Questions about the GNU General Public License

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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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Linking a GPL executable from proprietary .bat script [duplicate]

Licensing question - am I allowed to use a GPL binary executable (.exe) in my copyrighted .bat script? Namely I want to use FART command line tool (find & replace text in files) in an install ...
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Handling optional GPL dependencies

Assume I have a library A which is licensed under a two-clause Free BSD style license. Library A optionally depends on library B (the availability of the dependency is configured at build-time), which ...
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GPL+FE license also applies to fonts used for the UI of a software? [closed]

The GPL font exception allows the font to be embedded within a digital "document" file without requiring the "document" itself to also be shared with GPL. Now I wonder, what is considered a ...
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Source code modification and GPLv3 compatibility

Assume that the source file A contains the following license notice: "This code is Copyright 1234 by XYZ. It may be freely redistributed in its entirety provided that this copyright notice is not ...
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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 ...
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Using GPL library in our software [duplicate]

Currently we're starting to work on a project for which we're going to need image processing libraries. The problem is some of the libraries are GPL licensed. I'm reading through GPL licence and ...
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Why GPL was made so that it requires open application code yet not open pipe of compiled applications?

Say we have a GPL library (CGAL for example). We have a big tasks chain like pipes modeling and testing. We would love to use library for our indoors application yet we must open sources... so we make ...
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Is the GPL dangerous to the organisation in terms of exposure of its intellectual property?

GNU General Public License is a ‘Viral License”. If an organisation is using Linux and MySQL which come under this license, is it dangerous to the organisation in terms of exposure of its ...
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Can I, as author and copyright holder, relicense my code under a more liberal license after it has been published under a more restrictive license?

Say, for example I published my code under GPL. A month after release, I decide evil corporations (*cough*) are allowed to use my code after all, because it's so brilliant and bug-free. Can I just ...
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Do I need to contact a lawyer to report a GPL violation in software distributed on Apple's App Store? [closed]

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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What license is the GPL License licensed under?

The actual GPL License (that is, the text that contains the words "The licenses for most software and other practical works are designed...") is a document; I would assume therefore that it is under ...
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OSS dual licensing / market segregation

I have an open-source project, which I would like to commercially license to various types of businesses. xGPL licenses do not work for me since they don't allow any conditional addenda. What I'm ...
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Can I use a part of another program without having to give away my rights on my own code?

I'm currently making a game and want to use some textfiles (lists of names) that are covered under the GNU General Public License (or the Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License). Do I have to ...
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Forking BSD-Project and changing license [duplicate]

Is it possible to fork a project (which I don't own) and change the license from BSD to for example LGPL / GPL / AGPL? I read it would be possible to change fork's license to something compatible to ...
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Do I need to publish deployment scripts for deploying AGPL licensed work (MongoDB)

MongoDB is dual-licensed with AGPL (the engine) and ASL 2.0 (the drivers). In a nutshell, merely using MongoDB through the drivers does not dictate to release your source code (due to drivers' ASL 2.0 ...
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Software License for project using .NET and Sql Server Express

I considering making my application open source on github. I don't intend to sell it (neither in binary form nor source code form). It probably isn't even useful to a lot of people except maybe for ...
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Does using Xapian in Django-Haystack enforces GPL?

Consider the following situation: She uses Django (BSD) for a website. She uses Haystack (BSD) for textual search in the website. She uses the backend of haystack, xapian-haystack (GPL), to use ...
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Can GPL v2 code link to an LGPL v3 library

If I write a library that is released under the terms of the GPL v2 (or higher, at option); may that library depend on another library released under the LGPL v3 (or higher), without implicitly ...
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Use of MIT-Licensed OSS with GPL Dependencies

I have been assigned to audit third-party dependencies for one of my company's products to make sure we aren't in danger of running afoul of any licenses. This is probably a job for a lawyer, but such ...
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License issue of Spring Data Neo4j?

If I use Spring Data Neo4j to develop a software, and I want to publish it for commercial use with charging, does there exist any license issue? I survey many posts about the license issue of Neo4j ...
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Ethics: should I blow the whistle on GPL violations? [closed]

This does not reflect a situation I am in at the moment, but it is something I have been thinking about quite a bit. If I work for an employer, under an NDA, and I am aware that my employer knowingly ...
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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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Where does one draw the line between inspiration and plagiarism? [closed]

Suppose one would like to use in an iOS app only one function from a GPLv3 library that contains a large number of them. One cannot simply link the whole library beacuse otherwise the resulting ...
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Under what license may this PyQt-based “Hello World” app be distributed?

Update: I was wrong about the PyQt license. It isn't merely a GPL license. The PyQt authors include a special set of exceptions that allow users to release their own code under a different license, ...
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Am I covered with GPL If I want to create a derived work from a GPLv2 project and change the project name?

