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Does using Creative Commons No-Derivatives license conflict with GitHub terms?

When a software project wants to use Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License that denies making derivatives, does it conflict GitHub terms of service clause F.1 that ...
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Is there a tool or process to help FOSS authors agree on a license? [closed]

The Evercookie project has several contributors and there is no explicit license for the code. There is currently discussion on the dev mailing list trying to figure out what the licensing options ...
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Best way to convert existing project to be open source in GitHub

I've been working on a personal closed source project for some time and would like to make it open source. I've never created my own open source project before so it will be a good learning ...
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Why do some opensouce libraries lack comments?

I don't know if this happens to most Opensource libraries, but many of I know and use (for example OpenSSL, Webkit, ...) they all lack comments, or contain very few comments. Not to mention their ...
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What are some ramifications of open source software turning into closed source software?

If a company takes a permissively licensed open source application and then develops a closed source application from that by reworking extensive parts of the application, adding new features and ...
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Author has inserted copyright into code with gnu public license notice - implications?

I've found a project on Github that I'm interested in contributing to which claims to be open source and has a GPL license included with it. But the original author has added a copyright ...
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Is this an open source license?

I have been messing with code in The Unix Archive and have found that most of the code references a (non existent) license, however, this is in the root of the mirrors and apparently covers all of the ...
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License Requirements for Including Dual-Licensed Open-Source Software

How do you opt into one software license and not the other when the distributor gives the consumer more than one choice? For example I would like to use the DataTables JavaScript library in my web ...
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Can I fork Linux source code, change it around to suit my desires, and claim it as my own kernel without doing any of the originating work?

Is it acceptable form to take Linux kernel source from any version, change it, claim it is mine, and then distribute it for monetary gain? In such a case open-source software is entitled to a sort of ...
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General questions regarding open-source licensing

I'm looking to release an open-source iOS software project but I'm very new to the licensing side of the things. While I'm aware that the majority of answers here will not lawyers, I'd appreciate it ...
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How to share control of links/domains on an open source project with many collaborators?

I'm trying to help the Rebol project re-engineer its web presence now that it is open source as Apache 2 — after nearly two decades of proprietary license! The language's creator currently has ...
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Open source licensing of derived works

I derived an open-sourced work, Service-Nucleus, based on Netflix's Karyon (Apache License) and Google's AngularJS (MIT License). I want to make sure proper licensing and copyrights are in place, and ...
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What to do when somebody forks my open-source project with the same name?

I have this GPL project, it got stuck for like a year, I really like the idea, then somebody fork it and changed the whole thing but used the same name, I don't mind for the code (it was GPL after ...
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Isn't GPL enough to make a software free as in free speech?

Background I have read people rebutting the fact that a certain software is free as in free speech, even when it is licensed under GPL. Some say Java isn't free because to obtain a professional ...
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Best way to share (make accessible) to the world a maybe useful self-written utility script/program?

Throughout my life I've accumulated a fair share of scripts that have proven to be useful to me in many cases and might be useful to many others. I look at things like todo.txt (which probably ...
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Why is it rare to collect analytics/usage data in open source software?

So, I've been developing some analytic software at my work and also have started to take more notice to analytics in general. For instance, I recently installed Google Analytics on my blog(which is ...
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Type of license to use that forces to keep a reference to the authors

I have a small open source library that I've written. I want people to use it while forcing them to keep the authors attribution (a 2 liner in each file) when redistributing it or using it in their ...
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Easily add metrics to measure java code usability

I'm trying to create a process for better understand what's happening in my code. I want to create metrics to automatically give my answers about simple or complex questions like: How many times a ...
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GPL and OpenJDK: Questions regarding source headers

I have some legal questions regarding OpenJDKs source header: /* * Copyright (c) 1997, 2008, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. * DO NOT ALTER OR REMOVE COPYRIGHT NOTICES OR THIS ...
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How to view my commits on SourceForge

I want to link to a source forge project for a job application but I can't seem to find where a user's commits are listed. If I go to https://sourceforge.net/u/USER_NAME/profile/ All I see is ...
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What to do when a company request permission to use open source code without attribution?

I have an opensource project currently under MIT license. I have received a request from a company to use my code for their commercial project without having to give any attribution or credit. To be ...
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Writing code based on code snippet from the internet without license

I'm working on an assembly project and I need to write code to switch from text to VGA mode. This is fairly complex and requires setting up a lot of data, so I'd rather not write it myself. ...
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What are the best ways to find fellow coders to work on hobby open-source projects? [duplicate]

I've always had a hobby project, but lately I have less time and think I would enjoy things more if I worked on these projects with a few people. Is there a place online where you can propose ...
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Appropriate License for Available-Source, No-Unauthorized-Distribution

I have a program (technically an addon to a program) whose code I want to be freely available for educational purposes or to create derivatives for personal use. However, I do NOT want to allow ...
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Best resource for developing JavaScript curriculum? [closed]

At the risk of being downvoted, I really need the community's input - I am helping put together a post-secondary quality curriculum (vocational school, not university) around open-source languages, ...
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Sourcecode license: free for personal use and modification but no public distibution

For one of my apps, I want to make the source code “open source” so that others might adapt the code to their personal needs or even contribute improvements, but I don’t want anybody else to publish ...
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svndumpfilter Multiple Versions

I have a few questions about the Subversion open source project. I know that there are multiple versions of svndumpfilter (2,3). What are the tradeoffs and benefits of each version? In other words, ...
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“Open-source” licenses that explicitly prohibit military applications

I am a researcher, and in my research I do a lot of programming. I am a big fan of the open-source concept - especially in research, where transparency and reproducibility is already a big part of the ...
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May I keep my program closed source if I link it against a static library of which the source is GNU GPLv2?

