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Legal for a Free Addon

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by =MGN=RedEagle, Jul 11, 2014.

  1. =MGN=RedEagle

    =MGN=RedEagle Well-Known Member

    I want to release an addon I had made for me for free. Can someone let me have a good legal template for such a thing?
  2. Chris D

    Chris D XenForo Developer Staff Member

    What specifically are you concerned about? License agreement? What kind of terms would you like to impose?
  3. =MGN=RedEagle

    =MGN=RedEagle Well-Known Member

    I want to impose nothing, give it free but be free of liabilities.
  4. Chris D

    Chris D XenForo Developer Staff Member

    I believe if you want to give it free, and allow others to change the code and give that for free, and you want to not be held liable under any sort of warranty, then you should just license the add-on under GNU General Public License v3 (GPL-3).


    Note paragraphs 15 and 16:
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  5. EQnoble

    EQnoble Well-Known Member

    Literally stating just that is pretty much good enough.

    When you say...

    'No support or warranty intended and no liability assumed by making this freely available, use at your own risk and have fun'​

    ...there is no excuse for someone saying they didn't understand as such and saying that is much easier if all you want to do is give stuff away and that is understandable as you have said, you had it made so you probably can not support it yourself and that solidifies that they can take it as is or leave it and that one sentence intends that in the friendliest way you can say it.

    There is no difference between a fancy purchased "NO TRESPASSING" sign and one you draw on a piece of cardboard and tape to a stick as long as the writing is clearly posted. If you own something, how you publicly declare it's acceptable use is on you. If it's free and you just want people to use it and mess around with it why not just keep it simple.
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  6. RickM

    RickM Well-Known Member

    Take a look at the MIT license - lots of projects moved away from the GPL to the MIT as it's a much clearer license without the crappy politics of the GNU group behind it.

    Plus it's pretty simple - "you can use it but I accept no responsibility" kind of thing.
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  7. rollthebones

    rollthebones Active Member

  8. Arantor

    Arantor Active Member

    Especially since you can't really apply GPL to a XF add-on without the licence getting in the way for a variety of reasons (most notably the whole thing about 'if you bridge GPL code to non GPL code the resulting thing must be GPL')

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