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ADTmag: Open-Source Licenses

Oct 23, 2003, 01:00 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dwight Deugo)

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"You just found some great open-source software that is exactly what you need. But where can you use the software? Can it be part of your own home-grown application? Can it be a part of the software you intend to distribute freely? Can it be part of an application you intend to make money from? An even better question: Are you legally permitted to do any of the above?

"At this point, I have to provide the appropriate warning and disclaimer. My comments are my own interpretation of a particular open-source license agreement. For precise interpretations, see your lawyer. My goal is to make you aware of some of the contents of one such license and get you to read it for yourself..."

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