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using source code for individual organization vs sharing source code outside organization

If an organization develops their own software internally (with no license agreement) but uses other software frameworks that are open source that we modified to those frameworks work for us ...
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Individual developer in a big company [duplicate]

I work in a company as IT specialist/programmer, the company hires around 1 000~ employees and annual revenues is more than 1 MLN dollars. I am the only one who program. I wonder if using Visual ...
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Licensing systems (frameworks) [closed]

I want to add license protection for my app. It must be NOT a license key scenario (something like "buy a key, type it during installation or letter, use"), but a license for the amount of actions. To ...
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Is putting the license into the issue tracker okay or is it even better than putting it into a single file?

Usually you put your license into a single file called COPYING or LICENSE. However there may be reasons you do not want to do this - let's not discuss them - and therefore you look for alternative ...
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How to manage copyright notices from contributors to a BSD licensed project

We have the following BSD license in the LICENSE file: Copyright (c) 2006-2016 SymPy Development Team All rights reserved. Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without ...
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Prevent my clients from giving or selling my software using a LGPLv3 library to others

I am developing a commercial closed software using Qt which is under LGPLv3. May I prevent my clients from giving copies to other people?
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using CC-BY and GPL

I currently want to improve an application which is licensed under GPLv3. I wanted to improve it's design and Interface and use icons from google which is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution ...
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When do I have to distribute the source code of GPLv2 licensed software?

I was wondering if there is a time line when I have to distribute source code for a binary that has been released under the GPLv2 license. To my understanding, I would need to release the source code ...
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Using a license without a year value

I have this project that has several license notes (all GNU GPLv3) on the top of the source files. They are all following the "rule" that the year in the copyright notice should be the year on which ...
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I released my project under GPL. Can I still use it in my commercial app?

So I have this super sweet library I'm working on. Let's say I release it into the wild under GPL. In tandem I'm working on a commercial piece of software, and I'd like to use this library in it. ...
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Looking for an example of using code with Apache License Version 2.0

I know there are a lot of Q/As in legalese or plain English. I am wondering if anyone could provide a real life example of the text that needs to be included with the distribution of software using ...
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Which states offer PE licensure for Software Engineering? [migrated]

Which U.S. states offer Professional Engineer (PE) licensure for software engineering? In my research, few of the state licensing boards listed on the NCEES site include the Software Engineering ...
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License for forked software library

I'm writing an application for which I want to use some 20-year old open source code. The original code is kind of antiquated in certain aspects, for example, it's written in K&R C rather than ...
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EULA for warranty and liability disclaimer [migrated]

My browser extensions are licensed under GPL. But GPL serves for code distribution not program usage. As an example, this extension is licensed under GPL. ...
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MIT License - Dual Authors

For an open source project created by 2 authors, is it proper for an MIT License to have two authors? The MIT License (MIT) Copyright (c) 2016 FIRST NAME and SECOND NAME
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Licensing Ghostscript in a commercial product

We are studying a prospect of using Ghostscript in a commercial product (Windows desktop application). I read about sidestepping licensing GS altogether by simply suggesting to the users that they ...
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Hardware under MIT license?

I have some VHDL design that I plan to release as open source. I like MIT License for its simplicity and would like to use it for my code. However, I am not sure if it is OK to use it with hardware ...
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Taking credit for the public domain work of others

I’ve released a piece of code into the public domain (henceforth “PD”), via The Unlicense. Recently, I’ve found someone forked that code and made some modifications without any ...
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How to choose python module license as python itself

I would like to publish a python module and would like to publish it as the same license of python Below is a example of how Perl module does: This library is free software; you can redistribute ...
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How to license application generated from boilerplate code?

I looked at a number of other licensing questions and did not find anything that I felt related to this particular issue. I am working on a simple web app, nothing special, and intend to license it ...
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How to license (PowerShell) GUI Projects [duplicate]

After almost 2 years learning how to code (in Powershell) and some help at Stackoverflow from time to time, I'm now finally on my way to release my first GUI project. I intend to release the compiled ...
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Do I have to include the license for a testing framework?

A common requirement for licenses is that they must be included with the software. Should licenses for testing frameworks with this clause be included if the test code is not something that is being ...
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Could there by any issues with transition from MIT to Apache License? [duplicate]

I've started my own open source project, which is still in an early phase of development. I chose to use the MIT license for it. However, I've read that the Apache license is better for large ...
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Declaring multiple licences in a GitHub project

For years, I've been a great fan of putting licences on things shared online to make it easier for others to determine if and how they can reuse said things. Before GitHub began to gently 'push' its ...
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Using a WrapBootstrap theme in an open source project

I'm developing a desktop analytics application wrapped in Electron (that integrates with an external REST API), and am looking to use one of the WrapBootstrap themes to spruce it up. I'm deciding ...
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Integrate non-free (with permission) / differently licenced logos in GPL repository

I'm planning to open source an Android app that I developed against the API of a (small regional) social network. This app is the 'official' version for the website and thus allowed to use the logo ...
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Code attribution to a post quoting an original source [closed]

