The MIT License is a free software license originating at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

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Microsoft Public License vs MIT?

I'm working with a new plugin (flexbox), and I ran into the MS-PL license, which I had not run into before. In the past, I've used mainly MIT and Apache licensed projects, so I have no idea what the ...
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When forking an dual-licensed permissive/GPL project, can I drop one of the licenses?

Consider an existing project that is dual-licensed GPL + either MIT or BSD. Since it's dual-licensed, when I fork, can I pick one license in the fork? Or do my forked files need to continue to be ...
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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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What are the conditions to convert BSD-licensed code to another language?

I'm in the process of writing a library in PHP, based on a Java package that comes with a BSD license. The code will obviously not be the same as the original, but most class/method names, and the ...
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What exactly does the condition in the MIT license imply?

To quote the license itself: Copyright (C) [year] [copyright holders] Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated ...
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how to properly credit authors of MIT license program

Although I have found similar questions on this site they were not what I was looking for. I have modified the source code of an MIT licensed project, and I have added new classes to it as well. ...
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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 distribute a software with the following permission notice

I've recently written a piece of software (without any other contributors) for a company which I part own. I was wondering if I could distribute it with the following permission notice, which is a ...
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Open source library, can the project owner change the license to be more restrictive?

A company releases a library with an open source MIT license. If they wanted to, could they change the license to be very restrictive so competitors cannot use it? What impact would this have on ...
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Is it legal to modify MIT licensed code and sell it?

I have a project and I want to use a ready-made script that is licensed under MIT in it. But using this script separately will be redundant. So I've decided to merge my code and the MIT licensed ...
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License for Opensource project [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Licensing for hosted open source and 3rd party libraries I am newbie in the open source community world. I am planning to develop a open source project, hosted on ...
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MIT License Question (download somebody else's code and throw it on github)

Sometimes I use plugins and 3rd party libraries, and one thing that drives me crazy is when these libraries are not versioned. So, if I download it, make some mods to it, I am the only person in the ...
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Software Licensing Particulars

I have spent a lot of time examining the various (major) software licenses and ultimately have decided upon using the MIT Licenses for my open source projects, and the Microsoft Reference License ...
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How to manage a copyright notice in an open source project?

I'm working on, and adding to, a GitHub-hosted project that includes this LICENCE.md (apparently the MIT licence verbatim): Copyright (c) 2012 [Acme Corp] Permission is hereby granted, free of ...
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ISC license advice

Is the ISC license suitable as a MIT or Simplified BSD license replacement? What are the pros and cons of ISC compared to MIT or BSD?
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MIT License in a referenced library: legal implications?

I'm trying to determine what my legal obligations are if I use an MIT-licensed library (JAR file) in my program. Do I need to include the library's source code when I distribute my program? Do I need ...
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Changes in licence in forked project what are my rights?

Hi I'm intrested in using the apparently now defunct app-mdi libray in a flex application for a paying customer. http://sourceforge.net/projects/appmdi/ It appears that the app-mdi project has been ...
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Best way to reliably recognize open source licenses?

In many projects these days most of the novel code consists of glue code that helps combine dozens of different libraries, plugins and helpers that are licensed under a variety of open source ...
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Combine jquery/jqueryui/qtip/custom javascript into one minified file

I'm using jQuery, jQueryUi and qTip in my web application alongside custom JavaScript I've written. All three of the JavaScript libraries I mentioned above are licensed under the MIT license. From ...
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How does using a LGPL gem affect my MIT licensed application?

I am developing an open source ruby application under the MIT license. I am using this license because I don't want to place any restrictions on the users of the application. Also I can actually ...
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Confusion about dual license (MIT/GPL) javascript for use on my website

I've read all of the posts I can find on this and I'm still not sure of the answer. I'd like to use a jQuery plugin on my website that is dual licensed under MIT and GPL. Does the dual license mean ...
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Can a company deny that you teach people how to use a software under MIT License?

