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Plausible, an open source alternative to Google analytics, released a blog post detailing their move from MIT licensing to the AGPL (Affero GNU Public License). In it, they have the following claim: Here are a couple of events that made us aware of the risks with a permissive open source license: There’s been at least one case where a corporation has taken ...


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Question: How do I go about placing a GPL license notice in the file containing those [public domain] subroutines If the file only contains public domain code, then you should not add a GPL license notice nor a copyright line in the file. Instead, you should put a notice in the file that the contents are in the public domain. This does not conflict with the ...


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I'm going to answer your question from the perspective: what is the risk to open sourcing the technology that your friend's business has developed. I try to tackle your more specific question at the end. TL,DR If your friend's company is built around the technology the company would open source, it's a real risk that their company would not be financially ...


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I'm sorry to disagree publicly, but Bart's answer, while excellent in many respects, seems wrong in one: you may (and in my opinion should) put a GPL header in the files you acquired under PD but are now redistributing as part of your project. If you choose not to, you will need to make it clear that they are public domain, by adding a comparable "...


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