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The end-user license agreement—the contract that you customarily must agree to when installing software—governs what you can do with a piece of software. Customarily, “the software license may impose restrictions on the type of use including personal use, individual use, non-profit use, non-commercial use, academic use, commercial use or any combination of these. For instance, the license may be ‘free for personal, non-commercial use’.”
There a few shortcuts. If the software is said to be open source, it’s likely that the program is governed by one of the common open-source licenses like the BSD or GNU license as opposed to a custom drafted license. As soon as you figure out what license its licensed under, a few quick Google searches can tell you the limitations of what you can and can’t do with that license.
Check out New Media Rights’ Open Source Licensing Guide which compares the five most common open source licenses (GPL, LGPL, BSD, MIT, and Apache).
That said, it would still help to consult an expert to figure out which license is best for our software.
That depends on the license of the open-source code you used, but generally the answer is no, which might be surprising to a more than few software developers.
First, you need to determine if the code was freely distributed without any caveats, or if the code was under a license.
If you have already created a business and have begun to sell software made from open-source code, you may want to consult the section “What should I do if I have already created commercial software based on open-source code?”for more information.
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