Questions tagged [licensing]

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Licensing scenario question

Problem: I have an API that lives in my organizations tenant. We use scopes and roles through Azure AD to authorize our API endpoints. These scopes and roles are assigned in our clients app ...
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How can youtube and spotify apis used together commercially? [closed]

Plan is to use spotify & youtube API and their own players to combine the two and add my own functionality to a multisource player. Plan is to read spotify tracks & playlists and read user's ...
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Desktop application: preventing abuse of online license scheme?

Software companies like Autodesk, Adobe, etc all offer online licensing schemes with the following features: (1) to use the software, you must login from your workstation to activate your license (2) ...
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Designing a simple 'site license' system for a software license

The aim is to have a system that would allow any user on any client machine of a home network to be able to use my software. Activations outside of this network would not be allowed. The base for this ...
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VM-images: how protect time-license programs?

One big customer asked me to supply my program to run within a balanced VM-images structure; I mean, the program will be recorded into an image which will be launched in "instances" to ...
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Software license for paid open-source app on Microsoft Store [closed]

What is the right software license to use in order to be able to sell my application, have it be open-source, and still be able to accept pull requests? I am developing a productivity/utility ...
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What counts as disclosing source for software licenses? [closed]

MPL v2, GPL v3 and other licenses alike require giving users access to source code. For desktop applications - does access have to be provided through the user interface (GUI)? Or can it just be ...
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How to deliver a website to the customer VM (real server) with a trial period?

I have a website that was writing using .net stack technologies. It is accessible via the internet. Some of my potential (Enterprise) customers want me to install the whole website on their own VM and ...
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May I and should I include my dependencies in the jar i publish online?

I'm developing a java project that I'd eventually like to publish and make open source. To make a executable jar file I use the maven-assembly-plugin. This includes my dependencies in the jar, which ...
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Is it secure to make a seperate project which checks whether a license is active

I am trying to make a project which will help me to implement feature based licensing in future projects. The projects in this solution are C#/WPF Projects. So I have a Helper-Project with a class &...
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Can I release my own work with CreativeCommon BY-NC-SA license (Non Commercial), and still make a commercial use myself?

I have released works with MIT licence, others with CC BY-SA, etc. But for a specific work, I'd like to share it with Creative Commons BY-SA-NC, i.e. I don't want people who will modify/fork it to ...
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Release App to Apple and Google Stores - Demo account, only company users and User Generated Content scope

I develop for a company an Ionic cross-platform mobile app that will be published on Apple's App Store and Google's Play Store. I read Apple's Review Guidelines and Google's Developer Program Policy ...
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Licensing a spring boot application inside an AMI

Say we have a standalone spring boot application which we are going to distribute by creating an AMI and sharing on the AWS marketplace. Since the jar is available inside the AMI, I want to stop a ...
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Why the licence manager system like battle.net, steam, uplay age more interesting than isolated software installation [closed]

I would like to understand why sofware developers tends to use a meta licence manager than a software dedicated licence. Is it a question of security or for "customer experience"? Thx for ...
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Is extracting strings from an executable considered decompilation?

I am attempting to parse all possible outputs of a proprietary piece of software (ELF binary) whose license explicitly forbids reverse-engineering, decompilation and disassembly. So my question is: ...
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Concurrent Licensing Implementation

First time poster - apologies if I am missing key information. I am working on a project composed of two applications which rely on a USB license supporting concurrent licensing (e.g. only 10 users ...
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SQL Server: Which License? Any alternatives?

I'm working on a project which at the moment is not being used for any commercial purposes, and I'm managing the data by using a SQL Server Database. I read here that I should pay for it if I ever ...
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What is a good way to make a "software activation code" system?

I have a software product I am going to release soon. It is built with Java/Spring/Tomcat and will be installed on the customer's local network. I plan to sell this to corporate customers and I want ...
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License control for an on-premise application

TL;DR How do you build an airtight license control system for your onprem application, which revokes access once subscription ends? Premise I am building this application in Python that needs to ...
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How do I prove an app is mine? [closed]

So I am in the process of finishing an app (android for now), and I have a doubt about if I should have papers that proof that I made that app. Its the first time for me to publish an app, and I am ...
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Do I include the open source copyright notice in an enterprise software (for commercial use)? [closed]

I have included OpenCV libraries in the enterprise software written in c++. I know that OpenCV is a BSD 3-Clause license, which means most of its libraries are free to use, modified, and redistribute. ...
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How do companies ensure that a commercial license for their Framework is used?

I was wondering how does a Company make sure that a Commercial License was purchased for a Framework they are providing? For Example Qt is a Framework for C++ and it can be downloaded and used ...
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How to handle third-party licenses of indirectly used packages [closed]

We develop an application using npm with several third-party packages. Now we want to release our app to the public. That we have to reference the licenses of the packages should be self-evident. But ...
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What approach should i use to license a local web application with no internet?

I built a .Net web application for a company and it is going to be hosted on their own web-server that don't have access to the internet. the solutions i have thought so far is to get the MAC address ...
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How to manage user serial keys for an application

I have an application in C# where several users access it. Each user will have a serial key associated with his username in a table users in a local MySQL database. Example of the table users: User ...
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What's the best way to control distribution/usage of proprietary, internal software?

