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Can others monetize my project with GPLv3?

Yes, what is being done on that fork is entirely legal. However, you are also allowed to take the useful changes (like the translation) and incorporate them in your own fork. Then you can advertise ...
Bart van Ingen Schenau's user avatar
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Can I publish a GPL source I'm being paid for to develop?

So it seems that you're doing this as a piece of contract work, not under employment rules, so the issue of work-for-hire probably doesn't enter into it. The rules about what you can publish and when ...
MadHatter's user avatar
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Can I publish a GPL source I'm being paid for to develop?

This depends on the contracts for this development effort. The GPLv3 explicitly covers the case that you are doing development exclusively for someone else, and this is OK (section 2, basic ...
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Possibility of non-commercial ‘open-source’ and attribution based licence

If you want to restrict your software to not be used for commercial purposes, it is not open source. You can release it under multiple licenses - such as the GPL and a commercial license (where a ...
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Pacifist copyleft-like partially-open-source license

Such a license would definitely not be open source (6: No discrimination against fields of endeavor) nor approved by the FSF (Freedom 0: The freedom to run the program as you wish, for any purpose). ...
vonbrand's user avatar
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Pacifist copyleft-like partially-open-source license

To the best of my knowledge, there is currently no "pacifist" or "non-military" FOSS license that has been vetted by actual lawyers. Therefore if you wish to use a good license of this nature, you ...
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How could the open source business model work with games?

Lots of software is focused on solving a particular problem (e.g., performing calculations, handling point of sale transactions, visually rendering and editing pictures/graphs). In those cases, the ...
apsillers's user avatar
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Creative Commons license CC BY-SA doesn't work for commercial content?

No, the share-alike terms mean that if you create a derivative work of the CC-BY-SA licensed work, you can only publish it under the same license. But including a CC-BY-SA licensed work into a larger ...
amon's user avatar
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Examples of companies undercutting smaller companies using FOSS?

Plausible, an open source alternative to Google analytics, released a blog post detailing their move from MIT licensing to the AGPL (Affero GNU Public License). In it, they have the following claim: ...
abetusk's user avatar
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Can others monetize my project with GPLv3?

IANAL, but I believe this is legal within GPLv3. That is why there exists Affero General Public License (AGPLv3) license. This will force them to share any source code changes if running it on a web ...
Julius Brutus's user avatar
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Examples of companies undercutting smaller companies using FOSS?

I'm going to answer your question from the perspective: what is the risk to open sourcing the technology that your friend's business has developed. I try to tackle your more specific question at the ...
Eric's user avatar
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Can I make money from a "piece" of open source software?

When you distribute a work that includes components covered under the GPL, the GPL requires you to offer the source code to anyone who receives a copy of the binary program. Therefore, you must ...
apsillers's user avatar
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Provide customers an AGPL alternative

Is it possible as project owner to sell an alternative license to customers (if needed) which does not respect the copyleft? Yes, provided you are the rights-holder of the entire codebase, or you ...
MadHatter's user avatar
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How to prevent users to jump to "premium" plan in a web-app

It's even worse: An open source license would allow anyone to not just make that change for their own use but in fact release the premium version for free on their own website. And that check you are ...
Philipp's user avatar
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How I can monetize GNU GPL product developed (and currently updating) by me?

There is no known solution to the “economics of open source” problem. Some projects try to apply more restrictive licenses so that the “correct” maintainers can capture a larger part of the value ...
amon's user avatar
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Can an open source/free alternative put a company at risk? Has this ever happened?

A company would be "put in risk" if it's entire offering is compromised, and it can't adapt to a changing market. This has less to do with the existence of open source alternatives to a product and ...
Mureinik's user avatar
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5 votes
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Open-source license that should aware if I want monetize my project

Regarding the copyright, copyright automatically goes to the person (or organization) that wrote the code. You will own the copyright of all the code you write (unless you have a contract that says ...
Bart van Ingen Schenau's user avatar
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Releasing the source code of a premium feature for another open program

If I use a compiled program [...] which is under a license that everyone has the rights to use and sell (Eg: GPL) [...] and then I want to develop an extended feature for it [...] to be sold for money,...
MadHatter's user avatar
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When is open sourcing a threat to business?

The short answer to "when is open sourcing a threat to business" is that it is a threat when it allows competitors an easier and cheaper path into the market. Making things that you don't ...
Bart van Ingen Schenau's user avatar
4 votes

Can I charge expenses for a work under CC BY-NC-SA?

If someone asks you to print the model then you are likely in the clear. The 2nd and 9th circuit courts have decided that a non-commercial entity can contract a for profit entity to make their copy, ...
AvitarX's user avatar
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Does a non-commercial license like CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 preclude a work to be sold for money?

All of this is entirely unclear. The NonCommercial clause is intent-based, and relies on a concept of ”commercial advantage“ that is not further defined. Arguably, a NC-licensed work can be provided ...
amon's user avatar
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What does Google have in return from developing Angular?

Motive 1: Politics and Public Perception These big companies have a boost in the Public Perception after these announcements. This is important for them. Remember Google's motto used to be "Don't ...
Cesar Moore's user avatar
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Delay when downloading with SourceForge and many other sites

Advertising, to pay for the free service. To the right of the Downloading in.... message you will also find Mirror Provided by: and Scanned by:, while I doubt these are paid ads, it would be in ...
sambler's user avatar
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How I can monetize GNU GPL product developed (and currently updating) by me?

I'm going to suggest revisiting support & services as a business model. It works. It worked to fund my previous project, and it worked for my current employer (a $5b company that just got ...
Josh Berkus's user avatar
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Can others monetize my project with GPLv3?

Adding to other existing answers, if your goal is to completely forbid others to monetize your project (offering the Program as a Service) without disclosing their source, SSPL (Server Side Public ...
zypA13510's user avatar
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What is the status of in-app-purchasing code in a GPLv2 app? [generic app store]

General advice Section 2.b of the GPL 2.0 states: You must cause any work that you distribute or publish, that in whole or in part contains or is derived from the Program or any part thereof, to ...
Zimm i48's user avatar
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What is the status of in-app-purchasing code in a GPLv2 app? [generic app store]

What I would like to know is if the code for the in-app-billing logic must also be included in the published GPL'd source? It depends how this billing code interacts with the rest of my GPL-licensed ...
Philippe Ombredanne's user avatar
2 votes

How can I protect my advanced version based on my open source project?

You should have a lawyer experienced with software licensing assist you with your customer agreement for the proprietary advanced version. The agreement would include license terms describing exactly ...
David Fligor's user avatar
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How can free and open source projects be monetized?

The question Why did Google make Chromium Open Source? provides another answer: Make sure the open source project is a complement of your main product before working on it From Strategy Letter V – ...
Ooker's user avatar
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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. ...
apsillers's user avatar
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