Questions tagged [commercial]

Commercial activity is anything to make money. This tag is for question about making money with open source or other interferences between open projects and commercial activity. Warning: an open source software can be commercial as well. Do not use this tag to mean not-open-source. Use the [proprietary] or [closed-source] tags instead.

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Community and enterprise editions of LGPL software

Red Hat has community and enterprise editions of it's application server. WildFly is licensed under LGPL. JBoss EAP is based on WildFly and costs a lot of money. How is it possible that they don't ...
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Using GPL modified system software in commercial projects

I have a commercial project which connects to a database (e.g. PostgreSQL) all licences are agreed at this moment. What should I do if I alter the database server with GPL (version 3 to be concrete) ...
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Appropriate license for project using assets not available for commercial use

I have a project which I would like to open source under the MIT license. However, it uses assets (images) which are available only for personal use, not for commercial. Is the MIT license safe? Can ...
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Restrict commercial use to protect users

I have a piece of software that could potentially be modified to provide revenue, but it is not going to be clear where the revenue goes - I want to add a license condition that ensures all users of ...
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Use of GPL licensed driver in commercial project

In a commercial project for our customer, I would like to install a driver on all target machines. The driver is on sourceforge (http://com0com.sourceforge.net/). The website states that: The Null-...
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Can I sell personal/commercial licenses for Open Source product?

I'm developing a pretty unique software product, which I believe can be useful for professionals in organizations. I spent a lot of personal time on it and it would be great if companies could pay/...
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Why doesn't Microsoft open-source the existing Edge browser?

Microsoft will soon make Edge a Chromium-based (i.e. WebKit) browser. This is good for Microsoft and the WebKit ecosystem, but not necessarily good for the web as a whole (since this further allows ...
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is it safe to use GPL 2.0 licensed libraries in my commercial container image?

I am building some docker image which is using alpine:3.10 as base image. When I scan my built image for any license violation using whitesource scanner, I am getting lot of libraries which are ...
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Working around GPL Restrictions

I am currently looking at ways to circumvent the limitations imposed by LGPL licences. The software I am planning to use is LGPL and is mostly used in the UI side. The idea which I am thinking is to ...
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Can I use the EPL-licensed library (Paho) for a proprietary project and NOT disclose the source code of the project?

Can I use the Eclipse Paho library (licensed under EPL) for a proprietary project and NOT disclose the whole source code of that project? I'm not going to make any changes to Paho code, I just want ...
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Can I change my project's license before release?

I started my project with the GPLv3 license, but I haven't released or made available any code related to it yet. As I move further along in my project, I am starting to realize that it is something I ...
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GNU AGPL/GPL 3.0 and Docker containers

So we have been discussing the implications of the GNU AGPL/GPL 3.0 license on our distributed code. I will make things, extremely simple. I hope. We will use AGPL in this example. We will write code....
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When is a commercial company allowed to acquire an Open Source project?

For the last few months I spent significant time contributing to an open source project which is licensed with MIT license. I was aware that anyone is allowed to copy, use and change the project's ...
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How to deal with situation where your competitors have access to your source code because you developed it with GPL?

I make an industrial machine control product with LCD touch screen UGI. I use embedded Linux, I use GPL license tools. I am using industrial single board computer which is a bought out product. I am ...
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Developping a Qt game engine under GPL-3 license: can I force users to pay a fee if they want to commercialize their games (software output)?

I'm using Qt Open source so I have my software under GPL-3 license. I would like the engine to be free for users that are not using their output games for commercial use. For commercial use, I would ...
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License of papers on arxiv

I'm wondering if I can use any paper from arxiv.org for building commercial app. For better clarity let's say I want to build myself commercial app based on this paper in which I can't find anything ...
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GPLv2 - licensing for commercial use

I have a few questions regarding the GPLv2 license: For it to be GPLv2, I need provide access to my source files? If I use the v2 license, but charge for use, do users HAVE to purchase my license in ...
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LGPL license in a concatenated JS file

I came across an old project in which there's a LGPL licensed JavaScript code was used. The code had the commented LGPL license information, but it was in a combined JS file (Not minified though) ...
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How can Qt charge for a commercial license without getting copyright assignments from contributors?

As I understand, if the copyright holder accepts external contributions under GPL / LGPL, they are no longer the sole copyright owner and cannot charge for a commercial license. Or does this only ...
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Can I sell and distribute my software using OpenJDK without having to release my code?

We develop a software for commercial use and sell it to customers. The software is a web based software that requires Oracle JDK for running (JRE). We are considering moving to OpenJDK because our ...
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Can I use separate license for commercial use?

I would like to create a REST API in my server that internally use a GPL library. As far as I know the GPL license affects the 'distribution' not the 'usage'. -So whoever calls(uses) my REST API ...
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mapbox-gl-native license [duplicate]

Mapbox-gl-native is licensed under 3-Clause BSD license. The license states that we need to attribute mapbox in binary form. Buts its not clear if we can mention within a menu of the app we make or ...
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Application code shared between GNU and Comercial software

We have a software of our authory and made by our company, We have licensed a sub part of it as GPL v2 and still develloping a professional version with more features and that shares the code we ...
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User account licenses, in an AGPL SaaS app

Can I build & release an AGPL (v3) SaaS application, but still put constraints on the usage of user accounts in that application? I like to: Provide a hosted version of the service Provide the ...
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Right licenses for software: free use but ask for permission when economical profit [duplicate]

We have developed some software and we want to provide with the source code and binaries to the academic and industry community, so that they can freely use it. But if anybody wants to make commercial ...
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How does share-alike play with commercial use?

