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

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What is the best practice for arranging third-party library licenses “paperwork”? [duplicate]

I am developing a small open source project. The application uses many third-party libraries released with a range of licenses: Apache, MIT, BSD, LGPL and CDDL. Each of these licenses has its own ...
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BSD/MIT license changes when copy/pasting a function from another BSD/MIT licensed package [closed]

I frequently find myself wanting to use some small function from another library but end up not doing because it's not worth pulling another dependency. Considering BSD/MIT licenses, if I just ...
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Am I bound by the license of a library that is used in my project but is not distributed with it?

I want to publish a small open source project on GitHub. I'd like to release it with either MIT or Apache license. The project has unit tests that use JUnit library. JUnit is released with the ...
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Is it advisable to create an ad-hoc open source software license?

IANAL I have several private projects that I might be needed to show to my prospective employers. I haven't uploaded them to any online version control system because not only do I not have the ...
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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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Commercial vs Personal software licenses

If I work for a company and write code for them but I choose to buy a tool for myself and use it to write code for the company, do I need a commercial or personal license? Specifically, in this case, ...
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When is my code auto GPL'ed?

I'm currently working with Wordpress (GPL). I understood basically when you write a plugin/module/etc. it becomes GPL since it's considered dependent of Wordpress. But on the contrary images and css ...
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Open source: what is the definition of “derivative work” and how does it impact copy-left

I am a commercial software developer and I want to make use of open-source in my proprietary software. As I understand the concept of copy-left, it uses the original authors copyright to ensure that ...
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Copyright in all files or just a license file? [duplicate]

Does it have any legal merit to put a copyright comment on each class. Example: // // MyClass.h // Companyname // Created by DeveloperName on MM/DD/YY // Copyright YYYY Companyname. All rights ...
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Porting an open source project from ISC license and public domain

I have ported libsodium and NaCl to .NET. NaCl is the original project that is in the public domain while libsodium is a derived work from NACL and is using the ISC license. I looked at both ...
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Can I use GPLd code I wrote on the job as code samples without permission?

I'm currently employed by a business to do website development in Wordpress. I've written a number of custom plugins specifically for a number of clients over the time of my employment. Today, I ...
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can I sell a software that uses a GPL library and another BSD licensed library?

This is the first time I have dealt with licensing issues so I am sorry if I am making any stupid assumptions. My issue is that I have written a program in Python that uses PyQT for the GUI and also ...
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Claim to get my source code used GPL code

I'm running public web site based on Drupal. Drupal is GPL 2 or 3 licence. Of course I wrote custom code which interacts with Drupal code (modules). Can anybody write me an e-mail and ask for the ...
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Should I include myself as an author after modifying 3rd-party code?

It's common practice to make some tweaks or fixes in 3rd-party code (be it a simple gist or an entire library). But it's also common that many of these code have they own licensing rules and ...
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Editing Copyright line in Apache2 license.txt

I wish to publish my program under Apache2 license. I have added the "APPENDIX" part of the license text to the top portion of my source.txt file and edited the copyright year and name. But when ...
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Is there a software license “for personal use only” and against any derivative work

I want to release an npm (NodeJS) module that will be a development dependency for extensions built for my product (will be used in testing). I don't want this module to be used in any released ...
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Can the author of code licensed under CC-NC-ND use it in commercial closed-source software?

I am working on project on which I need to open-source part of my code in order to simplify extension by the enduser. What I want, is to make an npm module, that will expose part of my code, so my ...
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Copyright license for an open source project when copying a few files from another project [duplicate]

I'm working on a library which I'm releasing under the MIT License, but I plan to copy a few useful classes from another open source project which is released under the Apache license. Obviously, I'm ...
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Use of Unmodified AGPLv3 lib - am I AGPL too?

So, I've been reading the AGPL and here is my understanding (not being a lawyer and I'm not trying to look at it through the lens of "Since I WANT it to be ''free'', it therefore is.". In my case, I ...
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How does the GNU General Public License (GPL) conform to the Open Source Initiative's (OSI) Open Source Definition (OSD)?

From the OSI's OSD: 1. Free Redistribution The license shall not restrict any party from selling or giving away the software as a component of an aggregate software distribution containing ...
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How do I licence my OS project, which uses other (differently-licenced) projects?

I've got a library up on GitHub, with some of the binaries also distributed on NuGet: https://github.com/relentless/Http.fs I'd ignored licencing up until now, but somebody's asking about it so I ...
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Optionally Using GPL Library via System API in Closed-Source Application

Please consider the following situation: You write a closed-source application, let's call it A. A depends on a system API (i.e. provided by the OS), that is in turn configurable to use different ...
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Which license retains copyright while allowing work to be shared and derived from?

I am working on an academic research project whose results and some code we intend to publish. Research journals and conferences explicitly require that the authors have copyright over the work done ...
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Does commercial mean when you earn money by putting a ad to support you or is it something else like for a big company?

I been reading a few things about using libraries and stuff but they all talk about not using it for commercial purposes. Does commercial mean when you earn money by putting a ad to support you or is ...
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When am I justified in using a License?

I recently wrote a little CLI Hangman game in Python; it's not anything huge, but I did write it all myself. I would like to keep the program open and free (GPL ver.3), but it's so small I don't know ...
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Can I remove a company's logo from a software licensed under Mozilla Public License Version 1.1?

I have tried looking for an answer to this question, but I couldn't find anything related. To put it in a nutshell, I want to fork the existing Komodo Edit project, which is licensed under MPL ...
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Usage of mix licensies in commercial use

I'm developing a CMS, inside it I use many various plugins/addons wich licenses mostly like MIT, GNU, GPL (such as jQuery, nivoSlider, DataTables and so on..). After reading those licenses I believe I ...
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MIT License - possible to steal code?

Say your company has some closely-guarded internal software that happens to have an MIT License. Maybe it was based on MIT Licensed software but has been heavily modified over the years. Your company ...
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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 ...