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What is the portfolio repository trying to say?

I am using some code from Material Design Lite's example portfolio. The html and css is under a Creative Commons Attribution International 4.0 License, but the repository states: As an exception to ...
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Extremely copyleft licenses enforcing redistribution of source code intended for internal use

I would like to release my software under stronger copyleft than GPL (and AGPL), namely I would like to impose the burden of releasing sources of any derivative work, even the work intended for ...
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Why doesn't the loading of GPLed JS in the browser count as distribution?

Let's say I have a GPL web app. Somebody forks it, adds some back end changes and hosts it. In theory, the person installing it is the user so they need the modified source code, not the people ...
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Dual license (GPL: my contribution, MIT: others' contribution) in an open source project?

Say I am the owner of an open source project, and I want to publish my code under the GPL license. I expect myself to be the main contributors, but I want to stay open to others' contribution. At the ...
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MIT License for a translation

There's a software called vnpy on github that's in chinese. We have a translated copy to english. The goal is to keep their MIT license but just for that code. We're wondering: Should we make a ...
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Can I distribute my program under LGPL if it has a password identification mechanism?

So I'm making an application which uses the python module PySide2 which is under LGPL. What I'm planning is to sell my program and make it non-distributable by making a unique password-identification ...
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Under which license is GitHub metadata (repo names, commits metadata...)?

I'm extracting a sub-dataset from the GH Archive dataset. The GH Archive dataset, I quote, "includes material that may be subject to third party rights." In my sub-dataset, I never extract &...
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Open Source license which allows only me for commercial use [duplicate]

I'm developing an application. I want to open source my application for non-commercial use in Github(I guess GPL v3). And I want to retain the rights to redistribute the same software with some ...
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Can an NDA block GPL freedom number 4?

Let's say a company modifies a GPLv3 software. All it's employees can use the modified software and have access to the modified source code. The company's employees don't have the right to distribute ...
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Distributing software that downloads and uses GPL-licensed software

License in question is GNU GPLv3 (http://www.gnu.org/licenses/quick-guide-gplv3.html). Abstract Context: I have written a software A that downloads a docker image of software B as part of the ...
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'Adding' a license to a source-code

How to add a license to a source-code? For example, I have written a piece of code that is very efficient and has many commercial applications. I have published the code on my website, and I want to ...
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Can I use the output of a free for personal use software that requires a license for commercial use in an art project

As the title says, can I use the output, a jpeg image, of a software which states it can be downloaded free of charge for academic, government, nonprofit, and personal use, but which requires a ...
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making a GPL compiler for a non-GPL target language

I want to release as GPL a compiler which target language is opensource but not GPL. its license only says: "These files are made available to you on an as-is and restricted basis, and may only ...
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upload own GPLed project in a private github repository

I have a piece of code of my own that I want to use in a company that I'm working on. How can I protect it from being owned by the company? I'm not going to make it public yet, so is it a good idea to ...
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Content mix under CC BY 2.0 and CC BY-SA 3.0. Which type of final license should I use?

I have a plan to use on my page content mix under different license sources: text materials from Wikipedia under CC BY-SA 3.0, and some images from Flickr under CC BY 2.0 and most part of images from ...
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CC-BY-SA 3.0 and (A)GPLv3

I'd like to ask a more general question and then I'd like to ask a more detailed one based on my specific case. Suppose that I'm writing a software I'm planning to release under the terms of the ...
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Under copyleft, why distinguish between "free as in free speech" and "free as in free beer"?

I'm having trouble wrapping my head around why copyleft libre software advocates say they advocate for "free as in free speech" software, rather than monetarily free software, when it seems ...
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Can I use together React SPA under GPLv3 with materials from wikipedia under CC-SA 3.0?

I have a plan create non-commercial React SPA like a demo of my skills for own portfolio. Source code of my work will be available on GitHub under GPLv3. I want to use parts of text materials from ...
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AFL - obligation to distribute source code of derivative work?

AFL license states that "Licensor agrees to provide a machine-readable copy of the Source Code of the Original Work along with each copy of the Original Work that Licensor distributes. [...] As ...
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(L)GPL software on devices provided for internal use

As far as I understand, there can be issues with (L)GPL-licensed software in code-signing contexts where modified code is not allowed to run. Now, suppose an organization (for example, a company or a ...
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Hypothetical conflict - incorrectly licensed code

There's a scenario that's been rattling around in my brain for a while. Consider the following example. Josh, at Widgets Tech, goes to the internet and finds some code (GizmoLibrary) licensed MIT, ...
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LGPL 3 vs Code-Signing: gmp, mpir,

Is there a way, to have the, from my perspective all-important, libraries such as gmp, mpir, mpfr be used in a license that fully supports code-signing? My perspective is that of a curious researcher. ...
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Is the Visual Studio 2019 Image Library compatible with GPL3?

Following this question on StackOverflow I would like to use the Windows icons (previously) included with Visual Studio as part of a Windows GUI application; the icons would be used as part of the ...
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Does whole project need to be under GPLv3 when using a GPLv3 library

So I am creating an Android app that uses a Java module called core-ui which is licensed under GPLv3. If I am right, GPLv3 imposes to use the same license in my project as the license of the module. ...
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Selling / Providing Customers a Service on an Embedded Device with an Open Source OS

I have researched this question quite a lot on stackexchange but my thoughts are inconclusive, the different licenses involved and options by the distribution vendors are giving me a headache. My ...
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Why is CC0 criticized for its patent weakness whereas other licenses aren't?

