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SVN/Git patches: Why aren't they used in commercial software development?

I'm not sure if this question is too general or if the implicit assumption (patches aren't used in commercial software development) is false, but it is a topic that I've been wondering about so here ...
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Commercial Apps with an Open Source on github [closed]

I am going to be launching a small web service soon and was wondering if it's a good idea to upload the code to a public github repo. The code will not be licensed for commercial use but the public ...
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Need an open-source license with a small commercial addition [closed]

I'm working on an open-source project and people can use it and modify it, no problems here. The only thing that I don't want to allow is that people exploit it and earn money using my work (because ...
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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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selling closed source commercial product in a virtualbox (GPL)

Can I sell a closed source commercial product inside a virtualbox VM? This is extremely useful when you want to deliver server side software to users, and not mess in with different OS's ...
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Is open-sourcing previously-commercial engines a smart move? [duplicate]

I saw that the Unreal Engine is going open-source on github (see link1 and link2) and that made me wonder: "is open-sourcing a previously commercial engine a smart move?" What's the benefit to Epic ...
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Does commercial mean when you earn money by putting a ad to support you or is it something else like for a big company?

I been reading a few things about using libraries and stuff but they all talk about not using it for commercial purposes. Does commercial mean when you earn money by putting a ad to support you or is ...
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Usage of mix licensies in commercial use

I'm developing a CMS, inside it I use many various plugins/addons wich licenses mostly like MIT, GNU, GPL (such as jQuery, nivoSlider, DataTables and so on..). After reading those licenses I believe I ...
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Can some LGPL library published upgrades use a commercial library?

I am using a LGPL v3 library and have made upgrades to it. Before using these upgrades, I understand I have to publish them. That's al-right. Is it legal if I perform upgrades that use a commercial ...
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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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Can I use a dual license in my commercial Website [duplicate]

I have set up a web application which is of commercial use. This application had to make use of the plugin(which is not downloaded from http://plugins.jquery.com) I downloaded this plugin from ...
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LGPL and commerical application in PHP

I have rather specific question about licensing but first of all I would just like to state that I already read a lot of Q&A's here but I'm still not sure about the problem in that particular ...
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Using .exe of program with GNU General Public License version 2.0 for commercial

I have a question to somebody who is expert about "GNU General Public License version 2.0" license. I am making program and my code is using another program ("HoboCopy") inside which have this one ...
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Looking for a popular, well known example of closed-source software which uses LGPL code, and says so

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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Languages & Their Licensing?

Firstly, apologizes for any bad terminology, lack of research, or poor delivery of my question. I should note that originally I had one big question, but I figured the first half is sort of ...
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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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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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Can I charge for closed source J2EE .ear module relying on GPLed EJBs?

A customer asked me to add a (fairly generic monitoring and notifications) functionality to the in-house solution he has assembled on top of JBoss and couple of GPL-licensed components (downloadable ...
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Can we take ideas from GPL programs in developing any commercial app

I am developing a commercial application. There are several GPL programs which have some common features with my applications. Can I take an idea from those GPL applications and implement them myself ...
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Should I / can I bundle node.js and mongod together with my application?

I'm working on a web application that runs on node.js and uses MongoDB. It's important to mention that I plan to release the application as commercial software. The way I wrote the installer, it asks ...
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Commercial software license with free upgrade clause

If I am selling software commercially and I offer users free upgrade for 12 months after purchase, can I make them agree to a new licence when they download an upgrade? What should the original ...
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Are there any programming languages that follow a minimalist development approach?

I find it that when languages are considered the same as commercial software, there is always a constant need to add new features to justify new releases. Can there be or are there languages where ...
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Correct way to sell commercial product with GPL small scripts in it [closed]

I'm developing a commercial cms. I'm going to sell this cms. I use jQuery, also I use date and time picker jQuery plugin in my cms, I can say this is just a 1% of my big script, I don't want sell my ...
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How do I correctly sub-license a library that is under the MIT license?

How do I correctly sub-license a library that is under the MIT license. I am using and extending the library. The MIT license states that I am free to sub-license the library. Can I simply state: ...
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Can I use aac in an commercial app for free?

I was wondering if I can use the aac codec in my commercial app for free (through lgpl ffmpeg). It says on the wiki: No licenses or payments are required to be able to stream or distribute content ...
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License for library developed with commercial program

I'm developing a commercial application that largely depends on the functionality of a library that will be developed with it. I'd like to open-source this library, because it offers functionality ...
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what kind of certificate needed for my application ?

