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Can others monetize my project with GPLv3?

Yes, what is being done on that fork is entirely legal. However, you are also allowed to take the useful changes (like the translation) and incorporate them in your own fork. Then you can advertise ...
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Does GPLv3 require attribution?

TL;DR I believe that GNU GPLv3 does not require attribution, [...] Am I correct in my understanding of GPLv3? No, the GPL-3.0 always requires attribution composed at the minimum of a copyright ...
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Which license suits best when you want users to contribute to your code and not just take it as free beer

I would want something in return, even a bug report[ing] would be sufficient. This requirement is not compatible with the Open Source Definition, the definition of open source as used by this site; ...
Philip Kendall's user avatar
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How to change the licence of Java project from GNU/ GPL to MIT / BSD / Apache

You cannot change the license of code from others, such as mysql-connector-java. That license is set by the author of that particular component (Oracle company). If your client stated the requirement ...
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Software licensing - Pre 1970's

Was the software(before 1970's) released with free source? Well, there was surely software released with and without free source, and lots of machine code software where the distinction was of minor ...
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GNU licence re-distribute abandoned project

Can i just take over the copyright, when the codeowner is "gone". (I guess not) The copyright owner is not gone; someone will have bought the assets of the company, which includes the ...
Philip Kendall's user avatar
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Which license suits best when you want users to contribute to your code and not just take it as free beer

If your software is a web app of any kind, and if you absolutely require all changes to be made available, including to you, then you need to use the GNU AGPLv3 license. It's a copyleft license ...
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Software licensing - Pre 1970's

Your question is very unclear and confused, but the simple answer is: before the 1970s, software wasn't copyrightable in the US, so the very idea of "licensing" doesn't apply. You cannot put a ...
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What to do if someone forked my project and removed its license?

He removed the license in his forked repo's README and just added a section where he credited my repo. This is a violation of the copyright license under which he forked your repository. By violating ...
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GitHub with temporary code under 'GNU General Public License'

Firstly, we have already addressed the question of what licence applies to GitHub-hosted content in the absence of a specific licence declaration, and the prevailing (though not the only) opinion ...
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What's the point of running free software on non-free hardware?

I don't think your question admits of an answer better than "you are right, it's not a great idea". But it may help to know you're not the only person who thinks this way. I heard Georg Greve, ex-...
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GPL Licensed Woocommerce paid plugins

If I download that plugins from another website for free, can I use it for my small business for free legally? The terms and conditions page of WooCommerce states that the products themselves are ...
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How is the GPL3 for GNU coreutils satisfied when I pull a docker image?

The short answer is that, for my money, it's not. I agree with you that for GNU Coreutils, this is a s6d conveyance. I haven't followed the links that start at Docker Hub and flow through GitHub all ...
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Is ONLYOFFICE restricting our freedom with their FAQ? (AGPL v3)

It is unfortunately fairly common for companies to overstate the restrictions of the AGPL. But as the AGPL states, additional restrictions can be removed. This answer is primarily based on the GPLv3 ...
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Which license suits best when you want users to contribute to your code and not just take it as free beer

The way you make people contribute to your project is not to have a license telling them to, but to make it easy. Seen from a developer's point of view it is much, much better to have any changes ...
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Are license headers required under the AGPLv3?

This is a misunderstanding. The previous paragraphs talk about the requirements for the GPL and LGPL. Since the LGPLv3 is written as the GPL plus a set of extra permissions, you need to include both ...
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Can I edit software under GNU Lesser GPL for my paid app

You're most certainly allowed to edit it. That's one of the cornerstones of all free and open software. However, you must also make your edited version available as source code under the same terms as ...
Mans Gunnarsson's user avatar
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GNU GPL Licensing

This is a lot of questions, and should perhaps be split into several different questions. But I'll answer what I can. We do have other Open source component that we would need to integrate with ...
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Can others monetize my project with GPLv3?

IANAL, but I believe this is legal within GPLv3. That is why there exists Affero General Public License (AGPLv3) license. This will force them to share any source code changes if running it on a web ...
Julius Brutus's user avatar
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Is the GNU All-Permissive License suitable for source code?

Legally, you can license your code under any license you feel like, even one which doesn't make sense: for example, you could license a piece of music under the Open Database License. In some cases, ...
Philip Kendall's user avatar
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What are the implications of glibc (GNU C Library)

Under the normal circumstances that your question present (i.e. dynamic linking to a library assumed to exist on the user's system and thus not distributed with the program) the following part of the ...
Mans Gunnarsson's user avatar
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Can I sell my project using GNU GPL v3?

Can I use own GNU GPL v3 library in my commercial projects? Yes, as long as you own the rights to your own code, you could license it to other under the GPL for free or commercially for a fee. For ...
Philippe Ombredanne's user avatar
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GNU GPL V3 with no code change disclosure

You aren't required to make code public - but you are required to make code and all changes available to anyone that you distribute binaries, etc. to. So supplying source on request of only the ...
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How much of my code becomes GPL if I use some GPL code and how different does my code have to be to not be GPL?

Copyright law is centered around making a copy of something and then doing things with that copy. How such a copy is made is usually not specified in the copyright laws, which makes that a "...
Bart van Ingen Schenau's user avatar
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How to change the licence of Java project from GNU/ GPL to MIT / BSD / Apache

mysql-connector/j is licensed as GPLv2 by Oracle but has a FOSS Exception. If you want to distribute your software as FOSS, you can choose any license "that is OSI-approved and/or categorized by ...
Martin Schröder's user avatar
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Can you commercialize a GNU General Public License product?

Firstly, and foremost, IANAL/IANYL. That said, as I understand this question, you have been asked by a third party to do some commercial website development, the website to be hosted on drupal, and ...
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Can I show a GNU GPL licensed software in a TV movie?

I think your problem is largely equivalent to the licensing of screenshots, and that problem has a definitive answer: A screenshot of the user interface of some software is a derivative work of that ...
amon's user avatar
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How I can monetize GNU GPL product developed (and currently updating) by me?

There is no known solution to the “economics of open source” problem. Some projects try to apply more restrictive licenses so that the “correct” maintainers can capture a larger part of the value ...
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Can I publish a WordPress site as MIT?

You are free to publish your own software under MIT, as long as it doesn't include any GPL-covered components. Wordpress themes and plugins do not have to be GPL-licensed, the must merely have a GPL-...
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