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Questions tagged [open-source-software]

For questions about open source software, which is licensed under an open source license. Generally, the source code is made available, and it provides a set of terms to allow others to use it. You may want to consider asking your question at Open Source Stack Exchange as well.

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MIT License - Footer Link and Paid Removal Option

I have developed a small web app we want to release for free to the public. We want to leave a link in the footer of the web app to our website and perhaps have a small charge to remove the link that ...
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Removing Developer Name From Software

I have recently found someone that is using software that I released on GitHub under the Apache License 2.0. The software is a Discord bot that includes a dashboard. I also have the following in the ...
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What widely available software license is appropriate if I want to freely distribute but keep my own right to sell?

I am working on a project and I have the source code on github. I'd like to add a license to it, but I'm not sure exactly what I need. I have the following circumstances: I'd like to eventually be ...
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Must I always ask permission if I use code someone other wrote?

I was told that it might be useful to publish something on Github to get a job. I was wondering if there are any copyright issues here: Suppose I got an idea of a small program. I do it mostly by my ...
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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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Open Source Contributor Agreements and Consideration

Some Open Source projects require their contributors to execute so called Contributor Agreements. The content of these agreements vary, but many address contributors right to make the contribution and ...
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Who, at a company, is allowed to release code under (open source) license?

Suppose I wanted to release some code I wrote for my employer as an open source project, who at the company would be allowed to do that in the eyes of the law? I ask about open source, but I suppose ...
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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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Legal Strategy for Protecting IP

I have done substantial work on some software that I plan to continue to develop and improve during the course of my next employment. The contract has something to the effect of All code created ...
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How are open source licenses valid without consideration?

I'm not a lawyer or law student in any capacity, but I've read in multiple sources that a contract is not valid unless there is consideration for both parties. With this in mind, how can licenses for ...
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Open source licenses and auxiliary content

Apparently, images and other auxiliary content can be licensed with typical software licenses such as MIT. Let's assume the following: I have a repository with different kinds of files I want to ...
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Can creating a web scraper be illegal? [duplicate]

Let me start with specifying that I'm not asking about the act of web scraping itself, neither the use of the data obtained through that method. What I'm asking exactly in simple terms: Can I be ...
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Re-Releasing, Re-Naming and Re-Writing Open Source GNU V3 Licensed software

MAIN QUESTION SUMMARY: Can someone with real world experience, who has actually Modified, Re-Wrote, Re-Released and Re-Named Open Source GNU V3 Licensed software; please share their experience on the ...
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Do I have to link to the glyphicon website?

The Bootstrap homepage states : Glyphicons Halflings are normally not available for free, but their creator has made them available for Bootstrap free of cost. As a thank you, we only ask that you ...
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JetBrains Student Licenses - OSS allowed?

According to this question(and the license agreement) : Am I allowed to use a students license for my Bachelor Thesis at work? I may not use JetBrains IDE's which I have access to using an "...
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Can a professor patent and license a technology if the development used software with non-commerical license?

Suppose a professor or student at a university uses software like Rosetta (a protein folding software) for their research. Rosetta has free academic licenses as well as paid commercial licenses ...
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Does software API copyrightability extend across programming languages?

I was initially going to post this on softwareengineering.stackexchange but after some research I believe this might be more on topic here. I was recently faced with the problem of needing an open ...
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Modifying Open Source System Files to Cheat

I am asking this question primarily as a follow up to this question: Is creating and selling "cheats" or "hacks" for games illegal? The consensus in that question seems that it is ...
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Do international sanctions have an impact on Open Source Software?

Background Recently I was reading about embargoes and sanctions on Iran (also this link) and before Sudan, and it got me thinking about how they could impact Open Source Software. Sanctions being ...
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Legality of Forking Open Source Projects

Are there any legal issues with forking an open source project and putting your own name and spin on it? I am talking specifically about projects that are operating under the MIT or Creative Commons ...
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Copyright on code from public source

Let's imagine consultancy A develops a code for client B that use some free available code from a website so it's a derivative work from the free code (MIT license). Can consultancy A re-use the same ...
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Is it legal to open source a spyware?

I have created a simple spyware on which whenever a form is submitted on any website, it will serialize the form data then send the data to my email address. I am only currently using it on my own ...
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possible problems when removing a license

Specifically speaking of free software licenses, and particularly speak of Blende.org / Blender 2.7xx. I want to know what happens if I withdraw the license and / or replace it with another one. I am ...
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Is it legal to require registration to obtain US Government software or data?

