Questions about the implementation of software licenses on software, including questions about open-source licenses.

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Do legal names matter with source code licensing in the USA?

If a project wishes to relicense its source code to a license that was incompatible with the original license, the project maintainers generally need to seek the express approval of its contributors ...
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What should I ask for when verifying open source compliance of purchased commercial software?

Our company was recently acquired, and I've been tasked to verify that our software is compliant with respect to open source licenses. Specifically, I have been asked to obtain from software vendors ...
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Are there any impediment in the Apache License 2.0 to sell software?

If my project uses a part of the other person protected by the Apache License 2.0 code, I can sell it and keep as open source or there is any impediment to sell? The license itself I think very ...
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Choosing a software license that requires written permission to use commercially

I'm looking for a license that I haven't seen before. I would like a license that allows other people to use my code non-commercially, but unless they have written permission they should not be able ...
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How is distribution of PKI certificates allowed?

As a verifier of Open Source compliance in open and proprietary code I sometimes come across such certs distributed with the source code (e.g ...
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Questions about LGPL license [duplicate]

I have a similar problem than this: http://sourceforge.net/p/tcpdf/discussion/435311/thread/32a59ca0/ Developer answered to ask a lawyer but it costs money... a lot? I only use TCPDF, I have not ...
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License that encourages improvements to the original version rather than own forks? [closed]

I'm looking for a license that should encourage changes to my original open source rather than encouraging forks and uncontrolled random redistribution. This is because of the nature of the code; it's ...
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Software piracy and GPL [duplicate]

Consider the case below: A Wordpress plugin must be GPL since Wordpress itself is GPL There are some plugin authors selling premium WordPress plugins, and assume the authors are okay with the GPL ...
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Required clarification about GPL licence for creating extensions of GPL software

I asked a question and received quite good answers. I read all answers and other sources about my question. I concluded that if I write my code and distribute it to my clients for a free under my own ...
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Is there a license that prohibits code share and using outside the company?

I'm working on a tool for small development teams. And I want to sell them full source code of my application so that they'll be able to update/modify the app according to their needs. Is there any ...
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Should copyright notice appear on new additions with MIT Licence?

If a library licensed under MIT licence is copied and extended on, should new additions contain the copyright notice as well? Considering that the additions may at some point overwhelm the initial ...
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Is the H2 addendum to the EPL and MPL compatible with these licenses? [closed]

The H2 Database License is dual licensed under the MPL 2.0 and under the EPL 1.0 with this addendum: However, nobody is allowed to rename H2, modify it a little, and sell it as a database engine ...
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Licensing of content created by licensed code

So I had been using trianglify, and I was thinking about using an image that it had created. Trianglify is licensed under GPLv3, however, (as I understand it,) it creates unique svg files. The author ...
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Libraries licenses in proprietary product [duplicate]

Our closed-source proprietary web application uses quite a lot of libraries with different licenses (namely Apache 2.0, MIT, BSD-like, LGPL 2.1, etc). We want to distribute binaries (ear files, ...
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Piwik License question

I need to create a specialized analytics app based on Piwik, it will be a commercial SaaS service for small businesses. It uses the piwik javascript tracker, API and the DB to store events, custom ...
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Is it actually possible (practically) to sell Open Source software? [duplicate]

Open source software can be used for commercial purposes. It is said that You can even sell Open Source software. How does this work? If I sell my open-source product (copyleft or permissive), ...
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Is it legal to include BSD licensed code within an MIT licensed project? [duplicate]

If this is possible, how do I go about putting this in the license file or in the source files where the BSD licensed code was used?
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License terms when porting free software to another language

I'm exploring in the idea of porting an existing software package to another language. It's released under the Apache License 2.0, and is distributed for free; but there's a big different between ...
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Forking a GitHub repo and including code from pull requests within a LGPL license?

There is a project hosted at GitHub which is no longer maintained that I want to use for my project. However it has some bugfixes contained within pull requests from other users, and I would like to ...
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Enforcing open source software license

How can one enforce open source licensing terms on the usage of its derivative works? For example, if a software is GPL licensed, and I use that software to develop some closed-source application of ...
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PHP Composer vendors licensing

I'm using a composer as a dependency manager for my PHP project. Composer operates as a library, which uses packagist as a software repository to fetch third-party dependencies. I'm interested, ...
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Ethicality of online license checks

Our program has a piracy problem, some people buy a personal license and install it on all the computers in a company. We want to check that only a single instance of a serial id is used at the same ...
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What kinds of Open-Source licenses are NOT OK to use internally in a corporation? [closed]

