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Meeting the Boost license requirements

I am looking for a precise answer to the question "how do I fulfill the Boost license requirements when using functions contained in the boost header files and compiled libraries". The Boost ...
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Dual license GPL/non-commercial + commercial SDK license

Looking to release an open-source SDK, all of which uses novel code OR dependencies that are MIT/Apache. For the business model, I would like to sell commercial-use licenses for use with the SDK, ...
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What is the appropriate license that I should pick for my software?

We are making use of the following tools in our software, and not modified any of these tools. Tools 1-3 are used directly in my software. Tool 4 is used for reference, but included as part of our ...
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How can I contribute source code to the NTP project?

Can someone please explain how to contribute code to the NTP project? They do have a github repository, but it does not seem very up-to-date, with only one branch. They also have a bitkeeper ...
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Is there some kind of software license for an open source but copyrighted program?

Is there some kind of software license for a program that I want to have open source (to gain the trust of the user) but that I do not want to be copied, redistributed, or forged, or used under ...
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AGPLv3, (DNS) Host files, and DNS SaaS

I co-develop a FOSS DNS client and a DNS stub-resolver which builds blocklists based off of the nextdns/metadata repository. Recently, I happened to notice that there's at least one AGPLv3 blocklist (...
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Operating system manufacturers forcing users to use certain applications

Some operating systems include applications that the user can't uninstall or even disable; things like gaming applications, map applications, translation applications, photo arrangement applications (...
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Licensing a Javadoc JAR file

What are the commons practices for licensing a Javadoc JAR file? Since the Javadoc is automatically generated, is it legally possible to license it under a project-specific license? Otherwise, how to ...
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Can I make a proprietary web application using ideas from the source code from an desktop application that is under the GNU GPL2 license?

I want to make a web application that has a membership fee and has a proprietary algorithm. Customers would not have access to the code, so I wouldn't be distributing it or selling it. Some of the ...
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License to require promotional attribution to the end user

I'm developing a tool that will be distributed as a Rust crate and NPM package over the network, and a program will be running on a public blockchain. I'll be using other Apache 2.0 licensed code. I ...
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Apache and LGPL differences [closed]

What is key differences between Apache and LGPL licenses? Are they both permissive and have same level compatibility?
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Simple 1-Paragraph Book License?

I would like to release a book under a simple license. The GPL license is quite intimidating for non-lawyers and way too long. TL;DNR. In spirit, I want something like: The author and title must ...
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GPL-v3 using along with closed source via rest api

I want to use CMS distributed under GPL-v3 licenses. I am building a web application with closed code and my app invokes via REST API backend under GPL-v3. Question: is it legal to use GPL-v3 along ...
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Is Docker (Apache 2.0) compatible with GPLv2 or BSD Licensed projects?

I'm developing a project that includes a section with an implementation on Docker, but Docker is based on Apache 2.0 license. I saw that Apache 2.0 is incompatible with GPLv2 and I want my project to ...
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Does a GPL package in my frontend require my backend to be GPL?

I am making a web app and would like to use CKEditor5 with its non-commercial license (GNU General Public License Version 2 or later). I've read through this, but am still not sure I understand my ...
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License where somebody can distribute modified binaries but if they do I can disassemble them and help myself to the changes

In my freetime I've started to develop this retrocomputing project. The nature of the community is such that as likely as not just going to pass around binaries and modify them as even attempt to ...
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Given the existence of the Apache license, and the reasons for it over MIT/BSD license, is it still safe to use MIT/BSD?

Apache license exists as a permissive open-source license as opposed to MIT/BSD license with the perceived benefit that it also protects authors from patent violations. Although I think I read ...
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How do I pick the best suited license for my software?

I own a new software development company, and I developed some software that I want to sell in the future, but for now, I want to give it out free but still want my company accredited in some type of ...
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LGPL dual linking possible?

We are building an embedded system where performance and startup time is important and space is sparse so I had the idea to statically link to a LGPL licensed library AND - in case a .so of this lib ...
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What are the benefits of Unlicense/PD over BSD0?

I'm looking at the BSD0 license right now, and it looks pretty nice as something that works better than Public Domain in terms of jurisdictions and wording. What are the benefits, however, of using ...
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Allowed uses of a software licensed under CC-BY-NC license

Recently I’ve come across several different programs on Github that are licensed under one of the Creative Commons noncommercial licenses and even after reading several articles on Wikipedia and ...
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Licensing a library under the MPL

The Mozilla Public License 2.0 is a license that specifically allows you to include source code licensed under it, in any program without restrictions, provided users are given a copy of the MPL-...
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Which license for a project combining MIT libraries and GPL modified files?

I have a website that uses MIT licensed libraries for JavaScript (THREE.js, Chart.js, js-yaml). The librairies are loaded through CDNs so their source files aren't explicitly present in the source ...
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Using of google fonts on my project. Is I need some legal actions?

On my site I am using this fonts Roboto and Open Sans from Google Font which available under Apache 2.0 License. I added special link to source code of index page. Than I published code on GitHub ...
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Which licence(s) is Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) using?

I found Automotive Grade Linux , which is an open-source project based on Linux for automotive applications. This (German) news article says that you have to pay money to be a member of AGL. However, ...
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Can I run programs that are released under GPL on cloud servers?

