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Software License which discriminates on 'ethical' grounds

I've spent some time reading the common copyleft and permissive software licenses. Is there a license which allows the creator of an application or algorithm to broadly specify who may use/distribute ...
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Am I right that anyone can use PyQt free of charge for commercial and closed source applications? [on hold]

This is a question about licensing mechanics of PyQt, GPL and optional Riverbank GPL Exception. The whole point of the question: Am I right that anyone can use PyQt free of charge for commercial and ...
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Is it legal to distribute a Python commercial and closed source application together with QtPy or PyQtGraph linked to PySide? [on hold]

This question is a twin brother of the following question: Am I rigth that anyone can use PyQt free of charge for commercial and closed source applications?. But it still differs in important details. ...
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Is restricting endorsement using author's name compatible with GPL?

I would like to link a GPL project to another project with the following clause in its license: The name of the author may not be used to endorse or promote products derived from this software ...
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Removing MIT licence credits upon paying

Is it possible to buy the authorship of a piece of software just to be able to remove the credits from its source ccode? Would that be ok if the author of the library agrees to do so for a price?
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Signification of YOLO LICENSE

I am using darknet framework for object recognition listed here: https://github.com/pjreddie/darknet This is its license: YOLO LICENSE ...
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Using GPLed headers in LGPLed library

For a specific device there exists a Linux kernel module. This module only initialized the device and provides control mechanisms to user land via ioctls and mmap. To use this the device properly one ...
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Accomodating a LGPL Python module into a BSD project

I have a program written in Python that I would like to make available to the public under a three-clause BSD license. My program has an import blah statement, where blah is a Python module that is ...
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Can I remove MIT license in my code? [duplicate]

I am using another software which in under MIT license. 1. If I do modification to the software code, can I remove the MIT license from the origin software? 2. If I sublicense this software to GPL, ...
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Do all transitive dependencies of GPL software have to be compatible with GPL?

Library A is licensed under GPLv3. I want to write a program that uses that library as a dependency (programming against interfaces and using classes in that library), so I have to put my own program ...
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Adding a new file to a GPL project - how do I carry along/modify copyright information?

Continuing from Author has inserted copyright into code with gnu public license notice - implications?, can I add my author name to a new file (with original code) that I added to a project that comes ...
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How can add dual license one for non-commercial and one for commercial purpose?

How can I add dual license to an open source project of mine. What i want is a like its free for any non commercial or educational purpose but i want to charge for commercial usage. Any link to the ...
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MIT License vs. Creative Commons for images and other assets

Could somebody please resolve a particular licensing confusion for me? I'm always really puzzled by how software licensing works. I want for everyone to be able to use my software with minimal, if ...
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Additional clause in GPL'd source code

I noticed this in the heading of some source code This core is written with the advise and consent of [author] and is released under the GNU Public License. This core is freely available for ...
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Confusion about dual license (MIT/GPL) javascript for use on my website

I've read all of the posts I can find on this and I'm still not sure of the answer. I'd like to use a jQuery plugin on my website that is dual licensed under MIT and GPL. Does the dual license mean ...
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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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Can I release software under the GPL if it must be built with a proprietary compiler?

The compiler doesn't leave its own code in the software or link proprietary libraries with it, the source code is exactly the same one I used throughout the development process, everyone is free to ...
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Which license should I choose so I can open source my Botnet and not get sued?

I have been working on a Botnet for a high school project in Python and would like to open source it and share it on GitHub without getting sued. I need help with choosing a license such that I am ...
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Software derived from LGPL library

In my project I've used a library marked with the LGPL license as a reference example to developed my own library which is completely different but it works roughly in the same way. Now I would like ...
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Can I include code licensed under MPL within a project under MIT license?

I would like to know if it is possible to include source code licensed under: Mozilla Public License (MPL) version 2.0 In a project licensed with: The MIT License (MIT) If yes I would like to ...
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Including GPL software in closed-code project

Regarding GPL software use in a commercial project, I have the following situation: I would like to commercially distribute an Excel-Macro application, which uses a GPL licensed software (G77 ...
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Is BSD license compatible with Apache?

Can I develop a BSD-licensed software that extends an Apache-licensed software (and vice-versa)?
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Is it legal to distribute a GPLv3 licensed binary through the apples' app store?