I am releasing free C# softwares I've created using Visual Studio. In the future, some of these softwares might become Paid. I was wondering if I need to purchase any kind of license for them ? I ...
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Commercial product using a GPL OS

we are planning to create a commercial product. The product consists of some MCUs and a small computer (we are developing on a Raspberry Pi at the moment). The computer needs an operating system as ...
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1answer
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Is it legal to modify MIT licensed code and sell it?

I have a project and I want to use a ready-made script that is licensed under MIT in it. But using this script separately will be redundant. So I've decided to merge my code and the MIT licensed ...
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Can graphics in the public domain be used in commercial software?

For example: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Epithalamus.png Could I take an image file like that, splice it apart, and use it in an application that would be sold?
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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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Finding Database issue for iphone app

I know this is a dumb question and it might not be "conceptual" but, as a self-starter I really want to know how to get connected to some sort of "commercial database"? I'm designing a local gas ...
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Is there any well-known commercial project which is currently an open source ? [closed]

I mean is there some open sourced projects that were started as closed source and were commercially successful also? I am also interested in any story behind open sourcing them.
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Use my own GPL licensed code in a commercial product

I am developing a software project in Java/Swing licensed under GPL v3. Later, I want to create a Android application which uses the algorithms of the Java/Swing application. This Android app will be ...
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Using submitted code in a commercial product

I have made a product which I have used the GPL licence, and am now getting pull requests from other authors. The product also has a less restrictive commercial license available for purchase. Can ...
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Product classifying algorithm - text classification - C# - algorithm suggestions

Alright people. Finally with the help of stackoverflow community i have gathered 20 commercial product selling websites product pages with the following features Product URL Product Price Product ...
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How can I defend Ruby on Rails against customers' not technical opinion?

My customer, a translations business owner, just told me that he has been reading about Ruby on Rails and told me that "there are more PHP guys around there" and "it seems the community prefers it". ...
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Using GPL licensed jQuery scripts on website with ads

I'm making a web application that will generate revenue from displaying ads. The system is meant for me to run and not sold/distributed to anyone else. My questions are: Can I use GPL licensed ...
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How can one find out if open-source code was used in a commercial product?

Some open source licenses don't allow its usage in commercial products, but I bet some people/companies use it anyways. Is it possible to prove that a closed source, commercial product illegally ...
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What is the economic rationale for focusing on free, open source projects? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why programming open source? I'm having trouble understanding why people dedicate their time to an open source project that's free as in beer instead of focusing on a ...
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How can I charge money for open source targeted at individuals?

Most questions like this only seem to apply for big pieces of software for companies with money. I'm developing a small application targeted at individuals. Informally speaking, I want to sell the ...
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What are the available tools for creating cross-platform, cross-browser multiplayer online commercial games? [closed]

HTML5+Javascript is not viable as the client-side code will be visible and, thus, stealable. Flash is not viable since it's not supported on ipads and thus not cross-platform. Said that, what are the ...
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Would I be in violation of these icons free license on my Android application?

Since there isn't yet a Q&A site for legal issues and since this is related to an Android app, I'm posting it here, instead of Stack Overflow cause this is not code related. I want to separate ...
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Questions about releasing an application that has been built on an IDE on an educational license

If an application is made during education using an IDE that had an Educational License (provided by the institute), and later the developers decide to release it in the market as a product: Is it ...
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Is it okay to use a short EULA?

I need to add an EULA to my (commercial) software but I cannot afford a lawyer. Also I had a look at various EULA examples on the internet but they are all for specific software or countries, and are ...
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Is any JavaScript code used only for websites, open source?

Rewritten question: I'm not asking a JavaScript-related question, but all "client" languages used on the web (HTML5, JavaScript, CSS, and so on). If I put JavaScript code (that is GPLed) on my ...
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Mono & Commercial Projects

I have read the licensing FAQ and from what I understood people are allowed to use Mono in commercial applications. However, I wonder if Microsoft can interfer with this in any way since they own the ...
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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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Licensing issue for RSA and Rijndael algorithms

I'm using .Net to build a commercial application, i.e. a secure chat application. This application is using RSA and Rijndael algorithms. Do we need licenses for using RSA and Rijndael algorithms for ...
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How to distribute our software on Linux without shipping source code

For our company needs, we need to sell one of our software on *nix-like system. How can we distribute and protect our software ? I know that almost every program on linux is open-source, so how can ...