Questions about the GNU General Public License

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Redistributing BSD-licensed software?

Is it acceptable to distribute unmodified BSD-licensed software (pyglet) with GPL-licensed software I created? The BSD allows for sale of modified software, I know, but does it allow re-licensing of ...
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Can someone help me understand this GPL license

I can't understand the last line of this GPL license. Copyright (C) 2011 Some Name This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General ...
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Do accompanying tools/scripts also need to be licensed to put my bash script under GPLv3?

This is some sort of follow up to an older question of me. So I put the GPLv3 license into the project which contains my script and also added the copyright notice and copying permission statement to ...
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can gpl code contain more restrictively licensed code? (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)

There is a wordpress theme I am modifying to create my own derived work. This original wordpress theme has the GPLv2 licence in it's root directory, so I assume that the entire theme is GPL code. ...
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Can CC0 code use a GPL library?

Suppose my code uses (simply links to) a library licensed under the GPL. Can I release my code under CC0 (public domain dedication)? Is my code affected by the copyleft nature of the GPL?
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Are these steps enough to put my bash script under GPL 3?

I have written a bash script I would like to put under GPL v3. I've read the GNU documentation on How to Apply These Terms to Your New Programs and How to use GNU licenses for your own software. ...
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Can I link to a gpl library from a closed source application?

Ok, before everyone goes shouting about duplicate questions, yes, I've already seen several questions like this here. But none answer the question. If I link against a gpl'd library without ...
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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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How to manage, in practice, licence files when combining GPL and BSD licensed code?

I am writing code that uses one library with GPL (not LGPL) license, and one with the 3-clause BSD license. Since I link to GPL-licensed library, my code will need to be GPL as well. How should I, in ...
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What is the significance of each paragraph of the GPL “copying permission statement”?

Part of the FSF's instructions for placing a program under the GPL is including the following "copying permission statement" at the top of your file, under the copyright notice: This program is free ...
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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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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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Does this BSD-like license achieve what I want it to?

I was wondering if this license is: self defeating just a clone of an existing, better established license practical any more "corporate-friendly" than the GPL too vague/open ended and finally, if ...
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Can I provide a GPL app, with different licenced logo?

I want to provide my app under GNU GPL v3, but I would be glad if people couldn't change its name or its logo. Can I provide my app under the GNU GPL v3 licence, while the app's name and logo are ...
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Placing of copyright notice in source code

I'm about to release a project of mine that I'm really proud of under the GNU GPL and I have some questions: Should one attach a copyright notice on each and every source code file from their ...
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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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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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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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the decisive difference between LGPL and AGPL

What is the decisive difference between LGPL(v3) and AGPL(v3) ? Both can be used in commercial production, both can also be packed within a payed product. As long as I do not change the source code ...
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What are the legal risks if any of using a GPL or AGPL Web Application Framework/CMS?

Tried to ask this on SO but was referred here... Am I correct in saying that using a GPL'ed web application framework such as Composite C1 would NOT obligate a company to share the source code we ...
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Rewrote GNU GPL v2 code in another language: can I change a license?

I rewrote some parts of Mercurial (which is licensed under GNU GPL v2) in C#. Naturally, I looked a lot into original Python code and some parts are direct translations from Python to C#. Is is ...
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Want to use a lib for my project, confused with license (AGPL vs MIT License)

Im working on a Java Software and there is a need to use some extern libraries. I found two relevant libs. The one is on an AGPL and the other on the MIT License. Now Im asking my self, can I use ...
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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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What do I need to do to NOT steal “Hello World” code with a GPL license?

In the project, I found a file, math.c, with a big GPL header and ... //------------------------------------------------------------------------------ /// Returns the minimum value between two ...
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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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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 ...
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License of current JDK

I am wondering which license the current JDK 7 (NOT the OpenJDK) is using as I know it was once under GNU GPL but with the change of the Distributor License for Java I would like to know whether they ...
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GPL License - Selling and Stealing

I understand that when any software under the GPL is given to another the recipient has the same rights over the software that I do. I also understand that this applies to "a work based on the ...
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How do I stay compliant with GPL when forking on Github?

I've recently forked a project on Github and made some modifications to it, pushed them back to the forked repository and asked the original developer to pull the changes. (I gather this is the ...
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MIT app executing a GPL command

Can my MIT/BSD licensed, open source project, or a closed source project I build and sell, execute a command, where the command is a program released under the GPL? I would not be distributing any ...
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“Integratable” but not “integrated” GPL

There has been much debate over whether or not merely linking to a piece of code makes it a derivative work. I know FSF says "yes", so according to them I can't dynamically link a non-GPL compatible ...
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GPL vs plugin interfaces not designed with a specific application in mind

I am not seeking or in need of legal advice, but an interesting though experiment came to my mind. Imagine the following situtation (I cannot really think about a concrete example and I am unsure if ...
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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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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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Should I include multiply license header notice in dual license software?

Is it necessarily if a software released under both of LGPL3 && GPL3 terms have to include both license header notice top of each file? Or just put GPL header notice? or simply put LGPL3 ...
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How to get contributors assign copyright for copyright holder?

Let's say we have a company and we release our project under LGPL && GPLv3, as you know the only thing here is about contribution. People commit bug-fixes/features to the project, it's fine ...
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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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GPL copying copyright notices

The "GPL How to" has the following to say about applying copyright notices of code copied from other programs: If you have copied code from other programs covered by the same license, copy their ...
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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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Is it possible to release Code using the MS Solver Foundation under GPLv3?

I have written a piece of software using the Microsoft Solver Foundation. Now the work is done I want to release the code under the Terms of the GPLv3, if that is possible. The problem is, the GPLv3 ...
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Does a website running modified GPL software have an obligation to release their changes? [duplicate]

If a non-profit organization runs software on its website that is modified GPL'ed software and it acknowledged to be such, do they have a legal obligation to release any changes? They are not offering ...
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Dual licensing with GPL library

I have a question concerning derivative works of GPL'ed software. Imagine the following situation: A company writes a software (A) using a library (B) which is released under the terms of the GPL. Now ...
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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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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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Telerik ASP.NET MVC components licensing

There's thread on stackoverflow about this http://stackoverflow.com/questions/5524046/is-telerik-extensions-for-asp-net-mvc-free It says that it is ok for internal site, but I think it is still not ...
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Right license(s) for a freemium offer

I am currently working on a solution written in JavaScript. I plan to release two versions: For free: the lite one with base options, which is plug and play (it just works when loaded in the page) ...
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How to license a script/package if it uses multiple 3rd-party components with different licenses?

I have already searched but didn't managed to find a suitable answer. My problem is this: I use different software packages with different licenses to develop a free and open-source (not commercial) ...
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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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Can I use GPL, LGPL, MPL licensed packages with my application and make it closed source?

I saw a company is using BusyBox and also using Gpl + Lgpl + Mpl packages on it, and then they have there own application running on it. Their application is a closed source package. You buy the ...