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What exactly do I have to distribute to comply with GPL license?

I'm programming a game and am considering using some code released under the GPL license. I realize this means I will have to make the source code available and that won't necessarily be a problem ...
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AGPL 3.0 where staging & production has to be purchased possible?

I would like to acheive the following with AGPL and wondered if it is possible: release an open source software product where everyone can share and contribute free for non-profit charge "...
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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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Do all transitive dependencies of GPL software have to be compatible with GPL?

Library A is licensed under GPLv3. I want to write a program that uses that library as a dependency (programming against interfaces and using classes in that library), so I have to put my own program ...
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Can you license a fork of a public domain library?

The original library has this statement in its readme, with a link to CC0 1.0. To the extent possible by law, [redacted] Company, LLC has waived all copyright and related or neighboring rights ...
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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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Boost Software License seems to extend disclaimer of warranty automatically but the author says it doesn't

Here is a copy of the Boost software license. Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person or organization obtaining a copy of the software and accompanying documentation covered by ...
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Software License for project using .NET and Sql Server Express

I considering making my application open source on github. I don't intend to sell it (neither in binary form nor source code form). It probably isn't even useful to a lot of people except maybe for ...
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Is it possible to release something with proprietary dependencies under Apache2 licence?

If I write code with proprietary dependencies, can I release my own code under the Apache licence? An example of this would be a plugin for a proprietary framework.
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How to distribute FSharp.Core.dll and others?

I would like to distribute two files with my application: FSharp.Core.dll System.Collections.Immutable.dll The license for distribution requires to (according to the EULA): "require distributors ...
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Legal problem on lifting from open source libraries

Background Our project, written in Java, is now trying to eliminate unnessceary external dependencies introduced during prototype development. We feel it easy when killing simple static utility ...
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Should I add the license in every headers and source files?

I'm about to push my first project to github (mini toy lisp interpreter written in c). I've noticed that the vast majority of opensource projects include their license in every source file (at the ...
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Implementing software licensing

I have an unpoliced piece of software and I must implement some control over who can install it via licensing. I already have an authentication server that implements OAuth 2.0 and OpenId that's used ...
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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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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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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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Does using Xapian in Django-Haystack enforces GPL?

Consider the following situation: She uses Django (BSD) for a website. She uses Haystack (BSD) for textual search in the website. She uses the backend of haystack, xapian-haystack (GPL), to use ...
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License issue of Spring Data Neo4j?

If I use Spring Data Neo4j to develop a software, and I want to publish it for commercial use with charging, does there exist any license issue? I survey many posts about the license issue of Neo4j ...
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Including a GPL-licensed library through a CDN

I'm planning to use Flickity in my MIT-licensed open-source project. The license for open-source usage is GPL. Can I link the file via a CDN into my project, or is this considered a "derivative work?"
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Do I have to add every single libary's licence to my project's docs when I redistribute it in binary form?

The libraries I used are mostly licensed under BSD/1,2,3 and all included in the Haskell Platform.
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Exclude files from open source license?

I'd like to use the MIT License for a project I'm working on. Most of the files in the repository are mine but 1 had to be copied from another open-source project (also under the MIT License). What ...
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Google Swiffy license runtime.js

I'm not a lawyer. Can I use file https://www.gstatic.com/swiffy/v7.4/runtime.js as a separate file in composition with my software on Windows Embedded 8 without an Internet connection? Samples it's ...
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Licensing a portion of a project under the MIT and the rest under the MPL

In a compiler project I'm creating, I'm licensing the compiler sources under the MPL. However, I'm looking to license the just the standard library under the MIT or BSD license. In the MIT terms, it ...
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OSS license for seemingly unspecified license?

I want to work on uemacs/PK and run it through Coverity SCAN. I can see on the repo that there are commits by different people, but I'm confused because the README only allows modifications by a ...
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What license should I use for code ported from Chromium?

I ported a small part of Chromium project class from JavaScript to Java and wanted to publish it as a part of an open-source project. I want to do it legally. However, Chromium says that "The terms ...
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How to use custom fonts in my game? (License question)

I would like to use Roboto font in my libGDX game, but it's licensed under Apache license 2.0. Do I have to include the font license file in my game if I want to use it? I am using internal storage (...
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User based licensing on web server

I'm developing a client-server software for an enterprise customer. I'm being asked to limit the number of user accounts to a number N. Each user logs in with it's own username/password combination, ...
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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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License for free source (re)distribution, but no distribution of modified executables

Question I want to put a phone/tablet app on Github and want to allow full rights for using, studying, sharing and modifying the source code, but disallow any redistribution of executables that ...