditions and any accompanying documentation before you download and/or use this ...
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How to announce data entered in a survey might be distributed under the ODbL?

I'm making a survey using Google Forms. I plan (if I can find time) to distribute the dataset (or possibly a sanitized, trimmed, and if needed anonymized version of the data) under the Open Database ...
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What is the correct way to add license information to source code?

I have recently released some projects on GitHub and its catching people's attention(I had released earlier too but they were just for learning and didn't carry much weight). But I think I made a ...
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Qt Assistant under GPL3 + Qt Company GPL Exception 1.0

I have a proprietary closed-source project. In this project I use Qt5 under LGPL. Now I want to add documentation to my project. Can I just add Qt Assistant into my distribution (under GPL3-EXCEPT, ...
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What is it called when a project is released under several different licenses simultaneously?

Sometimes, perhaps due to code's history, a project is released under several different licenses at the same time. An example of this is ranges-v3. What is the name for this practise? To be clear I'...
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Can I take MIT licensed code and distribute it under BSD?

There is django-auth-kerberos (MIT) which I want to cherry-pick as initial implementation and include+modify as a plugin to python-social-auth/social-core (BSD). Does the MIT license permit this? Are ...
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How should I use software under the MIT Licence without copyright holder?

I am working on a project and started from some GitHub repository, licensed under the MIT license. The preamble is the following: MIT License Copyright (c) 2018 Permission is hereby ...
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Bitbucket code ownership

Who is the owner of code uploaded from a personal account to a private Bitbucket repository and there is no license defined in the code, or there is only the name of the author in the header of the ...
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What is the meaning of the term “company” in MS-RSL?

MS-RSL contains multiple references to the term "company", e.g.: "Reference use" means use of the software within your company as a reference, in read only form, for the sole purposes of debugging ...
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Does license change on images has retroactive effect?

Say I have images in my WordPress theme that I got from Unsplash or Pexels a year or so ago, when their license was more permissive (GPL compatible). Fast forward to today: their licenses changed. ...
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Licensing a closed-source game to allow redistribution in an otherwise open-source project

tl;dr, how can I bundle a gratis but closed-source game in an otherwise BSD 2 clause licensed free software project? I develop a free software project which is licensed under the BSD 2 clause license....
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How do you manage provenance metadata and licence conditions for the data and software packages you use in your research?

Background: I asked this question to a statistical research audience on CrossValidated but was suggested that here might be more appropriate, so re-posting; keen for any tips! In spatial analysis (...
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Are android studio drawable resources royalty free?

Android studio offers many different drawables for free for developers. I was wondering what the restrictions are, if any, to use them in published applications.
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Does redistributing an unmodified copy of rt.jar from OpenJDK7 using an MIT license violate the GPLv2 with Classpath Exception?

I am considering redistributing a copy of the rt.jar file available within the OpenJDK Zulu distribution within my GitHub project repository which is licensed on a project basis using the MIT license. ...
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Using Wiktionary data in mobile app

I'm planning a language app for mobile devices using data from Wiktionary. I'm planning on web-scraping the content and compiling it into a database that I'll package with my app. Most Wiktionary ...
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Example Terms of Service for OSS software hosted on Google platform?

I've written a relatively simple extension for Google Sheets that is open source and free, but recently Google have changed their policies and require all such extensions to include a Terms of Service....
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PHP mysqli and pdo drivers licensing

I use PHP language in my application and use these two drivers to connect to MySQL - mysqli and pdo. I know that PHP is licensed under PHP License v3.01, so I can freely use it, but at the same time, ...
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About using GNU GPL 2, GNU GPL 3 and LGPL software in a commercial product

I build a commercial product, which uses some third party products licensed under GNU GPL 2, GNU GPL 3 and LGPL. I do not modify myself the source code of these third party products and I do not ...
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Should I attribute open-source DLLs that I ship?

