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Can government use a GNU GPL licensed sofware (phpBB) without posting the source code?

I'm now doing my internship in a government company (in India) and I've been assigned a project to create an online forum for the company.. I'm about to use phpBB forum software to create it, which ...
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Using AGPL v3 software in an enterprise deployment

An enterprise utilizes the source code of a network software product licensed under the AGPL v3. It modifies the source code but does not share the changes with the original developer and copyright ...
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Do I have to add every single libary's licence to my project's docs when I redistribute it in binary form?

The libraries I used are mostly licensed under BSD/1,2,3 and all included in the Haskell Platform.
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Can I sell an application under the GNU Affero General Public License (GPL)?

I am using GhostScript on a desktop application that I intend to sell online. The GhostScript library has an AFERO license (see here). I do not mind to make the source code of my application available ...
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Software Licensing - indirectly use an installed application

I have built a small Windows desktop application that I intend to sell and distribute copies over the internet (not as SaaS). The application in question uses ImageMagick library, which has a free ...
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AGPL alternatives for commercial software

Are there any real alternatives (i.e. non-customized software license agreement) to the AGPL license if you want to share your source code and make money selling software licenses?
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Do I need to add the copyright notice of the original contributors in the SaaS service contract of a forked AGPL sofware?

Context I have modified a lot a software that in under Affero GPL. I have contributed back what made sense, as it has a completely different direction. I plan to build a SaaS around it and charge ...
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Can I revoke the project's license after I translate its code?

I am planning on converting an old project originally from Objective-C to Swift. The project is currently under the MIT License, and any distributions of it must maintain the same MIT License. ...
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Legal problem on lifting from open source libraries

Background Our project, written in Java, is now trying to eliminate unnessceary external dependencies introduced during prototype development. We feel it easy when killing simple static utility ...
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Can I use libraries published under MPL 2.0 and MIT in a project that uses APL 2.0?

I want to use two particular open-source libraries, in unmodified form, as dependencies of a project. One of the libraries is published under the MIT license; the other library is published under the ...
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Own project: Open source to closed source [duplicate]

In this thread it is discussed if it is legally possible to take on open source project and close its sources. But this seems to refer to someone else's project. So, my question is: What about my own ...
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Web-service which uses GPL software [duplicate]

here's the problem. I have developed an Azure-Based Web application which exploits some VMs. On top of these VMs I'm running a modified code which is licensed under the GPL license. Here's the flow: ...
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If I don't have an EULA, can I just display a general license? [closed]

I wrote a library in Python and I want to have an EULA and agreement box to pop up upon opening the program for the first time, but I don't have a lawyer. I don't know much about terms and conditions, ...
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Exclude files from open source license?

I'd like to use the MIT License for a project I'm working on. Most of the files in the repository are mine but 1 had to be copied from another open-source project (also under the MIT License). What ...
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Another Apache 2.0 license question, regarding modifying files

I have a slight case of OCD. That means I've read multiple questions that are similar but I'm still paranoid. I'm distributing a commercial application that relies on a 3rd party library that's ...
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License for header exposing functions in a BSD 3 clause licensed source

If I were to write a header exposing functions in a sample source file that was licensed under the BSD 3-Clause License, what would I put up in the header? Should I simply copy-paste the license ...
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How was the Mono Project able to relicense their LGPLed libraries under MIT?

The Mono project used to have LGPLed libraries. In fact mbundle still says when you run it Note that statically linking the LGPL Mono runtime has more licensing restrictions than dynamically ...
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Is restricting endorsement using author's name compatible with GPL?

I would like to link a GPL project to another project with the following clause in its license: The name of the author may not be used to endorse or promote products derived from this software ...
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Removing MIT licence credits upon paying

Is it possible to buy the authorship of a piece of software just to be able to remove the credits from its source ccode? Would that be ok if the author of the library agrees to do so for a price?
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Signification of YOLO LICENSE

I am using darknet framework for object recognition listed here: https://github.com/pjreddie/darknet This is its license: YOLO LICENSE ...
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Software License which discriminates on 'ethical' grounds

I've spent some time reading the common copyleft and permissive software licenses. Is there a license which allows the creator of an application or algorithm to broadly specify who may use/distribute ...
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Do all transitive dependencies of GPL software have to be compatible with GPL?

Library A is licensed under GPLv3. I want to write a program that uses that library as a dependency (programming against interfaces and using classes in that library), so I have to put my own program ...
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MIT License vs. Creative Commons for images and other assets

Could somebody please resolve a particular licensing confusion for me? I'm always really puzzled by how software licensing works. I want for everyone to be able to use my software with minimal, if ...
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Additional clause in GPL'd source code

I noticed this in the heading of some source code This core is written with the advise and consent of [author] and is released under the GNU Public License. This core is freely available for ...
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Can I release software under the GPL if it must be built with a proprietary compiler?

