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

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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, ...
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A license like the LGPL, but compatible with JavaScript

I have written a library that is quite extensive and has taken up a lot of my time, so I would like to license it properly. The LGPL seems to have many of the things I want, but does not work with ...
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Software License for project using .NET and Sql Server Express

I considering making my application open source on github. I don't intend to sell it (neither in binary form nor source code form). It probably isn't even useful to a lot of people except maybe for ...
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Does using Xapian in Django-Haystack enforces GPL?

Consider the following situation: She uses Django (BSD) for a website. She uses Haystack (BSD) for textual search in the website. She uses the backend of haystack, xapian-haystack (GPL), to use ...
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Licensing: Derivative work and copyright notice

I am currently creating something that has been inspired by another library. It is a complete rewrite on another platform - yet, has the same purpose and functionality and is written in the same ...
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Standardized Programming Languages

Is there an organization similar to W3C that creates standards for programming languages? If so, are there any programming languages, like browsers would using W3C standards, that implement these ...
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What license is HTML released under?

All products seem to be released with a license, I'm curious to know how one would go about finding out the license of technologies like HTML, CSS and JavaScript?
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Can GPL v2 code link to an LGPL v3 library

If I write a library that is released under the terms of the GPL v2 (or higher, at option); may that library depend on another library released under the LGPL v3 (or higher), without implicitly ...
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The best way to open source my website [closed]

I'm creating a website where trust is a big issue, I want to prove by making it open source I actually do what I claim. Question 1. If I make my source code open, how can I prove the actual website ...
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Use of MIT-Licensed OSS with GPL Dependencies

I have been assigned to audit third-party dependencies for one of my company's products to make sure we aren't in danger of running afoul of any licenses. This is probably a job for a lawyer, but such ...
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License issue of Spring Data Neo4j?

If I use Spring Data Neo4j to develop a software, and I want to publish it for commercial use with charging, does there exist any license issue? I survey many posts about the license issue of Neo4j ...
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Can I use Apache Software License, Version 2.0 and GNU LGPL 3 licence plugins in my commercial web application?

I have two plug-ins. One has the GNU LGPL 3 license and the other has the Apache Software License, Version 2.0. Can I use them in my commercial app? And if yes, what precautions should I take?
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Mongo Licensing (AGPLv3)

I'm going to include MongoDb(AGPLv3) in my product. My product is SaaS, I don't install this to client directly. My software is ASP.NET MVC website. But MongoDb's drivers for .Net is under Apache My ...
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Is it legal to reuse code from a “programming cookbook”? [closed]

I have just found a perfect fit solution for a problem I was having in O'Reilly's Perl Cookbook. The problem is, the book is copyrighted, and I could not find anything that looked like a license to ...
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cx_Freeze'd application license [closed]

I have a python program packed to .exe using cx_Freeze. I am trying to understand licensing implications: do I have to reproduce cx_Freeze license agreement? do I have to reproduce python license ...
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Using LGPL Library with Java static or Dynamic linking

I've searched and read many posts about LGPL and C, and when I was able to find one that related to Java, my mind still didn't rest with ease, so I'll try to be more specific and hopefully get a ...
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Commercial use for embedded system

I am developing a embedded system (computer + os + programs) to sell it to a company. I am confused about the licensing and the softwares I wanted to use to develop the system.So I want to know if I ...
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How to fulfill requirements of AGPL on my web service?

We want a simple tool to parse PDF forms, retrieving just the associated field names and user values. PDFSharp would be a good option for us, as it is under the MIT license, but it is a few versions ...
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Is Creative-Commons license compatible with Apache License?

For example if I have code that contains parts of code rewritten from code found here or on Stack Overflow or other Creative-Commons licensed code, can my final code be licensed with an Apache ...
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How do open-source licenses work when the application is for internal use only?

I am writing a MATLAB application that makes fairly heavy use of the MATLAB File Exchange. Most of the functions I use from here fall under the BSD license. My application is being deployed for ...
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Linking against LGPL - How to share the code?

