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

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Package software separately from content that is CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 license

I have content that is CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 (see http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/), can software that uses it still be produced commercially and just let the user download the content ...
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Am I allowed to use text(snippets) from the iOS Developer Lib for my documentation?

At the moment, I create a Java-Wrapper for Apples *.pkpass-Files (Passbook). Since I need to parse a JSon-File, I planned to add java doc to every field, so one know what exactly this field is in the ...
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Difference between MPL 2.0 and LGPL 2.1 (+static linking exception)? [duplicate]

Is there a difference between MPL 2.0 and LGPL 2.1 (+static linking exception)? If yes, what is it? As long as i understand the only difference between them is you can't use trademarks of ...
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License for my Software

I am nowhere near good at coming up with what type of license to use and I don't want to be sued or have my work stolen so I am going to ask. Here is my situation: I am creating a software for my boss ...
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What's the right licensing to sell a web app, without renounce to reuse the code? [closed]

I'm making a web app for a client who is probably going to use it for commercial use. I'm not affialited with me, nor we are commercial partners. However, although I'm making this project for this ...
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GPLv3 code in non-GPL software — linking vs. CLI

Suppose there's a GPLv3 app that has a GUI and a CLI. Can I legally expand its CLI (to give me access to functionality hitherto only available via the app's API), release the result under GPL and then ...
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Etiquette using code found on GitHub and using Code beyond included Libraries

I've been trying to find what I'm supposed to do when I want to use code I find on GitHub. I think this post had some good information but I'm still somewhat confused. I want to use code found in ...
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Include GPLv2 licensed data in MIT licensed project

I'd like to include some data from a GPLv2 licensed project in my MIT licensed project. More specifically, I want to use the data from the other project as the training data for my machine learning ...
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Software Licence Agreement: Does our spec abide by the licence

Can you determine if this Open Source Winforms UI Library licence allows companies to use this code in a commercial software application? The MIT License (MIT) Copyright (c) 2011 Sven Walter, ...
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Licensing - Using Standard C Library [duplicate]

I've been reading about software licenses for a few hours because of the reason that I want to release a software commercially. I'm no lawyer and I'm incredibly bad at understanding licenses. Perhaps ...
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How to add contributors to LICENSE file?

I am the main developer of a library, licensed under the MIT license, and hosted on Github. The Github repository includes a LICENSE file. When someone sends me a pull request, do I have to list ...
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What is stopping people from copy-pasting open-sourced codes into their own projects and releasing only the compiled binaries?

Hi I'm new to programming, and I've always wondered what would be the point of contributing open-sourced codes if there is no way to ensure everybody who uses the code will adhere to the licenses (or ...
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Why do we need years in a software license? [duplicate]

I start every .java file in my project with a license (BSD, in my case). And its first line says: /** * Copyright (c) 2011-2014, Firstname Lastname * * Redistribution and use in source and binary ...
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copyleft licensing question

I'm writing an app and referring to some open source, source code (copyleft licensed.) I am not using the original source code because it's for a completely different operating system using a ...
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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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What license shall I use for derivative (ported) software originally licensed under Mozilla Public License v2?

Currently I'm trying to port one tool fron Java to .NET and original Java tool is licensed under Mozilla Public License v2. Shall my port have the same license or can I apply different open source ...
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Can I use MongoDB for a commercial web based service?

Can I use MongoDB as the database for providing a paid service? MongoDB is licensed under the AGPL, but the drivers I'm using are MIT licensed. Do I have to buy a commercial license for MongoDB or ...
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“Open Source” licenses that do not allow source redistribution

I am starting to work on a new commercial software project that may use elements of "open source" code. I have been instructed to ensure that I only use code which is licensed for commercial use and ...
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Do I need any licence to develop web applications in asp.net? [closed]

My goal is to develop web applications for small companies, medical clinics, small supermarkets, etc. Do I or my customers need any license?
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Who retains ownership when custom software is commissioned? [closed]

A local business owner wants to hire me (contract) to build custom software for his business and employees. It will likely be a small web app that I'll host on AWS. Who retains IP rights to the ...
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DMCA as a license for closed-source javascript code [closed]

I have a proprietary project, with parts of it written in javascript. We would like a software license to include in the header file for this code which ensures the work remains: proprietary ...
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Can the GitHub pull request process constitute an electronic signature of a CLA?

I appreciate the need for a Contributor License Agreement (CLA) in open source software projects and even understand that some tools are starting to make this process easier (like the low-friction ...
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Licensing question regarding no derivatives

I am working on a project where I'd like these licensing terms: Allow unmodified redistribution, with attribution to the author Disallow modified redistribution Non-commercial use Now the CC ...
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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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Is there a licence that let people see my code but not use it? [closed]

I'm building free games in javascript, with my code is easily accessible by looking into the html of the webpage. I really don't mind people looking at my code (for curiosity, or to learn something). ...
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Question regarding ExtJS 4 GPL/commercial license

I am currently in the process of selecting a widget framework to be used for a new project. Current choices are Dojo/ExtJS4. We are leaning on ExtJS4 but might have some issues with the licensing. ...
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Can I distribute open-source software that uses the syntax/interface of a proprietary program (Stata)?

