Open Source Licensing Terms
JasonS Posts: 229
I am new to the use of Open Source Licenses. I have found several open source projects that I would like to use code from in my Duet Modules, and I would like to be faithful to the terms of the license agreements. I am unsure of exactly how the licensing terms pertain to a typical AV control system implementation. Does anyone have any thoughts or experiences in this regard?
Generally ones like BSD, MPL, MIT, CDDL and Apache allow use of the open source code in other works without insisting your own work also be open source. Some of them don't even require credit be given.
The lesser GPL allows linkage of a GPL module into a differently licensed master work (your deliverable main code), but any modifications made to the module have to be contributed back in source form, and the original source linked and credited.
The main version of GPL usually requires you to release any code you make back out again under the same license, and mostly restricts you from linking a GPL module(maybe a java library) into a non-GPL master work (your whole program) without having it also be GPL.
The AGPL is a version of full GPL which includes code you write only for internal use and won't be selling as an end-user install-able product. Including things like custom applications running on your own web servers. So if you link AGPL code into your custom weather data server back end for customer use, then you have to release all that source as AGPL. Of course, there is always the question of who knows what you used and how.
More data: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_free_and_open-source_software_licenses
Most of the time in java, the open source code I see out there needs a fairly extensive re-write to run in the limited AMX java version, so I mostly look at the open source world for concepts, not so much completed works.
As with any advice (particularly legal) from the internet it's always best to consult with a professional to ensure it properly applies to your situation and the area of the world you live in.
P.S. don't even get me started on software patents.
But everyone wants a bloodsucking lawyer when they feel they've been wronged.
Anyway, a little license attention is better than none. If you don't know what you can lose, you don't protect yourself. Problem with litigation is that the one who can afford to do it longer, wins.
Which is a more polite verion of the WTFPL .