If someone pays you to develop a website for them based on MySQL, you won't
pay for it. As you are not selling a product that contains MySQL. You are
selling your service and handing over full code to the client as their
property. There is no licensing involved in this case.
If you develop a product, say, some kind of online shopping system that you
distribute on a CD which installs Linux, Apache, MysQL, PHP and your App and
distribute that, then you probably should be paying for a license. This is
because instead of you handing over full code (and it's rights) to the
client as their property, you are placing licensing limitations on it.
Some people "get around" licensing by developing systems and leasing them
out to their clients. I think this is a bit of a grey area and I'm not sure
how legal or ethical this practise is, in my opinion this case should
probably be paying licensing.
Does that clarify at all?
If you have specific questions you can contact MySQL themselves using the
From: Leonardo Francalanci [mailto:lfrancalanci@stripped]
Sent: Wednesday, 11 August 2004 8:19 PM
Subject: R: On the licensing once again
What if I sell a web site built using mysql?
Do I need a license on my web server?
> -----Messaggio originale-----
> Da: Lachlan Mulcahy [mailto:asqui@stripped]
> Inviato: mercoledi 11 agosto 2004 13.14
> A: mysql@stripped
> Oggetto: RE: On the licensing once again
> Essentially the spirit of the license is, if a company builds a system of
> some kind where the database facilities are provided by MySQL and wish to
> sell that system as a whole without a GPL or other accepted open license
> then they will be required to purchase a license for each copy of
> the server
> they distribute. The company distributing the system would generally pay
> this to MySQL and include it in the costing/pricing of their product.
> Does that clarify things any further for you?
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