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How to make my open source project's web domain bus-proof?

If I suddenly die, my small open source project will survive (after all, the source code is open), but it can be hurt quite badly: The project's web domain is owned by me and it could become ...
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Dual license compatibility

Suppose I place work I publish under two licenses. If the two have conflicting attributes which property should be used. Can you specify which properties you want two be applied from the two licenses?...
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Are permissive licenses (MIT/BSD/zlib) compatible with CC-BY?

Permissive licenses like MIT only require that you include the license text if you redistribute. CC licenses that have the BY part require that the original authors are attributed, but in flexible ...
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Can I redistribute BSD software under GPL with no changes?

If GPL and BSD code are combined in a piece of software, the entire work comes under GPL but its BSD portions can still be obtained under that license. What if the size of the GPL portion is exactly ...
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Can you apply a license to a license?

I was wondering, are there rules regarding putting a license onto a license, for example if I had a license and I applied it with a license, in many cases this would cause a loop hole. Is there any ...
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Can hardware have a license?

I was reading a previously asked question, Can I distribute related software and hardware under the same license?, and then it occurred to me that hardware might have patents. Does this mean that ...
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Is Open Source Software a subset of free software?

Is Open Source Software a subset of free software? I was recently asked this and realized I was unsure the exact answer. I understand that free software is not a type of open source software, but I ...
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Is copyright automatic?

If I publish something on my website is a form of copyright automatically placed on that text? For example I know if you specifically say "This is published under [insert some cc license here]" then ...
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Can I take BSD licensed code and distribute it under GPL?

Or in more general terms: Can I take code which is licensed under a permissive open source license (like the BSD license) and distribute it under a copyleft free software license (like the GPL)? ...
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What's the difference between Copyright and Licensing?

Preamble There are two other questions, specifically related to Licensing and Copyright. In reviewing the answers and comments, I get the feeling that people generally consider the two to be the ...
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Should I include a copyright line in every file?

This is similar to my other question, but specifically about Copyright rather than Licensing. Typically, each source file contains a line of the form Copyright 2010-2015, Me Is this strictly ...
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Junkware and permission to redistribute modified versions

This article describes a problem with a particular online software hub: The download-hosting site retreated after public outcry, removing the junkware it inserted into downloads of the popular GIMP ...
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Are there open source licences that prevent advertising?

If code has a licence that allows sharing of modifications, is it possible to prevent it being hosted on a site that uses third party advertising? Do licences with this intent exist, or is it not ...
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When does code become my own?

I am developing a piece of software. The software is based on a piece of open source software. My question is how much must be changed / edited before I can call it my own? Also how do you classify ...
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GPL licenced code for a module of a closed source program

I want to create a dynamically loadable module (.dll or .so) for a closed source program, but I would like to make the source code of this module available, and I'd like it to be (A)GPL licensed, so ...
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Jurisdictions without compatible copyright law

Free software licences such as GPL depend on copyright law in order to be legally enforcable. Are there jurisdictions in which the law does not enforce such licenses, allowing the license to be ...
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Am I responsible for fixing broken links under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license?

The Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International Public License states If You Share the Licensed Material (including in modified form), You must: A. retain the following if it ...
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Do we need to follow the license for CA certs?

Some OSS projects include CA certificates and claims that they are subject to a particular OSS license. For example the certificates in https://mxr.mozilla.org/mozilla/source/security/nss/lib/ckfw/...
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Will a dual license lock me in to a provider?

I want to use open source software for my business, and it is dual licensed. If I choose the paid license which provides support for any changes we require, will this mean that we are unable to change ...
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Is it possible to close an open source project?

If yes, what are the consequences of Open Source projects being discontinued, if it's done by a large organization? As per this post, the older version of project can still be used under the same old ...
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What is the difference between FOSS and FLOSS?

FOSS stands for "Free and Open Source Software", whereas FLOSS stands for "Free/Libre/Open Source Software". The use of libre denotes the idea that the software is "free as in free speech, not free ...
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Can I distribute related software and hardware under the same license?

Say I create a system similar to Arduino. I haven't yet developed much more than a basic version, and so the hardware is only compatible with the software I created, so it makes sense for them both to ...
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What are the licensing terms of the text of the GPL?

The text of the GPLv3 starts with the following disclaimer: Everyone is permitted to copy and distribute verbatim copies of this license document, but changing it is not allowed. What does this ...
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Is there a term that means “Free Software and/*or* Open Source (Software)”?

The term Free Software is typically associated with software licensed under an FSF-approved license (The Free Software Definition), and the term Open Source (Software) is typically associated with ...
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Are there any other applications of Open Source other than on software/code?

Are there any other applications of Open Source other than on software/code? I guess you could apply the same idea to any other intellectual property (creations of the mind/intellect). But are there ...
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Are there good reasons to open source “trivial” projects?

