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In open source licenses what does "Distribution" means in terms of hosted web applications?

Open source licenses e.g. GPL, MIT etc always has a clause about how they should be treated when "Distributing" the code that they are used in. If I use an...

Asked on 12/28/2021 by M. Ali Iftikhar

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I modified an already modified script under GPL v3 and want to allow optional academic citations in my package

I'm building a public open source package that uses, as part of the library, a modified script from an already modified code originally under the GPL v3 license. I want...

Asked on 12/22/2021 by Patrick Nasser

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How can I use programming documentation without infringing copyright?

I have a really hard time understanding how can I use copyrighted programming documentation, tutorials, articles, blogs, etc. presented as text or video, without infringing copyright? I will explain what...

Asked on 12/18/2021 by marianc

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Tivoization and the GPLv2

I have seen several questions on this site regarding tivoization, and how the GPLv3 can prevent it. However, for my particular use case, the GPLv3 actually seems to be more...

Asked on 12/14/2021 by Felix G

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Are projects created using Qt WASM required to be under GPL?

As I understand, the core modules of Qt are under LGPL and can be used in a closed source project.But the Qt WASM module is under GPL. I'm not...

Asked on 12/11/2021 by Trinopoty

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Do any open source licenses cover outbound internet connections/data sharing?

I have built a software tool that recognizes text from images of handwriting. I want to make the code public under a permissive license (like Apache 2.0), but with the...

Asked on 11/13/2021 by Dharmesh Tarapore

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Is it possible to have open source software such that binaries can only be distributed by the official builder?

I want to build an Android ROM for myself and the ROM i picked has an "official maintainer". On the website it states that if a device has an "official...

Asked on 11/04/2021 by ZAFER YUSUF VARDAR

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Can I get paid to make code that includes GPLv2 libraries?

I've been asked to make an application about astrology, and I would like to use this library, however it is licensed under GPLv2. Can I get paid...

Asked on 08/28/2021 by Rufis_

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Is GitHub "releases" section safe from malicious code? To be specific, does the binary match the code in a restrictive way?

When a developer creates a binary from the code and puts it in the releases section, does it match the code in a restrictive way so there is no chance...

Asked on 08/28/2021 by laimison

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Will there be any restrictions if I use a MIT licensed module which is built on a GPL library in my commercial software?

I want to use a Python module ( in my commercial software. This module is licensed under the MIT license whereas the library (Poppler) it is...

Asked on 08/28/2021 by Piyush Agrawal

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