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Am I free to use Intel syntax in an Apache/BSD-3 licensed disassembler?

My project, strop, includes a disassembler for each of the CPUs it supports. One of the CPUs is the KR580VM1, an Intel 8080 derivative from Soviet Ukraine. Like many projects in the Rust ecosystem, ...
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What GPL license to use on a Linux distro

What license should we use on a new linux distribution? I'm new in licensing and this really confuses me. Most "direct" programs, like desktop and the kernel itself, are licensed under GPLv2 ...
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CC-By-SA: Can the author update his past creation when updating his name?

I'm working at Pl@ntNet which contributes a lot of plant observations (around 20M) online under cc-by-sa. On the app, a user can edit their profile and change their display name. But doing so will ...
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One Stop Information About Commericialization of Apache Projects [closed]

Observation: I got to know that commercialization of Apache Software Foundation's(ASF) projects is possible. Examples of My Observation: For example, Astronomer company(https://www.astronomer.io/) has ...
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On Mac OS X, if a resource is created or edited with the GPL-licensed Rezilla utility, is the resource a derivative work of the Rezilla software?

On the Mac OS X platform, there is an open source resource editor utility called Rezilla. For those that are unfamiliar, a lot of the Rezilla utility’s functionality is similar to that of the ResEdit ...
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Which open source licenses comply with the Microsoft Public License?

Clause 3 (D) of the Microsoft Public License says: If you distribute any portion of the software in source code form, you may do so only under this license by including a complete copy of this ...
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Can a program that uses a GPL library be closed source if it is distributed without the GPL library?

Suppose I create software that uses a library licensed under the GPL. If I distribute the software including the library, the software would have to be licensed under the GPL as well. But what if I ...
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With GPLv3, do I have to bundle the source code with my deliverable or "provide a means" to obtain it?

I am planing to release a software I have written as donationware (free to download, donate if you want to support the development). However, it is bundling and (dynamically) linking to another ...
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Does LGPLv3 Tivoization apply to non "User Products"?

LGPLv3 section 4e: Provide Installation Information, but only if you would otherwise be required to provide such information under section 6 of the GNU GPL, and only to the extent that such ...
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Complying with MySQL GPLv2

Consider the case of MySQL. This software is Dual-Licensed, of which, one license is GPLv2 the other is a somewhat costly enterprise license. Given the following criterion, what are my obligations? I ...
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Is saving a book in a company's server or cloud considered commercial use? [closed]

I am failing to understand what things could be included in "commercial use". I have downloaded a book that has a license that says: This work is licensed under the Attribution-...
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AGPL-licensed Discord bot

If a Discord bot is licensed under the AGPL, do users in the Discord server have to have access to the source code? It only sends messages; it's not an interactive bot.
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MIT license modify package and names

Have downloaded code that is under the MIT license, and will modify parts of the code, as well as rename classes, namespaces and files, and relicense the code under one or all of the following ...
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Can GPLv3 contributions to a separate project be used without attribution?

I recently forked a relatively new GPLv3 project on GitHub, as it had seemingly been abandoned not long after its creator had published it, and I wanted to make some improvements, as it was in a ...
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linking closed source with linux-vdso.so.1

I understand that if we link closed source code with GPL library then closed source will be considered as a derived work of GPL and it needs to be distributed. "Linking is the technical process ...
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REST Endpoint using MIT and BSD 3-clause license libraries

I am making a small side project to make a few dollars. The project basically consists of a couple of RESTful endpoints. My endpoints use various libraries released under MIT and BSD 3-clause licenses,...
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Found a project with WTFPL, but I think it is a translation of another MIT-licensed project

Let's say a project was called projectMIT and it was written in python. it was not maintained and as of now, it is publicly archived on github. Someone re-wrote it as project(MIT)-rust with WTFPL ...
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Can a company offering a dual-license AGPL/paid commercial product require commercial users to purchase a commercial license?

When I was working through a problem I was having with MinIO, I noticed that in a bug report on Github, one of the project owners made this comment to a bug reporter: Also remember if you are using ...
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How to retrieve copyright from contributors [duplicate]

I have recently taken some time to study different licenses and I was wondering: If I have a open source project and other people contribute, how do I receive the copyright? Or is it possible to not ...
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Is an output of a program (almost) always not bound to its generator's license? [duplicate]

As far as I understand, it is well accepted that, for programs that are licensed under the GPL, the output of a program does not necessarily have to follow the GPL. This is confirmed by the "...
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License allowing mixing code only with code licensed with any of the OSI-approved licenses, getting "infected" by these licenses (kind of reverse GPL)

Does anything like that exist? So, let's say: if someone want to use my code in his MIT project, he can use is under MIT license. If he wants to use it in his GPL project, the code will be licensed to ...
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What are the differences between LGPL and GPLv2 [duplicate]

I dont really understand the differences between the LGPL and GPLv2 license
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Why does GPLv2 include a mailing address (51 Franklin Street) in the license notice?

The last paragraph of the GPL v2 notice reads: You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 51 ...
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Tivoization and the GPLv2

I have seen several questions on this site regarding tivoization, and how the GPLv3 can prevent it. However, for my particular use case, the GPLv3 actually seems to be more permissive than the GPLv2. ...
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Adding features that are similar to a proprietary program

I have an open source discord bot which I've built myself and I liked a feature of another proprietary discord bot. So can I implement almost similar feature to my bot? Will that violate copyright ...
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Using a Library Under MIT License with Patented Algorithms

If a library is licensed under the MIT license but has patented algorithms in its source, can I just pull out the source files I need that don't contain any of the aforementioned material and ...
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Should I include the licenses of my dependencies' dependencies?

