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From Dirk-Willem van Gulik <>
Subject Re: software licensing
Date Wed, 05 Feb 2003 10:54:09 GMT

On Wed, 5 Feb 2003, Niclas Hedhman wrote:

> Are you saying I can't sell Cocoon as-is as an off-the-shelf product, and have
> support included in the package???

Yes; you -can- give away, rent out, sell 'Cocoon' as is, and simply call
it 'Cocoon' as long as you have not modified it in any way.

That -not-modified-in-any-way- is the key point.

Note that you canot claim you wrote it or that yours is the only official
vesion; hence it cannot be be 'Acme Cocoon' (assuming the company is
called Acme) or 'The Official Cocoon' version.

See for example:

for a company who carefully portrays things as they are.

Other common approach, e.g. IBM, are adding a 'powered by Cocoon' or
'powered by Apache' to the end of their product name (e.g. Websphere).

The latter is mostly used when the company ships a version with
modifications; which is generally the case - as to make it more
attractive for a certain market segment from which the company hopes to
extract money.

But as a general guideline; only call it Cocoon if you have not changed a
single bit (i.e. think MD5's).

But even then always check the license with a lawyer in your own country
before selling and when in doubt contact (see the
license for the address) for permission. Which we give out all the time.


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