Questions about the GNU General Public License

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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Components having GPL and MIT/BSD license but released under MIT license

If a component “A” is under MIT License ,but it contains some GPL files, according to GPL the whole code should be GPL. But the component is released under MIT. Is it possible? If yes/no, on what ...
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Is my understanding of the license for JQuery.xmleditor correct?

Please correct me if I'm wrong, but I recently found myself in a pretty confusing situation and now I am unsure how to continue. I found the jQuery.xmleditor plugin from the UNC libraries and thought ...
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Who is the copyright owner of a contribution (commit) to a GPL-licensed project? [duplicate]

Suppose, that Alice started a GPL-licensed project. Later, Bob married Alice, joined the project and made a 50% contribution to it. Then they broke up, Alice sued Bob and by court decision took his ...
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Using a zLib like icensed library which has dependencies on LGPL or GPL libs; what license am I able to release my project under?

If I use an Open Source library which is released under a zLib like license, but it has dependencies on libraries that are using LGPL or GPL; what license am I able to release my project under? If I ...
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Does distributing GPLd assets with a non-GPL application violate the license?

I'm trying to figure out if I can distribute the Faenza icons, which are GPL licensed, with some MIT-licensed software I'm working on. What does the GPL license really mean when applied to a ...
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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: Free Redistribution The license shall not restrict any party from selling or giving away the software as a component of an aggregate software distribution ...
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GPL- How much source must be released?

Suppose I have a GPL v2-licensed library that is of interest to a closed-source project (e.g. Wolfram Alpha). If some of my code were used in Wolfram Alpha, or a product that interfaces with Wolfram ...
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“Used with permission” reusable in a GPLv2 derivative work?

The LICENSE file of a GPLv2 application I am modifying contains a statement saying that certain resources used in the application were "used with permission" from 3rd parties - such as textual ...
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Does an Rcpp-dependent package require a GPL license?

I'm writing a commercial package that uses R (GPL) for its computation. The GPL FAQ clearly states that GPLed programming language interpreters do not impose licensing restrictions on the "program" ...
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sell applications that run only on a GPL v2 Server [closed]

I have been testing Pentaho BI server community edition, and after reading their licensing terms I found out that the community edition is under GPLv2. As you may know the server is intended to host ...
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Do you think asking to sign contributor license agreement for a open source project creates a resistance for contributors? [closed]

I am working on a open-source project which is backed by an organization. Organization pays a team to make this open-source project. This project will be licensed with GPLv3. We are debating on ...
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FFmpeg: Can I replace libx264 with OpenH264 in order to go LGPL?

I have some video processing to run and FFmpeg already contains much of what I need. However my videos are all compressed with H.264 video codec and libx264 is a GPL part of FFmpeg. On the other hand, ...
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Using a binary from a project that violates GPL

There is an open source project which uses GPLv2. It had numerous releases that complied with GPL in the past where source code was available for given binaries. The newest source code is about 18 ...
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Does it make sense to license source code snippets by CC-BY(-SA) [closed]

If I want to put random source code snippets in a publicly accessible git repository, does it make sense to license by CC-BY(-SA) given that CC-BY licenses are generally not recommended for software? ...
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GPL and non GPL software common installer

From my vague understanding of this subject I assumed that if I make an installer for my program and it contains a GPL library my code would have to fall under GPL. However, I noticed yesterday when ...
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Distributing GPL licensed software that optionally links to non-GPL licensed libraries

I can find lots of information regarding the restrictions imposed on linking GPL licensed libraries from non-GPL licensed software. However, I'd like to do the opposite - I'd like to distribute some ...
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Copying and Selling Apache Licensed Software? [closed]

Questions in bold: I've read the Apache Software License 2.0... What I gather is that all a person needs to do when redistributing the licensed software is include their name in all the parts they've ...
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selling closed source commercial product in a virtualbox (GPL)

Can I sell a closed source commercial product inside a virtualbox VM? This is extremely useful when you want to deliver server side software to users, and not mess in with different OS's ...
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Licencing GNU GPlv3 - sofware provides a service - not distributed

I have a couple questions with regard to the GNU GPLv3 license. My application is closed-source and I do not intend to actually release it to the public. However, it does generate commercial items. ...
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Use of AGPL software on server with closed-source software

I need to use some software under the AGPL to populate a database with some data. This software has a web interface, which I shall disable. Then the data will be used "at arms length" with ...