Questions about the GNU General Public License

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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 ...
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Distributing my Application inside a Debian Virtual Machine Image— How to meet GPL obligations?

I have a Linux application I've developed, and I have created a standalone VMWare Image that people can download to try out the application without needing to install and configure a Linux Server. I ...
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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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Using a GPLv3 Python module, will my entire project have to be GPLv3 licensed?

I'm working on a small project right now that I plan on releasing under an open-source license (haven't decided which yet). The question I have is that one of the Python modules I use is licensed ...
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OpenCart (GPLv3)

I'm planning to use OpenCart to build a web site. According to the licence (GPLv3) it's necessary to provide the source code of any modifications made. Is it acceptable to provide this on request or ...
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SUN Java and GPL V2 licence issue for linked applications

I have recently noticed that the Sun Java code has been released as GPL V2 code (see Google code repo). Does that mean that all applications written in Java and linked to Sun APIs (beans, and so on) ...
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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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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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What license is applicable for an app based on CodeIgniter?

I am trying to fork an application that is based on CodeIgniter. According to the GoogleCode page, the license is GPLv3. However, examining the license.txt file inside the root directory of the ...
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GPL: terms of license

I'd like to use the VLC's DLL in one of my programs. VLC is under the GPL license. Do I have to redistribute all the sources under GPL or can I redistribute only the modified sources of VLC under ...
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Rewriting GPL code to change license

I have found a GPL library (no dual license), which does exactly what I need. Unfortunately, the GPL license on the library is incompatible with the license of a different library I use. I have ...
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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. ...
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using / linking to MS-PL licensed code from (A)GPLv3

I have some trouble understanding MSPL (Microsoft Permissive License) conditions regarding linking to / using a library under MSPL from a project of mine which I want to license on either AGPLv3 or ...
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Is Selling GPL licensed Software Effective?

Let us say that someone writes a piece of software and licenses it under the GPL. Then they go on to sell it. Will this be effective? Won't someone just buy it and redistribute at a lower price? Do ...
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GPL Confusion! Can I sell a product with GPL covered components without making the source available?

I'm really confused.. I'm looking into making a commercial program and there are a few open source, GPL covered components i'd like to use.. Am I allowed to sell my product with the components in ...
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Standard GPL friendly clauses in employment contract?

My employer is happy for me to release certain work under GPL, however the standard contract has a "All IP belongs to the company" section of the contract. They are happy to amend this to something ...
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Relicense BSD 2/3-clause code to GPL

Suppose I release some source code under the new BSD license. Is it allowed for someone else to take this code, make modifications to it and distribute it under the terms of the GPL? From Wikipedia: ...
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Do I need to contact a lawyer to report a GPL violation in software distributed on Apple's App Store?

Some company is selling software through Apple's App Store which uses portions of code that I released publicly under the GPL. The company is violating the licensing terms in two ways, by (1) not ...
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GPL Confusion (I made a mistake)

I have a project that I created under GPL (I am copyright holder). The mistake I made is I deciding to go closed source, in doing that I removed the open source download access and removed the project ...
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GPL copyright notice

I don't have copyright licence from local government. How can I use GPL? As far as I know a step to apply GPL is to add the copyright notice: Copyright XXXX shabab haider... What shall I write in ...
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Is it appropriate to only release the GPL-licensed part of the code as open source?

Is it appropriate to release incomplete open-source firmware, or in other words, to release only GPL software but not proprietary software source code? How are non-open-source programs, in compiled ...
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GPL modify code

If I take GPL code and modify it, does it have to still be under GPL?