There's a way that a company/foundation that own an specific MIT licensed software (framework) deny or prevent you from teaching it to other programmers and make profit from it? And what if this ...
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Components under what licenses can I use in my paid app?

I'm working on an application and I need to use some existing components such as libraries and JavaScript frameworks that are covered by licenses. My application will be paid (not free) and ...
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Is the MIT license suitable for an open source library that is only used in unit testing scenarios?

Some time ago I developed a small project for use in unit testing scenario's and published it on Codeplex. Back then I choose the GPL license but I didn't really understand it. Today I changed it to ...
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Does the MIT open source license implies work derivatives to be made public (under MIT license)?

I am looking for an open source license for a library I want to publish. Ideally, one should be allowed to use this library in free or commercial applications without paying me a fee, but if any ...
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Right license(s) for a freemium offer

I am currently working on a solution written in JavaScript. I plan to release two versions: For free: the lite one with base options, which is plug and play (it just works when loaded in the page) ...
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What open source licenses allow for combining code that compiles into a single assembly?

I'm trying to make a library that will be used by other developers. I want to obey the "don't re-invent the wheel" principle and and I also want to make the deployment a matter of dropping a single ...
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MIT vs. BSD vs. Dual License

My understanding is that: MIT-licensed projects can be used/redistributed in BSD-licensed projects. BSD-licensed projects can be used/redistributed in MIT-licensed projects. The MIT and the BSD ...
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MIT and copyright

I am contributing to a library that is licensed under the MIT license. In the license and in each class file it has a comment at the top saying: Copyright (c) 2011 Joe Bloggs ...
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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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Can you change code distributed under the MIT license, and re-distribute it under the GPL license?

Is it possible to alter the code of the Chili plugin, which had its latest release on July 2008, and it is licensed under the MIT license, to then license it under GPL? As far I can see, there is no ...
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Difference between free and open software? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Open Source but not Free Software (or vice versa) I recently was at talk were Stallman was the keynote speaker, and he stated he hated the term open software, because it ...
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Best practices for releasing an open source PHP application

I'm a PHP developer for a living but have never worked on or contributed to any open source projects before. I am developing a CMS for my own use. I have a working prototype and I think that once ...
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How can I comply with Open Source licenses, and yet protect my own work + App Store

I recently developed an application for an organization (and I'm not charging them). I want to maintain total ownership of the source code and there are various Open Source Project that I've used. I ...
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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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Why do people pick the MIT license over BSD, if BSD's “non-endorsement clause” is a good idea? [closed]

According to this question and it's replies What is the purpose of the "non-endorsement clause" in the New BSD license? it seems smarter to pick the BSD license over the MIT, to prevent ...
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Why is jQuery released under MIT and not LGPL?

Why is jQuery released under MIT and not LGPL? What are the benefits of using MIT compared to LGPL for a framework?
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Sharing code in LGPL and proprietary software

I'm working on a piece of software that'll be released as a dll under LGPL. The software interfaces with hardware from a small company that has provided me with the needed libraries and some code to ...
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How to include an apache library with my opensource code?

I have this opensource code with MIT license that uses an Apache 2.0 licensed library. I want to include this in my project, so it can be built right away. In the point 4 of that license explains ...
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What's the fundamental difference between the MIT and the Boost Open Source licenses?

What's the fundamental difference between the MIT open source licence : Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation ...
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What is the purpose of the “non-endorsement clause” in the New BSD license?

Note: This question is not about the "obnoxious BSD advertising clause". The New BSD license does not contain that clause, and is compatible with the GPL. I'm trying to pick between the New BSD ...
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Choosing a licence for open source projects

I've done some open source projects, and I plan to do more in the future. So far, I've released all my code under GPL, but I've read a few articles which claim GPL is too restrictive for any code to ...
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Meaning of MIT license [duplicate]

Suppose I use this ActionScript API released under MIT license to build a software: http://www.cove.org/ape/docs/api/ Can I sell that software? Do I need to give the source code of my software away? ...