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Questions tagged [monetization]

For questions about generating revenue from an open project

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How I can monetize GNU GPL product developed (and currently updating) by me?

I am a developer of Open Source product under GNU GPL license. I always looking for some time and power to make important changes in it (fix bugs and add more improvements), however, it becomes harder ...
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Provide customers an AGPL alternative

I'm just starting an open source project. This question is not related to an existing project, but I want to avoid some mistakes. I found that AGPL 3.0 could fit to my concept (copyleft, SaaSS safety,...
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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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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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Delay when downloading with SourceForge and many other sites

When I am downloading a file with SourceForge, and also from many other sites, I'm getting a count down and I am wondering what is the reason? I'm not talking about storage sites like rapidgator, etc ...
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How to prevent users to jump to “premium” plan in a web-app

I want to know how can I prevent users to download the code from Git Hub for example, search in the code for a premium variable or something similar and change it to true, rebuild the project and boom,...
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Can an open source/free alternative put a company at risk? Has this ever happened?

There is a very nice quote by Alberto Vázquez-Figueroa (Spanish writer and inventor) which reads: "El éxito o el fracaso de un invento no depende de a quien beneficia, sino de a quien perjudica." ...
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How Can One Convert BSD Licensed Software into Protected, Monetizable Software (That's Still Open Source)?

1 Context Suppose BusinessCorp finds SoftwareProductA online. SoftwareProductA is made under a BSD License. Now BusinessCorp wants to monetize SofwareProductA, so it makes non-trivial adjustments to ...
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How do open source developers earn money? [duplicate]

I am wondering what the different revenue sources for open source projects developers are. More precisely, can one live by working only on one or more open source projects? Edit : For those ...
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Licensing for niche software (single customer) to ensure continued funding

Working on software with no official license and one large customer. It's currently managed in a public git repo. Want to ensure continued funding to maintain and enhance the software. There are ...
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Free like free to do what I know and like best - write software? [closed]

Preamble Since this question is behind each second question concerning 'free software', please don't vote to close it. I don't want to discuss it with philosophers or economists or ask it on Yahoo. I ...
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How to build a business around an open source project? [duplicate]

I am working on a web app that is currently open source (MIT) and I would like to keep it that way. To date it's been a hobby thing but I'd like to be able to spend more time on it (I have a 1 year ...
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Is OSS with CC-NC-licensed assets effectively impossible for the creator to sell traditionally?

Given a game where: Source code is licensed under a free (libre) open source license, e.g. GPL, MIT, etc. Assets such as images and music are licensed under Creative Commons Non-Commercial. Is it ...
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Can I edit and sell Microsoft Public License (Ms-PL) licenced projects?

I downloaded a project that has Microsoft Public License (Ms-PL), can I edit the source code and sell it to customers?
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Can I make money from a “piece” of open source software?

Say an android app is hosted on Github, it has beautiful UI elements that I introduced within copied into an app of my own. Now I am getting requests from users/customers to show them how to implement ...
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Possibility of non-commercial ‘open-source’ and attribution based licence

I am currently planning to launch an alpha version of the software as a representative of an unregistered company. We (currently I'm the only person on the team) do not have any patents and are not ...
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Monetizing and licensing with AGPL libraries

I am just curious about, what license should i use for app(android), i have written in my free time. I am using some libraries, which have this licenses on it: Apache 2.0 license MIT license GNU ...
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How could the open source business model work with games?

The question "How can a large open source project be monetized?" already addresses many ways to make money with open source development. However, in the context of game development, most of these ...
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Pacifist copyleft-like partially-open-source license

I'd like a license restricting use to non-military projects, but otherwise just like the GNU GPL. (There is obviously no point in making a permissive license like that, because editing a comment is ...
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Can a social network site be open source?

I have a project that a small social network site (which is here). I am actively developing this project and I am planning it to be open source. But I am confused about licensing it. In the future, if ...
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What is the status of in-app-purchasing code in a GPLv2 app? [generic app store]

I wish to develop a computer game and the engine I have chosen is ioquake3. This engine is licensed under GPLv2. Needless to say the game's source code will itself will, in turn, be licensed under ...
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Is there services helping to fund a project selling merch? [closed]

We're trying to raise some fund for our Open Source project. There's a lot of companies out there selling t-shirts and stickers with Open Source projects, but they don't give a share of the profits ...
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Move from MIT license to a new one

I want to move from MIT license to a new one, with this goals to reach: Leave the project free to use for individuals and small open source companies Let commercial companies pay some money for using ...
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How can I get benefits priority out of my open source code? [closed]

I have a project that I want to publish as an open source project, but as the creator I would like to get a head-start in taking advantage of my work for monetary gain. Can I prevent people ...
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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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How can I protect my advanced version based on my open source project?

I have developed an open source project, and people can get the community version from Github. But I also want some customers to buy an advanced version based on the open source project, the advanced ...
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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 I sell my MIT-licensed software if it is modified by others?

Suppose I create some software from scratch. I sell the software, but I also keep it open source under the MIT License. Someone forks my repository and makes some great improvements to my software. ...
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Examples of companies undercutting smaller companies using FOSS?

When speaking to my friends about FOSS, a common concern comes up that if they release their code under a free and open source license, this might encourage companies to 'steal' their hard work ...
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Can I be charged for support from the original developers when I fork a project?

During development of ParrotBot, I've ran into many issues in terms of debugging, design and integration. In the chat room, I've received lots of support that has helped me greatly, so that I could ...
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How could I include my business partners / investors in the open source product development?

In my company we are developing a large open source piece of software. To do this we have hired many developers. To pay these developers we have gotten business partners and investors to help cover ...
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Could I charge people to use an open source license?

Suppose I invented a great open source license. I decided I wanted to gain money from it! my question: Is there any way I could charge people for using it? If yes, how? If no, why not, and what ...
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Does a seeming lack of strong protection for IP discourage innovation?

The Patent system works on the premise that the community benefits from the information shared, and rewards the innovators by granting them a period to capitalize on it without others grabbing a free ...
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How can a profitable business selling open source robotics parts be run if anyone can produce their own?

If open source robotics parts can be manufactured and sold by anyone, is it realistic to make a profit from selling them, or are they only sold at cost price with some other business model for making ...
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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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Legal pitfalls when (re)selling OS solutions?

What legal pitfalls should be considered when (re)selling OS bases solutions? As you can't ask any fee for the Open Source code itself this seems a sensitive area to me.
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How can large open source projects be monetized?

Many open source projects I see involve having dedicated servers, as well as the expensive infrastructure that powers it. How are these projects monetized to cover the costs introduced during ...