Stata is a proprietary statistical program used largely by economists. I want to write a basic multiple regression package that uses the same commands as Stata, e.g., regress var1 var2 var3, robust if ...
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Should content be distributed with applications using Open Source license?

I have been developing a database-driven web application with extensive contents. The application is set to release using a GNU GPL v3 license. Whereas the content would be licensed using a Creative ...
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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 ...
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How to publish my application as open source software?

Recently I wrote some (I hope) useful application. I would like to share it with every person on the world, making it open source. I would like to publish the source code as well as binary files (both ...
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Using Ubuntu for commercial software development

I am plaining to use Ubuntu for developing Android and php application which I will sell in market. As far as I understand Ubuntu falls under GNU GPL license. In this case do I need to make my source ...
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Why should we be aware of licenses?

I know this is common question, but why should a programmer be aware of software licenses as well as extensions and plugins licenses? I'm working in a company which focuses on the business process ...
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Can I rename a portion of code released under Apache 2.0?

Is it possible to rename a portion of code extracted from a Apache 2.0 licensed software, releasing it as a new repository under a new name?
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Advertisements & GPL

I'm planning on providing some GPL software to visitors after they interact with an advertisement. This advertisement will generate revenue for our company, so this would fall under commercial usage. ...
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How to include license for MIT-licensed CSS?

I have a project licensed under the GPL. However, it includes a bit of code from animate.css, which uses the MIT license. How would I include the appropriate licensing information for that CSS? I've ...
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Release as open source after granting usage rights?

I have written software and have granted usage rights to different companies per contract. Is it possible to change the software licence to an open source licence afterwards? At what circumstances is ...
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What does the Apache licensing mean by “Permitted: Commercial Use”

At choosealicense.com/licenses I am reading the Apache licensing, and see that under Permitted there stands Commercial Use: This software and derivatives may be used for commercial purposes. ...
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License for free source (re)distribution, but no distribution of modified executables

Question I want to put a phone/tablet app on Github and want to allow full rights for using, studying, sharing and modifying the source code, but disallow any redistribution of executables that ...
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Building proprietary software over haskell compiler [closed]

Is it perfectly legal to use GHC as base and build some commercial application over its top ? Are there such examples I can can interact with ?
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Affero GPL (AGPL3) Quick Question [closed]

Our project is fully open source - it is a web service, we are using the AGPL3 license. Using this license, does that mean we can never offer it as a paid service?
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Licensing libraries (which do code generation, etc) and GPL boundaries

I want to really opensource a project that did start as a personal hobby, but I'm an ignorant of licensing details. This project, provides some libraries for a given $language, and some wrapper ...
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Mozilla Public License (MPL 2.0) vs Lesser GNU General Public License (LGPL 3.0)

I would like to release a software library written in a class-based, object-oriented programming language (Java) on a web-based source code hosting service, that allows forks of the project to be ...
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Is there a license that forbids distribution and gives a Github repo owner full rights? [duplicate]

I created a Chrome browser extension, and I want to post the code on Github so developers can contribute to the project. My goal is to keep this as one single project though, and I fear that a lot of ...
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Creative Commons 3 vs Common Public Attribution License Version 1.0 for my PHP Script [closed]

I am currently working on an open source PHP script and trying to adopt an attribution license. The ones that I found are CC 3.0: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ and CPAL 1.0: ...
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Use MAC address for license

One of my company product need to implement a license mechanism. I'm planing to generate a key base on users PC MAC address. But I'm bit scared is this method confuse with some advance hardware. ...
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Using public API of a BSD-Licensed library in an MIT-Licensed project

I'm writing code that I would like to release under the MIT License. It uses the public API of a library licensed under the BSD 3-clause license. I am not redistributing the library with the source ...
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Reassigning Ownership Automatically

Are there any software licenses that automate the reassignment of ownership? For instance, in a usual circumstance, you have a license, and then you make all contributors sign off that by ...
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“Enterprise” version of GPL'd code?

I know that there are a number of discussions about the GPL on this site but I just ran in to an interesting case of apparent misuse that I (surprisingly) haven’t seen discussed anywhere. The ...
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Can I release a script that depends on both proprietary and GPL'd libraries to be run?

I'm writing my thesis project in GNU Octave. My project basically consists of a bunch of ".m" files that are written in Octave. I'm also using a proprietary (and unreleased) shared library developed ...
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I want to sell a simple calculator. What is the simplest way to implement registration keys?

I want to sell a simple calculator that will help a certain industry. This calculator would be installed on the computer (as opposed to a web service). How is a registration key mechanism implemented? ...