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NPOSL is an Open Source license; you've made a common reading error with the license text. It's the licensor, not the licensee, that needs to be a non-profit. In other words, a non-profit could publish code under the NPOSL, but everyone else can use the code. The NPOSL is a variant of the OSL; the OSL's author explains the license on their website: There is ...


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There are no open-source licenses that forbid selling copies of the software, because that kind of restriction is not allowed in a license that is recognized as an open-source license by the community/FSF/OSI. However, there are open-source licenses that make the business model of selling copies of the software very unattractive. These licenses are strong ...


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It depends. The type of user itself doesn't matter, at least according to Creative Commons. It is how you use it that matters. From their FAQ: Does my use violate the NonCommercial clause of the licenses? CC's NonCommercial (NC) licenses prohibit uses that are "primarily intended for or directed toward commercial advantage or monetary compensation.&...


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I do not think this is a question that has a straightforward yes or no answer. The CC NC clause is really hard to get a grasp on, and Creative Commons do not provide much guidance about it. Their FAQ: Does my use violate the NonCommercial clause of the licenses is deliberately vague, and can be summed up in this sentence: Whether a use is commercial will ...


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Disallowing commercial use is a restriction that open-source licenses are not allowed to have. Any license that doesn't allow you to use the software for commercial purposes is not considered to be an open-source license by both the FSF and OSI, which are the two organizations that essentially define what the term "open source" means. The common route in ...


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The Geogebra license is nonsensical. You are absolutely correct: "GPL for non-commercial use only" is an impossible combination. The GPL specifically forbids the imposition of any additional licensing restrictions on top of the GPL: You may not impose any further restrictions on the exercise of the rights granted or affirmed under this License. ...


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If it is Free Software, getting the source and removing the "buy me" nag should trivial to do, quickly followed by a new github with the code posted. To do what you want, you simply have a not too nagging screen asking for donations and offering commercial support or wishlist work (I have $25 and wish there was a keyboard short cut for foo). You'll want ...


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No, this is not really possible. The next closes thing that you could do is to add an additional term under GPLv3 section 7: 7(b) to require the “preservation of specified reasonable legal notices or author attributions in that material or in the Appropriate Legal Notices displayed by works containing it” 7(c) to prohibit “misrepresentation of the origin ...


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A license for public distribution should be clear as to what people can do with it. "Non-commercial" isn't clear. There's room for a lot of disagreement about what "commercial" means. Can I redistribute it on an ad-supported website? Can I use it to prototype a commercial activity, if I discard all the software before going commercial? How about if I ...


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I'm in no way a lawyer, and this is something that you should consult a lawyer for, in terms of actual wording in your agreements/contracts... The ability to license a work belongs to whoever owns the copyright of that work. Where the startup is the owner of that work, it has the ability to offer it to other's under a license (in the same way that I can ...


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The easiest approach is to license the source code under one license and art assets under another license. The code can be under an open source license, and the art under a non-commercial license like Creative Commons BY-NC1. CC BY-NC requires attribution, as will any mainstream open source license you choose for your code (unless you choose a niche ultra-...


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The Open Source Definition and also the Free Software Foundation specifically insist that no restrictions on use are allowed. The FSF even encourages making money off software, as long as the license terms are followed. What you describe is definitely against the definition of open source.


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There is no universal rule. You have to file a bug and ask. In general, it is probably safest to assume that the most restrictive or most specific license terms apply, unless there is some indication that the author intended to dual-license (i.e. that they wanted to let you choose which license terms to follow). In this case, that means you're probably ...


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Given the details you give in comments, we can consider that your software would most likely be a derivative of the original research-only / non-commercial data. Then the question is what the license has to say about derivatives? Does it even allow them? If it does not explicitly allow them, you are most likely not authorized from publishing any software ...


