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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 is client-side javascript covered by the GPL?

If I used a GPL-licensed Javascript library in a web application, would I then have to offer source code of the whole site to anyone who downloaded and executed the Javascript lib?
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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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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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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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Selling an open source project: some issues [closed]

I am the creator / main developer of a small sized open source (PHP) project (GPL3). Currently there is a development team of 3 people (me included). This team has been quite active for some time, but ...
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When did the standard for packaging Linux source code become .tar.gz?

When browsing open-source projects that are primarily developed for Linux systems and downloading the latest packages, the source code is always stored in a .tar.gz or .tar.bz2 file. Is there any ...
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Etiquette when asking questions in an IRC channel [closed]

Many larger OSS projects maintain IRC channels to discuss their usage or development. When I get stuck on using a project, having tried and failed to find information on the web, one of the ways I try ...
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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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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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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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How do I store the OAuth v1 consumer key and secret for an open source desktop Twitter client without revealing it to the user?

I want to make a thick-client, desktop, open source twitter client. I happen to be using .NET as my language and Twitterizer as my OAuth/Twitter wrapper, and my app will likely be released as open ...
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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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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 ...
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What are the disadvantages of starting an opensource project if one is not an experienced programmer?

I have lots of ideas for products to be built. The problem is that I have less than a year of professional work experience and I am afraid of getting judged negatively in the future based on what I ...
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If attribution is done via a pseudonym, who owns the rights to the code? [closed]

I'm aware of a few cases where coders used a pseudonym for attribution instead of their real names. Examples include: Satoshi Nakamoto (Bitcoin) Why (Ruby) One thing I've wondered is if ...
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How to reconcile my support of open-source software and need to feed and house myself?

I have a bit of a dilemma and wanted to get some other developers' opinions on it and maybe some guidance. So I have created a 2D game for Android from the ground up, learning and re factoring as I ...
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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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Dealing with a fundamental design flaw when you're new to the project [closed]

I've just started working on an open source project with around 30 developers in it. I'm working on fixing some of the bugs as a way to get into the "loop" and become a regular committer to the ...
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C# open-source framework for multithreaded task management

I have an API library for C# that provides flexible multithreaded task management of objects on task bases. The library was developed extensively for a project that was later cancelled by the client. ...
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What technical caveats exist using EXT file system on Windows that programmers should be aware of? [closed]

Every year I search for progress in mounting my Linux EXT (ext2,ext3,ext4) volumes on Windows. This isn't looking for those tools, I already know of things like Ext2Fsd - though if you know if ...
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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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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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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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Help putting together an Open Source Friendly contract but does not allow day job work to be Open Sourced

So I just was hired at a place that had only one Developer and that was the co owner. Their employee handbook had something to the effect of the following. All IP, inventions or software you ...
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Reasons NOT to open source not-for-profit code?

I am a big fan of open source code. I think I understand most of the advantages of going open source. I'm a science student researcher, and I have to work with quite a surprising amount of software ...
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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 ...
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In need of a divide and conquer approach for re-writing small open-source utilities [duplicate]

Preamble (Skip if you don't like to read) I've been learning C/C++ in school for a year now and all the assignments in the book, after reading through the chapters, were not too difficult to ...
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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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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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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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Why big internet companies (Google, Facebook, Twitter, etc) going open source way? [closed]

These very large internet companies using, developing, and promoting open source technologies like crazies. What is the rationale behind promoting and developing open source tools and technologies ...
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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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How to develop custom functions on top of Ejabberd? [closed]

I'm developing a real time chat app. After searching around for a while, I found Ejabberd and Erlang is a good option. The question is the Ejabberd is not providing all the functions I need. I need ...
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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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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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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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Naming your software and uniqueness

When it comes to naming your software product (whether an application or a library), what do you do? It seems impossible to choose a name which isn't already taken by some other piece of software, ...
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How to rewrite from scratch a code for which I own the copyright so I can use it on my job without losing the rights to the first version?

Well I don't want to make it open-source! That's the problem. But I do want to use it on my current job. Company did not agree to sign any alternative license with me and told me to rewrite everything ...
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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 ...
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Advice for volunteer developers learning large codebases [closed]

Working in an open source project has the result that sometimes developers with no experience in the codebase attempt to "learn the code" on their own. There is a reccurring trap I've seen, where new ...
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Would it be ethical to create an open source alternative to the software you've been hired to create?

Say you were hired to create education software that will be sold to students of a particular academic institution. You are the only developer working on this project and have written all of the code. ...
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Should my program be flawless at release [duplicate]

I'm building a big, very complex piece of open-source software, and it's killing me trying to make what I have as "clean" as it needs to be. What I want to know is: If there is an undetected flaw in ...
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Is it actually possible (practically) to sell Open Source software? [duplicate]

Open source software can be used for commercial purposes. It is said that You can even sell Open Source software. How does this work? If I sell my open-source product (copyleft or permissive), ...