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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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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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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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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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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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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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What's the rationale of not simply disclosing the license fees for a commercial libary or tool?

Some companies selling software or libraries simply put their licensing model on their web page and be done with it. (Many also contain a disclaimer that there are volume discounts and special ...
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A friend wants some FREE CRUD code [closed]

A 'friend' of mine asked me to write a complete CRUD system with AJAX for him for free. What should I do? Technically, its bread and butter for me. However, I am wondering if I should get paid for it. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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Is Selling GPL licensed Software Effective?

Let us say that someone writes a piece of software and licenses it under the GPL. Then they go on to sell it. Will this be effective? Won't someone just buy it and redistribute at a lower price? Do ...
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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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2answers
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can a closed source commercial software make system(3) calls to GPL applications (not libraries)?

The closed source commercial software (CSCS), will just make system(3) calls to GPL applications. The user machine will run CSCS and it will call these GPL applications, in realtime, in the very same ...
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Where to find Hg/Git technical support? [closed]

I would like to out who provides technical support (commercial) for two major DVCS's of today: Git and Mercurial. This is for a place where they've been using Subversion for some time and now they're ...
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For an open source project, is it legal and acceptable to link to commercial libraries?

For an open source project, is it legal and acceptable to link to commercial libraries? For example, an open source application I'm involved in would benefit from using commercial 3rd party user ...
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1answer
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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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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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When creating an library published on CodePlex, how “bad” would it be for the unit-test projects to rely on commercial products?

I have started a project on CodePlex for a WebDAV server implementation for .NET, so that I can host a WebDAV server in my own programs. This is both a learning/research project (WebDAV + server ...
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2answers
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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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1answer
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Can I close the source of my application if I used code under the Mozilla Public License in it?

I need to use a group of Java classes licensed under the Mozilla Public License. I want to close the source code of my application. Is it possible without charging a fee for the MPL classes?
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What are arguments for Commercial Off the shelf (COTS) products?

Why should a company invest in a Commercial Off the shelf (COTS) product? Is it the cost of in-house development, support or are there other reasons to not buy an COTS product? By Commercial Off ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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1answer
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Usage of mix licensies in commercial use [duplicate]

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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1answer
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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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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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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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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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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. ...