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“GPL version N or later”-licensed code and publishing an EULA as GPL v4

Oftentimes source code is licensed as "GPL version N or later". But what stops some company from taking their EULA, publishing it as GPL version 4 and happily using whatever code they want to use in a ...
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MIT/BSD plugin type software and GPL contamination / un-contamination?

Assuming a software Foobar that is GPL3, and assume a exterior plugin that is licensed MIT (or BSD). My understanding is that when a user, Joe, uses Foobar and the plugin, the plugin itself is ...
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Selling second hand and copyright

If I sell a bit of GPL'ed software I am required to provide source code, or an offer of same. This is based on the "distribution" clause of the GPL. According to this question, if I sell GPL'ed ...
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GPL and private sale

If a company sells a device containing GPL licensed code they need to provide the source code when asked. Does this apply to private sales, e.g. if I sell an used device that I bought on ebay, would ...
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Implications of changing terms of a free license (LGPL, Apache, MIT, Eclipse, etc) after I started using software on old terms

While creating my software (as a developer / startup owner) I rely on the fact that I can use some (software) library for free. I also rely on the fact that I can use it for commercial purpose and ...
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Asking for the unencrypted version of a file in an open-source project?

Let's say that an open-source project, such as a GNU GPL one, uses git-crypt and has added private, encrypted files, such as ssh private keys to the committed git repository. Wouldn't John Doe be in ...
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GPL: Does changing makefiles and configurations considered as “modifications”?

I know that editing GPL source code is considered as a "modification", which means all the copyleft rules apply. However, most software includes configuration files and makefiles which you can tweak ...
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GPL-3.0's “Open-Sourceness”, Images and Image Formats

I took an SVG image from a set which is distributed under GPL-3.0 and used it as (a large) part of an icon I made to a software of mine, which is also distributed under GPL-3.0. So far, everything is ...
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Copyright holder and license of the output files produced by a libre software

Consider for example the libre software LAMMPS, which uses GNU General Public License. The user writes an input file. Then the software performs some calculations based on the instructions in the ...
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Enforce GPL v3.0 with software modules

I develop a software that consists of a core application and several optional modules. I would like to license the core and all modules that were developed by me under the GPL v3.0. In addition to ...
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Does utilizing “copyleft” programs like git and gcc imply that the output has to be under the same license?

GPL v2.0 states the following as git's license: b) You must cause any work that you distribute or publish, that in whole or in part contains or is derived from the Program or any part thereof, to ...
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GPL Licensed code as separate process

We are going to use a GPL licensed application as separate process inside a docker. So here's how it works: Main app ships to client, it doesn't have any GPL code. Does have lots of things and ...
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Are there any AGPL-style licences that require source code modifications to be public?

So my understanding of the AGPL, is that it requires modifications to be distributed to the users of the network service, but I'm looking for a licence that would require any modifications (non-...
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How to enforce GPL if the copyright holder doesn't have access to the source code of violating software?

I'd like to publish a C library project that I have written on GitHub and license it under GPL, so I am doing some research on open source licenses and some confusion comes to mind. Let's say Evil ...
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Can I use my own Open Source code in commercial software I'm writing?

If I release some code that I wrote myself with an Open Source license (a WordPress plugin with the GPL2 license, https://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-2.0.html), can I then use my own code in commercial ...
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Websites using GPL-licensed libraries

If a customer of yours pays you to develop a website (not to buy it, so he doesn't receive a copy of the software), the website uses GPL libraries or frameworks, and the site is installed in a server ...
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Is it legal for manufacturers to lock bootloaders on Android phones?

Some backgroud : A bootloader is a very low level piece of software that runs first and loads an operating system of some other tool. On a lot of new Android devices the bootloader is "locked", that ...
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Can I use GPLv3 license in my project even if I am below 18 years old

My question is can I license my Game project with GPLv3 and have my name right of the copyright notice even if I am below 18?
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Code compatible with a GPL licensed program published under a different license (GNU gettext)

Context: The Python standard library already contains a gettext module roughly compatible with the original GNU gettext library. Simply this module does not use the hash tables present in mo files to ...
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GNU application in work other than software

As we know, GPL is intended especially for software products, but it may be used for any work if the creator thinks it is OK. If the original work and a modified work are both software, I see no ...
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What happens if open hardware infringes existing patent?

For example, maker community builds a machine implying/related to technologies/concepts under patent, and licenses these under GPL. What are the consequences? Example: electronic beam welding patent ...
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Developing software under GPLv3 and selling the source code

I am a software freelancer (basically, I own a software company which is just myself), so legally, I'm the bearer of responsibility. Recently, I have been asked to develop a piece of software. ...
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Using Qt with LPGL license for a revenue generating, non-distributed private project

I am planning on porting my Python based TradingBot to C++ due to Python's GIL limitation. I have looked up a few c++ libraries like boost and Qt. I'm more inclined to use Qt because of its excellent ...
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Is there a loophole in the GPL allowing binary-only distribution?

I asked this question a long time ago here, which was the wrong place, and got a bunch of conflicting answers from a bunch of non-lawyers. I'm hoping for a more definitive answer here, ideally from ...
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Is the output of a generator tool copyrighted? [GPL3 and CC BY-SA 3.0]

I am developing a game right now and wanted to use character sprites created by a generator under a GPL and CC BY-SA 3.0 license. In my understanding the GPL license does not cover the output of the ...
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What are the potential legal consequences for a company that has GPL violations?