According to what said in the GPL FAQ (#SubscriptionFee), GPL does not allow to run GPLed programs on a device that will "stop operating if customers do not continue paying a subscription fee&...
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What are the *restrictions* in permissive licenses like MIT or Apache 2.0?

If I (or a company where I work) use a source code part from an open source project licensed under a permissive license like MIT or Apache 2.0 it is clear I can modify, edit etc it. What is not clear ...
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Is it possible to link an LGPL v2.1 software with a proprietary library?

If I understand correctly, the LGPL v2.1 (and the subsequent licenses) allow an user to link a proprietary program to the LGPL licensed library as long as the open source library can be modified and ...
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Sell music instrumentals under CC by SA 4.0 with attributes

I want to become a creative commons record label that publishes music with PRS but licenses them under CC by SA 4.0? Is this possible?
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MIT notice in firmware for devices with no user interface

The MIT license says: The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software. In case of proprietary software, there is usually ...
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Change of version of Dependency: Does it constitute a Derivative Work?

We are building a product with 100s of OSS dependencies. We want to fully comply with the OSS license terms. Let's assume our product has a direct dependency "DDep_v1" under MPL-2.0 license, ...
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When forking a GitHub project which has the GPL3.0 or the LGPL3.0 license - what do I have to do exactly?

In the case I want to fork a project from GitHub that has the LGPL3.0 or the GPL3.0 license, what do I have to do? The original license text might contain the "process" that is required (...
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Is the Dlib library free?

Is the Dlib library free? Because at the company we have plans to use it to recognize documents with Python, and we were thinking of using this lib without a headache.
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When cloning a Apache project from github and that project contains a NOTICE text file - what shall I do?

In the case I want to clone a project from github that has the Apache License and that contains a NOTICE text file, what shall I do? The Apache License does contain a paragraph on what to do, but to ...
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How to license a software library using the Apache license?

I made an android library and published it on GitHub as an open source library. Now I want to add the Apache license to it, but I don't know how to apply for the license. How can I get the Apache ...
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License to enforce open source on derivative work from AI training such as GitHub Copilot or OpenAI Codex?

New technologies like GitHub Copilot or OpenAI Codex use public code to train their models to generate code. Is there a license to enforce open source upon output trained from public code? Is there a ...
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Open Source Package Name

I have found this useful package for cloud native applications. It's name and site is Kuma . The problem is that, the name(Kuma) is a very sensitive organ in my language. A womans private part, (...
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Are there possible legal issues with implementing the "pro" features of a paid product in that product's GPL version?

Suppose Product X, produced by for-profit Company X, is released in two versions, a GPL "community" version with full source available and a paid commercial version for which source is not ...
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MIT-licensed data as part of Android app

I have developed an Android app with Kivy, which I'd like to publish in Google Play. Now, I'd like to use certain MIT-licensed data, which will ship as part of the app. Is this legal? As far as I ...
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License for R Package in GitHub [duplicate]

I would like to ask a question about package licenses in R. I have a package in R (in GitHub), and I offer a course on how to use it, as well as other topics in my professional field, which have been ...
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GPL on physical devices as a service

I have a (somewhat hypothetical) question regarding GPL on embedded systems. I know there are quite a few of them already out there, but I didn't find some which apply to this situation. First off: I ...
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Using GetText (GNU) license in a commercial product (For now SaaS)?

I have a commercial product that will be will be available as a SaaS for now, but later on might be distributed. So for SaaS, using GNU libraries seems like a no issue since there is a loophole, ...
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GPL v3 "Or Later Version" Clause -or- Counterfeiting the GPL [duplicate]

What stops someone from creating a newer version of the GPL? What prevents someone from creating a GPL v4 with permissive license terms and using the "or (at your option) any later version" ...
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Is CFITSIO free software/GPL compatible?

I am planning on starting a free software project in C that deals with creating maps of astronomical data; as such, I will be working very frequently with FITS files. One of the best libraries for ...
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Rebranding and selling software under osl 3.0

Is it ok to completely rebrand a software under osl 3.0 (change its logo, footer etc.) and sell it as SAAS, providing the original source code and modified source code both on the GitHub to public?
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What is the official logo for the MIT License?

I'm wanting to find a way to indicate visually, as shorthand, that certain projects I'm publishing fall under one license or another. On the actual GitHub page for each project, the full license name ...
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Questions about CC BY-SA 3.0 text adaptaion and penalties for violations

I am plan to use big non-modified parts of text from Wikipedia under CC BY-SA 3.0 in new text material also licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0: just copy paste it into new material. Than i want create a list ...
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Can a dataset built upon another have more restrictive license?

I found a dataset built on top of Wikipedia dump, which comes in Huggingface Dataset library. The Wikipedia dump is licensed under CC BY-SA and the Huggingface Dataset is licensed under Apache-2.0, ...
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I accidentally left a crude, personally-insulting debug print line in a public pull request

It was left there for four hours before I discovered it. Obviously, I fixed that with a force push. What else can I (or should I) do?
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Does injected CSS code count as derivative work?

There is a GPL web app. I want to make style modifications to it by injecting CSS code. The injected code aims to change some styles, but not all. For example, it will completely change the style of ...

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