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Since some software is open source, can you add a feature you created and use it for your own personal use?

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For example, if I want to add a bunch of lines in VS code using a single command and say I'm able to build this feature, can I use this on my version of VS code without the community acceptance?

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The freedom to modify a piece of software is an essential open-source freedom covered by any open-source license, specifically the MIT License which VSCode is licensed under.

In other words - you most certainly can do this.

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Since some software is open source, can you add a feature you created and use it for your own personal use?

up vote 14 down vote

For example, if I want to add a bunch of lines in VS code using a single command and say I'm able to build this feature, can I use this on my version of VS code without the community acceptance?


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The freedom to modify a piece of software is an essential open-source freedom covered by any open-source license, specifically the MIT License which VSCode is licensed under.

In other words - you most certainly can do this.

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Even notoriously "viral" licenses like the GPL allow this. You can modify GPL software for personal use all you like. The "share-alike" provisions only kick in when you distribute the modified copy. Not to mention, if you couldn't run a modified copy on your own machine, it would be nearly impossible to do development work on the software in the first place. - bta Nov 6 '20 at 0:45

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