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How does the AGPL apply to an interpreter? [closed]

I have a question concerning the AGPL at too what constitutes a derivative work. I have read multiple posts (SO Project Release, SE Derivative Works, AGPL Compatibility, License Changing to name a ...
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LICENSE text in build folder

When I build my site using create-react-app build, it creates a main.779c7054.js.LICENSE.txt which contains the license texts of the dependencies. In this case I am using Next.js and lets say I am ...
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Can a .psd file be released with different terms if the resulting HTML template is GPL

In web design, a common workflow exists where a designer creates a web site's theme within Photoshop which is then capable of exporting the design as HTML and CSS. Once granted copyright to the HTML ...
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Does license prohibition of illicit / malicious use or modification clash with GPL's freedom to modify?

I am building a decentralized community service, where it is critical for each client to run a "legitimate" build version in order for the service to operate properly. The client versions do ...
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BY-SA 4.0 Bulk Compatible Other Licenses likes MIT, BSD3

On the CCL official website, it says BY-SA 4.0 is compatible with FAL and GPL 3.0 (one-way only). Then, is it compatible with other licenses such as MIT and BSD licenses? Other license -> BY-SA 4.0 ...
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Using SVG icons with CC-BY-4.0 license

The license states - "In the Font Awesome Free download, the CC BY 4.0 license applies to all icons packaged as .svg and .js files types. ... Attribution is required by MIT, SIL OFL, and CC BY ...
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Use SVG code licensed under CC

I want to use SVG icons which are licensed under CC BY 4.0 on my website. The CC BY 4.0 asks to give attribution. So, the question is do I give the attribution in the SVG code as "Icons provided ...
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What extent does a license cover database schema

In the context of a server side web application which connects to a database, for example a blog that connects to a MySQL database. The database may have tables such as users, posts, comments, etc. ...
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Distributing equipment that uses BSD3 licensed software

I have inspected bsd3 license and it seems like a good permissive license for open source software. However I have a question: Do I need to distribute licensing of a software that I have used (bsd3 ...
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Why does the GPL not specify a jurisdiction or choice of law clause?

tl;dr version Unlike most software licenses, the GPL (at least version 3.0) does not contain a choice of law provision. Why is this, and what provisions are in place to adjudicate disputes in the ...
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Understanding the MIT license

I think I still do not completely understand license language, and therefore the MIT license as being concise and very permissive seems to be a good example to learn on. Considering this sentence: &...
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Use of GPL licensed code in unit test source for verifying the operation of non GPL program that analyses source code

Say I have a program (not GPL compatible) that performs static analysis against source code through some pattern matching, similar to a linter. One way I could write unit tests for my program is to ...
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Is it legitimate to extract data from Java VM Specification document?

I'm planning to write a bytecode viewer for Java 17 classfile, and distribute my work under some permissive license. In order to keep consistent my implemenation, I'd like to link my code to Chapter 4 ...
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Confusion regarding the term source in GPLv3

I was reading https://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-3.0.html to understand about GPLv3 but it seems I am more confused with the term source. Is the word source referring to source of the library or my ...
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Is it legitimate to include Java VM Specification document in my derived work?

I'm planning to make a bytecode viewer for Java 17 classfiles, and distribute my work under some permissive license. For convenience of implemenation, I'd like to include JVMS Chapter 4. The class ...
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Using Font Awesome icons on my site

" In the Font Awesome Free download, the CC BY 4.0 license applies to all icons packaged as .svg and .js files types.". How can such simple and general purpose icons hold copyright? Also the ...
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Does sending a link to software constitute "conveying" according to GPL?

Assume the following scenario: Alice obtains a GPL-licensed code and make modifications to it. However, she does not release the modifications to public, but instead uploads the modified code to ...
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MariaDB: How can the license being held by a foundation forbid Oracle from buying MariaDB?

I was looking though : Learning MySQL and MariaDB [ Russell J.T. Dyer / O’Reilly / 2015 ] where I came across a licensing Issue. It says [ Preface Section ] : "The software license, though, is ...
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TinyMCE license clarification

I am currently using the "text editor" (so to speak) tinymce. And I'm building an open source project that I plan to upload to github once I finish it. My project is basically like wordpress ...
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How do I indicate modifications for EUPL? Where do I distribute source?

I'm modifying the Pi-Hole project a little bit, and plan to distribute this. I want to make sure what I'm doing is 100% correct to limit/prevent any legal issues. The Pi-Hole PHP code is licensed as ...
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Does this constitute a breach in GPL license? Article with GPL licensed software and Journal reviewer guidelines

Here is the scenario: As a researcher you are making a modification to some GPL3-licensed software, and thus if you were to distribute the code, you would need to do this using the GPL (or a ...
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License change for Derivative Works of Apache-licensed software, and GPLv2 compatibility

Section 4 of the Apache License v2.0 states: You may add Your own copyright statement to Your modifications and may provide additional or different license terms and conditions for use, reproduction, ...
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Does licensing only apply to distributed code?

Does non-distributed code using licensed code need to be licensed? Example: if a company (or a person) uses open-source code with an ISC license (no sublicensing allowed) for an internal app (or a ...
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Is using a script that installs prerequisites from external repositories considered distributing the prerequisites?

I've developed a python project that depends on several open-source packages (e.g., numpy, and pandas). I want to distribute the project to end-users while ensuring the installation process is easy ...
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How to ensure continued correct attribution in an OSS project when contributed to with a work account

Context: We want to create a repo inside our work's Github organization for a small OSS project. This will be done using my work email (not personal). I'm also not the organization creator. Question: ...
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Can I sell computer with pre-installed software with Apache 2.0 License?

