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

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GPL and non GPL software common installer

From my vague understanding of this subject I assumed that if I make an installer for my program and it contains a GPL library my code would have to fall under GPL. However, I noticed yesterday when ...
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Where to place 3rd party software license information? [closed]

After a user installs my application, where in the app's install directory should I place information regarding 3rd party software (e.g. FOSS) licenses? Should I just append it to my EULA? Is there ...
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On restricting commercial use for Mathematica / Matlab projects while requiring attribution [closed]

I want to share the code of a research project, for academic purposes, in Bitbucket and Matlab's FileExchange. The code is in both Matlab and Mathematica, and I want to restrict its use for ...
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Distributing GPL licensed software that optionally links to non-GPL licensed libraries

I can find lots of information regarding the restrictions imposed on linking GPL licensed libraries from non-GPL licensed software. However, I'd like to do the opposite - I'd like to distribute some ...
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what licence for an application that uses libraries with different licences

I have developed .NET software that uses two libraries: Library A has MIT licence and I'm using my own version of it as I edited the source code of this library. Library B has Ms-PL licence and I ...
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What to do with a long unfinished project? [closed]

I am a programmer hobbyist (self learnt), and once in a while I like to make games and interactive scripts (nowadays mostly in JavaScript for its ease). Sometimes I start long projects that end up ...
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A possible loophole on the 3-Clause BSD license

In a license.txt file, this: Part of this program uses the following clause 2. Redistributions in binary form must reproduce the above copyright notice, this list of conditions and the following ...
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Copying and Selling Apache Licensed Software? [closed]

Questions in bold: I've read the Apache Software License 2.0... What I gather is that all a person needs to do when redistributing the licensed software is include their name in all the parts they've ...
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Licencing GNU GPlv3 - sofware provides a service - not distributed

I have a couple questions with regard to the GNU GPLv3 license. My application is closed-source and I do not intend to actually release it to the public. However, it does generate commercial items. ...
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When using a programming library for an organization, can it still be a non-profit project? [closed]

I am currently developing a web-application that is to present data stored in a database. For the presentation there is a request for both presenting this in table format and graph format. The table ...
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Open Source-Only license

I want to know if a license exists that is similar to GPL but allows only source distribution (that is no binary distribution). Why do I want this? The idea is that I want fellow programmers to be ...
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Commercial Apps with an Open Source on github [closed]

I am going to be launching a small web service soon and was wondering if it's a good idea to upload the code to a public github repo. The code will not be licensed for commercial use but the public ...
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Boost Software License seems to extend disclaimer of warranty automatically but the author says it doesn't

Here is a copy of the Boost software license. Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person or organization obtaining a copy of the software and accompanying documentation covered by ...
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Which license should I use in the program? [duplicate]

I have developed software that I would like to sell commercially. I don't know which license I should use. I've never used one before. I don't I think need/should to write one myself. Basically, I ...
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Combining 3rd party javascript libraries with my code, then using Closure Compiler

I'm using multiple third party javascript libraries in my website, and right now I'm keeping each third party library as a separate .js file, with its own <script> tag. But I would like to use ...
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External libraries licensing

The problem I have might seem trivial for some of you but in general I have a question about all those "free" software licenses (mainly for PHP libraries). Let's assume that I want to create project ...
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Trying to understand how MySQL license applies to code I wrote

I have an ERP, coded with Java and the database in MYSQL Community edition. When I was going to sell it to a client he asked me for the sources to my application (with the belief that it is GPLed). I ...
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Need an open-source license with a small commercial addition [closed]

I'm working on an open-source project and people can use it and modify it, no problems here. The only thing that I don't want to allow is that people exploit it and earn money using my work (because ...
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How restrictive are the GPL's linking restrictions really?

To my basic understanding, software licenses only apply when redistributing software. Even if I am wrong about this in general, the GPL states that you need not agree to the GPL in order to receive or ...
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How should I include jQuery in a library?

I'm writing a JavaScript graphing library using canvas which I am licensing under MIT, and I'm using jQuery, as well as a couple of other open sourced libraries, all under MIT. I'm also using bower to ...
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What's the easiest way to comply with open source licenses? [closed]

I'm really confused by all the open source licensing details like "I wrote a web application, which should run on a computer not owned by me. My software uses the library/language xxx. Is this ...
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Does CC0 allow sublicensing of derived works?

I want to release all my future FOSS projects under a "public domain" license such as CC0. This is in order to avoid the requirement for attribution present in most FOSS licenses, mainly when the code ...
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VB.NET - Serial Key Generating (Encryption, Hashing, Encoding?) Algorithm

I am trying to create a basic licensing system where I take a unique ID from the client computer, and I get this Hexadecimal string (hyphens removed e.g. "84-18-CE-...."): ...
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Can I include a modified GPL/Apache licensed font in my LGPL project?

I want to include a GPL & Apache duel-licensed font in my LGPL project, but didn't really find a clue if that's possible. There are two problems here: I didn't find any clue about Apache ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...