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Features to generate time expiring [closed]

There are something out of box to generate time expiring in php? For example I need to control the access to the system, I was thinking something to verify every first day of every month, and do this ...
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Distributing binaries with a close source program in MIT,BSD,Apache and GPL [duplicate]

I want to make a program that cant be source (because of using commercial libraries) and it should use some binary of others programs that are licensed in MIT,BSD,Apache and GPL. I get these ...
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CPOL License. Can I use it on my commercial application without distributing source code?

I'm considering using a project from http://www.codeproject.com that uses the CPOL license. Section 5e says: "You may distribute the Executable Files and Source Code only under the terms of this ...
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What is the license of a GitHub Gist? [duplicate]

Sometimes a GitHub Gist contains carefully crafted code that seems to qualify for what the Apache License would call a "original work of authorship", but the as far as I can tell the author never ...
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Why does the LGPL require combined works to include a copy of the GPL?

I was reading through the LGPL license and found a requirement that I was previously unaware of. Section 4 (Combined Works) states: You may convey a Combined Work [...] if you also do each of the ...
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What licenses restrict distribution, liability, and commercial use? [closed]

I have to provide my code to someone to look at and use, but wish to maintain a number of rights. Specifically, I want a license that 1) Limits my liability, 2) prevents commercial use and 3) prevents ...
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A little clarification needed with GNU GPL v3

I'm programmaing a visual novel which has the following parts: Script file Program code used for the events where parts of the scripts are displayed 2 different minigames Images Now one of the ...
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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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Lost in open source software licensing [duplicate]

I never faced this problem working in academia, but at the moment I am trying to set up project management system for a commercial company. I tried apache bloodhound but did not like. So I found ...
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Do I have to use GPL for my linux application? If yes, how not to legally?

I've written a linux application that interfaces with a lot of GPL software. My application is written in javascript/HTML/CSS/python and uses MariaDB on a CentOS 7 platform (it also uses jquery and a ...
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Can I have two licenses in a Repository? One for a company and another one for everybody else?

So, I wrote a little piece of software (really little piece of software) and I want to open source it using Apache License for EVERYBODY but for a company, for that company I want the license to be ...
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Best freeware license for my closed-source application [closed]

I have no experience in software licensing so far. I am releasing my first application but I am not familiar with any licenses. Most of the the summeries found that I can understand ...
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Understanding the Microsoft Public License (MS-PL)

I'm looking at using a few open source products in a commercial software application I'm working on. One of them is licensed under MIT, which I understand as allowing commercial software linking. ...
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What are good/common practices to manage disabling/enabling functionality items in GUI applications for different licenses/permissions?

I have worked on two different desktop applications and both had the problem of enabling/disabling functionality and associated GUI elements depending on available licenses or "user-roles". In the ...
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What license can I choose for a shallow fork of a recently abandoned project?

So I need a bootloader for an avr chip and after some research, I selected this one. License OpenSource, base on GPL license. It needed minor modifications to compile without the dedicated ...
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Which SPDX license is equivalent to 'All Rights Reserved'? [closed]

I've got a package.json that's expecting a SPDX-approved license acronym, but I can't find one that means 'proprietary commercial license, all rights reserved'. Is there one for non-FOSS, where I ...
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Does Git subtree count as distribution for copyleft licenses?

If I include, say, a GPLv3 repository in in my repository using git subtree, would that count as distribution? Am I now required to license my repository as GPLv3 as well? I don't intend to modify ...
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Porting an Apache licensed library from Java to C#, do I need to update the licensing to protect myself?

I'm porting the ESRI geometry-api-java library to C#. They have placed the library under the Apache License. They also mention it in the README.md. They have a small bit of licensing info in the ...
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Licensing, how to?

I'm currently developing an application that has quite a few dependencies. Now I want to release the code as open-source under the WTFPL (Do What the Fuck You Want to Public License). Of course this ...
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Apache License and patents

I am trying to understand how Apache License affects patents. In regards to the Apache website http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0 section 3, am I right to say for the first part that it is ...
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How to retrieve the third-party library licenses

I am looking for a way to automatically collect all the third-party library licences that my project is using. Currently I am collecting by hand the licences on github. So far , I don't have a clear ...
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If I write a code and release it under GPL 2.0 (or other license) do I have to follow it myself? [duplicate]

I know that since I own the code rights I can change the license in a newer version. But does it mean that while it's under GPL I have to comply with it myself? Or can I do whatever I want with it? ...
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GPL licensed software in commercial applications [duplicate]

Can I sell a service that is provided using software licensed under GNU GLP? Additionally, this service involves the use and modification of other modules under Apache and other free software ...
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MIT License: Selling and distributing [duplicate]

I am confused when it comes to the MIT licenses. If I create a project and put it under the MIT licenses and open source it. Can someone just take my project and turn it into something else and sell ...
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Modifying a GNU LGPL v 2.1 code and license

I have found a piece of code online (https://github.com/kenkendk/sharpaescrypt/blob/master/Source/SharpAESCrypt.cs) licensed under GNU LGPL v 2.1 If I would like to make some changes to this file and ...
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Components having GPL and MIT/BSD license but released under MIT license

If a component “A” is under MIT License ,but it contains some GPL files, according to GPL the whole code should be GPL. But the component is released under MIT. Is it possible? If yes/no, on what ...
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Is a license header in source-files required?

