Solved

Use of an MIT License component in my application

Posted on 2009-04-14
6
891 Views
Last Modified: 2013-11-25
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.
0
Comment
Question by:nphoenix
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 2
  • 2
6 Comments
 
LVL 70

Expert Comment

by:Jason C. Levine
ID: 24145045
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.
0
 

Author Comment

by:nphoenix
ID: 24147722
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.
0
 
LVL 70

Accepted Solution

by:
Jason C. Levine earned 500 total points
ID: 24150261
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.

0
 

Author Closing Comment

by:nphoenix
ID: 31570702
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.

Copyright (c)  

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person
obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation
files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without
restriction, including without limitation the rights to use,
copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell
copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the
Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following
conditions:

The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be
included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND,
EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES
OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND
NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT
HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY,
WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING
FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR
OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.
0

Featured Post

Industry Leaders: We Want Your Opinion!

We value your feedback.

Take our survey and automatically be enter to win anyone of the following:
Yeti Cooler, Amazon eGift Card, and Movie eGift Card!

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

EE introduced a new rating method known as Level, which displays in your avatar as LVL. The new Level is a numeric ranking that is based on your Points. This article discusses the rationale behind the new method and provides the mathematical formula…
An introduction to the wonderful sport of Scam Baiting.  Learn how to help fight scammers by beating them at their own game. This great pass time helps the world, while providing an endless source of entertainment. Enjoy!
The Bounty Board allows you to request an article or video on any technical topic, or fulfill a bounty request to earn points. Watch this video to learn how to use the Bounty Board to get the content you want, earn points, and browse submitted bount…
Where to go on the main page to find the job listings. How to apply to a job that you are interested in from the list that is featured on our Careers page.

752 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question