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Do the licences permit GPL- and BSD-licensed applications to be used for government work?
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The definition of Free Software includes anyone being able to use the software for any purpose (any field of endeavor and no discrimination against persons or groups). So no version of the GPL, or ...

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What are the consequences for downstream actors of redistributing a work under a wider CC license than the copyright holder authorized?
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Company A violated the license by redistributing in a manner they were not licensed to do so when they changed from CC X to CC Y. Company B thought they were doing a permitted thing by taking what ...

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Can I sell personal/commercial licenses for an Open Source product?
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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 ...

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GNU GPL V3 with no code change disclosure
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You aren't required to make code public - but you are required to make code and all changes available to anyone that you distribute binaries, etc. to. So supplying source on request of only the ...

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Are there any hybrid open-source/proprietary software licenses and business models?
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1 - You could go back to closed source ... IF you did not accept any code from others under the terms of your Free-license-of-choice. You could also refuse to accept code contributions without an ...

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How to deal with support of open source solutions in bigger projects?
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Cost effectiveness and use of resources. Let's use your example of a DB system. You still need hardware to run it all on. That's a "fixed" cost. Using F/OSS won't really change it. You still need ...

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EOS - How to understand license agreement of Linux kernel derivative?
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1) Who did you buy a support contract from? 2) If they are using GPL software (ie, the Linux kernel) then they must give you the source if you ask for it, and there should be an offer made for it in ...

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Examples of Open-Source Backends
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Yes. Take a look at Instructure, the provider of the Canvas online course management system (disclosure - I was the Canvas admin for the college I worked for for 6 years, and I love the product). ...

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How to license scientific software to be open while protecting against misuse?
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First, you need to determine if what you want to do would make it non-Open Source or non-Free Software. Fortunately, the Open Source Definition has you covered, specifically item #4, key part ...

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How to license programming assignments permissively, while preventing solutions from being published?
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Simple. Don't publish what you consider to be the "right" answer. As a fellow teacher (adjunct, Linux admin stuff for a networking AS degree, the occasional intro to SQL class) I like the fact that ...

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Technically posible to prohibit closed source drivers with Linux?
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There are a few issues. First, there is no one group that holds all copyrights to the kernel code. Hundreds if not thousands of contributors and corporations, all of which must OK re-licensing the ...

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Example Terms of Service for OSS software hosted on Google platform?
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I am not a lawyer... Depending on which license you use, there may be provided examples. For instance, the folks at gnu.org have a "How to use this license" type document https://www.gnu.org/...

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Using a tool under GPL v2 in a commercial application
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Not at all. In your example with the GPLv2, the only time you'd need to worry about sharing source is if you modify git in some way, and distribute the results of that modification. The people you ...

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GPL exceptions that only apply to certain individuals
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That would not be a Free license - discrimination against (or FOR) persons, groups, or field of work means it is non-free. What you can do - if the code is all yours - is to dual license it. Post it ...

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What's the point of running free software on non-free hardware?
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Pragmatically most of us can learn to use a text editor and a compiler or interpreter, whereas designing circuits and actually making circuits that are small enough, etc. are beyond the capabilities ...

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