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

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What kinds of Open-Source licenses are NOT OK to use internally in a corporation?

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?

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 [on hold]

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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What to know prior to open-sourcing a project from legal perspective? [duplicate]

Previous questions and answers are focusing on "usability" and promotion (as if we are living in some ideal world). I am wondering what could be potential negative legal consequences. For example: ...
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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 ...
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Does Un copyrighted software or code fall automatically under copyright? [duplicate]

A programming tutorial, code, software anything that doesn't have a copyright notice or a license ,is it automatically copyrighted to the author ? or its the same as something under public domain or ...
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How to enforce copyright in source code for use by others [duplicate]

I have coded a project for private use. I currently have no intention for commercializing it but the plan might change in the future. A friend of mine now wants to use it for his project, and asks if ...
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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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Is it necessary to apply to anywhere other than to add a file as LICENSE.txt for open source or free software licensing? [duplicate]

I am going to continue a game engine project I didn't engage in for a long time.I amatourly writed some core libraries using OpenGL with C++. Because I am not that into programming in general, I am ...
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Using Database licensed under Creative Commons Attribution v3

I have access to a database which data is released under Creative Commons Attribution v3.0 I understand that using this database/data requires me to give credits on information origin in different ...
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What open source library licenses can I use in closed-source?

I like to create a closed-source program and sell it. I would like to make use of various open source libraries to make it easier to write this program. So how I will choose the libraries that I ...
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Which open-source license is right to keep some advantage for me AND for the developer-community?

I know that this question has been asked a many times but there are at least that much different answers. I'd like to release a software, i developend for about a year. So i would like to keep some ...
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When are you violating a license like the GPL? [duplicate]

Specifically in the following scenarios where you're working on an open source library using an incompatible license like the MIT license. You copy & paste a method from a GPL library - ...
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Finding a Pre-Written Software License

I've been researching licenses for a few days for a software project I've been working on that I'd like to add a license to. I'm looking for a fairly restrictive software license that allows access ...
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Why are FLOSS licences applied to files instead of diffs/deltas?

In the case of open source software development, where contributions build on previous work I would find it more sensible for each copyright holder to hold copyrights on the diffs/deltas he/she ...
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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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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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Is using data generated using AGPL-v3 licensed code considered distribution?

I'm considering using parts of a GNU Affero General Public License v3 (GNU AGPL v3) licensed library in a commercial context, but we obviously can't afford to release our whole code-base. We would ...
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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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Displaying copyright notice for OSS in closed source Android app

I am considering the usage of various open source libraries in a closed source Android app. The libraries are released under various licenses (MIT, BSD modern, Apache 2.0) which allow this kind of ...
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Is a software licence required? [duplicate]

I'm a developer of open source applications and publish my applications and smaller source code snippets on my personal website. I also often find and use code by others, often from blogs or small ...
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Intellectual property on software: how does it work? [closed]

I've developed software (web development) and before launching it I'd like to know how exactly can I keep this in my name and rights and avoid further mimics of the idea, just like in a regular ...
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Best approach to develop / distribute proprietary module

I've been brainstorming for a while regarding the best approach to distribute closed-source modules. I'd like to mention that I have found similar question(s) on SE sites but don't think this is ...
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Creative Commons ShareAlike

Some of the CC licenses define ShareAlike term: ShareAlike — If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you must distribute your contributions under the same license as the original. ...
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Is a license header in source-files required?

Reading through the Apache Software License 2.0 appendix I am left unclear what exactly I have to do now: APPENDIX: How to apply the Apache License to your work To apply the Apache License to ...
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How to comply with LGPL 2.1 source-code request?

I have an iOS app that uses the VLCKit framework for it's video player function. Today I got an email from the creator of VLC and in the email is stated this: According to the LGPLv2.1 VLCKit and ...