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Impact of GraalVM native images compilation on LGPL-licensed libraries

As far as I have understood, LGPL-licensed libraries must either be linked dynamically or there must be a mechanism to swap them out of the resulting work. See section 4d of the LGPL license. Now in ...
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Is an Apache 2.0 license with missing appendix notice on files valid?

In the process of including a library's code to my private commercial use, I noticed that the repository's LICENSE was not properly applied. I cannot find this (filled out) boilerplate notice on any ...
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Do Open Source Licenses allow authors to corrupt their own code, like in the colors.js case?

I was seeing a lot of news about the colors.js library. I would like to know if the open source license entitles the developer of the colors.js library to make it dysfunctional and create the damage ...
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Why are open source projects so broken and apathetic if they are run by idealists? [closed]

I've just wasted countless hours over weeks just trying to get LibreOffice to use a dark theme. I've made numerous searches, looked through the entire UI, manually gone hunting for "the usual ...
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How to approach being blocked from a repository you use and contributed to?

What action(s) are recommended in such a situation? Here are some actions I considered, but can't quite figure out if they're optimal/adequate to open source mentality: Forking the repo. I fear I ...
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Consequences of html files being under GPL license

This is about consequences of html files being under GPL license (v2 or v3). I am aware that it is not recommended to apply the GPL license to documentation. However, a typical use case is that a blog ...
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GPL/LGPL: Is it sufficient to only put the Corresponding Source's download link in the binary distribution?

GPLv3 clause 6d states the following (emphasis mine): Convey the object code by offering access from a designated place (gratis or for a charge), and offer equivalent access to the Corresponding ...
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Why can't I distribute my application und a license of my choice when I accept contributions? [duplicate]

I have an app that I want to make open source, as in the literal definition of the code being public. Github says that if you don't apply a license, it's copyrighted by default. I want that, to be the ...
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Log4j 1.x API Modification Apache License

I work for a software house and we've used log4j 1.2 in a lot of our older code. Following the recent Logshell incident (which I know doesn't concern log4j 1.2 directly), we've considered migrating to ...
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Distributing GPL-Licensed JavaScript for Userscripts Safari

I have been building a GPL v3.0 licensed user script for use in browser extensions like Greasemonkey, Tampermonkey, Violentmonkey, etc. I would also like to state in the documentation that it can also ...
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Choosing a license [duplicate]

Need a license for github for my lecture script (latex, svg, screenshots). Is CC-BY-NC the right one? Do i need a ND? Everyone can use, share, copy, edit it for non commercial purposes. => CC My ...
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Is it legal to create an open source hardware based on an open source driver but closed source software?

Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions® has published an open source driver for their ES58X products. Based on this published code, I want to create an open-source hardware which is ...
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How do I use a 3rd party 3-clause BSD license in a LGPL project?

I'm thinking of publishing my project (VSCode extension; binary and source) under LGPL. My code "statically links" a static library that is licensed under 3-clause BSD. Does that work? How ...
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Project contains some code snippets under MIT license - can I publish the repo under BSL?

We've created a project where the bulk of it (70%) is proprietary code. The remaining is code that is public under MIT license. Can we still publish our codebase under a BSL (Business Source License) ...
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Can i use Apache-2.0 in a project licensed as MIT?

This link tells me not to use MIT under my license when redistributing the Apache 2.0 source code. Then, if Apache 2.0 or GPL source code is not included, only when specified in the header file and ...
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Can I disregard GPL just because I use autoconf?

I found the following text in licenses to some software I am considering to use: As a special exception to the GNU General Public License, if you # distribute this file as part of a program that ...
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License compliance for redistributing Kubernetes components

I'm developing an app that runs on Kubernetes, and thinking of distributing some main components of Kubernetes and tools to build a cluster in case customers do not have Internet access. To meet the ...
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Propietary licensing of open source code

I have written a program that uses several open source components. First off, it's written in python. Second, I use the modules subprocess, argparse, os and datetime. Since my work asked me to find a ...
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How to figure out licences of Newlib

I'm currently working on a software project which makes heavy use of the Red Hat Newlib as the C standard library. We now need to figure out the license of basically every third-party software ...
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How to respect user freedom when selling consumer software without services?

By "consumer software", I mean stand-alone software that an end-user would directly download and use on a desktop or phone. No business or corporation involved. I have read these questions ...
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Is it permitted to develop for money on a commons clause project?

An existing project which is licensed under Apache-2-with-Commons-Clause-1.0 should be advanced. A client wishes to pay me to write code in order that the code could be contributed to this project. ...
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Apache 2.0 License redistribute with package/class name change

I have been modifying an open source Apache 2.0 licensed project and now I want to re-distribute the code under the same license but under MY SET OF REPOS as the original company isn't wanting my ...
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Python's tqdm package license

tqdm package seems to mention 2 types of licenses. Here's the license for tqdm's package `tqdm` is a product of collaborative work. Unless otherwise stated, all authors (see commit logs) retain ...
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Can a license be licensed?

Since licenses could also be viewed as IP, is it possible to release a license under another (or even the same) license, which could impose conditions on the usage of said license?
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LGPL that covers network-distributed use cases/web applications?

