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At what point do you drop attribution to original work?

Lets say I have a project which has evolved over the past year. When I began the project, I looked around for open source projects which provided as much of the base system as I could find, and ...
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What to keep in mind when releasing an app which uses libraries licensed under the Apache 2.0 License?

I'm creating an Android app which is soon ready for release. I'm just going to implement a tab system using this library. I read that it is licensed under the Apache 2.0 License. I've never used any ...
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Libraries and licenses

Before I started making software for a company which requires its software to be closed-source everything was easy, but now I'm drowning in license issues and I have no idea what to do. I have found ...
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ffmpeg libraries that are not allowed to use in a free app with ads in it

I'm trying to make an editing app which I need to use FFmpeg libraries in it. I need to know Which libraries of FFmpeg are not allowed to use in a free app with ads in it? Because I should build a ...
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Understanding Visual Studio Community Edition license

Recently Microsoft has released a free version of Visual Studio: Visual Studio Community Edition the license says IF YOU COMPLY WITH THESE LICENSE TERMS, YOU HAVE THE RIGHTS BELOW. ...
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Use GPL code in commercial android app by spawning a separate process [duplicate]

As I understand, GPL allows use of a GPL program along with a proprietary program as long as they are separate programs and communicate at arms length. In order to do this, if I spawn a process from ...
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Is it ever ok to remove the original license from a file

I have a library I maintain. It is a java library that I originally forked from someone else. They added a BSD license statement to the top of EVERY file. Including files that have no real logic.. ...
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Orgmode file format license

Orgmode is an emacs plug-in and is under GPL. I am developing an application that uses plain text files to store notes and I do like the org mode file format. I am not going to copy any of the orgmode ...
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What happens if some server side GPLv2 code is leaked? [closed]

So, I know that if you use GPLv2 code in some server side code, you do not need to release that code (as long as you're not distributing it, of course :). However, let's assume that you accidentally ...
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Non-licensed source code later becomes licensed

Last year, I created a derived work from published source code that was distributed unlicensed on a blog. Recently, I went back to the blog and noticed it was now licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0. Is my ...
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Modifying GPL code to link closely with another program

If program B is licensed under GPL, can a programmer modify it to interact with his own proprietary program, A, such that both programs are separate processes, and then only release the modified ...
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What's the best license for my website?

I have developed a unique website but do not have a lot of fund to protect it with trademark or patents. I'm looking for suggestions so that when my supervisor gets my codes, some laws restrict anyone ...
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How to deal with non-licensed software

I work for a very large fortune 500 company who is subcontracted to another fortune 500 company on a DoD contract. As you can guess the red tape is tremendous to do anything. We have simply shared a ...
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What does “Place Warranty” mean? [closed]

I'm looking at TLDR Legal for some reference overviews and one of the conditions is Place Warranty. I understand it to mean the commonly seen AS IS clauses in most licenses. Why would one choose to ...
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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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Does the LGPL apply if I rewrite a portion of JasperReports in C++?

I would like to rewrite a portion of the JasperReports library in C++. The library will read from the same XML format used by JasperReports. If I integrate this C++ library to my proprietary ...
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Can I release a git patch (diff) file of closed source/copyright code?

I've patched a bug in some code that is no longer being supported by it's owner but I would like to provide this to other members of the community. A git.patch file technically contains copyright ...
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Can I commerically use GPL licensed software on my server if I am only distributing the client software?

I understand the rules of the GPL stating that if I distribute any software using GPL code, then that code must be licensed under the GPL. However, I'm wondering what the rules are in this case: I am ...
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is copyright string in gpl'ed program guarded from modification?

is copyright string in gpl'ed program guarded from modification, by gpl or by laws? for example, is it possible to change "2001-2010" to "2010 to 2010"? or maybe change spelling of copyright holder ...
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Modern.IE VM license

Microsoft provides some VMs for testing purposes (advertised on StackOverflow) and I'm trying to understand the license terms. The one I don't really understand is 1.b. You may use the ...
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Verification of our design regarding Sockets

We have developed a Statistical software and want to release it into the market. We are planning to offer our software in 2 modes one being a trial version and another being annual. We are thinking to ...
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What is the appropiate license for my open source project with some posible propietary links? [duplicate]

I'm coding a Python application to control an Audio Card. It is some kind of patching bay or mixer software. Is not a driver or module kernel. The makers of the card already released a driver for ...
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Code licensing / software licensing [closed]

I’ve been working on something outside of my day job and they have asked me if they can use it. It is a closed source project, but I don’t mind giving them the source code; but I definitely want to ...
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Reasons NOT to open source not-for-profit code?

I am a big fan of open source code. I think I understand most of the advantages of going open source. I'm a science student researcher, and I have to work with quite a surprising amount of software ...
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How to copyright and license individual code files

I have a habit of writing small, reusable components in my spare time. I reuse these components with my clients' code bases. It occurs to me there's a potential issue that using identical code for ...
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Does any well-known license require to make modifications available when only derived *output* is published?

