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MIT vs. BSD vs. Dual License

My understanding is that: MIT-licensed projects can be used/redistributed in BSD-licensed projects. BSD-licensed projects can be used/redistributed in MIT-licensed projects. The MIT and the BSD ...
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Why do people pick the MIT license over BSD, if BSD's “non-endorsement clause” is a good idea? [closed]

According to this question and it's replies What is the purpose of the "non-endorsement clause" in the New BSD license? it seems smarter to pick the BSD license over the MIT, to prevent ...
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What is the purpose of the “non-endorsement clause” in the New BSD license?

Note: This question is not about the "obnoxious BSD advertising clause". The New BSD license does not contain that clause, and is compatible with the GPL. I'm trying to pick between the New BSD ...
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Is BSD license compatible with Apache?

Can I develop a BSD-licensed software that extends an Apache-licensed software (and vice-versa)?
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ISC license advice

Is the ISC license suitable as a MIT or Simplified BSD license replacement? What are the pros and cons of ISC compared to MIT or BSD?
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Future of a ServiceStack based Solution in the Context of Licensing

I just want someone to clarify the following questions as Demis Bellot had announced a couple of weeks ago that ServiceStack would go commercial. Refer link below. ...
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Does a BSD-licensed project need a signed statement from each contributor?

Today I read on Fossil SCM's mailing list: The problem with BSD is that you really should get a signed form from each contributor stating that their contribution is BSD. This is automatic with ...
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What are the legal considerations when forking a BSD-licensed project?

I'm interested in forking a project released under a two-clause BSD license: Copyright (c) 2010 {copyright holder} All rights reserved. Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, ...
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What is the difference between releasing code under the BSD license and releasing it as public domain?

You are free to use BSD licensed code for anything, even commercial, closed source software. How is that any different than just releasing it as public domain?
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Can I use new BSD licensed library/code in commercial closed source project?

I've found freetype-gl library I want to use. It has new BSD license and I'd like to use it in my closed source commercial project. Can I do it?
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How to manage, in practice, licence files when combining GPL and BSD licensed code?

I am writing code that uses one library with GPL (not LGPL) license, and one with the 3-clause BSD license. Since I link to GPL-licensed library, my code will need to be GPL as well. How should I, in ...
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Is there a license where all rights are granted?

The licenses I know, including open source and the less restrictive ones like BSD, make it mandatory to: Retain the copyright notice, and/or: Indicate that the precise part of source code was ...
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Relicense BSD 2/3-clause code to GPL

Suppose I release some source code under the new BSD license. Is it allowed for someone else to take this code, make modifications to it and distribute it under the terms of the GPL? From Wikipedia: ...
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Revokable BSD - What are the implications?

While examining alternatives to Exim/Dovecot for a dedicated mail server, I came across the lamson project, a python-based MTA. I also found the following fork of the project: ...
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Handling optional GPL dependencies

Assume I have a library A which is licensed under a two-clause Free BSD style license. Library A optionally depends on library B (the availability of the dependency is configured at build-time), which ...
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AGPL-compatible license

I am using a java library licensed under AGPL3. However, I would like to license my own work as BSD, such that my code could then be integrated in proprietary projects if one strips the library. Will ...
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Open source license with backlink requirement

I'm developing a Javascript library, and I'm thinking about releasing it under an open source license (e.g. GPL, BSD, MIT) — but that requires that websites that use the software link back to my ...
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What is a license and how may I use code under a license?

(Let me edit this question to try to better get across what I am asking.) I don't understand what a license is and how I may "use" it. From the little that I do understand, there are two situations: ...
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Help me choose an Open-Source license

So I've done lots of open-source work. I have released many projects, most of which have fallen under GPL, LGPL, or BSD licensing. Now I have a new project (an implementation library), and I can't ...
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When forking an dual-licensed permissive/GPL project, can I drop one of the licenses?

Consider an existing project that is dual-licensed GPL + either MIT or BSD. Since it's dual-licensed, when I fork, can I pick one license in the fork? Or do my forked files need to continue to be ...
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How much code does one have to derive from another source before the license rules are applicable?

In an attempt to not re-invent the wheel, I've been working on a CMS's text-sanitization layer. I found that SimplePie had a really good one in use with it's RSS feed, but it had a lot of features ...
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What is the difference between the BSD and the BCL licenses?

What differences are there, if any, between BSD and BCL licences?
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Properly licensing FOSS: text location

I have a few FOSS projects that I want to release under the BSD license, since I only wish to maintain the intellectual property of the code, that others will know I've been writing it. I suppose all ...
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Can I license parts of my code under different licenses

Can I license different parts of my code (different classes) under different licenses? E.g. I have downloaded and modified a class which licensed under the BSD 3 point. Can I then say, file ...
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How to 'reproduce copyright` in an app?

Redistributions in binary form must reproduce the above copyright notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer in the documentation and/or other materials provided with ...
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What are the conditions to convert BSD-licensed code to another language?

