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

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Releasing open-source software including Apache2 and LGPL libraries?

I am writing software (in Java) using three libraries: Library A, licensed under MIT license Library B, licensed under Apache License, Version 2.0 Library C, licensed under LGPLv3 I would like to ...
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Apache 2 License and copyrighted Libraries

I am working on my first big(ger than before) project at my university which is coded under the Apache 2 License. So here is the question: Can I use copyrighted material/libraries (no restrictions ...
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Is Clojure development required to be open-source?

This question could be generalized to any language where the language development is open-source, potentially, but I'm most curious about Clojure specifically. If Clojure (as a language) is ...
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LIcense Issues Of Publishing A WordPress Theme, Built With Roots Theme, At Themeforest

I want to develop a WordPress theme using Roots theme framework and then sell it on themeforest.net. Roots theme license allows me to sell the theme as per its founder's discussion with some guy on ...
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License for academic use only?

I'm developing a software package and would like to make it (and the source) available for personal, academic, or educational use, but not for commercial use. Is there such a license? Ideally, it ...
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What does it mean for the JSON interchange format to have a license?

A recent flurry of comments on a JSHint issue alerted me to the fact that the JSON data-interchange format has a license. The content of this license can be debated elsewhere. What I'm unclear on is ...
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How can I use icons under a CC-ND license?

I am developing an open-source Java desktop application and I would like to use some icons in the GUI to indicate various settings, external links, etc. I found a set of free icons that are published ...
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Is it possible to release something with proprietary dependencies under Apache2 licence?

If I write code with proprietary dependencies, can I release my own code under the Apache licence? An example of this would be a plugin for a proprietary framework.
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Does an Open Source license exist that allows me to retain rights to revoke usage of software/source at any time, for any reason, and without warning?

Does an Open Source license exist that allows me to retain rights to revoke usage of software/source at any time, for any reason, and without warning? I want to allow others to use my software and ...
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Can I use a dual license in my commercial Website [duplicate]

I have set up a web application which is of commercial use. This application had to make use of the plugin(which is not downloaded from http://plugins.jquery.com) I downloaded this plugin from ...
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Would copyrights drop if I re-write open source project into another language?

I have re-written an open source project from java to haxe, then from haxe compiled to javascript, with totally different UI So, the question is, is the code considered to be mine after rewriting it ...
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Could I GPL this code?

I'm working on reviving a C++ codebase that hasn't been touched since '97. It's academic software for text analysis, and originally it was non-functional, it wouldn't even compile. I fixed the code ...
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Program license : Open-Source and commercial?

Currently programming a new software, I'm searching for information about protecting my concept and my source-code. I precise I'm quite new in licensing. As I'm feeling very concerned by Open-source ...
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Revoking Open Source license, for specific individuals

I develop an open source Android application, which is licensed under GPL and freely available on Github. It is currently under heavy development, therefore it isn't published in the Play Store yet. ...
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Why do I have to keep my open source software license in the root?

Nearly all open source software licenses require (or at least lawyers generally suggest they require) users to include the full license in the root of the project that they are protecting. One lawyer ...
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Reusing open-source code that doesn’t specify a license

I am creating a module for a CMS. I found a PHP code in github that does some work for me. The author has not clearly stated the license for the code. Since it is in github and is publicly available, ...
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LGPL and commerical application in PHP

I have rather specific question about licensing but first of all I would just like to state that I already read a lot of Q&A's here but I'm still not sure about the problem in that particular ...
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How to use my proprietary framework on a new job without making it open-source?

I have been working on a framework for years. It is solid, extensive and tested. It is exactly what the employer needs for the foundation of its new project. There is no point in rewriting the whole ...
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How to incorporate existing open source software from a licensing perspective?

I'm working on software that uses the following libraries: Biopython SciPy NumPy All of the above have licenses similar to MIT or BSD. Three scenarios: First, if I don't redistribute those ...
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Can i sell my own software that uses parts of PSEXEC

I just have a quick licensing question about PSEXEC by sysinternals. As some of you may know if you have ever used PSEXEC, it is confusing to learn at first. I have created a program that makes it ...
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Using GPL code with MPL code [duplicate]

I've done a spot of Googling, and all I can find is information on using code under the MPL in a larger GPL licensed project. What I really want to know is: can I included GPL(v3) licensed ...
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Do I have to release source code because I'm using JavaFX?

I'm using JavaFX for gui of my app. Its license is GPL+Linking Exception. GPL requires me to release my source code. But what's the linking exception?? (I'm just using it as a library. Not modifying ...
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Dirty hack to avoid GPL licensing

I've just found something strange in a code written by company which I work for. In an embedded software where dynamic linking doesn't exists, shared library (released on a GPL licence) is copied into ...
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Incrementally releasing software under the GPL

We have a Javascript codebase that we want to open-source in an incremental fashion. That is, we want to release the full code to some of our core modules first, keeping the rest of the "application" ...
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What should always be mentioned in the first lines of a file released as open source code? [closed]

I am looking for standards regarding open source code release. Most of the time, one may find a copyright statement and a few lines about the project at the beginning of each file, but I am having a ...
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Licensing code “not for reuse”

I have a client-side Javascript framework that is publicly available and BSD licensed. Each file says it is copyright me, the date, all rights reserved, and the BSD license text. I am making a ...
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Using source code under LGPL in .NET, converted from JAVA?