I'd like to know how a licence can both allow commercial use and be share-alike. My reasoning is as follow : If we use it in a product (which is authorized by the "commercial use" part), we have to ...
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Is it legal to create an auto-extractible SFX archive containing mixed commercial/LGPL software?

I wondered something : - I develop a little standalone tool for a commercial application written in C++ with Qt (lets say "test.exe") - Not having a commercial licence of Qt, I use Qt LGPL license - I ...
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What “non-commercial” license is that?

I have found the following license: Copyright (c) [year] [name] Please read carefully the following terms and conditions and any accompanying documentation before you download and/or use this ...
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About using GNU GPL 2, GNU GPL 3 and LGPL software in a commercial product

I build a commercial product, which uses some third party products licensed under GNU GPL 2, GNU GPL 3 and LGPL. I do not modify myself the source code of these third party products and I do not ...
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Do Licenses for Test Libraries Apply to Production Code?

(I am re-asking this question here, as I was informed that it was off-topic on Stack Overflow) My interest in this question stems from concern over the lack of a license in a testing framework I came ...
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Restrict Apache 2.0 to non-commercial use only

I recently came across a project stating in the LICENSE file: This project is released under the Apache License, version 2.0. This is a commercial solution, requiring a valid paid-for license for ...
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What are the libraries Blender is based on for mesh visualization and editing? [closed]

I'd like to make a software on Python with a GUI for 3D visual editing of meshes. That's why I ask the question. I suppose at least one mesh editing library is used. And at least one 3d visualization ...
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Can I commercialize my product that uses mblock?

I have a question regarding licensing of mblock based products. The mBlock 5 is a software tool for STEAM education. It is inspired by Scratch 3.0 and supports graphical and text programming. Also, ...
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documentation-builder license information

I saw tool from ubuntu web platform called documentation-builder https://docs.ubuntu.com/documentation-builder/en/ and this is what exactly I need for my product. And my product is commercial one. Can ...
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AGPL licensed app, but only available with payment?

Is it considered valid for a company to create an app and then state that it is licensed under the AGPL, but then only allow users who have paid to actually acquire the source code? Assuming this is ...
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Commercial print (shirt) of GitHub repository

GitHub offers a list of 33 licenses: Academic Free License v3.0 afl-3.0 Apache license 2.0 apache-2.0 Artistic license 2.0 artistic-2.0 Boost Software License 1.0 bs1-1.0 BSD 2-clause "Simplified" ...
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Can I commercially use a fixed source code distributed under GPL?

There is this source code on GitHub (a PHP class, around 200 lines of code) distributed under GPL license which has some bugs and is not useful to me unless those bugs are fixed. If I fix those bugs, ...
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Is it possible to create commercial software by studying the code of a github project with no license?

I'd like to know if what I'm telling is possible or not. I obviously know that's illegal to copy the code and add it to a commercial software. But I think it's not illegal to study the code so you ...
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Can commercial software be created with Tor license?

I'm not sure if commercial software can be created with the Tor license without previous permission of the Tor community: Here's its license: Tor license. In that license I don't see anything that ...
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Can I use PyQt if I make it open source and only charge customers for my time to customize the open source app for them?

I am planning to create custom made software for each customer. I will also be telling the customer that I shall be making it open source and they are simply paying me for my time to package things ...
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Is a MySQL commercial license required when selling a PHP-website that is hosted on WAMP?

Do I have to pay a commercial MySQL license to install WAMP with my PHP-script on the localhost of a company, asking monthly fee for it from the company? (The PHP script is a modified version of an ...
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Open source crypto project liability

I'm working on a crypto wallet for a top 50 cryptocurrency. I'm part of the core team and we were discussing potential liability around the app we're building. The user always has their wallet seed ...
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Statistics on open source growth (or decline)?

I'm trying to find some data regarding general open source usage and adoption over time. My own impression is that usage and development of open source software is getting more and more common but i ...
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Do you have to specify dual licensing before releasing open source software?

I'm working on an open source project I'd like to release at some point. I am going to license it under the AGPL v3, but I'd like people to have the option to pay for private development which only ...
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Is it legal to release an old commercial software as free software?

A group of friends and I are discussing founding a startup where the products would be commercial software. One the most important aspects that in our opinion we should put in any legal agreement is ...
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What does Google have in return from developing Angular?

The other day I was thinking about Angular when the question arised: What does Google have in return from developing Angular? The same principle applies of course not only for Google, but jQuery, ...
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Can I deploy a docker-compose.yml that uses MySQL commercially?

As far as I know, I can sell to one of my clients a PHP web service that connects to a MySQL server that I host without making my PHP sources open source. This is because the PHP code only connects to ...
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Licensing and publicly hosting commercial software, but free for non-profit or personal use

I am developing a commercial PHP software which I will offer for free for non-profit, open source, personal usage and for self training and I want to make it open source but in the same time it is a ...
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Can I use a CC-BY-SA licensed image as part of my online course's cover (commercial use)?

I'm creating online course about coding with the Express JavaScript framework, whose site and logo are licensed under the CC-BY-SA license. Since my course is about Express, I want to use Express's ...
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How to release small part of my code as an opensource plugin to allow free reuse (including by myself at my work)

I am working with Unity3D on a commercial project, and have found that some vital part of working with social accounts is not implemented, namely - authorized API calls. I am almost done implementing ...