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Questions tagged [gpl]

Gnu General Public License

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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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Can neural network models be copyrighted or be licensed under GNU GPL?

At a high level, neural network models are created in two steps: The structure of a neural network model (e.g. how many layers it has) is determined by some code. The neural network model is trained ...
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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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Offline Installers and the GPL

I have a software product which is completely proprietarily licensed. I would like to ship it in the same folder as the offline installer for blender. The offline installer for blender is totally ...
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Can I modify and resell any themes which are on WordPress official theme directory?

According to https://developer.wordpress.org/themes/getting-started/wordpress-licensing-the-gpl/, If you wish to submit your creation to the free theme repository on WordPress.org, it must be 100%...
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Is a citation of data in an open source application enough?

Let's say I am planning to write a software that uses data that has been published in a peer-reviewed journal (e.g. Nature, Science, Chemical Communications, Chemistry A European Journal). Is it ...
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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 ...
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GNU GPL question: Do I need to open source my entire app?

I am using the Telegram API (licensed under GNU GPL) to integrate chat services within my own application. The developer of Telegram asks to - "Please remember to publish your code too in order to ...
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Is it legal to rewrite a Java (OpenJDK) library into another programming language under GPL?

Is it legal for me to re-implement a Java library in another programming language under the GNU General Public License (GPL) version 2 (text)? I would mimic their exact API (package, class, and ...
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Factory memory got infected, what is the best way to file court complaint against Google? Spreadtrum SC7731 [closed]

Other stack subforum recommended me to post it here (it will be deleted there, but why not simply move?). I do post it with full commentary. Text below. Factory memory on phone got infected. Erase ...
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Which licence for a Python module with methods using optional GPL modules?

Suppose that I am developing a module A that should fulfill functions f1, f2, ..., fn. It has methods A.do_f1(), A.do_f2(), ..., A.do_fn(), written in pure Python or using non-GPL modules that can be ...
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Use an image under GNU/GPL in a commercial application

We are currently developing a commercial application. We found some images(icons) which are under GNU/GPL license. I'm not an expert in this kind of things, but I was wondering if it is legal to use ...
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EULA for warranty and liability disclaimer

My browser extensions are licensed under GPL. But GPL serves for code distribution not program usage. As an example, this extension is licensed under GPL. https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/...
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Does FFmpeg LGPL license apply in case if application is using FFmpeg via CLI

Does FFmpeg LGPL license applies when FFmpeg is being used from my application as an external tool, which is being called via command line interface? I do not compile, modify or even include FFmpeg ...
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MySQL Open Source License

I plan to develop and sell a commercial, closed source application and I want to use MySQL to store data. The application will be written in C++ and the MySQL server will be installed on end user's ...
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How does GPL v3 work?

I want to use the GPL v3 version of EXT JS for a project, but I'm very confused about how it should be used and whether or not I should get the paid version. I'm seeing different answers on the net so ...
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GPL v3 - Do I need to show passwords and secure keys in source

I'm developing in Python using Qt5 (PyQt5), which uses GPL v3 (http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-3.0.txt). I understand I need to make the source available, but if I create a separate file secret.py ...
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GPL - Do I have to distribute the source of my changes?

I will be creating a piece of (probably) commercial closed source software. It will be a web game. I hope to use some software that is GPL licensed, like nodejs or express(js). If I make minor changes ...
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Contribution terms for an LGPL Licensed Project

Background: I am making contributions to a certain project which is released under LGPL and also under a commercial license. According to the terms of contribution in the project by doing so I am ...
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At what point and how should I change the license/Copyright notice when I create a derivative?

If I take a piece of software that is licensed as MIT (quoted at the end), and use it as a scaffold to create for my own thing, do I need to keep including the old license perpetually? This would seem ...