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As we say in this question, "The copyright holder is never beholden to the rules of the holder's own license grant". The copyright holder is not bound by his/her own licence. Suppose that Alice creates a library, say libalice, which she releases under, say, LGPLv2.1. Although s2c requires that modified versions be released under LGPLv2.1, Alice is not ...


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The CC-BY-NC-4.0 license contains a definition of noncommercial in Section 1.i: NonCommercial means not primarily intended for or directed towards commercial advantage or monetary compensation. For purposes of this Public License, the exchange of the Licensed Material for other material subject to Copyright and Similar Rights by digital file-...


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A commercial use is one primarily intended for commercial advantage or monetary compensation. (Source: Creative commons) So if you only have the adverts for financing the page it's ok, but when you are making money out of it it's not ok.   I really don't want to attribute any link on that page that has the logo That isn't possible. But you could ...


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The article you reference obviously is lacking proper crediting at the minimum. You should contact them so they can fix this alright. You should aslo alert them that they may need a proper authorization (which they may have already) from xkcd for a commercial usage


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If someone sued Red Hat, for example, if Red Hat (or the computer) crashed and the person lost all of their stuff, that the ruling would likely absolve Red Hat of responsibility IANAL/IANYL. Nonetheless, I think that's likely, and it is because almost all free software licences include a clear and unambiguous liability disclaimer. Here's the one from the ...


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As a permissive license, the Apache 2.0 license does not prevent extra restrictions. The code may be used in any project as long as the attribution requirements are met. But such projects would not be licensed under the Apache license! And it would arguably be a misuse of the Apache trademark to call such a project Apache-licensed… That particular licensing ...


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Personality rights differ wildly between jurisdictions, especially between common-law and civil-law jurisdictions. In general, you have no right to use another person's name or likeness. There is no general exception for non-profit usage. You will have to check your applicable laws for details. Personality rights have trademark-like aspects, but for natural ...


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If your application does not rely on those as an integral part and the sound files are not distributed with your application: no issue. Just offers your user the possibility to use whatever sound source they personally are comfortable with, and you're fine; it is also permissible to provide some default sources. The sound files are only data the users work ...


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Section 4.a of the CC BY-NC-ND license clearly says "You must include a copy of, or the Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) for, this License with every copy of the Work You Distribute or Publicly Perform." Therefore it is not necessary to include the entire language of the license in your files, just a link is enough. It may also be helpful to ...


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There are a few solutions: Qt is released under both a commercial license and the LGPL. Many companies find the LGPL license too contaminating (must release derivative works, no static-linking, must provide sources if distributing binaries, yada, yada, yada) so they pay significant amounts to Qt to have a commercial license instead. Another option is to ...


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You can absolutely have multiple names in a copyright notice, if the licensed work has multiple authors. In some jurisdictions there's also the concept of “joint authorship” that might apply here. You hold copyright automatically by authoring something. It is unnecessary (and quite unusual) to create a legal entity to hold the copyright. Some projects with ...


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You are correct that the license appears to be a modified BSD 2-clause license, with non-commercial language added, and that the license is not Open Source. This is similar to the "Academic Public License" created (and, as far as I know, exclusively used) by Omnet. Since this license has never been submitted to an approving body (since it would not be ...


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Copyright is automatic when you write the work - see copyright.gov for the US. Your work is under copyright protection the moment it is created and fixed in a tangible form that it is perceptible either directly or with the aid of a machine or device. You can license that work to others or not as you wish. The Apache license doesn't give you copyright ...


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See my answer to this closely related question. The gist is: You cannot use the BCL-licensed JavaFX as provided by Oracle as pre-built for much anything beyond some evaluation and development You can use the GPL+Classpath exception-licensed JavaFX runtime and open source libraries with an OpenJDK runtime for pretty much anything including commercial ...


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I know that some of those pictures have a copyright. All those pictures are protected by copyrights. Some of them may have an explicitly stated copyright license. Am I allowed to use those pictures for my (non commercial) Thesis? Do I have to filter them by the license and look on every site the picture appears? When you are not the copyright holder and ...


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