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

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Can I use GPL code as textual data in my app?

In essence, I'm wondering how licenses affect the legality of using source code as data. By that I mean literally storing code in a database as strings and using it e.g. for some syntax highlighting ...
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What are the requirements for attribution in the MIT License?

choosealicense.com claims that the MIT license is “A permissive license that is short and to the point. It lets people do anything with your code with proper attribution and without warranty” ...
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Is there a certain way that I have to include a library and its license?

I know this may be a dumb question, but I'm only 15 so I don't really know how the legal part of it works. When I choose a .dll to be included in my project, Visual Studio only includes the .dll file ...
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Simple website with a GPL V3 Framework

I write web-based software and simple website ("Home", "Who we are", "Contact"). For a simple website I'm using a covered GPL v3 framework. The user surf the website, send an email, take info, etc. I ...
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Using MS-PL licensed library for internal company use

I want to use a MS-PL licensed library in a proprietary software, but it'll run inside my company, with no external distribution. Does the license allows this kind of usage or it constitutes a ...
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Do I have to release the code of a MIT licensed software running a GPL library?

Lets say I'm using Node-Webkit, an MIT licensed app runtime. Now, let's say I decide to include a Javascript library which is GPL licensed: while I do not modify the downloaded JS file, I do write my ...
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Licensing a collaborative research project

I am involved with an international research project which involves many different universities, national labs, and companies. The project is developed by national grants and in-kind support. One ...
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Releasing a project under GPL v2 or later without the source code of libraries

I wrote a system in Java that I want to release under the terms of GPL v2 or later. I've used Apache Maven to deal with all the dependencies of the system, so I don't have the source code of any of ...
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Software attribution / design credits

We just completed developing a web app for a client. And like I usually do, I added developed by "My Company" at the footer at a very small insignificant size. I sent the client an End user license ...
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Is this a typo in the Artistic License 2.0?

I'm not sure if this would fit better in StackExchange/English, but regardless, there is no practical use to the answer, other than to cure my curiosity. Note this sentence at the end of the Artistic ...
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Is there a reason someone would choose GPLv2 instead of GPLv3?

Is there any reason anyone would use GPL v2 over GPL v3 when starting a new project, or is GPL v2 still around only because older projects can't or haven't updated their license yet?
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Is “Free for non-commercial use” license compatible with GNU GPLv3 license?

I want to ask whether any materials that has "Free for non-commercial use" license can be used in a GNU GPLv3 licensed software. In my opinion, it is "free for non-commericial use", and GNU GPLv3 is ...
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Deferred Open Source licensing

Are there established models for releasing an initially proprietary piece of software under FLOSS conditions after a defined period or a certain point of time? The main problem here is that all ...
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TotalPhase Aardvark driver's GPL license

I'm using an SPI host adapter for a project. The Aardvark from TotalPhase. And I did something crazy, I read that EULA license that everyone just clicks through. The driver installation license ...
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Is there any way around the field-of-use restrictions in Java?

Current field-of-use restrictions defined in "Oracle Binary Code License Agreement for the Java SE Platform Products" prohibit its use in embedded systems. "General Purpose Desktop Computers and ...
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Is the license of gifmerge compatible with GPLv3?

My doubt arises from this sentence in the gifmerge distribution conditions: "This software may be freely copied, modified and redistributed without fee provided that this copyright notice is ...
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ExtJs License for free application

I read much about GPL license. But it couldn't clear my doubt. I want to develop a small web application using ExtJs because of its features. I won't use much of it. But some features are very good. ...
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Can you use proprietary libraries in MPL 2.0 licensed source?

Is it legal to use a third party library in a software project that is itself licensed under MPL 2.0? So some potential project hierarchies would look like this Library Project [MPL 2.0] (Open ...
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Can I bundle my JavaScript code with an MIT licensed code and keep my code unaffected from the MIT license?

Can I bundle my proprietary JavaScript code with MIT licensed libraries (e.g. JQuery, AngularJS) into the same file, distribute it via HTTP but disallow my users to use my own code as an MIT licensed ...
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Can I use a @font-face of “Courier New”?

I currently have my font stack: font-family: "Courier New", Courier, monospace; In all browsers that I test in I see the font displayed in the Courier New font except for my android devices - my ...
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Is it legal to distribute EXEs inside system32 folder with my product [closed]

I'm developing a product related to printing. To work it properly in all windows versions I need to include few exe (lpr.exe) files from system32 folder. So I need to know it is legal to distribute ...
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Using BSD and GPL in one project

I am an author of project, that consists of two parts: daemon and library. I want to license library under BSD License (or MIT, will decide later), and daemon under GPLv3. I want to permit the ...
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Properly licensing FOSS: text location

I have a few FOSS projects that I want to release under the BSD license, since I only wish to maintain the intellectual property of the code, that others will know I've been writing it. I suppose all ...
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How concerned should a new programmer be with the various licenses (GPL, Apache, etc)

I'm pretty new to programming, and I've just started using GitHub to store and hold my source code (I keep losing stuff stored locally). As it stands all that's in there right now are source code ...
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Icons for my program

I'm developing a simple text editor, just to practice a little bit. I'm developing it under Linux but since I am using Qt as GUI Framework I can easily compile this on a Windows or Mac with the same ...
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How to handle licensing of Ruby on Rails code, which contains a LGPL library?

