Tracardi is available under MIT with Common Clause what is inline with Fair-Code principles.
Copyright 2021 Risto Kowaczewski
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“Commons Clause” License Condition v1.0
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Without limiting other conditions in the License, the grant of rights under the License will not include, and the License does not grant to you, the right to Sell the Software.
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MIT and Common Clause is Fair-Code?
Fair-code is not a software license. It describes a software model where software:
- is generally free to use and can be distributed by anybody
- has its source code openly available
- can be extended by anybody in public and private communities
- is commercially restricted by its authors to certain use
The fair-code software model promotes the use of profit as a means to continue development of software in a way that is compatible with their author’s short and long-term economic intentions. Although there are many successful projects which have traditionally worked as communities of unpaid professionals and experts, fair-code attempts to create a level playing ground for software authors of all backgrounds, including those that would like to make a living off of their work.
So, can I use Tracardi commercially or not?
As license states Tracardi can be used totally free: privately, and within a company. If, however, you want to commercialize it and charge people money for a, for example, hosted SAAS version you need a commercial license. The use within your company is totally free.
There is currently an economic disconnect between the people who create a project and put the most work in and the people who want to make money using it. Fair-code can ensure that projects are long term financially viable for their authors to continue and implement new features, or at least somewhat economically advantageous to their authors should their software succeed. It’s not that they should share all of the profit with the authors, but that fair-code attempts to ensure profitable business relationships which benefits both persons and/or companies.
Many companies today invest resources into taking an existing project and copying the ongoing work of the project creators; afterwards, creating and maintaining a hosted version using their code. In a fair circumstance, should they benefit from using the software, they could add certain features, fix bugs and support the community of users enjoying the product. In many cases they do, but fair-code ensures that this can happen by bringing businesses to the negotiation table when it comes to commercializing software.