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#1: license question

Posted on 2008-04-17 12:00:38 by cmk128

Hi All
I have a open source product, i want it free to personal user and
commerical user which have < 10 users.
For commerical user, if the number of user is more than ten, then i
charge some money. It is ok? Any law problem?
thanks
from Peter (cmk128@hotmail.com)

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#2: Re: license question

Posted on 2008-04-17 12:09:02 by Jerry Stuckle

cmk128@hotmail.com wrote:
> Hi All
> I have a open source product, i want it free to personal user and
> commerical user which have < 10 users.
> For commerical user, if the number of user is more than ten, then i
> charge some money. It is ok? Any law problem?
> thanks
> from Peter (cmk128@hotmail.com)
>

Would you ask your attorney how to code something? Why ask programmers
a legal question?

None of us here are attorneys, and none of us are familiar with the laws
in your jurisdiction. We can give opinions, but they will be worth just
what you paid for them.

For legal questions, see an attorney.


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#3: Re: license question

Posted on 2008-04-17 20:14:30 by Shion

cmk128@hotmail.com wrote:

> I have a open source product, i want it free to personal user and
> commerical user which have < 10 users.
> For commerical user, if the number of user is more than ten, then i
> charge some money. It is ok? Any law problem?

As long as you write your own license, it won't have any legal problems,
but what can cause trouble is to write the license.

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#4: Re: license question

Posted on 2008-04-17 20:24:10 by Pat Willener

> cmk128@hotmail.com wrote:
>
>> I have a open source product, i want it free to personal user
>> and commerical user which have < 10 users.
>> For commerical user, if the number of user is more than ten, then i
>> charge some money. It is ok? Any law problem?
>
> As long as you write your own license, it won't have any legal
> problems, but what can cause trouble is to write the license.

And of course the license on the open source stuff. Because it's open
source does not necessarily mean you have the freedom to do anything you
want to; some have limitations to them and most explain the questions
you're asking too.

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#5: Re: license question

Posted on 2008-04-18 12:58:24 by Erwin Moller

cmk128@hotmail.com schreef:
> Hi All
> I have a open source product, i want it free to personal user and
> commerical user which have < 10 users.
> For commerical user, if the number of user is more than ten, then i
> charge some money. It is ok? Any law problem?
> thanks
> from Peter (cmk128@hotmail.com)

Hi,

I don't know much about legal stuff, but must warn you that the
underlying packages of your open source project might influence your
freedom. Chances are that you use some gpl'ed software.

for example: If you use software that uses copyleft (GPL), you cannot
simply use that software, change it, and start selling it. Well you can,
but you must also openly publish your adjusted version on the same terms.
At least that is how I understand it, but I really have 0
feeling/intuition when it comes to legal stuff.

Also be aware that 'open source' is misused/confused a lot, because it
means almost nothing. I have the impression most people actually mean
'free software' (GPL eg) instead of 'open source'.
These differences are unimportant for most regular users of software,
but if you want to write a license, you should study it a little. (Or
get a legal adviser like Jerry suggested)

This is a good point start reading:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gpl
and:
http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-faq.html

Regards,
Erwin Moller

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