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vasanthz

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 06, 2014 12:13 am
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Hello,

I used a open source software to build an application about few months back. The license on the software states,
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"XXXYYY is Free Software, licensed under the MIT license - so it's free to use for all purposes."


MIT license says that - opensource.org/licenses/MIT

Quote:
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 use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell
copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is
furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in
all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

All this happened few months back.

I visited the software's site now and it says that the software has been updated & is under Creative Commons license and that I need to pay a price to use it in my application.

creativecommons.org/licenses/

My application still uses the older version of the software with the MIT license. What should I do? Should I license the software?

I agree that I must pay the developer who created the software, but the only reason I chose this software over other alternatives was that it is totally open source & customizable + free.

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Vasanth.S
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enrico-sorichetti

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 06, 2014 1:40 am
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what software are You dealing with ?

if You are using the old version, no reason to worry


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My application still uses the older version of the software with the MIT license. What should I do? Should I license the software?


all depends on the <application> where the CC licensed software is used ...
if it is a commercial application ( You are selling ) You might have to pay, but

but IIRC any CC licensed software should be free for personal use
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vasanthz

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 06, 2014 2:57 am
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Hello Enrico,

Thank you for your thoughts.
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what software are You dealing with ?

Sorry, I don't mean to be rude but I am afraid to disclose the name of the software in an open forum, since my organization may not be happy to see the name of the software & the way in which it was used in an open forum. I would PM the name of the software.

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if it is a commercial application ( You are selling ) You might have to pay

I think it may be commercial application, it is used for a client(not sold for money, given for free as a value add). There are 10 users of the application, so not for individual use.

The MIT license stated
Quote:
"without restriction, including without limitation the rights
to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell
copies of the Software,"
So I went ahead and used the 3rd party open source software.

We also have published the license on the application as stated.
Quote:
The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in
all copies or substantial portions of the Software.


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Vasanth.S
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enrico-sorichetti

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 06, 2014 4:31 am
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seems pretty simple to me...
CC BY NC implies that You cannot use it for free on commercial works

on the other side 99 $ seems a reasonable price for a commercial license

anyway while the barrier is clear for the CC license , it is not so about the definition of commercial ?

read the faqs' s or speak to an attorney,
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