Questions tagged [commercial]

Commercial activity is anything to make money. This tag is for questions about making money with Open Source / Free Software, or other interaction between open projects and commercial activity. Warning: Open Source / Free 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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Can I relicense an abandoned GPL project if the copyright owners are no longer responsive?

Suppose I want to use GPL-copyrighted software in a closed-source project. With actively maintained projects I can contact the copyright holders to see if I can work out an agreement with them. But ...
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clarify R licenses: machine learning models, developed with R in Azure, possible for commercial use?

i want to estimate machine learning models with R and i need to use it in a production environment, i'll work with Azure Datascience Virtual Machine or Azure Machine Learning. If i use , for ex., ...
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Is it legal to repackage GPL software and sell it on Microsoft Store, like GIMP?

I'm surprised to see people are selling GPL'd software on Microsoft Store. An example is GIMP. GIMP is GPL'd opensource image editing tool. There are some vendors on Microsoft Store have repackaged ...
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Distributing a proprietary library that uses an LGPL library

I would like to create a JAVA library, that will use an LGPL library. The LGPL library is a library that provides an API to create charts, whereas my library will provide a more high level API like ...
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Can you use code on GitHub for commercial purposes?

so I want to use the code in GitHub to help with my project, I don't sell the code or others I only need the output for my project. in the readme file, the project is built upon A, and B (other GitHub ...
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Excluding open-source contributions from work-for-hire

I'm doing contract work. I'm being asked to sign a standard (AFAICT) agreement that assigns all intellectual property I create to the employer. The context of this work is typical Python and Go ...
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Do we have to choose a GPL License when we use MIT, GPLv.2+, LGPL2.1, LGPL3, Apache 2.0 licensed libraries in our distribution?

Our question more specific would be if the whole work has to be published (a must) under GPLv.3 or LGPLv.3 as the used gettext.inc, gettext.php, streams.php are GNU GPLv.2 or later and Smarty is ...
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How to include licenses of dependencies in commercial closed-source proprietary software?

Our company is developing an enterprise application that is essentially a set of different applications (microservices). Some of these microservices are based on node.js while others are based on ...
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Web Frontend uses GPL3 Library

I've heard that license conditions must be applied if only I want to distribute my app. But, if I have a frontend and I use GPL3 licensed library on it, does that count as distributed? Do I need to ...
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Licensing commercial product for open source MIT project

We have under development a commercial library of controls for a UI framework. An open source (MIT licenced) project wishes to use these controls and we want to let them use them. So I guess my ...
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How to give attribution for Open Source Licenses used in commercial SaaS web-applications?

Say I commercialize a SaaS Web Application that uses a component licensed under GNU GPL v3 (like CKEditor5) or under Apache 2.0 license (like Material Design Icons), where and how should I give ...
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How do you sell a hardware product that uses the linux kernel?

I would like to create a Linux based OS for a VR headset that I'm developing. From what I understand, the Linux kernel uses the GPL-2 license which allows for commercial use but it also requires you ...
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How to license my software which already includes other software licenses?

I've had a question for a long time on how to license my project. I would really appreciate your guidance to help me choosing the right licenses for my specific case. My main goal is to make available ...
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Cygwin in a commercial application (LGPL with exceptions for linking)

I want to make a videogame using a proprietary license. It would utilize the SDL library and POSIX. From my understanding, every modern platform uses POSIX except for Windows. To fix this, when ...
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No way to write a commercial product in R?

I want to write a small program in the R language, connecting to DB (hence using packages), that I'd like to sell. As it will connect to DB, on internal networks, that can't be hosted. I tried to ...
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Sell app, but make source available for the curious [duplicate]

I'm working on a desktop app. It's a passion project today, but I'm hoping it'll be part of my path to becoming a full time indie dev. In my development process, I've benefited a lot from looking at ...
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Can Ubuntu be used to make money? [duplicate]

I plan to sell course(s) on Udemy by using Ubuntu. As you predict, there will be everything what the Ubuntu has (such as screens, icons, logos, symbols, tools, softwares etc. and their use) in the ...
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Is it ethical to release free, zero-cost software if it will destroy the competitive market?

There is only one program available in a very niche category of desktop software. It's non-FLOSS and does not have some features that I need. I made my own version that has all the features of the ...
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Open-source license (probably not FLOSS) that allows “use in a commercial context” but disallow “to sell the software or modified versions”? [duplicate]

"Non-commercial use" could mean two different things: "Don't use the software in a commercial/business context, but only for personal use (i.e. at home)" "In the case you ...
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MIT license for non-public use between two parties?

I'm looking for a license to use in a software project that is developed by two parties. The MIT license looks like a good choice because both parties have full rights and few restrictions. Both ...
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Question regarding selling code under GPL(?)

I've written code in a project and now we want to publish it and are okay with everyone using it to their liking (e.g. research, companys as a tool in their daily business ("commercially"), ....
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Book & Writer data for commercial use (goodreads contradictory behaviour)

I am working on small app for searching authors and their works. I had quite issues with finding reasonable and clean data. Main problem was a licence of usage and since I plan to use data for ...
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Can I use GPL v3 licensed software to create my commercial product? [duplicate]

Note that I am not modifying or redistributing the GPL3 licensed software, nor am I selling it. I am merely using it to create a different product, which contains the output of the software for ...
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Is this MSDN code free for commercial use?

I found this article on the msdn magazine and would like to use the code included in there in a commercial program. Is this allowed? https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/archive/msdn-magazine/2017/october/...
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Do I have the right to the bundle that generate by / dependent on open-source libraries?

