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Which licence do I choose, publishing a previously closed-source product?

From 2001 thru 2019, a company "A" that I own and I am the CEO of with HQ in EU, had a commercial software product for sale on the international market. We issued perpetual per-site licences to what ...
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Does GPL library in git history impose GPL requirements even after its removal?

I am working on a proprietary project. My colleague used - by mistake - GPLv3 library (copying it's source code and building along with it). The fact was discovered pretty early (before any release ...
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Why is there no public domain licensing in Europe?

Why are there issues with public domain in Europe, that forces public domain projects to use CC0, 0BSD, Unlicense or other similar licenses? I.E. why is it that, when someone dedicates a work to the ...
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Credit for re-used public domain code?

If I get some code off of the public domain, and I make major changes, can I re-license it and put my copyright on it?
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Do I have to change license of fork if mainstream changes license?

I forked a repository a year ago, which at the time had GPLv3 license. Mainstream repository has now applied AGPLv3 license. Do I have to change my license too ? My fork's last commit is over a year ...
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Copyright holder in R packages

I am developing an R package and distribute it under the GPL-2 license by submitting it to CRAN. According to CRAN's Writing R extensions, i am the author and maintainer of the source code. The R ...
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A license to protect the core, but allow proprietary extensions

I like the GPL. I like that it keeps FOSS free and open. I like that if my software is re-distributed, users know where to file bug reports, buy feature requests, and know where it came from. ...
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Do I have to credit small changes to my source?

Say I have a project I've posted on Github and after having it online for a month, I get an email or pull request from someone recommending a small change (For example, they say that on line 123 of ...
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Opensource software company and license obligation

There is a company that uses opensource code licensed by GPLv2 and BSD, they have a page in their site that specifies a contact mail to request the opensource code and a list of the used open source ...
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GPL software, proprietary assets? [duplicate]

I'm considering utilizing a few GPL libraries in an application I'm working on, the source code for which I'd of course make available and would be subject to the GPL also. But a critical part of ...
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What is the highest Java version I can use for free?

I want to develop a desktop Java application, deploy it as a jar file and sell it. What is the latest Oracle JDK version I can use to keep it free assuming I don't need further updates nor support and ...
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Can different parts of a project be under different licenses?

I have a personal project (in C++) I've been working on that I'm thinking of putting on Git hub. I'm finding the question of picking an appropriate license quite daunting. Part of the project is an ...
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Is any license needed, to build an open-source forum / community? [closed]

Is any license / paperwork need to build an open-source forum / community like stack overflow or like others Linux community site? If needed then from where i can get license for my forum / community,...
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Uploading to online service and distribution

Would uploading a file, a program, a script, etc. to an online storage service without sharing it, count as distributing the file to the online service? More specific cases of interest: If I backup ...
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Proprietary resources in GPLv3 project

Can a GPL project use proprietary resources (icons) as part of it? What I mean is that if it is possible that there is a repository covered by a GPL license that has a build script that downloads ...
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Relicensing AGPLv3 content

I got some code that is Open Source published under, GNU AFFERO GENERAL v3, my question is can I re-licenses to so something more strict with sharing? And what license could I change it to, to be more ...
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What licenses and copyright notices I should include with dynamically linked libstdc++ and how to do it properly?

While libstdc++ (and GCC) is licensed under GPLv3 + GCC Runtime Library Exception, and glibc is under LGPLv2.1, the header files (see, for example, <memory> and <vector> for libstdc++-v3) ...
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Deriving from a GPL LaTeX package

Would it be against the GPL to publish a work (eg. a preamble) that has a dependency on both GPL and LPPL packages? The LPPL is not GPL compatible. Could I argue that the LPPL package is a system ...
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Using cc-by-sa 4.0 in a server

Can one build a server that uses a cc by sa database for computation but does not respond with the cc 4.0 without giving attribution or follwing the terms of cc 4.0?
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Why would anyone contribute to Android?

I think of open-source developers as people with a certain sense of social responsibility. In that regard, why would someone decide to contribute to Android? Why help Google make more money? How does ...
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Extending a GPL website by web service plugin

Please consider this situation. A company modifies a GPLed website X and adds a feature to accept plugin. Then develops a new feature as API service Y and publishes it separately. Service Y needs to ...
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Is “open software” the same as “open source” software?

A company sells a closed source software product - one that they actively also obfuscate - and market it as "open and flexible". Similarly there is no public issue tracking and when major exploits are ...
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Use of open-source templates at GitHub, android studio templates

Is it allowed to publish a program that had been copied and UPDATED from GitHub on google play, let's say I had done this: I went to GitHub and Cloned a project into my Android Studio. I updated the ...
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Change license from Ritchey Extra Permissive License v2 to Zero-Clause BSD

Can I take something which is licensed under the Ritchey Extra Permissive License v2, and use the sub-licensing clause to distribute it under the Zero-Clause BSD license?
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Can I license my project with an open-source license but disallow commercial use?

I'd like to make my project open-source. Is there a free/open-source license that lets me do that, but disallows anyone receiving my project to use it for commercial purposes or monetary gain? In a ...
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Relicense a GPL 3 project which has other contributors

I am the author of an open-source program. I am the primary author, and the repository on github is owned by me. There are however, ~3 other individuals who have made a few dozen commits into the ...
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I was told by a vendor who licenses their paid software under GPL v2 that I cannot include the software inside my framework. How so?

