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AsmGuru62



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I do not get these license issues, especially when software is free.
Is Fresh IDE really free?

If I have written a FASM library of routines and decided
to give it into public domain so anyone can use it. It has no license.
So, what's the dangers?
Post 08 Feb 2013, 14:25
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JohnFound



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Fresh IDE is really free.

The problem with the licenses is very important and IMHO, every open source developer must study this subject carefully.

The ideas behind the different licenses is to express the will of the author of the software (copyright holder) how this software should be distributed and what the other people can do with his code.

Releasing something under public domain is not the best way to release the software, at least, because in some countries there is no such thing as "public domain", but "public domain" also can be considered "license" in some way.

Also, imagine the situation, where someone using your code, creates a program that causes big industrial accident, because of a bug in your code? Now who is responsible? All common licenses have clause stating that the software is "as is" and the author does not provides any warranty that the software is free of bugs. So, the responsibility is for the one who use the software, not the author.

If is simply not so simple. Smile
Post 08 Feb 2013, 14:51
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Post 08 Feb 2013, 15:28
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AsmGuru62



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Isn't that a common knowledge that ANY program has bugs in it?
So, there is always a risk - license or not.
Post 08 Feb 2013, 17:08
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JohnFound



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It is done. From now on Fresh IDE is licensed under the terms of EUPL v1.1; FreshLib is licensed under 2-clause BSD license. FlatAssembler compiler remains under FlatAssembler license.

It has been done, after I got answer from JoinUp legal support, that confirmed that such licensing is possible and how exactly it have to be done in order to be perfectly legal.

Of course, I have permission for such changes from all copyright holders.

For details: read Fresh project license page.
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