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What are the practicable steps to get a licence for two kinds of software, Freeware and Open Source Project? RRS feed

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  • Hi,

    There is several discussions have supported the subject of a software license and the majority are limited to offer explanations or definitions (GNU GPL, EULA, BSD License ... etc) without addressing the practical steps to set up a license for software.

    1-What are the practical steps to secure the work relayed for two types of software.

       a- Freeware

       b- Opensource project.

    2-For a Freeware, witch was the legal organization should be contacted to accomplish the process of licensing of a Freeware and where the work should be dropped to be secured ?

    3-For the opensource project, do not copy the GNU site license and put it in the software will be enough to complete the license phase, what is the legal approach and the organization that must be contacted to accomplish the license and software patents and where should the project be dropped to be secured ?.

    4-I it possible to apply a GNU license to a Freeware ?

    5-If we assume that an open source project has been put online, how are the project rights guaranteed yo the authors?

    Cordialement




    Tuesday, October 9, 2018 11:13 AM

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  • Hi,

    There is several discussions have supported the subject of a software license and the majority are limited to offer explanations or definitions (GNU GPL, EULA, BSD License ... etc) without addressing the practical steps to set up a license for software.

    In parallel to the many types of licenses (GNU GPL, EULA, BSD License ... etc) ,there are also many organizations like FSF (Free Software License) and OSI (Open Source Initiative) and Copyright.

    Normally the software must be legally declared in legal body like FSF, OSI or Copyright to guarantee the copyrights and the fact of putting a copyright text in the software setup does not normally complete the licensing process.

    1- The question is what is the exact procedure that can be done to secure the work and put it as Freeware or Shareware in order to be published in software website for example like 01net.com,clubic.com.

    2- For a Freeware, witch was the legal organization should be contacted to accomplish the process of licensing and where the work should be dropped to be secured ?

    3- Is it possible to apply a GNU license to a Freeware ?

    4- In the case of Opensource, if we put the code in public, the fact of putting a text accompanying the publication of the project does not legally guarantee the authors' rights since it is possible to modify the code and put a new license for example so what should author do to protect legally their work and what is the legal approach and the organization that must be contacted to accomplish the license and software patents and where should the project be dropped to be secured ?.

    5- What is the role of the FSF, OSI, or Copyright if we only limit to put a license text in the Software Setup.

    6- If we assume that an open source project has been puted online, how are the project authors  guaranteed their rights  ?

    Cordially
    Tuesday, October 9, 2018 2:38 PM
  • Hi Cordially,

    This forum is discussing and asking questions about the Windows Form and ClickOnce, I will move this thread to Where is the Forum for...? forum to redirect it.

    Thanks for your understanding.

    Regards,

    Stanly


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    Wednesday, October 10, 2018 2:55 AM
  • Hi Devjelop,

    According to your description, you have some problems about subject of a software license, but this forum is discussing question about developing wpf project, I will move your thread to let it to go to the correct forum.

    Thank you for participating  in the forum activities.

    Best Regards,

    Cherry


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    Wednesday, October 10, 2018 2:58 AM