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When using the Apache license, is there still a need for a Contributor License Agreement (CLA)?

I can certainly see the need for CLAs with a terser license like MIT or BSD, but the more verbose Apache seems to already have that type of verbiage in it. I would prefer to not add this level of ...
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Do legal names matter with source code licensing in the USA? [closed]

If a project wishes to relicense its source code to a license that was incompatible with the original license, the project maintainers generally need to seek the express approval of its contributors ...
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For open-source licenses with an acknowledgement clause, how obvious does the notice need to be?

In licenses such as that of libjpeg and freetype, there are clauses like the following: (2) If only executable code is distributed, then the accompanying documentation must state that "this ...
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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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Reusing open-source code that doesn’t specify a license

I am creating a module for a CMS. I found a PHP code in github that does some work for me. The author has not clearly stated the license for the code. Since it is in github and is publicly available, ...
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AGPL - what you can do and what you can't

AGPL is a fairly new license that was meant to go GPL-over-networks. However, not being a lawyer, and actually not having read the whole license, I can't understand what exactly you can do freely and ...
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Bundling OpenJDK with a proprietary application allowed by GPL?

I am currently making a video game in Java that will most likely be distributed through Steam. Of course, many Steam users won't have Java already installed in this case. If this happens, I can either ...
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Can software under the “BSD 2-Clause License” be uploaded to PyPI?

I have a Python library licensed under the BSD 2-Clause License. This library was created by another person, who, I think, basically stopped maintaining it. For this reason, I want to pick it up and ...
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Enforcing open source software license

How can one enforce open source licensing terms on the usage of its derivative works? For example, if a software is GPL licensed, and I use that software to develop some closed-source application of ...
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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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Microsoft Public License vs MIT?

I'm working with a new plugin (flexbox), and I ran into the MS-PL license, which I had not run into before. In the past, I've used mainly MIT and Apache licensed projects, so I have no idea what the ...
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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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Should I change the name of the WTFPL?

I'm using the WTFPL in my personal projects that I have published on GitHub. Currently I'm using the license verbatim, but I have a suspicion that I shouldn't be leaving the third line: Copyright (C)...
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How is the MIT licence not viral and how to practically comply with it?

I've read online that MIT is a permissive licence which allows for the code to be used in propriety products, but the licence texts seems to conflict with that, which I'll quote below: Copyright (c)...
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Software License which discriminates on 'ethical' grounds

I've spent some time reading the common copyleft and permissive software licenses. Is there a license which allows the creator of an application or algorithm to broadly specify who may use/distribute ...
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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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If I develop a media player for mobile or desktop do I have to pay for a license if my player is able to read MP3 files?

I know MP3 is not open source format but proprietary and I found this website http://mp3licensing.com/help/developers.html that states that you need a license for basically everything that uses MP3. ...
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How can I justify my disclaimer of warranties license to a customer? [closed]

I'm selling software that lets users manipulate critical information. In my licence contract (drafted by a lawyer specialized in this field), I've got a standard clause reading: THIS SOFTWARE IS ...
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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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Using an LGPL licensed library that may or may not include GPL licensed code from an MIT licensed library

I have read Interfacing with GPL applications from MIT licensed code - is a dual-license unavoidable? (now deleted) on Stack Overflow, but it doesn't appear to fully answer my question. I maintain a ...
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VB.NET - Serial Key Generating (Encryption, Hashing, Encoding?) Algorithm

I am trying to create a basic licensing system where I take a unique ID from the client computer, and I get this Hexadecimal string (hyphens removed e.g. "84-18-CE-...."): "...
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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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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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Dual license with GPL and a closed source license

I've done a lot of research on this, but I'm still quite confused. I'm currently working on an Arduino-compatible software project. The project is open source, so I want others to make use of it as ...
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Can I use Apache Software License, Version 2.0 and GNU LGPL 3 licence plugins in my commercial web application?

I have two plug-ins. One has the GNU LGPL 3 license and the other has the Apache Software License, Version 2.0. Can I use them in my commercial app? And if yes, what precautions should I take?
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Can I safely use an open source library in an internal closed-source project?

I m thinking of using iTextSharp, which is licensed under Affero GPL, in an internal closed-source WinForms project. No one outside my company will be using it. GPL (and Affero GPL as well) ...
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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 government use a GNU GPL licensed sofware (phpBB) without posting the source code?

I'm now doing my internship in a government company (in India) and I've been assigned a project to create an online forum for the company.. I'm about to use phpBB forum software to create it, which ...
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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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Software License: Open Source, but no distribution (for free or for profit)

I wrote a program in PHP. I want people to be able to use the code to learn from and even include bits in their own apps but I also want to maintain the right to sell it and make it clear that others ...
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Are there pre-made commercial software licenses to choose from? [closed]

I currently have an open source project that is licensed under GPLv3. I'd like to dual license it, so I can offer it for commercial use. Are there any resources for choosing or creating a commercial ...
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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 to document a dual open source license?

If a project is dual-licensed GPL & BSD, should there be one LICENSE file with the text of both licenses? Or two separate files, one for each license? And I think I should put a copyright/license ...
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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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How can I close my Open Source project and what is required from me in order to make it closed source?

Let's say I wanted to close my "GPL v 2.0 (or similar)" licensed project, to which I'm the only contributor, and make it closed source. Do I still need to make the existing "GPL v 2.0 (or similar)" ...
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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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Declaring multiple licences in a GitHub project

For years, I've been a great fan of putting licences on things shared online to make it easier for others to determine if and how they can reuse said things. Before GitHub began to gently 'push' its ...
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Boost Software License seems to extend disclaimer of warranty automatically but the author says it doesn't [closed]

Here is a copy of the Boost software license. Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person or organization obtaining a copy of the software and accompanying documentation covered by ...
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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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Who has right over the code that comes from contributions in an open source project?

If somebody starts an open source project (for example with a GPL license) where people will make contributions, than who will own these contributions in the level of the whole project? Will the new ...
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Who owns modifications to open-source software?

Suppose a piece of software is distributed under some permissive license, e.g. BSD. Now, I modify this software and want to distribute my derivative work. My questions: Who is the owner of the ...
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Using Qt in Open Source App that Communicates with Closed Source Hardware

Preface I'm having trouble determining if I can use the Qt framework for developing a cross platform desktop app. Situation The app is open source, and the libraries it uses are also open source. ...
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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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Can I do commercial web development with the Community edition of Visual Studio?

A friend of mine has a small company that needs a new website, and I am interested in helping him, since I have worked a bit with Asp.net MVC. However, I am not sure if I'm allowed to sell or give ...
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Do all transitive dependencies of GPL software have to be compatible with GPL?

Library A is licensed under GPLv3. I want to write a program that uses that library as a dependency (programming against interfaces and using classes in that library), so I have to put my own program ...
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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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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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Can I use GPL software in a commercial application

I have 3 questions about the GPL here: If I use GPL software in my application, but don't modify or distribute it, do I have to release my application under the GPL? What if I modify some software ...

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