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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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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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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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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 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 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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2answers
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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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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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Is it reasonable to use Javascript MVC Frameworks for closed source paid web applications?

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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Dilemma for growing a project: Open source volunteer developers VS closed source paid / revshare developers? [closed]

I am trying to grow my project, and I am vaccillating between some examples. Some options seem to be: 1. open sourcing the project to draw volunteer developers. Pros This would mean anyone can ...
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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 ...
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Reasons NOT to open source not-for-profit code?

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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The overlap between open source and closed source

I would like to understand why do some people like open source and some others like closed source? Let me be more specific and make my question about web development. If I build my site using an open ...
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Taking an open source project to closed source

How is it legally possible to take a project initially released as open source back to closed source? Especially one licensed with the GPL any version.
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Why do organizations limit source code access to engineers? [closed]

Most organizations restrict access to the source code to engineers, and even at places like Google, the Android source code is kept off-limits to most engineers within the company. Why? Note: I am ...
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2answers
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How does the license work for the LGPL open source framework?

Without knowing anything I wrote a big application, almost 1 year coding. It does Video/Audio such as softphone for commercial use (we sell it). I used a framework which was licensed under the LGPL, ...
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1answer
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GPL and closed-source licensing for selling my script

I am working on a PHP script that I plan to sell without giving the user the ability to distribute it to anyone else. I have heard about GPL being viral and I have quite a few libraries that are ...
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2answers
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How to effectively manage source control for project with both open and closed source?

I'm currently working on a project that has both an open-source "community edition" and a set of closed-source features for paying clients. One of the pain-points right now is figuring out how to ...
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What are some reasonable arguments in favor of closed source software? [closed]

I like a technology (including programming language) but its platform is closed sourece and many times I meet people who ask me, "why do you use a closed source platform, why not use an open source ...
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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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Is it illegal 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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How do I spot and document a GPL violation?

How to spot that someone copied open source code licensed with GPL to their closed source commercial application, when you don't have access to their closed source code? Edit: Great answers! Part 2. ...
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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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I created a program based on an LGPL project, and I'm not allowed to publish the source code

I thought LGPL was a permissive license, just like MIT, BSD or Apache. But today I read, that only linking to LGPL (libraries etc) is allowed from closed-source code - other than that, it's copyleft - ...
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Will a copyrighted code get into public domain once its copyright expires?

Since source code license is protected through the Copyright Law (Berne Convention to be precise), and all copyrighted material will be in public domain for certain number of years, depending on which ...
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4answers
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So what happens with closed-source law?

Lets say Alice Co. writes a program, and Bob Co. hires a contractor to copy it, and put it on their platform? What is the general legal recourse in these cases? I say general, because most of us are ...
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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 ...