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Using algorithm from open source project

If I clone an open source project from github or anywhere else and learn something about the way I can solve some problems and other stuff about programming , can I use that knowledge ???? and also ...
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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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Windows 8.1 on Surface Pro 3 appearing as VM to licensing software [on hold]

I have at least two users running Win 8.1 Pro 64-bit on the Surface Pro 3 receive licensing errors because the LM-X license manager thinks they are running on a virtual machine. We do not have this ...
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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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I am new in API AND W [closed]

I am new in API and would like investigate about API licences. I like investigation about following: - review and classification of the types of licenses that can be used by web API providers. - ...
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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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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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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 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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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 ...
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What is the “default” software license?

If I release some code and binaries, but I don't include any license at all with it, what are the legal terms that apply by default (in the US, where I am). I know that I automatically have copyright ...
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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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How do I distinguish derived code from original code?

I'm working on a Python project which extends the functionality of some other python modules. Some are part of the standard Python library and mostly use the PSF License agreement while some are ...
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Is Red Star OS released under the GPL? [closed]

According to Wikipedia, Red Star OS is is a North Korean Linux-based operating system Does that mean it's covered by the GPL, or are there exceptions?
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How is client-side javascript covered by the GPL?

If I used a GPL-licensed Javascript library in a web application, would I then have to offer source code of the whole site to anyone who downloaded and executed the Javascript lib?
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Using GNU GPL with classpath exception licensed library in a GNU GPL licensed project

I am working on a project that uses ABCL. License of ABCL is GNU GPL with classpath exception, which means we can link this library with independent modules to produce an executable, regardless of the ...
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Can I take a GPL program and relicense my changes under the AGPL?

Can I take a GPL program and relicense my changes under the AGPL? Say I clone a GPL project, make some changes, can I only allow people to use my changes under the AGPL license?
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Using open source apps source code under Apache v2 [closed]

I modified some code and added few (minor) changes to an open source Android app. Now I want to publish it on play store. The app is licensed under Apache license v2. The license file is included in ...
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Dual licensed (LGPL, commercial) library and contributions

I have dual-licensed library, LGPL 3 and commercial license. Someone downloads the LGPL version, makes some improvements and sends back few patches. So far so good. But what now? It's legal to just ...
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Paid software includes MIT licensed library, does that put my app under MIT too?

If I include MIT licensed source code in my program, am I obliged to provide my whole software under MIT? The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or ...
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Using a GNU GPL licensed component in a BSD licensed software [duplicate]

I am currently in process of writing a software application. In this application, I use another software project which is licensed by GNU GPL. I have widely modified the GNU licensed component and ...
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What does “Automatic Receipt” in license mean?

I see the following statements in Arphic Public License: Automatic Receipt Each time you redistribute the Font, the recipient automatically receives a license from the original ...
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Open sourcing or rewriting proprietary code [duplicate]

I would like to use a piece of software I wrote for my company in a private open source project. I have already talked to my manager about the possibilities of the company open sourcing that software. ...
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Selling an open source project: some issues [closed]

I am the creator / main developer of a small sized open source (PHP) project (GPL3). Currently there is a development team of 3 people (me included). This team has been quite active for some time, but ...
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If I have two developer license accounts with Apple, can I easily switch between the two for app development and publishing?

I've been interested in iPhone development since the release of the iPhone, however, I am on a limited personal budget. I've never been willing/able to fork out the money necessary for an iPhone and ...