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Can the MIT license be applied to music?

Can it be applied? Yes. But it would seem unhelpful to make anybody using the music to repeat the contents of the MIT license which makes multiple references to "Software"; that is at best ...
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How can I judge the "strength" of a licence?

Speaking about “strength” is a simplification. Recipients must comply with all the licenses of all the components that are part of the program, and you cannot choose a license that makes compliance ...
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Is requiring a link to my site allowed for a FOSS license?

The idea to force users of the software to advertise the original author is not new. It was first seen in the 4-clause BSD License. There was a lot of criticism about the advertising clause, and it ...
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Is requiring a link to my site allowed for a FOSS license?

Let's break down this question in parts and start with the FOSS licenses common ground. The common things about FOSS licenses are that one is required to keep the copyright notices of previous ...
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Preventing commercial exploitation of small changes that require a lot of work

implement the same patches with some minor changes (e.g. replace a for with a while) under their 2-clause BSD license While copyright is based on the implementation of an idea, it is broader than the ...
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Simple 1-Paragraph Book License?

As written, your license would not be an open source license. In particular: The requirement to keep the title unchanged is a restriction on translating the book into a different language, failing ...
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Simple 1-Paragraph Book License?

With great respect to my colleague, although what you require wouldn't meet the open-source software definition, it is understood that things are somewhat different in fields of creative endeavour. ...
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How can I judge the "strength" of a licence?

There's no simple answer to this I'm afraid; licenses are just too complicated for there to be a single linear metric you can use to "rank" them. The only way to do this is to read each ...
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Can Qt be used in company project?

Qt is a whole ecosystem which comes with development tools, libraries, frameworks which do not all use the same license options. Often they offer two: an open source license under GPL or LGPL, and a ...
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Mandatory Source Contribution For Open Source Database

Such an Open Source license cannot exist. Copyleft licenses require a reciprocal license to recipients of the software, so that those recipients have full rights to further use and modify the software....
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No distribute, only for self modifications license

You will need a proprietary license, what you are asking is not possible with an open source license. You might want to contact a lawyer to draft a license (without sublicensing rights) for you. ...
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Can the MIT license be applied to music?

You certainly could use the MIT license for a piece of music, but it's probably not a good idea. Software licenses are very different than licenses for so-called "cultural works" (things ...
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Choice of and conversion between licenses

As long as you don't distribute further, the license (permissions you give third parties) is quite irrelevant. If you want to publish it, then the license becomes relevant. And what license(s) you ...
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What is the appropriate license that I should pick for my software?

You have two different classes of tools here: Tools 1-3 (Z3, ANTLR and WOLFGANG): you are using these directly in your program, so the license of your program must be compatible with the licenses of ...
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Is there any license which is based off on AGPL, but provides exemptions for the owner to allow others use it under a different license?

Current idea is to use AGPL, but add an exemption to the license (as owner of the library), that allows owner to sell or provide licenses to use the library to others who do not need to follow AGPL. ...
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Would a YouTuber fall in trouble for recording a walkthough of a Game that uses music licensed under CC BY 3.0?

This is entirely up to the person who owns the copyright on the music (which is nearly always the same person who you are required to attribute). If this person decides to make an issue of it, then ...
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LGPL that covers network-distributed use cases/web applications?

There isn't a particularly good solution. I would give up on trying to achieve a network copyleft effect in your case. The AGPL-3.0 lets you define additional permissions per section 7. Indeed, the ...
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Can i put my opensource project under MIT License if i used zlib library?

If you have taken the pysqlite3 library and are modifying that to add your encryption feature, then you should keep the original zlib license, because it is just easier if a project is under a single ...
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Attempting to understand CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Suppose if I uploaded to my Github repository a .pdf of a technical book I've written and want to share. According to CC BY-NC-ND 4.0, if someone were to fork the repository, they would still be bound ...
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What license should I use for releasing a design system free for everyone to use, adapt, develop etc.?

When it comes to copyright, your specification and the code that implements it are two completely unrelated things. This means that whatever copyright license you choose for your specification, it has ...
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License to enforce open source on derivative work from AI training such as GitHub Copilot or OpenAI Codex?

The issue here is that licenses by necessity derive their power from copyright law, so can apply only in situations where the output is legally a derivative work of the original. It is by no means ...
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Choosing License of GitHub Repository

Your requirements are incompatible with being open source. Can someone ever steal my code and commercially use it if I put my repo open-source? By making your code open source, you are allowing ...
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Attempting to understand CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 followup

It may be helpful to read the actual license text. The page that you link to says: This is a human-readable summary of (and not a substitute for) the license. Disclaimer. It appears that the text ...
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Does CC BY-SA 4.0 license apply to statistical analysis based on code blocks in CC BY-SA 4.0 licensed document?

We have already dealt with the question of how best to licence a free document containing a mixture of prose and code, but I think you have a bigger problem. When you write that the "code in the ...
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MIT License technicalities and compatibility with Apache 2.0

The MIT and Apache 2.0 licenses are both permissive licenses that put no or very little restriction on what licenses you can use for your own code (even if that code is a modification to MIT/Apache 2....
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Preventing commercial exploitation of small changes that require a lot of work

The company distributes their software only to selected clients (and I am not one of them). Would they in that situation still be required to open source their application to the general public? No, ...
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Should I include the licenses of my dependencies' dependencies?

I will assume that the LGPL library in your second sentence refers to your own code and that you plan to distribute the MIT library with your library. You will have to include somewhere in all your ...
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Is requiring a link to my site allowed for a FOSS license?

I think the GPL3 allows what you're asking for. Section 7(b) says Notwithstanding any other provision of this License, for material you add to a covered work, you may (if authorized by the copyright ...
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LGPL that covers network-distributed use cases/web applications?

You wrote: "I have found ... the "European Union Public License" which do cover the "network use counts as distribution"; however, I'm not an expert at reading legalese - I've ...
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Which licenses are to be considered when developing a software

Can someone recommend which license template should I choose while uploading my project on GitHub? You have provided us too little information to answer this part of your question. You indicated you ...
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