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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"?

There are no open-source licenses that forbid selling copies of the software, because that kind of restriction is not allowed in a license that is recognized as an open-source license by the community/...
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Will adding a BY-SA image to a blog post make the entire post BY-SA?

The CC ShareAlike terms merely say that whenever you do make a derivative work of the image, distribution of that derivative work must be under ShareAlike (or CC-approved ShareAlike-compatible) terms. ...
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Can derivatives of CC BY-SA works be licensed under CC BY-NC-SA?

No, it’s not allowed. It says on the license summary page: No additional restrictions — You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the ...
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Can I charge expenses for a work under CC BY-NC-SA?

The CC NC clause is really hard to get a grasp on, and Creative Commons do not provide much guidance about it. There certainly exists a lot of examples where it is not possible to give a ...
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Can I charge expenses for a work under CC BY-NC-SA?

One of the problems with CC NC is that when you say "I am not sure what "Commercial purposes" are", you are not alone in that. The relevant clause in CC BY-NC 3.0 reads You may not exercise any of ...
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Can I sell closed source software which uses some CC BY-NC-SA code?

Unless I've completely misunderstood the question, that would be violating two of the Creative Commons license's restrictions: That it can only be used in non-commercial contexts That any derivative ...
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Can I license my artwork and GPL code under cc-by-nc-sa?

No, the GNU GPL license and any of the Creative Commons Non-Commercial licenses are incompatible. The Non-Commercial licenses meet neither the Free Software Definition nor the Open Source Definition. ...
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License of papers on arxiv

The arXiv papers themselves are published without a license, meaning all rights are reserved. However, this only affects the paper as a creative works, and it does not affect the content of the paper, ...
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Source code distribution without commercial use

The Open Source Definition and also the Free Software Foundation specifically insist that no restrictions on use are allowed. The FSF even encourages making money off software, as long as the license ...
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Copyrightablity of word lists

In jurisdictions with sui generis database rights (primarily the UK and EU): This is almost certainly infringement, either of copyright or of the database right. Creative Commons 4.0 licenses ...
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Does CC BY-NC-SA require me to share PDF of a printed booklet?

I don't think it does. Our top-rated answer on the problems with using CC licences for software identifies the issue: the CC licences have no concept of source code, that is, the underlying digital ...
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Will adding a BY-SA image to a blog post make the entire post BY-SA?

The ShareAlike licenses (version 4) use this definition to describe what exactly is subject to the ShareAlike requirements: [Section 1(a)] Adapted Material means material subject to Copyright and ...
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Is content licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 allowed in app stores?

The CC-BY-NC-SA does not inherently forbid usage in apps. However, usage in apps will be quite difficult: the use must be non-commercial, as defined in the license the license disallows more ...
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Can I charge expenses for a work under CC BY-NC-SA?

If someone asks you to print the model then you are likely in the clear. The 2nd and 9th circuit courts have decided that a non-commercial entity can contract a for profit entity to make their copy, ...
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Does a non-commercial license like CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 preclude a work to be sold for money?

All of this is entirely unclear. The NonCommercial clause is intent-based, and relies on a concept of ”commercial advantage“ that is not further defined. Arguably, a NC-licensed work can be provided ...
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Using CC-BY-SA images in a CC-BY-NC-SA document

This takes us on another visit to Drauglis v. Kappa Map Group, that being some of the only guiding jurisprudence we have on the question of derivative works and CC licences. Note that is not a ...
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Licences for creating technical writing/documentation - also publishing to Medium/Dev.to

There are three kinds of people to consider the ignorant, who believe that because your content is available at no cost, they have the freedom to use it as they like the dishonest, who know how ...
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Project licensed under Apache 2 License but has JS libraries licensed under CC BY-NC-SA

Yes this kind of licensing is probably allowed, but no, you likely cannot use the software for commercial purposes. The Apache 2.0 license only applies to that component itself. It is a permissive ...
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Can I use CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 content in a webview while keeping the app commercial?

I'd consider that a license violation to use CC BY-NC licensed material in such way. The CC BY-NC license says already in its name that the licensed content must not be used in commercial context. ...
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Use of a CC BY-NC-SA licensed LaTeX CV template

As you point out, it is not entirely clear if a CV would be NON-COMMERCIAL in this case. I would tend to think that the intent of the author of this template is to prohibit commercial copycats of the ...
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Documentation project containing articles and code examples with different licenses

CC BY-NC-SA has three requirements: Attribution (BY) NonCommercial (NC) ShareAlike (SA) Attribution is very easy to fulfil. ShareAlike is a copyleft-like mechanism but only activates if you perform ...
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Can I sell closed source software which uses some CC BY-NC-SA code?

I contacted the author directly. They said that it is OK to use the code commercially as long as it is used as part of a compiled and closed source greater project. It is not allowed to sell his ...
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Including a CC BY-SA licensed SVG in a CC BY-NC-SA licensed wiki?

As curiousdannii said licenses do not apply to the original author since they are defining the terms of the re-use of the creations. The author always able to release (or re-release) his/her own work ...
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Source code distribution without commercial use

You can try SNCL. CAN: Distribute, modify CANNOT: Commercial use, hold liable, use trademark MUST: Include copyright, include notice, include license and give credit. Source: Simple non code ...
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License Selection for An Open Document Project with Codes

As the output document gets created by an automated process, there is not enough creative work in the creation of that document to make it copyrightable in its own right. The output document can only ...
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creativecommons by-nc-sa 4.0 Non Commercial Virality?

Ryan, your comment actually was the answer: They won't be making derivatives of it, but using it in the creation of their own works. The license is about the use, reproduction and distribution of ...
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Code workflow is licensed Apache 2, but the data generated is BY-NC-SA. Can I recreate the data and commercialize it?

IANAL/IANYL, but your presumption is wrong; the output of a program is not generally subject to the licence of the program. Instead, the output data are generally considered a derivative of the input ...
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Copyrightablity of word lists

Taking a word out of a dictionary is like taking a music note out of a music work. Of course the license still applies. If anything, it might prove the willful infringement, and that can bring triple ...
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Using advertisements on my wiki licensed under CC BY-NC-SA

(Note that CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 is not an open source license.) If users contribute (pull requests) to a work (your wiki) licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0, they convey: You can use this contribution under ...
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Documentation project containing articles and code examples with different licenses

Does it mean that the CC BY-NC-SA applies only to the book and its code examples, or it means that my whole project will have to be released under CC BY-NC-SA? The way I read the "copyleft" terms of ...
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