Questions about the GNU General Public License

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Do I need to publish deployment scripts for deploying AGPL licensed work (MongoDB)

MongoDB is dual-licensed with AGPL (the engine) and ASL 2.0 (the drivers). In a nutshell, merely using MongoDB through the drivers does not dictate to release your source code (due to drivers' ASL 2.0 ...
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Where does one draw the line between inspiration and plagiarism? [on hold]

Suppose one would like to use in an iOS app only one function from a GPLv3 library that contains a large number of them. One cannot simply link the whole library beacuse otherwise the resulting ...
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Confusion on Kendo UI changing licence from GPLv3 to Apache 2.0 [on hold]

What are the problems and reasons for Kendo UI to change their licencing from GPLv3 to Apache v2.0. The reasons cited in their FAQ, according to my understanding of GPL v3 do not seem accurate, Can ...
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Under what license may this PyQt-based “Hello World” app be distributed?

Update: I was wrong about the PyQt license. It isn't merely a GPL license. The PyQt authors include a special set of exceptions that allow users to release their own code under a different license, ...
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Am I covered with GPL If I want to create a derived work from a GPLv2 project and change the project name?

Recently I create a fork from an "open source project GPLv2" with different name. I make a major changes in source code and I gave a new name to the modified open source. I kept in the header of each ...
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Forking GPL project: Do I have full rights on the new fork or still dependencies with the original owner(s)

I am considering the creation of a fork to a small project licensed under GPLv2, and I have some very specific questions I did not manage to answer in my research on various sites and foras. When I ...
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Calling a GPL binary from command line [duplicate]

I developed some software which I sell / closed souce. There is a GPL executable I would like to call/execute from within my software (and use the data returned by it) if users download the ...
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Does the GPL allow anyone to obtain GPL software without paying for it?

I've spotted a nice WordPress (GPL) theme for sale. I know somebody who bought it. I have 2 questions: Has the company selling it the obligation to send the source code to whoever (customers or ...
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Is there a loophole in the GPL that allows proprietary software to be linked with GPL libraries?

Let’s examine a hypothetical scenario: Company X writes a proprietary program (A) that dynamically links with a proprietary library (B). Company Y wants to use a replacement library (C) licensed ...
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Sell product containing purchased GPL software

I recently purchased a product (a website template, licensed by GNU GPL 2.0). My product, which is a web software, coded in PHP, uses that web template as its appearance. The question is: How can I ...
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When is my code auto GPL'ed?

I'm currently working with Wordpress (GPL). I understood basically when you write a plugin/module/etc. it becomes GPL since it's considered dependent of Wordpress. But on the contrary images and css ...
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Can I use GPLd code I wrote on the job as code samples without permission?

I'm currently employed by a business to do website development in Wordpress. I've written a number of custom plugins specifically for a number of clients over the time of my employment. Today, I ...
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can I sell a software that uses a GPL library and another BSD licensed library?

This is the first time I have dealt with licensing issues so I am sorry if I am making any stupid assumptions. My issue is that I have written a program in Python that uses PyQT for the GUI and also ...
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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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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: 1. Free Redistribution The license shall not restrict any party from selling or giving away the software as a component of an aggregate software distribution containing ...
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Optionally Using GPL Library via System API in Closed-Source Application

Please consider the following situation: You write a closed-source application, let's call it A. A depends on a system API (i.e. provided by the OS), that is in turn configurable to use different ...
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Android apps and GPLv2 classpath exception

My Android app needs javax.activation and javax.mail (both GPLv2 licensed). However, I don't want to make my app GPL-licensed. What are the possibilities to not break the license requirements ...
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GPLv3 code in non-GPL software — linking vs. CLI

Suppose there's a GPLv3 app that has a GUI and a CLI. Can I legally expand its CLI (to give me access to functionality hitherto only available via the app's API), release the result under GPL and then ...
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Can I use CodeSynthesis XSD (C++/Tree mapping) together with a GPLv3-licensed library?

Is it possible to write an open source project that uses generated code from CodeSynthesis XSD (C++/Tree) and then link it to a third-party library that is licensed under the GPL version 3? Some ...
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Question regarding ExtJS 4 GPL/commercial license

I am currently in the process of selecting a widget framework to be used for a new project. Current choices are Dojo/ExtJS4. We are leaning on ExtJS4 but might have some issues with the licensing. ...
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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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Confusion about dual license (MIT/GPL) javascript for use on my website

I've read all of the posts I can find on this and I'm still not sure of the answer. I'd like to use a jQuery plugin on my website that is dual licensed under MIT and GPL. Does the dual license mean ...
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GPL and confidential business rules in a single page application

I am designing a web app for a client who wants to keep some of his business rules private, we have an NDA. In a nutshell, customers use the app to book a service, and employees use it to keep track ...
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GPL - Writing an exception for a plugin interface under section 7 of GPLv3

The problem I've written a application for Android licensed under GPLv3 which needs to use Google Play Services, a proprietary library, as a plugin to the app. Now I'd also like to add libspotify as ...
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Using Ubuntu for commercial software development

I am plaining to use Ubuntu for developing Android and php application which I will sell in market. As far as I understand Ubuntu falls under GNU GPL license. In this case do I need to make my source ...
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Advertisements & GPL

I'm planning on providing some GPL software to visitors after they interact with an advertisement. This advertisement will generate revenue for our company, so this would fall under commercial usage. ...
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Using C++/Java to develop software and sell it

I know this question has been asked here before, and I also know that this website is for programming questions only, but please do make an exception, as none of the posts I've come across on this ...
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Why is there a gap between JBoss EAP and the JBoss AS/Community edition?

