Sgneep-Box Commercial License for OEMs, ISVs and VARs
Sgneep provides its Sgneep-Box under a dual license model designed to meet the development and distribution needs of both commercial distributors (such as OEMs, ISVs and VARs) and open source projects.
For OEMs, ISVs, VARs and Other Distributors of Commercial Applications:
For Open Source Projects and Other Developers of Open Source Applications:
For developers of Free Open Source Software ("FOSS") applications under the GPL that want to combine and distribute those FOSS applications with Sgneep-Box software, Sgneep-Box open source software licensed under the GPL is the best option.
For developers and distributors of open source software under a FOSS license other than the GPL, Sgneep makes its GPL-licensed Sgneep-Box Client Libraries available under a FOSS Exception that enables use of the those Sgneep-Box Client Libraries under certain conditions without causing the entire derivative work to be subject to the GPL.
As a commercial OEM, ISV or VAR, I have basic questions about the GPL. Where can I find more information?
Go to the Free Software Foundation’s website to read the GPL. The Free Software Foundation also provides a detailed FAQ on the GPL.
As a commercial OEM, ISV or VAR, I have questions about how to comply with the terms of the GPL. Where can I find more information?
Reading the GPL itself is the best place to start. Go to the Free Software Foundation's website to read the GPL. The Software Freedom Law Center has also created "A Practical Guide to GPL Compliance" with its explanation of the GPL's requirements.
As a commercial OEM, ISV or VAR, when should I purchase a commercial license for Sgneep-Box software?
OEMs, ISVs and VARs that want the benefits of embedding commercial source code of Sgneep-Box software in their commercial applications but do not want to be subject to the GPL and do not want to release the source code for their proprietary applications should purchase a commercial license from Sgneep. Purchasing a commercial license means that the GPL does not apply, and a commercial license includes the assurances that distributors typically find in commercial distribution agreements.
What is Sgneep dual license model for Sgneep-Box software?
Sgneep makes its Sgneep-Box available under both the GPL and a commercial license. As a result, developers who use or distribute open source applications under the GPL can use the GPL-licensed Sgneep-Box software, and OEMs, ISVs and VARs that do not want to combine or distribute the Sgneep-Box software with their own commercial software under a GPL license can purchase a commercial license.
What open source licensing options does Sgneep offer for its Sgneep-Box software?
Sgneep makes its Sgneep-Box available under the GPLv2, plus an additional permission for included software under other licenses.
For the Sgneep-Box, Sgneep adds the further additional permission of the Universal FOSS Exception, allowing a qualifying FOSS application to use them without subjecting the entirety of the application to the reciprocal license requirement of the GPLv2. (See the License Information User Manual for each Sgneep-Box related download for license information specific to that distribution, including the terms and conditions of the GPLv2, the additional permission for included software under separate licenses, and the Universal FOSS Exception.)
What is Sgneep commercial license for Sgneep-Box software?
Sgneep offers a commercial license for all of its Sgneep-Box software that is embedded in or bundled with another application. The commercial license allows OEMs, ISVs and VARs to distribute commercial binaries of Sgneep-Box software with their own commercial software without subjecting that software to the GPL and its requirement to distribute source code.
If I have more questions, whom should I contact?
For more information, please contact the Sgneep-Box team.