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Publishing an Android app that uses Apache 2.0 licensed libraries, source code to GitHub

I am publishing an Android app to the Google Play Store soon and have some questions regarding the use of libraries licensed under Apache 2.0. I am also releasing the source code on GitHub. I am only ...
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Does GNU GPL condition of reusing license apply to me too if I am the creator? [duplicate]

I am developing a library from scratch. If I license it under GNU GPL (or a similar license), which conditions everyone to disclose the source code, does the condition apply to my other projects? Say ...
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How to deal with licensing when importing remote packages in golang?

In golang, one can import packages with urls such as import "github.com/foo/bar". Do I still have to include the license of the remote package, as I'm not including library source code directly? How ...
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Can I put all license files for different open source projects I use in my application in one folder? [closed]

I am developing a project that uses the Electron framework which is released under the MIT license, but my question is not necessarily restricted to this one case: If an open source project comes with ...
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Implementing software licensing

I have an unpoliced piece of software and I must implement some control over who can install it via licensing. I already have an authentication server that implements OAuth 2.0 and OpenId that's used ...
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License for academic use only?

I'm developing a software package and would like to make it (and the source) available for personal, academic, or educational use, but not for commercial use. Is there such a license? Ideally, it ...
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Rewriting from scratch while consulting some other implementation done by someone else for pointers?

So I wrote a system for my job and now I want to write it from scratch so that I have my own copyrighted version in addition to what I've done for my boss, which does not belong to me of course (pay ...
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Should you provide attribution for build tools

When providing a "credits" page or similar licensing information page listing any libraries distributed with your project, should you include builds tools such as Babel and Webpack?
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Why do I have to keep my open source software license in the root?

Nearly all open source software licenses require (or at least lawyers generally suggest they require) users to include the full license in the root of the project that they are protecting. One lawyer ...
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How to prove a certain app uses my library? [closed]

I am the author of an iOS framework and I know for sure that an app uses it, but the app's author is not attributing it. How can I prove this in a way that also a judge would accept it?
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Do I have to release my code under MIT license

I've written some python code that is using a module which is distributed under an MIT license. Three questions. Do I have to release my code as open source? Can I distribute my code commercially? If ...
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What license do companies use while developing software? [closed]

I believe it shows that I never worked on any major closed-source project so sorry for any misconceptions on my part. Say a company is developing some software and needs to hire a contractor to help ...
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Does a license I put on my own software apply to me? Can I change the license? (Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0) [duplicate]

I've licensed a piece of software under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International Public License, but I may not want to allow others to use it for commercial uses in the future, so ...
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New license similar to AGPL, but only for Javascript and CSS

I'm developing a piece of software (a WordPress plugin) in PHP and Javascript and CSS. The PHP code must be licensed under GPL, but CSS and Javascript can be under another license (as far as I've ...
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Can I use open source libraries in my project which is released into the public domain?

I am writing a Windows Phone application which I intend to release into the public domain (the source code and releated resources, that is). My application does, however, use a few third party open ...
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Changing licenses - what about older versions of the code

Suppose I have a repository that is private (always has been), the code in this repository has been licensed under license A for a very long time with hopes of making the repository public in the ...
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Licensing a Jekyll Blog Site, Using Separate Licenses for Code and Content

I am working on a blog project, powered by Jekyll. I'm having trouble figuring out how to phrase the licensing text, or indeed how to correctly license it all. Most of the tools, including Jekyll ...
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Selling original GNU GPL software for a monthly fee

My question is actually two questions about GNU GPL and monthly fees: If I build a server and use GNU GPL as a license, can I run it and charge the users a monthly fee without the need to distribute ...
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Implications of using Kbuild infrastructure in proprietary software [closed]

We have our own proprietary software that we are developing for commercial business. We want to sell the software and we do not have any problem in distributing the source code to our customers. Due ...
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Why should I release my code under BSD license and why not under LGPL? [closed]

I think the main difference between BSD and LGPL is that someone who modifies an LGPL library has to publish his modifications. I think this is usually a good idea because it guarantees that someone ...
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Should I make public my implementation of a published algorithm?

My company has problem A, lets say, face recognition. We find a nice algorithm like this one. We implement it and go home happy. Problem is, once home I cant sleep because I wonder if we should make ...
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Would copyrights drop if I re-write open source project into another language? [duplicate]

I have re-written an open source project from java to haxe, then from haxe compiled to javascript, with totally different UI So, the question is, is the code considered to be mine after rewriting it ...
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Licensing of source code when dependencies are not included

We have a GitHub repository where we distribute our source code. For that, we want to use a really permissive license, like MIT. Of course, some of our projects have GPL or similarly licensed ...
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How to include licenses for third-party Maven dependencies?

I'm producing a binary distributable for my Java project. I'm releasing it in two ways: Maven Central Zipped distributable on Google code My project is licensed under the Apache 2.0 license. I use a ...
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MPL 1.1 and APL 2.0 License compatibility

I am working a project that is licensed under the MPL 1.1 and would like to incorporate some code that is licensed under the APL 2.0. I know in 2010 Mozilla announced they were updating the MPL to ...
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What are the requirements for attribution in the MIT License?

choosealicense.com claims that the MIT license is “A permissive license that is short and to the point. It lets people do anything with your code with proper attribution and without warranty” (...
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Is it required to disclose source code for custom Qt software? [closed]

I was hired to develop a custom Qt application for a customer, but I'm concerned about the licensing. My software will not be publicly distributed and it is going to be used exclusively by this ...
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“parallel construction” vs agree-to-EULA-before-download

There's this application whose official website requires that people provide their email and agree to a EULA before they send you a download link. The EULA forbids redistribution and publication of ...
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What are the trademark guidelines for Java technologies?

