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Threatening with non-renewal of contract when users distribute the GPLv2-licensed software

The GPLv2 section 6 says to those who redistribute another person's GPL-licensed work: Each time you redistribute the Program (or any work based on the Program), the recipient automatically ...
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Excluding open-source contributions from work-for-hire

Is there language I can insert that carves out an exception for patches I make to the open-source dependencies Of course, but you've missed out the second requirement: that it be acceptable to the ...
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Threatening with non-renewal of contract when users distribute the GPLv2-licensed software

IANAL/IANYL, but this looks like an open-and-shut case to me. GPL2s6 says that Each time you redistribute the Program (or any work based on the Program), the recipient automatically receives a ...
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What is the correct way to hire someone to create open source assets?

For me, the short-but-accurate answer is "any way that works"; as long as the matter is definitely dealt with, and the desired outcome achieved, all is well. But you might like a bit more ...
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Threatening with non-renewal of contract when users distribute the GPLv2-licensed software

Here are a couple of old articles from lwn.net talking about RedHat and Sveasoft doing the same sort of think as GRsecurity. RedHat trading support for GPL rights Sveasoft and GPL To some, it looks ...
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Is there any Open Source Pledges or "stamps of approval" for Open Source Projects to join to show they are ethical?

Open Source projects are generally about making software, and the licence is the usual and only-meaningful pledge of this good faith. If you give the software to the users along with the four ...
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Do I need a highcharts licence if I'm developing software for a non-profit

Firstly, IANAL/IANYL. That said, Creative Commons says that the NC licence prohibits uses that are "primarily intended for or directed toward commercial advantage or monetary compensation". They go ...
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Is there any Open Source Pledges or "stamps of approval" for Open Source Projects to join to show they are ethical?

The answers already posted are all correct in that the main pledge of open-source software is the license itself. After all, the license is the only thing, legally speaking, that makes sure you abide ...
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How to deal with support of open source solutions in bigger projects?

Cost effectiveness and use of resources. Let's use your example of a DB system. You still need hardware to run it all on. That's a "fixed" cost. Using F/OSS won't really change it. You still need ...
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How do I require users to license future submissions on sign-up?

The way that StackExchange does it is a simple statement that you have read and agree with the Terms of Service when registering for an account. Some sites use a slightly stronger indication by ...
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Do I need a highcharts licence if I'm developing software for a non-profit

Now as I understand it, this organisation does not need a licence for Highcharts and if I was an employee of this organisation I could just use highcharts to develop a Highcharts enabled website ...
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Do I need a highcharts licence if I'm developing software for a non-profit

The CC-BY-NC 3.0 license has this to say about non-commercial/commercial use: You may not exercise any of the rights granted to You in Section 3 above in any manner that is primarily intended for or ...
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Is there any Open Source Pledges or "stamps of approval" for Open Source Projects to join to show they are ethical?

I'm looking for ways to communicate to my users that our project is committed to making the world a better place. Are you sure it's not committed to making some piece of software? I mean, sure, that ...
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Is there any Open Source Pledges or "stamps of approval" for Open Source Projects to join to show they are ethical?

If you release Free/Open Source software, anyone can use it regardless of morals. You can't make a guarantee that your software will be used only for good. Evil people will be able to take it and ...
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Excluding open-source contributions from work-for-hire

I'll preface this with the usual caveat: IANAL. However I've agreed to, written, edited and audited lots of contracts for software projects that include 3rd party code (not just open source but also ...
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Standard contract for OSS work

To summarise the comments above, it seems a little odd that your employer is willing to get involved in a professional relationship between you and a third-party. I can see how it's good for you and ...
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