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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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Can the code source under a HEIF License be used for a commercial project?

For a commercial project, I need to add the support of the HEIF images (Nokia High-Efficiency Image File Format). I found a SDK provided by Nokia that seems to do the job. However I'm in trouble with ...
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Need sellable license-text for “commercial use” of GPL v3 software [closed]

I'm the creator of a software which is licensed under GPL v3. But now I want to sell the software for "commercial use" like Fancybox (http://fancyapps.com/fancybox/3/#license). I'm a real noob in ...
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Is this commercial use when using OSS library only in develop environment?

I don't know the definition of "commercial use" very much. Is this commercial use when using OSS library only in develop environment? I don't use the OSS library in production environment.
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Any successful “dual license” OSS project I can use as template?

I'm rewriting my entire GPLv3 project in a different language to sidestep angry contributors that don't want me to make money on their contributions. What I want for my project is: people can use ...
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Double licensing my GPLv3 project without having a Contributor License Agreement

Suppose I start a GPLv3 licensed project. I take care of pasting all the license text is in the LICENSE.txt and set up a reference to it on top of every source file. I do not exhibit any ...
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GPL copyright owner copyleft [duplicate]

If a GPL owner decides to make their code close sourced, say to make a derivative work for themselves (maybe commercialize), what steps should they take? If they need to rewrite their code, what ...
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can i use FFMPEG video recording in commercial use?

can I use FFmpeg.exe video recording feature for commercial use? ffmpeg.exe
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Open Source (A)GPL(2|3) but limit resources or business for others without a paid license [duplicate]

I want to release come kind of computation engine as an open source project. For the whole source and usage, I am fine with the content of the GPL but what I want to make sure: There should be a ...
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Use of BSD-3 Clause license and python software license for proprietary use

I am making a software in python programming language which uses libraries licensed under BSD-3 clause. Is it necessary for me to show my source code to users? Also can I restrict the distribution of ...
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Costs of commercial vs open source [closed]

I am comparing two types of products, a commercial product and a commercially supported opensource product and comparing the cost over a certain period. The commercial product cost includes ...
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Incorporating GPL patches into commercial version of our software

If we distribute our software both GPL and under a commercial license, do we have the right to incorporate third party patches into the commercial version of our software?
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EOS - How to understand license agreement of Linux kernel derivative?

EOS (the industry-leading, Linux-based network operating system) runs across the entire portfolio of Arista’s network switches as well as in a virtual machine instance (vEOS). EOS operating system ...
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Distribute as FOSS for non-profit use, and charge for profit use?

Is it possible to have software that is licensed as open source (under some OSI scheme), but only for personal/non-profit use, while alternatively charge a fee for enterprise/for-profit use? This is ...
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Legal to use “research-only” data in an open source product?

Is it okay to use data (for machine learning purposes) that specify that they can only be used for "research-only" purposes (or "non-commercial") in an open source product? If so, is it okay to take ...
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Are there licenses which restrict sales/commercial use of software in UNmodified form?

I am working on a project whose source code I intend to release on GitHub, but I might also like to sell the binary on an app store. I would like to prevent others from simply copying my code and ...
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Can XenServer really be treated as open source software?

I was wondering whether or not XenServer is truly open source. The project has seen quite some back and forth in its history. It was first released in 2006 as a proprietary extension of the Xen ...
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Can I use JavaFX in a Commercial Application for Free?

There is so much confusion regarding this simple question it's driving me crazy. The post here says there is no difference between JavaFX and Java licence now. The post here says that we don't ...
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Can I sell my project using GNU GPL v3?

At first, I always developed commercial projects only, so I bad know GNU licenses. Now, I want to make my library available for other developers. And maybe to find co-developers. So, I chosen GNU GPL ...
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Open-source license to prevent commercial use?

I could really use some help picking the right license for my project. The project is already released on github under the GPLv3 license but I have been made aware that this prevents uses that I want ...
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Legal issues about embedded Linux

I am trying to modernize a current microcontroller solution with a new one based on embedded Linux (Debian), running on Allwinner A10 chips. I plan to make a Linux app doing all user-interface stuff, ...
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Can I use a Apache v2 licensed driver for a commercial project without revealing sources of the project?

I am building a project that will be commercialised. One of the library I use is licensed under Apache v2. To my understanding, if I modify the library, I need to give the source of the library with ...
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Is it possible to have a non-comercial license, while allowing commercial use of derivative works and further modification of the derivative work?

This is a somewhat complicated situation, and I have trouble finding a Creative Commons license that is appropriate. Here is what I want the license to do: Others should be able to redistribute my ...
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License for R scripts

As long as I understood a piece of code is data for the interpreter and thus according to this Q&A an R script is not automatically licensed under GPL. Is that correct? So if I make an R script ...
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Usage of the previous BSD in a commercial product? [duplicate]

If a company wants to use an application that is the BSD licence with this text below. Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without modification, are permitted provided that the ...
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Sell software that uses libraries licensed under Apache Licence 2.0

I didn't find any definite answers on the web so I'm asking for a definite answer to the question: Am I allowed to sell software that was written completely by myself except for the ZXing library (...
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Do I own GPLv3 code that I wrote? [duplicate]

This is a hypothetical question, that has not happened, so please no advice. If I publish some code on GitHub with the GPLv3 license, then want to use that code in proprietary software that I will ...
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Changing QT library licence for application from LGPL to commercial

I consider myself an amateur and the following is based on my limited understanding. I also live in Germany, but copyright questions would probably cross borders anyway. Situation Let's assume I ...
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Can I sell my own CMS based on another CMS (e.g. WordPress) and encrypt the source code?

