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Pst-Vectorian Ornaments---Are They Free to Use Commercially without Attribution?

I am planning on using some of the the ornaments found in the psvectorian package in a book I am typesetting with LaTeX. I am under the impression that these vector images are free to use commercially....
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Package doclicense error for version 2.0

I want to print CC text and logo in bottom of first page of my latex cls template but it returns error for version 2.0. (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/) or (https://creativecommons....
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Legal usage of fonts distributed with Microsoft Windows (in `TeX Live` programs) [closed]

After I've read OpenType and TrueType specification that Microsoft website links to (when I was looking about fonts licensing), I didn't fully understand that. So I'm asking a very specific question: ...
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How to add a license (Creative commons) to a bibtex entry?

I'm writing a paper where I use some data that's available under a creative commons licence (CC-BY). I'm not only citing a finding, but I'm plotting this data, doing analysis with it and thus adapting ...
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What license (if any) should I choose for this document class?

About 10 years ago, I inherited a not-officially-licensed document class for Ph.D, plus a sample skeletal thesis. theses in my alma mater's CS department. I've been maintaining and improving it on ...
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LPPL 1.3c: What is a "compiled work"?

I recently took over maintenance of a university thesis class. A user had a question about the LPPL 1.3c: whether PDF outputs are covered by the license. According to this answer they are "...
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Texlive's TeX vs Knuth's TeX

From texmf.cnf: % But don't parse the first line if invoked as"tex", since we want that % to remain Knuth-compatible. The src_specials and % file_line_error_style settings, as well as the ...
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Usage of CC License in a thesis [closed]

I'd like to insert a CC license on my thesis. I've selected the CC-BY-SA, but I couldn't proceed further, as to do I just download the image, concerning text and use it? Q: Can anyone please provide ...
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How to properly write the LPPL 1.3c license preamble?

I recently uploaded a few packages to CTAN, and for the license in the preamble I copied the following text from the documentation of dtxtut: %% This file may be distributed and/or modified under the %...
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How to display license information in current language using doclicense package?

I'm working in a template and I want to use the doclicense package and I want it to display license information accordingly to the current language. Unfortunately, for some reason, it is not doing as ...
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URW-Garamond's license and PDF documents embedding it

I'm a fan of Garamond fonts and I even worked a little bit a few years ago on an adaptation of URW Garamond No. 8 to OpenType. Despite my work not going further, I see that garamondx is what I wanted ...
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Is it legal to sell pdf made in LaTeX? [duplicate]

I know that using LaTex is free, but is selling pdf made in LaTeX legal? I looked up the license https://www.latex-project.org/lppl/ , but got nowhere to reading, "Selling pdf made in LaTeX is legal"...
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Can institutions use LaTeX without a license? [closed]

I refer to the LaTeX project public license, which concerns the distribution of LaTeX itself. What am I concerned with is - can my institution use LaTeX to typeset (and subsequently distribute) a ...
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Figures attribution index

I am creating a document with photographs taken from others, so I have to include the attributions. I would like to have a "figures bibliography" similar to the one generated by \printbibliography ...
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Using Adobe fonts on my bachelor's thesis? [closed]

My idea is to use Myriad Pro as the sans serif (bold) font for the titles and Minion Pro for the main text. But now I see that these are licensed fonts and I'm not free to use them. Obviously i'm not ...
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What is the license for the multicol package?

The documentation for multicol mentions on the first page: Note: This package is released under terms which affect its use in commercial applications. Please see the details at the top of the ...
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Does LPPL allow package development with pull requests etc.?

Many packages are nowadays developed on github or similar platforms and if I want to contribute a bugfix to some package (of which I'm not the author), my usual workflow is to fork the repo, develop ...
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Is the weird licensings incompatibility issue mentioned by Stallman still relevant? [closed]

In a recent article on FSF.org ** The main license in actual use that isn't reasonably behaved is the license of TeX: if two programs are licensed just the way TeX is, there is no authorized way to ...
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Openly licensed (La)TeX templates using openly licensed (La)TeX package for conference posters?

I don't do posters very much, so I would like to use some existing templates. On the other hand, I want my workflows to be available for reuse, so whatever I use needs to be compatible with that. To ...
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Licensing/copyright: How to properly attribute copy-pasted code snippets

As author of a LaTeX package (licensed under the LPPL), what is the best practice to properly attribute when I copy-paste and possibly modify parts of code from another LaTeX package (which is ...
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Open source published papers [closed]

Is there an open source movement for published scientific papers in the sense that the TeX source of a paper published under such an open source policy is made publicly available?
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package to include the software license

I want to include the text of software licenses (MIT, Apache, etc) in my report. Is there a package to package to do this? Basically i'm looking for something similar to lipsum, where i can: \...
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Creative Commons: "Public Domain Mark" icon

Is there a symbol available in Latex indicating "Public Domain Mark"? See wiki or creative commons so what I'm looking for is this symbol: So far I used the ccicons package but it seams that this ...
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Font licensing of New Century Schoolbook [closed]

Can I use the New Century Schoolbook (\usepackage{fouriernc}) font for my bachelor thesis without any copyright issues?
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CTAN popup on April 1, 2016 [duplicate]

I went to CTAN.org and this huge message popped up on my browser. I think I'm certain that it only applies for today, April, 1st 2016. Can anyone confirm? Dearest customer, https://www.ctan.org/...
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Is LaTeX open source?

