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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 [on hold]

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 ...
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Modifying GPL code to link closely with another program

If program B is licensed under GPL, can a programmer modify it to interact with his own proprietary program, A, such that both programs are separate processes, and then only release the modified ...
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Non-licensed source code later becomes licensed

Last year, I created a derived work from published source code that was distributed unlicensed on a blog. Recently, I went back to the blog and noticed it was now licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0. Is my ...
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What does “Place Warranty” mean? [closed]

I'm looking at TLDR Legal for some reference overviews and one of the conditions is Place Warranty. I understand it to mean the commonly seen AS IS clauses in most licenses. Why would one choose to ...
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Does the LGPL apply if I rewrite a portion of JasperReports in C++?

I would like to rewrite a portion of the JasperReports library in C++. The library will read from the same XML format used by JasperReports. If I integrate this C++ library to my proprietary ...
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Can I release a git patch (diff) file of closed source/copyright code?

I've patched a bug in some code that is no longer being supported by it's owner but I would like to provide this to other members of the community. A git.patch file technically contains copyright ...
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Can I commerically use GPL licensed software on my server if I am only distributing the client software?

I understand the rules of the GPL stating that if I distribute any software using GPL code, then that code must be licensed under the GPL. However, I'm wondering what the rules are in this case: I am ...
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is copyright string in gpl'ed program guarded from modification?

is copyright string in gpl'ed program guarded from modification, by gpl or by laws? for example, is it possible to change "2001-2010" to "2010 to 2010"? or maybe change spelling of copyright holder ...
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How to properly apply a license

Take for example the GPL-3.0 license. Near the end it states: END OF TERMS AND CONDITIONS How to Apply These Terms to Your New Programs ... So I though that the "correct" way is to use ...
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gpl3 “or stated as exceptions”

At the end of section 7 of gpl v3: 7. Additional Terms .... Additional terms, permissive or non-permissive, may be stated in the form of a separately written license, or stated as exceptions; ...
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Can GPL be implied to a derivative work?

There are three software projects: A, B and C. A is published to anyone and is licensed under GPL. B extends A, is published too, but has no license information or is mistakenly licensed under LGPL. ...
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Distribute software without license [duplicate]

I wrote a small tool for a game which I now want to present and distribute in the games official forum. Since a few days I'm thinking about which license I should use to distribute my program. I ...
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Licensing - Open Source with Paid Distribution

I have a project consisting of a core library with a number of platform-specific wrapper libraries. I want to release it all under an Open Source license (maybe MIT or LPGL). I also want to sell the ...
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Using MonoDevelop for Commercial Software Developing

Can I sell the software which are developed with MonoDevelop without distribution of my source code and with commercial license? Generally, Does the license of language and IDE affect the license of ...
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How to retrieve the third-party library licenses

I am looking for a way to automatically collect all the third-party library licences that my project is using. Currently I am collecting by hand the licences on github. So far , I don't have a clear ...
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License opensource app for non-commercial

I wish to create an app for studying Japanese Kanji. However I'm uncertain which license would best fit it. I want my app to be Opensource so that I can use the code for tutorials and other people may ...
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Open Source Licensing and Intellectual Property Rights [closed]

Is it possible for a developer to lose rights to work on a self-created, open-source-licensed project after an outside company, developer, or organization copyrights (or takes some other legal action ...
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Any library or dll to use to give a free lancers project from clients who accept your work but not pay [closed]

I've been thinking about getting into the free lance field (using sites like guru.com or freelance.com). Something I see in the FAQ's is that there's been numerous instances where the client got an ...
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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 ...