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Open source license to prevent publishing Android application with modified name or package

I've written an Android application and I want to publish it as a FOSS application, however, I want to restrict others from publishing it in Android markets (e.g. Play Store) with only changing the ...
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Windows 8.1 on Surface Pro 3 appearing as VM to licensing software [on hold]

I have at least two users running Win 8.1 Pro 64-bit on the Surface Pro 3 receive licensing errors because the LM-X license manager thinks they are running on a virtual machine. We do not have this ...
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How should I re-license the scaffold code for my new application? (it is licensed under MIT)

If you notice the following scaffold starter kit source code is licensed under MIT throughout the code base. Even the configuration file contain a header of MIT licensed by the creator. Assuming, I ...
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I am new in API AND W [closed]

I am new in API and would like investigate about API licences. I like investigation about following: - review and classification of the types of licenses that can be used by web API providers. - ...
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Licensing a Jekyll Blog Site, Using Separate Licenses for Code and Content

I am working on a blog project, powered by Jekyll. I'm having trouble figuring out how to phrase the licensing text, or indeed how to correctly license it all. Most of the tools, including Jekyll ...
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Does the absence of a license file in client side code give people any rights? [duplicate]

I am wondering if the absence of a license file (not having one at all) in code exposed to the client side provides any rights to copy or modify the code? Specifically, in reference to client-side ...
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Distributing a proprietary app together with an ASLv2'ed derived work

My proprietary Java app includes a modified version of a 3rd party library distributed under Apache Software License, version 2.0. The 3rd party library doesn't come from the Apache Software ...
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Distributing a modified OpenJDK class with a proprietary app

I want to distribute a Java class I borrowed from the GPLv2'ed OpenJDK and modified for my own needs as a part of my proprietary application. The header at the top of the source file states (and I've ...
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When I modify and redestributes software that is originally using the MIT License, can I revoke the right to sell my modification?

There is a piece of software, free, and open source, under the MIT License. I make modifications to it, make it better, etc. I distribute this new software, also for free and open source. But can I ...
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Can I remove the “above copyright notice…” section from the ISC license?

The start of the ISC license is: Permission to use, copy, modify, and/or distribute this software for any purpose with or without fee is hereby granted, provided that the above copyright notice ...
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We are publishing an app using open source apache licensed software, Need some help understanding provisions

We are using some open source code licensed as Apache License 2.0. From what I understand, we cannot endorse the company that made the code. We are using it to develop an free app with micro ...
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Does ShareAlike mean, that if I include a resource released under CC-BY-SA in my program, that I have to release my entire code?

The FAQ states: ShareAlike — If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you must distribute your contributions under the same license as the original. That makes sense - if I want to ...
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How to handle OSS license on GitHub with non-OSS pictures

I am working on an app that will be open-sourced and published on GitHub. But, the problem is, that the graphics my client gives me contains some in-house characters that the company owns. We have a ...
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Can I distribute a GPL executable (not a library) in a closed-source application? [duplicate]

I want to write a closed-source desktop application that uses a piece of GPL software in the background. I know that I can't link to a GPL library (libgit.a). But if I embed a GPL application ...
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Using JDK in Google Android Studio License Issues

I'm new to android developing and maybe my question is strange. If I want to make commercial apps, libraries, or services for android and use Google Android Studio + Oracle JDK (not OpenJDK) is there ...
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Do I have to distribute my commercial source code that links GPL software if I only use this commercial software to provide a reporting service?

At my company we created proprietary software that we use only internally - we do not distribute this software - to generate reports from client data. We sell these reports to our clients, not the ...
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When I open source a project, do I have to provide info on its dependencies' licenses? [duplicate]

My company plans to open source a project, licensed with the Apache License v2.0. We will upload the source code in a public Bitbucket repository, and in order for someone to use it, he would have to ...
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How do I distinguish derived code from original code?

I'm working on a Python project which extends the functionality of some other python modules. Some are part of the standard Python library and mostly use the PSF License agreement while some are ...
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Is there a client license to require servers it connects to using a certain license?

Say I create both a client and a server application. The server remains secret while the client is published under a GPL-ish license, so obviously the communication protocol can be reconstructed to ...
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Using GNU GPL with classpath exception licensed library in a GNU GPL licensed project

I am working on a project that uses ABCL. License of ABCL is GNU GPL with classpath exception, which means we can link this library with independent modules to produce an executable, regardless of the ...
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Can I take a GPL program and relicense my changes under the AGPL?

Can I take a GPL program and relicense my changes under the AGPL? Say I clone a GPL project, make some changes, can I only allow people to use my changes under the AGPL license?
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Dual licensed (LGPL, commercial) library and contributions

I have dual-licensed library, LGPL 3 and commercial license. Someone downloads the LGPL version, makes some improvements and sends back few patches. So far so good. But what now? It's legal to just ...
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What does “Automatic Receipt” in license mean?

I see the following statements in Arphic Public License: Automatic Receipt Each time you redistribute the Font, the recipient automatically receives a license from the original ...
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Using open source apps source code under Apache v2 [closed]

I modified some code and added few (minor) changes to an open source Android app. Now I want to publish it on play store. The app is licensed under Apache license v2. The license file is included in ...
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Using a GNU GPL licensed component in a BSD licensed software [duplicate]

I am currently in process of writing a software application. In this application, I use another software project which is licensed by GNU GPL. I have widely modified the GNU licensed component and ...
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Open sourcing or rewriting proprietary code [duplicate]

I would like to use a piece of software I wrote for my company in a private open source project. I have already talked to my manager about the possibilities of the company open sourcing that software. ...
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Is this the correct way to include this MIT licensed software in my software?

