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Is using SheetJS free for commercial use?

I downloaded a version of SheetJS here https://unpkg.com/xlsx@0.17.4/dist/xlsx.full.min.js It's basically a version of xlsx that allows me to export an excel document and allows me to manipulate data ...
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Is it possible to verify device identity transparently?

To what extent can we verify the identity of a particular mobile device, over NFC, in an entirely transparent manner? Consider the following situation: A large organization currently handles access ...
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Does the compilation always have the same license as the source code?

Let's say I have a work which consists of a source code and some license. The source code can be a program (e.g. written in C) but also an image (e.g. written in SVG). This source code can be ...
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Mapbox Studio raster PNG tiles license (open or not?)

I have a FLOSS project using Leaflet that needs more raster base layers but we have some requirements. One of them is to only use Free Cultural works. Here the definition: https://freedomdefined.org/...
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Does copyright infringement apply to user interfaces in a software?

I am making an open-source software that is an alternative version of another very popular software, Postman. The inspiration reflects mainly on user interface and concepts. No source code was copied ...
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What does the ICU License state about third party rights?

The license link. Can someone elaborate "NONINFRINGEMENT OF THIRD PARTY RIGHTS"? What is being implied here? It's confusing to me. I will choose the answer with most votes.
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Arduino GitHub project - what is the scope of copyright attribution and how to include it?

I'm trying to upload my project to GitHub and have questions regarding license/credit attribution. My project is an Arduino (specifically NodeMCU ESP8266) project, which mainly includes two external ...
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GPL and variants use case question

Consider a company A which buys software from company B. That software contain code owned by company B, also some open source libraries licensed under Apache license or MIT license, but no GPL and ...
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1 File with two Licenses

I'm writing a project, and there is a code that I would like to use, from here: https://developer.mozilla.org/es/docs/Web/JavaScript/Reference/Global_Objects/Set The code is over CC0 licence, all fine,...
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What happens if one developer makes code developed by several people open source?

If two people work on code together, what is to stop one of them from making it open source? Is the sole impediment the risk of legal action by the other?
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Best way to include GPL-licensed code in an MIT-licensed library

I am currently developing a Python library under an MIT license (let's call it mylib). I have, however, come across what may be a minor hurdle. I want to include an optional GPL-licensed dependency. I ...
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Can I include online alias along with my full name in license notices in files

I have an Open-source library called animate.css-dynamic, with an MIT license. My copyright statement says "Copyright (c) 2021 Mohammed Khurram", while in license notices I have written &...
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Using an unmodified GPL library in non-copyleft code

I am writing a piece of software that I plan to distribute. In my code, I use a GPL licensed library. Do I have to apply the GPL to my software even if I did not do any changes to the above mentioned ...
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Can I include GPLv3 licensed documentation in a collection of GFDL licensed documents, or: what are the limits of an "Aggregate" in GFDLv1.3/GPLv3?

This is a follow-up question to a question concerning the meaning of "Modified Version" in the GFDL Context: I have created a website which hosts a collection of (as concluded in the ...
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Why should software be free when housing, education, groceries, books, movies, music and utilities are not? [closed]

As a programmer, I always felt unconvinced by the slogan that "all software should be free". Why should software be free when housing, education, groceries, books, movies, music and ...
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Does changing the markup language of a document count as a "Modified Version" under the GFDL?

I want to create a website which hosts some GNU Emacs manuals in a more accessible format. To do so, I convert the HTML pages at https://www.gnu.org/manual/manual.html to Markdown. Does this count as ...
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coding rules in the linux kernel

A rumor states that some person perhaps named Arpan Mukherjee has contributed some coding rules inside Linux kernel. If you did met that person, please tell (e.g. by email to basile@starynkevitch.net) ...
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Is there any danger in using an outdated license version?

I'm using a code snippet that is licensed ritchey permissive license 10 but the newest version of the license available is 12. Is it bad that I'm using an outdated license? Can I upgrade to the latest ...
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Dual licensing of Oracle Berkeley DB Java Edition: how is possible to require a commercial license?

The Oracle Berkeley DB Java edition source is here: https://www.oracle.com/database/technologies/related/berkeleydb-downloads.html One can check in the source that it's under Apache 2.0 license. On ...
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Remixing CC-BY and changing license

I see someone has remixed and adapted CC-BY-3.0 licensed material, only to then publish it under CC-BY-SA-3.0. Thus making the license stricter. Is this allowed? If I look up what CC-BY means, I find ...
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How does software licensing works for Docker Images on commercial usage? [duplicate]

I want to develop and share an application for commercial usage (closed source only). This application only "lives" inside a Docker Image. This Docker Image is based an own Dockerfile which ...
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How can I use Apache License-2.0-licensed software in my MIT-licensed software? [duplicate]

• License and copyright notice May I add notice to LICENSE file like the following? MIT License Copyright (c) 2021 me Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to... ----- ...
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Licensing for Github Actions workflows yml code

For GitHub projects that are not using a license like MIT that let you copy code without having to copy the terms of the license forward, how does it affect that the yml code included in their GitHub ...
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Can I use an unmerged pull request to an Apache 2.0 project in my proprietary fork?

There's a project under Apache 2.0 which has an abondoned pull request. I plan to use this code, fix it and merge into my proprietary fork of the main project. This fork is a part of a bigger ...
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How should I mark a source file (with GPLv2) as a derivative work from multiple files?

