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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): ...
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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 ...
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Why does the LGPL require combined works to include a copy of the GPL?

I was reading through the LGPL license and found a requirement that I was previously unaware of. Section 4 (Combined Works) states: You may convey a Combined Work [...] if you also do each of the ...
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Lost in open source software licensing [duplicate]

I never faced this problem working in academia, but at the moment I am trying to set up project management system for a commercial company. I tried apache bloodhound but did not like. So I found ...
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What to do with the code from my rejected pull request?

I just recently sent off a pull request to a small but well-known open source project. This pull request added a new feature, as well as unit tests (and improvements to the existing tests). However, ...
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Where did the tradition of new releases on Christmas Day start? [closed]

Perl 6 is being released on Christmas Day this year. I'm familiar with Ruby having a history of releases on Christmas Day, going back as far as Ruby 1.0 in 1996 if not further. However, a quick scan ...
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Do people modify open source code to hack? [duplicate]

I am trying to create an authentication client and server for my project, and I am trying to think of ways on how a potential hacker could modify my code and use it to hack the servers. Do people ...
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Is wrapping a command-line tool (wget, curl) a “good” practice?

I have a background in .NET, specifically in C# WPF and ASP.Net, but now I am going to use more golang and C. Consider the following situation as an example: The software I should program should ...
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Using a GPLv2 library in a web project

I'm trying to understand the way that GPLv2 works, and have a couple of questions. I'm going to describe a couple of scenarios, and want to know how GPL applies there. I make a web application that ...
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How to *detect* if open source software is used in a commercial product? [closed]

The established procedure regarding releasing code out in the open is to accompany it with a license. Out of the many flavors that exist (BSD, MIT, GPL, LGPL, Boost ...) there are some that prohibit ...
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Commercial use of an open source software [closed]

I can sell a software which uses an open source library as long as I provide the source of this software with the binaries. Can I make the source available only to those who bought the software? ...
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Open Source License that prohibits verbatim resale?

I was taking a look at this question here: Open Source License that prevents re-selling And it makes some good points on how open source is defined by its ability for resale... However, I still ...
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What prevents others from commerciallly redistributing open source software as-is? [closed]

Most, if not all, open source software licenses allow others to obtain a copy of the source code, edit, and redistribute both source and built versions of the software, edited or not. Also, more often ...
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Will changing published git history on a private repo cause problems when I make it public?

I have a github repo that is currently set to private. I'd like to make it public but before doing so would like to clean it up a little bit by squashing some commits and possibly rebasing so that the ...
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Proper use of the GPL when using a library covered by an older version

I have a piece of software that I have been working on for a while now. You can find it here. Since it is now at a stage where it could potentially be useful to other researchers, I decided to cover ...
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We are publishing an app using open source apache licensed software, Need some help understanding provisions

We are using some open source code licensed as Apache License 2.0. From what I understand, we cannot endorse the company that made the code. We are using it to develop an free app with micro ...
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Does ShareAlike mean, that if I include a resource released under CC-BY-SA in my program, that I have to release my entire code?

The FAQ states: ShareAlike — If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you must distribute your contributions under the same license as the original. That makes sense - if I want to ...
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How to suspend open source support? [closed]

I'm the only active maintainer for an open source project, which receives support requests on various channels (Twitter, email, GitHub) almost daily. I'll be on vacation for the next three months, ...
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When I open source a project, do I have to provide info on its dependencies' licenses? [duplicate]

My company plans to open source a project, licensed with the Apache License v2.0. We will upload the source code in a public Bitbucket repository, and in order for someone to use it, he would have to ...
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How do I distinguish derived code from original code?

I'm working on a Python project which extends the functionality of some other python modules. Some are part of the standard Python library and mostly use the PSF License agreement while some are ...
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Is there a client license to require servers it connects to using a certain license?