Is there a way to make sure that modifications to free software are released even when no binaries of modified code are conveyed? Though it may sound odd and from what I understand, e.g., GPL requires ...
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How to properly apply a license

Take for example the GPL-3.0 license. Near the end it states: END OF TERMS AND CONDITIONS How to Apply These Terms to Your New Programs ... So I though that the "correct" way is to use ...
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gpl3 “or stated as exceptions”

At the end of section 7 of gpl v3: 7. Additional Terms .... Additional terms, permissive or non-permissive, may be stated in the form of a separately written license, or stated as exceptions; ...
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Different license for logo files

I'm working on software that I intend to release under the terms of the GPL 3. However, I'd like to exempt the name and logo: the images with the logo should only be used with official releases, and ...
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Can GPL be implied to a derivative work?

There are three software projects: A, B and C. A is published to anyone and is licensed under GPL. B extends A, is published too, but has no license information or is mistakenly licensed under LGPL. ...
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Does the LGPL allow me to do this?

I am planning to develop a commercial software using a LGPL software. In the LGPL software that I am using some functions in a class are not fully implemented. I want to modify the LGPL code so that ...
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Distribute software without license [duplicate]

I wrote a small tool for a game which I now want to present and distribute in the games official forum. Since a few days I'm thinking about which license I should use to distribute my program. I ...
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GPL question : web application using Imagick and GhostScript => Which would be the final licence?

I am a bit confusing and I need your help to undertand my problem. I have developed a web application (PHP, JQuery) for one of my customer. Recently, my customer ask me to add a new feature ...
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How to retrieve the third-party library licenses

I am looking for a way to automatically collect all the third-party library licences that my project is using. Currently I am collecting by hand the licences on github. So far , I don't have a clear ...
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License opensource app for non-commercial

I wish to create an app for studying Japanese Kanji. However I'm uncertain which license would best fit it. I want my app to be Opensource so that I can use the code for tutorials and other people may ...
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Licensing - Open Source with Paid Distribution

I have a project consisting of a core library with a number of platform-specific wrapper libraries. I want to release it all under an Open Source license (maybe MIT or LPGL). I also want to sell the ...
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Using MonoDevelop for Commercial Software Developing

Can I sell the software which are developed with MonoDevelop without distribution of my source code and with commercial license? Generally, Does the license of language and IDE affect the license of ...
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Open Source Licensing and Intellectual Property Rights [closed]

Is it possible for a developer to lose rights to work on a self-created, open-source-licensed project after an outside company, developer, or organization copyrights (or takes some other legal action ...
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Any library or dll to use to give a free lancers project from clients who accept your work but not pay [closed]

I've been thinking about getting into the free lance field (using sites like guru.com or freelance.com). Something I see in the FAQ's is that there's been numerous instances where the client got an ...
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Do legal names matter with source code licensing in the USA?

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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What should I ask for when verifying open source compliance of purchased commercial software?

Our company was recently acquired, and I've been tasked to verify that our software is compliant with respect to open source licenses. Specifically, I have been asked to obtain from software vendors ...
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Displaying copyright notice for OSS in closed source Android app

I am considering the usage of various open source libraries in a closed source Android app. The libraries are released under various licenses (MIT, BSD modern, Apache 2.0) which allow this kind of ...
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Are there any impediment in the Apache License 2.0 to sell software?

If my project uses a part of the other person protected by the Apache License 2.0 code, I can sell it and keep as open source or there is any impediment to sell? The license itself I think very ...
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Choosing a software license that requires written permission to use commercially

I'm looking for a license that I haven't seen before. I would like a license that allows other people to use my code non-commercially, but unless they have written permission they should not be able ...
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Java and JVM license

Does Java license allow other companies to create their own versions of Java language or just implement it accurately? Same question about JVM. I heard about Sun suing Microsoft for changing their ...
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How is distribution of PKI certificates allowed?

As a verifier of Open Source compliance in open and proprietary code I sometimes come across such certs distributed with the source code (e.g ...
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Questions about LGPL license [duplicate]

I have a similar problem than this: http://sourceforge.net/p/tcpdf/discussion/435311/thread/32a59ca0/ Developer answered to ask a lawyer but it costs money... a lot? I only use TCPDF, I have not ...
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License that encourages improvements to the original version rather than own forks? [closed]

I'm looking for a license that should encourage changes to my original open source rather than encouraging forks and uncontrolled random redistribution. This is because of the nature of the code; it's ...
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Software piracy and GPL [duplicate]

Consider the case below: A Wordpress plugin must be GPL since Wordpress itself is GPL There are some plugin authors selling premium WordPress plugins, and assume the authors are okay with the GPL ...
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Required clarification about GPL licence for creating extensions of GPL software

I asked a question and received quite good answers. I read all answers and other sources about my question. I concluded that if I write my code and distribute it to my clients for a free under my own ...