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Relicensing GPL to more permissive license

I have been developing a GPL GUI application for many years by myself in my free time. I have been approached by a company who want to use my code as part of a propitiatory product. This would require ...
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Using Domain name in EULA of a software rather than my name in the Licensor field

I intend to sell a software solution. I have already registered a domain but I don't have a registered company. Can I use my website/domain name (eg:myproduct.com) for the licensor field in the EULA ...
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How could we rewrite the 'No Evil' license to make it 'free'?

I did not find the lawyers' SE site, so I thought it best to post here. /* * ...subject to the following conditions: * * The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in ...
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using source code for individual organization vs sharing source code outside organization

If an organization develops their own software internally (with no license agreement) but uses other software frameworks that are open source that we modified to those frameworks work for us ...
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How do I make a license an open source license?

I have been granted permission to reduce the rules from our custom license used in Advanced Electron Forum project. I am not sure what exactly is needed to make the license above an open source ...
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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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Does an Open Source license exist that allows me to retain rights to revoke usage of software/source at any time, for any reason, and without warning?

Does an Open Source license exist that allows me to retain rights to revoke usage of software/source at any time, for any reason, and without warning? I want to allow others to use my software and ...
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Individual developer in a big company [duplicate]

I work in a company as IT specialist/programmer, the company hires around 1 000~ employees and annual revenues is more than 1 MLN dollars. I am the only one who program. I wonder if using Visual ...
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Licensing systems (frameworks) [closed]

I want to add license protection for my app. It must be NOT a license key scenario (something like "buy a key, type it during installation or letter, use"), but a license for the amount of actions. To ...
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Is putting the license into the issue tracker okay or is it even better than putting it into a single file?

Usually you put your license into a single file called COPYING or LICENSE. However there may be reasons you do not want to do this - let's not discuss them - and therefore you look for alternative ...
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How to manage copyright notices from contributors to a BSD licensed project

We have the following BSD license in the LICENSE file: Copyright (c) 2006-2016 SymPy Development Team All rights reserved. Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without ...
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Paid open-source app

The question that bothers me is whether it is possible/feasible/reasonable to expect for an open-source app to sell well on the mobile market? Should I believe that my users will use my app, rather ...
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Prevent my clients from giving or selling my software using a LGPLv3 library to others

I am developing a commercial closed software using Qt which is under LGPLv3. May I prevent my clients from giving copies to other people?
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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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Do I have to include the license for a testing framework?

A common requirement for licenses is that they must be included with the software. Should licenses for testing frameworks with this clause be included if the test code is not something that is being ...
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using CC-BY and GPL

I currently want to improve an application which is licensed under GPLv3. I wanted to improve it's design and Interface and use icons from google which is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution ...
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When do I have to distribute the source code of GPLv2 licensed software?

I was wondering if there is a time line when I have to distribute source code for a binary that has been released under the GPLv2 license. To my understanding, I would need to release the source code ...
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Using a license without a year value

I have this project that has several license notes (all GNU GPLv3) on the top of the source files. They are all following the "rule" that the year in the copyright notice should be the year on which ...
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I released my project under GPL. Can I still use it in my commercial app?

So I have this super sweet library I'm working on. Let's say I release it into the wild under GPL. In tandem I'm working on a commercial piece of software, and I'd like to use this library in it. ...
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Can I use corporate-licensed tool at home/for personal projects?

Normally, the company where a programmer works has corporate licensed tools which are useful for programmer (ex: proprietary IDEs, reflectors, diagramming tools, office tools and PDF makers, etc.) ...
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Looking for an example of using code with Apache License Version 2.0

I know there are a lot of Q/As in legalese or plain English. I am wondering if anyone could provide a real life example of the text that needs to be included with the distribution of software using ...
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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 copyrights notice of a BSD licensed library considered as endorsement?

