Software License Help

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#1 aceofspades686  Icon User is offline

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Software License Help

Posted 21 October 2007 - 02:47 AM

Cutting to the chase (as is usual with me) I'm in need of a license for a piece of software I'm writing. What I would like to have is a license that allows me to give out the source code for educational purposes, but the people I give it to are not allowed to release a modified version (to public domain) and they're allowed to redistribute the software as is, as long as I get credit and they don't charge a fee.

To give a little reasoning, I have been working on a software project for my anime club for the past few weeks that, in a sense is a mock database using an XML file to store the data (most of you have probably seen me asking various questions around the VB.NET forum when I got hung on certain things). I'm eventually going to release this for free to other clubs that wish to use it (with or without source code I haven't decided). The thing is, after showing this program to some of the people in the VB.NET class that I tutor, many of them are interested in seeing how it works, so I would like to release it to them to review the code and play around with basically, but not for them to be able to sell it (which, I worry that some of them would try to do).

So, short version is, does anyone know of a license that would allow for these things? I've been digging through Google for quite some time, but most of the licenses that I've seen do not allow for these provisions.

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Re: Software License Help

Posted 21 October 2007 - 03:56 AM

Perhaps the Creative Commons can help?
http://creativecommons.org/license/

Choose "No" for "Allow commercial uses of your work?"
Choose "No" for "Allow modifications of your work?"

Hope that satisfies your conditions.
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Posted 21 October 2007 - 04:20 AM

Thank you so much, that was exactly what I was in need of! I saw mention of this license in a few places, but hadn't thought to look into in much, I will admit I'm fairly new to the different software licenses so just pouring over pages of "legal-ese" trying to figure out which ones did what was giving me a headache and I was primarily having trouble finding places that spelled it out in plain english like this.
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