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

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What's the right licensing to sell a web app, without renounce to reuse the code? [closed]

I'm making a web app for a client who is probably going to use it for commercial use. I'm not affialited with me, nor we are commercial partners. However, although I'm making this project for this ...
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GPLv3 code in non-GPL software — linking vs. CLI

Suppose there's a GPLv3 app that has a GUI and a CLI. Can I legally expand its CLI (to give me access to functionality hitherto only available via the app's API), release the result under GPL and then ...
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Etiquette using code found on GitHub and using Code beyond included Libraries

I've been trying to find what I'm supposed to do when I want to use code I find on GitHub. I think this post had some good information but I'm still somewhat confused. I want to use code found in ...
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Include GPLv2 licensed data in MIT licensed project

I'd like to include some data from a GPLv2 licensed project in my MIT licensed project. More specifically, I want to use the data from the other project as the training data for my machine learning ...
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Software Licence Agreement: Does our spec abide by the licence

Can you determine if this Open Source Winforms UI Library licence allows companies to use this code in a commercial software application? The MIT License (MIT) Copyright (c) 2011 Sven Walter, ...
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Should I change the name in the WTFPL?

I'm using the WTFPL in my personal projects published on GitHub. Currently I'm using it verbatim, but I have the suspicion I shouldn't be leaving Copyright (C) 2004 Sam Hocevar ...
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Can I use CodeSynthesis XSD (C++/Tree mapping) together with a GPLv3-licensed library?

Is it possible to write an open source project that uses generated code from CodeSynthesis XSD (C++/Tree) and then link it to a third-party library that is licensed under the GPL version 3? Some ...
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Licensing - Using Standard C Library [duplicate]

I've been reading about software licenses for a few hours because of the reason that I want to release a software commercially. I'm no lawyer and I'm incredibly bad at understanding licenses. Perhaps ...
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copyleft licensing question

I'm writing an app and referring to some open source, source code (copyleft licensed.) I am not using the original source code because it's for a completely different operating system using a ...
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What is stopping people from copy-pasting open-sourced codes into their own projects and releasing only the compiled binaries?

Hi I'm new to programming, and I've always wondered what would be the point of contributing open-sourced codes if there is no way to ensure everybody who uses the code will adhere to the licenses (or ...
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Why do we need years in a software license? [duplicate]

I start every .java file in my project with a license (BSD, in my case). And its first line says: /** * Copyright (c) 2011-2014, Firstname Lastname * * Redistribution and use in source and binary ...
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ISC license advice

Is the ISC license suitable as a MIT or Simplified BSD license replacement? What are the pros and cons of ISC compared to MIT or BSD?
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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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Sourcecode license: free for personal use and modification but no public distibution

For one of my apps, I want to make the source code “open source” so that others might adapt the code to their personal needs or even contribute improvements, but I don’t want anybody else to publish ...
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What license shall I use for derivative (ported) software originally licensed under Mozilla Public License v2?

Currently I'm trying to port one tool fron Java to .NET and original Java tool is licensed under Mozilla Public License v2. Shall my port have the same license or can I apply different open source ...
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Can I use MongoDB for a commercial web based service?

Can I use MongoDB as the database for providing a paid service? MongoDB is licensed under the AGPL, but the drivers I'm using are MIT licensed. Do I have to buy a commercial license for MongoDB or ...
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Question regarding ExtJS 4 GPL/commercial license

I am currently in the process of selecting a widget framework to be used for a new project. Current choices are Dojo/ExtJS4. We are leaning on ExtJS4 but might have some issues with the licensing. ...
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“Open Source” licenses that do not allow source redistribution

I am starting to work on a new commercial software project that may use elements of "open source" code. I have been instructed to ensure that I only use code which is licensed for commercial use and ...
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Software Licensing

I have an application and I'm ready to release it into the wild world of the Internet. However, I am a confused of a few things. Keeping in mind that I am not releasing the source code, must I ...
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Confusion about dual license (MIT/GPL) javascript for use on my website

I've read all of the posts I can find on this and I'm still not sure of the answer. I'd like to use a jQuery plugin on my website that is dual licensed under MIT and GPL. Does the dual license mean ...
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Can you change a license once you pick one?

I am working on a product that I don't feel is completely ready but I have a set of users that are very interested in using it now as "alpha" testers. I would like to give them the product now for ...
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Do I need any licence to develop web applications in asp.net? [closed]

My goal is to develop web applications for small companies, medical clinics, small supermarkets, etc. Do I or my customers need any license?
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Who retains ownership when custom software is commissioned? [closed]

A local business owner wants to hire me (contract) to build custom software for his business and employees. It will likely be a small web app that I'll host on AWS. Who retains IP rights to the ...
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DMCA as a license for closed-source javascript code [closed]

I have a proprietary project, with parts of it written in javascript. We would like a software license to include in the header file for this code which ensures the work remains: proprietary ...
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When using the Apache license, is there still a need for a Contributor License Agreement (CLA)?

