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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?
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Why is there a year generated in copyright license code?

I just generated a new MIT licensed repository on Github. Part of the license looks like this: Copyright (c) 2017 superfly-css What is the purpose of having a year in the copyright line? Is it ...
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Can I accept donations if I use open source software with “no commercial use” clause?

If I use components forbidding commercial use in my website/app (such as copyleft or share alike), can I (3 situations): Accept donations Accept donations and give some privileges to donors, such as ...
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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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Can I use any library I want in a public domain program?

If I install a library on my system (let's say it's called libfoo and it is under the BSD license), then include the header in my program (in the public domain) and link the program to libfoo, is that ...
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Can PHP code be used without permission?

I am using PHP code to make a website. Can anybody can use my PHP code without my permission because of open source?
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Can an untraceable license be enforced in court?

I have been asked to provide the license details of all the software libraries used in a software. It should have been an easy task since the customer provided the full sources for them. ...
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Why is the CC-BY license so long?

The CC-BY 4.0 license is 1,958 words. As I understand it, the MIT license is functionally equivalent to CC-BY: it established that you can do whatever with the published work, as long as you give ...
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Why do you have to accept a licencing agreenment before installing Java but not C++?

There is a license to use Java which you must accept before installing. Why isn't there one for C or C++? If there is, where can it be found? I'm guessing it has to do with how Oracle owns Java, but ...
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Can I inspect websites' source in teaching video?

As a web developer, I find that we can learn a ton about HTML, CSS and JavaScript by opening the Developer Tools in Chromium and inspect elements, seeing the names other developer choose for their CSS ...
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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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(CopyLeft++) Non profit license - Extension to GNU

There are now many open source projects using licenses such as the GNU General Public License. Although releasing the source code for a project that has used this means that anyone can compile it ...
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Can I work on patent-infringing software in private, then release it when said patent expires?

This is not a scenario I'm actually going through; this is just a thought I had. The situation proposed in this question is entirely hypothetical. Suppose some algorithm -- for this post, let's say ...
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Suggestion for Open Source Licence for alpha software

I'm looking for a good licence for software available publicly, but is in pre-alpha development stage (i.e., use it at your own risk and don't use it in any commercial software etc.) As it's pre-...
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Q about consequences of a software license amendment regarding patents: Facebook's open-source “react”

UPDATE 22 Sep, 2017 "Relicensing React, Jest, Flow, and Immutable.js" (MIT license, PATENT file removed) https://code.facebook.com/posts/300798627056246/relicensing-react-jest-flow-and-immutable-js/ ...
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Is my application commercial according to this definition?

I'm planing to use the Imgur API in my own application. According to their document(emphasis mine): Commercial Usage Your application is commercial if you're making any money with it (which ...
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Software licence where no licence is found

Is it correct that I can't take the source code from an educational book and write/use in my website or use it for my own teaching purposes? Or can such code be considered "generic code" without ...
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Is it legal to profit from an open source software

I am planning on making a service that uses a modified open source software. Would it be legal for me to profit from it? I am not sure what information would be relevant to this so if I have missed ...
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How does contributing to a FLOSS project work from a legal perspective?

Some points I know: Contributors own copyright over their contributions, which means the author (= the owner of the repo and original author) cannot re-license the code (= change the license of the ...
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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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How can I classify and pay contributors in my open source project?

I am setting up an "open" source project. The source code is available for educational and personal use and modification but not for selling or redistribution. In this project, I expect that many ...
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Can company change BSD license into any paid?

I'm going to use some products shared under free of use licenses (mostly BSD). For example i want to use "on-permise" version of Sentry (https://docs.getsentry.com/on-premise/license/#sentry-license). ...
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Does using Java or Mono open me up to the possibility of being sued by Oracle or Microsoft?

Given the recent lawsuit between Google and Oracle due to Oracle's claims of the unfair usage of the Java API's in Android. I have a large amount of Java and C# code for certain back end processes on ...
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Viral nature of open source licences

I find the various licenses for open source software confusing. If a license is not copyleft, like MIT, does that mean a person can change one small piece of code and patent it and sell it as their ...
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MIT License for patented software

Let's say I have patented an algorithm, but want to make the source of an implementation of the invention freely available and allow non-commercial use. The most common opensource licenses do not have ...
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MIT License Creating a script that is illegal to use

Let me be clear on this. We are creating some Open Source scripts to gain more attention on our social media networks. These scripts are not legal to use because they break the Terms of Service of the ...
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Would open source programs that use encryption be illegal under this draft of the “Compliance with Court Orders Act of 2016”

The U.S. congress has a draft for a bill that would require companies to fetch information from a device when requested by a court. A consequence of this is that many types of security technology ...
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How can I discover what regulations a biomedical device needs to meet?

