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Can I "Override" a licensing policy?
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It depends. For Stack Exchange: yes. When you write something, you own the copyright, and have the right to do whatever you want with it (from a copyright perspective at least). When you post ...

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Does open source qualify as being part of the public domain?
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The Public Domain in the US means the copyright of something is owned by nobody, and cannot be owned by anybody. Open source is a license model. The creator of the software holds the copyright, and ...

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Report a security issue to a project hosted at GitHub
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There is, as far as I know, currently no way to mark an issue as a security issue. That makes reporting a security issue including full details on GitHub effectively a full disclosure strategy. ...

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Using GPL code in an application that is offered to a single client as source code
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When you acquire a GPL license for this product, build upon it, make a product, and transfer it to your client, there can be two scenarios, and in neither case it is a problem. In the first case, you ...

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Should I use the WTFPL for my FLOSS project?
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The WTFPL fulfills your requirements. Three very similar things you can do with your requirements are Release it under the WTFPL Release it under CC0 Release it into the public domain These things ...

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Can Wikipedia content be used on my website if I attribute it on my terms and conditions page?
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You can use all the text, and most of the images, under some conditions, and those conditions include proper attribution. Wikipedias text is under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 ...

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How can I get users to read the docs/FAQ before asking new questions?
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There are a bunch of strategies that help you deal with beginner questions. Not all of them teach to RTFM, but you don't have to. Some strategies that can be very effective: Mobilize your userbase ...

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What can I do when a fork of my project is out-competing mine?
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Forking is not only a possibility of open source development, it's an express intention. If their fork is more popular than yours, this may be because they do something technically better than you, in ...

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Is the Mozilla Public License compatible with Apple's App Store?
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TL;DR: The legal incompatibilities between the GPL and the App store TOS don't apply to the MPL, but there is no saying whether Apple will allow your MPL licensed app. First off, what Apple allows ...

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Why is GPLv2 incompatible with GPLv3?
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Both the GPLv2 and the GPLv3 have clauses that Require the combined product to adhere to the license terms of the license of the GPL licensed component. Require that no additional restrictions may ...

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How can I get contributors to document properly?
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Don't merge, unless it meets your demands. All contributions are welcome, but only those that meet your standards are merged. Whether that is test coverage, a style guide, or documentation, it ...

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Can I open source a closed source project by transcoding/transcompiling its source-code, so it's completely different?
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You can't do that. When you adapt the work, you are creating a derivative work you have no license to distribute for. You can't re-license and distribute this work under any license as you don't own ...

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How to react to unhelpful contributions to otherwise unnoticed projects
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Some guidelines that may be of use: Always thank the submitter for their patch (unless you really don't want them to submit any patches anymore, which could be possible) Establish guidelines for ...

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Is it allowed to dynamically link a GPL licensed library for commercial use?
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The jury is still out on this one. The traditional interpretation, and the one intended by the Free Software Foundation(FSF, publishers of the GPL), is that no, you can't do this. This position seems ...

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Open Source license for school use, but not commercial use
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The open source definition does not allow discrimination against fields of endeavor, and you can't disallow commercial use if you want a license that meets the open source definition. An option is to ...

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What happens to an open source project when the copyright expires?
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The copyright on the combined work expires when the most recent part of the individual copyrights expires (in the US generally life + 70 years of the last author) and the project would enter the ...

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Can I license a project which I have already released without a license?
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A common misunderstanding is that if you put something online without a license text to accompany it, anyone is free to do with it whatever they want. This isn't true. Whatever you create is ...

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What can/should I do when I see a violation to GPL restrictions?
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When you release your software under the GPL, it means you give anyone a license to use your software under some terms and agreements. If somebody violates the agreement, they are in breach of ...

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Preventing people from forking and profiting over minor changes
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When you release software as open source, it's your intention that others can take it and do whatever they want with it — either as copyleft (where they must do so under the same license) or as ...

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Are licenses licensed or copyrighted?
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Yes, a license, or terms of service, are eligible for copyright. The GPL itself, for example, is not available under a free license. Your question is specifically about the MIT/expat license. This ...

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Can I license Python project under 3-clause BSD while it has GPL-based dependencies
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tl;dr: Some, including the Free Software Foundation (FSF, publishers of the GPL) says no, you can't do this. Others say yes, you can. The FSF considers a work a single program if the parts ...

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Is the code generated from a GPLv3 EBNF grammar a derivative work?
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TL;DR: yes, the software you distribute which builds on grammar files under copyright for which you have a GPLv3 license must also be licensed under the GPLv3. Your software is made up of several ...

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What is the copyright status of Colossal Cave Adventure?
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If the software is in the public domain, it is effectively free of copyright, and you are free to release a derivative work under any license you want. If it's not, you don't have a license to publish ...

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Can GPL licenced software be used in corporate environments?
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These licenses are very suitable for use in a corporate environment. The licenses used by GNU are the Free Software Foundation family of licenses: GPL, LGPL and AGPL. These licenses have the ...

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How should I re-license the scaffold code for my new application? (it is licensed under MIT)
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The MIT license is a very permissive license, and allows re-licensing. The license doesn't require you at all to to keep the attribution line in any of the files, but it's kind of a dick move to ...

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Using GPL or LGPL licensed framework for web application
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Running an application on a server is never considered distribution, and you're not bound by the terms of the LGPL for distribution. Please do note that running javascript in the browser does mean ...

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Licence to prevent sharing a modified copy of a software?
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No. Any open source license allows anyone to share modified source code. From the annotated open source definition clause 3: 3. Derived Works The license must allow modifications and derived works, ...

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Appropriate licence for later merging back
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The combination of conditions you set don't meet the Open Source Definition as set by the OSI. From the Annotated Open Source Definition: Derived Works The license must allow modifications ...

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Can I charge expenses for a work under CC BY-NC-SA?
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One of the problems with CC NC is that when you say "I am not sure what "Commercial purposes" are", you are not alone in that. The relevant clause in CC BY-NC 3.0 reads You may not exercise any of ...

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Could you apply a CC-BY license to a piece of land?
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No. A piece of land is not a creative work. People can't copy it. It has nothing to do with licenses to copyrighted works.

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