They're a pretty decently sized company within the space and I assume they did their due diligence and so, I'm wondering if I misunderstood something. Are you not allowed to include paid software (A) ...
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Clone, modify and rename Apache v2 licensed project

There's an OS project that I like (and would want to contribute), however, it's very inactive and there are PRs that stayed unreviewed even for years. I'd want to create a clone and take control of it....
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Original author splitting up and developing independent fork

I'm the original author of an Apache 2.0 licensed open source project. I'm considering splitting up from this project and continuing to develop my own fork. Do I owe anything to the original authors ...
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What license to use for GitHub repository containing trademark/copyright protected images?

I just can't seem to find an answer to this. Normally I assign MIT License to all of my GitHub repositories, but so far they have only included code that I have personally written. I think that MIT ...
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License of code generated by a code generator

I am wondering under what license the code generated by a code generator that generates code from conditional code templates would fall under. Would it be possible to release the generator's source ...
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Dependencies installed via package managers

Is there any difference to provide for instance a npm package.json or to provide all the packages source code in the source code repository of the software project? What's the impact if the project ...
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How to fill the “name of copyright owner” in the license, if there are multiple authors?

There is an open source project, licensed under Apache License 2.0. It is abandoned, so I would like to fork it, do some significant modifications, and publish it again as an open source project, ...
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Trying to understand MIT, BSD and Apache 2.0 licenses and attribution with real examples

Trying to make sense on how MIT, BSD and Apache 2.0 licenses and attribution work, I've taken some real examples from GitHub. The open source software projects below are classified according to these ...
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What I should consider about licenses when starting a software project? [duplicate]

I'm trying to come up with all the license-related considerations I should think about when starting a software project from scratch. I believe taking into account the licenses of programming ...
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GPL v2: what does “distribution” mean in terms of cloud apps?

I'm thinking about writing a cloud app that uses wasm-git. wasm-git is licensed under GPL v2. Since wasm-git runs in the browser, users of my cloud app would get a copy of wasm-git when they open my ...
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Contributing as a company

At my employer we use open source software in our products. Eventually it came to the point that someone in the company fixed an issue in an oss library (a performance thing, not a big deal but ...
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How to enforce CC-BY in data generated by a program, if I open-source that program as well?

I'm running a data journalism operation, and as part of our business, we generate a lot of datasets. We're fine with these datasets being used by just about everyone, as long as they give us credit. ...
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Can I use a GPL v2 software in commercial software? [duplicate]

I've already gone through the following links and many more: Using a tool under GPL v2 in a commercial application Can I use GPL libraries in a closed source project if only the output is ...
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Which FSF- or OSI-approved licenses limit corporate usage in spirit, but not in letter?

A common desire in the Free and Open-Source Software world is to release some code in a way that approximates two ideals: The software is in the public domain and its techniques are common knowledge ...
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Using MIT/Apache License 2.0 project in a SaaS product, Limitations from its dependencies

I have a specific question with respect to using a project which is licensed under MIT/Apache 2.0 in a SAAS product (proprietary). The open source project have multiple dependencies, if any of the ...
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Where to place attribution details for Emojis in blog posts (CC BY 4.0)?

I'm writing blog posts and would like to include Emojis. I found Emojis which are licensed by CC BY 4.0. This article says (highlighting by me): To make sure images are correctly attributed, ...
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Can I change the license of a forked project from LGPLv3 to MIT?

I have forked a project with LGPLv3 license and I did there a lot of changes. Can I distribute a new version under the MIT license? Or only the possibility is to write the code from "scratch"? ...
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Can I make a JS Library license 'MIT' if the JS library includes a paid commercial license

I purchased a single developer license for CanvasJS. Here is the CanvasJS License: https://canvasjs.com/eula/chart/ I used the library to create my library which is for a specific factory automation ...
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Open source license for limited use [closed]

What open source license should I use on a project that I wanted to limit to personal and home use but if it is being distributed as a commercial product you have to pay to get permission and license ...
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How do I become a regular contributor to GitHub FOSS projects?

I've been foraging GitHub and making small one-off contributions to a variety of codebases that interest me. Typically, the projects that I want to contribute to are very large in nature and already ...
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GPL-3.0 library in MIT project

I'm working on a project comprised of a small HTML page and a JavaScript script. From the HTML page I include a library which is licensed under the GNU General Public License v3.0, and from my script ...
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Am I doing something illegal by installing VLC or MPV?

These packages are excluded from Fedora repositories for legal reasons. The only way to install them is to use third-party repositories like RPM Fusion or building from source. Fedora docs states ...
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What license to choose when starting an open source project in a company?

I'm interested in converting part of our company application into and open source project. They will let me work on it (they need it) and publish it to their own GitHub account. I will be the only ...
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Etiquette for incorporating someone else's MIT code in my GPL project?

I'm relatively new to open source, esp. in terms of collaboration, etiquette, etc. I am working on an open source library in the scientific/numerical programming domain, licensed under GPL. There are ...

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