The compiler doesn't leave its own code in the software or link proprietary libraries with it, the source code is exactly the same one I used throughout the development process, everyone is free to ...
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Which license should I choose so I can open source my Botnet and not get sued?

I have been working on a Botnet for a high school project in Python and would like to open source it and share it on GitHub without getting sued. I need help with choosing a license such that I am ...
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Software derived from LGPL library

In my project I've used a library marked with the LGPL license as a reference example to developed my own library which is completely different but it works roughly in the same way. Now I would like ...
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Can I include code licensed under MPL within a project under MIT license?

I would like to know if it is possible to include source code licensed under: Mozilla Public License (MPL) version 2.0 In a project licensed with: The MIT License (MIT) If yes I would like to ...
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Including GPL software in closed-code project

Regarding GPL software use in a commercial project, I have the following situation: I would like to commercially distribute an Excel-Macro application, which uses a GPL licensed software (G77 ...
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Adding a new file to a GPL project - how do I carry along/modify copyright information?

Continuing from Author has inserted copyright into code with gnu public license notice - implications?, can I add my author name to a new file (with original code) that I added to a project that comes ...
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call a non GPL-Program from a GPL program via fork

I downloaded a GPL program, I want to modify this GPL program in order to make it calling a non gpl program (commercial license) via fork+exec. Concerning the input/output data of the non-gpl program:...
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What licenses can I use with closed source software? [duplicate]

I'm writing desktop app, and I know that I need to license it. But every time I search for licenses, I can only find licenses for open source software such as GPL, MIT, or WTFPL to name a few. But I ...
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Open Source Licenses like GPL in Multiple Licenses models

How can an open source license be compatible with a multi-licensing scheme? According to a similar question, the author of a library could potentially change its license. But problems arise when the ...
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Apache 2.0 license without disclosing source

I'm building a software and I want to release it under Apache 2.0 license. Unfortunately, right now, I've no time to put sources codes on public repository like Github or BitBucket. And more, I didn'...
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Under what circumstances would I have to release a modified version of source code (GPL) [duplicate]

I am working on a social networking platform using a database wrapper released under GPL. I'm fairly new to using open source software, so I'm not sure what would require me to release my source code. ...
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Licensing on Github

I'm uploading to GitHub for the first time and I am facing all sort of doubts about licensing. I did not know that topic was that uncovered in the net! But even it is complex, my situation is so ...
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Google Swiffy license runtime.js

I'm not a lawyer. Can I use file https://www.gstatic.com/swiffy/v7.4/runtime.js as a separate file in composition with my software on Windows Embedded 8 without an Internet connection? Samples it's ...
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Should I add the license in every headers and source files?

I'm about to push my first project to github (mini toy lisp interpreter written in c). I've noticed that the vast majority of opensource projects include their license in every source file (at the ...
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Professional use of former MIT licensed sofware

I'm currently working on a commercial application using a piece of software registered under the MIT license. Recently, the author of this software removed every entry from Github, for an unknown ...
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Can you license a fork of a public domain library?

The original library has this statement in its readme, with a link to CC0 1.0. To the extent possible by law, [redacted] Company, LLC has waived all copyright and related or neighboring rights ...
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Does a license need to go at the top always?

Let's say I have a source file of 800 lines, and I want to "copy/paste" one function from a github project that has a MIT license, and I also have my own (which may be a MIT license, or a stronger one)...
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Accomodating a LGPL Python module into a BSD project

I have a program written in Python that I would like to make available to the public under a three-clause BSD license. My program has an import blah statement, where blah is a Python module that is ...
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What to do when using MIT-licensed code in a GPL-licensed project?

I'm working on a personal project that I'm planning on licensing under GNU Affero GPL. However, I found some code that's licensed under MIT that really want to utilize, but I'm not sure what I should ...
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GPLv2 code as a separate process in a closed-source iOS app?

I'd like my (currently) closed-source iOS app to use some GPLv2 licensed code. The code I want to use is simply a converter from one file format to another — nothing too complex or proprietary. Given ...
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Pyinstaller EXEs license

I'd like to know about licenses in Python program distributions. This is the scenario: let's say one would distribute a Python program for Windows, created with PyInstaller as a single executable file,...
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Licensing a portion of a project under the MIT and the rest under the MPL

In a compiler project I'm creating, I'm licensing the compiler sources under the MPL. However, I'm looking to license the just the standard library under the MIT or BSD license. In the MIT terms, it ...
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Ban redistribution, but still allow code changes?

Basically, I have an app, Court Counter, on the app store. It was very crappy, and was not worth licensing at the start. By the way, I found the incentive from the courses at Udacity. However, over ...