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Big Projects in C++ [on hold]

After so much digging, i am asking THE question which is on my mind from almost an year. Just look at this list List of c++ softwares 10 best c++ softwares My question is, How these are ...
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Is it legal to copy an MIT-licensed software and change the copyright holder and software name and claim to be the creator of it? [on hold]

According to MIT License any person can: Obtain a copy of the software Modify it Distribute it Is it legal to copy an MIT-licensed software (let's say Expressjs), change its name and copyright ...
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How to redistribute modified code under PSF license

I spent a few hours cleaning up a really old Python library, ProxyTypes. Two days from now will mark 10 years since it was updated. Today, I updated it to support the newer Python 3, and to be ...
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Specifying domain-specific data structures as an open standard

I am interested in creating a specification for the representation of complex hierarchical (domain-specific) data in a way that is independent of implementation. Think of a blueprint from which you ...
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Open Source - what if someone commits a crime with my application

I have been recently asked to prepare a network scanner for association that teaches and lectures about security in information technology (mainly pro bono). I'm thinking of putting it as an open ...
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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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Advantages of closing abandoned bugs

I noticed Wine has a policy: Why has my bug been marked as ABANDONED? A bug report is marked as abandoned after a long period of inactivity. You will have been asked to update the current ...
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What's the best way to convince an open source library to change their API? [migrated]

I recently started using an open source library for a project I'm working on. Let's call it Dasypus. It's an established library that's been around for a number of years. As I got to know Dasypus ...
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What is the netiquette for forking other people's open source projects II?

This is ALMOST a direct duplicate of (What is the netiquette for forking other people's open source projects?) except that I could not find my answer there, and I cannot comment (because I don't ...
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Open source transitive dependency licenses

Suppose you have top level Dependency A. Dependency A is licensed under MIT. Dependency A packages Dependency B as part of its distribution. Dependency B is licensed under GPL. In order to use ...
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Real-time collaboration via tmux / screen

As I'm sure most of you are aware; tmux and screen have features that allow the sharing of a concurrent terminal session with a remote host. At first this seems great, and for some purposes it is, ...
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Are there pitfalls to consider when integrating with third parties? [closed]

In many of my personal and professional projects inevitably comes the moment where we have to weight pros and cons of integrating third parties versus developping a home solution. I've always been a ...
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Why do we call Java open source, when development or contributions are not decentralized

Open source software should be developed by different contributors in decentralized fashion. I understand that Open JDK is reference implementation of Java which is open source and it allows ...
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AGPL alternatives for commercial software

Are there any real alternatives (i.e. non-customized software license agreement) to the AGPL license if you want to share your source code and make money selling software licenses?
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Can I revoke the project's license after I translate its code?

I am planning on converting an old project originally from Objective-C to Swift. The project is currently under the MIT License, and any distributions of it must maintain the same MIT License. ...
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Own project: Open source to closed source [duplicate]

In this thread it is discussed if it is legally possible to take on open source project and close its sources. But this seems to refer to someone else's project. So, my question is: What about my own ...
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License for header exposing functions in a BSD 3 clause licensed source

If I were to write a header exposing functions in a sample source file that was licensed under the BSD 3-Clause License, what would I put up in the header? Should I simply copy-paste the license ...
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Signification of YOLO LICENSE

I am using darknet framework for object recognition listed here: https://github.com/pjreddie/darknet This is its license: YOLO LICENSE ...
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Can cloning and rewriting an Open Source project be used for Marketing?

If I find an Open Source project I like, but I rewrite the entire thing because it's poorly written. I don't mean the question where you rewrite it slightly different, so I can say it's mine or ...
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Which license should I choose so I can open source my Botnet and not get sued?

I have been working on a Botnet for a high school project in Python and would like to open source it and share it on GitHub without getting sued. I need help with choosing a license such that I am ...
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Adding a new file to a GPL project - how do I carry along/modify copyright information?

