Questions tagged [licensing]

Licensing refers to applying a license to an area of software. Only use this tag if your question concerns the application of a license to an area of interest. If your question concerns a specific license, use the tag that corresponds to your license. For more general questions, use this tag.

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1 File with two Licenses

I'm writing a project, and there is a code that I would like to use, from here: https://developer.mozilla.org/es/docs/Web/JavaScript/Reference/Global_Objects/Set The code is over CC0 licence, all fine,...
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Best way to include GPL-licensed code in an MIT-licensed library

I am currently developing a Python library under an MIT license (let's call it mylib). I have, however, come across what may be a minor hurdle. I want to include an optional GPL-licensed dependency. I ...
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Using an unmodified GPL library in non-copyleft code

I am writing a piece of software that I plan to distribute. In my code, I use a GPL licensed library. Do I have to apply the GPL to my software even if I did not do any changes to the above mentioned ...
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Is there any danger in using an outdated license version?

I'm using a code snippet that is licensed ritchey permissive license 10 but the newest version of the license available is 12. Is it bad that I'm using an outdated license? Can I upgrade to the latest ...
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Does the Apache 2 licence include the implementation of algorithms?

If I rewrote an algorithm (small one 100-200 lines), written in some programming language and licensed under Apache 2, in another programming language, should the new code be considered as a ...
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Can I dual license my software that is on Github with a GPLv3 license?

To my understanding, as the maker of the software, I have the right to dual licensing the software as I wish, be it both an open source license and a proprietary closed license at the same time. ...
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What license for my own web application so its forks can be closed source?

As my graduation work I'm working on a simple web application. I read a bit through documentation for licenses but my head hurts from it. All I know is that I don't want GPL I plan on making the ...
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LGPL application and plugins under different licenses

Imagine I have an LGPL application A that has dlopen-based plugin system. There are different parties of people that write the plugin for it. Plugin B is licensed under GPL. Plugin C is proprietary. ...
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Using maven artifacts without going insane over licensing

Every time I try to read or learn about licensing, it ends in a massive headache for me. Hence, I'm asking here, hoping to finally get some peace of mind about this. Say I have a little program I'm ...
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Choosing License of GitHub Repository

I really don't know much about the licenses. I am working on a project which I might upload on a website. So I have a few questions. Can someone ever steal my code and commercially use it if I put my ...
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Can I sell an Electron application that use a library under Eclipse Public License 1.0 without disclosing the source code of the entire app?

I want to sell an Electron desktop application that uses a JS library under the Eclipse Public License 1.0 license. One of the conditions is to "disclose source". It's not totally clear to ...
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What is the scope and trigger of the the copyleft provision of the Common Public Attribution License v1.0 (CPAL)?

I wrote a C++ program that uses an unmodified as-is 3rd-party library that's licensed under the Common Public Attribution License v1.0 (CPAL). I want to distribute my program along with the 3rd-party ...
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Service with rich configuration abilities under AGPL License

I’m trying to understand limitations of ‘programs’ licensed under AGPL, and the more I read, the more I confused. I’d very appreciate if someone can help me with following questions. I’m trying to ...
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(CC) Licensing a template with more protection for template than derived works

Let's say I have a template for writing a certain kind of report (say a Word file that offers instructions and a structure). I now want to avoid that someone commercializes that template, so I'd share ...
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Do the licenses of dependencies matter if the dependencies are not actually shipped by my software?

I have a github repository that I plan on making public, and I'm in the process of choosing a license for it. It's a Python project that utilizes a number of open source libraries. The code for those ...
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Attempting to understand CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 followup

As a followup to my earlier question, I'm having trouble understanding the section about derivatives. From About The Licenses concerning CC BY-NC-ND: This license is the most restrictive of our six ...
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How is "GPL-2 | GPL-3" to be interpreted?

A lot of packages in R (and I'm assuming in other languages as well) are licesed as "License: GPL-2 | GPL-3". Others as "GPL (>= 2)" and others as "MIT + file LICENSE"....
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Attempting to understand CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

I was wondering if I could get clarification on the CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 licence. 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-...
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Properly crediting MIT license? [duplicate]

I know there are a million questions about this license but none that I have read have satisfied me. I used react-collapsible in a react project and created a react-collapsible-license.txt file in the ...
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What should I do if I am using an Apache License 2.0 library in my android application?

If I am using a library that is licensed under Apache License 2.0, do I need to credit the author in my application? If yes then where exactly in the application (in description of play store or any ...
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What license should I use for releasing a design system free for everyone to use, adapt, develop etc.?

I have created a new media/format of presenting video, but is not a 'technology' but a concept, a design system. I want to release the idea for free for anyone to develop, use etc. What kind of ...
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Including design reference implementations with open source program

I am developing an open-source FPGA project that targets multiple FPGA development boards. The project itself is licensed MIT. On one of the targets, the VGA-to-HDMI encoder chip included on the board ...
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Open sourcing code using SLA0044 libraries (STmicroelectronics license)

I'm writing a program using the STmicroelectronics STM32_USB_Device_Library. I'd like to make this program open source, preferably under a GPL license, though I might consider MIT or BSD. This program ...
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Does using an AGPL 3.0 software via its REST API force to disclose source from calling software? [duplicate]

I'm currently developing a CMMS software. To allow pictures and other documents to be stored, I would like to use an Amazon S3-compatible API. To allow this, I was thinking of using Min.io server ...
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Can an apache-licensed project's trademark be used in a binary of the official source?

