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How to treat Copyleft Open Source licenses?

I have been grinding google for a couple of days without success, hopefully someone here will be able to help me with my question. Hypothetical example: I am writing a piece of software that I plan to ...
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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, movies, music, utilities are not?

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, movies, music, utilities are not? ...
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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Is there any danger in using an outdated license version?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 Is it bad that I'm using an outdated license?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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Forbidding commercial use of embedded-device-targeted openly available source code [closed]

There are quite a few "which license do I use to forbid commercial use" questions on this exchange, all of which point to Can I license my project with an open-source license but disallow ...
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Is the web based Winds RSS reader from GetStream dead? Will the project be continued? [closed]

I'm searching for a self hosted OS RSS reader. Winds looks promising, but the [GitHub repo] says Notice: This repository is no longer maintained; No further Issues or Pull Requests will be considered ...
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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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Is there a copyleft license that applies specifically to assets created using my software?

I'm developing a new kind of graphical library for the web. It's roughly analogous to an animation library such as Spine in that it will ship with an editor for creating graphical assets and a runtime ...
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Why does apache software foundation disllow inclusion of LGPL libraries in its projects but allows other "weak copyleft" lecenses?

I just noticed an ASF contributor mentioning this on issue tracker of a library that ASF disallows downstream LGPL dependencies. I traced down ASF's policy to this page: https://www.apache.org/legal/...
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What is the scope and trigger of the the copyleft provision of the Common Public Attribution License v1.0 (CPAL)?

I wrote a C++ program that uses an unmodified as-is 3rd-party library that's licensed under the Common Public Attribution License v1.0 (CPAL). I want to distribute my program along with the 3rd-party ...
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Can the MIT license be applied to music?

If not, are there any other good options for me to effectively allow use by everyone for almost any reason? I'd prefer to take a hands-off approach as opposed to attempting to place anything in the ...
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Service with rich configuration abilities under AGPL License

I’m trying to understand limitations of ‘programs’ licensed under AGPL, and the more I read, the more I confused. I’d very appreciate if someone can help me with following questions. I’m trying to ...
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How to provide attribution when numerous contributors hold copyright

My software depends on and links to a third-party open-source library licensed under the MIT license. No copyright notice is present in the LICENSE file, the README file, or any of the source files. ...
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(CC) Licensing a template with more protection for template than derived works

Let's say I have a template for writing a certain kind of report (say a Word file that offers instructions and a structure). I now want to avoid that someone commercializes that template, so I'd share ...
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FFmpeg, libx265 and GPLv2/3 binary distribution

I have a question regarding FFmpeg binary distribution and libx265 and GPLv2/3 The FFmpeg documentation says that libx265 is GPLv2-or-later - https://www.ffmpeg.org/general.html#x265 - but the x265 ...
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What type of notices and licenses do I need to add when adding (and modifying) code from an Apache 2.0 codebase to my own MIT codebase?

I want to add code from an Apache 2.0 software to my own code base which is MIT. I know that generally these are compatible but my worry is how to add the Apache 2.0 code with the appropriate ...
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How to give attribution to media that is used in game

I downloaded a audio clip licensed under Attribution 3.0 (it literally just said "license: Attribution 3.0"). I am using this in a JavaScript game. Where should the attribution go? Can I do ...

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