Questions tagged [open-source-software]

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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 ...
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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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CC Share-Alike for Open Source Software

I've been developing a mobile app to help players and GM in a RPG titled Anima Prime. The game itself is licensed in Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0. I'm no native speaker of English so ...
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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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Copyright law and distribution terms for public versions or derivatives

The present question is a special case of Can one take BSD licensed code and distribute it under GPL?. Looking recently at OpenBSD's LibreSSL, I've noticed that SSLeay that it traces its roots to (...
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Open source software distribution between different legal entities

I work for a large organization with multiple international companies part of a larger parent company. At this moment I am working on a software application for Android. This application is being ...
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Can someone print and sell tshirts whose design includes Apache licensed emojis?

Is printing an emoji on tee shirts and selling them copyright infringement if the emoji font is under the Apache open source license?
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Is WINE illegal?

Is WINE (WINE Is Not an Emulator) illegal? Given that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has held in Oracle v. Google that APIs are copyrightable, is WINE (which reproduces the Windows ...
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Is there a fair use exception for trademarks?

The copyright law has the famous fair-use exception, where you can legally use some parts of copyrighted works without having to pay any royalties to, or ask any permission from, the copyright holder. ...
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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 ...

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