I'm in the process of writing a library in PHP, based on a Java package that comes with a BSD license. The code will obviously not be the same as the original, but most class/method names, and the ...
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Best way to reliably recognize open source licenses?

In many projects these days most of the novel code consists of glue code that helps combine dozens of different libraries, plugins and helpers that are licensed under a variety of open source ...
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What license is applicable for an app based on CodeIgniter?

I am trying to fork an application that is based on CodeIgniter. According to the GoogleCode page, the license is GPLv3. However, examining the license.txt file inside the root directory of the ...
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Changing the license in a fork from GPL to GPL compatible? [duplicate]

I have forked a project that was released under the GPL and made substantial modifications, however there are still some parts and general ideas that are the same as upstream. Due to user interest I ...
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Does this BSD-like license achieve what I want it to? [closed]

I was wondering if this license is: self defeating just a clone of an existing, better established license practical any more "corporate-friendly" than the GPL too vague/open ended and finally, if ...
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Is BSD-License compatible with Apple AppStores?

I would like to know if it is possible to make an application to be sold on Apple AppStores that is linked (during compilation) to a BSD-licensed library.
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GPL covers the linguistic data in *spell dictionaries?

There are good annotated vocabulary in {a,i,my}spell dictionaries, giving the lexical class et all. I'm writing a program that needs a large vocabulary, but with a reduced scope, so I don't need all ...
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What is the best practice for arranging third-party library licenses “paperwork”? [duplicate]

I am developing a small open source project. The application uses many third-party libraries released with a range of licenses: Apache, MIT, BSD, LGPL and CDDL. Each of these licenses has its own ...
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Can I use a project code which has New BSD license but uses a GPL license library?

I want to use the ICSOpenVpn project source code in my commercial application. If we see the ICSOpenVpn project, it states that its license is New BSD but the libopenvpn.so library it uses is under ...
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What do I have to do when using libraries with BSD license?

I am making a game using LWJGL and this is their license. What I don't understand is what must I do? I plan on making a game and distributing it, not the source code just the .jar file and maybe sell ...
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Incorporating GPL Code in my Open Source Project

I have downloaded a currently inactive GPL project with a view to updating it and releasing the completed codebase as open source. I'm not really a fan of GPL though and would rather licence my ...
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Rewriting code under BSD license

I am currently studding OpengGL with OpenGL Supebible 5th edition. I've found interested for me some C++ code that is distributed with the book (see also on google code). That code is under New BSD ...
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GPLv3 Project with BSD Library

I am working in a Python project that I want to release under the GPL3 license. This project has one file that uses the BSD lxml library . I really need to put reference of the BSD license in the ...
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Open source license that requires visible attribution in derivative works?

My company has a client-side web application that we would like to open-source. We don't want to impose any restrictions on usage, except that any modifications and derivative works should contain a ...
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How do I distinguish derived code from original code?

I'm working on a Python project which extends the functionality of some other python modules. Some are part of the standard Python library and mostly use the PSF License agreement while some are ...
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How to license a script/package if it uses multiple 3rd-party components with different licenses?

I have already searched but didn't managed to find a suitable answer. My problem is this: I use different software packages with different licenses to develop a free and open-source (not commercial) ...
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Using BSD and GPL in one project

I am an author of project, that consists of two parts: daemon and library. I want to license library under BSD License (or MIT, will decide later), and daemon under GPLv3. I want to permit the ...
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What is considered to be a “modification” of sources under the BSD license?

I have a question about the 3-clause BSD license based on its Wiki description. It states: Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without modification, are permitted ...
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Is this modified BSD license compatible with GPL?

I am working on open source project, that uses the source code from FlatAssembler project, which uses following license, based on BSD 2-clause with one additional clause added at the end of the text. ...
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Licensing code “not for reuse”

I have a client-side Javascript framework that is publicly available and BSD licensed. Each file says it is copyright me, the date, all rights reserved, and the BSD license text. I am making a ...
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GPLv3 Software vs. BSD (3-Clause) OpenSource Project .. i don't get it

Preamble: If I say "BSD" I mean the 3-Clause BSD license If I say "GPL" I mean the GPLv3 license I am NOT the author of the GPL project I am the author of the BSD project Simple Task: I wan't to ...
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Can I redistribute simplified BSD code?

Here is a plugin I wish to redistribute: http://plugins.jquery.com/project/TextAreaResizer I've written a Jquery plugin that needs the text resizer as a prerequisite. The license type says: ...
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Refactoring from Python to Ruby with a BSD v3 license?

There is a project that is written in python which works great and is under the BSDv3 license. I wanted to use it as a base template for a ruby project instead of starting from scratch. I'd be ...
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Would a simple attribution satisfy the BSD license's requirements for reuse or do I need to copy the whole copyright notice?

Would something like This program uses code written by Nathan2055 satisfy the requirements for the BSD license, or do I need to copy out the whole notice? I know it asks that the notice is kept ...
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BSD Software license usage

We are a company and we want to use 30% of the BSD opensource software to plug and play it with our source code, can we do that. Further this program will not be distributed and only will be accessed ...