In the news recently was that the smartphone company Xiaomi has not released the kernel source code for its Android phone that has been on the market for over 3 months. Since Android is based on the ...
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Can the GPL be applied to non-software projects?

I have an idea that I would like to distribute, but I do not want any legal restrictions (as in patents) to be applied to my idea. The idea is not all software (it is a smartphone design), so would it ...
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Is it a GPLv3 violation for a project to charge a fee for downloading binaries?

Is it a GPLv3 violation for a project to charge a fee for downloading binaries? Concretely I am wondering about this case: http://moodeaudio.org/ The project is clearly licenced under GPLv3 as stated ...
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Does the GNU Affero GPL help to protect against closed source if the application is run on a remote server?

Edit The point is that my application does not involve network interaction and so won't do any modifications to it. Instead it provides an interface for receiving local input (e.g. a file) and ...
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Can I modify a program under GPL to use an incompatible library and publish the source?

The GPL disallows linking to a GPL-incompatible library. However, reading the GPL it seems to me this only applies to distribution of binaries. So, is it allowed to modify a program under the GPL to ...
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Enforcing GPL without copyright

From what I understand the GPL license can only be enforced by the copyright holder. Therefore, given a scenario like this: A developer finds an abandoned software project licensed under GPL. S/he ...
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Can I use a GPL in a closed-source program by having a very large download file and a very small download speed?

Let's say I manage to expand (opposite of compress in this context) the source code of a GPL-derivative I made to an unusually large amount that is nearly impossible to download (let's say a ...
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Using R packages for commercial use

I have produced a couple of wordclouds and charts using packages in R. Is it ok to use Wordcloud and ggplot2 packages (they are licenced under GPL and LGPL) commercially for producing documents and ...
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Stolen GPL program (a hypothetical case)

I learned that there is no requirement to distribute the source for an non-distributed (that is used only inside the company) GPL licensed software. But what if a hacker steals it and puts online? ...
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Does Github's License Grant clause in the ToS make one legally liable?

The popular Git Repository hosting service used by many open-source projects Github recently adopted a new Terms of Service. I am puzzled by the implications of the License Grant Section. Which is ...
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Can I distribute the vtd-xml Java JAR (uses a GPLv2 license) with my commercial product and keep my product closed-source?

Can I distribute vtd-xml with my commercial product without having to share my source code? I came across this article and now I'm really confused: https://opensource.com/law/14/7/lawsuit-threatens-...
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CopyFree, LGPL & GPL: is Closed Source Possible?

I am working on building an app for desktop deployment. I am using an open-source platform that, for the purposes of this question, can be considered to use a CopyFree license. That platform itself ...
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Are user-space programs designed for modified Linux kernels considered derived works under GPLv2?

The Linux kernel is distributed under the GPLv2 and it seems generally accepted that "user-space programs that use the standard system call interfaces aren't considered derived works" as stated by ...
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Would an automatic download for LGPL libraries be permittable under LGPLv3?

Disclaimer: I am not a native English speaker NOR am I versed in the law beyond the basics you learn in highschool-/uni-courses. I am writing a software which uses LGPL licensed libraries. From ...
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Can I bundle Apache 2.0 licensed components in a GPL 3 licensed project?

I am creating a project that I would like to open source and license under the GPL 3 License. The project will come with a bundled version of an open source component which is licensed under the ...
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Problem About GPL Licence And WordPress Products

I copied following answer from this question. Since WordPress is GPL code, all code publicly distributed must also be licensed either as GPL, or GPL compatible. The GPL states you cannot ...
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Is it legal to quote extracts from the GNU GPLv3 license on the Stack Exchange network?

The GNU GPLv3 License is auto-licensed. Content posted to the Stack Exchange network is licensed by CC BY-SA 3.0. GNU is viral copyleft and cannot be re-licensed to CC, and also requires that ...
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Howto correctly attribute GPL material in GPL software?

If one integrates content (code, fonts, etc.) that is published under GPL in a software application that is published under GPL as well, how to correctly attribute the authors of the integrated parts? ...
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Usage of gplv3 software to deliver output

a little confused about something here. Specifically I want to talk about Neo4j and it's licensing. It's a dual license, GPLv3/AGPLv3, and I want to find out exactly what that's supposed to mean ...
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Commercial company want to use the name of our game

We have a community linked to an open source game, that we have been maintaining in our free time for some years. Our name is quite nice, as it is related to our unique mod we built on top of that ...
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Do I have to update old jQuery Libraries to prevent my source code from being GPL?

I'm trying to reuse some old source code in what is going to be a commercial web application. This old code was made using jQuery 1.2.1, which is dual licensed under the MIT and GPL licenses. I've ...
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Are all GPL Licensed projects free to use for commercial use even if they appear to be paid content?

I having a few issues understanding how sites like gpldl.com can call themselves legal. This is basically a site where they purchase themes/plugins from developers such as: WooThemes iThemes Gravity ...
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GPL License type that permits museum fees?

Is there a GPL license type that permits non-direct revenue (from the asset), such as the entrance fee for a museum? Or educational tuition?
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Dual-licensing on a GPL software

I've been developing a software for 4 year, and I have spread parts of it under a GPL license for 2 years without being aware of it (it's complicated) since the beginning of the project. I built it ...
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What are the rules for selling my own software that includes other GPLv2 software

I've programmed some software that i wish to sell. BUT i want to sell it "complete" by which i mean as a complete image to be written onto a SD Card (for Raspberry Pi). This means that with my ...