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Software licensing of free abandonware

I recently found the game that was my first encounter with a computer, a DOS game running in text mode. It was released in 1984 and is available on abandonware sites, but I've started to wonder if I ...
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OSS Non-Commericial License

I'm working on a project I want to keep open source on GitHub, but I have a licensing problem. I have searched for hours, but I haven't found a license which disallows commercial use/sale of the ...
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Why are Apache 2.0 works excluded from OpenBSD?

From http://www.openbsd.org/policy.html The original Apache license was similar to the Berkeley license, but source code published under version 2 of the Apache license is subject to additional ...
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What license does this code from a website have? [on hold]

I am using the implementation of a delegate in Java from this website. http://www.goblooge.com/blog/delegate-dalam-java/ What is the license this code is released under? I assume are some rules for ...
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How “viral” is the Affero GPL?

MongoDB is licensed under the AGPL, and interestingly, its licensing page says the following: To make the above practical, we promise that your client application which uses the database is a ...
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Do I have to distribute my code if I use GPL based jquery controls in my commercial application

I have been thinking about using 3rd party GPL based jQuery controls in our in-house ASP.NET project. As far as the 3rd party license is concerned, I think I can use any jQuery controls in my ...
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Need help understanding Visual Studio Community Edition license

Recently Microsoft has released a free version of Visual Studio: Visual Studio Community Edition the license says IF YOU COMPLY WITH THESE LICENSE TERMS, YOU HAVE THE RIGHTS BELOW. ...
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Original GLUT library was open source, but license prevented releasing any changes to it. What could be the rationale behind such license? [closed]

Original GLUT library is open source, even on GitHub, yet the license doesn't allow any changes to be released publicly (but you can change it for use in your own projects, as is often exercised in ...
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Does releasing a binary work under GPL mean source must be provided? [closed]

I have two "dumb questions" but their combination is somewhat surprising ... Suppose I create some new program from scratch by writing source code S, which I keep private, and then compiling S into a ...
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The usage of server under GNU GPL

I have found an open sourced server that is licensed under GNU GPL. We would like to use that server at our client's hardware as a part of our solution for him (we provide our own software but we need ...
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When to choose an open source license?

There are many good questions out there about choosing an open source license, reasons to go open source, etc. However I have not seen an answer to this question and I feel like more people could ...
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Must I provide my project source code if I use a library licensed under Apache 2.0?

I have a private (i.e. no chance of sharing the source) and commercial application, now I would like to use a library which is under the Apache 2.0 license. I've read the Apache license and FAQ ...
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Do I need to include a copy of the GPL / LGPL to every copy of my program?

Is it necessary to include the GPL / LGPL license text to every distributed copy of my program? Or can I just put a link in the About-dialog?
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Which license should I choose for binary patches? [closed]

I want to publish my work which consists of patches for program binary. I do not have source code of the program and have no way to get it. Since binary patch does not quite meet definition of source ...
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Is conversion from C/C++ to Verilog/VHDL for FPGA a derivative work? [duplicate]

Say I have a C/C++ software licensed under GPL that gets converted into hardware design. By this conversion I mean that the exact functionality of the original software is being programmed into an ...
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Can software with a restrictive open source license (GPL,AGPL) be used as part of a tool chain in a commercial software package? [duplicate]

If we use a nice library like TetGen, generate a simple application-wrapper that simplifies our needs and publish it as open source, can we use it inside some Pipe/Chain of applications used in our ...
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Linux or Kernel [closed]

Question: when people use linux kernel, they have to distribute the kernel source code also? Is it mandatory, if yes, in which scenario or any link which states the same. If i develop application on ...
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Care to put code (GPL) into git public repositry [closed]

I am studying Linux Application Development reading http://www.advancedlinuxprogramming.com/ and other codes on the web To study efficiently, I would like to put the code into git public repository ...
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Removal or footer text in an open source

We know that open source software can be used for commercial and non-commercial purposes. Some open source sofware (e.g. some CRM software) places a footer at the end of the page such as "Powered by ...
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Software license without modify

I have my own company, and I would like to release our customer management system as open source so everybody can see what we do. But it is very important to me that I don't want anyone else to use ...
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Do I have to make source code open, if I use GPLv2 licensed software to derive data

I'm working on a calendar project, on my own. In this project I've to use Swiss Ephemeris. It is licensed under GPLv2 and commercial. With commercial version of license, developers entitled to ...
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Java Licenses, GPL, GNU Questions

I would like to ask a few questions about software licenses, with regards to a (Java) program I am making. I am very very new to licenses, so please bear with me. 1. If I produce a Java program using ...
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Ship of Theseus applied to GPL - Can I relicense my program if I replace all of the derivative parts?

I translated a GPLv2 C program to Python, but found it was hard to extend as designed and rewrote significant portions of it. The program is now structurally completely different, but there are ...
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License Type of Software with Free Functionality and Trial Additional Functionality

I'm developing open source software for about ten years. Now I rebuild my main product into a professional version. I think for it as a successor of the freeware version which is more or less legacy ...
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GPL - No version mentioned [closed]

This software is allowed to use under GPL or you need to obtain Commercial License to use it in non-GPL project. The above is mentioned on an open source project. It does not mention GPLv3 or ...
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Do I have to include the license text when I GPL a web page?

