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License requirements for self-contained dotnet (.net) core in embedded linux

I am developing a .net core self-contained application for an embedded linux device. The software is part of the device image and won't be sold standalone nor it is downloadable in binary or source ...
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Is org.json a free/open source library?

github link: https://github.com/stleary/JSON-java The license reads, "..The Software shall be used for Good, not Evil. ..." There is also a hyperlink in overview of github link to https://en....
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Freely distributing software with third-part libraries and including R engine and packages

I want to freely distribute a software I developed, very demanded in a specific research and academic field. That's why it's important for me to distribute it freely at least in binary form (easy to ...
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Is an installer/build script a GPL3 derivative work?

I'm currently creating installers/builders which will allow a specific Linux distro to be installed in a bunch of different container frameworks (Such as Docker). The distro is licensed under GPL3. Do ...
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Do you need to document your changes/modifications to a program under GPLv3?

I heard that you must document all your changes and modifications to a software under the GPLv3. Is this true? If I'm not distributing this software, do I have to document my changes/modifications. ...
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How to interpret the SSPL terms on licensing the service under SSPL?

The SSPL as used by MongoDB is a license based on GPL, but not OSI-approved, thus programmes under that license would e.g. not fall under the topic of this community here. Now, reading through the ...
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How to protect communities from devolving into “open source in name only”?

There are many open source communities that provide good and effective tools and ecosystems for their users. In fact, there is not doubt that the best programming tools available in this age, follow a ...
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Understanding AGPLv3 and if I need to OpenSource

I'm thinking of using the following library in a website I am building. https://github.com/imazen/imageflow-dotnet-server It is licensed under the AGPLv3 license. However, I am not 100% clear whether ...
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Deploy GNU GPLv3 licensed SaaS application with custom pricing and closed source enhancements

I want to deploy a SaaS application (Licensed GNU GPLv3) and offer to 3rd parties with my own pricing model. I have few doubts with respect to the license and future development on the same. Can i ...
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Choosing the most restrictive open-source license

I am working on a not open source project. As I truly respect the ideas behind the free software movement, I would like to also make my own works open source whenever possible. However, I am not the ...
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Software license for game consoles?

I'm thinking about making my own video games and want them to be open source and on game consoles as well. I know that GPL is not an option because companies like Nintendo and Microsoft don't allow ...
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How should you include your dependencies' licenses?

I have read this question and am well aware that you are required to also include your project's dependencies' licenses besides your own in any open source project. What I don't understand is how you ...
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Licensing commercial product for open source MIT project

We have under development a commercial library of controls for a UI framework. An open source (MIT licenced) project wishes to use these controls and we want to let them use them. So I guess my ...
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Can Microsoft legally release a version of Windows with the Linux kernel as a proprietary operating system?

Over the past few years, Microsoft has been increasingly endorsing the Linux Kernel. They allow running a stripped down version of GNU/Linux distros in Windows, and Microsoft Azure uses Linux nowadays....
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How should I put attribution or license when using a minified version of code which does not assert copyright?

I am using some JavaScript code under the BSD 3-Clause License. However, the minified version that they provided does not assert the said license. Is it fine if I just copy the license provided in ...
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How to give attribution for Open Source Licenses used in commercial SaaS web-applications?

Say I commercialize a SaaS Web Application that uses a component licensed under GNU GPL v3 (like CKEditor5) or under Apache 2.0 license (like Material Design Icons), where and how should I give ...
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License notice for embedded device - include operating system and apt packages?

I have to create a license and copyright notice for an embedded device using Raspbian Lite as operating system, running a custom application developed by me. The device is sold as a whole. I browsed a ...
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Does AGPLv3 prohibit to have a proprietary part of a service?

I'm designing a web service where one part of it will be licensed as AGPLv3 (Affero GPLv3) because of a dependency. But I want to make the other part of that system proprietary. The users will be able ...
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Port GPL EXT-4 to MINIX 3

The goal is to allow user to use a USB that is ext-4. I understand Minix 3 is similar to BSD, and ext-4 is GNU GPL. So as a user, I can port ext-4 to Minix 3 and make it GPL so I can use it. But, what ...
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Can Non GPL software use GPL code in virtual machine or interpreter

I hope this is the right place to ask these questions. If not please help me find a place so I can safely ask these questions without simply getting a off-topic label. I will describe two situations: ...
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LOB applications and AGPL

I understand that SaaS applications are considered to be "distributed" or "conveyed" when they are used, what about LOB applications? For example an eCommerce site which has a ...
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Is license compatibility a partial order?

When we say that some license X is (one-way) compatible with another license Y, I gather that we often intend for compatibility to be transitive; that is, given some other license W which is ...
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How to handle license files in cx_freeze'd python applications

So I have a python application which uses different packages, which are licensed under different OpenSource Licenses.(MIT, LGPL, GPL, and other OSS licenses) I want to create a bundle for Windows ...
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glibc is LGPL - shouldn't virtually every Linux C project include attributions for it?

One of the requirements of the LGPL v2.1 license is: You must give prominent notice with each copy of the work that the Library is used in it and that the Library and its use are covered by this ...
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Is it wrong to demand features in open-source projects?

I have been using open-source software, and, the open-source Community is great at maintaining such projects. But, I have observed something in smaller open-source projects. Whenever I demand some ...
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Is JavaFX fully open-source?

