Open-Source Licensing

John Riehl, May 20, 2018

One of the things you'll see in a proposal from Just Right Software Solutions is a statement that any software we deliver (including website code) will be licensed under the GNU General Public License version 3. In a nutshell, that license means:

  • You are free to modify, sell, or give away the software
  • If you sell or give away the software, you must extend that right to the recipient
  • The software carries no warranty

Of course, we can negotiate a different licensing structure if you want, but we feel that open-source licensing is almost always in the client's best interest. Here's why:

  • You won't be locked in to Just Right Software Solutions. You can take the code we provide to any other developer and have them work on it.
  • You won't be liable for the consequences of distributing code that's protected under a more restrictive licensing arrangement
  • It allows us to use open-source (i.e. free) software in the development of your software, saving you money

When you receive your proposal you'll also receive a full copy of the license (which you can also view here). Feel free to ask any questions you might have about this.