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What prevents a large company with deep pockets from rebranding my MIT project and killing me off?

I'm planning to start an MIT licensed project for a Web Server like Apache and Nginx, but primarily targeting the Windows Platform. Those that don't understand opensource are calling me crazy to do ...
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Can I use binary which source code is licensed on on GPL v3

I know that there is ton of similar question but all questions are different cases. I want to use in my program (closed source code) binary (GPL v3) which is used by execute it with parameters and ...
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Licensing for a physical product developed from MIT code

I have a developed a Book using outputs from parts of code from a MIT licence repository. were would I show or put the copyright licence? on the product? or create a website? Or because it is not ...
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Does use of a AGPLv3 plugin cause other applications modifying it's dependent database records to be AGPLv3?

Does using an unmodified AGPLv3 Dovecot plugin on a public mail service require open sourcing the website or application code used to manage the keys in the database? Dovecot retrieves the database ...
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No edit icon for file of forked GitHub project on Chrome Browser [closed]

I am trying to add some details to the forked project and so i like to pull it to the main project i am searching the edit icon on ht page of GitHub project and i have seen this instruction but i can ...
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What kind of license is Redis' RSAL (Redis Source Available License)?

The name would suggest it's not FOSS, but source available, which is a pretty low bar. But when I read about it, they seem to suggest that it's really only source available for specific use cases ...
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What license should I put in my datasets?

I've scraped tonnes of sites. I'm making these datasets for public use. I've been using GPL-v3 license for other software tasks but I don't know what license should I put for datasets. I prefer a ...
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Refund laws in europe and austrailia

I distribute my software for free, under the MIT licence. This says there is no warranty, but in some jurisdictions there is a mandatory warranty https://www.accc.gov.au/business/treating-customers-...
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How do I go about having stuff licensed differently in a project licensed under a different license?

Suppose my project A is licensed under AGPL v3. Now I choose to include stuff (a filter list actually) from different sources, which are licensed under GPLv2, CC-BY 4.0, and I have combined them in a ...
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Shading dependencies with Apache License

My closed-source java project uses dependencies with Apache License (Apache Commons etc.). The license permits it fully to my understanding. The problem is, that because of some technical decisions, ...
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Is the entire beta/release candidate process of open source projects mostly just “for show”?

This risks offending some. I don't mean to. I'm seriously wondering about this. And it's not at all specifically about PHP; it's just that this is such a major, critical software project which is ...
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Can I link a BSD-3 library to an MIT project?

I have an MIT licensed project and I want to use a BSD-3 library as a package. The BSD-3 library will only be used for implementation purposes, so the users of the MIT project will not be able to use ...
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If a piece of software does not specify whether it is licenced under GPL 3.0 “only” or “or-later”, which variant does it “default to”?

I want to package a piece of software which only states its licence through a file called LICENSE in its repository. Said file contains the GPL 3.0 verbatim. What isn't clear is whether this means &...
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wso2 API Gateway license policy confusion

Just wanted to understand the licensing part of WSO2 products. it says it is fully open source but when you go to download the product it asks to compulsory accept WSO2 sofware license. When you read ...
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License compliance for a closed source client calling open source server interface to open source library

We have a large proprietary application, a portion of which is a collection of microservers written in Go. We're considering the following: Write a Go microserver, with a GPL license, on top of a ...
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OSS Attribution for Marketing Site built with React

I am building a marketing website using React and the ecosystem around it (Webpack, Babel, etc.). The site is shipped as a minified client-side bundle. NPM tells me there are a gazillion dependencies ...
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Do I have to distribute the original LGPL library if my library imports an unmodified version of the LGPL library? [duplicate]

I have made a python library that imports an LGPL licensed python library. My library does not modify the LGPL library, but it cannot operate without the import. Do I have to distribute the LGPL ...
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How to include license information for library that imports LGPL licensed library?

I have made a python library that imports an LGPL licensed python library. My library does not modify the LGPL library, but it cannot operate without the import. Is my library a "combined work&...
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Is a software open source if its source code is published by its copyright owner but cannot be used without a commercial license? [duplicate]

Suppose I wrote a commercial program, and I publish its complete source code on my website. I retain all rights to the source code. No one gets any distribution or usage rights. They only have the ...
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3-clause BSD or MIT license for software that imports numpy and matplotlib?

I wrote a Python script (a .py file) that I'd like to publish and license correctly. My script imports numpy (3-clause BSD) matplotlib.pyplot (Matplotlib license [BSD-compatible]) os and argparse (...
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Using photos of fontsd

Is it possible to record a video using a font under OFL and not give attriution?
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Dominion source code language? [closed]

What software language was this now infamous voting software written in? If for example it was written in Python which is open source could it be easily reversed engineered so that we could discover ...
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Can someone fork a MIT-licensed project, distribute the binaries as a paid software, and keep it closed source?

If I license my project with MIT-license, could someone: fork the project and distribute the binaries as a paid software just have a quote of my original license in the Help > About dialog box, as ...
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Is there a more radical approach against copyright than copyleft?

Up until recently I thought that copyleft supporters totally reject the concepts of copyright and content licensing but now I know that they don't totally reject these and their main goal is to ...
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Trademark to the public domain [closed]

The CC0 license is a copyright license that does not grant trademark or patent rights. So to make a trademark public domain there would have to be a separate license (which does not grant copyright or ...
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Can mechanically-generated code be licensed?

