Questions tagged [licensing]

Questions about the implementation of software licenses on software. General questions about open source software licenses should be asked at opensource.stackexchange.com instead. Legal questions about software licenses should be asked at law.stackexchange.com instead.

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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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Creating derivative work based on a project under apache license - Dealing with original notices in source codes

There is a library licensed under Apache License 2.0 that I extended its functionality in multiple new Classes. Also some of the original Classes of the project had to be modified in which some of ...
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Legal problem on lifting from open source libraries

Background Our project, written in Java, is now trying to eliminate unnessceary external dependencies introduced during prototype development. We feel it easy when killing simple static utility ...
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Software License for project using .NET and Sql Server Express

I considering making my application open source on github. I don't intend to sell it (neither in binary form nor source code form). It probably isn't even useful to a lot of people except maybe for ...
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License issue of Spring Data Neo4j?

If I use Spring Data Neo4j to develop a software, and I want to publish it for commercial use with charging, does there exist any license issue? I survey many posts about the license issue of Neo4j ...
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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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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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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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How does the FOSS exception for MySQL connectors apply to code written in PHP or Python?

I have looked all over and can't find clear answers to the following: If I write code in PHP or Python that uses GPL MySQL connectors for PHP or Python - which license applies to my code? That of PHP ...
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Integrate non-free (with permission) / differently licenced logos in GPL repository

I'm planning to open source an Android app that I developed against the API of a (small regional) social network. This app is the 'official' version for the website and thus allowed to use the logo ...
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Does using Xapian in Django-Haystack enforces GPL?

Consider the following situation: She uses Django (BSD) for a website. She uses Haystack (BSD) for textual search in the website. She uses the backend of haystack, xapian-haystack (GPL), to use ...
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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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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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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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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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OSS license for seemingly unspecified license?

I want to work on uemacs/PK and run it through Coverity SCAN. I can see on the repo that there are commits by different people, but I'm confused because the README only allows modifications by a ...
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How to use custom fonts in my game? (License question)

I would like to use Roboto font in my libGDX game, but it's licensed under Apache license 2.0. Do I have to include the font license file in my game if I want to use it? I am using internal storage (...
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User based licensing on web server

I'm developing a client-server software for an enterprise customer. I'm being asked to limit the number of user accounts to a number N. Each user logs in with it's own username/password combination, ...
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Open source license to prevent publishing Android application with modified name or package

I've written an Android application and I want to publish it as a FOSS application, however, I want to restrict others from publishing it in Android markets (e.g. Play Store) with only changing the ...
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GPLv3 and executables in GPLv3

I created a GPLv3 project that uses functions from several libraries and geckodriver.exe with different licenses (MIT, Apache 2.0, BSD3, MPL 2.0 (all GPL compliant)): I put the code and copy of ...
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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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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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