Admittedly new to this but I wanted to understand why there is a gap between Red Hat's JBoss EAP project (their enterprise version) and JBoss AS/Wildfly/community project. Looking at this post from ...
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Licensing libraries (which do code generation, etc) and GPL boundaries

I want to really opensource a project that did start as a personal hobby, but I'm an ignorant of licensing details. This project, provides some libraries for a given $language, and some wrapper ...
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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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Using Full GPL Libraries in Software as a Service (SaaS) Models

I already searched the site, but I could only find answers relating to using GPL libraries in software that people were going to sell/distribute. In this case the answer is that they must also make ...
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“Enterprise” version of GPL'd code?

I know that there are a number of discussions about the GPL on this site but I just ran in to an interesting case of apparent misuse that I (surprisingly) haven’t seen discussed anywhere. The ...
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Can I release a script that depends on both proprietary and GPL'd libraries to be run?

I'm writing my thesis project in GNU Octave. My project basically consists of a bunch of ".m" files that are written in Octave. I'm also using a proprietary (and unreleased) shared library developed ...
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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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ExtJs License for free application

I read much about GPL license. But it couldn't clear my doubt. I want to develop a small web application using ExtJs because of its features. I won't use much of it. But some features are very good. ...
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Confusion with gpl license

I am really confused about software linceses, I've read a lot of articles but I can't find an answer to my question, which is: Can I develop and sell applications that uses libraries under gpl ...
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Can I use GPL code as textual data in my app?

In essence, I'm wondering how licenses affect the legality of using source code as data. By that I mean literally storing code in a database as strings and using it e.g. for some syntax highlighting ...
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Simple website with a GPL V3 Framework

I write web-based software and simple website ("Home", "Who we are", "Contact"). For a simple website I'm using a covered GPL v3 framework. The user surf the website, send an email, take info, etc. I ...
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Do I have to release the code of a MIT licensed software running a GPL library?

Lets say I'm using Node-Webkit, an MIT licensed app runtime. Now, let's say I decide to include a Javascript library which is GPL licensed: while I do not modify the downloaded JS file, I do write my ...
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Releasing a project under GPL v2 or later without the source code of libraries

I wrote a system in Java that I want to release under the terms of GPL v2 or later. I've used Apache Maven to deal with all the dependencies of the system, so I don't have the source code of any of ...
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Is “Free for non-commercial use” license compatible with GNU GPLv3 license?

I want to ask whether any materials that has "Free for non-commercial use" license can be used in a GNU GPLv3 licensed software. In my opinion, it is "free for non-commericial use", and GNU GPLv3 is ...
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Is there a reason someone would choose GPLv2 instead of GPLv3?

Is there any reason anyone would use GPL v2 over GPL v3 when starting a new project, or is GPL v2 still around only because older projects can't or haven't updated their license yet?
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Can I use GPL software in a commercial application

I have 3 questions about the GPL here: If I use GPL software in my application, but don't modify or distribute it, do I have to release my application under the GPL? What if I modify some software ...
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TotalPhase Aardvark driver's GPL license

I'm using an SPI host adapter for a project. The Aardvark from TotalPhase. And I did something crazy, I read that EULA license that everyone just clicks through. The driver installation license ...
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Is the license of gifmerge compatible with GPLv3?

My doubt arises from this sentence in the gifmerge distribution conditions: "This software may be freely copied, modified and redistributed without fee provided that this copyright notice is ...
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Can a GPLv2 program rely on Apache-licensed libraries?

Can a software program licensed GPL (version 2) rely upon libraries licensed under APLv2 without running afoul of the GPL? The language here suggests to me perhaps not. In my specific case I'm ...
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Using BSD and GPL in one project

I am an author of project, that consists of two parts: daemon and library. I want to license library under BSD License (or MIT, will decide later), and daemon under GPLv3. I want to permit the ...
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Definition of distribute in relation to the GPLv3 [duplicate]

We lease an appliance to our clients (4 physical servers running 12 VMs). One of the servers exposes a website which in turn uses the other VMs. Clients have no access to the VMs or the software ...
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Plugin naming based on GPL v2

I'm programming a plugin for a software under GPL v2. I'm using an unique name for my plugin, but I'm considering to rename it. I would like to take another plugin's name which has been abandoned and ...
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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 ...