If I found a post that properly quotes code (gives attribution) from an original source, is it ok if I attribute to that post only, or do I need to give attribution to the original source? For ...
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Redistributing Nuget References w/ Licenses

I have a basic gap in my knowledge when it comes to open source licensing. I realize that the answers to this question aren't legally binding :). With that being said, let's say I am writing a ...
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Can I use Qt open-source for my web-scraping website? [closed]

I apologize if I should be understanding this more readily but I'm a little new to this and dont understand the LGPL license. Here is the FAQ for it: http://www.qt.io/qt-licensing-terms/ I am making ...
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Using BSD licensed source code in a product under a new license and a hypothetical scenario

Let me describe a hypothetical scenario, I wish to know if my reasoning is correct. I use source code X, licensed by author Y under the BSD-3 license, in my source code. I intend to adhere to their ...
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Distributing binaries with a close source program in MIT,BSD,Apache and GPL [duplicate]

I want to make a program that cant be source (because of using commercial libraries) and it should use some binary of others programs that are licensed in MIT,BSD,Apache and GPL. I get these ...
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What is the license of a GitHub Gist? [duplicate]

Sometimes a GitHub Gist contains carefully crafted code that seems to qualify for what the Apache License would call a "original work of authorship", but the as far as I can tell the author never ...
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Why does the LGPL require combined works to include a copy of the GPL?

I was reading through the LGPL license and found a requirement that I was previously unaware of. Section 4 (Combined Works) states: You may convey a Combined Work [...] if you also do each of the ...
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A little clarification needed with GNU GPL v3

I'm programmaing a visual novel which has the following parts: Script file Program code used for the events where parts of the scripts are displayed 2 different minigames Images Now one of the ...
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What licenses restrict distribution, liability, and commercial use? [closed]

I have to provide my code to someone to look at and use, but wish to maintain a number of rights. Specifically, I want a license that 1) Limits my liability, 2) prevents commercial use and 3) prevents ...
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Lost in open source software licensing [duplicate]

I never faced this problem working in academia, but at the moment I am trying to set up project management system for a commercial company. I tried apache bloodhound but did not like. So I found ...
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Do I have to use GPL for my linux application? If yes, how not to legally?

I've written a linux application that interfaces with a lot of GPL software. My application is written in javascript/HTML/CSS/python and uses MariaDB on a CentOS 7 platform (it also uses jquery and a ...
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Can I have two licenses in a Repository? One for a company and another one for everybody else?

So, I wrote a little piece of software (really little piece of software) and I want to open source it using Apache License for EVERYBODY but for a company, for that company I want the license to be ...
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Best freeware license for my closed-source application [closed]

I have no experience in software licensing so far. I am releasing my first application but I am not familiar with any licenses. Most of the the summeries found that I can understand ...
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What are good/common practices to manage disabling/enabling functionality items in GUI applications for different licenses/permissions?

I have worked on two different desktop applications and both had the problem of enabling/disabling functionality and associated GUI elements depending on available licenses or "user-roles". In the ...
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What license can I choose for a shallow fork of a recently abandoned project?

So I need a bootloader for an avr chip and after some research, I selected this one. License OpenSource, base on GPL license. It needed minor modifications to compile without the dedicated ...
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Does Git subtree count as distribution for copyleft licenses?

If I include, say, a GPLv3 repository in in my repository using git subtree, would that count as distribution? Am I now required to license my repository as GPLv3 as well? I don't intend to modify ...
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Licensing, how to?

I'm currently developing an application that has quite a few dependencies. Now I want to release the code as open-source under the WTFPL (Do What the Fuck You Want to Public License). Of course this ...
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Porting an Apache licensed library from Java to C#, do I need to update the licensing to protect myself?

I'm porting the ESRI geometry-api-java library to C#. They have placed the library under the Apache License. They also mention it in the README.md. They have a small bit of licensing info in the ...
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If I write a code and release it under GPL 2.0 (or other license) do I have to follow it myself? [duplicate]

I know that since I own the code rights I can change the license in a newer version. But does it mean that while it's under GPL I have to comply with it myself? Or can I do whatever I want with it? ...
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GPL licensed software in commercial applications [duplicate]

Can I sell a service that is provided using software licensed under GNU GLP? Additionally, this service involves the use and modification of other modules under Apache and other free software ...
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MIT License: Selling and distributing [duplicate]

I am confused when it comes to the MIT licenses. If I create a project and put it under the MIT licenses and open source it. Can someone just take my project and turn it into something else and sell ...
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Modifying a GNU LGPL v 2.1 code and license

I have found a piece of code online (https://github.com/kenkendk/sharpaescrypt/blob/master/Source/SharpAESCrypt.cs) licensed under GNU LGPL v 2.1 If I would like to make some changes to this file and ...
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Modifying GPL program to expose internal functions for use in non-GPL program [duplicate]

I know that according to GPLv2 if my non-GPL program links and calls internal functions of a GPL program, my own proprietary program must then be open-sourced (if it's distributed). But suppose that ...
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How to sell an application? Licensing problems

I`ve built a simple but yet effective delphi-7 application that solves sudoku puzzles, and a keygen that produces a unique serial key for each PC. My purpose is not to make money, I want to understand ...