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Should we be hosting code online?

We're looking for a good source control and project management solution at my workplace and I've suggested creating a GitHub organization and private repositories. I love GitHub for many reasons, but ...
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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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May I include parts of MIT-licensed code inside my closed-source project?

This could be a simple yes/no answer, but I invite detailed explanations. Scenario I have been asked to extend a closed source system at my job, which is not formally released under any license. I ...
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portfolio building, working for closed-source vs open-source? [closed]

I've currently graduated from my first run at higher education, landed my first full-time gig as a web application developer, and absolutely love it. My question is that in looking for jobs I ran ...
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Looking for a popular, well known example of closed-source software which uses LGPL code, and says so [closed]

For advocacy purposes, I'm looking for a good example of some popular/widely-known closed-source and generally paid-for software application/package which uses dynamically linked LGPL-licensed ...
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How do you effectively compete with an open source project?

A company with a solid open source project competing against a traditional closed-source product seems impossible to beat. I read this article wherein the author lays out this scenario: Suppose ...
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Reasons NOT to open source not-for-profit code? [closed]

I am a big fan of open source code. I think I understand most of the advantages of going open source. I'm a science student researcher, and I have to work with quite a surprising amount of software ...
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How can a software code be made modifiable without being visible to the end user?

I wish to supply a software product with GUI, etc. for operating it. And the software utility is research so the users will want to tweak it to some extent and implement their own preferred algorithms ...
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Best existing license for closed-source code

I'm creating a few closed-source applications on my own (no big company behind me) and am wondering exactly how to protect them. At the top of all the source code files I have this pretty basic ...
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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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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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How to prevent code from leaking outside work? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to manage a Closed Source High-Risk Project? I'm working on an institution that has a really strong sense of "possession" - each line of software we write should be ...
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Distributing a modified OpenJDK class with a proprietary app

I want to distribute a Java class I borrowed from the GPLv2'ed OpenJDK and modified for my own needs as a part of my proprietary application. The header at the top of the source file states (and I've ...
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Distributing a proprietary app together with an ASLv2'ed derived work

My proprietary Java app includes a modified version of a 3rd party library distributed under Apache Software License, version 2.0. The 3rd party library doesn't come from the Apache Software ...
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Accusing closed source of using open source?

I might be missing something obvious, but how can an open source community accuse a closed source developer of copyright/license infringement? That is, if a piece of closed source software used open ...
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Is specifying copyright necessary in a closed source project?

I am working on a back-end, closed-source system for my company, the code for which is never likely to be open-sourced. Is there any reason for including a copyright notice and year at the top of each ...
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Distribute software without license [duplicate]

I wrote a small tool for a game which I now want to present and distribute in the games official forum. Since a few days I'm thinking about which license I should use to distribute my program. I don'...
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Displaying copyright notice for OSS in closed source Android app

I am considering the usage of various open source libraries in a closed source Android app. The libraries are released under various licenses (MIT, BSD modern, Apache 2.0) which allow this kind of ...
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How can I close my Open Source project and what is required from me in order to make it closed source?

Let's say I wanted to close my "GPL v 2.0 (or similar)" licensed project, to which I'm the only contributor, and make it closed source. Do I still need to make the existing "GPL v 2.0 (or similar)" ...
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Restrict cluster size with closed-source module in otherwise open-source program

I work in an academic research institute heavily dependent on high-performance computing. In the 10 years we have developed our own Fortran code which is very well regarded and can run on very large ...
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Open Source code in Closed Source project [closed]

If I am using open source code in my project but don't want to release any source code, what license should I use?
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Can I use GPL libraries temporarily for prototyping and make the future code closed source?

I am working on a prototype for a software system, which (at least at the start) will be closed source. In order to save time, I'm thinking of using (that is, statically linking) a library that is ...
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Is it possible to rewrite every line of an open source project in a slightly different way, and use it in a closed source project?

There is some code which is GPL or LGPL that I am considering using for an iPhone project. If I took that code (JavaScript) and rewrote it in a different language for use on the iPhone would that be ...
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License for internal program [closed]

Pending approval, I will be using NPOI for internal programs at work. I will be documenting the associated license, and I find myself wondering about licensing on the programs themselves. In short: ...
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How to protect my php code running on a client server?

I'd like to ask how to protect my code that is running on a client server from being altered and/or copied. It's running on Ubuntu Server with the standard Apache Php Mysql stack. Any software needed ...
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1answer
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How can I encrypt or remove readability of source code before publishing it?

