Wednesday, 14 August 2013

A couple of words about licenses


If you used our service, possibly you saw a license alert, which was defined, as a bug. Why so?

Licenses are a few pages of text written in a confusing manner. Sometimes, it's really hard to understand what you can do with a thirdparty code snippet and what you can't. To figure it out, you could consider to use a compartaion matrix wich could be found on the net :

In other words, you have to understand which licenses are used for thirdparty libs you use in your app and to understand how these licenses affect your application and your distribution model.

To make this job for you in hackapp.com we have two severity levels for license issuses:
  • Info - when we just found, that something in an application bundle is under license control,
  • Critical - when something in your bundle is under licens, which makes you keep your sources open.
If you are not concerned about your sources and you are ready to share it with everyone on the net then thank you. And you can ignore this alert  :)

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