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MIT-licensed data as part of Android app

MIT-licensed data is a bit of a weird case, but yes, showing the MIT license text would be all you have to do for compliance with the license. The MIT license is very much intended for software, not ...
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Using a GPL V3 library in a Android app published on Google Play, do I need to release the application's source code?

It depends how you are using this GPL library. If you are calling functions from this library in your code, then in general the GPL would apply to the calling code and therefore your calling code ...
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License that prevents re-distribution at least on Play Store and XDA

If you're okay with people publishing your code as their own apps, then you the tool you want to use is a trademark, rather than a crayon copyright license. Lots of projects allow their code to be ...
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Can I put ads on a GPLv3 project and upload it to Google Play?

The GPL does not prevent you from including ads. However: since you have to publish the GPL code of the app, you cannot prevent someone else from forking your code, removing the ads, and publishing ...
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Where to donate my Android app's Google Play account, they just need to keep in sync with F-Droid

Say --entirely hypothetically-- that you have created a successful Android app such as https://github.com/ankidroid ... ;) You have built not only a decent user base but also there are several ...
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Legal Aspects of Illustrations in Open Source Software (MIT License) - Adding Copyright Notice?

If you only mention the MIT license in your GitHub repository, then the default assumption will be that everything in that repository is licensed under the MIT license. The MIT license allows the ...
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Android GPL app that opens a closed source app

Basically, non-free software and GPL software can be "combined" if the combination forms an aggregate instead of being a single software deriving from the two. This is mentioned in section 5 of GPL ...
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Is it possible to distribute source of gpl3 Android app with email?

Technically it might be allowed, but only if you distribute your application by email. While email isn't a generally allowed form of source code distribution, using the same distribution method for ...
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Mechanisms to disclaim liability or have users waive their ability to sue you (for Wikipedia-like websites/mobile apps for good)?

At least under UK law, the general consensus is that you don't need this kind of disclaimer: mistakes are not actionable unless grossly negligent, and that is a very high bar. Other jurisdictions may ...
Philip Kendall's user avatar
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Can we share Season or movies based GIF's in Mobile Apps?

The question could boil down to IMHO: Can I reuse copyrighted media in some FOSS software? The key point is to determine whether or not you are authorized in general to do so. I assume you mean ...
Philippe Ombredanne's user avatar
2 votes

Can i use google text to speech app for comercial use?

The API (and only the API) is under the Apache v2 License, so you can use that under its terms which includes commercial usage; that doesn't make google's TTS open-source though. Actual access to the ...
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License for Google Pdf Viewer APK

If you were making a gaming device and side-loaded Sony apps from APKmirror, how do you think that would turn out? Doing similar with Google apps, for which you don't have written permission to ...
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Monetizing app using GPLv3 source code

If you are using GPL-licensed code in your app, then it is very difficult to effectively monetize it by asking a payment per copy. The reason for this is that the GPL not only requires that you ...
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