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Meaning of LoopBack(Strongloop) licence [on hold]

I use LoopBack to build a software as Community Subscriber. Licence: https://strongloop.com/license/ Can I sell that software? Do I need to give the source code of my software away? Is anyone ...
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Use google news RSS feeds in free application [on hold]

We're building a free Universal RSS Reader for Windows Store. We'd like to include a "Smart Tags" feature where users input their desired keywords and the application shows RSS feeds from ...
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Redistributing .Net with WineSkin

I have a .net application which i want to target for Mac OS X, So the easiest way to port the application to mac is by using Wine with .Net (As Default Mono run-time had some compatibility issues). ...
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Rewriting a library licensed under AGPL but keeping the public interface

We need a JSON Schema Validator for .NET. The only library that we found is Newtonsoft Json Schema. The problem with this library is that has a "strange" AGPL license with limitations, from the site: ...
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User based licensing on web server

I'm developing a client-server software for an enterprise customer. I'm being asked to limit the number of user accounts to a number N. Each user logs in with it's own username/password combination, ...
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Open Source License But Maintain Prominent Attribution [migrated]

I'd like to release a program under an open source minimal restriction license but there are 2.73 bajillion options (give or take an order of magnitude). Basically our only requirements are: Don't ...
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Do legal names matter with source code licensing in the USA? [closed]

If a project wishes to relicense its source code to a license that was incompatible with the original license, the project maintainers generally need to seek the express approval of its contributors ...
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Can I use the Simple and Fast Multimedia Library (SFML) in a proprietary piece of software?

I have been asked to develop a small game for a conference. The game isn't anything big and since I have had previous experience with SFML, I figured it would be the easiest to use. The SFML ...
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Deciding on a software license for a C++ API [closed]

I have designed and developed a C++ API. Its dependencies are: BLAS - custom license - http://www.netlib.org/blas/#_licensing LAPACK - modified BSD - http://www.netlib.org/lapack/LICENSE.txt GLPK - ...
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Commercial use of an open source software [closed]

I can sell a software which uses an open source library as long as I provide the source of this software with the binaries. Can I make the source available only to those who bought the software? ...
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Open Source License that prohibits verbatim resale?

I was taking a look at this question here: Open Source License that prevents re-selling And it makes some good points on how open source is defined by its ability for resale... However, I still ...
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Copying and modifying code from project licensed with BSD-2?

I'm using a library that is licensed under a BSD-2 like license and I am wanting to override one of the methods they use and modify it slightly. My question is, when I copy the code from the method ...
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Creative Commons ShareAlike

Some of the CC licenses define ShareAlike term: ShareAlike — If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you must distribute your contributions under the same license as the original. ...
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Is this the correct way to include this MIT licensed software in my software?

I'm using this script in one of my projects. It's licensed under MIT or Apache 2. I've committed JSON.sh (as in, just the script) to my project, and copy+pasted the MIT license (as it appears in ...
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can gpl code contain more restrictively licensed code? (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)

There is a wordpress theme I am modifying to create my own derived work. This original wordpress theme has the GPLv2 licence in it's root directory, so I assume that the entire theme is GPL code. ...
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License Compatibility: CC-BY-NC 3.0 with GPL2 (for Wordpress)?

I'm trying to figure out if I can use code licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 (CC-BY-NC 3.0) in a Wordpress plugin (which must be released under GPL). I think the answer is ...
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Can a client-side library under the GPLv3 be used on a closed source website?

I'm building a website using Django and I'd like to include django-wiki, however it is licensed under the GPLv3. Does this require me to open source my front end code and/or server code? Or can I ...
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Modern.IE VM license

Microsoft provides some VMs for testing purposes (advertised on Stack Overflow) and I'm trying to understand the license terms. The one I don't really understand is 1.b. You may use the software ...
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Is it possible to use a library under the EUPL license for a commercial closed-source project? [migrated]

I want to use this library in my project. Author says it is under the LGPL license, but one of its dependencies is under the EUPL license. EUPL license isn't clear about if a closed-source ...
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Can I change a theme and then sell it? [closed]

I am thinking of starting with the "Start Bootstrap" theme from Bootstrap and I want to change it and add stuff, new pages to work with Wordpress and then put it up for sale. ...
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Open source license to prevent publishing Android application with modified name or package

I've written an Android application and I want to publish it as a FOSS application, however, I want to restrict others from publishing it in Android markets (e.g. Play Store) with only changing the ...
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How should I re-license the scaffold code for my new application? (it is licensed under MIT)

If you notice the following scaffold starter kit source code is licensed under MIT throughout the code base. Even the configuration file contain a header of MIT licensed by the creator. Assuming, I ...
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How to mark code lines licensed on MIT?

When I am using some code licensed with the MIT license, but it's not in seperate files, is it OK mark it like this? /* Here starts code licensed under the MIT License (../MIT.txt) */ // code /* Here ...
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Best existing license for closed-source code

I'm creating a few closed-source applications on my own (no big company behind me) and am wondering exactly how to protect them. At the top of all the source code files I have this pretty basic ...
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How do CC licenses (0, BY, BY-SA) affect proprietary/closed source applications?

I think this question is specific to indie developers be concerned about. Think about it as a "license clarification" or a "license practical use case". I need to know how must be my project basic ...
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Can I use GPL, LGPL, MPL licensed packages with my application and make it closed source?

