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Is it legal to repackage GPL software and sell it on Microsoft Store, like GIMP?

I'm surprised to see people are selling GPL'd software on Microsoft Store. An example is GIMP. GIMP is GPL'd opensource image editing tool. There are some vendors on Microsoft Store have repackaged ...
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Modifying an R package with GPL-2 | GPL-3. What is the correct workflow?

I made a modification of the R package rpart for researching purposes. The license is GPL-2 | GPL-3. The modification is simple but it is critical for another package that I have developed. I would ...
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Redistribution of BSD source code

If I can access a source code with a BSD license, who, if anybody, do I need to ask permission to use/modify/commercialize/redistribute the code (under BSD license conditions)? The BSD license allows ...
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Merging parts of another, parallel, fork [MIT]

The situation is following: There is a project (lets call it A), standard MIT licensed but long abandoned. I created a rebranded fork, fully MIT compliant, called B. Another person, lets call him Jack,...
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How can I handle minors as contributors?

Ok, firstly, to clarify when I say minor, I mean someone under the age of majority in the US. In this case his father reached out to me regarding a sort of mentor/apprenticeship, so I know I have his ...
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In repositories, does software under the LGPL include a copy of the GPL?

The repository for something that I need to use has 2 license txt. One which is the LGPL and the other the GPLv3. I heard from a member of their Discord that this is because the LGPL is an extension ...
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Distributing a proprietary library that uses an LGPL library

I would like to create a JAVA library, that will use an LGPL library. The LGPL library is a library that provides an API to create charts, whereas my library will provide a more high level API like ...
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What does the binary blob in the linux kernel do?

The Linux kernel contains binary blob (link). Linux Foundation and Linux kernel developers issued a statement about that (link, notably the kernel developers statement was not signed by Torvalds). ...
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Why JSON license is uncompatible with GPL, but json format using in GPL licensed project like OpenJDK?

https://www.gnu.org/licenses/license-list.en.html#NonFreeSoftwareLicenses I find information that JSON license is not campatible with GPL. I need to use OpenJDK for development on Java, and use json ...
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Can I start my project under MIT, GPLv3 or Apache 2.0 with these components?

I'm newbie in web-development. I want create a project for demo my work skills: GitHub repository with source codes and working application on some hosting service. My project is a single page ...
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Is there a license to make your code open source, but at the same time for people not to be able to use the code? [closed]

I'm trying to make an app, and I'm actually serious about it. I'm using electron, so I know my source code is guaranteed to be leaked. I was thinking of making my app open source, but at the same time ...
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What is the difference between GPL classpath exception and linking exception?

So I read that OpenJDK is under the GPLv2 with linking exception. What is a Classpath exception and a linking exception? The JDK that I'm using(Amazon Corretto which is a build of OpenJDK) is under ...
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What is the difference between jdk java net and OpenJDK

I'm fairly new to Java programming and I've recently read this article from Oracle(from September 2018). https://blogs.oracle.com/java-platform-group/oracle-jdk-releases-for-java-11-and-later. What ...
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Electron, Chromium and ffmpeg licencing confusion, how to build electron with licence compatible ffmpeg?

Intro: Recently I'm working on an electron based application that is free to use but also has subscription based services. It came to my attention that ffmpeg is shipped with electron, which has GPL/...
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If I am going to change the name of my open source project, what should I do?

I have been developing an open source project independently before, which is under Apache-2.0 License. With the deepening of development, the function of the project has been enriched, so I plan to ...
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LGPL and different architectures

I am in the midst of writing software using LGPL libraries, which will be part of an image for a device. Am I obliged to provide object files for different (micro)architectures than the device the ...
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Which GPL is suitable for the VS Code extension?

I wrote an extension for Visual Studio Code. VS Code source code is available under MIT license. But VS Code binaries are licensed under Microsoft product license. Under what GPL (latest versions) can ...
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How am I supposed to include a license notice if I use some code licensed under Apache License 2.0 in some API?

I plan to use some code licensed under Apache License 2.0 in some API. How shall I include the license notice that is required by Apache License 2.0? The API is a RESTful API, which is documented on a ...
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Several beginner questions about using MIT-licensed code

Hi, I recently made this website, hosted on Github. (Repo) The website uses multiple MIT-licensed (or similar licenses) 'code': Several SVG icons from Wikimedia commons (Icon 1, Icon 2, Icon 3). Code ...
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Publishing code on github considered (re)distribution?

I wonder if publishing some code on github is considered a distribution. According to this answer, it seems that it would be : Yes, this is considered redistribution. If not what would? Also, that ...
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Can I build a paid API service that directly sells the output of a library with a ShareALike license?

I'm looking at potentially building an API-as-a-service around Conceptnet Numberbatch, which has the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 license. Basically, just an API that would provide ...
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Can I modify a GPLv2 licensed kernel module without having the rest of my software GPLv2?

The company that I work for, develops a Linux-based in-house distro, which powers some hardware-based equipment. The project that I am working on, has some proprietary kernel modules, and proprietary ...
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Can you use code on GitHub for commercial purposes?

so I want to use the code in GitHub to help with my project, I don't sell the code or others I only need the output for my project. in the readme file, the project is built upon A, and B (other GitHub ...
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How to opensource code while protecting the product that runs on it

I have a project that I would like to retain copyright over conceptually while releasing the prototype code. It's a novelty digital clock. I posted some videos of the prototype online and some people ...
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Legal Aspects of Illustrations in Open Source Software (MIT License) - Adding Copyright Notice?

