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Can I use new BSD licensed library/code in commercial closed source project?

Yes. You can use BSD-licensed projects in closed-source, commercial projects. You must include the original copyright and license. From WikiPedia's BSD License page: The BSD License allows ...
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If you manage a BSD-licensed open source project, how do you guard against someone illegally contributing GPL-licensed code?

One does not simply "guard against" illegal contributions. You never accept blindly a contribution, and should have a process to vet contributions (including yours) for several kinds of ...
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How to document a dual open source license?

In all cases, the README.md should contain a a SPDX license identifier: SPDX-License-Identifier: BSD-3-Clause OR GPL-2.0-or-later You can do it like that: ## License This work is dual-licensed ...
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MIT vs. BSD vs. Dual License

Your five points are all true. The other answer seems to be assuming you are including the older, rarely used 4 clause BSD license. If you interpret "BSD licenses" as referring to the more commonly ...
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Accomodating a LGPL Python module into a BSD project

If your program depends on an LGPL licensed module/library, then the basic requirement on you is that you must ensure that the users of your program or derived versions of it have the possibility to ...
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Making profit using OpenCV?

The About Page says: OpenCV was built to provide a common infrastructure for computer vision applications and to accelerate the use of machine perception in the commercial products. Being a BSD-...
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What are the options for licensing a code project with "license soup" in the sources?

Given the license soup described above, can I even release my code under a single license, or should/must each part of it (mine and everybody else's) have a separate license? Both. GPLv3 requires ...
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Should we include 3rd party open source licenses if only copying syntax?

Disclaimer: this is not legal advice. It's only a personal opinion from an IT professional. For legal advice you shall consult a lawyer or qualified legal expert. Legal aspects wary very much from ...
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Do I include the open source copyright notice in an enterprise software (for commercial use)?

The license itself gives you your answer. Redistributions in binary form must reproduce the above copyright notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer in the documentation and/...
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Why should I release my code under BSD license and why not under LGPL?

There are two big differences between the LGPL and the BSD license. First, if you distribute an LGPL-licensed library, you have to provide the source. (This is slightly different from what you said. ...
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personal repository with copyright/bsd notice tranferred to organization

A GitHub organization has no legal significance. Copyright does. In particular, only legal entities such as natural persons can hold copyright. So unless the GH organization is incorporated (e.g. as a ...
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How to manage copyright notices from contributors to a BSD licensed project

If there is BSD licensed source code and someone forks it adding additional patches, then this new source code in the new repo should include the exact BSD license file from the original repo and the ...
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Can software under the "BSD 2-Clause License" be uploaded to PyPI?

The BSD license allows you to do anything you want with the code as long as you include the relevant copyright notices and license information, and pypi has no specific restrictions against the ...
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using source code for individual organization vs sharing source code outside organization

If your organization is a legal entity (a business or otherwise officially recognized organisation), then the copyright on the software that is developed on behalf of your organization will most ...
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Can I use R via RDOTNET without having to provide the source code of my application

It depends on whether or not you're creating a derived work and triggering the copyleft provision. In general, for your program to not trigger copyleft, it must either be a separate work, or not be ...
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License for header exposing functions in a BSD 3 clause licensed source

The normal practice is that all files written as part of one project are all provided under the same copyright license. This means that you should at least copy over the license text that is used in ...
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2 votes

Accomodating a LGPL Python module into a BSD project

The LGPL grants you distribution rights with certain conditions. If you aren't distributing the library yourself then there's nothing you need to do. You simply need to document that your program ...
Bryan Oakley's user avatar
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Why should I release my code under BSD license and why not under LGPL?

The first thing to bear in mind is that, for the vast majority of open-source libraries, there is only ever one contributor to the code: the creator of that library. If it's one of many similar ...
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MIT, BSD, Apache License: Create application for client

IANAL, but as far as I have seen it in open source projects, a "LICENSES.txt" or "LICENSES.md" is the most common way to do it. In which you group your dependencies based on their licenses (e.g., ...
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How to include BSD licensed component in my project

BSD license says ... 1. Redistributions of source code must retain the above copyright notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer. ... So the full license text must be ...
Doc Brown's user avatar
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Is BSD-3 compatible with dual licensing?

The answer to the first question is clearly yes. You own the copyright and can issue copies of your work under different licenses. You would need the approval of any joint copyright owners (people ...
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Should i cite a BSD license software

If you are't including source code in your paper and you are just using an algorithm then I don't think you need to include the license. People reading the paper would benefit from knowing which ...
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Can I use some GitHub control/Framework with MIT / BSD / Apache Licence to distribute my iOS Enterprise App?

I'm not a lawyer, and I'm not familiar with all of the regulations which Apple places on Apple Enterprise applications, but from my understanding of these licenses: As long as you are able to comply ...
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GPLv3 licensed library requirement and licensing own library BSD

The GPL is written with the understanding that code that links to the GPL code also falls under the GPL since it is a derivative work. This understanding might not be correct, but you probably don't ...
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GPLv3 licensed library requirement and licensing own library BSD

If your library A requires another library B to be present in order to provide (part of) its functionality, the library A is a derived work of library B. This is independent of how the libraries are ...
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