I saw a company is using BusyBox and also using Gpl + Lgpl + Mpl packages on it, and then they have there own application running on it. Their application is a closed source package. You buy the ...
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Licensing a Jekyll Blog Site, Using Separate Licenses for Code and Content

I am working on a blog project, powered by Jekyll. I'm having trouble figuring out how to phrase the licensing text, or indeed how to correctly license it all. Most of the tools, including Jekyll ...
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Does the absence of a license file in client side code give people any rights? [duplicate]

I am wondering if the absence of a license file (not having one at all) in code exposed to the client side provides any rights to copy or modify the code? Specifically, in reference to client-side ...
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Distributing a modified OpenJDK class with a proprietary app

I want to distribute a Java class I borrowed from the GPLv2'ed OpenJDK and modified for my own needs as a part of my proprietary application. The header at the top of the source file states (and I've ...
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Can I modify existing GPL software to use a proprietary (closed-source) library and then distribute one or both?

Say I have GPL software A and proprietary library B. I modify A to use B. Am I then free to distribute A by itself? The GPL FAQ seems to indicate that is there case here: ...
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Distributing a proprietary app together with an ASLv2'ed derived work

My proprietary Java app includes a modified version of a 3rd party library distributed under Apache Software License, version 2.0. The 3rd party library doesn't come from the Apache Software ...
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When I modify and redestributes software that is originally using the MIT License, can I revoke the right to sell my modification?

There is a piece of software, free, and open source, under the MIT License. I make modifications to it, make it better, etc. I distribute this new software, also for free and open source. But can I ...
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How do I correctly sub-license a library that is under the MIT license?

How do I correctly sub-license a library that is under the MIT license. I am using and extending the library. The MIT license states that I am free to sub-license the library. Can I simply state: ...
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Can I remove the “above copyright notice…” section from the ISC license?

The start of the ISC license is: Permission to use, copy, modify, and/or distribute this software for any purpose with or without fee is hereby granted, provided that the above copyright notice ...
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We are publishing an app using open source apache licensed software, Need some help understanding provisions

We are using some open source code licensed as Apache License 2.0. From what I understand, we cannot endorse the company that made the code. We are using it to develop an free app with micro ...
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Does ShareAlike mean, that if I include a resource released under CC-BY-SA in my program, that I have to release my entire code?

The FAQ states: ShareAlike — If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you must distribute your contributions under the same license as the original. That makes sense - if I want to ...
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Can I distribute a GPL executable (not a library) in a closed-source application? [duplicate]

I want to write a closed-source desktop application that uses a piece of GPL software in the background. I know that I can't link to a GPL library (libgit.a). But if I embed a GPL application ...
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How to handle OSS license on GitHub with non-OSS pictures

I am working on an app that will be open-sourced and published on GitHub. But, the problem is, that the graphics my client gives me contains some in-house characters that the company owns. We have a ...
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Are Microsoft fonts like Impact safe to use in Open Source projects?

I made an open source project that requires the use of the Impact.ttf font from Microsoft. I looked around but couldn't find a definite license option for MIT projects. Do Microsoft's fonts (like ...
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Using JDK in Google Android Studio License Issues

I'm new to android developing and maybe my question is strange. If I want to make commercial apps, libraries, or services for android and use Google Android Studio + Oracle JDK (not OpenJDK) is there ...
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How to properly license open source software

I have a project I've been working on which I would like to push into a new, public Github repository as open source. After searching on StackExchange for the right license to use I've settled on the ...
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Is there a client license to require servers it connects to using a certain license?

Say I create both a client and a server application. The server remains secret while the client is published under a GPL-ish license, so obviously the communication protocol can be reconstructed to ...
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Can I include a modified GPL/Apache licensed font in my LGPL project?

I want to include a GPL & Apache duel-licensed font in my LGPL project, but didn't really find a clue if that's possible. There are two problems here: I didn't find any clue about Apache ...
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Do I have to distribute my commercial source code that links GPL software if I only use this commercial software to provide a reporting service?

At my company we created proprietary software that we use only internally - we do not distribute this software - to generate reports from client data. We sell these reports to our clients, not the ...
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How long do I have to provide the source code for a LGPL-library?

In case I would dynamically link to a LGPL-licensed library (in this case Qt) in a commercial application: Which way do I have to provide the library's source code? Is a link to the project homepage ...
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Unicode license

The Unicode Terms of Use state that any software that uses their data files (or a modification of them) should carry the Unicode license references. It seems to me that most Unicode libraries have ...
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License requirements for including open source software

In an open source project, a number of other open source libraries have been included to implement needed functionality, some as libraries (LGPL), and some as source code (non-LGPL). The new BSD ...
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When I open source a project, do I have to provide info on its dependencies' licenses? [duplicate]

My company plans to open source a project, licensed with the Apache License v2.0. We will upload the source code in a public Bitbucket repository, and in order for someone to use it, he would have to ...
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Is it possible to make something open-source without publishing it?

I've been working on some piece of software while being "employed" by company A. I now want to continue working on the same software while being employed by company B. Company B wants the software to ...
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Is Java free/open source or not?

On November 13, 2006, Sun released much of Java as free and open source software, (FOSS), under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL). On May 8, 2007, Sun finished the process, making all ...