The Apache 2.0 license states Trademarks. This License does not grant permission to use the trade names, trademarks, service marks, or product names of the Licensor, except as required for reasonable ...
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Is it possible to have an MIT-licensed directory inside an MPL 2.0 repository?

I'm licensing my project under MPL 2.0, but I have a certain directory for utilities that I don't want to be under copyleft. If I put an MIT license in the said directory, can it override the MPL 2.0 ...
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Choice of and conversion between licenses

I have found an article with links to compare license types, but as there are so many, it's still very hard to decide, so I will have to keep reading, but what I hope to find are answers to the ...
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Meeting the Boost license requirements

I am looking for a precise answer to the question "how do I fulfill the Boost license requirements when using functions contained in the boost header files and compiled libraries". The Boost ...
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Is there some kind of software license for an open source but copyrighted program?

Is there some kind of software license for a program that I want to have open source (to gain the trust of the user) but that I do not want to be copied, redistributed, or forged, or used under ...
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Licensing a Javadoc JAR file

What are the commons practices for licensing a Javadoc JAR file? Since the Javadoc is automatically generated, is it legally possible to license it under a project-specific license? Otherwise, how to ...
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License to require promotional attribution to the end user

I'm developing a tool that will be distributed as a Rust crate and NPM package over the network, and a program will be running on a public blockchain. I'll be using other Apache 2.0 licensed code. I ...
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Is Docker (Apache 2.0) compatible with GPLv2 or BSD Licensed projects?

I'm developing a project that includes a section with an implementation on Docker, but Docker is based on Apache 2.0 license. I saw that Apache 2.0 is incompatible with GPLv2 and I want my project to ...
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Licensing a library under the MPL

The Mozilla Public License 2.0 is a license that specifically allows you to include source code licensed under it, in any program without restrictions, provided users are given a copy of the MPL-...
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Which license for a project combining MIT libraries and GPL modified files?

I have a website that uses MIT licensed libraries for JavaScript (THREE.js, Chart.js, js-yaml). The librairies are loaded through CDNs so their source files aren't explicitly present in the source ...
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Which licence(s) is Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) using?

I found Automotive Grade Linux , which is an open-source project based on Linux for automotive applications. This (German) news article says that you have to pay money to be a member of AGL. However, ...
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How to license a software library using the Apache license?

I made an android library and published it on GitHub as an open source library. Now I want to add the Apache license to it, but I don't know how to apply for the license. How can I get the Apache ...
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Using GetText (GNU) license in a commercial product (For now SaaS)?

I have a commercial product that will be will be available as a SaaS for now, but later on might be distributed. So for SaaS, using GNU libraries seems like a no issue since there is a loophole, ...
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Can a dataset built upon another have more restrictive license?

I found a dataset built on top of Wikipedia dump, which comes in Huggingface Dataset library. The Wikipedia dump is licensed under CC BY-SA and the Huggingface Dataset is licensed under Apache-2.0, ...
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How can I properly relicense MIT software to MPL 2.0 properly, while maintaining proper copyright notices

I have a project, it is a Rust one. From my understanding, with the MPL I must put a per-file header. Must I one-by-one add the MPL header to every file (perhaps including TOML files, etc.) or what? ...
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Is License mentioned in README enough [duplicate]

Some discontinued library mentions the MIT license only in their readme: https://github.com/krispenney/FCAlertView Do license mentions in README file without actual LICENSE file mean same in court?
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Distribute program with GPLv3 but need a subscription - How can this be made possible?

I am working on a Java framework that I would like to distribute with GPL V3 but as long as users have an active free subscription to certain site. Is it possible to do so ? Clarification - What I am ...
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CC BY-NC-SA "ShareAlike" (source vs binaries)

If I use and adapt a part from the source code of an open-source (Java) project Licensed under CC BY-NC-SA (3.0) into my project : I know the "ShareAlike" requirement means I'll have to ...
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Requirement to name original library / project when acknowledging

One of the key provisions of most open source licenses is the requirement to reinclude the license text in derived works. For example, the BSD licenses (all forms) say: Copyright <YEAR> <...
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How to publish research source code that modifies GPL v3 and LGPL v2.1 or later code, as well as uses MIT and MPL2 code?

I wrote a software simulation for my Bachelor's Thesis. For a statistical routine for the simulation, I adapted code from an LGPL v2.1 or later licensed library, without including the library, just ...
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Dual Licensing for Artistic Software

Let's say I'd like to develop an end-user application with which you can create some kind of artistic work (say presentations or drawings). As a fan of the open source idea, I'd like to open-source ...
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If the original author updates their program, is it now a modified work? [duplicate]

Lets say programmer Ed has made program foo and the program is licensed under the GPL license. If Ed updates his program, is that now a derivative or modified work? What if John contributes to ...
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Can you purchase the right to distribute GPLv3 code without disclosing source code?

WhatsApp uses the Signal protocol which is licensed under GPLv3. Am I right to assume that they should legally be required to publish their source code since they use the Signal protocol on binaries ...
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GPL and original author's copyright text in completely rewritten code

I'm about to release my first "big" project on Github, and although I want it to remain open-source and I have no plan of selling it, I want to try to make this licensing stuff right for my ...
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Using ZIPFoundation Library in e-commerce app, do I have to copy the license and add inside the code?

I am using the first time the open-source library. I have to export some files of costumer as a ZIP, seems the ZIPFoundation looks great to use it. I read the license which wrote it is free, but the ...
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Adding an open source license to a website with licensed images/names

I have made one site and want to publish on GitHub, though this site has copyrighted images and names. I've searched and found the MPL 2.0 that theoretically will protect this licensed images and ...

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