My company wants to release the code for a Ruby on Rails demo app, which includes our own LGPL'd library code. It it legally kosher for me to state that the contents of the entire repo are released ...
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If someone changes their license, does it apply to previously forked projects under the prior license?

Say someone puts their code on GitHub, under the MIT license. Then I forked it and use it in my project. Then they change the license so that it has a strict license that does not give permission to ...
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Do software licenses (ie, MIT) need to be included with the executable?

Whenever a software license reads: ... The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software. Does this mean you have to ...
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Can I use open source libraries in my project which is released into the public domain?

I am writing a Windows Phone application which I intend to release into the public domain (the source code and releated resources, that is). My application does, however, use a few third party open ...
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Definition of distribute in relation to the GPLv3 [duplicate]

We lease an appliance to our clients (4 physical servers running 12 VMs). One of the servers exposes a website which in turn uses the other VMs. Clients have no access to the VMs or the software ...
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Is open source development considered “commercial use” of software?

The Software Setup: I am currently planning on creating a new software product. I have never commercially launched an application, nor am I doing this for a company. It's more for fun than anything, ...
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Using algorithms in papers in my code

For example a new research paper comes out and it describes some algorithm, say this is a cutting edge algorithm and came out last week, is there anything stopping me from using that algorithm in my ...
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Plugin naming based on GPL v2

I'm programming a plugin for a software under GPL v2. I'm using an unique name for my plugin, but I'm considering to rename it. I would like to take another plugin's name which has been abandoned and ...
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Is such modification allowed by GPL? Which licences allow this which not?

Assume that I have library X which contains class A with method b and that library X is realeased under GPL licence. public class A { public void b() { // this is an example of b method's ...
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MPL 2.0. dynamically linking to GPL

Let say that library "A" is published under GPL. Library "A" exposes some API functions for dynamic linking. I wrote a wrapper library "B" for usage of "A" in another language. Library "B" ...
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Software Licenses: No Distribution and Private Selling Using Dual Licenses [closed]

I recently wrote a couple of WordPress Themes in PHP and was wondering what license I should put on it. I don't mind users reusing my code, but I don't want them to be able to sell and redistribute my ...
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Mixed licenses inside product

This question relates to software-licensing. Someone familiar with open-source licensing may be able to answer this question. I am facing an issue in trying to interpret/understand some Licenses, due ...
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Using jTransforms for a commercial (non-free) android application?

I am developing an application which is using JTransforms to compute FFT and InverseFFT. I am planning to sell that application on Play Store. The JTransforms Library is covered under MPL/LGPL/GPL ...
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Is copyrights notice of a BSD licensed library considered as endorsement?

As I am reviewing a BSD license for an open source library to use it in my commercial product, I found this paragraph: Redistribution and use in source and binary forms are permitted provided ...
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Future of a ServiceStack based Solution in the Context of Licensing

I just want someone to clarify the following questions as Demis Bellot had announced a couple of weeks ago that ServiceStack would go commercial. Refer link below. ...
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How can I prepare for the next software paradigm? [duplicate]

Throughout the history of programming whenever a new technology was made a application for it had to be made. E.g. When Android came out Android Apps came out ~ giving millions of dollars in revenue ...
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Who owns modifications to open-source software?

Suppose a piece of software is distributed under some permissive license, e.g. BSD. Now, I modify this software and want to distribute my derivative work. My questions: Who is the owner of the ...
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“Open source” proprietary software licenses? [closed]

I am writing some software that (for once - usually I open source stuff on sourceforge/github/etc.) I plan on selling. To each source file, I want to attach a proprietary software license that doesn't ...
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Distributing a proprietary application together with GPL software [closed]

First, there are many similar questions here, but I found none with direct answers about this specific scenario. If you find a duplicate, please be kind enough to link to the specific answer(s). Also, ...
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Finding the right license for my open source

I'm about to create a new open-source project and I'm not sure about the licensing method I should choose. Here is what I know: The project will be built on the basis of an already existing open ...
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What does “Released under MIT and GPL license” mean?

There are lots of projects released under more than one license. One example is Mozilla's tri-license, which states that the Software is released under the MPL, but the user can also choose GPL or ...
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How to lock a script or web application to be used for the licenced user?

I built a web application using PHP. Now, I want to sell this web application online for customers but I want to guarantee that only one customer (only one website) use this. Is there a way to make ...
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May non-GPL-compatible scripts be linked at runtime to a GPLv3 library, by that (GPL) library itself?

First of all, pardon the title, as it's not very clear. I have an application I am writing that is GPLv3, and is in Java, which means that classfiles are generated and linked to for general operation. ...
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GPLv3 licensing and Software-as-a-Service web apps [duplicate]

I am trying to figure out once and for all how the GPLv3 interacts with web applications, specifically SaaS applications. I haven't been able to find a concrete answer about this. Let's say I have a ...
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Is renewal of MIT license needed on github at the beginning of each year?

I am using the MIT LICENSE in all of my github projects. The second line says 2013 at the top. For having the copyright to hold in future(i.e. after 2013) does it need to be changed each year or is it ...