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

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What do these cocoonJS terms of use mean

I was looking at the terms of use for CocoonJS and noticed this section License Grant. By uploading User Content via the Services, you expressly grant, and you represent and warrant that you have ...
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Do I need to publish deployment scripts for deploying AGPL licensed work (MongoDB)

MongoDB is dual-licensed with AGPL (the engine) and ASL 2.0 (the drivers). In a nutshell, merely using MongoDB through the drivers does not dictate to release your source code (due to drivers' ASL 2.0 ...
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Can I use MIT code within a MS-PL project?

I would like to modify and use code of a MIT project within a MS-PL project. Am I allowed to do that? I've already searched for it with Google and Bing, but I could not find anything like "Yes (No) ...
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Work released under creative common

I have some questions regarding creative common.I'm reading the documentation at http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/, yet I'm still confused about these licenses. Suppose there is a company ...
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Under what license may this PyQt-based “Hello World” app be distributed?

Update: I was wrong about the PyQt license. It isn't merely a GPL license. The PyQt authors include a special set of exceptions that allow users to release their own code under a different license, ...
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Am I covered with GPL If I want to create a derived work from a GPLv2 project and change the project name?

Recently I create a fork from an "open source project GPLv2" with different name. I make a major changes in source code and I gave a new name to the modified open source. I kept in the header of each ...
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Get License Information for all Used nuget Packages

To keep our house in order, I want to automatically assemble licenses for project dependencies in our documentation, rather than having to add them manually. Does anybody know a simple way to ...
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Minified version of JavaScript library under LGPL used on a site without copyright notice

On this site hackfind.com the autor put minified version of my library without any copyright notice. Is this violation of the LGPL. Note that using on a site is not a copy.
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Release an open-source project under multiple licenses

Consider this license I wrote for my software: Copyright 2014, [my name] The author(s) of this software intends to provide the users with the maximum amount of freedom. As such, this software may be ...
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Dynamically loading MPL library in closed source application

I am dynamically loading an MPL 2.0 licensed library to use some of its exported functions in a feature. My code does not distribute the library, it simply detects it's presence on the system and uses ...
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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: Free Redistribution The license shall not restrict any party from selling or giving away the software as a component of an aggregate software distribution ...
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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 [duplicate]

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 ...