About Software Licenses

Is there any license that forbids commercial use?

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About Software Licenses

Posted 09 October 2009 - 08:04 AM

Hi, I was just reading about the "open-core" debate I have read some about it before as well.

And I just started to wonder, if I write say some awesome software or anyone really, could they have the software free for the public and hobby use and have some other licenses for companies?

I know how QT have GPL and then LGPL, I guess it is one way but still not how I thought...

So is there any license that forbids companies to use the code for commercial use? Without buying the commercial license...

I guess this might not be possible, but I thought I can always ask... My idea was that the code still should be free for people to look at and for a community to use but that the company behind the software still could make some more money...

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Posted 09 October 2009 - 11:25 AM

In short, Yes.

For Example, Oracle provides almost all of their software free to those that use it for investigational or educational use. Commercially you must purchase a license to use the software legally.

It's done all the time.

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Posted 09 October 2009 - 01:43 PM

But as I understand it's not open source? And that was my meaning of free... I might have forgotten the term open source in my first post..
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Posted 09 October 2009 - 03:36 PM

Free software wasnt the main idea behind Open Source
http://en.wikipedia....iki/Open_source
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Posted 10 October 2009 - 01:41 AM

Hi sh250080, I know that... But I found these links at wikipedia that help to answer my question better:

http://en.wikipedia....source_software
http://en.wikipedia..../Dual-licensing
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