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Mar
14
comment Use of Unmodified AGPLv3 lib - am I AGPL too?
Are the only users of your application (either web or desktop) employees of your company?
Feb
14
comment License for my Software
Are you a regular "W-2" employee, a 1099 contractor, or a contract employee via a third party. This will impact the answer. Are you an exempt or non-exempt employee?
Dec
9
comment Does a GPL Bison grammar infect my application?
@MichaelT Yes but if he means that the grammar itself is covered by the GPL (e.g. it was taken from a GPL program) then the GPL of the grammar will probably make his program a derived work. Clarification of the actual question is needed.
Dec
9
comment Does a GPL Bison grammar infect my application?
Please clarify. Do you mean the grammar (i.e. the input to Bison) is GPL or are you concerned about using Bison because it it GPL?
Dec
3
comment How do I comply to GPL in case of Appliance?
You are correct, that is why I would advocate using FreeBSD or other BSD and/or Apache licensed software on appliances.
Oct
18
comment TotalPhase Aardvark driver's GPL license
Not quite true. You can statically link to the LGPL library as long as you provide unlinked object files that can be used to rebuild the application with a modified version of the LGPL library. (see LGPL Version 3, section 4d0.)
Sep
3
comment Releasing open-source software including Apache2 and LGPL libraries?
You probably should include a mention in your Notice file (or equivalent) of the included libraries and the copyrights for them. (e.g. this software includes X, copyright <date>, <owner name>, licensed under the Apache License, for details see <other file>). Even if it is not strictly legally required, it is a nice thing to do.
Jun
25
comment General questions regarding open-source licensing
If it depends on proprietary code one could ask "why bother open sourcing it?" But if you really want to I would use the BSD license and not include the media assets with the source or include placeholder assets. To retains rights to the name, release it under a similar but different name than your application.
Jun
4
comment How to make a license to prohibit redistribution?
5. If you are selling your software -- charge enough to pay the Lawyer from #4 to answer these questions.
May
30
comment Which Ext JS license should be acquired (when developing a Spring MVC/Hibernate/Ext JS web application)?
I totally agree. As is almost always the case, asking the rights holder is the best way to get an answer. (and it is cheaper than hiring a lawyer to review the license and interpret it)
May
30
comment Which Ext JS license should be acquired (when developing a Spring MVC/Hibernate/Ext JS web application)?
That is one way to read it. The other way to read it is that if I start by downloading the GPL version of ExtJS for my internal development assuming that I will never "convey" the software (because it is only being used by employees of the license holder) I cannot later switch to the commercial version. Granted this would be very hard to enforce but a literal reading of the license implies this.
May
2
comment MIT License: Why isn't it considered viral?
The MIT license does not require anything to "remain open" it only requires you to include the copyright notice. Not the source code.
Apr
30
comment How to ensure a project 100% tested?
Can you define what 100% tested means?
Apr
24
comment GPL - what is distribution?
IANAL, but I think it is not so simple. You would need some sort of legal entity that is your organization. Without the legal entity it is just a bunch of individuals and you are in fact propagating or conveying the work. Figuring out who is and isn't a "member" is probably contract law or employment law. And, as always, just because what you are doing is legal and you would win a lawsuit doesn't mean you won't be sued.
Mar
15
comment 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?
I would add the following important caveat to the "talk to a lawyer" advice: Only contact a lawyer if the value of the code is greater than the cost of talking to a lawyer. If you never plan on making money with your personal code I would not bother with a lawyer.
Mar
13
comment Login on every page requires SSL on all pages
The other risk of a non-encrypted form is that a man-in-the-middle attack can easily alter the form without any indication to the user that the form has been changed (for instance changing where the form is submitted). SSL on the form would make this a harder vector.
Feb
8
comment Is there a license for selling a software with the sources so buyer can make modifications without claiming ownership of the code or distributing it?
With commercial software the answer is always talk to a lawyer and charge enough for the software to pay for that talk.
Jan
28
comment Can we create a GPL application that has a payware advertisement on it?
Additionally, the advertisement code itself must be distributed under the GPL so someone could replace your advertisements with their own.
Jan
24
comment Software has sub-part Apache v2 license and other sub-part GPL v2 license
I could find no place where the Copyright and license is stated explicitly for underscores.me. It includes a copy of the GPL v2 but I could not find a copyright notice that stated that it was covered by the GPL. You might want to ask the authors to explicitly include a copyright notice and use the "GPL version 2 or any later version" phrasing. That would solve your problem.
Nov
21
comment Can I distribute a software with the following permission notice
Whether it is a work for hire is something you need to work out with the company, presumably you will need to work with the other directors and/or owners to clarify your relationship.