Recently I create a fork from an "open source project GPLv2" with different name. I make a major changes in source code and I gave a new name to the modified open source. I kept in the header of each ...
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Forking GPL project: Do I have full rights on the new fork or still dependencies with the original owner(s)

I am considering the creation of a fork to a small project licensed under GPLv2, and I have some very specific questions I did not manage to answer in my research on various sites and foras. When I ...
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Calling a GPL binary from command line [duplicate]

I developed some software which I sell / closed souce. There is a GPL executable I would like to call/execute from within my software (and use the data returned by it) if users download the ...
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Does the GPL allow anyone to obtain GPL software without paying for it?

I've spotted a nice WordPress (GPL) theme for sale. I know somebody who bought it. I have 2 questions: Has the company selling it the obligation to send the source code to whoever (customers or ...
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Is there a loophole in the GPL that allows proprietary software to be linked with GPL libraries?

Let’s examine a hypothetical scenario: Company X writes a proprietary program (A) that dynamically links with a proprietary library (B). Company Y wants to use a replacement library (C) licensed ...
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Sell product containing purchased GPL software

I recently purchased a product (a website template, licensed by GNU GPL 2.0). My product, which is a web software, coded in PHP, uses that web template as its appearance. The question is: How can I ...
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When is my code auto GPL'ed?

I'm currently working with Wordpress (GPL). I understood basically when you write a plugin/module/etc. it becomes GPL since it's considered dependent of Wordpress. But on the contrary images and css ...
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Can I use GPLd code I wrote on the job as code samples without permission?

I'm currently employed by a business to do website development in Wordpress. I've written a number of custom plugins specifically for a number of clients over the time of my employment. Today, I ...
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can I sell a software that uses a GPL library and another BSD licensed library?

This is the first time I have dealt with licensing issues so I am sorry if I am making any stupid assumptions. My issue is that I have written a program in Python that uses PyQT for the GUI and also ...
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Claim to get my source code used GPL code

I'm running public web site based on Drupal. Drupal is GPL 2 or 3 licence. Of course I wrote custom code which interacts with Drupal code (modules). Can anybody write me an e-mail and ask for the ...
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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: 1. Free Redistribution The license shall not restrict any party from selling or giving away the software as a component of an aggregate software distribution containing ...
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Optionally Using GPL Library via System API in Closed-Source Application

Please consider the following situation: You write a closed-source application, let's call it A. A depends on a system API (i.e. provided by the OS), that is in turn configurable to use different ...
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Android apps and GPLv2 classpath exception

My Android app needs javax.activation and javax.mail (both GPLv2 licensed). However, I don't want to make my app GPL-licensed. What are the possibilities to not break the license requirements ...
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GPLv3 code in non-GPL software — linking vs. CLI

Suppose there's a GPLv3 app that has a GUI and a CLI. Can I legally expand its CLI (to give me access to functionality hitherto only available via the app's API), release the result under GPL and then ...
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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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Question regarding ExtJS 4 GPL/commercial license

I am currently in the process of selecting a widget framework to be used for a new project. Current choices are Dojo/ExtJS4. We are leaning on ExtJS4 but might have some issues with the licensing. ...
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Will the Apache License or the GPL License protect my trademarks?

I'm trying to see if these two open source licenses give protection of trademarks to the originator. I have read both licenses but they only seem to talk about their own trademark i.e. 'Apache'.
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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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GPL and confidential business rules in a single page application

I am designing a web app for a client who wants to keep some of his business rules private, we have an NDA. In a nutshell, customers use the app to book a service, and employees use it to keep track ...
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GPL - Writing an exception for a plugin interface under section 7 of GPLv3

The problem I've written a application for Android licensed under GPLv3 which needs to use Google Play Services, a proprietary library, as a plugin to the app. Now I'd also like to add libspotify as ...
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Using Ubuntu for commercial software development

I am plaining to use Ubuntu for developing Android and php application which I will sell in market. As far as I understand Ubuntu falls under GNU GPL license. In this case do I need to make my source ...
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Advertisements & GPL

I'm planning on providing some GPL software to visitors after they interact with an advertisement. This advertisement will generate revenue for our company, so this would fall under commercial usage. ...
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Using C++/Java to develop software and sell it

I know this question has been asked here before, and I also know that this website is for programming questions only, but please do make an exception, as none of the posts I've come across on this ...
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Why is there a gap between JBoss EAP and the JBoss AS/Community edition?

Admittedly new to this but I wanted to understand why there is a gap between Red Hat's JBoss EAP project (their enterprise version) and JBoss AS/Wildfly/community project. Looking at this post from ...
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Licensing libraries (which do code generation, etc) and GPL boundaries

I want to really opensource a project that did start as a personal hobby, but I'm an ignorant of licensing details. This project, provides some libraries for a given $language, and some wrapper ...