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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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Is a license recommended for a private repository or is it pointless?

I usually work with public open source repos and I am in the habit of adding a license.md file to such repos. However, I am currently working on a private repo and wondered whether a license.md file ...
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Restricting the open source by adding a statement in README

My open source project is released under Apache2 License. I want people to use the library under Apache2 however I don't want people to copy the ideas/algorithms when they're building products similar ...
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Free App and non free Pro app source code licensing model

I'm going to build an Android app under some open source license but I want to use this same app as a basis for a proprietary software in the future. So I will have two softwares: My Software My ...
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Is it allowed to modify the java.exe file

as in the title - is it allowed to modify the "Java.exe" and "javaw.exe" files? Like with Resource Hacker? I want to change the executable icon but I am not sure if it is legit. I ...
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How to donate a complete working project to the open source comunity?

I created a fully running application in Spring Boot that I like to share with the community of open source, so individuals can contribute to it and companies can use it. I have few questions: I'm ...
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Does the use of GCC small macros and linker variables make my work GPL?

when using AVR or ARM toolchains for Atmel microcontrollers, is using GCC macros such as __AVR_...__ or linker variables making my code GPL? I know GCC is covered by "GPL 3.0" + "GCC ...
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Do I need to share source code with GPL/AGPL if I am the owner? [duplicate]

if I build something under GPL/AGPL license, am I obligated to share that code if I have users using this service event when I am the owner of the code?
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CPOL derivative works limitations

I have downloaded a project from CodeProject, which is bound by the CPOL. I've modified some its files to fix bugs, as well as adding files of my own for other features. I am planning to release my ...
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What should I do to make my open source project legally sound?

I am currently making a small script that you use in the browser to get the current user's IP address (I use it with a WebRTC chat), and as I noticed that all popular packages that get an IP address ...
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Using Angular and Node.js to build a commercial website

I plan to build a commercial website in Angular 5. Can I do so without needing to pay anyone? It looks like the node.js license consists of a lot of other components and each of them has their own set ...
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What counts as disclosing source for software licenses?

MPL v2, GPL v3 and other licenses alike require giving users access to source code. Having read both licenses, I did not come across specific examples of how to disclose source code, so my question is ...
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Where is the VLC changelog? [closed]

There was finally (after like a year) a new minor version of VLC released. Neither the program itself, nor the website, says one single word about what changes have been made. I've spent like an hour ...
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VBA-JSON v2.3.1 -> Licencing question -> meaning of “All rights reserved”

This is my first question in this forum so please accept my apology if I did not comply with the expected rules. I am starting as a developper and I am interested in using the code proposed by Tim ...
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What is the license for derivative work of a project in MIT with no license file [duplicate]

I have an open source github Library that i need to use for work, however there is no LICENSE file in the repository. The library itself is a derivative work (porting to another language) of a library ...
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Do I need to credit the license and any 3rd party licenses an open source project is using?

For example, this repository uses 3rd party libraries - https://github.com/tomasiser/pepr3d/blob/master/LICENSE.md. If I use this, do I need to cite the licenses its using or only its own license?
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Apache 2.0 license - modified files

Is there any standard method for meeting the below modified files requirement in the Apache license, version 2.0? http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0 You must cause any modified files to carry ...
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Can I license my commercial app and web app's source code under Creative Commons?

I want to license my website and it's source code under creative commons while preventing commercial use but allowing other use cases such as non-commercial use and making sure than anyone can ...
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GPL and “shadow Linux”

This is a follow up of my existing question Does GPL apply to proprietary software that is linked in through a compatibility layer, but has a new major focus (i.e. the shadow Linux). Suppose a Linux-...
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Does GPL apply to proprietary software that is linked in through a compatibility layer

For example, suppose a compatibility layer is developled that can use Windows driver binary directly in Linux kernel (feasibility of such a layer is another story which is also discussed bellow), then ...
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Enforceability of codes of conduct for smaller projects

I am the sole maintainer of a relatively small open-source project. I have wanted to add a code of conduct for some time, but I have two concerns: I am the only maintainer, and I have not seen people ...
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Do adverts break NC clause of Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence

I have an idea for an android app and I'm interested if it is legal. Basically there are sites where people upload their recipes for vape juices, and all of these recipes fall under this specific ...
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Cygwin in a commercial application (LGPL with exceptions for linking)

I want to make a videogame using a proprietary license. It would utilize the SDL library and POSIX. From my understanding, every modern platform uses POSIX except for Windows. To fix this, when ...
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How is Static Website affected by fact that it was generated by AGPL-3.0 tool?

