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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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How is selling FLOSS packages for monetary compensation a viable strategy?

This question is about selling FLOSS and its source-code. According to Selling Free Software and commercial purpose, Free Software can be distributed with or without charge. My friend asked me two ...
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Can GPL licenced software be used in corporate environments?

If software is licenced under a GPL license, can it be used without restriction in a corporate/commercial environment? The software that I am refering to is QGIS which provides this description: ...
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How can I license a YouTube commercial which includes CC BY-SA Licensed music?

Context: I'm making a YouTube commercial, which includes some music that's licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0. Would an audio-visual work constitute a derivative work of the music used in it, and (given the ...
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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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Can paid-for Open Sourcing be a viable model for a freelancer?

Open sourcing doesn't necessarily mean that you give away your source code for free. I am wondering about the business model where your code is made public, free for personal/hobby use, but with a ...
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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 ...
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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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Is it possible to restrict GNU GPLv3 to non-commercial use only?

I've noticed that the jQuery plugin "Fancybox" has a peculiar licensing note in its header: // Licensed GPLv3 for open source use // or fancyBox Commercial License for commercial use // // http://...
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What are the advantages of making an open source project free?

I was trying to get a program when I found out that you had to pay for it. After some time I noticed that it was also open sourced. This confused me! After a bit more digging I found that I could ...
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Can a free software (as in free speech) be not free (as in free beer)?

I was a bit puzzled when I read the description of Notepad++: Notepad++ is a free (as in "free speech" and also as in "free beer") source code editor It seems to give room to the possibility that ...
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How can I make a customer understand that free software involves some costs? [closed]

A common misunderstanding is that free software (replace the terms with "open source software" as you wish) will never involve costs. While this might be indeed true regarding you don't need to pay ...
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PostgreSQL Licence for professional use ( postgres 9.4 / Visual studio 2015 )

I created an application for the company where I am doing my internship with Visual studio 2015, it should be connected to a Postgres server my questions are: Can the company use the Postgresql 9.4 ...
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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 charge expenses for a work under CC BY-NC-SA?

I have a 3d printer that I use to print some models. There is a model I like that is licensed in Creative Commons under the Attribution - Non-Commercial - Share Alike license. I am not sure what "...
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Can someone re-license an adaptation of my CC BY-NC materials under commercial terms?

In the comments below this answer, it is stated that while there is no ShareAlike clause (that would be CC BY-NC-SA), you would not be allowed to re-license Adapted Materials under commercial terms. ...
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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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Creative Commons license CC BY-SA doesn't work for commercial content?

I'm puzzled by the "share-alike" clause in Creative Commons license. This license allows free commercial use but "require[s] [] adaptations of the work to be released under the same or similar license ...
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Using GPL licensed library over a service for non-GPL softwares

I want to use a GPL v2 licensed library(esper) for commercially distributed non-GPL softwares but I need to make sure non-GPL software not violate GPL license. Can I use this library indirectly using ...
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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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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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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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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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How should I approach open sourcing a library from work?

I've developed a small and useful library at work, I have permission from legal department, what are the steps I should take before, during and after open sourcing the project? How would I transform ...
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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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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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Using GPL resource (with separate installation) with “commercial” product

I'm building a downloadable digital web product for sale. I want to use an open-source third-party library for my product. This third-party library has two licenses available: GPL Commercial I've ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Can I forbid distributing my open source project for less money than I do?

This question is partially inspired by How is selling FLOSS packages for monetary compensation a viable strategy? After reading that question and some of its answers, I was left wondering if there ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Distributing commercial Docker container image with openjdk:8-jdk

I am building a docker image with the following dockerfile and then pushing it to an AWS ECR repository: FROM openjdk:8-jdk RUN ["mkdir", "/opt/mycompany"] COPY ["myapp.war/", "/opt/mycompany/myapp....
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How can it be that using open source software involves costs?

Munich - one of the biggest cities in Germany - has migrated its infrastructure to Linux, a project called Limux. There was a lot of discussion surrounding this project. In the discussion also often ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...