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Using a zLib like icensed library which has dependencies on LGPL or GPL libs; what license am I able to release my project under?

If I use an Open Source library which is released under a zLib like license, but it has dependencies on libraries that are using LGPL or GPL; what license am I able to release my project under? If I ...
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GPL- How much source must be released?

Suppose I have a GPL v2-licensed library that is of interest to a closed-source project (e.g. Wolfram Alpha). If some of my code were used in Wolfram Alpha, or a product that interfaces with Wolfram ...
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Do you think asking to sign contributor license agreement for a open source project creates a resistance for contributors? [closed]

I am working on a open-source project which is backed by an organization. Organization pays a team to make this open-source project. This project will be licensed with GPLv3. We are debating on ...
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58 views

Source code modification and GPLv3 compatibility

Assume that the source file A contains the following license notice: "This code is Copyright 1234 by XYZ. It may be freely redistributed in its entirety provided that this copyright notice is not ...
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51 views

Why GPL was made so that it requires open application code yet not open pipe of compiled applications?

Say we have a GPL library (CGAL for example). We have a big tasks chain like pipes modeling and testing. We would love to use library for our indoors application yet we must open sources... so we make ...
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1answer
66 views

OSS dual licensing / market segregation

I have an open-source project, which I would like to commercially license to various types of businesses. xGPL licenses do not work for me since they don't allow any conditional addenda. What I'm ...
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Use of MIT-Licensed OSS with GPL Dependencies

I have been assigned to audit third-party dependencies for one of my company's products to make sure we aren't in danger of running afoul of any licenses. This is probably a job for a lawyer, but such ...
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179 views

Claim to get my source code used GPL code

I'm running public web site based on Drupal. Drupal is GPL 2 or 3 licence. Of course I wrote custom code which interacts with Drupal code (modules). Can anybody write me an e-mail and ask for the ...
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1answer
93 views

How does the GNU General Public License (GPL) conform to the Open Source Initiative's (OSI) Open Source Definition (OSD)?

From the OSI's OSD: Free Redistribution The license shall not restrict any party from selling or giving away the software as a component of an aggregate software distribution ...
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190 views

Does a GPL Bison grammar infect my application?

I am thinking about using a GPL Bison grammar for my own compiler. Will the grammar "infect" my parser such that it needs to be open source? The grammar - in terms of - the input of bison is GPL.
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138 views

How do I comply to GPL in case of Appliance?

We are developing an enterprise network appliance which has got some GPL softwares like linux and apache and some others with APL license. But the core of the service is proprietary software and ...
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1answer
108 views

Is such modification allowed by GPL? Which licences allow this which not?

Assume that I have library X which contains class A with method b and that library X is realeased under GPL licence. public class A { public void b() { // this is an example of b method's ...
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205 views

Revoking Open Source license, for specific individuals

I develop an open source Android application, which is licensed under GPL and freely available on Github. It is currently under heavy development, therefore it isn't published in the Play Store yet. ...
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408 views

How to use my proprietary framework on a new job without making it open-source?

I have been working on a framework for years. It is solid, extensive and tested. It is exactly what the employer needs for the foundation of its new project. There is no point in rewriting the whole ...
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1answer
566 views

Author has inserted copyright into code with gnu public license notice - implications?

I've found a project on Github that I'm interested in contributing to which claims to be open source and has a GPL license included with it. But the original author has added a copyright ...
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480 views

Isn't GPL enough to make a software free as in free speech?

Background I have read people rebutting the fact that a certain software is free as in free speech, even when it is licensed under GPL. Some say Java isn't free because to obtain a professional ...
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GPL and OpenJDK: Questions regarding source headers

I have some legal questions regarding OpenJDKs source header: /* * Copyright (c) 1997, 2008, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. * DO NOT ALTER OR REMOVE COPYRIGHT NOTICES OR THIS ...
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320 views

Does open sourcing your work help you?

Are developers actually likely to receive significant help by open sourcing a work in its unfinished stages, or are open source consumers more likely to want something ready to use? This is ...
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1answer
265 views

Open source licenses (specifically GPL) & gamemaker's source format

Now with gamemaker studio source files are no longer stored in a proprietary format - instead they are stored as simple XML files containing all data. Now I am wondering, can projects created with ...
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1answer
205 views

Will the Apache License or the GPL License protect my trademarks?

I'm trying to see if these two open source licenses give protection of trademarks to the originator. I have read both licenses but they only seem to talk about their own trademark i.e. 'Apache'.
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2answers
153 views

How to document a dual open source license?

If a project is dual-licensed GPL & BSD, should there be one LICENSE file with the text of both licenses? Or two separate files, one for each license? And I think I should put a copyright/license ...
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1answer
167 views

Does a patch for an opensource project inherit the same license?

I have submitted a patch for a GPL'd project and now a third-party wants to include this patch in a product. They have asked me what license my patch uses. Does my patch have to adopt the GPL ...
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253 views

Anti Cloud Open Source License

I'm working on a browser based open source monitoring project that I want to be free to the community. What I'm worried about is someone taking the project, renaming it, deploying it in the cloud and ...
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151 views

Incorporating GPL Code in my Open Source Project

I have downloaded a currently inactive GPL project with a view to updating it and releasing the completed codebase as open source. I'm not really a fan of GPL though and would rather licence my ...
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Running software as a service using unmodified GPL(v2+) program as a core dependency: must the SaaS source code be released?

