Questions tagged [open-source-software]

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Open Source liability if I accept donations?

If I have an open source project with the MIT license and I accept donations, does that change my liability?
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Does AGPL 3 requeired to give free services

I found the following lines about AGPL3 and I am not sure about the correct way to interpret it. Does AGPL3 oblige me to give my cloud services that connected to the app for free or is it only the ...
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Copyrights of an application with similar name to another application

i has writing a php framework that its features is most important features that are exists in codeigniter and laravel and very very another features that is not exists in another frameworks. it's a ...
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Open source software license limitations

Software development often requires the usage of libraries, which are often open source and licensed to the user. While some of these licenses allow for free and unrestricted commercial use, like the ...
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Can textbook questions be quoted in the source code of an open source project?

The specific case I am referring to is here: https://github.com/dharmatech/Symbolism#examples. I am considering following suit and quote textbook questions which act as test cases in my own open ...
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Can I put a copyright notice on modified open source files?

I have a software project which is essentially a heavily modified piece of open source software. I'm wanting to add copyright notices to the file headers to protect my work, as it is possible for ...
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Can I relicense GPL software I make even if there are contributors?

I am about to release an open-source library (it's a derivative, but the original is MIT licensed). I'm considering releasing under GPLv3, especially since my understanding is that as the copyright ...
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Is there a license that lets only the company the rights to earn money with the code, but does not forbid others to use it?

Is there a License that permits only the company that published the code to earn money using it, by selling products or services that include that code?. The license should let in addition the ability ...
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Could this interpretation of open source be compatible with GPL 2?

Supposing I made a fork of a project licensed under GPL 2 and made some modifications to it, could I then release source only by request, for only snapshots and not the stable build, without making ...
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License template for open-source software that requires to inform the copyright holder when a derived work is published

I asked this question on opensource.stackexchange.com, but apparently they have a very narrow definition of 'open-source' and what kind of questions can be asked there, so I hope I have better luck ...
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TikTok/WeChat bans and open source software

The executive orders dealing with TikTok and WeChat don't apply to just those particular pieces of software, but "any transaction by any person, or with respect to any property, subject to the ...
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How should I describe the license of a document that embeds alternately-licensed content?

I wish to distribute a document under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license. I have written most of this document myself, with the exception of sections which are formed of examples of code (written by ...
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Is it legit to fork an unlicensed repository for non-commercial purposes?

Edit: bear in mind that I'm not asking for which license, I'm asking whether it's fair or not. I want to use the treepedia_dl_public library as a core part of a new website. I checked the repository ...
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GitHub - Can I legally commit proprietary source code in a private repository?

I maintain an open-source application project, which I committed in a public GitHub repository. The source code I wrote is open-source (under MIT license) and owned by me, however it depends on a ...
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How to register a license for a software in India?

I have decided that I want to go ahead with the AGPL license for my software. What is the procedure that one has to go through in India so that the LICENSE holds in court. Will a LICENSE file along ...
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Are Word-Frequency lists copyrightable?

If someone generates word frequency lists somehow. For example by analysing a web corpus or data from keyboards. Is this form of list of words and their frequencies copyrightable? For example if ...
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Ownership of sites and smart contracts

If I am an owner of a site, I can place restrictions on its usage even if the site software is licensed under an open source license such as GPL or AGPL, right? Which law allows me to place such ...
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I believe [program] violates GPL, do I need to sue the author before using its source code?

Let's say there's a program ("ABC") which is licensed under GPL. There's a similar program ("CAD") on the market, which I believe is a modified ABC. It is therefore in violation of ...
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What does the patent litigation piece of the Apache License mean?

I am looking at this from Wikipedia: The Apache License 2.0 makes sure that the user does not have to worry about infringing any patents by using the software. The user is granted a license to any ...
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Can I embed “public available” scientific data in my app?

I have written some (smallish) scientific apps which I would like to make public (open source). They use scientific data sets from NIST such as this. It would make sense to add a (slightly cleaned up) ...
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Do I have to adhere to my own software licences for them to remain enforceable?

I have written a software application and an accompanying software library. When users use this application, they will write code externally to it which also makes use of the software library. The ...
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Are there any legal repercussions for writing open source code that ends up being used as a botnet? [duplicate]

For example, there is a whole project tutorial on how to build one, as well as plenty of examples of people writing their own. If open source software (such as the above) was taken by a bad actor and ...
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Does the acceptance of a software licence constitute a contract? Can such a contract be closed without using said software?

This question revolves around the (unresolved) question in the open source community, whether "dynamic linking" against a GPL-licensed library requires your software to be GPL-licensed, as well. I ...
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Is writing articles by fixing Google Translate Copyright Infringement?

I am currently looking for documentation for software in a non-English language, but there is only documentation on the software in English. In order to help other non-English speakers, I decided to ...
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What legal conditions do I have to meet to open an open source website?

