Questions about the GNU General Public License

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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 ...
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Is a program linked against an LGPL library in linux still under GPL?

If I were to write say, an embeded linux video server, how much of the code do I have to offer to someone who requests the source? Do I have to offer the code that directly links against the GPL ...
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GPL: does one line of GPLed code make program a “derived work”

I've recently run into some argument with a person that claims to be a lawyer (I have my suspicions about this not being completely true, though). As far as I know, copying even one line of code from ...
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What does “GPL with classpath exception” mean in practice?

Oracle seems to license all their Java-related open source code under the GPL with a classpath exception. From what I understand, this seems to allow to combine these libraries with your own code into ...
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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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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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Call GPL software from non-GPL software

Can I (legally) use a program that is released under GPL from another program that I'm writing and not have to respect the GPL (for the program I'm writing)? For example, I have a GUI that uses a ...
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Do I need to license my code as GPLv2 if I only read/write to a database and pipe?

I'm writing an API for an open source network monitoring system which is licensed under the GPLv2. I also intend to open source this API but would like to license it under the BSD License. I don't ...
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Can GPL-licensed software be resold?

My research group is developing some software for research purposes. The project leader wants the software to be open source and likes the GPL, but wants to ensure that they software cannot be sold. ...
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Copyleft Licenses - Need to attribute?

I'm currently evaluating which license to use for my next OS project, and things are getting more and more interesting after I decided that I really want to understand what the licenses mean. Up ...
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Can you change code distributed under the MIT license, and re-distribute it under the GPL license?

Is it possible to alter the code of the Chili plugin, which had its latest release on July 2008, and it is licensed under the MIT license, to then license it under GPL? As far I can see, there is no ...
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Difference between free and open software? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Open Source but not Free Software (or vice versa) I recently was at talk were Stallman was the keynote speaker, and he stated he hated the term open software, because it ...
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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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What's happens if I develop a program taking inspiration from another GNU GPL application?

My friend and I are planning to develop a tiny and simple CMS by taking some inspirations from an already existing GNU GPL CMS. We take the ideas and try to develop it as simply we can, is it ...
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Can software licensed under GNU General Public License v3 be sold by the original author?

As I know, softwares licensed under the GNU GPL is totally free and not allowed for sale. However, today I found this program called Minitube and it is sold even though it is licensed under GPLv3. ...
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Is there a GPL-compatible software license for libraries which allows static linking, but requires redistribution of library source code?

I'm looking for an existing library license which satisfies the following conditions: GPL-compatible Can be statically linked with closed-source programs Binary modifications of the library, ...
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Is running an executable as a child process the same as linking a library?

I'm planning on running an executable as a child process in my program (e.g. using Ruby's popen or C's exec() family of functions). However, the executable I'm planning on running is licensed through ...
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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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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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Do donations count as “commercial use”?

Lets say I'm building community that uses some webapp. These webapp uses a a modified version a a GPLv2 licensed theme. Additionally the community uses a donation mechanism to fund itself. Donation ...
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Can I safely use an open source library in an internal closed-source project?

I m thinking of using iTextSharp, which is licensed under Affero GPL, in an internal closed-source WinForms project. No one outside my company will be using it. GPL (and Affero GPL as well) ...
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Do I have to release my code as open source if I use Git?

This is a question focused on the legal aspects of software licensing. I am starting to develop a proeject want the option to claim the source code as properitary and retain full copy rights. I like ...
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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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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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The GPL License Mixing

From the understanding that I am gradually gathering about the GPL it is not possible to mix licenses unless both have a special clause added to allow so. So how are the following possible? Let's use ...
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Can any GPLv2 licensed library be used in a company's internal intranet application?

I am creating an internal application for the company I am contracted to. We wish to use a GPLv2 licensed library in this application. Some points The application is to be used within the confines ...
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Using GPL libraries without modification on a commercial website, do I need to make my source code available? [duplicate]

If I write a public-facing commercial website, and use a GPL javascript library and/or binaries without modifying them (such as plupload), would I be required to make the source for my website ...
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Original author rights in a licensed software project

I'm working on a software project where so far I'm the sole developer. As of right now the code is unlicensed, but the copyright of whatever I've written belongs to me (this is true at least in North ...
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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 ...