I want to GPL some standalone web pages containing my Javascript/D3.js source code. How to use GNU licenses for your own software says that to distribute source code under the GPL, I should "include ...
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Fork a subset of a repo - licensing and etiquette

I'm a contributor to a large open source project. I have made heavy changes to a submodule of that project to support more functionality, but at this point further improvements will be outside the ...
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Android: Is root absolutely required to re-link libs in Play Store APKs?

This question pertains to the re-link clause of the LGPL specifically on the Play Store. There's lots of unclear information about this topic. Assuming there's an application on the Play Store that ...
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Components having GPL and MIT/BSD license but released under MIT license

If a component “A” is under MIT License ,but it contains some GPL files, according to GPL the whole code should be GPL. But the component is released under MIT. Is it possible? If yes/no, on what ...
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How to responsibly handle license mistakes?

Say I push to a public repository an original file that I cover under a specific license. I later (or even immediately) find out that this license is incompatible with other licenses in the project. ...
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Is my understanding of the license for JQuery.xmleditor correct?

Please correct me if I'm wrong, but I recently found myself in a pretty confusing situation and now I am unsure how to continue. I found the jQuery.xmleditor plugin from the UNC libraries and thought ...
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How to mark code lines licensed on MIT?

When I am using some code licensed on MIT license, but it's not in seperate files, is it OK mark it like this? /* Here starts code licensed under the MIT License (../MIT.txt) */ // code /* Here is ...
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How do I fill in the BSD license template for multiple copyright holders?

I am involved in an open-source project with multiple copyright holders. The project is licensed under the 3-clause BSD license. Unfortunately, the individual code files contain no reference back to ...
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Using a zLib like icensed library which has dependencies on LGPL or GPL libs; what license am I able to release my project under?

If I use an Open Source library which is released under a zLib like license, but it has dependencies on libraries that are using LGPL or GPL; what license am I able to release my project under? If I ...
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Is there any license which require to distribute the source code, even it is only used in a company's internal project? [closed]

I am looking for a software license which has stronger protection than AGPLv3. The GPL license said that when we distribute the software, we must provide a way for user to download the source code. ...
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Does distributing GPLd assets with a non-GPL application violate the license?

I'm trying to figure out if I can distribute the Faenza icons, which are GPL licensed, with some MIT-licensed software I'm working on. What does the GPL license really mean when applied to a ...
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What licenses are compatible with MASM32's license requirements?

The MASM32 documentation clearly states that the GPL violates MASM32's license, and therefore cannot be applied to projects built with MASM32. The MASM32 project cannot be used to create open ...
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Is a complete rewrite against the license/eula of this software?

Okey, so I have for a while now been thinking of rewriting the minecraft server, this time in a language called golang. It's just a example project that I can learn a new programming language ...
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What is the legality of making a mobile app version of an existing card or board game? [closed]

I see that the market is full of mobile apps based on card/board games. For example, do a search for "Taboo" and there are many results which are not published by Hasbro Inc. Is this legal? The top ...
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“Used with permission” reusable in a GPLv2 derivative work?

The LICENSE file of a GPLv2 application I am modifying contains a statement saying that certain resources used in the application were "used with permission" from 3rd parties - such as textual ...
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Do you think asking to sign contributor license agreement for a open source project creates a resistance for contributors? [closed]

I am working on a open-source project which is backed by an organization. Organization pays a team to make this open-source project. This project will be licensed with GPLv3. We are debating on ...
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And at what point of modification to the original does source code with no license become owned by me?

I've recently come across a publicly viewable project on Github that has no license associated with it. In this repo, there is a file with the logic and most of the code needed to work as a piece of ...
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How to release bundled software with different licenses?

Recently, I was in a situation where I wanted to release a simple piece of JavaScript software under an open source license. However, I withdrew from it because the software contained several open ...
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Prevent product key from being used on multiple virtual machines

I have a software product. it will probably run on VMs that have no network connection at all. I want the user to pay for each VM the user runs. I thought to ask the user for some kind of hardware ...
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FFmpeg: Can I replace libx264 with OpenH264 in order to go LGPL?

I have some video processing to run and FFmpeg already contains much of what I need. However my videos are all compressed with H.264 video codec and libx264 is a GPL part of FFmpeg. On the other hand, ...
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Liability for software framework [closed]

If I ask money for a software product (php famework) instead of offering it for free, does it make me more liable for problems caused by my product?
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Porting an LGPLv3 library to a different language under Apache v2 License [duplicate]

Is it legal / ethical to port a library that is written in C under LGPLv3 to (pure) Go under the Apache v2 license? Keep in mind the port will be 100% compatible with full attribution to the original ...
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How does code produced on an open-source framework is affected by it's original license (MIT in this case)

I'm looking into building a new PHP commercial app for a client that will be hosted as a paid service and possibly resold to third parties with a non-compete clause. I've tested a few frameworks and ...
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Does it make sense to license source code snippets by CC-BY(-SA) [closed]

If I want to put random source code snippets in a publicly accessible git repository, does it make sense to license by CC-BY(-SA) given that CC-BY licenses are generally not recommended for software? ...
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Right options for the Creative Commons license for the theme [closed]

First I am not so much expert with the license terms and system but have some basic knowledge. I have been developing theme for one of the Open Source PHP script since two versions. It has been ...