It's about an app that was created in a student project (in Germany) and will be soon released in the Google Play Store and also published on GitHub as OSS under the MIT license. The app features ...
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Include licenses of Maven dependencies

Let's say you write a microservice, which includes (API) libraries as Maven dependencies (in compile scope). Then you will only include them in your project; you don't modify them. Additionally you ...
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Apache Cordova License Notice

If I make an app with Apache Cordova / Ionic Capacitor (likely fork of Apache Cordova I think), is put license notices on the source code is sufficient enough? I've seen an app that did notices each ...
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In the BSD license, what does “redistribution” mean?

I'm trying to understand all the responsibilities of this license. Does redistribution mean: publicly placing a windows .exe using the BSD licensed library for users to download on a website(free and ...
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Using GPL v3 for GitHub repo with no source code

I am planning to create a GitHub repo containing a summary of commands to be used as a reference. Some of these commands with a combination of unique flags have been used in the source code of a ...
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Excluding open-source contributions from work-for-hire

I'm doing contract work. I'm being asked to sign a standard (AFAICT) agreement that assigns all intellectual property I create to the employer. The context of this work is typical Python and Go ...
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Can I pack art assets from a leaked source code repository? [duplicate]

I am thinking about porting a commercial PlayStation game which had its entire development leaked. This game is SpongeBob SquarePants: SuperSponge. The source code as well as all its development ...
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GPL: How to “inherit” license from another project?

I'm writing a tool that heavily utilizes Git (without linking against parts of it, or using any of its source files in the code) through the cli interface. I would still like to license it under the ...
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Definition of a modified code

It may seem to be a bit silly question, but I couldn't find a strict definition that would address my specific situation (I appreciate I'm not the first to experience it though). There's a library ...
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Transfer of MIT project to another repo/site

I have decided to take over an open source (MIT license) project that hasn't been maintained in 4 years, but I want to maintain it on GitLab (as opposed to current GitHub). I have decided NOT to fork ...
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Do we have to choose a GPL License when we use MIT, GPLv.2+, LGPL2.1, LGPL3, Apache 2.0 licensed libraries in our distribution?

Our question more specific would be if the whole work has to be published (a must) under GPLv.3 or LGPLv.3 as the used gettext.inc, gettext.php, streams.php are GNU GPLv.2 or later and Smarty is ...
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Can we modify LGPLv3 license based ERP and change the license to private?

My client wants to use an opensource ERP named Odoo. However modifications like name, UI and languages support would be required. Also the license need to be private onwards If it is permissible under ...
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How to use LGPL with embedded firmwares?

I am developing a firmware for embedded devices. The project contains many libraries, plus one main executable that uses all the libraries. Each component is compiled individually. In the final step, ...
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Are the terms proprietary software and closed source software synonymous?

I think that when a software is proprietary, then its source code is "legally defended" and hence not released to the general public in any way. Are the terms proprietary software and closed ...
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MIT license change own name as copyright holder

If I am the copyright holder of a project licensed under the MIT license, can I change the name in the copyright notice? For example after a name change or changing to/from a pseudonym. Note that (...
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Can I sell GNU AGPLv3 Base Project

nextcloud.com is a forked project of owncloud.com and now selling under https://nextcloud.com/enterprise/ (Both projects are licensed under GNU AGPLv3) Can I fork nextcloud or ownCloud, rebrand it (...
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The official node.js deb package repository has no source packages, is it a license breach?

Recently I tried to download the official node.js source debian packages, as described here. For my largest surprise, their source repositories are simply empty (although they are part of their ...
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Translate Apache 2.0 licensed code to another language (keeping license)

I want to convert library, which is licensed under Apache 2.0, to another programming language. The port will be initially pretty straightforward, i.e. I'll keep classes hierarchy and identifier names....
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Multi-Licensing with open source licenses

When a project on GitHub uses two OS licenses, Apache/EPL or Apache/AGPL, does one license govern over the other or do both govern equally and together? My main confusion is how the two licenses ...
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Debian packaging a GPL software with CC0 and public domain sounds

I want to submit to Debian a software licensed under GPL3. However, the software bundles various sound tracks released under different licenses (mostly CC0, CC BY, Public Domain). Does Debian policy ...
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How to include licenses of dependencies in commercial closed-source proprietary software?

Our company is developing an enterprise application that is essentially a set of different applications (microservices). Some of these microservices are based on node.js while others are based on ...
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Partial use of Apache 2.0 licensed code

I am preparing some source codes for a course that I intend to teach at Udemy, which will be paid for. One of the codes I'm writing used a few lines from a Kaggle kernel, which is under the Apache 2.0 ...
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Copying Apache v2 files to another Apache v2 project

What is the proper approach for copying a file from an Apache v2 licensed project to a different Apache v2 project? If I understand, I would keep the header license attribution for the source project, ...
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What happens if a company releases third-party confidential code as open source?

This is very similar to this question: What happens if stolen software is published as Open Source? – but it doesn't exactly answer my question. This is also a thought experiment with no real ...
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Web Frontend uses GPL3 Library

I've heard that license conditions must be applied if only I want to distribute my app. But, if I have a frontend and I use GPL3 licensed library on it, does that count as distributed? Do I need to ...
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Which license is final for google's android play-services? ASL2.0 or Android SDK?

My android application has some com.google.android.gms.play-services-* libraries as dependencies. Let's take play-services-ads-19.7.0 as an example. Google's maven page states, that license of that ...

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