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I am creating a Flash/Flex application for my client and need to use the AlivePDF code which is available under MIT license.

Wikipedia says: It is a permissive license, meaning that it permits reuse within proprietary software on the condition that the license is distributed with that software.

Do i simply include the license referencing the AlivePDF code..  I can not have teh MIT license apply to my proprietary code.

The programmers web site says: http://alivepdf.bytearray.org/?page_id=2  AlivePDF is licensed under the MIT License. In other words, you can do whatever you want with it.
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by:Jason C. Levine
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Hi nphoenix,

The MIT license only applies to the AlivePDF part of the project.  You just have to keep the license and credits to the original developer in that part.  You do not have to release the other parts of the project under any license.
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Jason, thanks for the insight.   So if i use the component as a Print PDF option on the menu of my app,  how do i address the MIT element...  do i just put this in the "about" dialog - "Print to PDF functionality in this application makes use of AlivePDF which is distributed under the MIT license."

Any links or examples of what is compliant would help me alot.
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That would be fine.

The Open Source licenses prevent you from:

1) Claiming the code as your own work.  If someone asks you "how did you do that" you explain which Open Source projects are in the system.

2) (in some cases) modifying the code and claiming it as proprietary.  Most of the licenses allow you to modify the code but the modifications must be made freely available to the community in some way.

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I am sure a lawyer is needed for a definitive interpretation of the MIT license. I wish MIT would provide some guideline or example on what is needed.... they require you include the copyright and notice below... but my app is not offered un those terms and thers no guideline on how to make that statment for a specific element.

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