It's unclear to me whether all components that comprise JavaFX are open-source. Statements on this that I found around the web seem to be unclear too. The official OpenJFX website seems to imply that ...
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How to avoid being AWSed?

Elastic built the tool, AWS redistributed it and is dominating the market. Elastic is probably going to struggle and slowly die because they are bad at business. However, they built a great tool and ...
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How to create connections with contributions?

I am starting to work on open source projects and make contributions on some well known projects. I wanted to know how well this is for me professionally and how can you come about creating ...
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Can I share a cracked version of a program originally under GPL v3?

The original program is open sourced under GPL v3, but asks for a fee to use it. I did not pay for it, but I'd like to share the no-fee version I compiled with my college friends (obviously under GPL ...
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In what cases do open source licenses conditions apply? [duplicate]

Apache v2, MIL, GNU, and many others. They all have certain conditions you have to follow. But in what cases? What if I want to use Apache v2 (for example) software that generates... let's say images. ...
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Custom Linux distro Copyright and license notices

I am developing a commercial product that ships with a custom embedded Linux distro (similar to Yocto), and am in the process of collecting the copyright and license notices to comply with the GPL ...
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Can the 0-clause BSD license be used for public domain work?

Main question Is 0BSD actually a valid license for work in the public domain? Would it cause problems in some jurisdictions? Is there a better option to publish US-public-domain uncopyrightable code ...
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distributing a linux server for commercial use

Let say you were to develop an embedded device powered by Debian, Ubuntu, etc. The device is plug an play. There is no need for the customer to SSH into your device and make modifications. However, ...
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Can the official MySQL connectors be used in a commercial closed-source backend?

The official Oracle MySQL connectors seem to correspond with these GitHub repositories: mysql-connector-cpp mysql-connector-nodejs mysql-connector-python ... They all contain a LICENSE.txt that ...
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Right to launch an application with FOSS license

According to Berne convention no one can copy / reproduce materials unless an author granted permissions. I thought that "open" licenses open copying / composition / distribution among ...
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Modern Alternatives for the Common Public Attribution License

I am looking for a modern alternative or similar license to the Common Public Attribution License. Here are some of the specific license attributions that I am looking for: A requirement that the ...
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GPL 3.0 license compatibility with this custom license

I want to use paulscode sound system (http://www.paulscode.com/forum/index.php?topic=4.0) in GPL-3.0 licensed open source project. The library has the following license (it seems it is custom written ...
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Explicit linkage of GCC STL source code in end user's code - GPLv3 + GCC runtime exception

My question is related to GPLv3 and GCC runtime exception. I need to include GCC source code in my project. I am an author of an embedded library that is intended to be built using GCC C++ compiler ...
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How do you legally sell a hardware product that uses the Linux kernel? [duplicate]

I would like to create a Linux-based OS for a VR headset that I'm developing. From what I understand, the Linux kernel uses the GPL-2 license which allows for commercial use but it also requires you ...
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Translate the text under MIT to CC BY-SA project

There is one "document only" opensource project under MIT license. So it is only text files under Markdown syntax with useful info for people. It is in language A (human language, not ...
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How do you sell a hardware product that uses the linux kernel?

I would like to create a Linux based OS for a VR headset that I'm developing. From what I understand, the Linux kernel uses the GPL-2 license which allows for commercial use but it also requires you ...
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Was Doom 1 (1993) open source?

I recall watching an interview with John Romero somewhere, or reading an article somewhere, a few years back in which it was clued that when ID Software made Doom there was a discussion if to make it ...
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Can a CLA be agreed to implicitly, like a license?

For license on software, users who download the software must abide by the license, usually in something like a LICENSE file. I don't need to ask them to fax me a signed document or anything. For CLAs,...
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Using pretrained AllenNLP Coreference Resolution model commercially

I was wondering if anyone knows whether the current Coreference Resolution model on AllenNLP is commercially usable. All I know is that it is based on SpanBERT and SpanBERT itself has a CC-BY-NC ...
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Distribution of different oss libraries in the same zip file

within a project that involves distribution of software that will (on recipient side) then be flashed into a hardware component, i have to make the different libraries available under the same ...
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If I install a proprietary hardware driver onto my Debian system, do I then lose the right to run it for any purpose?

Does installing proprietary hardware drivers onto a Debian system disable my right to run/use it for any purpose? Or, as an example, can Debian be used to prepare paid Linux courses if proprietary ...
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License for programming tutorial on website

I'm wondering what license I should use for a programming tutorial on a website. It will have a mixture of text, media and code snippets. Ideally, I want to allow others to copy/modify my tutorial ...
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How to license my software which already includes other software licenses?

I've had a question for a long time on how to license my project. I would really appreciate your guidance to help me choosing the right licenses for my specific case. My main goal is to make available ...
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Can I use a software published under AGPL as an unaltered webservice without either publishing my source code under AGPL or buying a licence?

My program is commercial, but the AGPL library would be a back end solution; only the output from that web service is being used. I was told that since I am not modifying the library I do not need to ...
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Do I have to open source my app if I use unmodified api data licensed under CC-BY-SA 4.0

Im working on a little Quiz App. To get questions I use Open Trivia DB All data provided by the API is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. I have ...

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