I'm working on a website for a pretty long time and in the close future I want to open it into the public. The problem is, my website collects personal data and cookies which (in my country - Poland) ...
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Could i “Publish” a Open-Source Game/Software on a Platform without consens of the Development Team

If i saw a Software or Game that is Open-Source (like on GitHub). Could i be something like a "Publisher" and take this Open-Source Game and put it on a Platform (like Steam) and put my Number as a ...
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Can my former employer come after me for developing software after I left them?

I worked with a company (Company A) in the US as a developer for two years that utilized third party API's. I recently left that company to work elsewhere (new company (Company B) is a completely ...
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Is it generally legal to develop and provide of API-compatible software services

Is there a legal issue when providing API-compatible services? By API-compatible services, I mean developing systems and providing solutions to customers that mimic other existing cloud computing ...
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Can a child release his own work into e.g. the public domain?

I (15 years old; living in Germany) write software now for ~four years and wondered whether I can release it into the public domain or under some free software license without having to ask somebody. ...
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Copyright in copyleft licence?

Is the copyright mentioned in GPL v3 used just for the sake of defining the word? (It's not copyrighted, but the word encompasses the same actions that would violate the copyright if it was ...
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Is it legal for someone to try to pass of my website as their own as long as they've kept the same MIT license?

The source code for my personal website is publicly visible on GitHub and hosted live with GitHub Pages. Back when I was creating this site, I didn't really understand the implications of copyright ...
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What effect does a project's software license have on its cultural works?

0BSD and ISC are software licenses. They grant permissions for software. I guess these granted permissions legally only apply to what fits the legal definition of software. What if a project combines ...
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Copyright issue of the interface of Windows Notepad

I'm developing Windows application. It is crypto-functioning notepad. And its design(UI interface) is almost(approx 90%?) same with Microsoft Windows Notepad. Differences are only some buttons and ...
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How would you choose a creative commons/open source license for a work of fiction in which the code itself comprises all/part of the story being told?

In cases where there exists a clear delineation between the engine being used to tell the story and the assets being used to tell the story - e.g. your average open source video game - it seems like a ...
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Licensing code which uses a few lines from another library

I have a header and source file which the majority is mine, however there is at least one function which uses a few lines of code from another library (Apache 2.0) I will license said files with the ...
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Can I write code using libraries with these licences (apache, mit, boost) in this way?

I have a simple question. I am writing some code (c++) and that uses libraries licensed as Mit and Apache 2.0 (which I know are compatible). My question is can I use libraries that have a boost 1.0 ...
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Is it theoretically possible to create a free software WinRAR compressor?

Please forgive me if this has already been answered somewhere; I searched high and low and found quite a few answers dealing with the RAR file format but none that answered this specific question. Is ...
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Can I get benefits of others' contributions to my GPL licensed software to use these contributions in my proprietary software?

I have my own code of a software, purely coded by me. I am intending to open source it, GPLv3 or Apache 2.0. Then I will add them to Github to let others get benefits of source code and contribute ...
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Choosing an open source license — allow commercial use for myself only

Context I'm writing a web app (and a REST API) and I plan to make my users pay for the software, in order to pay the server costs, but the code is available if some user wants to host the service ...
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Can a company modify and use the source code of a GPLed library without selling it or releasing the modification?

I have a specific case here for which I could not find a clear answer here or on other pages. I am working for a company that is interested in using an open source code licensed under GPL v2.1. The ...
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Which open-source licenses do I need to provide if I use OpenJDK + Eclipse

My company uses Eclipse environment (in combination with OpenJDK) as a container (some kind of app store, like Google Play Store or Microsoft Store) for many applications/software made in-house. Some ...
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Is it legal to use “VirtualBox” software without making a payment?

I am planning to open a blog webpage, publish technology-based content on it and make money via blogger earning methods like Google AdSense. The software I mentioned in the title, which is available ...
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Using CARLA for commercial and for-profit use

I know that CARLA is licensed under MIT license that means that it can be used even for commercial purposes, but how is it with UNREAL Engine on which CARLA runs, using this engine for commercial ...
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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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Why can an open source program use closed source file formats?

I have been wondered following: Excel and Word are closed source product. But still, Libreoffice can write Excel and Word documents, at least to some extent. Is it true that it is not criminal to ...
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Can I say which companies use my open source software?

I have written some open source (MIT License) software. I wrote the software for my own company Company A, that is legally registered with myself as the only employee. I only registered it so I could ...
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Are open source RAT's legal?

I've been working on a Remote Administration Trojan (Malware) for fun, simliar to Quasar. I would like to publish the software on GitHub as an open-source/free to use tool for under the MIT license. ...
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Is it possible to sell a software to enterprises, then release its source code for free?

The title says it all. Out of curiosity and because I didn't find any result when searching about that, I'm asking here if it's technically possible to sell a software to an enterprise, then months ...
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Can a simple statement prevent developer to be responsible of illegal use of software?

Sometimes programmers are asked to do a program that he or she won't know if it is legal or not. Can a programmer made his career without worrying issues in law by simply licensing the program, like ...

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