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I will mainly talk about the practical consequences and not go into the nitty gritty. By GPL compatible I mean that a GPL project can use your code (NOT you can use GPL code). The MIT and BSD 2 clause licenses have similar requirements: keep the license file. The BSD 3 clause license adds a term to the BSD 2 that prevents someone from claiming false ...


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Some open source licenses do specifically grant the right to run the software. For example, the MIT license says: Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to ...


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Both the Free Software and Open Source definitions include the freedom to run programs for any purpose: Free Software Definition: The freedom to run the program as you wish, for any purpose (freedom 0). Open Source Definition: 6. No Discrimination Against Fields of Endeavor The license must not restrict anyone from making use of the program in a specific ...


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On a typical computer, when you run a program you copy it from permanent storage (disk or equivalent) into RAM. A copyright holder that were being difficult could attempt to argue that running a program was therefore equivalent to copying it, with all the obligations that implies. I imagine most courts would look fairly scathingly at this kind of shenanigans,...


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