Questions about the GNU General Public License

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How and when had the CC BY license become GNU GPL-compatible?

I believed that Creative Commons Attribution License, even being non-copyleft one, was always and still is incompatible with GNU GPL because of multiple minor issues; which, however, were gradually ...
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Reimplementing algorithm from GPL program

If I reimplement an algorithm of a program covered by GPL v2 do I have to also license my program as GPL v2? And to be specific: I need a javascript library to compare debian packages versions. ...
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Open Source license that prevents from bundling with adware?

I wrote a small tool I published on my blog. I did not even think about the license, just put the binaries there for everyone to download. Now I am thinking about making it open source (BSD or GPL) ...
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Mixing BSD + GPL, and dual licensing

I am the sole author of a piece of C++ software which so far I have kept under the GPL license. For uninteresting reasons, I am considering a switch to a MIT/BSD style license. As far as I have ...
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Can I license software under MIT license when using Librarys licensed under the GPL [duplicate]

I'm developing software that i want to license under the MIT License. My software uses libraries licensed under the GPL. I'm NOT recompiling, building, or modifying the Library but I am linking to it. ...
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Can I modify existing GPL software to use a proprietary (closed-source) library and then distribute one or both?

Say I have GPL software A and proprietary library B. I modify A to use B. Am I then free to distribute A by itself? The GPL FAQ seems to indicate that is there case here: ...
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Do I need to include a copy of the GPL / LGPL to every copy of my program?

Is it necessary to include the GPL / LGPL license text to every distributed copy of my program? Or can I just put a link in the About-dialog?
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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 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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How to distribute copyrighted resources with and open source project?

I would like to create an open source GPLv3 project that will work with other resources that are under different types of copyright (e.g. free to use, but must not sell). Because of this, I can't ...
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Can GPL licensed code be close sourced later by the author? [duplicate]

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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Software previously licensed under GPL now APL2, can I use it in a commercial application?

A software I would like to use in a commercial project switched from GPL to APL2. The news cites: Please note that the new code that is currently developed as part of the 2.0 code base is licensed ...
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Sell dual licensed software with 3rd party contributions [closed]

I host a project on GitHub. Right now it has a custom license (shareware) but I'm going to move to a dual license AGPLv3 + commercial license. I would like to have some information about the ...
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GPLv3 + commercial license on the same project? [duplicate]

I'm trying to find a solution to publish my source as open source just for personal and no-profit use, and sell licenses for commercial use. I see Packery which uses GPLv3 for non commercial, and a ...
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Releasing libraries used in a commercial application as GPL [duplicate]

While I was at university I developed some PHP libraries which I intended for personal use. I used them in a few personal projects. When I joined my current job we created a commercial product which ...
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GPL software distribution [duplicate]

I am using a source code(module) which is licensed under GPL with a program that I am planning to sell. I already know that it is legal to "redistribute a GPL licensed software for a fee". But, here ...
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What “sublicense” actually means?

First, it is clear that the right to sublicense doesn't give you the right to relicense. Let's say we have a library with MIT license(1 file), someone adds some features to the library but puts them ...
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GPL and code producing software

I want to make an online management tool for a server software using GPL licensed software. For the tool I'm fine releasing all software to anyone how wants it. After all, it's not rocket science. ...
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Using GPL’d software in a proprietary web application

We are developing website that we charge money from members to join it as membership annual cost, so, we decided to put a plan for the second stage so we are choosing now the load balancer that we ...
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Including GPLv2 code in GPLv3 code

I would like to use some code that was released under GPLv2 in my project. I released my project with the GPLv3 license. Can I do this, or do I have to downgrade to GPLv2?
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GPL covers the linguistic data in *spell dictionaries?

There are good annotated vocabulary in {a,i,my}spell dictionaries, giving the lexical class et all. I'm writing a program that needs a large vocabulary, but with a reduced scope, so I don't need all ...
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Is it OK to use the MIT license for a project that uses Qt?

I built a Qt application. Am I allowed to LICENSE it under the MIT license? Qt is a cross-platform application and UI framework for developers using C++ or QML, a CSS & JavaScript like ...
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Licensing subcomponents

Say I produce system X, which contains some components (A, B and C, say) which are specific to X, but ripe for generalisation. Let's say X is licensed with a viral open source license ([AL]?GPL). If ...
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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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How do I deal with imported modules in GPL?

I wish to release a non-commercial python application under GPL3 in both source and (PyInstaller) executable form. I'm struggling to find a consistent answer to the problem of imported modules. Can I ...
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Does distributing non-GPLd assets with a GPL application violate the license?

This is somewhat related to my other question, but is actually different. I would like to license a Windows Phone application under the GPL. All other Windows Phone Marketplace issues aside (I'll ask ...
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can a closed source commercial software make system(3) calls to GPL applications (not libraries)?

