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Is a principle to distinguish "mere aggregation" vs "larger work" described in GPL FAQ universal?

When talking about "mere aggregation" vs "larger work", i.e. if a work under license X should be considered a separate program or a part of the larger work, GNU GPL license and its ...
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Distribute program with GPLv3 but need a subscription - How can this be made possible?

I am working on a Java framework that I would like to distribute with GPL V3 but as long as users have an active free subscription to certain site. Is it possible to do so ? Clarification - What I am ...
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Will I get copyright strike for Using creative commons video if the license is changed by the owner?

Imagine that I used a person's "creative commons" licensed video for making a youtube video and uploaded it to youtube. Then after some time, the person decided to change the video's license ...
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Does licensing a parent software under GPL v3.0 satisfy the licensing requirements of GPLv3/LGPL libraries used?

I have written two Java desktop programs that I would like to license under GPLv3 and distribute as executable JARs on Gitlab. The programs use Maven for dependencies and pull in GPLv3 and LGPL ...
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CC BY-NC-SA "ShareAlike" (source vs binaries)

If I use and adapt a part from the source code of an open-source (Java) project Licensed under CC BY-NC-SA (3.0) into my project : I know the "ShareAlike" requirement means I'll have to ...
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Distribution of a larger work containing unmodified MPLed dependencies: is informing receivers needed?

I'd like to include in my closed-source program a dependency library under Mozilla Public License to be linked dynamically. The MPL dependency is basically simply imported in the source code of my ...
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Ways to avoid section 10.2 of MPLv2

I am looking for a copyleft license. My issue with GPLv3 is that it is so hard to understand. I don't want to license my work under terms I do not even understand. Fundamentally, I don't understand it ...
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Is GPL copyleft triggered by distribution alone?

Would distributing a commercial closed source application along with a GPLd standalone binary, which the closed source application calls trigger the requirement to license whole app under GPL? (For ...
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Setup file installs DLLs

I have a Windows Forms Project written in C++ CLI with MySQL Database integration. I have created a Setup File using INNO Setup but I need to include MySQL.Data.dll to deploy the application, so ...
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Requirement to name original library / project when acknowledging

One of the key provisions of most open source licenses is the requirement to reinclude the license text in derived works. For example, the BSD licenses (all forms) say: Copyright <YEAR> <...
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Is copyleft triggered for a backend service with GPLv3 dependency dynamically linked, if the backend exposes public API endpoints for mobile client?

I'm trying to figure out if GPLv3 copyleft is triggered for the following scenario: A company has a backend service written in a dynamically typed programming language. The service has a bunch of ...
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Can I distribute a LGPLv2.1 derivative work whose source code doesn't compile?

Section 4 of the LGPLv2.1 gives me permission to distribute a "work based on the Library" in object code form, provided that I also distribute "complete corresponding machine-readable ...
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Can I redistribute to public domain a contribution I made to an MPL 2.0 licensed project?

I made a contribution to an MPL 2.0-licensed project a while ago. I am not the maintainer of this project, I don't own it and I'm not affiliated to it in any way (apart from this specific benevolent ...
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How to publish research source code that modifies GPL v3 and LGPL v2.1 or later code, as well as uses MIT and MPL2 code?

I wrote a software simulation for my Bachelor's Thesis. For a statistical routine for the simulation, I adapted code from an LGPL v2.1 or later licensed library, without including the library, just ...
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Writing a book, for commercial purposes, about a derivative work, of my own doing, of a CC BY-NC-SA project

I am working on a port of a codebase (Java) to another language (Python), with some modifications. The Java codebase is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA. Understandably, the Python codebase will also be CC ...
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Changing my own non-software project from GPLv3 to CC BY-SA

I have a growing project which is a platform for 3D printers. The project contains printable parts and bills of materials. I defaulted to releasing it under GPLv3 without much thinking but since it's ...
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Dual Licensing for Artistic Software

Let's say I'd like to develop an end-user application with which you can create some kind of artistic work (say presentations or drawings). As a fan of the open source idea, I'd like to open-source ...
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If the original author updates their program, is it now a modified work? [duplicate]

Lets say programmer Ed has made program foo and the program is licensed under the GPL license. If Ed updates his program, is that now a derivative or modified work? What if John contributes to ...
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Can you purchase the right to distribute GPLv3 code without disclosing source code?

WhatsApp uses the Signal protocol which is licensed under GPLv3. Am I right to assume that they should legally be required to publish their source code since they use the Signal protocol on binaries ...
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MIT + commercial licence? Is it possible?

I have a project with MIT license. The idea of dual licensing came up several times and I wonder if it's possible to add a second license next to MIT that obligates companies e.g. with larger than $1,...
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Require proprietary compiler / transpiler / preprocessor for GPL source code [duplicate]

Is it compatible with the GPL to construct (and distribute in binary and source form) a GPL licensed program with a "programming language" that only I have the compiler for and which I do ...
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SOFA software license compatibility with FOSS/CC licenses

The International Astronomy Union's Standards of Fundamental Astronomy is a software library providing an authoritative suite of functions useful in astonomonical and geospatial calculations. It is ...
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MIT license alternative with explicit trademark use protection [closed]

Do you know a license, if possible approved by the Open Source Initiative, that's very similar to the MIT license but has explicit trademark use protection like the MLP 2.0 license?
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What copyright/permissions to use for a publicly available student paper online (GitHub)?

I have a senior year project hosted on GitHub, including CAD files, code, and a written paper (PDF) that describes my work. I would like to ask what copyright or permissions I should include on this ...
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Does modifying build files (not source code) constitute a derivative work?