I am working on a collaborative project, for which I have to submit source code, which will be used/embedded in the main repository for re-compilation. Is there any way, I can encrypt the source code ...
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Software licensing of free abandonware

I recently found the game that was my first encounter with a computer, a DOS game running in text mode. It was released in 1984 and is available on abandonware sites, but I've started to wonder if I ...
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Applications using GPL code and run-time libraries of proprietary IDEs

The GPL is described as a 'highly viral' license (if an application contains code which is licensed under GPL, distribution requires open sourcing of the whole application). Do I understand correctly ...
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Shipping unmodified open source applications with closed source apps

I am creating a closed source application whose task is to launch other open source applications (similar to start menu of windows). So i have included various opensource applications under licences ...
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Java: legal issues related to writing a commercial app in Java [closed]

I developed scientific software for use in my own scientific research. I am considering porting it to another language such as Java, and releasing a closed-source, commercial version of it for sale. ...
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Can a closed-source programming language survive? [closed]

A friend has written a programming language. It has a syntax reminiscent of SGML. He has written an interpreter for it, and an IDE. He and his colleagues use it in-house as a server-side language. It ...
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1answer
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How can we use Tine 2.0 in our closed source software product, without violating the AGPL?

We develop a closed source product and customers want to add two parts: Calendar Contacts Tine 2.0 would provide this, but we want to use it as a library. Since Tine 2.0 uses the AGPL licence, ...
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Using GPL software with closed-source hardware

Does it violate the GPL v3 if I were to use a gpl licensed firmware with my closed-source hardware that I am selling? Or do both have to be open-source, or do I just have to make the firmware source ...
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Is storing software in the cloud with reputable vendors secure?

I have a team member who refuses to use any form of private source code repository on Github or Bitbucket due to "security concerns". As a result, we have a hard time sharing code with him. He ...
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What are some ramifications of open source software turning into closed source software?

If a company takes a permissively licensed open source application and then develops a closed source application from that by reworking extensive parts of the application, adding new features and ...
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1answer
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What is the best way to deploy commercial programs on Linux? [closed]

Due to the diversity of Linux distributions, it is quite common for programs to be distributed in source format together with scripts in order to assist the configure, make, make install sequence. ...
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Distributing a proprietary application together with GPL software [closed]

First, there are many similar questions here, but I found none with direct answers about this specific scenario. If you find a duplicate, please be kind enough to link to the specific answer(s). Also, ...
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What is a good license for community submissions to commercial partially closed source software?

I am maintaining a small code base that I am considering selling– but I want to allow developers that use it to submit code for addition to the trunk. This way they can extend the framework and the ...
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May I keep my program closed source if I link it against a static library of which the source is GNU GPLv2?

I'm putting much work in my program and after it's done I want to just setup a small website and sell each copy of the program but I don't want any legal issues. Do I have to look for another library ...
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Origin of the name “OpenServer” for the SCO Unix operating system

I was looking over the evolutionary history of Unix and Unix-like systems on Wikipedia and one operating system name stood out to me: OpenServer. Judging from the image, SCO's OpenServer is ...
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Source Code Only Allowed With One Open Source Project

I have an open source project that is licensed under the GNU General Public License v3 and it's done in Windows Presentation Foundation. I came across someone that sells themes/skins for WPF projects ...
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Is it reasonable to use Javascript MVC Frameworks for closed source paid web applications? [closed]

I am wondering if it is reasonable to write closed source, paid web apps in Javascript (JS MVC Frameworks like AngularJS, Backbone, Knockout, ...)? I'm concerned because in this type of frameworks you ...
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Can publicly accessible code be closed source?

Is it possible, legally, for code to be publicly available online, but have copyright protection?
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Compile GPL-code into a JNI-capable shared library and use it in commercial software [closed]

I am developing an application for Android in JAVA which calls GPLed C-code via JNI. I have modified & capsulated a GPL-software under a JNI-interface and compile it as a shared library (.so) ...
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Can we create a GPL application that has a payware advertisement on it?

We've been thinking of using GPL components to make a GPL application, and freely give it away. We then want to use that as a loss-leader. In that free application, where even the source code is ...
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License for available for free, but closed source web app [closed]

Anyone know of a free license that offers the user the right to use the software freely, but not modify it or share it? In other words, it is closed source, but it's free. And since it's gonna be a ...
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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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Issues Tracker for both developers and end users [closed]

currently, we have a closed source project on hand. However, we would like to have a communication channel together with our end users. We would like to have our end users to know, what features we ...