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

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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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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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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 ...
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Licensing code submitted after job interview [duplicate]

I applied for a job in a small company (~25 employees) on December and after a month the CEO of the company wrote to me that he is interested to interview me. During the interview I got a bad ...
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Is there a license that prohibits code share and using outside the company?

I'm working on a tool for small development teams. And I want to sell them full source code of my application so that they'll be able to update/modify the app according to their needs. Is there any ...
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Licensing of content created by licensed code

So I had been using trianglify, and I was thinking about using an image that it had created. Trianglify is licensed under GPLv3, however, (as I understand it,) it creates unique svg files. The author ...
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I have a previous invention (software / framework) that I plan to use on my new job. What happens to my copyright if I improve it during the job?

I have filled that standard form where you list your previous inventions before starting your new job so the employer is legally aware you have the copyright over them. But if I want to use this ...
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Can I use MIT license to give some of my previous written code to employer so that I protect myself and don't lose my copyright?

My situation: I have written a framework before I started my new job. I own the copyright. It has a bunch of boilerplate logic inside of it, like any piece of software. (duh!) I don't want to use ...
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How to rewrite from scratch a code for which I own the copyright so I can use it on my job without losing the rights to the first version?

Well I don't want to make it open-source! That's the problem. But I do want to use it on my current job. Company did not agree to sign any alternative license with me and told me to rewrite everything ...
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Should copyright notice appear on new additions with MIT Licence?

If a library licensed under MIT licence is copied and extended on, should new additions contain the copyright notice as well? Considering that the additions may at some point overwhelm the initial ...
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Is the H2 addendum to the EPL and MPL compatible with these licenses? [closed]

The H2 Database License is dual licensed under the MPL 2.0 and under the EPL 1.0 with this addendum: However, nobody is allowed to rename H2, modify it a little, and sell it as a database engine ...
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Libraries licenses in proprietary product [duplicate]

Our closed-source proprietary web application uses quite a lot of libraries with different licenses (namely Apache 2.0, MIT, BSD-like, LGPL 2.1, etc). We want to distribute binaries (ear files, ...
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Is it actually possible (practically) to sell Open Source software? [duplicate]

Open source software can be used for commercial purposes. It is said that You can even sell Open Source software. How does this work? If I sell my open-source product (copyleft or permissive), ...
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Piwik License question

I need to create a specialized analytics app based on Piwik, it will be a commercial SaaS service for small businesses. It uses the piwik javascript tracker, API and the DB to store events, custom ...
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Is it legal to include BSD licensed code within an MIT licensed project? [duplicate]

If this is possible, how do I go about putting this in the license file or in the source files where the BSD licensed code was used?
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License terms when porting free software to another language

I'm exploring in the idea of porting an existing software package to another language. It's released under the Apache License 2.0, and is distributed for free; but there's a big different between ...
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Forking a GitHub repo and including code from pull requests within a LGPL license?

There is a project hosted at GitHub which is no longer maintained that I want to use for my project. However it has some bugfixes contained within pull requests from other users, and I would like to ...
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Open Source license that prevents from bundling with adware?

I wrote a small tool I published on my blog. I did not even think about the license, just put the binaries there for everyone to download. Now I am thinking about making it open source (BSD or GPL) ...
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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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How and when had the CC BY license become GNU GPL-compatible?

I believed that Creative Commons Attribution License, even being non-copyleft one, was always and still is incompatible with GNU GPL because of multiple minor issues; which, however, were gradually ...
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How can I close my Open Source project and what is required from me in order to make it closed source?

Let's say I wanted to close my "GPL v 2.0 (or similar)" licensed project, to which I'm the only contributor, and make it closed source. Do I still need to make the existing "GPL v 2.0 (or similar)" ...
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Enforcing open source software license

How can one enforce open source licensing terms on the usage of its derivative works? For example, if a software is GPL licensed, and I use that software to develop some closed-source application of ...
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PHP Composer vendors licensing

I'm using a composer as a dependency manager for my PHP project. Composer operates as a library, which uses packagist as a software repository to fetch third-party dependencies. I'm interested, ...
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Ethicality of online license checks

Our program has a piracy problem, some people buy a personal license and install it on all the computers in a company. We want to check that only a single instance of a serial id is used at the same ...
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What kinds of Open-Source licenses are NOT OK to use internally in a corporation? [closed]

I have recently learned about several cool open source add-on tools and libraries for Microsoft Visual Studio. The tools just help you be more productive; the libraries would get linked into the ...
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What are the real life implications for an Apache 2 license?

I want to use SVG Edit for project. This software is distributed under the Apache 2 license. I've seen that: all copies, modified or unmodified, are accompanied by a copy of the licence all ...
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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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Can I use Apache Software License, Version 2.0 and GNU LGPL 3 licence plugins in my commercial web application?

I have two plug-ins. One has the GNU LGPL 3 license and the other has the Apache Software License, Version 2.0. Can I use them in my commercial app? And if yes, what precautions should I take?
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Can the GitHub pull request process constitute an electronic signature of a CLA?

I appreciate the need for a Contributor License Agreement (CLA) in open source software projects and even understand that some tools are starting to make this process easier (like the low-friction ...
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Is there a modified LGPL license that allows static linking?

LGPL requires that it if a program uses LGPL-ed library, users must be able to re-link the program with a different version of the library: ... d) Do one of the following: 0) Convey the ...
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How “viral” is the Affero GPL? [duplicate]

MongoDB is licensed under the AGPL, and interestingly, its licensing page says the following: To make the above practical, we promise that your client application which uses the database is a ...
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Where is “the line” for copyleft licenses [closed]

Where exactly is "the line" between needed to copy a copyleft license and not? For example, I am writing a non GNU GPL program that uses git. I do not mean that I use git to write it, I mean, git is ...
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how does 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 your staffs distibute your company non-distirbuted GPL licesned code?

Let say you use libmysqlclient to connect to MySQL, and since the client is GPL licensed and so your program. That's fine since you are the only one working on the project. Then, you have a staff to ...
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What's the difference between WTFPL, CC0, and public domain?

What's the difference between WTFPL, CC0, and public domain? Are they essentially the same thing?
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Can I use in a non-free script a code example that doesn't mention license but which is used by its author in a GPL'ed script?

After seeing the following question one of my problems came in mind: I want to couple two different scripts in two different languages. I found a solution for that, and I copied that solution. ...
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Different license for logo files

I'm working on a 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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Is it necessary to apply to anywhere other than to add a file as LICENSE.txt for open source or free software licensing? [duplicate]

I am going to continue a game engine project I didn't engage in for a long time.I amatourly writed some core libraries using OpenGL with C++. Because I am not that into programming in general, I am ...
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Can I license a program under Apache License 2.0, if it is using/including Eclipse Link (EPL or EDL)?

Can I license a program under Apache License 2.0, if it is using/including EclipseLink? (EclipseLink under Eclipse Public License or Eclipse Distribution License) I did not change anything in ...
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Using Unlicensed Code

Say for example, I was to find a github project that was started but not quite complete or that was complete and I wanted to use that code within a larger project but the author of the code has not ...
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Redistributing vendor libraries license exemption

I have a library that is MIT licensed. All of the vendor files (located in a vendor/ folder) are MIT licensed as well, so I'm not too worried about my current situation. I am curious what the legality ...