In a sense this question is an extension to How should I mark a source file with GPLv2 as a derivative work?. I would like to publish a project where it frequently occurs that files are drived works ...
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Satisfying Apache 2.0 section 4.(b) when forking a project

I want to fork a project licensed under the Apache 2.0 license. Section 4.(b) states that: You must cause any modified files to carry prominent notices stating that You changed the files The ...
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Does the Apache 2 licence include the implementation of algorithms?

If I rewrote an algorithm (small one 100-200 lines), written in some programming language and licensed under Apache 2, in another programming language, should the new code be considered as a ...
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Different license for JSON files and images

I'm working on a web-app that has a pretty big .json database file baked into it with a lot of images associated with it. The database & it's images will be frequently updated alongside the main ...
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Can I dual license my software that is on Github with a GPLv3 license?

To my understanding, as the maker of the software, I have the right to dual licensing the software as I wish, be it both an open source license and a proprietary closed license at the same time. ...
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What license for my own web application so its forks can be closed source?

As my graduation work I'm working on a simple web application. I read a bit through documentation for licenses but my head hurts from it. All I know is that I don't want GPL I plan on making the ...
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Combining GPL v3 with SLA0044

I'm working on a project for the STM32 platform that I would like to open source under the GPL v3 license, however some of the libraries provided by ST that are required are license under their ...
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What is the right license if I don’t want to be responsible for pictures

I have this project that I want to make public on git hub for a potential employer, problem is the project contains licensed pictures from site like stock images , I don’t want to be responsible for ...
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How should I append my license on file headers in case BSD 3-Clause to Apache 2.0?

[0] From my understanding via http://www.apache.org/legal/resolved.html that to ASF/Apache 2.0, BSD 3-Clause is a Cat-A license, thus I could include a BSD 3-Clause upstream project under my Apache 2....
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Is a Jupyter Notebook documentation or might it be a derived work?

According to Wikipedia: In copyright law, a derivative work is an expressive creation that includes major copyrightable elements of an original, previously created first work (the underlying work). ...
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LGPL application and plugins under different licenses

Imagine I have an LGPL application A that has dlopen-based plugin system. There are different parties of people that write the plugin for it. Plugin B is licensed under GPL. Plugin C is proprietary. ...
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Preventing commercial exploitation of small changes that require a lot of work

At my previous job I was responsible for building and maintaining a library in their ecosystem. The project is mature in the sense that no major new features are being implemented. It is still ...
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Does the European Union Public Licence (EUPL) close the SaaS/ASP Loophole?

I am looking at open sourcing a web app and I want to make sure that any improvements made by a third party make it back into the source. Living in Europe, the EUPL seems like an attractive ...
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Using maven artifacts without going insane over licensing

Every time I try to read or learn about licensing, it ends in a massive headache for me. Hence, I'm asking here, hoping to finally get some peace of mind about this. Say I have a little program I'm ...
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Can I have a GPL-compatible license that change by use?

I currently have a project that is licensed under LGPLv3. I would restrict its use so, if the library is used by financial people, war projects etc the license falls into GPL3. First, this kind of ...
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Choosing License of GitHub Repository

I really don't know much about the licenses. I am working on a project which I might upload on a website. So I have a few questions. Can someone ever steal my code and commercially use it if I put my ...
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Software becoming open source

First of all I would like to apologize for my post here. However, I don't know where else to ask these questions. For some of my projects, I use the SourceMonitor software from Campwood LLC. The ...
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How to create an organisation in Black Duck Open Hub?

Black Duck Open Hub provides analytics for Open Source projects, and has entries for organisations, found at https://www.openhub.net/explore/orgs , allowing a collection of projects and interesting ...
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Can I use a license without providing a copyright notice myself?

So I googled a bit and found that a copyright notice isn't actually required anymore which I prefer as I'd rather provide a text like this: Project is open-source and made by the following ...
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How to change the license of a project from GPL to AGPL

Situation: A web based project, providing network service is currently under GPL license. Some people have made a fork and are hosting their forked service without sharing the code, which original ...
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Can I sell an Electron application that use a library under Eclipse Public License 1.0 without disclosing the source code of the entire app?

I want to sell an Electron desktop application that uses a JS library under the Eclipse Public License 1.0 license. One of the conditions is to "disclose source". It's not totally clear to ...
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Move away from MPL 2.0 to something like CPAL

I'm the author of Fulguris which is in conflict with Styx. Both projects are MPL 2.0. Fulguris is a fork of the decade old Lightning and Styx is just a rebrand of Fulguris. See also that other open ...
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Is commit author name stripping copyright infringement?

I'm the author of Fulguris which is in conflict with Styx. Both projects are MPL 2.0. Fulguris is a fork of the decade old Lightning and Styx is just a rebrand of Fulguris. Styx completely destroyed ...
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In open source software, what is the concept of "ready when it's ready" called?

I remember seeing in several open source projects, particularly smaller ones, that it is discouraged to ask for a timeline or deadline for a particular feature or release, because "it'll be ready ...
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Regarding an algorithm, its implementation under GPLv3 and permissive licenses

Let's say an algorithm is published and then afterwards it is implemented under GPLv3. Although the algorithm is mostly abstract, it does refer to specifications from a de facto standard in order to ...
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Are you allowed to create a GPL fork of an MIT/Apache licensed project?

Consider the Kerla kernel. It's dual-licensed under the Apache 2.0 and MIT licenses. If I were to create a fork of that, would I be allowed to change my fork's license to the GPL? Until today, I was ...

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