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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Modifying GPL program to expose internal functions for use in non-GPL program [duplicate]

I know that according to GPLv2 if my non-GPL program links and calls internal functions of a GPL program, my own proprietary program must then be open-sourced (if it's distributed). But suppose that ...
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How can I license networked applications?

I have five applications residing on server(s). Some of these applications are socket (C/C++) based, others are web based (Java, PHP). I need to give licenses to these applications on the basis of the ...
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I made an HTML5/Javascript game. Do I have to license it?

So I created an HTML5/Javascript online game. I host it on my website for anyone to play for free. I am still currently working on it. Do I need to license my game? And if so, what license do you ...
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Is it okay to use a short EULA?

I need to add an EULA to my (commercial) software but I cannot afford a lawyer. Also I had a look at various EULA examples on the internet but they are all for specific software or countries, and are ...
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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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How to sell an application? Licensing problems

I`ve built a simple but yet effective delphi-7 application that solves sudoku puzzles, and a keygen that produces a unique serial key for each PC. My purpose is not to make money, I want to understand ...
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Can someone help me understand this GPL license

I can't understand the last line of this GPL license. Copyright (C) 2011 Some Name This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General ...
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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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How do I comply to GPL in case of Appliance?

We are developing an enterprise network appliance which has got some GPL softwares like linux and apache and some others with APL license. But the core of the service is proprietary software and ...
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In the GNU Affero GPL, do paying customers count as the 'public'?

In the GNU Affero General Public License, there is a section that reads: The GNU Affero General Public License is designed specifically to ensure that, in such cases, the modified source code ...
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How to use custom fonts in my game? (License question)

I would like to use Roboto font in my libGDX game, but it's licensed under Apache license 2.0. Do I have to include the font license file in my game if I want to use it? I am using internal storage ...
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Licensing for artistic work used inside GPLv3 licensed software

I'm a volunteer for a non-profit organization and am helping them develop a free open source Android application that will be licensed under GPLv3. We are going to use the logo and some other ...
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Deployment of application which uses apache 2.0 libraries

I need to publicly deploy web app which uses apache 2.0 libraries. The license obliges me to provide credits in case of redistribution. Do I need to do this in such a case. Is it considered ...
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Using code under Apache 2.0 License in my program using MIT License

I'm using source code from a code example that is licensed under the Apache 2.0 License in my program. Now I would like to publish that program and source code on GitHub using the MIT License. I've ...
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Using a Dr. Dobb's article source code in commercial software

I am considering adding a plugin system to a commercial project and I've found a Dr. Dobb's article that describes in detail with source code a plugin framework for C and C++. The article doesn't ...
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Can I do commercial web development with the Community edition of Visual Studio?

A friend of mine has a small company that needs a new website, and I am interested in helping him, since I have worked a bit with Asp.net MVC. However, I am not sure if I'm allowed to sell or give ...
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Code licensing injection and version control history

Are there licensing ramifications to having GPLed code in a public git history, but not a released version of the distributed software? Could a repo owner be obliged to changing their licensing ...
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Using a GPLv2 library in a web project

I'm trying to understand the way that GPLv2 works, and have a couple of questions. I'm going to describe a couple of scenarios, and want to know how GPL applies there. I make a web application that ...
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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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Add GPL to an existing application

Me and 2 of my friends been working on a small app. The source code of the app is on a private repository on BitBucket but now we would like to make the code of our app public under the terms of GPL. ...
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Rewriting a library licensed under AGPL but keeping the public interface

We need a JSON Schema Validator for .NET. The only library that we found is Newtonsoft Json Schema. The problem with this library is that has a "strange" AGPL license with limitations, from the site: ...
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User based licensing on web server

I'm developing a client-server software for an enterprise customer. I'm being asked to limit the number of user accounts to a number N. Each user logs in with it's own username/password combination, ...
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Do legal names matter with source code licensing in the USA? [closed]

If a project wishes to relicense its source code to a license that was incompatible with the original license, the project maintainers generally need to seek the express approval of its contributors ...