Questions tagged [licensing]

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Do I need to add the copyright notice of the original contributors in the SaaS service contract of a forked AGPL sofware?

Context I have modified a lot a software that in under Affero GPL. I have contributed back what made sense, as it has a completely different direction. I plan to build a SaaS around it and charge ...
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Can I revoke the project's license after I translate its code?

I am planning on converting an old project originally from Objective-C to Swift. The project is currently under the MIT License, and any distributions of it must maintain the same MIT License. ...
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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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Can I use libraries published under MPL 2.0 and MIT in a project that uses APL 2.0?

I want to use two particular open-source libraries, in unmodified form, as dependencies of a project. One of the libraries is published under the MIT license; the other library is published under the ...
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Own project: Open source to closed source [duplicate]

In this thread it is discussed if it is legally possible to take on open source project and close its sources. But this seems to refer to someone else's project. So, my question is: What about my own ...
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Web-service which uses GPL software [duplicate]

here's the problem. I have developed an Azure-Based Web application which exploits some VMs. On top of these VMs I'm running a modified code which is licensed under the GPL license. Here's the flow: ...
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If I don't have an EULA, can I just display a general license? [closed]

I wrote a library in Python and I want to have an EULA and agreement box to pop up upon opening the program for the first time, but I don't have a lawyer. I don't know much about terms and conditions, ...
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Exclude files from open source license?

I'd like to use the MIT License for a project I'm working on. Most of the files in the repository are mine but 1 had to be copied from another open-source project (also under the MIT License). What ...
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Another Apache 2.0 license question, regarding modifying files

I have a slight case of OCD. That means I've read multiple questions that are similar but I'm still paranoid. I'm distributing a commercial application that relies on a 3rd party library that's ...
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License for header exposing functions in a BSD 3 clause licensed source

If I were to write a header exposing functions in a sample source file that was licensed under the BSD 3-Clause License, what would I put up in the header? Should I simply copy-paste the license text ...
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How was the Mono Project able to relicense their LGPLed libraries under MIT?

The Mono project used to have LGPLed libraries. In fact mbundle still says when you run it Note that statically linking the LGPL Mono runtime has more licensing restrictions than dynamically ...
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Is restricting endorsement using author's name compatible with GPL?

I would like to link a GPL project to another project with the following clause in its license: The name of the author may not be used to endorse or promote products derived from this software ...
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Removing MIT licence credits upon paying

Is it possible to buy the authorship of a piece of software just to be able to remove the credits from its source ccode? Would that be ok if the author of the library agrees to do so for a price?
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Signification of YOLO LICENSE

I am using darknet framework for object recognition listed here: https://github.com/pjreddie/darknet This is its license: YOLO LICENSE ...
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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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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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MIT License vs. Creative Commons for images and other assets

Could somebody please resolve a particular licensing confusion for me? I'm always really puzzled by how software licensing works. I want for everyone to be able to use my software with minimal, if ...
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Additional clause in GPL'd source code

I noticed this in the heading of some source code This core is written with the advise and consent of [author] and is released under the GNU Public License. This core is freely available for ...
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Can I release software under the GPL if it must be built with a proprietary compiler?

The compiler doesn't leave its own code in the software or link proprietary libraries with it, the source code is exactly the same one I used throughout the development process, everyone is free to ...
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Software derived from LGPL library

In my project I've used a library marked with the LGPL license as a reference example to developed my own library which is completely different but it works roughly in the same way. Now I would like ...
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Can I include code licensed under MPL within a project under MIT license?

I would like to know if it is possible to include source code licensed under: Mozilla Public License (MPL) version 2.0 In a project licensed with: The MIT License (MIT) If yes I would like to ask:...
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Including GPL software in closed-code project

Regarding GPL software use in a commercial project, I have the following situation: I would like to commercially distribute an Excel-Macro application, which uses a GPL licensed software (G77 ...
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Adding a new file to a GPL project - how do I carry along/modify copyright information?

Continuing from Author has inserted copyright into code with gnu public license notice - implications?, can I add my author name to a new file (with original code) that I added to a project that comes ...
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call a non GPL-Program from a GPL program via fork

I downloaded a GPL program, I want to modify this GPL program in order to make it calling a non gpl program (commercial license) via fork+exec. Concerning the input/output data of the non-gpl program:...
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Open Source Licenses like GPL in Multiple Licenses models

How can an open source license be compatible with a multi-licensing scheme? According to a similar question, the author of a library could potentially change its license. But problems arise when the ...
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Apache 2.0 license without disclosing source

I'm building a software and I want to release it under Apache 2.0 license. Unfortunately, right now, I've no time to put sources codes on public repository like Github or BitBucket. And more, I didn'...
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Under what circumstances would I have to release a modified version of source code (GPL) [duplicate]

I am working on a social networking platform using a database wrapper released under GPL. I'm fairly new to using open source software, so I'm not sure what would require me to release my source code. ...
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Licensing on Github

I'm uploading to GitHub for the first time and I am facing all sort of doubts about licensing. I did not know that topic was that uncovered in the net! But even it is complex, my situation is so ...
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Should I add the license in every header and source file?

