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 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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Open-source license to prevent commercial use? [duplicate]

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 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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Under copyleft, why distinguish between "free as in free speech" and "free as in free beer"?

I'm having trouble wrapping my head around why copyleft libre software advocates say they advocate for "free as in free speech" software, rather than monetarily free software, when it seems ...
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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 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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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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How can I deal with this (predatory?) scenario?

This question is related, but it is different to this one: How can I forbid shady resale practices? Scenario: Suppose that a small team or startup (company A), develops a good software project, which ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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What does it mean by "commercial support available" for an open-source platform?

Recently I was reading an article related to Anaconda in Python and it said that commercial support is available in Anaconda. I have searched online but was not able to find a perfect answer. 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 I sell personal/commercial licenses for an 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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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 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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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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If I use R packages licensed under GPL without any modification, do I have to publish my own software's source code when distributing commercially?

I apologise for this question but I am really really confused! If I develop a program that uses R packages published under GPL, in their standard unmodified form in my own source code, will I have ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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