Please note: the contextual jurisdiction of this question is primarily the United States, but could be extended to European and Asian countries as well. The OpenBCI is a recently-funded startup that ...
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Is it legal to write software to convert data from a proprietary format?

I have created a piece of software that converts a proprietary format from the database blob of a large, well known commercial software company into the equivalent open source data type. The large ...
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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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Is it legal to use the Tor Network and Tor Software in the United States?

Is it legal to use the following provided by the Tor Project: Using the Tor Browser Using the Tor Network Browsing *.onion domains Browsing the "Hidden Wiki" Provided I'm not doing anything illegal ...
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Open source licence reproduction

If an open source software licence requires to "preserve this notice", which usually appears within the source code file, and I'm not distributing any parts of the source code (but only binary files), ...
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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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Distribute a XUL Application using Firefox binary

I'm going to release a XUL Application to my users. It's freeware (and maybe it will be opensource-ed later). Previously I used to package it with XULRunner and ship them all to the end user. Now I ...
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Trademarking a product that contains a library licensed under Apache 2.0

I have a web application that makes use of the well known Twitter Bootstrap library which is released under Apache License 2.0 with Creative Commons CC-BY 3.0. Can I trademark this application? Note:...
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Sw Tool Linking to open source libraries

If I link proprietary code with open source libraries (licensed under the Apache v2 and MPL1.1 licenses) to create a standalone SW Tool, do I need to release the proprietary code under open source ...
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Mention of open source license in product

We have a product that heavily relies on open source licenses like Apache 2.0, GPL etc. Our product is a service that we host inhouse and our customers use (like Basecamp), like a Saas, so nobody ...
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3-clause BSD + Apache License 2.0 + Mozilla Public License 1.1

I'm currently handling a project where devolopers have used the 3 different oss codes & respective licenses abovementioned and also proprietary code. scenario is as follows: The sw tool being ...
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Open source company - how to protect myself from being sued?

In 2 and a bit weeks I'll be participating in a hackathon, where I'll create the prototype of an application that I want to base a company off of in the maybe-near future. Both the prototype and the ...
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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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Do I need to include the full text of the MIT license in the UI of my app?

We're using an open-source software library which is distributed under the MIT license. The key line of the license is as follows: The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be ...
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What is the Copyright Status of code posted on JSFiddle?

Programmers share code on the site JSFiddle http://jsfiddle.net, the website section called Licence states: All code posted to the site belongs to the poster and no license is enforced. jsFiddle are ...
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What happens if open source software infringes existing patent?

What happens if an open source software is released globally and it violates a patent? I found an interesting answer on MetaFilter and would like to know if it is considered to be correct by local ...
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Can I bundle MIT licensed components in a Apache 2.0 licensed project?

I am creating a project that I would like to open source and license under the Apache 2.0 License. The project will come with a bundled version of an open source component which is licensed under the ...
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Question About OpenStreetMap and Legal Requirements

We are planning to start working on a new Application (web based application) that requires us to use Geo Data. OpenStreetMap is a free and open source data source that we could use as a starting ...
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Does the Apache 2.0 license require attribution on a commercial work on which it is based?

I'm using Nativescript which is licensed under the Apache 2.0 license. Provided that I do not intend to change Nativescript itseft, but I'm using it to develop an application, am I expected to give ...
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Ingesting source files from other open source project into mine

I am publishing an open-source code project under the MIT-style license. I have the full notice in the LICENSE file of the source repository. I want to take a whole file from another open-source ...
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Meaning of uppercase paragraphs in software licenses

For example, in the MIT license we find this paragraph: THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF ...
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Is it possible to distribute BSD (derived) software with a warranty?

(In the following, assume that "I" is not personal, but could be a corporation or group suitable in size and training to perform the tasks) I have received sample code carrying a license patterned ...
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Using images from MIT licensed software

I am a software developer and plan to use some icons from Jenkins CI in one of our commercial products. Jenkins CI is is distributed under the MIT license, which is designed for software and source ...