I'm putting much work in my program and after it's done I want to just setup a small website and sell each copy of the program but I don't want any legal issues. Do I have to look for another library ...
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which open source licence to use with my project?

I am working on a software project in my college. And I want to make it open source. But I want that people to only contribute to the project. I don't want that they should also release a project ...
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what is the transferability of changes in terms of a GPL license

I have a program that is offered to the public on the web as a GPL program. This is a hobby type project that i stated 3.5 years ago and i have had one collaborator for most of that duration who has ...
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Is it possible to use the Intel C/C++ compiler on Linux to create object files to be linked on Windows?

Why? Depending on your source the Intel compiler is likely or most definitely the compiler generating the fastest executables for the x86 architecture (5 to 100 % execution time improvement). Intel ...
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Origin of the name “OpenServer” for the SCO Unix operating system

I was looking over the evolutionary history of Unix and Unix-like systems on Wikipedia and one operating system name stood out to me: OpenServer. Judging from the image, SCO's OpenServer is ...
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Web Application Licensing - Open Source vs Proprietary

I am developing a web application based on a proprietary (but free) JavaScript API. My company is considering releasing our application as "Open Source", but we are unsure of the different licensing ...
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Using third party/ open source controls [closed]

I usually feel reluctant to use any third party or open source controls while coding in Objective-C iPhone due to following reasons. Open source controls are developed in incremental manner. So once ...
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Source Code Only Allowed With One Open Source Project

I have an open source project that is licensed under the GNU General Public License v3 and it's done in Windows Presentation Foundation. I came across someone that sells themes/skins for WPF projects ...
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What is a good license for community submissions to commercial partially closed source software?

I am maintaining a small code base that I am considering selling– but I want to allow developers that use it to submit code for addition to the trunk. This way they can extend the framework and the ...
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How to maintain the 'LICENSE' file?

Many projects on Github comprise a LICENSE file, usually looking like: Copyright (C) 2012-2013 Mr. Creator Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this ...
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Open Source, Copyright and Trivial Bugfixes

Say a developer has developed a library for their closed-sourced commercial application. Since they want to give back to the open source community, they publish this library under, say, the GPL, but ...
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How do distributed version-control systems deal with fragmentation?

Here is the scenario: X is the author of a software. X releases v1.0 on an open source license on Github and moves on. People interested in the software fork and improve the software. Now there are ...
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How can a commercially-driven open source project build an open source community?

I'm working on an ambitious, commercially-driven open source project* (it probably falls under Wikipedia's definition of Open Core). I'm an engineer on the project, so I don't have too much sway over ...
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FOSS licensing decision: What to read? What factors to consider? [duplicate]

Which reasoning would you follow to choose one license over another? Which literature would you expect someone to read, if he wants to make a meaningful decision about licensing? I specifically don't ...
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Assuring Quality and Bug Fix speed in Open Source Python Project

I'm maintaining an open source framework (in Python on *nix platforms if that matters) for the first time in my life. It is pretty much pre-alpha, not much more then a scientific proof of concept, ...
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Internship along with Google Summer of Code? [closed]

I am wondering about how much time Google Summer of Code typically takes. I do have an internship lined up for this summer, but GSoC seems like quite an awesome experience. I also really want to get ...
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Strategy for reading and understanding Node.js code [duplicate]

Concretely I am looking at this 2000 line file of what I will pretty arbitrarily call "mediocre" code. It's not well-commented variable names and function names seem consistently intelligent ...
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Does open sourcing your work help you?

Are developers actually likely to receive significant help by open sourcing a work in its unfinished stages, or are open source consumers more likely to want something ready to use? This is ...
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How should you deal with a popular project that you no longer want to maintain?

I am the maintainer of a project which has a large non-technical userbase. I've been maintaining it for about 4 years now and adding new features as they've been requested. I'd like to move on to ...
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What should I consider when choosing between taking a MOOC or working on a project?

As background, I've been programming for about 5 years, and feel like I'm somewhat "up to speed" on industry best-practices and techniques (for web development, specifically), as well as software ...
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What is the netiquette for forking other people's open source projects? [duplicate]

I started to get more and more engaged in open source development and I was wondering if there are any guidelines on how to properly document and maintain a fork? For example, let's say you fork a ...
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Developer name in the copyright notice of files contributed to open source project?

I am developing a small application which I want to make open source. Currently only my work is on the application, and so in all the files I have put up a copyright notice in my name. Now when I ...