Questions tagged [licensing]

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How (or whether) to credit another software project that provided inspiration for mine?

For reasons too boring to go into here, I've written a small JSON library to add to the pile of them available for Swift. The interface of this library is inspired by, and similar to, that of ...
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Does license have to be in text format?

Does a software license have to be in text format? I am thinking of adopting the MIT license to my software. I have a documentation in HTML format, which is distributed together with the software, and ...
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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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What kind of license to put a private project?

The project in which work is private for commercial purposes and not its source code is distributed to anyone. Only the functional application shown consumers through a website. It has the following ...
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Partial Code Copy from another Open Sourced Library

I need to copy a method from an Apache licensed Javascript library into my GPL licensed javascript library. Can I copy and paste the method into my library in this license context? If so, how am I to ...
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If I create a desktop application using Tkinter, PyGTK or PyGame does my app have to be open source?

I intent to start learning desktop gui programming, so I've been looking to Python and it's Tkinter, PyGTK and PyGame. But I want to make proprietary software, so I'm concerned because of the licences ...
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Commercial use of content licensed under "Creative Commons License Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0"?

I am trying to find a music track for my Android game. It's a free game but includes ads. I found a good music on this site. As per the FAQs and the licensing terms (Creative Commons License ...
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personal repository with copyright/bsd notice tranferred to organization

If a personal repository with copyright/bsd license file is transferred to a github organization that consists of more than just the original copyright holder, since a group of people (the ...
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GPLv3 licensed library requirement and licensing own library BSD [closed]

I have been searching the web for quite some time now, but the plethora of opinions/comments/articles about licensing questions make it difficult to verify how trustworthy the various sources are. ...
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GPL source code access in subscription model?

Purely out of curiosity, I was posed the question with a hypothetical game corp. that has an online game that they require players to pay a monthly fee for. The specifics was that their service ...
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What happens if owner changes license of a software after it was published [duplicate]

Let's consider following scenario: Person A creates a piece of software and releases the source code under a permissive license, let's say MIT Person B downloads that piece of software and uses it ...
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Relicensing GPL to more permissive license [closed]

I have been developing a GPL GUI application for many years by myself in my free time. I have been approached by a company who want to use my code as part of a propitiatory product. This would require ...
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using source code for individual organization vs sharing source code outside organization

If an organization develops their own software internally (with no license agreement) but uses other software frameworks that are open source that we modified to those frameworks work for us ...
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Is putting the license into the issue tracker okay or is it even better than putting it into a single file?

Usually you put your license into a single file called COPYING or LICENSE. However there may be reasons you do not want to do this - let's not discuss them - and therefore you look for alternative ...
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How to manage copyright notices from contributors to a BSD licensed project

We have the following BSD license in the LICENSE file: Copyright (c) 2006-2016 SymPy Development Team All rights reserved. Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without ...
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Prevent my clients from giving or selling my software using a LGPLv3 library to others

I am developing a commercial closed software using Qt which is under LGPLv3. May I prevent my clients from giving copies to other people?
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using CC-BY and GPL

I currently want to improve an application which is licensed under GPLv3. I wanted to improve it's design and Interface and use icons from google which is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4....
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When do I have to distribute the source code of GPLv2 licensed software?

I was wondering if there is a time line when I have to distribute source code for a binary that has been released under the GPLv2 license. To my understanding, I would need to release the source code ...
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Using a license without a year value

I have this project that has several license notes (all GNU GPLv3) on the top of the source files. They are all following the "rule" that the year in the copyright notice should be the year on which ...
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I released my project under GPL. Can I still use it in my commercial app?

So I have this super sweet library I'm working on. Let's say I release it into the wild under GPL. In tandem I'm working on a commercial piece of software, and I'd like to use this library in it. ...
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Looking for an example of using code with Apache License Version 2.0

I know there are a lot of Q/As in legalese or plain English. I am wondering if anyone could provide a real life example of the text that needs to be included with the distribution of software using ...
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License for forked software library

I'm writing an application for which I want to use some 20-year old open source code. The original code is kind of antiquated in certain aspects, for example, it's written in K&R C rather than C99;...
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MIT License - Dual Authors

For an open source project created by 2 authors, is it proper for an MIT License to have two authors? The MIT License (MIT) Copyright (c) 2016 FIRST NAME and SECOND NAME
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Licensing Ghostscript in a commercial product

We are studying a prospect of using Ghostscript in a commercial product (Windows desktop application). I read about sidestepping licensing GS altogether by simply suggesting to the users that they ...
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Hardware under MIT license?

