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

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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? [on hold]

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?

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?

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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Open Source code in Closed Source project [closed]

If I am using open source code in my project but don't want to release any source code, what license should I use?
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Can someone relicense my code, then sue me for distributing it? [closed]

Let's say I have published some code, and have relinquished all copyright interest to that code by some extremely permissive license (e.g. unlicense). Can a corporation take my code, republish it ...
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Can you change a license once you pick one?

I am working on a product that I don't feel is completely ready but I have a set of users that are very interested in using it now as "alpha" testers. I would like to give them the product now for ...
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Can I use GPL libraries temporarily for prototyping and make the future code closed source?

I am working on a prototype for a software system, which (at least at the start) will be closed source. In order to save time, I'm thinking of using (that is, statically linking) a library that is ...
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Can I include mongod.exe in my commercial destop based or user self hosted app withou open sourcing it?

I have read the doc and the apgl blog post, but I still have some concerns: Can I include mongodb.exe in my commercial desktop based app? Can I include mongodb.exe in my commercial user self hosted ...
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Can one deny specific parties the right to use and modify otherwise open source software?

I have an open source project that has the attention of some peers, and several of them are eager to contribute. There is one amongst them, however, who I wish (largely for comedic purposes; it's a ...
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Can I license software under MIT license when using Librarys licensed under the GPL [duplicate]

I'm developing software that i want to license under the MIT License. My software uses libraries licensed under the GPL. I'm NOT recompiling, building, or modifying the Library but I am linking to it. ...
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Should I include myself as an author after modifying 3rd-party code?

It's common practice to make some tweaks or fixes in 3rd-party code (be it a simple gist or an entire library). But it's also common that many of these code have their own licensing rules and ...
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Can a programmer renounce ownership of source code? [closed]

I came across this license: /** * The author disclaims copyright to this source code. In place of * a legal notice, here is a blessing: * * May you do good and not evil. * May you find ...
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What to know prior to open-sourcing a project from legal perspective? [duplicate]

Previous questions and answers are focusing on "usability" and promotion (as if we are living in some ideal world). I am wondering what could be potential negative legal consequences. For example: ...
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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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Can tools.jar from OpenJDK can be installed in public repository

Is it legal to install tools.jar from OpenJDK in public maven repository? I found at least three topics on the Internet which conclusion was that such action is forbidden for jar provided by Oracle, ...
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Is it possible to rewrite every line of an open source project in a slightly different way, and use it in a closed source project?

There is some code which is GPL or LGPL that I am considering using for an iPhone project. If I took that code (JavaScript) and rewrote it in a different language for use on the iPhone would that be ...
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Creating derivative work based on a project under apache license - Dealing with original notices in source codes

There is a library licensed under Apache License 2.0 that I extended its functionality in multiple new Classes. Also some of the original Classes of the project had to be modified in which some of ...
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Reimplementing algorithm from GPL program

If I reimplement an algorithm of a program covered by GPL v2 do I have to also license my program as GPL v2? And to be specific: I need a javascript library to compare debian packages versions. ...
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Restrictions of using a CC BY-NC resource in software?

Lets say there is a resource published under the CC BY-NC license that is not itself in any way related to software, but rather a database of sorts for example. As I understand, this places ...
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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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Mixing BSD + GPL, and dual licensing

I am the sole author of a piece of C++ software which so far I have kept under the GPL license. For uninteresting reasons, I am considering a switch to a MIT/BSD style license. As far as I have ...
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What is wrong with the Unlicense?

I have often heard that I should not use the Unlicense because of issues regarding putting things into the public domain. However, I do not understand why this would be an issue for the Unlicense. The ...
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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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Do I need to include a copy of the GPL / LGPL to every copy of my program?

Is it necessary to include the GPL / LGPL license text to every distributed copy of my program? Or can I just put a link in the About-dialog?
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License for internal program [closed]

Pending approval, I will be using NPOI for internal programs at work. I will be documenting the associated license, and I find myself wondering about licensing on the programs themselves. In short: ...
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(How) should I change the copyright notice in a translated work?

I cannot find any guidance on this. Do I need to change the copyright notice for an application that is automatically translated from a programming language into another one (and recompiled and ...
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Copyleft Licenses - Need to attribute?

I'm currently evaluating which license to use for my next OS project, and things are getting more and more interesting after I decided that I really want to understand what the licenses mean. Up ...
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Forking EPL library. Can I change license?

There is library OpenCl.NET licensed under Eclipse Public License. I want to fork it to change some errors and add some functionality. Is it possible to license my changes by Apache 2 license?
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How to distribute copyrighted resources with and open source project?

I would like to create an open source GPLv3 project that will work with other resources that are under different types of copyright (e.g. free to use, but must not sell). Because of this, I can't ...
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When do I have to provide source code for firmware that uses GPLv2 libraries? [duplicate]

Suppose that I am writing the firmware F for the device D, and that I am using the library L which is licenses under GPLv2. The library L is a "source code library" that means that it is not compiled, ...
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Software License question [duplicate]

I am building some software which I am storing on Github (public). Is it possible to change the license so that I can sell my software at some later point in time, as long as no one has contributed ...
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Does Un copyrighted software or code fall automatically under copyright? [duplicate]

A programming tutorial, code, software anything that doesn't have a copyright notice or a license ,is it automatically copyrighted to the author ? or its the same as something under public domain or ...