netxe456 at gmail.com
Thu May 5 05:29:29 UTC 2011
>>someone can certainly charge you for the physical act of transferring
bits to you,
So if I get it right,this means that if I distribute the source or binary
through the internet by allowing users to download it,since it does not cost
me anything to convey a copy to them,I cannot charge any distribution fees.
>>Licensing Fees are fees for permission to do something with the software
>>The downstream recipient is only paying for the bits, not for the rights
and furthermore if I allow users to download the binary/.exe with the
compiled/runnable application I cannot charge them for profit,say $5 per
download, since under the Artistic Licence I can only charge for
distribution fees, not for using the application.
Are my assumptions correct?
On Wed, May 4, 2011 at 7:59 PM, Karl Fogel <kfogel at red-bean.com> wrote:
> David Woolley <forums at david-woolley.me.uk> writes:
> >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.
> Right. Dale, the way to think about it is that under an open source
> license, someone can certainly charge you for the physical act of
> transferring bits to you, but the rights are conveyed with the bits.
> The downstream recipient is only paying for the bits, not for the rights
> to use-modify-share the bits, since the recipient *already has those
> rights* under the license.
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