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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Legal aspects of using trademarks for sponsorship in free computer games

Because I am a layman, I ask that you excuse my plain language when expressing myself. Hypothetical situation: An open-source car racing game has multiple skins (paintjobs) for each car. The car ...
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Open source idea closely related to product at work

For a while I have had an idea for an open source project. Now, I've started building something similar at work as an internal tool (so not public). So does that mean I can not go on and do the ...
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Private license and Apache License Version 2.0 in one commercial product?

If I’m using an official cordova plugin licensed under Apache License Version 2.0 in my commercial product, am I allowed to sell it (the source code of my product to another party) under two different ...
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ISC vs MIT vs Simplified FreeBSD: what is the difference between these licenses?

What is the difference between: ISC License MIT License (Expat) BSD 2-Clause License (FreeBSD/Simplified) The ISC seems to be a simplification of MIT and FreeBSD Simplified after Berne convention. ...
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When a contractor develops a program based on clients specifications, who owns the rights?

I was hired to create a computer program. The client gave me directions on what it should do and how the UI should look like (complete with pictures). No formal contract was ever made, and I realize ...
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How can I integrate open source licenses, such as MIT, into my own open source project when my code is unlicensed?

I want to use a portion of an existing project that is licensed under MIT. MIT seems to state that I must include their license in my work, but I don't want to use any license for my own work (i.e. ...
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Can the original author of a WTFPL Project be sued for patent infringement?

So I browsed through the WTFPL Feedback Section and found this question unanswered (actually it was answered but I do not want to gun down people in the streets). So, if somebody sues you, can they ...
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A license which only grants private use

Say you have a software company, and you would like to make all the source code you provide FOSS, as you want to allow your customers to be able to modify and learn the code of the software you ...
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Licensing software opensource but keeping reputation as the creator

I am building a web application for a client of mine. I will likely wish to use the software with other clients. My client has no expectations that they will have exclusive rights to the software, ...
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SIL OFL License v1.1 and Embedding Icon Fonts in Software Binaries

I am unclear on some of the nuances of the OFL when it comes to things like modifications and what that means in terms of permission to redistribute it. My use-case is as follows: I developed a ...
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Is taking influence from an Apache licensed software copyright infringment?

This question was first posted on Open Source here. I'll try to be more specific about what I'm doing: After using FluentValidation for a few project I wanted to take a try at developing my own ...
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What are the limits of software licensing?

For example, GPL states (AFAIK) that if your software uses GPL licensed software, your software has to be made open-source. So if you trick someone into using GPL software in their closed-source ...
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Can The Owner Change A Github Repository From Public To Private At Any Time?

I'm building a browser game. Eventually I want to put ads on it, sell in-game currency, build a private company around it, etc. I want to save my code in a Github repository. As far as Github ...
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Add code with MIT License to my website

If I get HTML code with a MIT License, then I edit the code (for example I change the input box placeholder or something like that), how to put the code in my website legally?
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Software License For Proprietary Software Open Only For Licensee Modification and Security Review?

I'm looking for a software license (calling it "open source" would be incorrect) which can be loosely modified to meet the following objectives: Maintains the ability to sell seats to software for ...
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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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Am I allowed to open source my Dr. Seuss txt files on GitHub?

I've been working on building a Dr. Seuss dataset which provides training data for my recurrent neural network. The goal is to use machine learning to get the computer to generate Seuss-like works. ...
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What happens if a project mixes different licenses?

If I have an open source project that includes both BSD and GPL licenses as well as my own license, what will the overall license be or would different licenses apply to different parts of the code?