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

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Linking to MIT-Licensed dll

I'm currently working on some closed-source proprietary software that makes use of a library (SharpAVI) distributed with the MIT License. The SharpAVI source isn't being used directly anywhere in my ...
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What does neo4j's licensing guide mean?

There are three versions of Neo4j apparently, called Community, Advanced, and Enterprise. Neo4j's Licensing Guide says that Community is GPL3 (which I confirmed from the LICENSE file in the tarball) ...
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How can I close my Open Source project and what is required from me in order to make it closed source?

Let's say I wanted to close my "GPL v 2.0 (or similar)" licensed project, to which I'm the only contributor, and make it closed source. Do I still need to make the existing "GPL v 2.0 (or similar)" ...
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does the MIT license allow me to make a product that's a front-end for another MIT-license product?

I've been struggling with timezones online for a few years now. Because I've had enough of it, I want to develop a Chrome extension that leverages moment.js so I can paste in a representation of a ...
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What is wrong with the Unlicense?

I have often heard that I should not use the Unlicense because of issues regarding putting things into the public domain. However, I do not understand why this would be an issue for the Unlicense. The ...
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Is any one of these the right way to write a license for your opensource project forked and modified from an existing one with different authors?

I've used parts of source from an existing Java library project with what appears to be a 3-clause BSD license. I've made significant changes to the library which makes it possible to use it in a new ...
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w3c library license: does it prevent the inclusion in/distribution with paid software?

From W3C Software Notice and License: Permission to copy, modify, and distribute this software and its documentation, with or without modification, for any purpose and without fee or royalty is ...
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License Agreement for App [closed]

I'm currently negotiating a contract agreement with a client whom I am developing a paid mobile app for. Here are some the things that they have stated: They want to be able to update the source ...
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Dalvik + Java licensing question

This is a licensing question about the Dalvik and J2SE core libraries. In particular the license governing java.util.concurrent.SynchronousQueue. The license header of the class in the JDK source ...
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Linking a GPL executable from proprietary .bat script [duplicate]

Licensing question - am I allowed to use a GPL binary executable (.exe) in my copyrighted .bat script? Namely I want to use FART command line tool (find & replace text in files) in an install ...
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Handling optional GPL dependencies

Assume I have a library A which is licensed under a two-clause Free BSD style license. Library A optionally depends on library B (the availability of the dependency is configured at build-time), which ...
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Sharing on Github

Over the past couple weeks I have gotten a lot of help from StackOverflow users on a project, and rather than keep the finished product to myself I wanted to share it unencumbered by licenses, but ...
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GPL+FE license also applies to fonts used for the UI of a software? [closed]

The GPL font exception allows the font to be embedded within a digital "document" file without requiring the "document" itself to also be shared with GPL. Now I wonder, what is considered a ...
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Source code modification and GPLv3 compatibility

Assume that the source file A contains the following license notice: "This code is Copyright 1234 by XYZ. It may be freely redistributed in its entirety provided that this copyright notice is not ...
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Open source license that requires visible attribution in derivative works?

My company has a client-side web application that we would like to open-source. We don't want to impose any restrictions on usage, except that any modifications and derivative works should contain a ...
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Use of AGPL software on server with closed-source software

I need to use some software under the AGPL to populate a database with some data. This software has a web interface, which I shall disable. Then the data will be used "at arms length" with ...
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Using GPL library in our software [duplicate]

Currently we're starting to work on a project for which we're going to need image processing libraries. The problem is some of the libraries are GPL licensed. I'm reading through GPL licence and ...
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Modifying the MIT license for modified source code?

I have made a large number of modifications to some MIT-licensed source code to tailor it to the requirements of my project. Since this is JavaScript (for a website) the minified source code is ...
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Is BSD license compatible with Apache?

Can I develop a BSD-licensed software that extends an Apache-licensed software (and vice-versa)?
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Licensing code from my personal project to my company via an open-source license

I'm currently working on a certain problem for my company (i.e. where I work for hire and don't own the code I produce in any way). It appears, that in one of my past (or, who knows, maybe still ...
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Is the GPL dangerous to the organisation in terms of exposure of its intellectual property?

GNU General Public License is a ‘Viral License”. If an organisation is using Linux and MySQL which come under this license, is it dangerous to the organisation in terms of exposure of its ...
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How to list open source license owner

I am releasing software developed in a university under the Apache 2.0 license. I would like advice on who to list as the license owner. Would I list only my boss who co-authored the software and ...
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Is The CPOL compatible with the MS-PL

My question is very simple: Can I use a CPOL project within a MS-PL project? I would like to add a CPOL project to my MS-PL solution, modify it and use it as a tool which helps me compiling my ...
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license and copyright assignment

I'm currently working on a wordpress plugin. My client gives me a specs doc (a powerpoint presentation, if you can call that a specs doc), and I code the requested functionality. Every time I send ...
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Open source license limitations and compatiblity [closed]

I am new to open source licenses and it seems very confusing, therefore need some suggestions. We are developing an application which utilities existing components with following license types: ...
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Can I license a program under Apache License 2.0, if it is using/including Eclipse Link (EPL or EDL)?