As I am reviewing a BSD license for an open source library to use it in my commercial product, I found this paragraph: Redistribution and use in source and binary forms are permitted provided ...
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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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Which states offer PE licensure for Software Engineering? [migrated]

Which U.S. states offer Professional Engineer (PE) licensure for software engineering? In my research, few of the state licensing boards listed on the NCEES site include the Software Engineering ...
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License for forked software library

I'm writing an application for which I want to use some 20-year old open source code. The original code is kind of antiquated in certain aspects, for example, it's written in K&R C rather than ...
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Using an LGPL licensed library that may or may not include GPL licensed code from an MIT licensed library

I have read this question on SO, but it doesn't appear to answer my question fully. I maintian a library which is licensed under the MIT License. In my MIT licensed library, I dynamically link ...
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EULA for warranty and liability disclaimer [migrated]

My browser extensions are licensed under GPL. But GPL serves for code distribution not program usage. As an example, this extension is licensed under GPL. ...
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MIT License - Dual Authors

For an open source project created by 2 authors, is it proper for an MIT License to have two authors? The MIT License (MIT) Copyright (c) 2016 FIRST NAME and SECOND NAME
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Licensing Ghostscript in a commercial product

We are studying a prospect of using Ghostscript in a commercial product (Windows desktop application). I read about sidestepping licensing GS altogether by simply suggesting to the users that they ...
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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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Software license options

Is there a software license that allows free access to source code, but does not allow redistributing any binaries, either direct from the source code or modified source code for a limited time? The ...
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Hardware under MIT license?

I have some VHDL design that I plan to release as open source. I like MIT License for its simplicity and would like to use it for my code. However, I am not sure if it is OK to use it with hardware ...
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Taking credit for the public domain work of others

I’ve released a piece of code into the public domain (henceforth “PD”), via The Unlicense. Recently, I’ve found someone forked that code and made some modifications without any ...
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How to choose python module license as python itself

I would like to publish a python module and would like to publish it as the same license of python Below is a example of how Perl module does: This library is free software; you can redistribute ...
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How to license application generated from boilerplate code?

I looked at a number of other licensing questions and did not find anything that I felt related to this particular issue. I am working on a simple web app, nothing special, and intend to license it ...
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How to license (PowerShell) GUI Projects [duplicate]

After almost 2 years learning how to code (in Powershell) and some help at Stackoverflow from time to time, I'm now finally on my way to release my first GUI project. I intend to release the compiled ...
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How to make a license apply to a whole library?

I'm creating a standard library for a programming language, and I'd like to license each and every single class or function in there under the MIT license, so they're completely FOSS. All of the ...
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Using a WrapBootstrap theme in an open source project

I'm developing a desktop analytics application wrapped in Electron (that integrates with an external REST API), and am looking to use one of the WrapBootstrap themes to spruce it up. I'm deciding ...
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Is it OK to learn an algorithm from an open source project, and then implement it in a closed source project?

Reference The post that started it all In order to clear up the original question I asked in a provocative manner, I have posed this question. If you learn an algorithm from an open source project, ...
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Is requiring attribution GPL-compatible?

Can code licensed under a clause like this: Redistribution of this work, with or without modification, is permitted if Bob Joe is attributed as the original author or licensor of this work, but not ...
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Could there by any issues with transition from MIT to Apache License? [duplicate]

I've started my own open source project, which is still in an early phase of development. I chose to use the MIT license for it. However, I've read that the Apache license is better for large ...
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Declaring multiple licences in a GitHub project

For years, I've been a great fan of putting licences on things shared online to make it easier for others to determine if and how they can reuse said things. Before GitHub began to gently 'push' its ...
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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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Code attribution to a post quoting an original source [closed]

If I found a post that properly quotes code (gives attribution) from an original source, is it ok if I attribute to that post only, or do I need to give attribution to the original source? For ...
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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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Integrate non-free (with permission) / differently licenced logos in GPL repository

I'm planning to open source an Android app that I developed against the API of a (small regional) social network. This app is the 'official' version for the website and thus allowed to use the logo ...
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Redistributing Nuget References w/ Licenses

I have a basic gap in my knowledge when it comes to open source licensing. I realize that the answers to this question aren't legally binding :). With that being said, let's say I am writing a ...
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Can I use Qt open-source for my web-scraping website? [closed]

I apologize if I should be understanding this more readily but I'm a little new to this and dont understand the LGPL license. Here is the FAQ for it: http://www.qt.io/qt-licensing-terms/ I am making ...
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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 ...