There is Pelican Static Site Generator https://blog.getpelican.com/ it takes directory structure with mainly *.RST files ("blog source" written by me) on my HDD and creates another ...
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Question on compatibility of SIL Open Font License with IPA Font License

I am making an open-sourced font that is based on IPA Font License Agreement, and I would like to include some glyphs from a SIL Open Font License font. Are these 2 licenses compatible and how should ...
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No way to write a commercial product in R?

I want to write a small program in the R language, connecting to DB (hence using packages), that I'd like to sell. As it will connect to DB, on internal networks, that can't be hosted. I tried to ...
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What if a project forks a number of projects, but doesn't include the license or copyright that was used — then another project forks the fork?

So it can be fairly established that this is infringement of copyright, but I'm unsure how to handle this. I've considered making a PR to the project that forked the other projects and adding the ...
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What are the practical differences between MIT, Apache and BSD licenses?

Non-copy-left licenses are popular. AFAIK their point is mostly to protect the developers from being sued over loss of money or life (compared to no license at all). But I am neither a lawyer nor have ...
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Does a non-commercial license like CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 preclude a work to be sold for money?

If a work is published under, e.g. CC BY-NC-SA 4.0, does this mean the work or one of its (appropriately licensed) derivatives can never be sold in a physical medium, even if the price asked for it: ...
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What guarantees that the published app matches the published open source code?

Take as an example the Italian app "Immuni" (https://github.com/immuni-app), used by the government to trace contacts exposure against COVID-19. Since many people were afraid about how the ...
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According to the GPL FAQ use within a company or organization is not considered distribution. What is the legal definition of a company/organization?

https://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-faq.html#InternalDistribution : Is making and using multiple copies within one organization or company “distribution”? No, in that case the organization is just ...
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Is it possible statically linking Apache 2.0, BSD-2, or MIT libraries to AGPL v3.0 binaries?

TL; DR We are considering creating a series of dependency modules (UI, repository patterns, etc) as separated Android libraries. Could we use a permissive license (Apache 2.0, BSD-2 or MIT) despite ...
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Giving attributions to “inner” open source

I developed an application and it's time for me to give the required attribution. I have a general question. If for example, I use an open-source library called X which uses open source libraries Y ...
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Site that sells GPL code has extra terms that say I can't resell it. Is this legal?

I found a website which sells a WordPress theme licensed under GPL that has this in their terms on the checkout page: Our products are licensed under the GNU General Public License (http://www.gnu....
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Licensing binaries of open source project with Apache License 2.0

I am writing an open source project licensed under Apache License 2.0, I wonder how can I license the precompiled binaries with the same license
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Why is the GNU GPL v3 compatible with the Apache License v2.0?

I understand that the GNU GPL v2 and Apache License v2.0 are considered incompatible. The FSF's License List explains that this is "because [Apache] has some requirements that are not in that GPL ...
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How does dual licensing combine with “You may not [distribute] except as expressly provided under this License”?

(Or, If you distribute a "GPLv2 or later" software under GPLv3, do you lose the GPLv2 license?) Assume a program (software X, created by developer/group A) that is licensed using the usual &...
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Understanding GPL & LGPL: Free Software with zero-cost, proprietary libraries

Background: This question is derived from a previous question. I am writing a Blender add-on which enables the use of Blender with a piece of hardware (i.e., a lightfield display). Blender and the ...
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Choosing a license in Arduino environment

I wrote a C++ library for Arduino. The source code have the following specificities: it includes headers, uses functions, macros, and structures/classes (and their methods) from LGPL libraries (...
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Licensing open-source code and art assets

I want to build a permissively-licensed web site, but preserve copyright for art assets included in the repo. How do open software licenses differentiate between code and art assets/content? ...
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Can i add copyright and license to a web template with a license?

I downloaded this template for my website & built my website over it. The template license says: This Bootstrap template is 100% FREE as long as you keep the footer attribution link. You do not ...
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Licensing an Open-source Project and a Hosted version

If I was building an open-source solution and wanted to create a hosted version as the business side of things. What license would be best for me to use? Preferably allowing: Other users to use the ...
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Understanding GPL: Blender Add-on + System Library

Basic Information I am writing a Blender add-on which enables the use of Blender with a piece of hardware (i.e., a lightfield display). Blender and the use of the specific Python API, which is ...
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Which open-source community software is this? [closed]

This is an example of the forum software: https://community.aseprite.org/ I have seen many communities with identical design, suggesting that they use the same self-hosted software. Is that an open-...
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What is the license of the SNAP data sets?

The SNAP (Stanford Network Analysis Project) consist of software libraries and network data sets. The software libraries are distributed under the BSD license. https://snap.stanford.edu/snap/license....
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Can I create a SVG site containing files with all these licenses?

My site My site is like a gallery of SVG files from different sources, with different licenses. In a way similar to https://www.flaticon.com/. When clicking on an item it will show on a modal together ...

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