If I make a software that generates code like a website creator can I automatically assign a lisence to it with copyright held by some person?Basically can a software generate code and then lisence it ...
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Accessing a non-commercial API with Software under strong copyleft (e.g. GPLv3) possible?

My intention I’d like to write a desktop GUI program using Qt (which is itself is licensed under GPL) that interfaces a REST API and I want to use a strong copyleft license, preferably GPLv3. (I use ...
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Non-disclosure agreement for an open source project

I work on a third-party open source project (partly GPL 3, partly Apache 2). I don't want to disclose my changes right away (but publish them in the future). Is it legal to require a hired worker whom ...
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How to include licenses for packages downloaded with Nuget?

I have a software that uses some MIT and Apache licenses. The source code is not open source and all the third-party software is downloaded from Nuget as a reference (I'm not including the source code ...
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Open-source license (probably not FLOSS) that allows “use in a commercial context” but disallow “to sell the software or modified versions”? [duplicate]

"Non-commercial use" could mean two different things: "Don't use the software in a commercial/business context, but only for personal use (i.e. at home)" "In the case you ...
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Can I fork libstdc++ without disclaiming copyright for the modifications I make?

NOTICE: Not A duplicate of Am I allowed to add additional copyright on modified code that originally the FSF released under GPLv3: The previous question answered if I'm allowed to copyright ...
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GPL libraries on my software

I am attempting to write a Hobbyist OS and found that the CuteOS project is very useful for reference and libraries. The only issue is: it's under the GPLv2, and from my understanding if you use a ...
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Am I allowed to add additional copyright on modified code that originally the FSF released under GPLv3

I've ported type_traits from GCC to AVR-GCC with some major modifications to the code structure, style, and used some boost implementations along with some of my own implementations and would like to ...
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Where is GPLv2 located in Ubuntu?

Where can I find the GPLv2 license text in Ubuntu 20.04?
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At what point is software 'different enough' to exclude BSD license notice?

I ported a MATLAB repository to Python, with former having this two clause BSD License reading: Redistributions of source code must retain the above copyright notice, this list of conditions and the ...
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Making an online compute solution and AGPL

The AGPL demands we must provide a copy of AGPL code we run online.If someone makes online virtual machine service and someone runs AGPL software on it is the online VM provider obliged to follow AGPL ...
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Does GPL program not packaged together but loaded into the same process affect my program?

Here is a program released through GPLv3 (https://gitee.com/projectxero/cadroid). I know that if I use a GPLv3 library, then my program will also be released under GPLv3. But I don't use this program ...
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Can I use OpenCV for commercial sales?

so I've made an app using a popular library called OpenCV (https://opencv.org/license/) Its built on android and with the version I'm using it states that the licensing is: OpenCV 4.5.0 and higher ...
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Legal aspect: active source code vs. inactive source code

Consider a case when in a software project the 3rd party source code is placed in between #if 0 ... #endif (and hence, is not compiled). How does this affect the legal aspect (ex. license selection) ...
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Open source license for non commercial software [duplicate]

We have developed a free app that helps emergency doctors with resuscitation procedures, which can be used completely free of charge (also no ads, no data selling, nothing). We are now looking for a ...
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How to change the licence of Java project from GNU/ GPL to MIT / BSD / Apache

I had developed a Java application which is connected to MySQL Workbench by using mysql-connector-java-8.0.21.jar file. When I deploy the project and send source code to the client he says that: The ...
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How to change the licence of Java project from GNU/ GPL to MIT / BSD / Apache [duplicate]

I had developed a Java application which is connected to MySQL Workbench by using mysql-connector-java-8.0.21.jar file. When I deploy the project and send source code to the client he says that: The ...
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How can an open-source project share web site ownership?

How, with no company or non-profit organization to own an open source project, can I arrange for the project community to hold the ownership of the web site, vs. one person. Simple in theory, but ...
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Does importing a python package in my source code constitute redistribution of that package?

I wish to make a python package I have written publicly available on github as source code. I am being advised that I should add a NOTICE detailing all the third party packages that my code depends on....
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Helvetica Neue font in iOS 14 App

Some times ago I've received a legal issue from monotype.com. They told that I was using font Helvetica Neue in my iOS app since 2015 to 2020 and now I need to pay for this font for all these years. I ...
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Webdev: Open Source font and legal issues

I use the open source font Metropolis as main font for my webpages. However, apparently there has been a legal issue with similarities to Gotham. See https://discourse.mozilla.org/t/metropolis-font-...
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If I use an LGPL library do I have to release the full source code of my project?

I'm creating software which includes (PHP library for generating PDF documents on-the-fly) to export invoices which falls under GNU Lesser General Public License, the open source product is called ...
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Who will be the copyright owner of a new file in a forked repository on github?

Let's say there is a MIT Licensed repository on github, then by definition all the files that belongs to the repository is owned by the copyright holder of the repository. But if I fork the project ...
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MIT and MS-LPL license compatibility options

My project is MIT licensed and 3rd party code is all either ISC or MIT licensed which are both compatible licenses. I maintain project code licenses per file, that is each source includes a license ...
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Inclusion of GPL 2.0 code into my Apache-2.0 program

I am writing a program for data analysis as a part of a bigger bioinformatics pipeline. Source code of the program is my own and I licensed it under Apache 2.0 license. However, I need to include two ...

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