I'm designing a software as a service project which will only be accessed online. I may have a hard dependency on an executable which is covered by GNU GPL (v2 or later). I understand that my code, ...
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3answers
237 views

Confused on selling GPL. How is it consistent with this section?

(Written against GPLv2.) It is always said that GPL does not prohibit selling the software, as long as its source code is provided under the same license (GPL). Now, I do not understand how it is ...
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339 views

Open Source Project: Company to register copyright

I'm releasing an open source project. I want to make it as inclusive as possible for any community that might embrace it. Specifically, I don't want the code copyrighted in my name when an entire ...
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143 views

Extending GPL code will make the new code GPL too?

I am currently adding some functionality to a popular open source project. It written in C and in Every file GPL license text is embedded. The functionality I am adding is not supported by the ...
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502 views

Licensing a JavaScript library

I am developing a free, open-source (duh) JavaScript library, and wondering how to license it. I was considering the GNU GPL, but I heard that I must distribute the license with the software, and I'm ...
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3answers
543 views

Does using GCC specific builtins qualify as incorporation within a project?

I understand that linking to a program licensed under the GPL requires that you release the source of your program under the GPL as well, while the LGPL does not require this. The terminology of the ...
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1answer
532 views

Open Source license compatibility checker

Is there a tool available for checking if various combinations of open source licenses are compatible with each other? I'm planning on building various tools that use an Apache license for ...
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3answers
326 views

How should I go about re-releasing a GPL-licensed project?

A few months ago we found a library licensed under GPL that fit the bill for what we were looking to do at that time. We included it in our codebase and all was fine. Now, a few frantic months of ...
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1answer
185 views

Best way to reliably recognize open source licenses?

In many projects these days most of the novel code consists of glue code that helps combine dozens of different libraries, plugins and helpers that are licensed under a variety of open source ...
3
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2answers
578 views

Could you describe “GNU General Public License (GPLv2)” in “for Dummies” terms?

I just want to make sure I'm using the right license for my open source API wrapper project for some social networks and also make sure I understand it. Could you just describe the basics of that ...
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1answer
211 views

Is it legal to release GPL version project into FreeBSD?

I could not differentiate between FreeBSD and GPL liecense. Can anyone tell me the in what respect these two liecense are different. Is it legal to use some source based on GPL license and release ...
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539 views

How should I implement my chosen software license?

I have always kind of wondered, but never took my time to actually ask these questions regarding licensing. Most of these questions are presumably pretty basic, but I have no idea what I'm dealing ...
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3answers
240 views

Software licenses in practice

Almost all questions and information on both SO and "Google" describes how different licenses works and what license to choose for your work? But how do they work in reality. Almost everyone I have ...
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249 views

Does the (A)GPLv3 allow people to contibute code anonymously?

Does AGPLv3 or GPLv3 allow people to contribute code without specifying author of contributed code ? Does it allow people to fork an (A)GPL-project without specifying authors of forked code ?
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465 views

How do I dual license?

I'd like to open source a project of mine under GPL v3. Additionally, I'd like to sell a license for those who wish to use the code in a proprietary application. How do I go about releasing my ...
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2answers
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Best practices for releasing an open source PHP application

I'm a PHP developer for a living but have never worked on or contributed to any open source projects before. I am developing a CMS for my own use. I have a working prototype and I think that once ...
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2answers
438 views

Copyright assignment on open source projects

Some time ago I wrote a BlackBerry application. I find that I now want to release it under an open source license. I am strongly considering the GPL v3 license. All the code is mine; there are no ...
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2answers
303 views

Is distributing patches in compliance with the GPL?

I'm designing a distro and some of the software packages included are maintained in such a way that my source repository doesn't actually include the source code, but they are included as an ...
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165 views

Need some clarity on the GPL

Suppose someone writes some code, and publishes it as open source under the GPL. Later they decide to close source their application and put it for sale. Is that in violation of the GPL? All code in ...
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3answers
221 views

Can I brand my open-source application?

Is it possible for the author to register a logo or the name of his/her application when it is open-source because it uses a gpl library (for example)? The application uses the library but it has its ...
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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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144 views

Questions about software licensing [duplicate]

I've been having a discussion about licensing and open source software. Basically - the other guy is saying that licensing is easy, if you're going to build a product you can use an (any) open source ...
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Is it OK to learn an algorithm from an open source project, and then implement it in a closed source project?

Reference The post that started it all In order to clear up the original question I asked in a provocative manner, I have posed this question. If you learn an algorithm from an open source project, ...
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330 views

Can I link GPL and CDDL if I do not distribute?

Perhaps this is an esoteric question, since I will never distribute the code in question and I can fairly easily avoid using GPL code, but I'm curious and it's bugging me--but not enough to consult a ...
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2answers
91 views

Options for software licensing for plugins?

I'm creating a software application where up until now, the majority of code and assets have been produced by me. There are smaller bits of code that I've taken from other places; these have all been ...
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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. ...