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From Shane Curcuru <>
Subject Re: selling open office
Date Wed, 29 Feb 2012 14:28:16 GMT
On 2012-02-28 12:23 PM, flamin hotdog wrote:
> hi, i was wondering where you stand on people selling open office. i know of somebody
who is selling open office on ebay for profit.
> thanks andy

As other folks have commented, the Apache License is designed to be 
permissive, in that third parties may take code under that license and 
use it for all sorts of activities.  This includes selling derivative 
software products based on our Apache licensed code, as well as charging 
a fee for providing CDs, training, consulting, and other activities 
based on actual Apache software products.

One of the main restrictions in the Apache License is that it does *not* 
grant rights to the trademarks - i.e. the brand names, logos, etc. - 
associated with the software products using this license.

Legal issues always depend on all the details around each specific case, 
so it's very difficult to provide general advice.  But in general third 
parties can charge for providing customers with copies of Apache 
licensed software products *as long as* they don't attempt to misuse the 
trademarks of the original producer of the software product.

In general, lengthy discussions of cases of license or trademark abuse 
are not helpful unless a (P)PMC can define a *specific* legal question, 
which can then be brought to the appropriate officer of the ASF or ASF 
counsel for legal advice.

Folks who want to learn more about the ASF's polices are strongly urged 
to read the actual license and trademark policies, along with the FAQs 
linked from their pages:

- Shane
   Apache OpenOffice mentor

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