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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 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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Program to look at the first say 5 characters of a word and return a string if that string is actually the first 5 characters of a word?

For example, say I have a string and it has the letters: RDNAL This is not an actual English word or it doesn't start an actual english word, so the program would skip this string and would avoid it....
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Releasing open source software too soon [closed]

What is the moral responsibility of releasing open source software too soon? For instance, a close-to-complete product that hasn't been fully tested. What is the expectation of the programmer? Wait ...
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What to include from permissive licensed Open Source library?

I'm writing a library and toolset for the manipulation of a software's data files. The library and toolset are written in Python. As I build the library, I start to rely on 3rd party libraries that ...
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How to offer money to an open source project?

There's an open source project on GitHub that is very useful, but doesn't have a feature I want and which a fair number of other users have been clamoring for in the issues. There's already an ...
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Is relying on Demorgan's law in open-source code a barrier to contribution?

I recently added this code to a Github project I'm working on: if not initial_push=='y' and not initial_push=='yes': print('Aborting.') return False Since this is a public ...
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How can I convince my manager to contribute back to the open source community? [closed]

I'm currently working within a large corporation that has a department specifically for open source development. The idea being, someone comes to us with a project, and we develop solutions based on ...
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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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Convince Windows SmartScreen and web browser that my application is safe?

I am developing a Free and Open-Source software (C++). When I download my own application from a web link, Microsoft Smart Screen and Google Chrome are getting in the way since it comes from and "...
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How should I contribute to a (mostly) abandoned GitHub project?

I've recently been trying to get into open source collaboration in GitHub and have run into a situation for which I am curious what is the preferred way to proceed. About a month ago, I found a ...
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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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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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Using Database licensed under Creative Commons Attribution v3

I have access to a database which data is released under Creative Commons Attribution v3.0 I understand that using this database/data requires me to give credits on information origin in different ...
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What open source library licenses can I use in closed-source?

I like to create a closed-source program and sell it. I would like to make use of various open source libraries to make it easier to write this program. So how I will choose the libraries that I ...
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Which open-source license is right to keep some advantage for me AND for the developer-community?

I know that this question has been asked a many times but there are at least that much different answers. I'd like to release a software, i developend for about a year. So i would like to keep some ...
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Why are FLOSS licences applied to files instead of diffs/deltas?

In the case of open source software development, where contributions build on previous work I would find it more sensible for each copyright holder to hold copyrights on the diffs/deltas he/she ...
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Releasing libraries used in a commercial application as GPL [duplicate]

While I was at university I developed some PHP libraries which I intended for personal use. I used them in a few personal projects. When I joined my current job we created a commercial product which ...
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Displaying copyright notice for OSS in closed source Android app

I am considering the usage of various open source libraries in a closed source Android app. The libraries are released under various licenses (MIT, BSD modern, Apache 2.0) which allow this kind of ...
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Closed source proprietary web application with an AGPL source code in iframe or sub-domain [closed]

In a closed source proprietary web application, if I use an AGPL product in a sub-domain or in an iframe do I have to open-source my project? If answer is no, is it possible that both applications ...
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best way to attach database structure for an open source project

I have a small project which I want to publish on github. The problem is that my project contains a database. I don't know what is the best way to attach the database structure. I may get the create ...
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Including GPLv2 code in GPLv3 code

I would like to use some code that was released under GPLv2 in my project. I released my project with the GPLv3 license. Can I do this, or do I have to downgrade to GPLv2?
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How can I develop a productive Git(hub) branch workflow for an open source project?

I am writing a simple framework that I want to open source just for experience (and fun!). However, it has some cool ideas that could make it grow to a larger project and I want to be ready if that ...
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AGPL - If I modify the source code do I HAVE to distribute it?

I am looking at extending/modifying a web application licensed under AGPL for my own business. The program that I am modifying doesn't interact with the public, but with my employees who will be using ...
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Standard practice to publish and source-control a single file? [closed]

I often want to publish some useful standalone script - e.g., a matlab script which converts flac files into wav files. If it were a big project I would immediately place it in Github, however it ...
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Is it acceptable to release a paid application to interface with an open-source backend?