Can I recode WordPress or another CMS and then sell it as my own? Can I encrypt the source code?
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API license question

I have one question with regards to MaxMind API license. There is the MaxMind's GeoIp2 Java API: https://github.com/maxmind/GeoIP2-java which is licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0. So ...
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Selling computers with GPL licensed applications pre-installed

I would sell somes computers, each computer: Contains a MariaDB database (GPL v2). Some web applications under apache/php (GPL v2 and/or GPL v3). These applications use MariaDB. I can't find an ...
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GPL software with commercial use exception [duplicate]

PortableApps.com Launcer stated that: License: Free / Open Source (GPL) with exceptions for freeware and free open source. Commercial use by contacting PortableApps.com http://portableapps.com/...
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Are all GPL Licensed projects free to use for commercial use? [duplicate]

I having a few issues understanding how sites like gpldl.com can call themselves legal. This is basically a site where they purchase themes/plugins from developers such as: WooThemes iThemes Gravity ...
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Am I allowed to use GNU Unifont in a closed source application?

I was looking for a .ttf font, where almost all of the unicode characters are created. Then I've found the GNU Unifont It is licensed under GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE Version 2 The application I am ...
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Shipping GPL'd binaries in commercial product

I've read lots of discussion on shipping commercial products that link against GPLv2/3 libraries, and products that include code from GPLv2/3 software. But I haven't been able to satisfactorily answer ...
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Commercial software that includes open-source libraries under different licenses

I am planning to develop commercial software product that will include a few open-source libraries licensed under different licenses (licenses for different libraries different): MIT, Apache Software ...
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Ask user to install external GPL dependencies when installing commercial products

Is it possible to use as optional dependency a GPL dependency in a commercial product? My idea is to ask the user when installing my product if he wants to install a GPL dependency. Is it possible to ...
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Open Sourcing Commissioned Art

Some friends and I started up a very small business venue a while back, to make a card game. Properly registered as a partnership and all that. It was nothing serious though, just something we worked ...
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Custom docker images from official images license

This is a question regarding commercial use of customized offical docker images (like RabbitMQ, ELK etc.). Are there any restrictions or limitations, for example if I code run scripts for RabbitMQ or ...
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What truly defines open source? Can someone call something open source and charge?

I have recently been looking for open source dating software to build upon and I keep seeing things like this: www.skadate.com/open-source.php www.a-dater.com www.abk-soft.com ph7cms.com Which ...
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Using CC BY-NC-ND images on website with ads

I am currently developing an online service that allows to share and download music from different source on the internet, this is a free service without subscription or registration, I found a ...
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Licensing for Open Source project which uses commercial libraries

We are developing an application which will be Open Source (code), however there are few libraries which are either paid or commercial. We have liaised with original developers/parties and agreed to ...
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Is it possible to keep GPL-licensed software internal?

Reading this question caused me to wonder: Is it even possible to keep a GPL-licensed software internal to one company? Am I correct in thinking that any employee who has access to it, would be free ...
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License header for dual-licensed (AGPL or “non-free”) source code

For one of my products I plan to move from a commercial-only to a dual licensed license model: GNU Affero General Public License (AGPL) or a "non-free" license. I can imagine two options for the ...
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Can I sell closed source software which uses some CC BY-NC-SA code?

Can I sell software which uses someone else's code which is licensed under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported? The software is closed source, and aside from the borrowed code, is ...
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Legality and enforceability of commercial software uploaded to Github

Semi-hypothetically speaking, let's say a company creates a piece of software and then purposefully uploads the source code for that software to GitHub. You can download it, run it, etc directly from ...
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What license should I use for an app released under my employer's account?

My company is offering an Amazon Echo and and Amazon gift card for employees who develop a Skill. There are some requirements with it. It must be completed during personal time (the learning and ...
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Red Hat acquires Ansible - why?

In October 2015, Red Hat acquired Ansible, the developer of the famous configuration management software Ansible, apparently for a price of about $100M. Ansible, the software, AFAIK is licensed fully ...
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How can I include two open-source libraries in my commercial applications?

I want to include two open-source libraries in my application: Ghostscript and iTextSharp. In 3 commercial applications that I will develop myself: Commercial software will use both above two ...
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Usage of GPL program as optional external tool

My software is designed to use third-party external tools if the user wishes to do so. Some users would like to use GPL-covered binaries as external tools (i.e. they tell my software "use this dll to ...
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Selling a book based on CC BY-SA

My company would like to make a book mostly adapted from CC-BY-SA licenced text. I understand this is legal if we distribute the adapted text under the same licence. But what if we add to the book our ...