I'm working on an Open Source software project (LGPL) which uses another LGPL-licensed software. To make it easier for users and developers I'm delivering and linking against the compiled thirdparty. ...
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What do these cocoonJS terms of use mean

I was looking at the terms of use for CocoonJS and noticed this section License Grant. By uploading User Content via the Services, you expressly grant, and you represent and warrant that you have ...
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Should I include myself as an author after modifying 3rd-party code?

It's common practice to make some tweaks or fixes in 3rd-party code (be it a simple gist or an entire library). But it's also common that many of these code have they own licensing rules and ...
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Can I use MIT code within a MS-PL project?

I would like to modify and use code of a MIT project within a MS-PL project. Am I allowed to do that? I've already searched for it with Google and Bing, but I could not find anything like "Yes (No) ...
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Under what license may this PyQt-based “Hello World” app be distributed?

Update: I was wrong about the PyQt license. It isn't merely a GPL license. The PyQt authors include a special set of exceptions that allow users to release their own code under a different license, ...
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Work released under creative common

I have some questions regarding creative common.I'm reading the documentation at http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/, yet I'm still confused about these licenses. Suppose there is a company ...
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Can I use bluetooth icon in my Android app [closed]

In my app, I'm using bluetooth to connect to a hardware device. Can I simply use the Bluetooth icon to give the user some feedback on the connection state ?
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Am I covered with GPL If I want to create a derived work from a GPLv2 project and change the project name?

Recently I create a fork from an "open source project GPLv2" with different name. I make a major changes in source code and I gave a new name to the modified open source. I kept in the header of each ...
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Get License Information for all Used nuget Packages

To keep our house in order, I want to automatically assemble licenses for project dependencies in our documentation, rather than having to add them manually. Does anybody know a simple way to ...
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Minified version of JavaScript library under LGPL used on a site without copyright notice

On this site hackfind.com the autor put minified version of my library without any copyright notice. Is this violation of the LGPL. Note that using on a site is not a copy.
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BSD/MIT license changes when copy/pasting a function from another BSD/MIT licensed package [closed]

I frequently find myself wanting to use some small function from another library but end up not doing because it's not worth pulling another dependency. Considering BSD/MIT licenses, if I just ...
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Release an open-source project under multiple licenses

Consider this license I wrote for my software: Copyright 2014, [my name] The author(s) of this software intends to provide the users with the maximum amount of freedom. As such, this software may be ...
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Dynamically loading MPL library in closed source application

I am dynamically loading an MPL 2.0 licensed library to use some of its exported functions in a feature. My code does not distribute the library, it simply detects it's presence on the system and uses ...
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What is the best practice for arranging third-party library licenses “paperwork”? [duplicate]

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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Am I bound by the license of a library that is used in my project but is not distributed with it?

I want to publish a small open source project on GitHub. I'd like to release it with either MIT or Apache license. The project has unit tests that use JUnit library. JUnit is released with the ...
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Is it advisable to create an ad-hoc open source software license?

IANAL I have several private projects that I might be needed to show to my prospective employers. I haven't uploaded them to any online version control system because not only do I not have the ...
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Who has right over the code that comes from contributions in an open source project?

If somebody starts an open source project (for example with a GPL license) where people will make contributions, than who will own these contributions in the level of the whole project? Will the new ...
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Commercial vs Personal software licenses

If I work for a company and write code for them but I choose to buy a tool for myself and use it to write code for the company, do I need a commercial or personal license? Specifically, in this case, ...
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When is my code auto GPL'ed?

I'm currently working with Wordpress (GPL). I understood basically when you write a plugin/module/etc. it becomes GPL since it's considered dependent of Wordpress. But on the contrary images and css ...
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Open source: what is the definition of “derivative work” and how does it impact copy-left

I am a commercial software developer and I want to make use of open-source in my proprietary software. As I understand the concept of copy-left, it uses the original authors copyright to ensure that ...
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Microsoft Reciprocal License: include source even for unmodified binary?

The Microsoft Reciprocal License (here taken from the WIX toolset I use) has the following sentence: For any file you distribute that contains code from the software (in source code or binary ...