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What licenses to offer free non commercial use and paid for commercial use..?

Posted on 2006-11-29
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Dear all,

I have created a software and I'd like to know if I could open source it for non commercial use only, and at the same time, be able to sell it for commercial use.

The software would be free as in speech and as in beer for non commercial use, and it would have to be paid for when used for commercial purposes.

A company would have to pay me for using it.

But a non profit organisation would not have to.

I was thinking of having it under a dual license. One GPL license and one "Pay for" license.

Is this something possible..?

Thanks

Stephane
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If it's your software you can license it any way you want.  But there are any number of packages with "dual" license models, offering both free/open source as well as commercial use depending on the usage.

A good example of this is MySQL, the very popular database system.  It's open source and free for some uses and commercial use for others.  You can choose how you license and use this.  You might want to look over their license at the MySQL web site.
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Indeed I'd like to have my software free for non commercial use and not free for commercial use.

I shall have a look at the MySql license.

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