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What does “user-visible display” in RPL mean?

I do not quite understand what "user-visible display" in the following sentence in RPL (https://opensource.org/licenses/RPL-1.5) means: d. User-Visible Attribution. You must duplicate any notice ...
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In the .NET AssemblyInfo.cs, where to put the license info?

In .NET, assemblies have their AssemblyInfo.cs file where one can put general descriptive info about the assembly. But, where to explicitly put an (open source) license? I will have a copyright, which ...
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using Open Font License (OFL) in commercial project

I was searching for better fonts and icons and ended up on Google Fonts. I was able to download the fonts for free which were under OFL. According to the included license file, The fonts and ...
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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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How to add Firebase API's licence into our app?

Like many other apps, whenever our app uses a third-party library, we add its licence to a page in our app displaying all third-party licences, be the licence MIT or Apache. Recently, we have added ...
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Publishing Open Source Software without disclosing a libraries API key

I am working on a project which I plan to opensource. The app will use a crash detection library which to initialise requires an API key and app key in order to initialise and send th crash data to ...
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Recursive license implications for third party FOSS components?

I'll use Qt as an exmaple: If I use Qt for a commercial software, I have to consider the Qt licensing, but at the same time Qt states many own third party components with different FOSS licenses. e.g....
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Meaning of “and” and “additionally” connectors with two Open Source licenses

[This question is an expansion of the question "Meaning of OFL and GPL" because of limits on the number of characters in comment-responses]. I am unsure of the meaning of the terms "and" and "...
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Using a “paraphrasing” of a function from MESA's GLU

I need to calculate the inverse of a 4x4 matrix in a JavaScript application. This goes well beyond my math capabilities, and doing some "research" (read: Googled it) I found a Stack Overflow answer ...
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Can I change a LPPL licensed LaTeX file (template) license?

I got this .tex file. I need to edit it so it becomes my thesis. According to the LPPL license, I need to change its name, and state from what name I am renaming. But what do I do about this part? %...
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Creating a wrapper library for LGPL code and distribute the used LGPL code as its own library?

I've been working on a proof of concept prototype for my company. The libraries for the board I've been using are licensed under the LGPL. We've been happy enough that we're now considering using this ...
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Google voided Corporate Contributor License Agreements

So when I tried to signed the CLA for my company, it failed and Google told me that "Please have an authorized executive sign this document. ..." To me it's not quite clear their definition of ...
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Creating first add-on to Open Source project with Bitbucket

I wish to install my first add-on to my newly acquired Bitbucket open source project. Should it be setup and developed on its on branch and then imported in when approved and working OR Edit the ...
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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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Can I sell and distribute my software using OpenJDK without having to release my code?

We develop a software for commercial use and sell it to customers. The software is a web based software that requires Oracle JDK for running (JRE). We are considering moving to OpenJDK because our ...
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Releasing a JS library made in TypeScript as MIT including compiled files

TypeScript is a programming language released as Apache 2.0. Can I create my own JS library, using TypeScript, and publish it under MIT, including the compiled results (i.e. including the auto-...
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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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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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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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Open Source Hardware software and patent license

I'm working on a hardware medical device which I'd like to open source without giving out my patent rights to potential competitors. I'd like to open source the firmware/software part. What's ...
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What is the appropriate way to include third-party libraries copyright notice and permission notice in my project source code?

I am writing a web app based on react framework and I am using npm package manager. Together with transitive dependencies I have about 800 MIT licensed dependencies. To comply with MIT, do I need to ...
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creativecommons by-nc-sa 4.0 Non Commercial Virality?

How far does the Non Commercial aspect of by-nc-sa stretch? E.g. someone published a JSON Schema for an (external to both of us) set of JSON files that I wish to validate without a license. I asked ...
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Using code from Wikipedia

I have some code for an algorithm that is published on Wikipedia. Can I use that code in a commercial software? Or would this mean that I would introduce a viral license and would have to share my ...
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Proper place to include the license of a dependency

I'm developing a GPLv3 project, and i need to use both the feather's icon set, licensed with MIT license, and the PyQt5 library with GPL. I don't need to rewrite or extend any content of the these ...
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Does an application linking to an unmodified LGPL-3 library need to be debugger-friendly?