Can I sell computer with pre-installed software with Apache 2.0 License? Provided that I do not charge for software or license, only for hardware with some margin?
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Can I create my own exception to the Apache license? Is it good practice?

The Apache License v2.0 is incompatible with GPLv2. Instead of dual-licensing or using the LLVM Exceptions, I am thinking of defining an exception to the Apache license that is similar to what is ...
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Allow non-GPL plugins in a GPL main program

Suppose I'm writing a certain program, which I wish to license under strong copyleft license such as GPLv3. At the moment I have not used any 3rd party GPL code (I think there might be an LGPL library ...
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Is nopCommerce really open source?

I was very curious about the way this project was published, under an NPL license. From what I understand, this license is similar to the GPL v3.0, except that it adds an additional restriction: "...
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Can you use an open access CC-BY ND scientific article for text annotation?

We plan to use clinical trial articles in one of the text annotation projects. This article mentions the license below. This is an open-access article under the terms of the Creative Commons ...
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Clarification on Proprietary software and linking LGPL libraries

I have an question about my understanding of Linking Proprietary software to LGPL libraries. Based on my understanding, one can link his/her software to LGPL lib via: Statically: Proprietary & ...
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Open Source - With Intellectual property

Recently I have been to open-source stuff and most of the time I license my projects under MIT License. While open-sourcing projects, how do I "exclude" certain files and assets like "...
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Using Modified Linux in an Embedded device, the source code must be opened?

In Brazil Elections, they developed a modified Linux version called "UENUX" to run 570 thousand electronic vote machines, where the people go to Vote on those machines. Since they really ...
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Can I create a GPL SaaS front-end application with lots of dependencies to Closed Source libraries

There is a GPLv2+ library that I want to use in my front-end SaaS web application The library is a JavaScript library There are lot's of valuable front-end code in my SaaS web application that I ...
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Is it legitimate to access a Wordpress-based or Wordpress-powered Web site via the Startpage service’s Anonymous View feature?

The Web site for the Wordpress software indicates that the software is licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL) v2 (or any later version of the GPL) from what I can tell. A thought that ...
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License GPLv3 scenario for a plugin A for Blender 3D and software B that communicates with plugin A. What is the license for software B?

I would like to create a plugin let's called 'A' for Blender 3D and a software let's called it 'B' that communicates with the plugin A through network. I know that Blender 3D has GPL license for the ...
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Why is the zlib license GPL-compatible

I've seen several statements that the zlib license is compatible with the GPL. But this does not seem to be correct. The zlib license contains the following clause: "Altered source versions must ...
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Distributing a GPL'd R package that includes java classes without sources

I found a software package (R library on CRAN) distributed under GPL license, which makes use of Java classes. The classes are distributed, but for the sources, a README states: "for access to ...
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Is it considered acceptable to use non-NC Creative Commons images in items for sale?

If I downloaded Creative Commons-licensed pictures without non-commercial requirements from (for example) Wikimedia Commons, printed them on an item intended for sale where the pictures are the main ...
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If I add a misrepresentation clause to 3-clause BSD license would it remain GPL-compatible?

I would like to ask whether an otherwise standard 3-clause BSD license would remain GPL compatible if the following 4th clause is added: Altered versions (source code and/or binary) must be plainly ...
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Name/pseudonym change in copyright notice in license

I have several open source projects and was about to upload another one (to github) when I started wondering about the licensee in the license text. Some of my existing projects use either my real ...
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Am I legally obliged to honor requests made outside the license file?

It's common for projects to state a particular license and then attempt to apply some caveats that remove some of the freedoms offered by that license. I'm wondering if there is any legal basis for ...
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Licensing an application which uses both CC-BY-SA 3.0 and AGPLv3 content

I'm planning on releasing a web application which relies on two open source dictionaries. The first one is released under CC-BY-SA 3.0 (Wiktionary) and the second one is released under AGPLv3. The ...
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License compatibility for proprietary software

I'm making a software project that I will make as a proprietary software, which I will make a business model by providing service support to recipients or customers. In making target software, apart ...
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Forking .NET library code (MIT license), how to treat individual file header?

I'm aware MIT license is permissive, I would still like to ask/verify how to proceed with forking code from .NET runtime libraries. Reason to fork: in my specific case, code I'm interested in is ...
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How to put Copyright notice If I use several other code bases (MIT)

If I use piece of code from some other repo which is under MIT licence I can directly use/show their Copyright info in my repo. That part is OK. But what happenes if I get several pieces of code from ...
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Does the WTFPL 2 also allow the licensee to do something they don't want to do?

The terms and conditions for copying, distribution and modification of the WTFPL 2 are quite terse and to the point: You just DO WHAT THE FUCK YOU WANT TO. However, I'm unsure whether they are also ...
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Which license I should use for public project?

the brief I want to do "open source" project. In my mind, I would like to : that the code has always the same license even if it is redistributed or sold etc... that the authors and ...
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Raivo OTP Open Source? Strange "Source Format" and "Processed Format" stuff

I am very confused by this license. Processed Format Modification, duplication, and (re)distribution of the Services in binary or published format ("Processed Format") for any purposes and/...
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License that says you must share changes if you use the code?

Many licenses seem to say you can do whatever you want but must include the source with the binary (or credit if you're using MIT) There's two cases that come to mind. Firmware/software on hardware. ...
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