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    SitePoint Evangelist ashattuc's Avatar
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    Copyright Issues?

    So I was wondering how this works:

    Let's say you like the open source movement, and you would like to support a particular piece of software (phpBB or OSCommerce, etc.) by using it to build a particular web site for a client. It seems like there is a fine line between making money off of the open source work, and making the money configuring it into a usable form for a client. It seems to me like if you explictly state that you are selling the client the parts of the code that you wrote yourself, and just sharing the open source code, that it would be okay to just charge them for the work you put into it and your code, rather than the entire code. Does this sound right, coherent, and ethical?

    Thanks,
    Chris
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    You may want to seek out a legal authority on that kind of question. Why not see if you can find a local lawyer with a low cost consultation fee and ask that question.

    Us answering it might only get you in trouble.

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    The TOS of that particular piece of software should state what you are allowed to do with it or not.

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    You wouldn't be able to charge for the actual modified code, but there shouldn't be a problem with charging for the code modifications. If you are really worried about it, the best thing to do would be to contact the developement team of the script you are looking to modify.


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