I would like to use some open source HTML/CSS/JAVA code under a GPLv3 license to feed into my company website (start up). I am not 100% clear whether I can use the open source code or at which stage I need to pay for a corporate license.

(1) Open source GPLv3 license - is my understanding correct that the website, which has information about the company and may go as far as letting customers book appointments but is not directly a product which is sold is not classified as commercial and as long as I make it clear in the code where the code is from, what changes I have made and publish my code under the same license, then I am legally fine to use the code free of charge?

(2) In which case would I need to pay for a corporate license?

  • I'm pretty sure this has been asked before on the site. See also this FAQ: gnu.org/licenses/gpl-faq.html#UnreleasedMods
    – Brandin
    Sep 6 at 14:13
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    Probably your second question about a "corporate license" is outside of the scope of Open Source. It depends on who defines that license, what your obligations are, if you operate under such a license.
    – Brandin
    Sep 6 at 14:15
  • Please clarify your specific problem or provide additional details to highlight exactly what you need. As it's currently written, it's hard to tell exactly what you're asking.
    – Community Bot
    Sep 7 at 6:22


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