D. SM
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How do I become a regular contributor to GitHub FOSS projects?
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what is the best way to go about being an active, influential FOSS contributor? The two goals I bolded that you seem to be asking about are quite different. Many open source projects start because ...

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What is the correct term for software whose source code is available only to read?
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Source available is a common term used to describe such licenses.

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What are the benefits of having a benevolent dictator for life (BDFL) on OSS?
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I would say that projects having a BDFL ultimately trust the vision of the project to one person, as opposed to design by committee. You can refer to the list of BDFLs. Many of the individuals listed ...

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Can I get paid to make code that includes GPLv2 libraries?
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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 ...

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Contributing as a company
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The author of a work and the copyright holder of the work don't need to be the same entity. An example of this is music - a song is written by an artist, but the copyright on it may be held by a ...

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What is the difference between contributor, member and collaborator?
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Contributors Git (in a git repository) identifies authors and committers by email address. Github users can associate email addresses with their accounts. When a user's set of email addresses is found ...

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I made my own open source license. Is it any good? Is it legal?
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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. ...

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Can I use (statically or dynamically linked) mingw-w64 runtime libraries for commercial purposes?
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You can create and distribute proprietary software using most libraries that ship with mingw. In general, if you are using a library (which includes libstdc++, libgcc and libwinpthread in your ...

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Can I make a JS Library license 'MIT' if the JS library includes a paid commercial license
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The reason why software must have a license is because two actions are otherwise not allowed by copyright law: Distributing software (giving others exact copies) Distributing modified versions The ...

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Enforceability of codes of conduct for smaller projects
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You don't need a code of conduct. GitHub suggests you add one, but this isn't a requirement. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Code_of_conduct says: A code of conduct can be an important part in ...

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Why is the ath10k driver nonfree if it ships with Linux?
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The Debian firmware page explains that some hardware with free (as per GPL) drivers requires firmware to operate which is not free. For example, the license for ath10k firmware is incompatible with ...

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Original author splitting up and developing independent fork
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Do I owe anything to the original authors if I monetize and sell my fork? You must comply with conditions of the Apache license, such as maintaining existing copyright notices. Apache license ...

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How to enforce CC-BY in data generated by a program, if I open-source that program as well?
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There is a concept called database right. I am not sure whether this would apply in your case though - the idea behind database rights is to protect investment in creating the database, but if a user ...

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What does "user-visible display" in RPL mean?
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"Extensions" are defined in the license: 1.5 "Extensions" means any Modifications, Derivative Works, or Required Components as those terms are defined in this License. "Your extensions" are used ...

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How to add {copyright, license, etc} to restructuredText source?
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RST supports comments in various forms, which could be used to specify licenses inline. This would be similar to adding a license block to an individual source code file in a program. However. If ...

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How to completely get rid of proprietary code in the library?
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how can I release it so that the company can not claim that I was redistributing their proprietary info? This depends on what you mean by "proprietary info". If the company had a document that ...

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Release an application that uses Flutter under the GPL?
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You can release your application under the GPL. You cannot alter copyright notices in Flutter, but you didn't ask about doing that.

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Under what license may I take and use screenshots of LibreOffice?
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While the term "license" is most frequently applied to program source code text, it also covers visual assets and such. An argument could be made that, for example, if the title bar of a program ...

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Can I freely redistribute MongoDb community .msi installer with proprietary software
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If you are planning on spending months or years of effort and money to build software on top of other software, it's a good idea to find a lawyer and pay for a proper professional opinion, which the ...

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Does reading code and re-implementing the logic, and releasing under your name count as a licensing violation of MIT?
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IANAL. The terms of MIT license state: Permission is hereby granted [...] to modify [and] sublicense [...] copies of the Software, subject to the following conditions: The above copyright ...

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