Continuing from Author has inserted copyright into code with gnu public license notice - implications?, can I add my author name to a new file (with original code) that I added to a project that comes ...
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call a non GPL-Program from a GPL program via fork

I downloaded a GPL program, I want to modify this GPL program in order to make it calling a non gpl program (commercial license) via fork+exec. Concerning the input/output data of the non-gpl program:...
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Open Source Licenses like GPL in Multiple Licenses models

How can an open source license be compatible with a multi-licensing scheme? According to a similar question, the author of a library could potentially change its license. But problems arise when the ...
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Under what circumstances would I have to release a modified version of source code (GPL) [duplicate]

I am working on a social networking platform using a database wrapper released under GPL. I'm fairly new to using open source software, so I'm not sure what would require me to release my source code. ...
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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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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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How to give attribution for derivative works under MIT, when the work is a port?

I maintain an open source application that is licensed under the MIT license, with myself as the sole copyright holder. A friend has ported my application to another language, and has also licensed it ...
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May I relicense my project from GPLv3 to Apache 2.0? [duplicate]

I am about to publish an Android app project I would like to do it using GPLv3 license to avoid it being used in proprietary projects for now. If I change my mind in the future, since I am the ...
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Fork a repository that is half usable or create new repository from scratch?

I am new in open source development. I am trying to develop a Laravel package. I went through some of already present packages. And I found a package that can be usable but problem is that only half ...
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Should we include 3rd party open source licenses if only copying syntax?

We're working on a commercial software product that uses partial syntax from 3rd party open source alternatives but none of the code from these. For example, the open source alternative have a static ...
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Can you charge for apps that use open source software?

I don't know where else to ask this. I have an Android app I want to release on the store, and I want to charge a low fee for it. But if part of my application uses code I did not write (i.e. code I'...
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Ban redistribution, but still allow code changes?

Basically, I have an app, Court Counter, on the app store. It was very crappy, and was not worth licensing at the start. By the way, I found the incentive from the courses at Udacity. However, over ...
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Supporting Multiple Java Versions in OSS Libraries

I am in the process of standing up my first OSS Java lib (GitHub/Maven) that an open source hardware community will be making fair/moderate use of. I am writing this library with Java 8 and managing ...
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Can we use a GPL 2 product for the commercial purpose?

Note: There are many questions answers related to the licensing. But I think my requirement is specific, so asking a separate question. We are considering to fork a GPL 2 project and use it for ...
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Open source project - framework or core PHP?

I am working in some open source project in PHP. My question is, should I make it using some kind of framework, say Laravel, or in plain PHP, in a hope for a large no of programmers using it? Btw, ...
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If no contribute intention, should we never change codes in open source frameworks unless no alternatives available?

Suppose I use a open source framework in my project and I would not contribute (submit changes) to that framework, and the current version is stable, should we keep the framework unchanged when ...
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Using your home project source code for company project

I have a home project, which is not open-source. To save time I'd like to use that source code for company project. How can I protect myself against the claim that I stole company source code? It is ...
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Distributing GPL-ed software with lost source code

Thought experiment. Tom is a software developer. He releases his relatively simple software under GPL. Jerry forks his source code and creates a world savior software with months or years of hard ...
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Is it appropriate to ask for mentorship when getting involved with an open source project?

I'm trying to get involved in an open source project and I am feeling a little lost for several reasons: I've been reading the project's mailing list, but its a fairly large and complicated project ...
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Etiquette: How to respond to a Open source release Mail? [closed]

So I was lucky to be able to contribute to DateUtil in python(just a small documentation). I recently received a mail regarding the release 2.5.0 . So I was all exited because it was the first time I ...
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If I use a library that I wrote and licensed under the MIT License in another open source project, do I need to include the library's license file?

Consider the following situation: I am working on project foo, and write some code that I think will have a generalized use in the future. I separate this code into a small library, and release it ...
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GPL-3.0 based code in proprietary web application

I am creating a website in php for one of my client. i wanted to use few piece of code from a Open source code based on GPL-3.0 license. e.g i wanted to use validation code from that lib and modify ...
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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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Who should I submit a bug to when two vendor libraries collide?

I found a bug. Yay for me. The bug is such a mix of technologies I am not sure who I should submit the bug to. The bug is a mix of Adobe Experience Manager and Angular Materials. Neither is really ...
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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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Using the Apache License 2.0 By Reference Only

I want to license my software with the Apache License 2.0. The software is only a single file of source code. I do not want to include the entire license verbatim in the code. The license appendix ...
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Do I update the copyright header when i modify the source?

Suppose I were to modify a said piece of code and put it back on github, would I have to update the license header. This is the code(Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0): https://github....
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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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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 ...