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Re: Simple Question About Licensing
Posted by: Scott Johnson
Date: August 06, 2004 01:19PM

> Perhaps see my second note in this thread? I did
> not mean Free Software as in "free of charge".
> Instead, I meant that the software was placed
> under a Free Software license like the GPL or the
> BSD license.

I will look in to this more carefully.


> There is an embeddable version of MySQL called
> libmysqld that can be embedded in an application
> as a shared library. I admit that I have never
> used it and would need to ask one of the other
> MySQLers for more information about things like
> having it as a DLL.

> If you are embedding the database, then you would
> need to acquire the license yourself and pass the
> cost on to the customer.

This looks very promising!

Just so we're very clear about this, In this case I would, as the sole developer, buy only 1 commercial license, Correct?

I would then be free to distribute my product, without having to acquire a new license for each copy of my product shipped. Correct?

And the customer of my product would not be required to obtain a license. Correct?

Hopefully the answer to these questions is Yes... In my case I think it would seal the deal. I have no problems shelling out cash for a development tool to help me produce a product, especially when it's a good tool like mySQL.

For some reason, licensing always seems very complicated and since it involves the legal system it's a bit "scary" to small time developers like me who are looking for ways to make simple, in-expensive software packages.

Thanks for you input on this, it has really helped.

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