Is it legal to require registration to obtain US Government software or data? For example, if a government web site makes you put in an email address before you can access public data or public ...
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What license model to use for disclosing the source code of a paid software product? [closed]

I am developing and selling a piece of software over the internet. Recently a customer has asked me for a copy of the source code, so he can add custom features and maybe also assist to fix bugs. He ...
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Appending to a creative commons license [closed]

I'm currently developing a game for which I want to document my experience with online through my website. On the site, one of things I want to offer anyone who subscribes to my mailing list is access ...
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How to legally contribute to open source projects (and other public stuff) in Germany?

Being a software developer it is very important to contribute to public projects and participate in public professional activities. This includes open source projects (which may belong to other ...
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Open source encryption library pose export compliance

I am developing an app which will encrypt users files , photos etc. I use the open source library RNCryptor to do the operation . Does this make my app require export compliance ? . Does the export ...
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Is a software license still valid, if it claims copyright for previous years?

I had a FOSS project with a license which first mentioned "Copyright 2016". Then year 2017 came, and I replaced it with "Copyright 2017". After a while, I realized my mistake and replaced it with "...
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Is the WTFPL globally valid?

Reading the comments to the answer of this question, it seems that the Unlicense presents legal problems in countries like Germany. This is because German law doesn't permit simply waiving all ...
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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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Copying documentation and images from apache2 license

I am software developer and I wrote framework that is based on the same concepts as framework that is available in different language. This framework is under Apache2 License and I want to copy big ...
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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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Does the DCO address GDPR concerns?

The Developer Certificate of Origin v1.1, created in 2006 for free software/open source contributors as an alternative to CLAs, contains the following clause: (d) I understand and agree that this ...
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What's the legal state of a data learnt from open-source datasets?

Is it legal to make a software to "learn" from open-source datasets like Freebase or WordNet and use it to build an open-source knowledge-base system? Freebase license (CC-BY) - Require credit and ...
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Does GNU General Public License Persist When Changing Source Code Language

Recently I rewrote a very small PHP program (~300 lines) under the GNU General Public License into an equivalent C# program and it made me curious where the new program I wrote stands legally. Is the ...
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Are open-source developers protected to a greater extent from liability in the event of security breach involving their software?

I'm studying for the Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP) exam and am confused by some statements that were made regarding cloud application security. Specifically a statement on proprietary ...
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Legal disclaimer and liability for non-profit tax software [duplicate]

If there were an open source, non-profit project to create tax software to help people fill out their US Federal (and possibly state and local) taxes for free, and this tax software acquired a ...
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Open source crypto project wallet and its liability

I'm working on a crypto wallet for a top 50 cryptocurrency. I'm part of the core team and we were discussing potential liability around the app we're building. It's released as-is and under a BSD-2 ...
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Is there always a legal way to make an open source product integrate against the will of a proprietary vendor?

This question is tightly related to other questions here. I'm asking for the USA. Rather than questioning a method of evasion, or predicating the question on any specific contract let's assume there ...
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Are different licenses legally binding and can any person/company sue another person/company for violating open source licence?

With "license" I am referring to the open source licences such as the Creative commons licence or other open-source software or hardware licenses such as MIT License or GNU License or CERN hardware ...
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Software Licence Agreement for project developed away from work to be used at work

I developed a logging application. I started a process with my employer to integrate the application on-premise at their client's servers. The application was developed by me, during my free time. ...
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Can you sue a DAO that offers “software as a coin”?

Please help me evaluate the fictitious fact pattern below and understand whether there is a viable legal strategy for the prosecution. Note that this is somewhat futuristic and does not contemplate a ...
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Does a company own my company's product if I use their open source code?

Does a company own my company's product if I use their open source code? I am reading through the SDK License agreement of a company's code and it reads: ======================================== ...
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Who owns the code when my employer wants something similar to my existing open source project?

I have a similar situation to this question. My employer hired me knowing that I work on some open source projects, but for a long time, showed no interest in my open source projects. Now they want ...
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Reproduce some website ideas on my own opensource project

I am a developer and I recently came accross a website to practice my development environment skills. This website has a premium access policy and rather than paying, I would like to develop my own ...
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Using code from Github

A public github page has a code exposed which we wish to use in our product. The product is a commercial B2B product and hence wanted to know if the author of the code has specifically mentioned a '...
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Am I redistributing or copying MIT or BSD-2-Clause licensed source code with something like `<script src="…`, `require(…` or `import …`?

For example, jQuery and snoowrap are MIT licensed and PRAW is BSD-2-Clause licensed. (These projects are only chosen as exemplary projects for the HTML5/Node.js/Python snippets below. I'm looking for ...
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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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Why can you use the font “Helvetica” for free in LaTeX although it would otherwise be required to pay a fee?

When looking for the Helvetica font, it usually costs you a certain amount of money because it is not a free font. But when I am using the free open source software LaTeX, I can use the font wherever ...