Can you sell open source apps?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by dukebound85, Apr 13, 2007.

  1. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
  2. Super Macho Man macrumors 6502a

    Super Macho Man

    Jul 24, 2006
    Hollywood, CA
    It depends on the license. Generally it's fine to sell open-source apps (GPL - the most common license) as long as you include the source code. If the software is under a less restrictive license like the BSD license, you don't even have to include the source. I don't see anything wrong with what this merchant is doing. The challenge must be finding suckers to pay $39 for what they can download for free.
  3. therevolution macrumors 6502

    May 12, 2003
    It's not illegal or unethical, but it is kind of sad. You have to wonder how many copies they've sold.
  4. Mernak macrumors 6502

    Apr 9, 2006
    Kirkland, WA
    AFAIK you can't not charge for the apps themselves but you can charge for the boxing, cd, tech help, etc. But these guys are selling them for much more than they should be allowed to. OS Disc sells entire Operating systems for much less than anything on that website.
  5. therevolution macrumors 6502

    May 12, 2003
    Not true. You most certainly can sell the programs themselves. What you can't do is make changes to the app and sell that while refusing to release the source code for your changes. But as long as you comply with the license, it's fine.

    They can sell it for whatever they want. If people are willing to pay $40 for a box, then let them. What difference does it make?

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