[Off-topic: licensing] Re: OpenPoker: Business question

David Hopwood <>
Fri Aug 26 19:33:20 CEST 2005


Joel Reymont wrote:
> Judging from my experience with the previous version of OpenPoker I  
> would not make any money if I release the software under the GPL. Is  
> there another open source license that you would recommend that would  
> let me restrict the source code to non-commercial use only?

A non-commercial license is by definition not open source (or free
software):

   <http://www.opensource.org/docs/definition.php> section 6,
   "may not restrict the program from being used in a business"

   <http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-sw.html>, "A free program
   must be available for commercial use, commercial development, and
   commercial distribution."

This means that the issue of license compatibility does not arise
(your non-commercial license will be incompatible no matter what),
and so you can choose pretty much any non-commercial license designed
for software.

-- 
David Hopwood <>




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