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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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How to detect the violation of open source licenses? [on hold]

Nowadays there are numerous open source projects under various licenses. E.g GPL, MIT, Apache etc. All of these licenses allows you to modify source code but they state that original author name ...
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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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Is a license header in source files required when applying the Apache Software License 2.0 to a project?

Reading through the Apache Software License 2.0 appendix I am left unclear what exactly I have to do now: APPENDIX: How to apply the Apache License to your work To apply the Apache License to ...
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How are software licenses applied?

I have created a small and helpful project that I'd like to upload to a public repository and share under the FreeBSD license. What are the common steps I should make to apply the license to my code? ...
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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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MIT license and code tutorial [on hold]

If I follow a tutorial, on a website, that has its code under MIT license and I write some code inspired to that code, shall I put the license and the copyright notice in the software?
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Can I use iPhone/ android icons on my templates [closed]

So I want to use Ionicons, and it contains iphone/android icons (such as close button 'X' icon, delete icon, etc.) The thing is that Im create a web template and I need to use these icons, is it ...
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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 ...
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Using GPLed headers in LGPLed library

For a specific device there exists a Linux kernel module. This module only initialized the device and provides control mechanisms to user land via ioctls and mmap. To use this the device properly one ...
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Can I use GNU GPL pictures in my commercial web application? [on hold]

I have a website where people can register and pay a yearly fee for the membership (this includes that they have an own profile on the website and that they can advertise themselves). The members ...
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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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AGPL - what you can do and what you can't

AGPL is a fairly new license that was meant to go GPL-over-networks. However, not being a lawyer, and actually not having read the whole license, I can't understand what exactly you can do freely and ...
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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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How to make a GPL license with more severe penalties?

I am considering open sourcing some software, but when I read the answers on this questions, it seems like the penalty of ignoring a GPL license is rather small, compared to the costs of the suing ...
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Is Java free/open source or not?

On November 13, 2006, Sun released much of Java as free and open source software, (FOSS), under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL). On May 8, 2007, Sun finished the process, making all ...
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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 ...
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Is this the correct way to include this MIT licensed software in my software?

I'm using this script in one of my projects. It's licensed under MIT or Apache 2. I've committed JSON.sh (as in, just the script) to my project, and copy+pasted the MIT license (as it appears in ...
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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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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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Do business webpages created in local tools, which are under GNU General Public License, require a paid license?

I downloaded and installed apache, php and mysql locally all in a package from https://www.mamp.info/en/downloads/. The installation guides tells me that these applications are under the GNU General ...
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Can I re-publish code under copyright if it has been published to the public? [duplicate]

For example, can I publish on my website the code I find on bcc.com/script.js ?
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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 ...
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OSS license for seemingly unspecified license?

I want to work on uemacs/PK and run it through Coverity SCAN. I can see on the repo that there are commits by different people, but I'm confused because the README only allows modifications by a ...
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Which sentences are normal in a commercial company user end license agreement? [closed]

I was reading an 'User End License Agreement' and asked myself whether such paragraphs aren't suspect. As well my I asked myself whether such sentences are normal in those end license agreements or ...
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Looking for a popular, well known example of closed-source software which uses LGPL code, and says so [closed]

For advocacy purposes, I'm looking for a good example of some popular/widely-known closed-source and generally paid-for software application/package which uses dynamically linked LGPL-licensed ...
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Can we use a GPL 2 product for the commercial purpose?

Note: There are many questions answers related to the licensing. But I think my requirement is specific, so asking a separate question. We are considering to fork a GPL 2 project and use it for ...
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Licensing and copyright terms for data from Wikipedia

I have an idea for a client-server software project which involves using information from Wikipedia, but I am not sure about what the conditions for using it in regards of licensing and copyrights ...
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Using your home project source code for company project

I have a home project, which is not open-source. To save time I'd like to use that source code for company project. How can I protect myself against the claim that I stole company source code? It is ...
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What is the best practice for arranging third-party library licenses “paperwork”?

