Artistic License

Karl Fogel kfogel at
Tue May 3 18:58:19 UTC 2011

Dale <netxe456 at> writes:
>I want, once more, to thank the forum for providing me with guidance
>and answers to my questions 
>It seems that properly licensing your software is more difficult than
>actually developing it
>My application will be written in Perl and will be explicitly released
>under GPL but I will use components (libraries) written in Perl which
>are typically licensed under Artistic License 1.0
>(, some in 2.0
>( and some in
>the "License of Perl 5"
>The thing is that in the future I might want to try selling a 'pro'
>version of the application just to help me pay the bill (very
>optimistic and unrealistic at the same time,I know..) and the Artistic
>License has me baffled.
>version 1.0's section 5 "prohibits sale of the software, yet allows an
>aggregate software distribution of more than one program to be sold.
>So, if you bundle an Artistic-licensed program with a five-line
>hello-world.c, you can sell the bundle." quoting 
>Open Sources: Voices from the Open Source Revolution at
>version 2.0's "Aggregating or Linking the Package
>(7) You may aggregate the Package (either the Standard Version or
>Modified Version) with other packages and Distribute the resulting
>aggregation provided that you do not charge a licensing fee for the
>Package. Distributor Fees are permitted, and licensing fees for other
>components in the aggregation are permitted. The terms of this license
>apply to the use and Distribution of the Standard or Modified Versions
>as included in the aggregation."
>The License of Perl 5 :
>"The Perl License is a combination of the Artistic License and GPL.
>The user is allowed to choose which license they follow. It is
>compatible with the GPL.
>Because of issues with the Artistic License, Perl 6 uses the Artistic
>License 2."
>So I don't know what I make of it,may I sell my GPL software which
>depends on those modules ?

Looks to me like you can sell for as much as you want, as long as it's a
Distribution Fee (i.e., does not restrict downstream redistribution)
rather than a Licensing Fee.


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