I have recently learned about several cool open source add-on tools and libraries for Microsoft Visual Studio. The tools just help you be more productive; the libraries would get linked into the ...
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Is Red Star OS released under the GPL? [closed]

According to Wikipedia, Red Star OS is is a North Korean Linux-based operating system Does that mean it's covered by the GPL, or are there exceptions?
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Where is “the line” for copyleft licenses [closed]

Where exactly is "the line" between needed to copy a copyleft license and not? For example, I am writing a non GNU GPL program that uses git. I do not mean that I use git to write it, I mean, git is ...
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Can your staffs distibute your company non-distirbuted GPL licesned code?

Let say you use libmysqlclient to connect to MySQL, and since the client is GPL licensed and so your program. That's fine since you are the only one working on the project. Then, you have a staff to ...
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Can I use in a non-free script a code example that doesn't mention license but which is used by its author in a GPL'ed script?

After seeing the following question one of my problems came in mind: I want to couple two different scripts in two different languages. I found a solution for that, and I copied that solution. ...
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Licensing code submitted after job interview [duplicate]

I applied for a job in a small company (~25 employees) on December and after a month the CEO of the company wrote to me that he is interested to interview me. During the interview I got a bad ...
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Different license for logo files

I'm working on a software that I intend to release under the terms of the GPL 3. However, I'd like to exempt the name and logo: the images with the logo should only be used with official releases, and ...
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Using Unlicensed Code

Say for example, I was to find a github project that was started but not quite complete or that was complete and I wanted to use that code within a larger project but the author of the code has not ...
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Redistributing vendor libraries license exemption

I have a library that is MIT licensed. All of the vendor files (located in a vendor/ folder) are MIT licensed as well, so I'm not too worried about my current situation. I am curious what the legality ...
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Open Source code in Closed Source project [closed]

If I am using open source code in my project but don't want to release any source code, what license should I use?
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Can someone relicense my code, then sue me for distributing it? [closed]

Let's say I have published some code, and have relinquished all copyright interest to that code by some extremely permissive license (e.g. unlicense). Can a corporation take my code, republish it ...
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Can I include mongod.exe in my commercial destop based or user self hosted app withou open sourcing it?

I have read the doc and the apgl blog post, but I still have some concerns: Can I include mongodb.exe in my commercial desktop based app? Can I include mongodb.exe in my commercial user self hosted ...
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Can one deny specific parties the right to use and modify otherwise open source software?

I have an open source project that has the attention of some peers, and several of them are eager to contribute. There is one amongst them, however, who I wish (largely for comedic purposes; it's a ...
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Can I use GPL libraries temporarily for prototyping and make the future code closed source?

I am working on a prototype for a software system, which (at least at the start) will be closed source. In order to save time, I'm thinking of using (that is, statically linking) a library that is ...
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Can tools.jar from OpenJDK can be installed in public repository

Is it legal to install tools.jar from OpenJDK in public maven repository? I found at least three topics on the Internet which conclusion was that such action is forbidden for jar provided by Oracle, ...
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Creating derivative work based on a project under apache license - Dealing with original notices in source codes

There is a library licensed under Apache License 2.0 that I extended its functionality in multiple new Classes. Also some of the original Classes of the project had to be modified in which some of ...
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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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Restrictions of using a CC BY-NC resource in software?

Lets say there is a resource published under the CC BY-NC license that is not itself in any way related to software, but rather a database of sorts for example. As I understand, this places ...
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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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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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License for internal program [closed]

Pending approval, I will be using NPOI for internal programs at work. I will be documenting the associated license, and I find myself wondering about licensing on the programs themselves. In short: ...
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(How) should I change the copyright notice in a translated work?

I cannot find any guidance on this. Do I need to change the copyright notice for an application that is automatically translated from a programming language into another one (and recompiled and ...
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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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Forking EPL library. Can I change license?

There is library OpenCl.NET licensed under Eclipse Public License. I want to fork it to change some errors and add some functionality. Is it possible to license my changes by Apache 2 license?
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When do I have to provide source code for firmware that uses GPLv2 libraries? [duplicate]

Suppose that I am writing the firmware F for the device D, and that I am using the library L which is licenses under GPLv2. The library L is a "source code library" that means that it is not compiled, ...
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Software License question [duplicate]

I am building some software which I am storing on Github (public). Is it possible to change the license so that I can sell my software at some later point in time, as long as no one has contributed ...
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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 ...