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

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Does distributing GPLd assets with a non-GPL application violate the license?

I'm trying to figure out if I can distribute the Faenza icons, which are GPL licensed, with some MIT-licensed software I'm working on. What does the GPL license really mean when applied to a ...
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What licenses are compatible with MASM32's license requirements?

The MASM32 documentation clearly states that the GPL violates MASM32's license, and therefore cannot be applied to projects built with MASM32. The MASM32 project cannot be used to create open ...
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Is a complete rewrite against the license/eula of this software?

Okey, so I have for a while now been thinking of rewriting the minecraft server, this time in a language called golang. It's just a example project that I can learn a new programming language ...
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What is the legality of making a mobile app version of an existing card or board game? [closed]

I see that the market is full of mobile apps based on card/board games. For example, do a search for "Taboo" and there are many results which are not published by Hasbro Inc. Is this legal? The top ...
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“Used with permission” reusable in a GPLv2 derivative work?

The LICENSE file of a GPLv2 application I am modifying contains a statement saying that certain resources used in the application were "used with permission" from 3rd parties - such as textual ...
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Do you think asking to sign contributor license agreement for a open source project creates a resistance for contributors? [closed]

I am working on a open-source project which is backed by an organization. Organization pays a team to make this open-source project. This project will be licensed with GPLv3. We are debating on ...
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And at what point of modification to the original does source code with no license become owned by me?

I've recently come across a publicly viewable project on Github that has no license associated with it. In this repo, there is a file with the logic and most of the code needed to work as a piece of ...
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How to release bundled software with different licenses?

Recently, I was in a situation where I wanted to release a simple piece of JavaScript software under an open source license. However, I withdrew from it because the software contained several open ...
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Prevent product key from being used on multiple virtual machines

I have a software product. it will probably run on VMs that have no network connection at all. I want the user to pay for each VM the user runs. I thought to ask the user for some kind of hardware ...
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FFmpeg: Can I replace libx264 with OpenH264 in order to go LGPL?

I have some video processing to run and FFmpeg already contains much of what I need. However my videos are all compressed with H.264 video codec and libx264 is a GPL part of FFmpeg. On the other hand, ...
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Liability for software framework [closed]

If I ask money for a software product (php famework) instead of offering it for free, does it make me more liable for problems caused by my product?
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Porting an LGPLv3 library to a different language under Apache v2 License [duplicate]

Is it legal / ethical to port a library that is written in C under LGPLv3 to (pure) Go under the Apache v2 license? Keep in mind the port will be 100% compatible with full attribution to the original ...
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How does code produced on an open-source framework is affected by it's original license (MIT in this case)

I'm looking into building a new PHP commercial app for a client that will be hosted as a paid service and possibly resold to third parties with a non-compete clause. I've tested a few frameworks and ...
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Does it make sense to license source code snippets by CC-BY(-SA) [closed]

If I want to put random source code snippets in a publicly accessible git repository, does it make sense to license by CC-BY(-SA) given that CC-BY licenses are generally not recommended for software? ...
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Right options for the Creative Commons license for the theme [closed]

First I am not so much expert with the license terms and system but have some basic knowledge. I have been developing theme for one of the Open Source PHP script since two versions. It has been ...
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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 ...