Yes, another license question. I know. I quite like using LGPL to cover my libraries, as I really don't care what users do with the library; however, I do care about the users sharing any improvements ...
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Trying to understand an old custom license

I found this code that I want to use: https://github.com/ObjectivitySRC/PVGPlugins/blob/master/NonBSDPlugins/DataMineReader/dmfile.h The license is on top and states: If you do use this code please ...
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When should I include the BSD-3 license since it's not explicitly included in the releases? [duplicate]

If a javascript library is licensed under BSD-3, but the license itself isn't distributed with any versioned releases from the author (only a copyright notice and a link to the main site) should I ...
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License notice for BSD and MIT licenses

Should I put the complete text of BSD or MIT license to every file? For longer licenses like GPL or MPL, there is a license notice. It is relatively short text that says what license is selected for ...
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GPLv3 restricting end user

There is software on GitHub which has with it the GPLv3 license file. Now, I am not going to mention which software to protect its devs from backlash. However... The devs have mentioned that they do ...
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Are there any real punishments for intentional malicious behavior in GPL or any other "no-warranties" licensed software?

There haven't been any significant incidents on FOSS software developers turning evil and pumping their software with malicious code. But each person is different, with different intentions. While I ...
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Can my proprietary app automatically download a GPL-licensed binary?

I'm developing a proprietary app that will mainly use a dynamically linked execute a GPL-licensed FFmpeg binary. I'm wondering if I can design the app in a way that it downloads the binary dependency ...
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Developing a project based on a GitHub MIT license project

For more than a year now, I've been developing a paid, commercial application that is based on an existing project posted on GitHub and licensed as MIT. In addition to integrating this project into my ...
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Using Conda's XZ package for proprietary use

I am currently packaging up my python software. I listed down all the packages that it uses and found out that a package, which is called xz, uses multiple licenses (public domain, LGPLv2.1+, GPLv2+). ...
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distributing your own linux flavour (or modified distro) - copyright, trademark issues

I've recently learned how to modify Linux distros. Now I want to be able to share my modified versions with others. I want to do so in a legally correct way. I see a set of related questions, I put ...
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I have a license in mind but what should I include in the license file?

I am working on an open-source GitHub project and I want to license the contents of it under Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs: CC BY-NC-ND so what should I include under the LICENSE file? Would just ...
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Can i put my opensource project under MIT License if i used zlib library?

I'm currently writing a library that encrypts sqlite database(It's hard to install sqlcipher on windows). Can I choose MIT even if I use pysqlite3 that is licensed under zlib?
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What are the prerequisites for contributing to my first open source project?

I have learned python and SQL and want to start with open source contributions, is the knowledge of python enough (along with git) to contribute or is there something else as well that I need to learn?...
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MIT license in R packages

According to the text of the MIT license: The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software. However, many R packages, ...
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Is it legally required to name used libraries under Apache 2.0 when publishing an Android app?

My Android app contains many libraries licensed under Apache 2.0. According to my understanding, when publishing the app, it is enough to add the following sentence in the app's description: "...
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System libraries and exceptions regarding closed source distribution

There are some specific usage examples I would like to learn, regarding of using some open source libraries inside a commercial closed source product(binary, executable). Most of the answers online ...
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Kea DHCP: how is MPL 2.0 license applied to Yang models change

KEA-Dhcp comes with Netconf support and a number of Yang modules. The KEA-Dhcp package is distributed under Mozilla Public License v2.0, my question is how does the license apply to modifications or ...
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Use of CC0 licensed code which used CPOL licensed code

I want to use for the creation of an application that I plan to add to Google play (free to use) some code that is licensed under a CC0 license (https://github.com/tedbarnett/read-exif-in-unity). ...
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Extracting business logic from a LGPL v3 project and rewriting my own, is my work considered derivative?

There is a framework that implements some business logic for a niche organization. That project is open source, pushed to gitlab and uses a LGPL v3 licence. What I want, is to extract the business ...
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Is CC-BY-SA 3.0 compatible with Apache 2.0?

Creative Commons explicitly states that GPL3 is compatible with CC-BY-SA 3.0. However, there is no information on its compatibility with Apache 2.0. Currently, I am hosting Apache licensed content on ...
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Is a reimplementation of math or logic found in an existing BSL codebase a license violation? [duplicate]

A related question has been asked regarding the MIT license, but I would like clarification regarding the Business Source License(BSL). Would re-implementing the logic/math found in a BSL codebase ...
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LGPL obligations implementation in beta versions

As far as I know, LGPL mandates that the respective licenses are featured in file and in app visual representation. The former is a simple distribution matter, but the latter is a gui feature. Assume ...
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Handling licenses of dependencies

I am developing a java library, which will be released in maven central. My project depends on few others, the dependencies look something like this: <dependencies> <dependency> ...
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GPL implications of using U-Boot

Our embedded system comprises a Xilinx ARM-based system on chip (MPSoC). Xilinx-provided BSP includes U-Boot (which is licensed under GPL 2). We do not modify it in any way, do not link to it, etc. It ...
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Attribution when deriving from a W3C Software Notice and Document License work

I am creating a reimplementation for a different language of a software library that is licensed under the W3C Software Notice and Document License. The original library contains a NOTICE file. As my ...
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Can any project under ISC have the license migrated to MIT text by me if it possibly meets the criterion? (+the permissions listed within MIT License)

Was wondering after I had seen this answer on ISC vs BSD vs MIT If both explicit & implied rights are the same and the permissions mentioned in the ISC are also found in MIT, including to sub-...
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