Sometimes, I'll start writing some code with no actual expectations about where it will end up or how useful it will be. Is there any point in releasing the code for a small project, mainly done for ...
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What happens if I share code online without any licence declaration?

What will the licence of the code be? If this is jurisdiction / country based what is relevant in this case? The place of origin of the poster, the host where the code lives, or the one who tries to ...
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Can I create my own license by modifying an existing one?

I'm taking the following Stack Overflow question and its answers into consideration: Can you create your one software license? My question here however is not creating a completely new license from ...
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Can I copy-paste a snippet from Stack Overflow into my GNU-GPL project?

I have found on Stack Overflow a 10-lines block of code that does exactly what I want. There is no license information in the post nor on the answerer's profile page, so the CC BY-SA 3.0 license of ...
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Should I archive/delete old projects of questionable quality [closed]

I have some old projects that I personally consider close to worthless at this stage, if there's any user-base they are likely to have their own forks and while there's some nifty tricks in them the ...
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Can I license a project which I have already released without a license?

If I have put my code in one of the online repositories and have made it public but haven't licensed it... (to which the policy is that you retain the copyright). Is it enough to just commit a ...
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What are the essential differences between the BSD and MIT licences?

There are many articles out there which cover the topic in length and breadth, but so far I haven't found a nice, concise answer to the question. What are the most important differences between the ...
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What licenses can be used for open source projects? [closed]

I really don't know much about licensing. All I know is there are a hell of a lot of licenses out there. I suppose there are so many, because each one exists for a specific use. Is there a list of ...
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What happens if very common code is released under GPL?

I know GPL can be used as an open-source license for source code etc. But what if the source code released has very few lines and has a lot of probability that it might also have been written already ...
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How is open source encryption safe?

Correct me if I'm wrong but since the cryptographic algorithm is open source, doesn't it mean that everyone who can access the code would be able to crack it? I'm probably wrong since there are many ...
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Can I open source my music which includes copyrighted sound effects?

If I compose a piece of music using instruments and sound effects that I don't own the copyright to (but am licensed to use), can I release my composition under a free/open license that allows ...
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Should I include license text in a single file or all source files?

Many licenses, such as Apache 2.0, have both a long and a short form. Typically, the long form is included in the repository as a single LICENSE file, and the short form is used in the actual source ...
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What are the upsides for a company to contribute to an open-source software they use?

Many software developing companies use open source tools or open source libraries. Sometimes they even tweak this software for their needs. So, one might argue that this tweaks should be given back to ...
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Can I select who can contribute to my Open Source Project?

Take this into consideration: I post one of my software projects that I had written for school, and give it an open source license, and place it online for people to evaluate and contribute their ...
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Do I really need to include a licence file for common licences like GPL or MIT?

The GPL3, for example, says: Conveying Verbatim Copies. You may convey verbatim copies of the Program's source code as you receive it, in any medium, provided that you conspicuously and ...
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Can I redistribute CC-BY works in DRM-protected app stores?

CC-BY 4.0 (and the related licenses with "BY" in their names, like CC-BY-SA, CC-BY-NC) includes a clause that says I must not place "additional restrictions" on the work: No ...
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For what reasons should you make the user agree to a FOSS licence during installation?

Most Windows installers for FOSS software make the user agree to the licence during installation: there'll be a page where the text is shown and a little tick box, you must have seen it before. But ...
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What do I need to share if I include CC-BY-SA artwork in my software?

CC-BY-SA is a Creative Commons license with a copyleft clause - if you derive something from it, you must also provide the derivative under the same license if you distribute it. The relevant clause ...
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What restrictions can I place on a device whose software is licensed using GPL v3?

Let's say I'm selling a device with my software pre installed whose license is GPL v3. I want to prevent an unauthorized OS from being installed. According to GPL v3, I will have to share the private ...
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Can I trust project-hosting websites after Sourceforge? [closed]

Sourceforge was once the number one in project hosting for open source projects. But things have changed. And some things Sourceforge does are worrying. The adware injected into binaries of Open-...
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How can I determine if some code I want to release as opensource is already licensed or proprietary?

Is there a way to analyze my code I want to release as opensource to see if it is / or has parts that are already licensed or proprietary?
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Guiding new volunteers learning a large codebase [closed]

Working in an open source project has the result that sometimes developers with no experience in the codebase attempt to "learn the code" on their own. There is a reoccurring trap I've seen, ...
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How do open-source concepts apply to hardware?

Most of us know open-source and open-source concepts from software. Code is easily distributable. We have various licences that help us legalize and regulate how people use our code, and we have ...
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How can I keep a project from losing momentum? [closed]

How can I keep people involved and motivated to work on a project that doesn't involve direct monetary benefit? What specific strategies do open source projects tend to use to keep core developers ...
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What type(s) of licenses ensures that forks of my project will stay open source?

My knowledge of licensing is somewhat fuzzy, it's something I wish I would have looked into more when I got into making open source projects... That being stated, are there licenses that will ensure ...

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