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Before I address any of your questions (of which there are rather a lot), note that the licence does not bind the author of wholly-original code. GPLv3 s4 requires that a copy of the GPL accompany any copy of the code, but if Fiona Q. Hacker writes libfiona from scratch and unambiguously releases it under GPLv3, and yet she doesn't include a copy of the ...


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Yes, there is a difference. If you mention a dependency in package.json (or a similar file that gets used by a mackage manager), you only need to have the right to download & use the dependency, not the right to redistribute it. That latter right is usually not granted for proprietary software. you can automatically get the latest released version of ...


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