I'm using this script in one of my projects. It's licensed under MIT or Apache 2. I've committed JSON.sh (as in, just the script) to my project, and copy+pasted the MIT license (as it appears in ...
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Can I use a closed source JS file in my GPL webapp?

Note: When I say "open source", I am talking about GPL. Substitute with "free" if you prefer. When I say "closed source", I mean "not GPL or MIT, etc". We have an open source (GPLv3) webapp that we ...
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How should one document permission of contributors to change the licence of a project? [closed]

I'm using a Python library which is currently under GPL3. The maintainer has decided that he would like to change the licence to one which does not contaminate larger works (probably either the MIT ...
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Licensing - Restrictive Open Source License OR Custom License [closed]

I have some source code I want to release but I'm unsure of the best license to put on it. From my research such licenses as MIT and GNU are horrible as they offer little to no protection towards ...
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Are Microsoft fonts like Impact safe to use in Open Source projects?

I made an open source project that requires the use of the Impact.ttf font from Microsoft. I looked around but couldn't find a definite license option for MIT projects. Do Microsoft's fonts (like ...
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How come the NSA could release SELinux as GPL when all US Gov work must be Public Domain?

I'm not sure if this is a good question for this site, but it does deal with the things to do with working as programmer. SELinux is a security enhanced version of Linux, and was initially developed ...
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What does it mean if a repo has one license and the files have other license statements?

I found a certain repository on GitHub that contains a LICENSE.txt file with an MIT license dated 2014, but in one of the source files, the top of the file contains an Apache 2.0 license dated 2013. ...
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Advantage in being the first to copyleft a new algorithm? [closed]

Say I have created a new (DSP) algorithm. Will I have some advantage if I open source the algorithm under copyleft licence (GPL etc.)? From what I know about licensing this should lock people out from ...
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Which SPDX license is equivalent to 'All Rights Reserved'? [closed]

I've got a package.json that's expecting a SPDX-approved license acronym, but I can't find one that means 'proprietary commercial license, all rights reserved'. Is there one for non-FOSS, where I ...
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GPLv3 frontend and BSD backend, do I have to disclose the backend source?

I've gone through a couple of Question on GPL here, but all of them are related to the compiled languages, libraries and distribution. My web project has a backend that is BSD licensed. The front end ...
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How can I setup custom license for my github repository?

During creation of new Github repository I could choose license under which my project will be hosted on Github. I didn't do that because Github suggested only few licenses to choose (and WTFPL wasn't ...
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What license has jai_imageio ? (jai imageio)

I know that Sun/Oracle stopped working on its jai_imageio libs a long time ago. Now if someone would still be using it - what license does it have? I checked it and it doesn't seem to be a standard ...
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Using an LGPL licensed library that may or may not include GPL licensed code from an MIT licensed library

I have read this question on SO, but it doesn't appear to answer my question fully. I maintian a library which is licensed under the MIT License. In my MIT licensed library, I dynamically link ...
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Relicense BSD as MIT [duplicate]

I have a product that I had licensed as BSD. It has now been re-written and enhanced to have much more functionality and is being released as a whole new product. Since the original product was ...
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License question regarding open-source project which may eventually contain a commercial component

I'm beginning work on a project which I may wish to commercialize in the future. For now, though, it's just a prototype which I would like to release it with a GPL license. My concern is: if I am to ...
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Changing license of personal GitHub repository [duplicate]

I know you can't take someone else's code and change it from GPL to MIT, but if you are the only contributor to a repository can you freely switch it from GPL to MIT?
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How to display/clarify the licence for code in a blog

Let's say I have a blog available under one of the Creative Commons licences. Such type of licence would be displayed at the bottom of each page with a link to the actual licence, etc.. However, ...
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At what point do you drop attribution to original work?

Lets say I have a project which has evolved over the past year. When I began the project, I looked around for open source projects which provided as much of the base system as I could find, and ...
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Libraries and licenses [closed]

Before I started making software for a company which requires its software to be closed-source everything was easy, but now I'm drowning in license issues and I have no idea what to do. I have found ...
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Use GPL code in commercial android app by spawning a separate process [duplicate]

As I understand, GPL allows use of a GPL program along with a proprietary program as long as they are separate programs and communicate at arms length. In order to do this, if I spawn a process from ...
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Is it ever ok to remove the original license from a file

I have a library I maintain. It is a java library that I originally forked from someone else. They added a BSD license statement to the top of EVERY file. Including files that have no real logic.. ...
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What to keep in mind when releasing an app which uses libraries licensed under the Apache 2.0 License?

I'm creating an Android app which is soon ready for release. I'm just going to implement a tab system using this library. I read that it is licensed under the Apache 2.0 License. I've never used any ...
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Orgmode file format license

Orgmode is an emacs plug-in and is under GPL. I am developing an application that uses plain text files to store notes and I do like the org mode file format. I am not going to copy any of the orgmode ...
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What happens if some server side GPLv2 code is leaked? [closed]

So, I know that if you use GPLv2 code in some server side code, you do not need to release that code (as long as you're not distributing it, of course :). However, let's assume that you accidentally ...