I'm about to push my first project to GitHub (a mini toy lisp interpreter written in C). I've noticed that the vast majority of open source projects include their license in every source file (at the ...
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Professional use of former MIT licensed sofware

I'm currently working on a commercial application using a piece of software registered under the MIT license. Recently, the author of this software removed every entry from Github, for an unknown ...
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Can you license a fork of a public domain library?

The original library has this statement in its readme, with a link to CC0 1.0. To the extent possible by law, [redacted] Company, LLC has waived all copyright and related or neighboring rights to ...
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Does a license need to go at the top always?

Let's say I have a source file of 800 lines, and I want to "copy/paste" one function from a github project that has a MIT license, and I also have my own (which may be a MIT license, or a stronger one)...
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Accomodating a LGPL Python module into a BSD project

I have a program written in Python that I would like to make available to the public under a three-clause BSD license. My program has an import blah statement, where blah is a Python module that is ...
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What to do when using MIT-licensed code in a GPL-licensed project?

I'm working on a personal project that I'm planning on licensing under GNU Affero GPL. However, I found some code that's licensed under MIT that really want to utilize, but I'm not sure what I should ...
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GPLv2 code as a separate process in a closed-source iOS app?

I'd like my (currently) closed-source iOS app to use some GPLv2 licensed code. The code I want to use is simply a converter from one file format to another — nothing too complex or proprietary. Given ...
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Pyinstaller EXEs license

I'd like to know about licenses in Python program distributions. This is the scenario: let's say one would distribute a Python program for Windows, created with PyInstaller as a single executable file,...
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Ban redistribution, but still allow code changes?

I have an app that was created from a follow-along tutorial. I was first using the Apache license for it until some people began to copy the code, insert ads and then redistribute the app. Would there ...
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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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Can we use a GPL 2 product for the commercial purpose?

Note: There are many questions answers related to the licensing. But I think my requirement is specific, so asking a separate question. We are considering to fork a GPL 2 project and use it for ...
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Using GPLed headers in LGPLed library

For a specific device there exists a Linux kernel module. This module only initialized the device and provides control mechanisms to user land via ioctls and mmap. To use this the device properly one ...
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Licensing and copyright terms for data from Wikipedia

I have an idea for a client-server software project which involves using information from Wikipedia, but I am not sure about what the conditions for using it in regards of licensing and copyrights ...
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Which sentences are normal in a commercial company user end license agreement? [closed]

I was reading an 'User End License Agreement' and asked myself whether such paragraphs aren't suspect. As well my I asked myself whether such sentences are normal in those end license agreements or ...
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Using your home project source code for company project

I have a home project, which is not open-source. To save time I'd like to use that source code for company project. How can I protect myself against the claim that I stole company source code? It is ...
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What is the meaning of "All rights reserved" next to a permissive license?

Suppose that you're trying to fork a software package, which mentions in its manifest that it is distributed under the "MIT" license: [..] License: MIT Copyright: JC Holder ...
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Website/web service uses GPL or CDDL license library

When developing backend - serverside code - for websites or web services and using a GPL or CDDL library, such as https://tyrus.java.net/. I would just "use" the functionality of the library. No ...
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What are my obligations when using an Apache 2.0 library in an internal project?

From the Apache non-lawyer version of the license: It requires you to: include a copy of the license in any redistribution you may make that includes Apache software; provide clear ...
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Distributing commercial software with Apache 2.0 libs that have LGPL transitive Dependencies

I have a commercial software project that uses a third party lib (org.quartzscheduler), this has an Apache 2.0 license. I thought I was ok but when I checked the transitive dependencies I found that ...
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Is Algorithm to Solve a Problem Licensed?

The keep things as simple I will use very basic example. The problem is to aggregate 4 numbers to have 10. One developer uses below code/algorithm (Case 0) in his program file and license it as ...
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Can I rebrand and customize something licensed under the GNU Affero General Public License (AGPL)?

I have recently started my own small development company and was looking at developing a framework to sell to clients. I discovered that there were many open source solutions already developed, ...
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GPL dictionary usage in commercial application

We have an word game commercial mobile application for which we want to use dictionaries for various languages. Most of them have GPLv3 or CC-NC3 licenses. We modify the dictionaries: basically, we ...

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