I ship a GPL-licensed exe "Foo" (not mine) with my exe, and with Foo - some DLLs that it uses. These DLLs are licensed under various open-source licenses. Should I ship the copyright statements of ...
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Understanding “License Must Not Be Specific to a Product” OSS Guidelines

The copy reads: The rights attached to the program must not depend on the program's being part of a particular software distribution. If the program is extracted from that distribution and used ...
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Embedded Open Source Software

For permissive open source licenses, for example Apache 2.0, is it sufficient to include a readable copy of the license.txt/NOTICE/attribution file with the object code in the memory of the device? Or,...
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What is the definition of “use” of an open source software?

Currently I'm going to publish my project on GitHub. It is initialized by some template in Visual Studio and developed with additional nuget packages, but I don't really understand what I did "use" ...
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Can I force to use a different name when redistributing GPL software?

Will that violate GPL? I still allow the recipient to redistribute unmodified copies and with modifications but they have to call the product with a different name when they do it. Is such restriction ...
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FPDF & GPLv2 & distributing changed code

Whipped up some demo code for a proof of concept I needed. Used FPDM which states as its license "FPDF". The FPDF license seems Free to me - Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any ...
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How I can monetize GNU GPL product developed (and currently updating) by me?

I am a developer of Open Source product under GNU GPL license. I always looking for some time and power to make important changes in it (fix bugs and add more improvements), however, it becomes harder ...
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How to track upstream using Git when forking a project?

There is an open source project that I'd like to fork for various reasons. The upstream project uses SVN for source code management, but they maintain a read-only Git mirror on GitHub. I want to take ...
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How to get people to contribute to my open source project instead of copying it?

I have a project that I worked alot on it, and now I'm thinking of asking people to contribute to it, but my concern is that people will take my existing code and do whatever they want with it(modify ...
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What does it mean for a closed source project to have a permissive licence (CC BY-NC)?

Earlier today I was installing a small free program hosted on GitHub. The End-User License Agreement shown when installing had a few things, but what stood out was: [...] is licensed under a ...
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TAPR Open Hardware License not open source?

I see that the OHL has "open" in its name but it is not to be found in the open-source initiative's list. Did they not apply? Did they apply but do not match the open source definition? Why? I found ...
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Closed version of an originally CeCILL-A code: how can I access it?

The code I am interested in is scientific software released under a CeCILL-A license (equivalent to GPL license). The code is quite widely used in a specific community (which is great and also one of ...
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How does Linux with pre-installed binaries comply with binary redistribution license clause?

If I download Linux that comes with a pre-installed program in a binary form licensed under, let's say, BSD 2-clause, how does it comply with the following: Redistributions in binary form must ...
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How do I license my project which is based on Apache 2.0?

I'm working on an app for android. I found this project on GitHub licensed under Apache 2.0. I am planning to make modifications to the project and use it commercially. I am also planning to monetize ...
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What is the right way to add yourself to ISC license as copyright holder? [duplicate]

Case is following: Someone has released software under ISC license, and the source code file has following section at the beginning Copyright (c) 2015, 2018 John Doe Permission to use, copy,...
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LGPL3 code in GPL3 project

It seems like this should be obvious, but I'm not finding an answer. LGPL is a subset of GPL, IIRC, so can I use LGPL code in a GPL project?
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License - register software that using JNA library

I have created a program which uses the JNA (JAVA Native Access) library. Now, I would like to register it under some software license (I have not yet decided which), my question is: Can I register ...
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can hello world be GPLv3+ licensed?

For the purpose of giving (on the phone) a micro tutorial on GNU make, I am considering writing two hello world programs in C. The first one fits in a single file helloworld1.c The second ...
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What should I do if someone leaves my Apache 2.0 licenced project?

My co-founder recently left my startup, and it has ended on bad terms. We have a piece of software on GitHub under Apache 2.0 licence, and I have revoked his access to the repository. Can I continue ...
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Using a tool under GPL v2 in a commercial application

I have read many articles on GPL v2 licensing and I understand the main idea - when one uses a library or piece of software that is GPL-based, then the software, generally speaking, must become GPL as ...
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Who is the copyright holder when GPLv2 project API is used?

I've read a lot of articles and still can't find the answer to the following question. There is a project that uses GNU General Public License version 2 license, developed by CompanyX. We (...

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