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From:Zak Greant Date:August 12 2004 10:02am
Subject:Re: On the licensing once again
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On Aug 12, 2004, at 2:38, Issac Goldstand wrote:
> What if a company hires me to build an application for them.  They 
> already
> have MySQL downloaded and installed.  Do I/they need a license?
> What if the software is open-source, but not free?

Hi Issac,

We always recommend that proprietary applications that use MySQL use 
the proprietary version of MySQL. This recommendation helps us fund 
development of the database and is always accurate.

However, if you are working for a company, you are likely not 
distributing anything to them and can likely use MySQL under the terms 
of the GPL - it should not matter if they download and install MySQL 
before or after the work starts.

Also, there is no problem selling software that is based on 
GPL-licensed MySQL and other GPL-licensed software (or some other Free 
Software*/Open Source** licenses. See 
http://www.mysql.com/products/licensing/foss-exception.html for a list 
of licenses that are accepted in addition to the GPL.)

* See http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-sw.html for more information
** See http://www.opensource.org/docs/definition.php for more 
information

Cheers!
-- 
Zak Greant
MySQL AB Community Advocate

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