I'm considering adding an MIT licensed library to my code as a raw C file. Currently, my library is only licensed under my LGPL license. If I was to add this MIT licensed C file and its corresponding ...
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Can I release Mathematica codes under GPL, given Mathematica is a closed source software?

I have written some code in Mathematica, and want to make these codes available in GitHub when my paper would be published. Can I release Mathematica notebooks under GPL3? Mathematica itself is a ...
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Could a license that allows later versions impose obligations or remove protections for licensors in the future?

If a project is licensed under GPL-2.0-or-later/MPL1.*, to what extent could the FSF/Mozilla releases a new version that imposes obligations or removes protections for licensors? Some examples: Could ...
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Do I have to include anything in my project if I do not include the source code of the libraries themselves? [duplicate]

I have 2 dependencies that my Python project uses: One is a library licensed under the BSD-3 Clause license, and the other one is a library licensed under a custom license, which can be found here (...
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How to credit packages used in a commercial flutter project?

I have used many libraries from the pub dev site in my flutter project and i notices many of them use the bsd, mit or apache 2.0 licence. I want to release this app in the future and have read that ...
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Using Linux Kernel Bits in a Apache License v2 software

On a project with an Apache License v2 I intent to include a (heavily) modified source file of the Linux kernel, the file in question is list.h. I am aware that the Linux Kernel is GPL v2 meaning that ...
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Does the Reciprocal Public Licence require notifications only to be given to the first original licensor?

If person A creates a work under RPL-1.5 and person B creates a work based on person A's work, person B has to notify person A with the changes. If person A then uses these changes and continues to ...
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Bug in FFmpeg build allows GPL filter use from an LGPL build can I distribute FFMPEG as LGPL

I have build ffmpeg libraries configured for LGPL on multiple OS's looking to be called from my own code using ffmpeg filters to deinterleave video. below is the configure command. ./configure --...
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What open source license prohibits selling modified software [duplicate]

There is piece of software I want to be free to use or modify (MIT), however I want to prohibit case where someone comes and modify my code to sell it or even sell without modification. I would ...
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Does software released under GPLv3 require a copyright notice?

If a project using GPL-3.0-or-later doesn't include a copyright notice, does it violate the license? What would the consequences be? I'm asking because https://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-faq.html#...
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AGPL and cloud providers

Let's say that you are a service provider (like AWS, Google Cloud, DigitalOcean, Heroku for example) and you decide to offer a database that is licensed under the AGPL as a managed service. Do you ...
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How mixing MIT-licensed code with GPLv3 project works?

I have a GPLv3 project and MIT licensed code that would be useful and I want to use said MIT-licensed code. I heard that MIT is GPLv3 compatible but at the same time MIT license requests not removing ...
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Can we change licence from AGPL v3.0 to BSL v1.1?

We have code that is under the license AGPL v3.0 can we change it to BSL v1.1 (Business source license) The AGPL v3.0 says that Everyone is permitted to copy and distribute verbatim copies of this ...
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Can we use a previous release of an open source project when it had Apache 2.0 license for commercial purpose?

If an open source project which had Apache 2.0 license, has now changed its license to non-commercial use license, can we use a previous release(when it was free for commercial use) of the project for ...
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Apache 2.0 License redistribute with package/class name change

I have been modifying an open source Apache 2.0 licensed project and now I want to re-distribute the code under the same license but under MY SET OF REPOS as the original company isn't wanting my ...
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Modified version of AGPLv3 software in commercial use - What to expose

we are using an opensource web application for front end UI of our software which is AGPLv3 based. The software also has middleware and back end data base as well The modified software will be sold ...
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What file(s) (on GitHub) should have the copyright owner's name for GPL3?

Lots of projects on GitHub have a GPL3 License, as it's easily created by their software when you want to add a license and you choose GPL3. However, unlike the MIT license, you don't put your own ...
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How to know if you can trust a third party open source plugin? (flutter)

Disclaimer: The plugin's dev has put a lot of work into it, so I don't wanna talk bad about the plugin!! I'm only working in IT since 2 years and from his Github profile he seems way more experienced, ...
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Correct license for header only library

I want to distribute a header only library and I think that the spirit of the LPGL license is very much what I want. In particular, however, I want that a 3rd party that uses my library and modifies ...
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Relicensing a library to GPL when an MIT-licensed program depends on it

I wrote a library and released it under the MIT license. Another developer and I started another project that depends on my library; it is also under the MIT license. I want to relicense my library ...
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What I should do to change the License from MIT to BSD-3-Clause in forked project?

I forked this chrome-extension-boilerplate-react-vite project, rename my project to chrome-extension-boilerplate-vue-vite and did some changes in source code. The original project is have MIT license, ...
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Is a project structure covered by that project's license?

I'm starting to work on a new UI application written in C#, so the MVVM pattern invites itself. However, I have little experience working with it and I need to learn a bit more before I can use it. ...
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Can I convert an Apache 2.0 project to GPLv2

I found a project on GitHub that I really liked, and have since forked and modified it. It's currently licensed under Apache 2.0. Can I release my modified project as a project with a new name under ...
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Why don’t unprivileged user accounts violate the GPLv3?

The GPLv3 says: Some devices are designed to deny users access to install or run modified versions of the software inside them, although the manufacturer can do so. This is fundamentally incompatible ...

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