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VonBon
03-11-2010, 12:41 PM
Just wondering, what stops a "Open Source" product such as
Blender from becoming a commercial product.

maybe a stupid question but i don't know the answer. :D

calilifestyle
03-11-2010, 01:36 PM
the gpl..

SplineGod
03-11-2010, 02:05 PM
yes the license :)

Myagi
03-11-2010, 02:38 PM
Actually AFAIK in the case of the GPL it doesn't prevent anything from being commercial, it just states that you have to release the source code along with the product, which in turn reduces the commercial interest.

calilifestyle
03-11-2010, 03:00 PM
http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html

Titus
03-11-2010, 08:36 PM
Blender can be a commercial product, you can sell it. GPL doesn't limit you to sell anything. Red Hat sells Red Hat Enterprise Linux, but Fedora is free.

The main GPL limitation/characteristic is that in case you modify the source code, and distribute the binaries, you also have to give the source.

ikeahloe
03-24-2010, 02:05 PM
Basically, if blender was sold, I think someone could repackage it as a free program with a different name.

OnlineRender
03-26-2010, 08:37 AM
you need to remember because its opensource , dosen't mean it will not make money ..

OnlineRender
03-26-2010, 09:42 AM
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