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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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What are the benefits of having a benevolent dictator for life (BDFL) on OSS?

I've seen a number of differing governance styles on open source projects. Some have looser contribution restrictions, with PR approval coming from people who have earned the privilege to do...

Asked on 08/28/2021 by Ryan Donovan

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Licensing user-generated content

I am developing a software that is licensed AGPLv3. It's a simple tool that takes a user-provided string and generates an image based on it. What license is the generated...

Asked on 08/28/2021

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What is the difference between contributor, member and collaborator?

Is collaborator just a contributor with "commit-bit" and other privileges or there is more to it?...

Asked on 08/28/2021

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Time limit to supply source code under GPL

About a week ago I found some commercial software that is closed source using two GPL v2 licensed packages in the binaries. I emailed the company back and forth and...

Asked on 08/28/2021 by Hunter Beach

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What license can I use for source code in an (e)book, that does not restrict binary distribution?

I'm writing an eBook (perhaps to be published physically one day) on the topic of programming. As such, it contains many coding samples. I want to expressly allow readers to...

Asked on 08/28/2021 by Flimzy

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