I know that LaTeX is free. But is it open source? Is it possible to obtain the source code for LaTeX? From what I understand TeX is open source. Are the macros that make up LaTeX open source?
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Who/what is behind LaTeX?

I hope this question is on-topic. It is a long story, but more and more these days I run into people who doesn't understand what LaTeX is. In particular people I talk to think that LaTeX is a company ...
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Should the minionpro package be on CTAN given Adobe's license agreement? [closed]

In the Personal Computer Software License Agreement for Adobe Acrobat Reader DC, which is the current version of the Adobe Acrobat Reader (the agreement is listed under Adobe's Product licenses and ...
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How to add correct citing of figures?

Let's say I have a figure environment like this: \begin{figure}[t] \centering \includegraphics[width=0.7\linewidth] {figure} \caption{My Caption ... } \label{fig:figure} \end{figure} What is the ...
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Is LaTeX commercial free? [closed]

I'm writing some PDF for a commercial company. I use XeLaTeX to produce the PDF. Currently they ask me to change to MS Word because they have buy the licence. Does the LaTeX have commercial ...
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How can I license my .tex files for open source? [closed]

I would like to release some .tex files to the open source community using the MIT license but am unsure of the implication. Specifically, I want to make sure that generated output (PDF/DVI) files ...
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Garamond font with LaTeX

Is there any package that allows to use Garamond font with LaTeX documents that are generated with pdflatex? If so: Does this package allow to use font for commercial purposes for free? If not, is ...
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How to follow the "Knuth license"

I want to use some of the code from manfnt.mf. Perhaps my situation is best summarized by this (draft) commit message (slightly edited to look okay when processed as markdown): New file dbend.mf ...
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Can I license my package under Creative Commons [closed]

A while ago I made a package in order to generate nice theroem boxes for the redaction of some lecture notes I made for my school (voluntarily, as a student). Today I realized that my school were ...
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How to share a modifed moderncvclassic.sty file and give credits the right way?

I have tweaked the moderncvstyleclassic.sty file from the moderncv package and implemented more commands to comply with the belgian/french layout rules for official mail. All of my modifications are ...
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Can I release a class file created by me under gpl?

I have created a LaTeX class file. Can I release a class file created by me under gpl?
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Is the LPPL compatible with the corporate design of a university?

I created a .cls file for the letterhead of my university. Can I write something like This class is licensed under LaTeX Project Public License(LPPL) and only university staff is allowed to use it....
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is the lppl license suitable also for templates or use lgpl [closed]

I have almost no knowledge about licences and there differences. I use the standard LaTeX licence (lppl) for my sty files. Now I wonder if this licence is also suitable for a template. Previously I ...
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Is there a LaTeX class specifically for generating License Agreements? [closed]

Is there a LaTeX class designed, or adaptable, to generate License Agreements easily? For example, it should be easy to generate sections: Terms, Conditions, etc., with numbered/unnumbered ...
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Inserting a Creative Commons Licence into a LaTeX document

I'd like to insert a CC license on a manuscript (a book or report). I've seen the page for downloading the CC icons, and also some questions asked in the forum CC logo and Generate CC information. ...
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Attribution to authors and projects in the final document?

Is it considered good practice to give attribution to authors or projects that have produced the different TeX-systems, document classes etc, in the final typeset document? Specific example: I have ...
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Latin Modern Roman Unslanted licensing [closed]

I downloaded a family of Latin Modern font from latex website some time ago. It's licensed under LPPL license, but I still don't understand if that means that I can use it on a public website, ...
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Is a PDF output from a LaTeX document, a "derived work" from the LPPL standard packages? [closed]

If I write a LaTeX document that uses LPPL packages, since (La)TeX is a macro-replacement language, and I generate its output, to PDF for example, is the resultant output, in any form, a derived work ...
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License in LaTeX document, packages and answers [closed]

A serie of questions related themselves. Context: I'm writting a LaTeX document and I want to license it under a GPL v3 license. I have a own package with some macros, the great majority ...
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Where do I find the license terms for fonts included in LaTeX?

Although an answer to the question in the header is desirable, my actual needs are a little more specific: An organization I'm involved in has adopted as one of its logotypes a capital F set in the ...
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The GPL and LaTeX packages [closed]

The GPL is viral. How does this apply to the LaTeX eco system if one uses a package licensed under the GPL2++? If I use it in a document, must the document also be licensed under the GPL? If I use it ...
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How to put a LaTeX project (template) under a license

This is mostly off topic, but related to LaTeX. I have a template which contains about 40 files in different folders. And additionally some packages (.sty files) which shall be published soon. The ...
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How to cite a license in BibTeX?

This is not really a technical question. However I am wondering how a license (like the GNU GPL) should be cited in BibTeX.
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Editing the package

I didn't find anything about this issue, but if I missed something, please point me to it. The documentation on the ctan.org site is usually about how to use the packages in a LaTeX document, but ...
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permissions and acknowledgments in publish LaTeX-composed material

I've just completed composing a scholarly book using LaTeX and it has been accepted for publication. Are there legal requirements for 1) acknowledgments or 2) permissions connected with the use of ...
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