I have some VHDL design that I plan to release as open source. I like MIT License for its simplicity and would like to use it for my code. However, I am not sure if it is OK to use it with hardware ...
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Taking credit for the public domain work of others

I’ve released a piece of code into the public domain (henceforth “PD”), via The Unlicense. Recently, I’ve found someone forked that code and made some modifications without any acknowledgment/...
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How to choose python module license as python itself

I would like to publish a python module and would like to publish it as the same license of python Below is a example of how Perl module does: This library is free software; you can redistribute ...
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How to license application generated from boilerplate code?

I looked at a number of other licensing questions and did not find anything that I felt related to this particular issue. I am working on a simple web app, nothing special, and intend to license it ...
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How to license (PowerShell) GUI Projects [duplicate]

After almost 2 years learning how to code (in Powershell) and some help at Stackoverflow from time to time, I'm now finally on my way to release my first GUI project. I intend to release the compiled ...
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Do I have to include the license for a testing framework?

A common requirement for licenses is that they must be included with the software. Should licenses for testing frameworks with this clause be included if the test code is not something that is being ...
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Could there by any issues with transition from MIT to Apache License? [duplicate]

I've started my own open source project, which is still in an early phase of development. I chose to use the MIT license for it. However, I've read that the Apache license is better for large ...
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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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Using a WrapBootstrap theme in an open source project

I'm developing a desktop analytics application wrapped in Electron (that integrates with an external REST API), and am looking to use one of the WrapBootstrap themes to spruce it up. I'm deciding ...
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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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Code attribution to a post quoting an original source [closed]

If I found a post that properly quotes code (gives attribution) from an original source, is it ok if I attribute to that post only, or do I need to give attribution to the original source? For ...
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Redistributing Nuget References w/ Licenses

I have a basic gap in my knowledge when it comes to open source licensing. I realize that the answers to this question aren't legally binding :). With that being said, let's say I am writing a ...
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Can I use Qt open-source for my web-scraping website? [closed]

I apologize if I should be understanding this more readily but I'm a little new to this and dont understand the LGPL license. Here is the FAQ for it: http://www.qt.io/qt-licensing-terms/ I am making ...
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Using BSD licensed source code in a product under a new license and a hypothetical scenario

Let me describe a hypothetical scenario, I wish to know if my reasoning is correct. I use source code X, licensed by author Y under the BSD-3 license, in my source code. I intend to adhere to their ...
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What is the license of a GitHub Gist? [duplicate]

Sometimes a GitHub Gist contains carefully crafted code that seems to qualify for what the Apache License would call a "original work of authorship", but the as far as I can tell the author never ...
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Why does the LGPL require combined works to include a copy of the GPL?

I was reading through the LGPL license and found a requirement that I was previously unaware of. Section 4 (Combined Works) states: You may convey a Combined Work [...] if you also do each of the ...
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A little clarification needed with GNU GPL v3

I'm programmaing a visual novel which has the following parts: Script file Program code used for the events where parts of the scripts are displayed 2 different minigames Images Now one of the ...
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What licenses restrict distribution, liability, and commercial use? [closed]

I have to provide my code to someone to look at and use, but wish to maintain a number of rights. Specifically, I want a license that 1) Limits my liability, 2) prevents commercial use and 3) prevents ...
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Do I have to use GPL for my linux application? If yes, how not to legally?

I've written a linux application that interfaces with a lot of GPL software. My application is written in javascript/HTML/CSS/python and uses MariaDB on a CentOS 7 platform (it also uses jquery and a ...
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Can I have two licenses in a Repository? One for a company and another one for everybody else?

So, I wrote a little piece of software (really little piece of software) and I want to open source it using Apache License for EVERYBODY but for a company, for that company I want the license to be ...
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Best freeware license for my closed-source application [closed]

I have no experience in software licensing so far. I am releasing my first application but I am not familiar with any licenses. Most of the the summeries found that I can understand (http://opensource....
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What are good/common practices to manage disabling/enabling functionality items in GUI applications for different licenses/permissions?

I have worked on two different desktop applications and both had the problem of enabling/disabling functionality and associated GUI elements depending on available licenses or "user-roles". In the ...
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What license can I choose for a shallow fork of a recently abandoned project?

So I need a bootloader for an avr chip and after some research, I selected this one. License OpenSource, base on GPL license. It needed minor modifications to compile without the dedicated AvrStudio....
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Does Git subtree count as distribution for copyleft licenses?

If I include, say, a GPLv3 repository in in my repository using git subtree, would that count as distribution? Am I now required to license my repository as GPLv3 as well? I don't intend to modify ...
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Licensing, how to?

I'm currently developing an application that has quite a few dependencies. Now I want to release the code as open-source under the WTFPL (Do What the Fuck You Want to Public License). Of course this ...
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Porting an Apache licensed library from Java to C#, do I need to update the licensing to protect myself?

I'm porting the ESRI geometry-api-java library to C#. They have placed the library under the Apache License. They also mention it in the README.md. They have a small bit of licensing info in the ...
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