I wrote a small multiplatform app and I am considering publishing the osx version in apple store. I've licensed the app under a GPLv3 license. I sort of like the GPLv3 license but I also like the ...
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call a non GPL-Program from a GPL program via fork

I downloaded a GPL program, I want to modify this GPL program in order to make it calling a non gpl program (commercial license) via fork+exec. Concerning the input/output data of the non-gpl ...
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What licenses can I use with closed source software? [duplicate]

I'm writing desktop app, and I know that I need to license it. But every time I search for licenses, I can only find licenses for open source software such as GPL, MIT, or WTFPL to name a few. But I ...
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Open Source Licenses like GPL in Multiple Licenses models

How can an open source license be compatible with a multi-licensing scheme? According to a similar question, the author of a library could potentially change its license. But problems arise when the ...
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Apache 2.0 license without disclosing source

I'm building a software and I want to release it under Apache 2.0 license. Unfortunately, right now, I've no time to put sources codes on public repository like Github or BitBucket. And more, I ...
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Under what circumstances would I have to release a modified version of source code (GPL) [duplicate]

I am working on a social networking platform using a database wrapper released under GPL. I'm fairly new to using open source software, so I'm not sure what would require me to release my source code. ...
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Should I add the license in every headers and source files?

I'm about to push my first project to github (mini toy lisp interpreter written in c). I've noticed that the vast majority of opensource projects include their license in every source file (at the ...
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Licensing on Github

I'm uploading to GitHub for the first time and I am facing all sort of doubts about licensing. I did not know that topic was that uncovered in the net! But even it is complex, my situation is so ...
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Google Swiffy license runtime.js

I'm not a lawyer. Can I use file https://www.gstatic.com/swiffy/v7.4/runtime.js as a separate file in composition with my software on Windows Embedded 8 without an Internet connection? Samples it's ...
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Is a license header in source files required when applying the Apache Software License 2.0 to a project?

Reading through the Apache Software License 2.0 appendix I am left unclear what exactly I have to do now: APPENDIX: How to apply the Apache License to your work To apply the Apache License to ...
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How are software licenses applied?

I have created a small and helpful project that I'd like to upload to a public repository and share under the FreeBSD license. What are the common steps I should make to apply the license to my code? ...
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Professional use of former MIT licensed sofware

I'm currently working on a commercial application using a piece of software registered under the MIT license. Recently, the author of this software removed every entry from Github, for an unknown ...
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Can you license a fork of a public domain library?

The original library has this statement in its readme, with a link to CC0 1.0. To the extent possible by law, [redacted] Company, LLC has waived all copyright and related or neighboring rights ...
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Does a license need to go at the top always?

Let's say I have a source file of 800 lines, and I want to "copy/paste" one function from a github project that has a MIT license, and I also have my own (which may be a MIT license, or a stronger ...
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GPLv2 code as a separate process in a closed-source iOS app?

I'd like my (currently) closed-source iOS app to use some GPLv2 licensed code. The code I want to use is simply a converter from one file format to another — nothing too complex or proprietary. Given ...
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AGPL - what you can do and what you can't

AGPL is a fairly new license that was meant to go GPL-over-networks. However, not being a lawyer, and actually not having read the whole license, I can't understand what exactly you can do freely and ...
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What to do when using MIT-licensed code in a GPL-licensed project?

I'm working on a personal project that I'm planning on licensing under GNU Affero GPL. However, I found some code that's licensed under MIT that really want to utilize, but I'm not sure what I should ...
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How to make a GPL license with more severe penalties?

I am considering open sourcing some software, but when I read the answers on this questions, it seems like the penalty of ignoring a GPL license is rather small, compared to the costs of the suing ...
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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 ...
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Pyinstaller EXEs license

I'd like to know about licenses in Python program distributions. This is the scenario: let's say one would distribute a Python program for Windows, created with PyInstaller as a single executable ...
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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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Licensing a portion of a project under the MIT and the rest under the MPL

In a compiler project I'm creating, I'm licensing the compiler sources under the MPL. However, I'm looking to license the just the standard library under the MIT or BSD license. In the MIT terms, it ...
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Is licensing an issue for Git Submodules?

For example: an MIT-licensed project wishes to simplify the build process for its users by including part of the GNU toolchain (which is of course GPL) as a Submodule. Could that be interpreted as ...
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Ban redistribution, but still allow code changes?

Basically, I have an app, Court Counter, on the app store. It was very crappy, and was not worth licensing at the start. By the way, I found the incentive from the courses at Udacity. However, over ...
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OSS license for seemingly unspecified license?

I want to work on uemacs/PK and run it through Coverity SCAN. I can see on the repo that there are commits by different people, but I'm confused because the README only allows modifications by a ...
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Which sentences are normal in a commercial company user end license agreement? [closed]

I was reading an 'User End License Agreement' and asked myself whether such paragraphs aren't suspect. As well my I asked myself whether such sentences are normal in those end license agreements or ...
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Looking for a popular, well known example of closed-source software which uses LGPL code, and says so [closed]

For advocacy purposes, I'm looking for a good example of some popular/widely-known closed-source and generally paid-for software application/package which uses dynamically linked LGPL-licensed ...
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Can we use a GPL 2 product for the commercial purpose?

Note: There are many questions answers related to the licensing. But I think my requirement is specific, so asking a separate question. We are considering to fork a GPL 2 project and use it for ...