I can certainly see the need for CLAs with a terser license like MIT or BSD, but the more verbose Apache seems to already have that type of verbiage in it. I would prefer to not add this level of ...
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Can the GitHub pull request process constitute an electronic signature of a CLA?

I appreciate the need for a Contributor License Agreement (CLA) in open source software projects and even understand that some tools are starting to make this process easier (like the low-friction ...
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Licensing question regarding no derivatives

I am working on a project where I'd like these licensing terms: Allow unmodified redistribution, with attribution to the author Disallow modified redistribution Non-commercial use Now the CC ...
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Using jTransforms for a commercial (non-free) android application?

I am developing an application which is using JTransforms to compute FFT and InverseFFT. I am planning to sell that application on Play Store. The JTransforms Library is covered under MPL/LGPL/GPL ...
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Software Licenses: No Distribution and Private Selling Using Dual Licenses [closed]

I recently wrote a couple of WordPress Themes in PHP and was wondering what license I should put on it. I don't mind users reusing my code, but I don't want them to be able to sell and redistribute my ...
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Should content be distributed with applications using Open Source license?

I have been developing a database-driven web application with extensive contents. The application is set to release using a GNU GPL v3 license. Whereas the content would be licensed using a Creative ...
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Is there a licence that let people see my code but not use it? [closed]

I'm building free games in javascript, with my code is easily accessible by looking into the html of the webpage. I really don't mind people looking at my code (for curiosity, or to learn something). ...
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License key solution in web application, what is the best approach?

I am stumped by a request from my manager. I work for a small startup and we developed a web application for a fixed rate with a maintenance agreement for a MUCH larger company. Knowing horror ...
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Can I distribute open-source software that uses the syntax/interface of a proprietary program (Stata)?

Stata is a proprietary statistical program used largely by economists. I want to write a basic multiple regression package that uses the same commands as Stata, e.g., regress var1 var2 var3, robust if ...
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How to publish my application as open source software?

Recently I wrote some (I hope) useful application. I would like to share it with every person on the world, making it open source. I would like to publish the source code as well as binary files (both ...
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Why should we be aware of licenses?

I know this is common question, but why should a programmer be aware of software licenses as well as extensions and plugins licenses? I'm working in a company which focuses on the business process ...
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Using Ubuntu for commercial software development

I am plaining to use Ubuntu for developing Android and php application which I will sell in market. As far as I understand Ubuntu falls under GNU GPL license. In this case do I need to make my source ...
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Advertisements & GPL

I'm planning on providing some GPL software to visitors after they interact with an advertisement. This advertisement will generate revenue for our company, so this would fall under commercial usage. ...
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Can I rename a portion of code released under Apache 2.0?

Is it possible to rename a portion of code extracted from a Apache 2.0 licensed software, releasing it as a new repository under a new name?
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How to include license for MIT-licensed CSS?

I have a project licensed under the GPL. However, it includes a bit of code from animate.css, which uses the MIT license. How would I include the appropriate licensing information for that CSS? I've ...
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Release as open source after granting usage rights?

I have written software and have granted usage rights to different companies per contract. Is it possible to change the software licence to an open source licence afterwards? At what circumstances is ...
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What does the Apache licensing mean by “Permitted: Commercial Use”

At choosealicense.com/licenses I am reading the Apache licensing, and see that under Permitted there stands Commercial Use: This software and derivatives may be used for commercial purposes. ...
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License for free source (re)distribution, but no distribution of modified executables

Question I want to put a phone/tablet app on Github and want to allow full rights for using, studying, sharing and modifying the source code, but disallow any redistribution of executables that ...
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Using C++/Java to develop software and sell it

I know this question has been asked here before, and I also know that this website is for programming questions only, but please do make an exception, as none of the posts I've come across on this ...
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Building proprietary software over haskell compiler [closed]

Is it perfectly legal to use GHC as base and build some commercial application over its top ? Are there such examples I can can interact with ?
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Affero GPL (AGPL3) Quick Question [closed]

Our project is fully open source - it is a web service, we are using the AGPL3 license. Using this license, does that mean we can never offer it as a paid service?
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Licensing libraries (which do code generation, etc) and GPL boundaries

I want to really opensource a project that did start as a personal hobby, but I'm an ignorant of licensing details. This project, provides some libraries for a given $language, and some wrapper ...
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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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Is there a license that forbids distribution and gives a Github repo owner full rights? [duplicate]

I created a Chrome browser extension, and I want to post the code on Github so developers can contribute to the project. My goal is to keep this as one single project though, and I fear that a lot of ...
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Creative Commons 3 vs Common Public Attribution License Version 1.0 for my PHP Script [closed]

I am currently working on an open source PHP script and trying to adopt an attribution license. The ones that I found are CC 3.0: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ and CPAL 1.0: ...
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Use MAC address for license

One of my company product need to implement a license mechanism. I'm planing to generate a key base on users PC MAC address. But I'm bit scared is this method confuse with some advance hardware. ...