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Wed May 4 08:04:50 UTC 2011
David Woolley wrote:
> Dale wrote:
>> thanks a lot for replying
>> is there any information on the web on the difference between
>> Distribution Fees and Licensing Fees, so I can educate myself?
> Licensing Fees are fees for permission to do something with the
> software. Distribution fees are fees for physically transferring a copy
> of the software to you (postage, media, machine time used in making the
> copy, etc.).
Note for clarity, distribution fees are only payable to the person doing
the distributing. A requirement to charge them downstream and make a
portion payable to the original distributor would create a licence fee
payable by the redistributor. No open source licence would require the
charging of downstream distribution fees, and I don't think any copyleft
open source licence would permit a requirement to pay a proportion upstream.
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