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Is my software still "free" if I charge for its commercial use and not for non-commercial use?

You may charge money for distributing free (as-in-freedom) software. However, if your license is a true FSF-approved free license, then charging based on purpose isn't so much a license violation as ...
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Is my software still "free" if I charge for its commercial use and not for non-commercial use?

The main problem you will be having is with the freedom to redistribute copies (freedom 2 and 3). The GNU project codifies this freedom in GPL clarifying it's exact meaning: You are free to ...
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Can a free software (as in free speech) be not free (as in free beer)?

What freedoms you provide to a recipient of a piece of software is orthogonal to what price you charge to transfer a copy of that software to someone. The FSF's position on selling free software is: ...
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Is my software still "free" if I charge for its commercial use and not for non-commercial use?

The GNU Philosophy says: “Free software” means software that respects users' freedom and community. Roughly, it means that the users have the freedom to run, copy, distribute, study, change and ...
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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?

The FSF includes Freedom #1 in their Free Software Definition: The freedom to study how the program works, and change it so it does your computing as you wish (freedom 1). Access to the source code ...
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Is my software still "free" if I charge for its commercial use and not for non-commercial use?

Technically you still have free software, but such a business model by itself is questionable. If your product is an end-user application, this is unlikely to work as a pricing model. Anyone who ...
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Is this license compatible with LGPL?

Firstly, this licence has all the same problems associated with any other crayon licence. Secondly, and also fatal to my mind, is that it doesn't specify what rights are given. It says that one may &...
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If I make extensive changes to open source software and open source my changes, can I charge for commercial use of the derived work?

Is it no longer open source? Correct, what you describe is taking a free/open-licensed piece of software and then publishing a derivative of that work under a non-free/open proprietary license. I use ...
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Is declaring something one made as "free software" legally binding?

You should certainly remove the statement from your distribution going forward, but here are several points to consider to put your mind at ease about your past mistake: "Free software" is not a ...
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Why is the ath10k driver nonfree if it ships with Linux?

The Debian firmware page explains that some hardware with free (as per GPL) drivers requires firmware to operate which is not free. For example, the license for ath10k firmware is incompatible with ...
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Can a free software (as in free speech) be not free (as in free beer)?

Do you need a new feature for Notepad++? Do the Notepad++ developers ignore your pleas? Do you lack the expertise to hack it yourself? When that is the case, I can create a Notepad++ fork for you ...
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Do the GNU Rules about Nonfree Javascript apply to Server-Side JS?

In a word: no. The FSF advocates for LibreJS annotations because of the special place web browser scripting plays in the lives of web users. The linga franca for browser scripting happens to be ...
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Is there a more radical approach against copyright than copyleft?

You can try to reject the notion of copyrights and licenses, but that quickly runs into practical problems with the law. In all countries that have ratified the Berne convention on copyrights (which ...
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Does GPLv2 allow for prohibiting misrepresentation of the origin

As I understand it, this is mere use together of the two separate pieces by the recipient of your package (you talk about "bundling" because it helps -- i.e., isn't really essential). As such, this is ...
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Free like free to do what I know and like best - write software?

Free software is a movement concerned with software that respects the user's freedom. A particular piece of software is either licensed in a way that respects the FSF's four freedoms, or it is not. ...
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What does Richard Stallman refer to when he talks about a PS3 compelled update?

This is surely a reference to the PS3's OtherOS feature, which was removed in firmware update 3.21 around April 2010. When originally released, the PS3 could boot and install Linux-based operating ...
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Is it a violation of the GPL (or any other license) for Linux images on Azure to have 'plans' associated with them in all future copies?

It sounds like these are all business-logic rules of Azure's VM-orchestration software. Since the software within the VM is GPL-licensed, you are legally free to download it and use it in a totally ...
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Is my software still "free" if I charge for its commercial use and not for non-commercial use?

Short answer: Whether software is "free" (as in freedom) depends on the licensing terms, and the software owner is allowed to license it to different users under different terms. Longer answer: A ...
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Is my software still "free" if I charge for its commercial use and not for non-commercial use?

You cannot restrict this just with the license in an efficient, working way and still claim it is a Free software. The right thing to do would be to have the support contract in addition to the ...
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if I include source code with my commercial software, how much will that hurt the height of its sales?

It is impossible to answer the question of how much your sales will be impacted by making the source of your game available. However, there are a number of consequences that can be linked to the ...
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