I was tasked with writing software for my company. As I am now writing a third program (with many more coming), what's the best way to control the distribution/usage of our software? The software I'...
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Do I need to make my code open source or buy a license? [closed]

I want to develop a GUI in python for my company in order to sell it to the customer. Being fresh from the university where I used pyQt, I promptly started programming using that library, just to ...
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Question about Restricting Features and Licensing [closed]

We have a product that contains features (Let's say feature A, B and C). We are about to move it to production (a web application) for a certain client. However, as per my boss, we will deploy the ...
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Altering author names in MIT license [closed]

Some years ago I wrote and released some software under the MIT license. Recently I noticed that one (or some?) of the forks have altered the leading copyright notice at the top of the license, i.e. ...
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Are there accepted alternatives to having boilerplate (e.g. copyright, OSS, xport ctrl, classification) in the sourcecode itself?

An increasing amount of effort is being put in keeping company code "boilerplate" header up-to-date according to classifications and templates from an external application, leading to "source code ...
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Is a GPL libary for MATLAB considered free software? [closed]

I would say no, because a MATLAB licence is required to run the software, but this point isn't completely clear to me. EDIT: This was a terminology question, not a request for legal advice.
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How to identify an organization for license management purposes for an Windows application?

To introduce some license levels (organization, computer, user), I need to pinpoint information that identifies the object (organization, computer, user) without user interaction. To identify the ...
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Can i change apache license owner to our company name?

Our previous developer set his name in the license of our open source project. Thats how license header looks: Copyright (c) 2018 (his name), Stichting (our company name) <(his email)> Can we ...
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If I use .Net Core 2.0 my software must by open software? [closed]

If I use .Net Core 2.0 my software must by 'open software' or what? Sorry for my English.
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How to revive an abandoned LGPL project? [closed]

There is an LGPL open source code in SourceForge that is quite useful, but entirely abandoned. I can see that the community struggles with code issues, but the original developer does not respond to ...
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What Software Delivery Guidelines are appropriate when outsourcing?

I started working at a very small company that regularly (not too often) has to outsource some software developments. The external suppliers than have to deliver something. As I now have seen is that ...
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Logic circuit simulation: homebrew or third party solution?

Software I'm working on requires simulation of logic circuits, both combination and sequential. Now the simulation doesn't need to be too detailed, in fact it could be detrimental to the function of ...
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AGPL - passwords in code

I'm looking at putting up a fan site for an author using code released under the AGPL. Under the AGPL, as I understand it, I would need to publish my code modifications. This is entirely fine. ...
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I want to sell web app and share source code but not to be redistributed. How do I do that?

I want to sell web app to be hosted internally and share source code with that specific client but not to be redistributed(commercially or non-commercially) to outside the office. They can edit and ...
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Distribution with CDDL dependency in case of intellij

I have an amateur question with respect to CDDL 1.0 License. This link provides a list of all the open source software used by intellij idea. The one in relevance now for this ticket is: WADL-core ...
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Can GPLv3+ library be used as a component of a larger, LPGLv3+ library [duplicate]

The question is in the title. My guess is that the answer is "No", but I would appreciate confirmation. This page mentions as a downside of the Lesser GPL that using it permits use of the library in ...
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To what extent can you use LD_PRELOAD to circumvent the GPL?

I'm not exactly sure what the history behind this, but Debian and Ubuntu currently wraps around some of the PostgreSQL utilities with something called pg_wrapper. This utility uses LD_PRELOAD to ...
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Are squash-merges compatible with the Developer Certificate of Origin?

The Developer Certificate of Origin appears to be widely used in open source at this point, including support at GitHub and use by GitLab community edition. In accepting a pull request, many folks (...
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Is there a reason to use the Windows registry to store license info, if we aren't concerned with hiding anything?

I've read answers to the following: Why is Windows registry needed? However I am curious about how this might apply to the practice of storing software license keys. I've seen developers store ...
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If I am late to commit a software license to a repo, are all previous commits unbound from the license?

Suppose I have a private project with 100 commits. I don't add a software license until the 101st commit. If I make the project open source, does that mean all first 100 commits are unbound by the ...
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Is modification allowed if license does not mention it? [closed]

I recently came across this license agreement on software: Personal Use License The content owner grants the buyer a non-exclusive, perpetual, personal use license to view, download, display,...
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With source code lost, can the binary be released as MIT without it? [closed]

I preserve old software by asking copyright owners (often one author) to release the source code under an Open Source License, GPL or MIT. In many cases the source is gone, but the binaries still ...
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How to include BSD licensed component in my project

I want to use a software which is licensed under the BSD, in my project. I come up with two ways. I create a directory for this component and copypaste the original LICENSE.txt file in this ...
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Can I include a GPL v3 binary with my proprietary application if I prompt the user to download it at install time?

I have a proprietary application that I want to distribute and sell. The application uses a GPL v3 licensed binary/library. Since I don't want to distribute the source of my application and also want ...
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Upload MIT-licensed code to maven repository [closed]

I found some java source code under MIT license on Github, but it is not included in any maven repository. I asked in issue to publish it somewhere, but nobody answered and looks like this repo is not ...
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