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If by I've been asked to make an application you mean that you were hired to create an application, the answer to your question depends on the contract you have with your employer (if you work for a company) or customer (if you are a freelancer). If you are an employee, generally your employer owns all of the work you produce for them. In this case you do ...


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Just adding another take on the question, hopefully to complement D. SM's excellent answer. You say that you're writing an application and you want to use a GPLv2 library in it. You fully understand this will mean releasing the entire program you write under GPLv2, and honouring the licence (providing source to anyone to whom you provide the binaries, etc.)...


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There is uncertainty about whether or not dynamic linking makes a derivative work and thus engages the GPL (pro, con). But reading the python module's README, it seems to me that the developers have already thought carefully about this. Although pdf2image does use poppler, it only uses two commands, which it invokes through userspace ("A python module ...


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The MPL-2.0 license does not require that Contributors add a copyright notice or in another way mark files as changed and it also doesn't contain any explicit clauses about mis-representation. Based on that, there seems to be no violation of the license, although you might look deeper in the copyright law of your country if it states anything about mis-...


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Update, based on new Terms of Service: If a GitHub repository specifies a license, that's the default license for contributions. Here's Section D.6 from GitHub's current Terms of Service: 6. Contributions Under Repository License Whenever you make a contribution to a repository containing notice of a license, you license your contribution under the same ...


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I was wondering if this license would hold any water or if it is legal. My legal knowledge is nil. This screams "BAD IDEA" at me. There's a reason that lawyers train for as long as they do. Legal documents are tricky and hard to get right unless you know exactly what you're doing; often, you may be able to do something that mostly does what you ...


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Docker container licensing is an utter mess. If you have a choice, the best move is not to play. Dockerfiles are simple: they are just an installation script. If you write the Dockerfile by yourself you are the sole copyright holder and can license it however you like, regardless of the licenses of the software referenced by the Dockerfile. Container ...


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One problem with your proposed license is as follows. BSD license says: Redistributions of source code must retain the above copyright notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer. This means the list of conditions and the disclaimer must be retained. Your license says: Redistributions of source code must retain the above copyright notice, ...


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If you write software as an employee, you should have an employment contract and get paid. If you write software as a contractor, I assume you have a contract that guarantees that you will be paid as well. Whether you are using open source software doesn't matter at all. There are of course consequences for using open source software: Whoever is the final ...


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Looking at the licence text of CC BY-SA 3.0, it explicitly includes someone else making a film from your work: "Adaptation" ... includes cinematographic adaptations I don't mention that to suggest that CC BY-SA 4.0 doesn't include such adaptations, I only note that in 4.0 it's left implicit rather than being spelled out. However, the idea that ...


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Would the application need to change to an open source license after I stop paying the annual fee? It depends on the the terms; it might mean you get a perpetual licence to use the libraries, but only an annual support and dev tools licence, or it might mean that you have to keep up payments to be entitled to keep selling your product, or it might mean ...


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Why is there no copy left effect of "Eclispe ECJ" infecting drools-compiler? Additions to EPL-covered projects that are separate modules, and not derivative works of the EPL code are not considered contributions to the EPL code and are not required to be licensed under the EPL or a compatible license. It is not legally settled if linking to a ...


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It sounds like the game publisher doesn't want an open source license. As soon as the code is released under an open source license, anyone will be able to do what they like with the code, and that's going to mean that they lose all control as to what people do with their mechanics and graphics. The graphics issue can actually be worked around by licensing ...


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I just downloaded the font file. While I didn't see a link to the clearly unambiguous license in the properties of the file (https://fonts.google.com/license/productsans), it does say under the "Legal trademarks" field that "Product Sans is a trademark of Google." The license that the GitHub repository is working under (https://github.com/google/iosched-ios/...


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IAAL and I will tell you the only possible correct answer to this question is: it depends. We know for sure that FOSS licenses are not the same as public domain grants, which are irrevocable. With licensed FOSS, the copyright continues to exist and is held by the author(s). The authors can still sue for infringement of the copyright. A license is a defense ...


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The NC clause in CC licenses is very vague and says that your usage must not be "primarily intended for or directed toward commercial advantage or monetary compensation". If you are unsure if your usage of the API falls within that definition or not, your best bet is to ask the publisher of the API if they consider showing ads on a site using their API to ...


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How I have done it- Yes it is as simple as that, beside that you can License your app from GitHub repository it self You can add a file(ThirdPartyLicense.txt) consisting all the licenses of dependencies and transitive dependencies in you main repository folder. This method is used by all big projects example Add credit for third party in your app credits ...


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The way I'd be inclined to handle this is as if it were a program which ships with a corpus of clip-art, then selects and arranges elements of that corpus according to user-provided instructions, expressed via an input string. Firstly, it is well-established here that the licence on a piece of software does not generally affect the licence status of the ...


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I'll answer these in reverse order because the second one is easier: can a language "itself" fall under the GPL independent of any concrete implementation? No. The GPL derives its legal power from copyright law, and copyright covers only the expression of an idea. The reference specification of a language can certainly be under the GPL (although the GPL ...


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