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Include Appendix of Apache 2.0 in LICENSE file?

You may freely omit the Appendix. From the Apache License 2.0: Redistribution. You may reproduce and distribute copies of the Work or Derivative Works thereof [...] provided that You meet the ...
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How to combine multiple LICENSE notes into single file?

There is no "exact format" as most licenses let you free in how to organize their notices. One common pattern is to concatenate the different LICENSE in your own LICENSE file, starting with ...
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Why do licenses such as the MIT License specify a single year?

The year is part of the copyright notice, not the license. It's important to understand that copyright notices are not very important now, after the widespread international ratification of the Berne ...
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Can I include license text in my project's README and not add a license file?

You can absolutely do that and it is fairly common. A file called LICENSE has no special legal significance. It is the responsibility of a user of the software to obtain necessary licenses, so the ...
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google_font license (Apache2.0) has no Copyright what to do?

Section 4(c) lists the only obligations you have with regards to copyright notices: You must retain, in the Source form of any Derivative Works that You distribute, all copyright, patent, trademark, ...
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The GPL states that its text should be reproduced verbatim. What does this mean?

These changes are not material: The license document and the license are different entities. The GPLv2 document has the following structure: The name and version of the license. The copyright and a ...
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What license is the text of "Unlicense" licensed under?

The footer of the Unlicense web page indicates that the entire page (including the text of the license) is licensed under CC0 Public Domain Dedication. However, if it weren't licensed that way, the ...
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Why copyright notices in source files?

Files and authors can have many-to-many relationships: a file may have many different authors. I suppose you could enumerate the list of copyrights of each and every file in a master list somewhere, ...
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MIT-licensed project that only consists of a README file

I am not a lawyer, but I would recommend against having the full text of the MIT License in both the README and LICENSE files. Just like with real code, duplication can be a maintenance hazard. If you ...
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Using open source license text verbatim without attribution

It depends on the license! Some licenses' texts specify what can be done with them; e.g. the GPL v3 starts with Copyright (C) 2007 Free Software Foundation, Inc. http://fsf.org/ Everyone is permitted ...
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How to license website hosted on GitHub?

This is really about a practical problem caused by the way GitHub's forking works, together with how the gh-pages branches automatically creates a public page. If you believe that this arrangement ...
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Placement of copyright and license variables within Python source?

Some licenses, like Apache 2.0 as you noted, recommends including a copy of the license, or some shortened version, in each file. It's best if you can follow these recommendations, but as long as it's ...
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If I'm installing a binary, where do I put the license?

This isn't really relevant for Open Source Stack Exchange, but as far as the installation of documentation on a Unix-style system goes, I'd simply adapt the FHS location for documentation to /usr/...
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BSD 3-clause: how to update with modifications?

Removing somebody else's copyright notices is usually a big no-no. The first condition of the BSD 3-clause license: Redistributions of source code must retain the above copyright notice, this ...
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Can I move an in-line license to a file?

When using longer licenses like GPL and Apache it is common to point to a full copy of the license but the shorter ones like BSD or MIT are normally kept whole. There are no strict rules on where you ...
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Can i use website domain as author for open source license?

First, modern copyright law imposes no requirement to include a copyright notice whatsoever. You could include no copyright notice, and your work would be just as covered by copyright law as a work ...
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Using Tailwind CSS in website

This is a point where common web development practices deviate from the actual text of the license. The minified CSS file contains the text “MIT License”, but not the actual text of the license as ...
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Most fitting software license for customized client work?

It is not common to use open-source licenses for consulting work. Instead, the contract would contain a license from you to the client which covers whether and under which conditions the work may be ...
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Several beginner questions about using MIT-licensed code

And most importantly in a comment at the beginning of the .html and .js files (I have only one for each) Each file that you copied third-party code into must indeed contain a comment at the beginning ...
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Question on license for piece of U.S. Federal Government produced software

It is open source in that it meets the Open Source Definition: it allows free redistribution and it allows derived works, without any restrictions which would violate any of the other clauses. (For ...
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LICENSE text in build folder

You might want to manually add the the MIT license language at the end of the license.txt file (if it is not already there). Based on your description, React does not seem to be perfectly include ...
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False Claims and Open Source

How can I make sure that the extensions I use are open source and they use the code that they claim to be? Short answer: you can't. Long answer: To check if the source code and the binary belong ...
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Dual licensing of a file

You don't have to use the same license for every file in your project, but I would recommend not using two open licenses for the same file as it will only add confusion. That confusion will only ...
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Are there legal issues with bundling one's own LGPL-licensed code with proprietary code?

According to David Turner of the Free Software Foundation (link), a LGPL-ed library in the form of a JAR file can be redistributed with non-LGPL software without impacting the other software's ...
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How to handle third party licenses in git repository?

I would suggest to put the license of your plugin to the root. This way Gitlab displays the correct license and everyone knows directly the license of your plugin. For 3rd party libs or data I would ...
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Valid locations for propagated MIT/BSD licenses?

Add and/or keep existing notices is the best way to go at the file level and a top level summary helps. More is best e.g. 3. such that you can cover the case of source and binary redistribution more ...
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Can I combine multiple 2-Clause BSD LICENSE files into one?

The BSD 2-clause license is really permissive. The only condition which applies to distribution of source code is this one: Redistributions of source code must retain the above copyright notice, ...
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Is it OK to put license note that uses "this code/file/work" into a separate file?

MPL license The recommended way of applying the MPL license to your source code is to include Exhibit A in the headers of your source files. However, because it is not always a good solution (some ...
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Including license in emails

I think you're probably in the clear to use HTML comments. Just because a client may process it later doesn't mean you're not compliant, and every client should let users view the original email ...
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Question on license for piece of U.S. Federal Government produced software

The license language is only clear in the United States of America, where no copyright applies. Outside of USA the situation is unclear, because many aspects are not covered: a) the rights granted by ...
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