21 votes

Should we continue to accept software licensing questions?

Yes We currently have lots of great Q&A's that specifically address licensing. Questions about software licences are well within the purview of the Software Development Life-Cycle. We should ...
19 votes
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When is a software licensing question on topic?

As a rule of thumb, questions are on topic if they are answerable by expert programmers, as opposed to expert lawyers. Additionally, here are some questions you can ask yourself to determine if your ...
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Should we continue to accept software licensing questions?

No The concept of licensing questions being on-topic has a long history. When the topicality of this site was first discussed, "software law" was originally on-topic. But this definition of legal ...
13 votes

Reconciling "no legal advice" and "yes software licensing"

My understanding on legal/licensing questions has always been: If it can be reasonably and confidently answered by an experienced programmer, without needing to consult any actual lawyers, then it's ...
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Are software licensing questions on-topic for this site, or not? If not, can we make this more obvious?

The reason why it's no longer in the Help Center is two-fold. First, it was too hard to explain. I think we tried two or three variants of the statements around software licensing in the Help Center. ...
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8 votes

I think it's time we just make all licensing questions off-topic

First and foremost, I think the arguments presented in this former answer to a question asked by Thomas Owens from last year are still valid. So I don't think we should make all licensing questions ...
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8 votes

I think it's time we just make all licensing questions off-topic

I would be very much in favour of completely dropping licensing from our scope. While legal aspects certainly are a part of software engineering, we could only answer the most simple questions here. ...
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Should we continue to accept software licensing questions?

I tend to agree, but I think my reasoning is more focused on pragmatism. In my eyes, this isn't so much about having a "clear and concise" scope (as you note in a comment). The motivation of an SE ...
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Popular, detailed, controversial answer on a legal topic deleted. Appropriate?

I think that amon's answer pretty much covers it, but as the moderator who deleted it, I wanted to walk through my process. The answer was brought to the attention of the mod team by flags. At least ...
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Popular, detailed, controversial answer on a legal topic deleted. Appropriate?

First of all, the question itself would be considered off topic under current rules. It is a detailed legal question about the AGPLv3 and not about really about software engineering. The question ...
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4 votes

Should new off-topic software licensing questions be moved to the law/open source Stack Exchange websites, or deleted?

The policy for licensing questions is the same as any other question. If the question is on-topic here on Software Engineering, nothing happens. If the question is off-topic here on Software ...
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3 votes

Question regarding license violation?

Contact the FSF or SFLC for help on GPL enforcement. Or http://gpl-violations.org
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I'd like to add a licensing tag to a number of Meta questions

I have added the licensing to the following questions: Question regarding license violation? Are software license questions acceptable? Software Law definition What is the difference between the &...
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"How can I compare and contrast open source licenses?" - canonical dupe for license shopping?

I don't feel this question is a good canonical target for "License Shopping" questions as it is overtly broad and would give users the wrong impression about what kinds of questions are okay to ask ...
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