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Windows c++ (piracy): strategies for preventing multiple binaries from being cracked by a single patcher [duplicate]

I am developing a piece of commercial software for Windows, that requires users to obtain a license key in order to use it. It is run locally by clients with the assumption that their machine may not ...
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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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What happens when a MIT licensed project uses Apache 2.0 drivers to connect to GPLv3 databases? [migrated]

I'm working on a SaaS medical research startup project with a MIT license. The goal is for the source to be open (because then customers can help improve it and find bugs), and end-users who want to ...
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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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copyright. All rights reserved. Can I share this file in github?

I want to add some example projects to my repository. However, I have some files with copyright notice. The disclaimer says owned by Xilinx, use at own risk, don't delete copy right notice. It ...
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If you manage a BSD-licensed open source project, how do you guard against someone illegally contributing GPL-licensed code?

An open source project licensed under BSD, MIT or another permissive license accepts code contributions from the community. How can I prevent someone from taking GPL-licensed code that they don't own ...
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Can I use my own software with a different license from that one used to make it public? [closed]

I ask because I found no answer to this, maybe because is too obvious (I think there is no thing like "legally obvious"). Imagine that I make a small library (DLL) or a styling template (CSS) or ...
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proper presentation of multiple (compatible) licenses that inspired a single source file

I am developing a BSD 3-clause library. In the root of the repository, I have the full license text, and at the top of each file something like /* This file is part of <project name>, ...
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Are you supposed to fork a repo if you're porting it to another language?

I'm new to forking and open source and I'm porting a Rust library into Swift but I wasn't sure if I needed to fork the original repo and then replace it with my new files or just upload my own repo ...
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GNU license and hosting source code

Currently working with a client and their lawyers to launch a web application. The website will be hosted in AWS on Debian Linux instances. Debian contains (among others) the GNU General Public ...
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Licensing of classifier tool trained on open data [closed]

The broad question is: how are the licensing terms for a classifier that is trained with open annotated data (or manually annotated) data? I am trying to train a dependency parser for German text ...
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Understanding application licenses when using third party libraries in an android project

I'm developing an app for the 2nd time but it's the first time i'm using third party libraries in my application. One of the libraries seems to have an MIT license and the other is the android ...
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Gnuplot in commercial online/offline applications [closed]

Gnuplot seems to be one of the rare applications with the level of perfection in rendering graphics (will be glad to know if any competitor exists to this level). My question is related to the ...
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Contributions of a problematic team member to an open source project [closed]

I'm currently coordinating the development of a software for a certain scientific computational task. The developers are all working on the project on a voluntary basis. Our goal is to publish the ...
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Allow Third Party Access to Source Code without right to redistribute or sell [closed]

I am in a situation where a client is asking that I develop a custom software product for them. They've asked that I subcontract under another party that they have worked with before. In reading the ...
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Can I distribute binaries of my GPLv3 software? [closed]

I have licensed my software under GPLv3 and made it available on Github as an open source repository. Am I allowed(under GPLv3) to distribute binary releases of the application so it is easier to use ...
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Work under GPL without license version number [closed]

I understand that I should consult a lawyer for this if this is is an important matter, but since it is not, I am just going to ask here. What are the legal implications if one distribute their work ...
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Do I need to put a license in my website's HTML and/or CSS?

I am making a website for a competition my school is taking part in, however I am not on the team and am not receiving any compensation (save for better references :P). The only condition I have set ...
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second license dedicated to one person [closed]

There is a project on github which is GPL-3 licensed. I want to use this code for my commercial project, but I don't want to open my codes. So, I contacted with the developer to check if she can ...
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Where should I place a license?

I'm creating a site for commercial needs, for myself or for sales. In them, I'll use the Laravel framework. Laravel is licensed under the MIT license. The MIT license tells to me: The above ...

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