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

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Licensing: CC-BY-SA to CC-BY-NC-SA

Disclaimer: I am not a lawyer, and I don't expect anyone answering this question to also be, and I will not take the answer as legal advice. Starting from a piece of software (in this case, a game ...
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Licensing subcomponents

Say I produce system X, which contains some components (A, B and C, say) which are specific to X, but ripe for generalisation. Let's say X is licensed with a viral open source license ([AL]?GPL). If ...
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Library in open source app

I am about to release free open source app on Google Play, which uses some classes from danielnadeau's HoloGraphLibrary (bitbucket.org/danielnadeau/holographlibrary/wiki/Home). Library is under Apache ...
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How can I protect my add-in application from cracked versions of ArcMap [closed]

I want to allow only licensed ArcMap to use my Add-in application, and/or prevent a cracked version of ArcMap from using that add-in application.EsriLicenseStatus Constant can't control if the version ...
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how does CC licenses (0,BY,BY-SA) affect proprietary/closed source applications?

I think this question is specific to indie developers be concerned about. Think about it as a "license clarification" or a "license practical use case". I need to know how must be my project basic ...
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Releasing Qt-based controls under University of Illinois/NCSA

Qt is a graphic framework which has a double license: commercial (statically link and modify at your wish) LGPL (you should either dynamically link against it or release your source code, any ...
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PirateBrowser Licensing

I am sorry if this question isn't appropriate here, but this made me confused. But what I read in MPL 2.0, any software derivated from a existing one with this license should keep it under such ...
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can a closed source commercial software make system(3) calls to GPL applications (not libraries)?

The closed source commercial software (CSCS), will just make system(3) calls to GPL applications. The user machine will run CSCS and it will call these GPL applications, in realtime, in the very same ...
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Is it allowed to embed an LGPL command-line tool?

I want to sell a closed-application that depends upon a certain command line tool. Am I allowed to distribute my software including this command line tool? For example, as a separate binary ...
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Does a licence exist where forking forces the developer to resell it when developer want to redistribute? [closed]

Imagine i create a great framework. I ask a small licence fee for usage, let's say 10eur. Then I would like to allow other developers to create a fork/derived works. When they want to distribute and ...
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Can a single GitHub repository include source code released under multiple licenses?

I want to gather several sub-projects in a single GitHub repo for the convenience of the users. But I wonder if it's actually possible to have folders in a single repo each of which is covered by a ...
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How can a community continue support for a product (*not* open source) discontinued by it's owner [closed]

A web-project (I don't want to go into details about who/what/why) has been replaced by it's company with a "version 2" that means version 1 owners have been abandoned at the end of this month (all ...
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Maven Repository Jars for commercial purpose [duplicate]

I am developing a web application on Java J2EE platform. I want to use maven repository jars like spring, hibernate, commons-*jar etc. Are these jars free for commercial purpose? I just want to use as ...
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The term “aggregate” in GPL3

What does this part of GPL3 mean in simpler or more readable terms? If I decide to enhance a GPL3 Program in which some snippets of the codes I could add are generic (may it be on a separate file or ...
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Software License change after version change

I used a open source software to build an application about few months back. The license on the software states, "XXXYYY is Free Software, licensed under the MIT license - so it's free to use for all ...
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Copyrights for Open Source projects [duplicate]

Say I'm developing a piece of Open Source software (BSD-Like permissive license) and I write the initial release entirely on my own. After the initial release however I would like numerous other ...
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GPL license for software and online service comparison

I have two questions that are linked : 1) Can someone sell a fork of an open-source software under GPL without distributing the source? Example: Can I modify a little bit GIMP, repackage it under ...
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How to license open source code you have heavily modified under the BSD license

I've created a heavily modified and more reusable version of this Qt Quick Scene Graph example. Every source file includes a BSD license. The following lines basically say I have to include the entire ...
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Open-source licenses and modifications

I see in the GPL license FAQ : Does the GPL require that source code of modified versions be posted to the public? (#GPLRequireSourcePostedPublic) The GPL does not require you to release ...
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Reuse a small method from Apache Ant: How to do that correctly

I adapted some code from the Apache Ant project in my work. The part I used is really small: ~70 lines, ~2000 characters. Adding dependency to ant to use that a single method seemed like an overkill. ...
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How can a company sell licenses for GPLed software without violating rights of others [duplicate]

There are tons of questions like "Can I use GPLed code X in my commercial project?" but I found nothing which answers my question. I take ExtJS as an example, but actually you can any commercial / ...
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What are my rights if software didn't come with a license? [duplicate]

I have downloaded some software which I'm using. I'd like to include it in my project but I don't know if I'm allowed to do so due to the software not having a license. What are my rights? If the ...
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PrePros license MIT but shareware at the same time?

PrePros a compiler for the LESS/CSS languages is licensed under MIT But from version 5.0 it being presented as 'Shareware' which requires payment and activation, although it does not impose any ...
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Is there any license which prohibits usage for hiring purposes?

I develop code review tool which analyzes the code and gives it passed grade and output details of code review. I want to prohibit to use this software for recruiting/hiring purposes. I don't want ...
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It is safe to accept money for open source software that you've written? [closed]

I've written an open source library for iOS, and I've received an email from an overseas developer who wants to pay me for my work so that he doesn't have to attribute in his app. The code is ...
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What rights do I have if a closed source non-distributed in-home application was stolen? [closed]

I was always wondering about this, because I have been recently reading about many leaks and stolen programs on certain news sites: If a program (running on a server for example, serving http ...
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What license is this source code published under?

Could someone help me determine the license under this source code is published? And what obligations I have if I want to use the code. ...
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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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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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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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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 ...