Say I create both a client and a server application. The server remains secret while the client is published under a GPL-ish license, so obviously the communication protocol can be reconstructed to ...
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How to start helping out with an open source project (Spring Integration) [duplicate]

On a professional level, I am starting to specialize myself into architecture, and enterprise integration. The last year I've been working on a project where I mostly helped out with the software and ...
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Open sourcing or rewriting proprietary code [duplicate]

I would like to use a piece of software I wrote for my company in a private open source project. I have already talked to my manager about the possibilities of the company open sourcing that software. ...
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What's the etiquette of contributing to OSS that doesn't have a Contributing page

I'm thinking about contributing to a small R package on github that has only 1 contributor. What's the standard etiquette when there's not Contributing.md page on small projects like this? Should I ...
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Licensing - Restrictive Open Source License OR Custom License [closed]

I have some source code I want to release but I'm unsure of the best license to put on it. From my research such licenses as MIT and GNU are horrible as they offer little to no protection towards ...
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Are Microsoft fonts like Impact safe to use in Open Source projects?

I made an open source project that requires the use of the Impact.ttf font from Microsoft. I looked around but couldn't find a definite license option for MIT projects. Do Microsoft's fonts (like ...
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Where and how should one announce their new open source application [closed]

Where and how should someone announce an open source application they would like the wider public to try? Obviously they can post their code somewhere like Github. There used to be Freshmeat, which ...
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How come the NSA could release SELinux as GPL when all US Gov work must be Public Domain?

I'm not sure if this is a good question for this site, but it does deal with the things to do with working as programmer. SELinux is a security enhanced version of Linux, and was initially developed ...
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GPLv3 frontend and BSD backend, do I have to disclose the backend source?

I've gone through a couple of Question on GPL here, but all of them are related to the compiled languages, libraries and distribution. My web project has a backend that is BSD licensed. The front end ...
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License question regarding open-source project which may eventually contain a commercial component

I'm beginning work on a project which I may wish to commercialize in the future. For now, though, it's just a prototype which I would like to release it with a GPL license. My concern is: if I am to ...
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Accusing closed source of using open source?

I might be missing something obvious, but how can an open source community accuse a closed source developer of copyright/license infringement? That is, if a piece of closed source software used open ...
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GPLing an implementation of a patented algorithm

TL;DR: Can you publicly release your own implementation of a patented algorithm as a free research tool for others, under the GPL, when you do not hold the patent (but will happily give clear and ...
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What to do with abandoned issues in GitHub?

If someone opens an issue on GitHub but more information to reproduce the error is asked and never given, what's the normal procedure? Example. Here the author states that the "nav breaks". While I ...
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Can GPL be implied to a derivative work?

There are three software projects: A, B and C. A is published to anyone and is licensed under GPL. B extends A, is published too, but has no license information or is mistakenly licensed under LGPL. ...
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GPL - do you need to provide the sourcecode for the dependencies?

Let's say there is a software that is build on basis of a GPL v2 licensed software. This software is being distributed in binary form. GPL requires that the source code and build instructions are made ...
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Licensing - Open Source with Paid Distribution

I have a project consisting of a core library with a number of platform-specific wrapper libraries. I want to release it all under an Open Source license (maybe MIT or LPGL). I also want to sell the ...
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How to retrieve the third-party library licenses

I am looking for a way to automatically collect all the third-party library licences that my project is using. Currently I am collecting by hand the licences on github. So far , I don't have a clear ...
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License opensource app for non-commercial

I wish to create an app for studying Japanese Kanji. However I'm uncertain which license would best fit it. I want my app to be Opensource so that I can use the code for tutorials and other people may ...
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Open Source Licensing and Intellectual Property Rights [closed]

Is it possible for a developer to lose rights to work on a self-created, open-source-licensed project after an outside company, developer, or organization copyrights (or takes some other legal action ...
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Does using the Telegram API mandate releasing the source code under a GPL license? [closed]

Telegram has provided API, through which programmers can connect to telegram servers, enabling them to implement clients for the messaging system. They also have released some open source client ...
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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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Are there any impediment in the Apache License 2.0 to sell software?

If my project uses a part of the other person protected by the Apache License 2.0 code, I can sell it and keep as open source or there is any impediment to sell? The license itself I think very ...
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Choosing a software license that requires written permission to use commercially

I'm looking for a license that I haven't seen before. I would like a license that allows other people to use my code non-commercially, but unless they have written permission they should not be able ...
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Using Open Source code in a project

I'm having a little trouble in understanding how exactly Open Source licenses actually work. I have programmed for a while, but just for my personal use and I wrote all the code I needed myself. As ...