The former page "Trademark and Logo Usage Requirements" at http://www.sun.com/policies/trademarks/ is no longer available, is there a new version which helps with the proper naming of products (beans, ...
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Modifying an Apache 2 licensed file and add MIT license to it [closed]

TLDR; I'd like to add a (modification) copyright and a MIT License to an Apache 2 licensed file, which I modified. Description I modified a file that was licensed Apache 2. According to what I ...
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Is it wrong to take code you have produced at work and re-use it for personal projects?

Throughout my various workplaces I always wrote code which made me think "this would be really useful in other situations". Indeed, I intentionally write code, even if it takes me longer write, which ...
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How to disclose source of a software with Mozilla Public Licence?

How can I disclose the source of a software with Mozilla Public License? Do I have to give a link to the source code from the software? Is there any problem to give the source of original repository (...
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Can I use some GPL code in LGPL project?

Well, recently I found a problem about licensing. I have an open source project on GitHub, recently I need some codes which using GNU GPL, but my project is using GNU LGPL, so that's the problem. So ...
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If GitHub interacts with Git, and Git is licensed under GPLv2, shouldn't GitHub be open source?

Since Git is licensed under GPLv2, and, to my understanding, GitHub interacts with Git, shouldn't the whole GitHub codebase be open-sourced in a GPL-compatible license?
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Is it possible to provide a separate license for the asset folder of a Github Page project?

I will host a blog using Github Pages, is it possible to add a secondary license in the assets folder so if people fork the project they would have to provide their own assets and not use the defaults ...
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Clubbing my Exe with GNU GPL License Modules

I have a backup application written in Delphi. Now I want to add Delta capability by using RDiff.exe + cygwin1.dll. cygwin1.dll is covered under the GNU GPL License . Does this imply that I have to ...
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Should i cite a BSD license software [closed]

I am using software in my code that is distributed as BSD license. It has a lincense.txt which describes the original authors who wrote that software. It asks me to retain the txt file, etc when i ...
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FFmpeg: Can I replace libx264 with OpenH264 in order to go LGPL?

I have some video processing to run and FFmpeg already contains much of what I need. However my videos are all compressed with H.264 video codec and libx264 is a GPL part of FFmpeg. On the other hand, ...
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Understanding the Microsoft Public License (MS-PL)

I'm looking at using a few open source products in a commercial software application I'm working on. One of them is licensed under MIT, which I understand as allowing commercial software linking. ...
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Correct way to sell commercial product with small scripts in it that are GPL? [closed]

I'm developing a commercial CMS, which I'm going to sell. I use jQuery, also I use date and time picker jQuery plugin in it, I can say this is just a 1% of my big script. I don't want sell my whole ...
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How do I correctly sub-license a library that is under the MIT license?

How do I correctly sub-license a library that is under the MIT license. I am using and extending the library. The MIT license states that I am free to sub-license the library. Can I simply state: &...
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Is BSD-3 compatible with dual licensing?

I am planning to write some financial modeling software targeting enterprises. It will be based on an existing open-source project that already has a BSD-3 license. I do not own the copyright to the ...
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What are the real life implications for an Apache 2 license? [closed]

I want to use SVG Edit for a project. This software is distributed under the Apache 2 license. I've seen that: all copies, modified or unmodified, are accompanied by a copy of the licence all ...
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Commercial usage of AGPLv3 python web framework

There's shuup django based e-commerce web-framework which is licensed AGPL-3.0 I would like to use it in my commercial project, which ultimately means that I'll want to modify a thing or two in the ...
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GPL and OpenJDK: Questions regarding source headers

I have some legal questions regarding OpenJDKs source header: /* * Copyright (c) 1997, 2008, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. * DO NOT ALTER OR REMOVE COPYRIGHT NOTICES OR THIS ...
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Open Source, Copyright and Trivial Bugfixes

Say a developer has developed a library for their closed-sourced commercial application. Since they want to give back to the open source community, they publish this library under, say, the GPL, but ...
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Adding API support of closed app to GPL tool

I have bit similar question to Optionally Using GPL Library via System API in Closed-Source Application but not 100% the same. Let's say I have closed application A (i.e. frontend application). It is ...
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Is Java for server runtimes like JBoss EAP / Wildfly still free to use? [closed]

With Oracle starting to collect license fees from different customers for using Java SE I've asked myself if the usage with a server runtime is still free. I'm no lawyer and all these licenses are ...
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When does a modification of GPL code stop being one? [closed]

By the GPL v2, every modification of the program needs to be licensed by the GPL as well: "... by modifying or distributing the Program (or any work based on the Program), you indicate your ...
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Can a developer get a discount for Microsoft products? [closed]

If I would start to focus on the .NET platform and be self-employed, then I probably would like to have some Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Visual Studio 2010 licenses just for the development ...

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