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Can I use Qt open-source for my web-scraping website? [closed]

I apologize if I should be understanding this more readily but I'm a little new to this and dont understand the LGPL license. Here is the FAQ for it: http://www.qt.io/qt-licensing-terms/ I am making ...
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Using BSD licensed source code in a product under a new license and a hypothetical scenario

Let me describe a hypothetical scenario, I wish to know if my reasoning is correct. I use source code X, licensed by author Y under the BSD-3 license, in my source code. I intend to adhere to their ...
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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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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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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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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 (http://opensource....
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Can I use the Simple and Fast Multimedia Library (SFML) in a proprietary piece of software?

I have been asked to develop a small game for a conference. The game isn't anything big and since I have had previous experience with SFML, I figured it would be the easiest to use. The SFML ...
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Deciding on a software license for a C++ API [closed]

I have designed and developed a C++ API. Its dependencies are: BLAS - custom license - http://www.netlib.org/blas/#_licensing LAPACK - modified BSD - http://www.netlib.org/lapack/LICENSE.txt GLPK - ...
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Commercial use of an open source software [closed]

I can sell a software which uses an open source library as long as I provide the source of this software with the binaries. Can I make the source available only to those who bought the software? ...
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Open Source License that prohibits verbatim resale?

I was taking a look at this question here: Open Source License that prevents re-selling And it makes some good points on how open source is defined by its ability for resale... However, I still ...
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Copying and modifying code from project licensed with BSD-2?

I'm using a library that is licensed under a BSD-2 like license and I am wanting to override one of the methods they use and modify it slightly. My question is, when I copy the code from the method ...
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License Compatibility: CC-BY-NC 3.0 with GPL2 (for Wordpress)?

I'm trying to figure out if I can use code licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 (CC-BY-NC 3.0) in a Wordpress plugin (which must be released under GPL). I think the answer is ...
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Can a client-side library under the GPLv3 be used on a closed source website?

I'm building a website using Django and I'd like to include django-wiki, however it is licensed under the GPLv3. Does this require me to open source my front end code and/or server code? Or can I ...
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Can I change a theme and then sell it? [closed]

I am thinking of starting with the "Start Bootstrap" theme from Bootstrap and I want to change it and add stuff, new pages to work with Wordpress and then put it up for sale. http://startbootstrap....
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Open source license to prevent publishing Android application with modified name or package

I've written an Android application and I want to publish it as a FOSS application, however, I want to restrict others from publishing it in Android markets (e.g. Play Store) with only changing the ...
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Licensing a Jekyll Blog Site, Using Separate Licenses for Code and Content

I am working on a blog project, powered by Jekyll. I'm having trouble figuring out how to phrase the licensing text, or indeed how to correctly license it all. Most of the tools, including Jekyll ...
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Does the absence of a license file in client side code give people any rights? [duplicate]

I am wondering if the absence of a license file (not having one at all) in code exposed to the client side provides any rights to copy or modify the code? Specifically, in reference to client-side ...
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Distributing a proprietary app together with an ASLv2'ed derived work

My proprietary Java app includes a modified version of a 3rd party library distributed under Apache Software License, version 2.0. The 3rd party library doesn't come from the Apache Software ...
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Distributing a modified OpenJDK class with a proprietary app

I want to distribute a Java class I borrowed from the GPLv2'ed OpenJDK and modified for my own needs as a part of my proprietary application. The header at the top of the source file states (and I've ...
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When I modify and redestributes software that is originally using the MIT License, can I revoke the right to sell my modification?

There is a piece of software, free, and open source, under the MIT License. I make modifications to it, make it better, etc. I distribute this new software, also for free and open source. But can I ...
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Can I remove the “above copyright notice…” section from the ISC license?

The start of the ISC license is: Permission to use, copy, modify, and/or distribute this software for any purpose with or without fee is hereby granted, provided that the above copyright notice ...
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We are publishing an app using open source apache licensed software, Need some help understanding provisions

We are using some open source code licensed as Apache License 2.0. From what I understand, we cannot endorse the company that made the code. We are using it to develop an free app with micro ...
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Does ShareAlike mean, that if I include a resource released under CC-BY-SA in my program, that I have to release my entire code?

The FAQ states: ShareAlike — If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you must distribute your contributions under the same license as the original. That makes sense - if I want to ...
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How to handle OSS license on GitHub with non-OSS pictures

I am working on an app that will be open-sourced and published on GitHub. But, the problem is, that the graphics my client gives me contains some in-house characters that the company owns. We have a ...