I created a project with the following structure: The question is: Do I have the right to the BUNDLE where I do not want clients to resell the BUNDLE they have bought? Is it sufficient to include ...
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Distribute GPL software in enterprise

I am being asked to deploy Notepad++ (a software distributed under GPL) in an enterprise which is a SaaS company. Before doing so, I want to make sure our users wouldn't be violating the license in ...
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Can I use GPL-licensed services embedded in an iframe from a commercial application?

I want to try a WYSIWYG editor in my closed-source application and I'm wondering if what I want to do is legal. I create an OSS project (GPL license) that contains the editor of my choice I deploy it ...
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Can I use dynamically linked MPL 2.0 dll library for commercial purposes?

dll is a wrapper of MPL 2.0 C++ library. Can I use this dll in my commercial project (an executable dynamically calls a function of dll)? Will users be able to request sources of this dll only or all ...
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How should copyright notices be included when distributing source of modified Apache 2.0 code commercially?

A company wants to distribute a product which includes a browser extension. A browser extension is implemented in JavaScript, so it's distributed in source code form. Parts of extension are written by ...
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Can git binaries be distributed and called by a commercial app without providing source code?

git portable binaries are distributed (included in the installer) with a windows commercial app. the app calls the binaries (init, add, commit, push) as command line then handles the output. does ...
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Project licensed under Apache 2 License but has JS libraries licensed under CC BY-NC-SA

I'm planning to use this open source project for my commercial product. The project itself is licensed under Apache 2.0 license but when I review the package, I found couple of JS libraries that it ...
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Choose or write a proper license [duplicate]

Is there a proper license (I have already checked MIT, LGPL, CC licenses), which fits the following needs (conditions), or it has to be specify some way? BY (from CC): Attribution needed SA (from CC):...
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How much of my code becomes GPL if I use some GPL code and how different does my code have to be to not be GPL?

I'm new to coding and I've found a lot of useful information regarding this question by reading online, but for whatever reason I simply can't find a simple answer to this. It's about using other ...
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How to credit packages used in a commercial flutter project?

I have used many libraries from the pub dev site in my flutter project and i notices many of them use the bsd, mit or apache 2.0 licence. I want to release this app in the future and have read that ...
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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 (https://github.com/Belval/pdf2image) in my commercial software. This module is licensed under the MIT license whereas the library (Poppler) it is built on is licensed ...
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GeForce nvidia driver license for commerical use?

I am considering building a commercial system consisting of a GPU-enabled desktop computer with pre-installed drivers and software. Nvidia makes a distinction between their GeForce and Tesla series ...
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How do products like MongoDB not violate the GPL licenses?

I'm quite confused with MongoDB's licensing model. MongoDB at its core is an open-source project, licensed under the SSPL which is a small modification of the AGPLv3 license. Then how does it release ...
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Can Commons Clause be used along with AGPL?

This article implies that Commons Clause and AGPL could be compatible, while FSF seems to completely disagree with that. Can Commons Clause be applied on a AGPL project? Some have misconstrued that ...
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Are there examples of the free software which are available to run and copy as gratis but source code is being sold?

Think of the software which is being distributed in following way: Available to download gratis and giving the freedom to run the software for any purpose as you wish, the freedom to redistribute ...
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Disclaimer of included open sourced libraries in project

This is my first post so I apologize in advanced if this question has been asked/answered before. I have a question regarding the usage of open source libraries. We own several apps that are not ...
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Is it required to disclose proprietary / closed source code of commercial software which utilizes open source CDDLv1.0 libraries?

I am working on a Java server side solution utilizing open source libraries (using jars ‘as-is’) released under CDDLv1.0 license. The open source libraries is either statically or dynamically bound in ...
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Which licence do I choose, publishing a previously closed-source product?

From 2001 thru 2019, a company "A" that I own and I am the CEO of with HQ in EU, had a commercial software product for sale on the international market. We issued perpetual per-site licences to what ...
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Can I license my project with an open-source license but disallow commercial use?

I'd like to make my project open-source. Is there a free/open-source license that lets me do that, but disallows anyone receiving my project to use it for commercial purposes or monetary gain? In a ...
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Can I use a GPL v2 software in commercial software? [duplicate]

I've already gone through the following links and many more: Using a tool under GPL v2 in a commercial application Can I use GPL libraries in a closed source project if only the output is ...
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Can I make a JS Library license 'MIT' if the JS library includes a paid commercial license

I purchased a single developer license for CanvasJS. Here is the CanvasJS License: https://canvasjs.com/eula/chart/ I used the library to create my library which is for a specific factory automation ...
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Can i use GNU GPL Module in commercial app?

Can I use not my module with GNU GPL in my android app, that showing adware or that i sell for money? Must i make my all app open source in that case? Module: https://github.com/whyorean/playstore-...
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Can I use a GPL data collection agent in commercial software

I am trying to create a commercial monitoring software using Zabbix agent. Zabbix agent is a data collection software installed in a remote computer that collects the data and sends to a central ...
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Is an open-source license an incentive for companies to buy an exception?

Assume we have a software which we developed completely ourselves from scratch. We are thinking of making the source code available to others, thus I am pondering what license to use. My question is: ...
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Can a company modify and use the source code of a GPLed library without selling it or releasing the modification?

I have a specific case here for which I could not find a clear answer here or on other pages. I am working for a company that is interested in using an open source code licensed under GPLv2. The ...
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How does monetization of opensource app works?

I have a couple of questions regarding making a PRO version of an app. If I want to make a PRO version with more features of my already existing open-sourced MIT licensed app, what changes should I ...