I found one JAVA project useful to our commercial software which is developed using C#. The JAVA project is under LGPL. My understanding is (please correct me if I am wrong) if I use one compiled LGPL ...
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Ported Functions Licensing

I have found several functions in python 2.7.2 to be very useful and I recreated them in C++ for my own uses. How do I properly give python credit for them? Do I even have to? I never actually looked ...
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Using .exe of program with GNU General Public License version 2.0 for commercial

I have a question to somebody who is expert about "GNU General Public License version 2.0" license. I am making program and my code is using another program ("HoboCopy") inside which have this one ...
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Can I WTFPL/CC0 parts of a GPL code?

I know I should not expect a lawyer's notice here, but programmers advices would suit me well enough. I want to publish a program which is derivated from a GPL-licensed program. I understand from ...
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License that grants the initial author all rights of derived/modified work?

Please note that I do not want to argue about the moral aspect of this question. I know that there are probably many different concerns. I have been researching for a special license that could be ...
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What are the requirements for an open-source license inside an open-source license?

If I include an open source library in my project that is licensed under the MIT license, but contains BSD-licensed code that requires attribution (correctly attributed inside the project), is it my ...
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Make shareware program free in some countries

Idea. To make my shareware program free in less-developed countries. Or release a free edition for these countries. Purpose. More users, bug reports, extensions, active forum, etc. Anyway, 90% sales ...
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What licensing implications (if any) are there when porting code from one language to another? [duplicate]

I'm considering taking an old PHP4 web application and re-writing it using ASP.Net MVC4 in C#. The old application was licensed under GPL2. I'm unsure how this affects my new application, if at all. ...
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How do I license my software under a free license?

I wrote a number of NodeJS modules (some of which are actually good, in my modest opinion). I basically forgot to set a license for them. I would like to pick the AGPL (Affero GPL). How do I do ...
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Does using Creative Commons No-Derivatives license conflict with GitHub terms?

When a software project wants to use Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License that denies making derivatives, does it conflict GitHub terms of service clause F.1 that ...
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Can You Use 2 Python Modules Issued Under LGPL and BSD License in a Program?

I'm making a drawing program as my first open-source program merely to get a taste of the open-source community. To make said program, I am using Python 2.7. I'm using the following modules: EasyGUI ...
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Static linking with modified LGPL code

I'm writing a library which links with modified LGPL library,so two questions: Do I have to make my code LGPL in case of static linking with LGPL library? in case of dynamic linking?
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License change of original source from Apache 2.0 to LGPL

About a year or so ago, I forked a project licensed under Apache 2.0 and made extensive changes and additions to the code, a good portion of which I contributed back freely to the community. ...
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How are GPL-compatible licenses like MIT usable in GPL programs without being subject to the copyleft provision?

I'm currently examining the possibilities and implications of linking against a GPL library for an application in a commercial context. From what I've understood of the GPL, as long as the ...
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Revokable BSD - What are the implications?

While examining alternatives to Exim/Dovecot for a dedicated mail server, I came across the lamson project, a python-based MTA. I also found the following fork of the project: ...
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Is there a tool or process to help FOSS authors agree on a license?

The Evercookie project has several contributors and there is no explicit license for the code. There is currently discussion on the dev mailing list trying to figure out what the licensing options ...
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How to deploy a GNU GPL software with Java Web Start?

I deploy an interactive software using Java Web Start. This is a quiet useful deployment technology and I don't want to change. Besides I am about to publish my software under a GNU GPL license. ...
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BSD-2 Licence Code modifying

I'm using a BSD-2 Licence code in my project and with author permission, I modify the code. Now, I am using this code in my project. I know, I should mention Author's name and copyright information. ...
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Is it mandatory to obtain a licence for distributing software uses bundled Mono runtime?

My software composed of an EXE and dependent class library dlls, built on Windows using visual studio C# Compiler. I've been able to run it directly on Mac OS X using mono myApp.exe without ...
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Licensing open source controls iOS

I am confused about using licensed open source control in my comercial iOS application. Do I have to include any license in my code or i can just add open source control and push app to app store? ...
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License: free to use but not free to modify or redistribute

I am releasing an application at no cost, but I am not granting users the right to modify or redistribute the code. How should I call this? I initially used the term "free license", but on second ...
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Attributing credit for programming languages used

I'm working on a website and was hit with the thought of "do I need to give credit for the languages I'm using to build my website with?" I wasn't able to find any sort of licenses for HTML, CSS, or ...
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I want to sell my application in Google Play Store, but I want the code to be open-source. Which license should I use?

I would like to sell the compiled binary of my android application in the Google Play Store when it reaches production. Which license can I use to prevent people from downloading my source code from ...
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What is a license and how may I use code under a license?

(Let me edit this question to try to better get across what I am asking.) I don't understand what a license is and how I may "use" it. From the little that I do understand, there are two situations: ...