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1answer
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Editing Copyright line in Apache2 license.txt

I wish to publish my program under Apache2 license. I have added the "APPENDIX" part of the license text to the top portion of my source.txt file and edited the copyright year and name. But when ...
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1answer
59 views

Deferred Open Source licensing

Are there established models for releasing an initially proprietary piece of software under FLOSS conditions after a defined period or a certain point of time? The main problem here is that all ...
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3answers
161 views

License that grants the initial author all rights of derived/modified work?

Please note that I do not want to argue about the moral aspect of this question. I know that there are probably many different concerns. I have been researching for a special license that could be ...
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2answers
162 views

License: free to use but not free to modify or redistribute

I am releasing an application at no cost, but I am not granting users the right to modify or redistribute the code. How should I call this? I initially used the term "free license", but on second ...
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8answers
466 views

Isn't GPL enough to make a software free as in free speech?

Background I have read people rebutting the fact that a certain software is free as in free speech, even when it is licensed under GPL. Some say Java isn't free because to obtain a professional ...
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155 views

Sourcecode license: free for personal use and modification but no public distibution

For one of my apps, I want to make the source code “open source” so that others might adapt the code to their personal needs or even contribute improvements, but I don’t want anybody else to publish ...
2
votes
1answer
128 views

How to license my closed source & freeware (donation ware) - using creative commons?

After doing a bit of research about licensing my free software, I reached this: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported - http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ how do I include ...
4
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1answer
203 views

Anonymous software license

I am aware of some of the problems of the concept of "releasing a work to the public domain" (as mentioned here and here; I haven't listened to this specific discussion yet). IANAL, but the main ...
1
vote
3answers
411 views

License for available for free, but closed source web app [closed]

Anyone know of a free license that offers the user the right to use the software freely, but not modify it or share it? In other words, it is closed source, but it's free. And since it's gonna be a ...
9
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3answers
5k views

Is Java free/open source or not?

On November 13, 2006, Sun released much of Java as free and open source software, (FOSS), under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL). On May 8, 2007, Sun finished the process, making all ...
3
votes
3answers
220 views

Give open-source developers a free license for my commercial software?

I am creating a software package that will be useful to programmers, engineers and scientists. List price will be in the region of $1,000 -- way beyond the budget of most open-source developers, ...
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votes
2answers
241 views

Can I re-license Academic Free License code under 2-Clause BSD / ITC?

I want to fork a piece of code licensed under the Academic Free License. For the project, it would be preferable to re-license it under the ISC License or the 2-Clause BSD license, which are ...
5
votes
4answers
496 views

How should I implement my chosen software license?

I have always kind of wondered, but never took my time to actually ask these questions regarding licensing. Most of these questions are presumably pretty basic, but I have no idea what I'm dealing ...
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8answers
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How do I (quickly) let people know that software I am providing for free is not abandon-ware?

As an independent, individual programmer: How do I let people very quickly know that I have not abandoned the software I've written and given away for free? That I am putting in the effort required ...
19
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8answers
1k views

Why freeware (closed-source) instead of open-source?

I'm wondering why some people release software as freeware, yet they don't release the source code. Why is that? I can think of some reasons, yet most of them don't make very much sense. Why would you ...
3
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1answer
146 views

How well do free-to-open-source-projects policies work in practice?

In comparison with an open source license and requesting donations, is a free-for-open-source-projects (or free for non-commercial developers) closed source and otherwise commercial project likely to ...
6
votes
3answers
732 views

Is it ok to use VS Express edition to create small utilities at work?

I am developer working mainly in C# who has now been assigned to a Data Migration project. (Sad story, I know. But that's for another day). We are currently creating column-to-column mapping between ...
11
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3answers
2k views

License for freeware but closed source application

I have developed a simple application which I want to put release for free but I'm not planning releasing the source code. I want the application to be freely available but I do not want anyone to ...
15
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7answers
598 views

How successful is GPL in reaching its goals?

There are, broadly, two types of FOSS licenses when it relates to commercial usage of the code - let's say the GPL-type and the BSD-type. The first is, broadly, restrictive about commercial usage (by ...
9
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7answers
2k views

Open Source but not Free Software (or vice versa) [closed]

The definition of "Free Software" from the Free Software Foundation: “Free software” is a matter of liberty, not price. To understand the concept, you should think of “free” as in “free ...