I am currently developing a library that uses libdwarf (licensed as LGPL 2.1). Suppose I modify the CMake files to get it to build with a different MSVCRT. What do I need to release and am I required ...
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Require attribution with AGPL

I've read Is ONLYOFFICE restricting our freedom with their FAQ? (AGPL v3) and What are the attribution requirements of the AGPL license? but can't come to a definitive answer - how can I require ...
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GPL and original author's copyright text in completely rewritten code

I'm about to release my first "big" project on Github, and although I want it to remain open-source and I have no plan of selling it, I want to try to make this licensing stuff right for my ...
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Create a new UI for an Apache 2.0 software

I'm creating a fork of a software distributed under the Apache License 2.0. This software has many components, one of them is its UI, where It's possible to find the creator's logo and other ...
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Can the license of a previously distributed binary be changed? [duplicate]

Let's say I have a programme X licensed under the GPL, to which I am the sole contributor and copyright holder. I distribute the binaries for X and provide the source code online as required by the ...
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Does Creative Commons allow for the exclusion of stock images that are included in a program?

I've just finished creating a program and I want to license it under Creative Commons - Share-A-Like license. It's my first creative commons licensed software. However, I did purchase two images for ...
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License for Windows Forms Application in C++/CLI and MySQL

I have built an application using Windows Forms Desktop Application in C++/CLI, I am also using NuGet Package for MySQL.data as well as I am using MySQL code for the application. I need to add a ...
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Using ZIPFoundation Library in e-commerce app, do I have to copy the license and add inside the code?

I am using the first time the open-source library. I have to export some files of costumer as a ZIP, seems the ZIPFoundation looks great to use it. I read the license which wrote it is free, but the ...
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Adding an open source license to a website with licensed images/names

I have made one site and want to publish on GitHub, though this site has copyrighted images and names. I've searched and found the MPL 2.0 that theoretically will protect this licensed images and ...
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How can I deal with this (predatory?) scenario?

This question is related, but it is different to this one: How can I forbid shady resale practices? Scenario: Suppose that a small team or startup (company A), develops a good software project, which ...
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GPLv3: "Provide source at no further charge" - is dual licencing a loophole?

I was reading this answer and started wondering about this particular part of the GPLv3: Convey the object code by offering access from a designated place (gratis or for a charge), and offer ...
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If I use a mobile app that fetches data from a website under GPLv2+ is the app also under GPL?

I am currently programming a mobile app that is not under the GPL. However, the mobile app correspond with a website that is under GPL Version 2 or higher. In my case the mobiel app send request via ...
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Can I use source code released under MPL-2.0 in a software released under GPLv3?

As the title says. So there's this open source project I'm forking. The original was released under GPLv3. Now I want to introduce additional features based on a different open source project, but ...
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What is this Keep the license and copyright notice included in Bootstrap’s CSS and JavaScript files when you use them in your works?

I have developed a website using Django and I have used getbootstrap4.3 in my website. On the official website, they have stated like this: It requires you to: Keep the license and copyright notice ...
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Can I sell UNMODIFIED Open source software without providing the actual source code?

Since everyone can sell open source software, modified or unmodified, at any price, under GPL and MPL as long as I know, can I do it without providing the source code since the recipients are just &...
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Is the Ender 3 V2 licensed under the same license as the original?

Somewhere in 2018, it was a big deal when Chinese company Creality made their Ender 3 printer 'truly open source', as acknowledged by the Open Source HardWare Association. See for example this YouTube ...
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Using icons with MIT licensing on the website

On the website, I use these SVG icons embedded in HTML https://feathericons.com/. They are under the MIT license. Should I mark the author somehow? How should I do it? Is it enough if I add something ...
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Can I have open source notices in my app which are only displayed after authentication?

I work on an Android app which is only used by customers. Anyone can download the app from the Play Store but if they don't have credentials then they will just see a login screen and won't be able to ...
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Am I licensing this code correctly?

I am using icons from here for my web project. This is the file I used for one of the icons: <!-- This file was licenced under the following license: MIT License Copyright (c) 2020 Paweł Kuna ...
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Distributing GPL binary which has no source and unresponsive author

I was found in a situation where some author published a binary which was widely used. Unfortunately he never shared the source despite marking the program as GPL (version not specified). Despite ...
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Modifying and releasing Windows-XP code [closed]

Am I legally allowed to modify (remove bloatware, rewrite functions etc.) to leaked code and release it online for free? I don't intend to license anything, it's just mostly for a personal project to ...
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How Viscosity VPN integrates OpenVPN with GPL2 license?

My understanding of GPL2 license make impossible that a proprietary software like "Viscosity" could possibly include a GPL2 code like OpenVPN. But going to their page, they clearly state ...
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Do you have to be mark the changes when modifying code under MIT, Apache2.0 or BSD?

I'm currently programming a Flutter mobile app and a website. I use code from the MIT license on the website and the app. In the app I also use code under the Apache 2.0 license and the BSD 3 clause. ...
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google_font license (Apache2.0) has no Copyright what to do?

I'm currently programming an app with flutter and have already listed all the licenses I use from the packages on an individual license page in the Settings. I also used the google_font package. ...
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Are "semiconductor masks" under copyright in the GNU GPL?

Here's a part of the GNU GPL 3.0: 0. Definitions. "This License" refers to version 3 of the GNU General Public License. "Copyright" also means copyright-like laws that apply to other kinds of ...
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Can a package manager solve the AGPL "remote network interaction" problem?

Says AGPLv3: Notwithstanding any other provision of this License, if you modify the Program, your modified version must prominently offer all users interacting with it remotely through a computer ...

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