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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 it's Wiki description. It states: Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without modification, are permitted ...
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How to avoid being forked into oblivion by a more powerful contributor?

As recently reported here: Xamarin has forked Cocos2D-XNA, a 2D/3D game development framework, creating a cross-platform library that can be included in PCL projects. However the founder of ...
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Is it okay to hire a programmer of an open source software for a (closed source) fork? [closed]

I want to fork an existing open source project to implement a certain major feature based on a research project. I am not sure yet if the changes will end up being open or closed source (the original ...
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If I fork an open source project and make improvements in the fork, will it or I offend the original authors? [duplicate]

I have identified a couple of open source projects on github.com that are not being kept up to date for many months. I have used them for personal use, and now want to make enhancements to them and ...
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487 views

How to maintain a forked git repo with feature branches that upstream won't pull?

So here's a typical workflow on Github... Like some project -> fork it -> git clone https://github.com/you/someproject. Open project. Like what you see, but make some changes. Having been ...
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Should I fork for a major re-write that uses a small amount of the original code? [closed]

I'm writing a library. It's a completely rewritten version of another one, to suit my needs (PCL compatibility, mainly). However, the API will be completely rewritten, as I'll need to change a lot of ...
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What to do when somebody forks my open-source project with the same name?

I have this GPL project, it got stuck for like a year, I really like the idea, then somebody fork it and changed the whole thing but used the same name, I don't mind for the code (it was GPL after ...
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1answer
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Ethics and best practices when forking code base

I have a question as to the proper best practices and ethics revolving forking code. I've taken code base licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 and brought ...
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What is the etiquette of renaming an open source fork?

I want to fork on Github the TestNG java testing framework (Apache 2 license) so I can add/change some minor things to suit my needs. It's unlikely that all of my changes would be approved in the ...
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2answers
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Copying (forking) an open source project to your own repository

I'm currently using an open source project called CodeFirstMembership for one of my projects. There's a critical issue that I need to get past, and the more I use it, the more I find things I need to ...
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Forking an open source project using Git

There is an open source project that I want to fork for my own reasons. It currently has a Git mirror of its main SVN repository which I can use. What are the best techniques for forking a project ...
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Forking an open source project: should one create a new changelog file? Should restart version number?

I am going to fork an open source project. Would you recommend to create a new changelog file or to update the original one? Would it be reasonable to increment its version number or would it be ...
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Licensing on forked projects

I forked a project that hasn't been maintained for a while now. I have a lot of changes I'd like to implement and want to actively maintain the project and keep it open source. How does the licensing ...
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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, ...