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Can I make my own license?

Don't do this. We already have an excellent Q&A on why you shouldn't use a crayon licence, and I strongly recommend you read it. You can achieve most of what you want with existing licences, and ...
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Contributor asking to remove their contributions

it didn’t make it clear for this situation whether the contributor had copyright over their work That's because it doesn't need to be made clear - contributors always own the copyright on their work, ...
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Does license prohibition of illicit / malicious use or modification clash with GPL's freedom to modify?

Simply put, a requirement to seek outside approval in order to make or deploy changes is not GPL-compatible, nor is it even a requirement within the definitions of free and open-source software. Part ...
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Does license prohibition of illicit / malicious use or modification clash with GPL's freedom to modify?

You are approaching this the wrong way. First, you are assuming any wish to modify the software will be malicious, while in reality people will want to make all kinds of changes you hadn't anticipated ...
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Do I Need to Publish my Source Code because of LGPL?

7-zip is principally published under LGPLv2+, with an additional restriction relating to reimplementing the rar algorithm. As I read it, this additional restriction comes nowhere near affecting your ...
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Can I sell a proprietary software with an LGPL library bundled along with it, without making my source code public?

Yes, you can distribute your software without making the source code public and without giving recipients the right to make changes to your software. The LGPL license explicitly allows such usages of ...
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Extracting business logic from a LGPL v3 project and rewriting my own, is my work considered derivative?

In theory, no - the copyright exists in the specific implementation of the code, not the algorithm in use. In practice, it's going to be very hard for you to forget everything you've read in the LGPL ...
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Own LGPL code in proprietorial project

As the owner of the copyright, you can do what you want with your code. It is others who are bound by the licence(s) under which you distribute the code, because they accept those licences when they ...
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Can I sell a proprietary software with an LGPL library bundled along with it, without making my source code public?

You've already got the answer that LGPL libraries can be used in commercial software. So far, so good. There's more to this than meets the eye, though. The thing is, PySide2 is for using the Qt ...
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Can I have a GPL-compatible license that change by use?

Yes you can create your own license that delegates to the GPL/LGPL as appropriate. However, this will not work as intended. The Free Software / Open Source (FOSS) community thinks that discriminating ...
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How to prevent contributors from claiming copyright on my LGPL-released software?

This is a legitimate issue that's come up various times in the past on various open source projects. The way it's typically handled is by not accepting external contributions into your repository ...
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How to prevent contributors from claiming copyright on my LGPL-released software?

We have run into this problem in libpng. We addressed it by putting any contributions that insist on keeping their own copyright, or are under a different open source license, into a "contrib" ...
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Appropriate licence for later merging back

I want to provide a commercial license for somebody who is willing to pay on top of open source one (LGPL allows it, right?) As a copyright holder you always have the option to dual license your ...
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Can GPLv2 licensed software be re-published under LGPLv2.1?

I do not think you are reading the compatibility table correctly. When I look at the intersection of I want to copy code under GPLv2 and I want to licence my code under LGPLv2.1 I see a box that says ...
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Using GPL or LGPL licensed framework for web application

Running an application on a server is never considered distribution, and you're not bound by the terms of the LGPL for distribution. Please do note that running javascript in the browser does mean ...
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Bypass LGPL license using wrapper library

I assume by "commercial project" you mean that you do not wish to disclose the source code for the product you are developing. Please correct me if my understanding is incorrect, as it is the basis of ...
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LGPL obligations implementation in beta versions

Compliance stuff isn't a nice-to-have feature. The LGPL provides no exceptions for beta releases. However, the LGPL is technology-neutral and does not directly require you to implement a GUI. You must ...
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Can I make my own license?

If you are an Operating System Developer, you can also choose Apache. I'm an operating system developer. If I use your software, I will choose Apache. The problem is that one of the rights that I ...
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Does license prohibition of illicit / malicious use or modification clash with GPL's freedom to modify?

Modifications are still possible, as long as they go through the official channel and are verified to be fully compliant by the community. This would make the software definitely not open source as ...
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GPL for Embedded

First of all, you may want to discuss GPL compliance with your company's legal counsel and develop a clear strategy for dealing with GPL code. Complying with the GPL is not necessarily difficult, but ...
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Appropriate licence for later merging back

The combination of conditions you set don't meet the Open Source Definition as set by the OSI. From the Annotated Open Source Definition: Derived Works The license must allow modifications ...
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Am I allowed to make use of parts of the codebase of a library that is licensed under LGPL (v2.1)

The license terms of the LGPL license effectively distinguish two different models: You make changes to the LGPL code, or you copy portions of the LGPL licensed code into your own project. In this ...
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Own LGPL code in proprietorial project

Your code is your own, you can use it in closed products while giving away copies under e.g. LGPL. Just be clear that if I take your code and modify it under LGPL (e.g. to fix bugs) you are not ...
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Redistributing LGPL 2.1 code compiled by a proprietary compiler

I asked FSF the same question. This is the FSF's answer: Please see: http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-faq.html#NonFreeTools I hope this is of help. I asked again: For example, a proprietary ...
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Do I need to provide build/install instructions for LGPL-2.1 or AGPL-3.0 licensed libraries?

However I think only AGPL-3.0 requires build/install instructions according to the following links.[...] [and not the LGPL-2.1] Am I right? Nope. These links are not the license proper. Just ...
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Is Apple allowed to distribute GPLv3-licensed software through its iOS App Store?

I have no intention of trying to argue with rms about this (or any other GPL-related) issue. But I think there's an interesting difference between GPLv2 and GPLv3 that gives rise to a new line of ...
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Is LGPLv3 against tivoization? Or only GPLv3?

The LGPLv3 license is an extension of the GPLv3 license that grants certain additional permissions (like using the code together with proprietary, undisclosed code). The clause 4e you quoted just ...
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Does license prohibition of illicit / malicious use or modification clash with GPL's freedom to modify?

If I received GPL licensed software and pass it to someone else, that is copyright infringement unless I follow the GPL license conditions. Telling the receiver they cannot use the software for ...
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Can I dynamically call a LGPL/GPL software in my closed-source application?

This answer was originally posted by Josh Kelley at StackOverflow (second link might be visible to 10k+ only), but was removed there due to being off-topic. It has been preserved here in light of this ...
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Can your MIT library use an LGPL library?

Note: I'm not a license expert. The following answer is based on general knowledge of the GPL and LGPL and the LGPL text as found here. The section of the license provided in the question refers to ...
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