I am developing a small open source project. The application uses many third-party libraries released with a range of licenses: Apache, MIT, BSD, LGPL and CDDL. Each of these licenses has its own ...
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What is the meaning of “All rights reserved” next to a permissive license?

Suppose that you're trying to fork a software package, which mentions in its manifest that it is distributed under the "MIT" license: [..] License: MIT Copyright: JC Holder ...
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How does trilicense (mpl,gpl,lgpl) work when you want to use it on public website

I have tried to search for this answer for quite some time and I have gone through all the various FAQ's and documentation regarding the three licenses; but none of them have been able to answer a ...
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Can I use all JetBrains software after purchase [closed]

I am thinking about buying the Ruby version of the IDEA that JEtBrains is offering. If I buy a personal license for it, does it allow me to also use the license for IntelliJ also so I can develop ...
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Is there a difference between “self-plagiarizing” in programming vs doing so as a writer? [closed]

I read this Gawker article about how a writer reused some of his older material for new assignments for different magazines. Is there any similar ethical (societal?) dilemma when doing the same ...
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Website/web service uses GPL or CDDL license library

When developing backend - serverside code - for websites or web services and using a GPL or CDDL library, such as https://tyrus.java.net/. I would just "use" the functionality of the library. No ...
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How to display/clarify the licence for code in a blog

Let's say I have a blog available under one of the Creative Commons licences. Such type of licence would be displayed at the bottom of each page with a link to the actual licence, etc.. However, ...
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What are my obligations when using an Apache 2.0 library in an internal project?

From the Apache non-lawyer version of the license: It requires you to: include a copy of the license in any redistribution you may make that includes Apache software; provide clear ...
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Maintain a web application once the only developer is gone

I have a terminal disease and there is a very high chance that I will no longer be in this world by the end of the year. I have developed a web application that it is extensively used in my family’s ...
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GPL dictionary usage in commercial application

We have an word game commercial mobile application for which we want to use dictionaries for various languages. Most of them have GPLv3 or CC-NC3 licenses. We modify the dictionaries: basically, we ...
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Distributing commercial software with Apache 2.0 libs that have LGPL transitive Dependencies

I have a commercial software project that uses a third party lib (org.quartzscheduler), this has an Apache 2.0 license. I thought I was ok but when I checked the transitive dependencies I found that ...
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Commercial use of content licensed under “Creative Commons License Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0”?

I am trying to find a music track for my Android game. It's a free game but includes ads. I found a good music on this site. As per the FAQs and the licensing terms (Creative Commons License ...
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Is Algorithm to Solve a Problem Licensed?

The keep things as simple I will use very basic example. The problem is to aggregate 4 numbers to have 10. One developer uses below code/algorithm (Case 0) in his program file and license it as ...
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Can I rebrand and customize something licensed under the GNU Affero General Public License (AGPL)?

I have recently started my own small development company and was looking at developing a framework to sell to clients. I discovered that there were many open source solutions already developed, ...
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How (or whether) to credit another software project that provided inspiration for mine?

For reasons too boring to go into here, I've written a small JSON library to add to the pile of them available for Swift. The interface of this library is inspired by, and similar to, that of ...
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Partial Code Copy from another Open Sourced Library

I need to copy a method from an Apache licensed Javascript library into my GPL licensed javascript library. Can I copy and paste the method into my library in this license context? If so, how am I to ...
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Does license have to be in text format?

Does a software license have to be in text format? I am thinking of adopting the MIT license to my software. I have a documentation in HTML format, which is distributed together with the software, and ...
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Implementing software licensing

I have an unpoliced piece of software and I must implement some control over who can install it via licensing. I already have an authentication server that implements OAuth 2.0 and OpenId that's used ...
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What license should I use for code ported from Chromium?

I ported a small part of Chromium project class from JavaScript to Java and wanted to publish it as a part of an open-source project. I want to do it legally. However, Chromium says that "The terms ...