The closed source commercial software (CSCS), will just make system(3) calls to GPL applications. The user machine will run CSCS and it will call these GPL applications, in realtime, in the very same ...
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Porting an algorithm implementation licensed under GNU GPL v3

I'm working on a JavaScript port of a red-black tree implementation in Java from the book Algorithms 4th Edition, by Sedgewick and Wayne. I believe that my JavaScript port qualifies as a derivative ...
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How can a company sell licenses for GPLed software without violating rights of others [duplicate]

There are tons of questions like "Can I use GPLed code X in my commercial project?" but I found nothing which answers my question. I take ExtJS as an example, but actually you can any commercial / ...
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The term “aggregate” in GPL3

What does this part of GPL3 mean in simpler or more readable terms? If I decide to enhance a GPL3 Program in which some snippets of the codes I could add are generic (may it be on a separate file or ...
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GPL license for software and online service comparison

I have two questions that are linked : 1) Can someone sell a fork of an open-source software under GPL without distributing the source? Example: Can I modify a little bit GIMP, repackage it under ...
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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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Open-source licenses and modifications

I see in the GPL license FAQ : Does the GPL require that source code of modified versions be posted to the public? (#GPLRequireSourcePostedPublic) The GPL does not require you to release ...
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Dalvik + Java licensing question

This is a licensing question about the Dalvik and J2SE core libraries. In particular the license governing java.util.concurrent.SynchronousQueue. The license header of the class in the JDK source ...
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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 rights do I have if a closed source non-distributed in-home application was stolen? [closed]

I was always wondering about this, because I have been recently reading about many leaks and stolen programs on certain news sites: If a program (running on a server for example, serving http ...
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GPL Copyright notice in fork of dual licenced software when copyright of original has been sold subsequently

Since 2009 we are developing a fork of a CMS that was started in 1999 as commercial project, but released 2009 additionally under GPL. The original programmer sold copyright, code, name and website in ...
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ClamAV Database Usage Policy? [closed]

What about if I sell computers with embedded home-made antivirus using ClamAV database as its main database or as optional database? Of course the software isn't open-source/GPL. Is it allowed? Many ...
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Do I have to distribute my code if I use GPL based jquery controls in my commercial application

I have been thinking about using 3rd party GPL based jQuery controls in our in-house ASP.NET project. As far as the 3rd party license is concerned, I think I can use any jQuery controls in my ...
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The usage of server under GNU GPL

I have found an open sourced server that is licensed under GNU GPL. We would like to use that server at our client's hardware as a part of our solution for him (we provide our own software but we need ...
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Is conversion from C/C++ to Verilog/VHDL for FPGA a derivative work? [duplicate]

Say I have a C/C++ software licensed under GPL that gets converted into hardware design. By this conversion I mean that the exact functionality of the original software is being programmed into an ...
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Can software with a restrictive open source license (GPL,AGPL) be used as part of a tool chain in a commercial software package? [duplicate]

If we use a nice library like TetGen, generate a simple application-wrapper that simplifies our needs and publish it as open source, can we use it inside some Pipe/Chain of applications used in our ...
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Do I have to make source code open, if I use GPLv2 licensed software to derive data

I'm working on a calendar project, on my own. In this project I've to use Swiss Ephemeris. It is licensed under GPLv2 and commercial. With commercial version of license, developers entitled to ...
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Ship of Theseus applied to GPL - Can I relicense my program if I replace all of the derivative parts?

I translated a GPLv2 C program to Python, but found it was hard to extend as designed and rewrote significant portions of it. The program is now structurally completely different, but there are ...
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Java Licenses, GPL, GNU Questions

I would like to ask a few questions about software licenses, with regards to a (Java) program I am making. I am very very new to licenses, so please bear with me. 1. If I produce a Java program using ...
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Applications using GPL code and run-time libraries of proprietary IDEs

The GPL is described as a 'highly viral' license (if an application contains code which is licensed under GPL, distribution requires open sourcing of the whole application). Do I understand correctly ...
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Automatic generate code: “derived work”?

For example, I've GPL software. I'm the author of this GPL software. This GPL software has, between its code, Doxygen comments. These Doxygen comments are written to generate a CC-BY-SA html page, in ...
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GPL - No version mentioned [closed]

This software is allowed to use under GPL or you need to obtain Commercial License to use it in non-GPL project. The above is mentioned on an open source project. It does not mention GPLv3 or ...
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Shipping unmodified open source applications with closed source apps

I am creating a closed source application whose task is to launch other open source applications (similar to start menu of windows). So i have included various opensource applications under licences ...
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Do I have to include the license text when I GPL a web page?

I want to GPL some standalone web pages containing my Javascript/D3.js source code. How to use GNU licenses for your own software says that to distribute source code under the GPL, I should "include ...