Can I license a program under Apache License 2.0, if it is using/including EclipseLink? (EclipseLink under Eclipse Public License or Eclipse Distribution License) I did not change anything in ...
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If I use LGPL-licensed images in my open-source software project, do I have to use the LGPL for the whole project?

...or, can I license things separately within the project (i.e. images=LGPL, code=GPL). I've been confused about this for a little while now and I can't seem to find a clear answer.
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I want to sell my software along with it's source code. Is there a licence restricts anything but in-house changes? [closed]

Is there a license that: Allows the client to make in-house changes to the tool/source code if need be. Prohibits to redistribute the source code outside the company. Prohibits to sell derivative ...
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Who owns the copyright in a patch file?

I'm trying to determine OSS compliance for a body of source code, part of which includes sections from OpenEmbedded, and contains a lot of patch files, as they (seem to) try to adapt various tools. ...
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MIT and copyright

I am contributing to a library that is licensed under the MIT license. In the license and in each class file it has a comment at the top saying: Copyright (c) 2011 Joe Bloggs ...
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Modern.IE VM license

Microsoft provides some VMs for testing purposes (advertised on StackOverflow) and I'm trying to understand the license terms. The one I don't really understand is 1.b. You may use the ...
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Legality of modifying and distributing the JRE [closed]

I see that Google App Engine apps run on a so-called secured sandbox JRE; that is, a JRE that Google modified and that makes changes to certain JRE types. This is how GAE prevents developers from ...
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Any patent issue if I want to call my classes “signal/slot” as in Qt?

I need to code a signal-like mechanism and I was thinking of using the same "slot" and "signal" terms to indicate the signal and the function that needs to be called. Since this is a commercial ...
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What are the licensing terms for the Swift Programming Language? [closed]

What are the licensing terms of the Swift Programming Language, the API, and runtime? The only mention I have been able to find is from the Copyright and Notices section of Apple's The Swift ...
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Can I, as author and copyright holder, relicense my code under a more liberal license after it has been published under a more restrictive license?

Say, for example I published my code under GPL. A month after release, I decide evil corporations (*cough*) are allowed to use my code after all, because it's so brilliant and bug-free. Can I just ...
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Future of a ServiceStack based Solution in the Context of Licensing

I just want someone to clarify the following questions as Demis Bellot had announced a couple of weeks ago that ServiceStack would go commercial. Refer link below. ...
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Do I need to contact a lawyer to report a GPL violation in software distributed on Apple's App Store? [closed]

Some company is selling software through Apple's App Store which uses portions of code that I released publicly under the GPL. The company is violating the licensing terms in two ways, by (1) not ...
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Choosing a license for software [closed]

I am developing a javascript library that I want to release as open-source under something similar to the MIT license. The issue that I am having is that under this license others can sell my ...
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What is the “default” software license?

If I release some code and binaries, but I don't include any license at all with it, what are the legal terms that apply by default (in the US, where I am). I know that I automatically have copyright ...
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OSS dual licensing / market segregation

I have an open-source project, which I would like to commercially license to various types of businesses. xGPL licenses do not work for me since they don't allow any conditional addenda. What I'm ...
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Can I use a part of another program without having to give away my rights on my own code?

I'm currently making a game and want to use some textfiles (lists of names) that are covered under the GNU General Public License (or the Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License). Do I have to ...
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Modifying an open-source license with optional requests

A general question about open-source licenses: I know you can't modify them yourself (i.e. "GPL except you can't do this") and writing your own is generally a bad idea. However, is it feasible to ...
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Program license : Open-Source and commercial?

Currently programming a new software, I'm searching for information about protecting my concept and my source-code. I precise I'm quite new in licensing. As I'm feeling very concerned by Open-source ...
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Is licensing an issue for Git Submodules?

For example: an MIT-licensed project wishes to simplify the build process for its users by including part of the GNU toolchain (which is of course GPL) as a Submodule. Could that be interpreted as ...
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Forking BSD-Project and changing license [duplicate]

Is it possible to fork a project (which I don't own) and change the license from BSD to for example LGPL / GPL / AGPL? I read it would be possible to change fork's license to something compatible to ...
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Can I use a GPL licensed piece of JavaScript on a commercial website?

I'm looking at plupload for some upload features on a website I'm developing. Now plupload is GNU GPLv2 licensed and that implies that all derivative software should also be GPL licensed (right?). ...
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Do I need to publish deployment scripts for deploying AGPL licensed work (MongoDB)

MongoDB is dual-licensed with AGPL (the engine) and ASL 2.0 (the drivers). In a nutshell, merely using MongoDB through the drivers does not dictate to release your source code (due to drivers' ASL 2.0 ...
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What constitutes a programming language and how does one copyright a programming language?

I've decided to create a programming language of my own, mostly just for fun. However, I got interested in the legal aspect of it all. You can, for example, licence specific programs under specific ...
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Android proprietary app including Apache-2.0 licensed code from Google

My Android app contains some Apache-2.0 licensed code from Google (in-app billing example) and links to com.android.vending.billing library in the form of a InAppBillingFile.aidl file (same license?). ...
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How can we use Tine 2.0 in our closed source software product, without violating the AGPL?

We develop a closed source product and customers want to add two parts: Calendar Contacts Tine 2.0 would provide this, but we want to use it as a library. Since Tine 2.0 uses the AGPL licence, ...