I currently work on a proprietary, closed-source software suite, which is distributed to customers as part of a larger package (including various hardware and services). The software suite uses LGPL-...
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What license should I use with a project that is primarily data?

I have a project that is a resume. The resume, and the data contained within it are the heart of the project and written in a data format (XML). There is also, however, a style sheet written in XSLT ...
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MIDI in free software

Yesterday, I got a copyright question on my GitHub repo for my MIDI SDK. I want to know how free software projects handle such problems. In short: Is it legal to list all constants except the General ...
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Ok to mix open source with closed source?

I am considering creating a product which has 2 parts: Client (video screengrabbing) - which makes use of an existing (GPL licenced) screen grabber and uploads video + metadata to … Server (video ...
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Open sourcing a project that depends on libraries with various permissive licenses

I am currently in the process of open sourcing a university work project on GitHub. The project is a Java library which depends on a couple of open source libraries which are licensed under different ...
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Usage of a part of a EPL library in LGPL or Apache 2 project

As I understand it, I am allowed to link a eclipse licensed jar to an LGPL or Apache 2 licensed open source project, without to change the projects license. Correct me if I am wrong. The question is,...
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Do I need a license to design IP cores with AXI interfaces?

Many IP cores especially from Xilinx have an AXI interface from ARM. The AXI interface standard is free for download (after registration), but I don't think it's free for implementation. So I assume ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Redistributing LGPL source code or GPL packages on a BSD Licensed package

I have a python project licensed under BSD-License. On its bottom I use a source code written in C++ which is licensed as LGPL and I have an optional dependency on a python package licensed under GPL. ...
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Can I use API exposed in an open source project (MIT License) in a commercial software?

I wanted to use an api that is exposed in an open source project under MIT License.There's no restrictions mentioned for the use of api anywhere in the License neither it says that we can use the api ...
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Copy part of GNU FDL-licensed document

I'm writing some documentation for a project of mine. This project depends on a GNU project so I must license it under the GNU GPL. In future, it might be integrated in that GNU project so I'm ...
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What happens when someone merges Apache 2.0 and LGPL libraries into a GPL-2 derivate?

I used a PHP library, which in turn is elementary based on libraries published with an Apache 2.0 license and a LGPL license. The author himself has published his library under a GPLv2 license. ...
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Building programs using qmake

Can I use qmake to build Non Qt programs with a closed source or MIT licence? The c++ code that I'm building does not include any Qt headers or link to any Qt libraries. The only mention of Qt in ...
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Should I put PATENTS file to build folder

There is an editor Draft.js. It's licensed under the BSD-style License. Every file in the source code has a copyright notice. Here is a piece of that notice: * This source code is licensed under the ...
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GPL Wrapper around Closed Source Assemblies

So I have been using this software for quite some time. AdvancedHMI According to sourceforage page is is licensed under GPL v2. At AdvancedHMI.com it states How is AdvancedHMI licensed? A: ...
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How do I comply with MIT or Apache licenses while making clear that these licenses only apply to the libraries?

I am making a closed source app for my employer. This app uses libraries under MIT and Apache licenses. How do I comply with these licenses in such a way that it is absolutely clear that these ...
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libquadmath in binary code

I'm developing a small closed source library in C++ for a small company using gcc. For the numerics part I need 128bit floating point arithmetics. This leads gcc to pull in libquadmath. As far as I ...
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Distributing source code with different licenses in a single page

I'm writing a web application (hobby project) that aggregates documentations and source code of arbitrary artifacts (from Maven Central) and (possibly) present them to the user in a single web page, ...
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What is Proper Attribution for Non-code Resources (Academic papers, etc) in OSS?

What is considered the proper way to attribute or acknowledge non-code non-software resources from which part of a piece of software could be considered to be derived (when intending to release the ...

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