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Re: Licensing requirements ???



At 2003-10-11T15:56:08Z, Joey Hess <joeyh@debian.org> writes:

> The situation you describe would mean that mysql would be non-free, and
> thus not part of Debian.
>
> The license of mysql 4.0.14 is a mixture of the GPL, LGPL and BSD
> licenses, with nothing prohibiting commercial use. I see nothing in the
> license to call for purchase of a special mysql license for this use.

I have no strong opinion on the matter; IANAL and don't hang out on -legal.
However, this is from MySQL's licensing description at
http://www.mysql.com/products/licensing.html:

    3. Commercial use for everyone else

    If your application is not licensed under GPL or compatible OSI license
    approved by MySQL AB and you intend to distribute MySQL software (be
    that internally or externally), you must first obtain a commercial
    license to the MySQL software in question.

You may in fact be correct that it is free to use, but MySQL AB's position
on the matter seems pretty clear to my untrained eyes.
-- 
Kirk Strauser
In Googlis non est, ergo non est.

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