I'm currently in development of an application that consists of two parts: PHP files that a user uploads to their own server, and a smartphone application. Because the PHP files are going to reside ...
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Python Open Source Development

I am looking to contribute to some Python projects on Github, and I am looking for a bit of clarification on the mechanics of doing this effectively. As I understand it, the typical workflow is as ...
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Copyrights for Open Source projects [duplicate]

Say I'm developing a piece of Open Source software (BSD-Like permissive license) and I write the initial release entirely on my own. After the initial release however I would like numerous other ...
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Forks of MIT licensed projects

Let's take an example: User A MIT license Copyright (C) 2014, User A User B other license (not MIT) in which people who fork won't require mention of the current copyright ...
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GPL license for software and online service comparison

I have two questions that are linked : 1) Can someone sell a fork of an open-source software under GPL without distributing the source? Example: Can I modify a little bit GIMP, repackage it under ...
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Open-source licenses and modifications

I see in the GPL license FAQ : Does the GPL require that source code of modified versions be posted to the public? (#GPLRequireSourcePostedPublic) The GPL does not require you to release ...
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Why aren't there code overviews for open-source projects? [closed]

There are very complex open source projects out there, and to some of them I think I could make some contributions, and I wish I could, but the barrier to entry is too high for a single reason: for ...
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It is safe to accept money for open source software that you've written? [closed]

I've written an open source library for iOS, and I've received an email from an overseas developer who wants to pay me for my work so that he doesn't have to attribute in his app. The code is ...
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Original GLUT library was open source, but license prevented releasing any changes to it. What could be the rationale behind such license? [closed]

Original GLUT library is open source, even on GitHub, yet the license doesn't allow any changes to be released publicly (but you can change it for use in your own projects, as is often exercised in ...
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When to choose an open source license?

There are many good questions out there about choosing an open source license, reasons to go open source, etc. However I have not seen an answer to this question and I feel like more people could ...
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Can software with a restrictive open source license (GPL,AGPL) be used as part of a tool chain in a commercial software package? [duplicate]

If we use a nice library like TetGen, generate a simple application-wrapper that simplifies our needs and publish it as open source, can we use it inside some Pipe/Chain of applications used in our ...
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Software license without modify

I have my own company, and I would like to release our customer management system as open source so everybody can see what we do. But it is very important to me that I don't want anyone else to use ...
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Do I have to make source code open, if I use GPLv2 licensed software to derive data

I'm working on a calendar project, on my own. In this project I've to use Swiss Ephemeris. It is licensed under GPLv2 and commercial. With commercial version of license, developers entitled to ...
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Java Licenses, GPL, GNU Questions [closed]

I would like to ask a few questions about software licenses, with regards to a (Java) program I am making. I am very very new to licenses, so please bear with me. 1. If I produce a Java program using ...
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Applications using GPL code and run-time libraries of proprietary IDEs

The GPL is described as a 'highly viral' license (if an application contains code which is licensed under GPL, distribution requires open sourcing of the whole application). Do I understand correctly ...
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Is a guardfile part of the private developers environment or the public OSS project?

Let us say I have an open source project on github. Now I wish to include tools required to develop the project so others can easily contribute. It is hard for me to tell when these tools should be ...
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GPL - No version mentioned [closed]

This software is allowed to use under GPL or you need to obtain Commercial License to use it in non-GPL project. The above is mentioned on an open source project. It does not mention GPLv3 or ...
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How to make an open source project popular? [closed]

I have recently started a project, a CSS/JS library, on Github. I'm already pretty far with it and was wondering: How do I make it popular? How did other libraries that are very famous now, like ...
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How to responsibly handle license mistakes?

Say I push to a public repository an original file that I cover under a specific license. I later (or even immediately) find out that this license is incompatible with other licenses in the project. (...
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Having unwanted bits in version control history

Consider having a project which you would want to release as open-source. There are parts which you have removed, but still remain in version control history. License of those parts is not ...
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Using a zLib like icensed library which has dependencies on LGPL or GPL libs; what license am I able to release my project under?

If I use an Open Source library which is released under a zLib like license, but it has dependencies on libraries that are using LGPL or GPL; what license am I able to release my project under? If I ...
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GPL- How much source must be released?

Suppose I have a GPL v2-licensed library that is of interest to a closed-source project (e.g. Wolfram Alpha). If some of my code were used in Wolfram Alpha, or a product that interfaces with Wolfram ...
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Do you think asking to sign contributor license agreement for a open source project creates a resistance for contributors? [closed]

I am working on a open-source project which is backed by an organization. Organization pays a team to make this open-source project. This project will be licensed with GPLv3. We are debating on ...
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And at what point of modification to the original does source code with no license become owned by me?

I've recently come across a publicly viewable project on Github that has no license associated with it. In this repo, there is a file with the logic and most of the code needed to work as a piece of ...
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What is considered to be a “modification” of sources under the BSD license?

I have a question about the 3-clause BSD license based on its Wiki description. It states: Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without modification, are permitted ...