CC0 is often criticized for its patent clause No trademark or patent rights held by Affirmer are waived, abandoned, surrendered, licensed or otherwise affected by this document. At the same time, ...
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Can original author transfer rights for GPLv3 project to other person?

Let's have one guy who have been working on game and published it as GPL open source project. After some time, community forks popped out, while original author got increasingly tired of his project ...
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Are old copies of "mistakenly licensed" OSS still subject to their previous licenses, even after "fixing"?

I want to publish the source of a program which borrows some code from project A. Years ago, A's maintainers forked it from project B (which has no apparent license) and licensed it as MIT. Several ...
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Can I use "unless otherwise noted this project is released under XXX"?

I have a project which uses unmodified libraries with MIT-like licenses. I don't include source code of these libraries in my project tree, just include some its configuration files which have full ...
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Selling images licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 in game

I am making a game. It is free-to-play. Is it legal to take the top-hat from the Emoji One (v1) icon set licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 and sell it as an in-game cosmetic items? https://iconify.design/...
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Can MIT and Apache licenses be used together?

I am a web template seller and use different tools / libraries / plugins such as Bootstrap 5, jQuery, select2, wowbook, etc. which are under MIT and Apache licenses. Are these two licenses compatible? ...
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Can I use my project with MongoDB in docker container and publish it on GitHub under GPLv3?

I have a plan to use own project (Django backend + React SPA) under GPLv3 in my portfolio with repository on GitHub for all parts of my project. My project is simple landing page with text data and ...
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What license to choose for an open source project using Highcharts

I have to release a software package on GitHub (or any public repository) that uses Highcharts. Because of this, I am not sure which license to pick for my project. Here is some more information: I ...
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How to properly attribute other's people work on GitHub?

I have an open source project (under GPL license) that has some parts incorporated from other projects (that use MIT and GPL), and one of the provisions of both of these licenses is The above ...
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Which licenses of Open Source plugins/libraries can i used in my commercial SaaS product

i wan to create SaaS for help people to solve different tasks. Which licenses of plugins/libraries can i use in my SaaS? A lot of examples describes a use of plugins and libraries with a software, but ...
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How to indicate a change of copyright holders in modified work?

I've written a 3-BSD library while working someplace for a few years; and myself and my workplace are copyright holders jointly. After leaving, I've continued development - on my own. Naturally, my ...
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Do significant changes to code allow a license change from 3-BSD to something else? [duplicate]

Suppose person X writes some library foolib, licensing it under the 3-BSD license. Person Y now takes the foolib sources and develops it further, making significant changes: More functionality, ...
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What filename for a LGPL license for github projects?

When using a LGPL License in a github open-source project, you have the possibility to choose a license in github yourself. When you edit a license file github shows you a button with the text "...
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Using a GPL library in a separate module that's included with the main program

There's a GPL sound library I'd like to provide as an option in a game which will be released under MIT license. My plan is to create a generic, abstract audio interface in the engine, which can ...
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How would people be able to credit my open source software that generates HTML?

I am working on an open source project with an MIT license. The project takes markdown and parses it into HTML pages. (I know it's been done before but I was bored) And I'm a little confused on how ...
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Is it possible/necessary to add Classpath Exception to LGPL?

I see people comparing the GPL with a Classpath exception to the standard LGPL. Does this mean that LGPL already has the Classpath exception or some language already similar enough to it? If not, can ...
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Where can I find a final, authoritative, clear list of how to handle "license snippets" for common licenses?

I am looking for an authoritative, clear and up-to-date document on what exactly a person or an institution has to do for the so-called "license snippets"/"license notice" for ...
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Do we have to choose the GNU LGPL v2.1 license libraries for our distribution?

Our situation - LGPLv2.1 Libraries = LGPL for whole work? Our distribution Package contains libraries which are licensed GNU LGPLv2.1 jquery.form - dual licensed GNU-LGPL-2.1+ - MIT, * ...
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Should I keep the old project's name in the copyright details after a fork?

So, given what i asked here, I was wondering if i should leave the old project's name after a fork, in the copyright detail in the code... Essentially, I did it like so: #Copyright 2015 by .... #...
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Dealing with multiple contributions in a 30+ years old software project

Context: I'm working on an old software project which dates back to 1988. I collaborate with its main author who created the program back then and originally published it under non-free license in the ...
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What should I do with the copyright details in a codebase when modifying it when it wasn't forked?

So essentially, I once downloaded some script off github, forgot about it, then thought "Why not modify it!" and thus now decided to push it to my github account... Question is though, do i ...
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How should I deal with GPL-licensed alpine os packages when using ASP .NET Core?

I am using ASP .NET Core environment on alpine docker container (https://hub.docker.com/_/microsoft-dotnet-aspnet) and worried about license violations, as there are some GPL-licensed alpine OS ...
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Grant less restricted license from an AGPL project

I have developed a library which is licensed under AGPL. Before the library was licensed under MIT. I changed to AGPL because some commercial companies did use the library without commiting bugfixes ...
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Implications of Google v Oracle decision for GPL

What (if any) are the implications of the recent Supreme Court decision in Oracle v Google. It sets precedent that APIs are fair use. But how does this work with GPL? Specifically, imagine the ...
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Can a non-GPL Licensed Python Application use Pylint as part of its test suite?

I have a Python application that is not under a GPL-compatible license. I would like to add style checking to my automatic test suite, and I would like to use pylint instead of pep8 because it ...

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