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Eclipse Public License and software modifications [message #875756] Wed, 23 May 2012 09:27 Go to next message
Sebastien Vandenbergh is currently offline Sebastien Vandenbergh
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Registered: May 2012
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Hi,

I hope I'm posting in the right forum for a licensing question.
A client of mine ask me to provide him with a solution for a particular need.
I found an interesting tool which is an Eclipse project in incubator, licensed with EPL.

I would like to build my solution based on it. Do I have the right to do so regarding those facts :

- I will have to modify the source code to add new functionalities
- I won't sell him a product, but I'll be paid for a service in delivering a solution that he (and only him) will own and use inside his company with no redistribution outside of it.

Can we consider that my client is modifying the product for its own purpose and I'm just helping him to do so (and he's paying me for that). Is it compliant with the EPL ?

If not, what are my obligations and what can I do to help my client?
Many thanks to those who will be able to answer my question!
Seb
Re: Eclipse Public License and software modifications [message #875769 is a reply to message #875756] Wed, 23 May 2012 10:17 Go to previous message
Ed Merks is currently offline Ed Merks
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Registered: July 2009
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Sebastien,

Comments below.

On 23/05/2012 11:27 AM, Sebastien Vandenbergh wrote:
> Hi,
>
> I hope I'm posting in the right forum for a licensing question.
> A client of mine ask me to provide him with a solution for a
> particular need.
> I found an interesting tool which is an Eclipse project in incubator,
> licensed with EPL.
>
> I would like to build my solution based on it. Do I have the right to
> do so regarding those facts :
>
> - I will have to modify the source code to add new functionalities
That's allowed, given that your modifications are publicly available
somewhere. For example, you might want to host it as a public github
repo. You might want to fork the Eclipse repo so that it's easy for the
project to consume back your changes (f you want to contribute it back,
which is likely better for your client, because then the project
maintains the modifications).
> - I won't sell him a product,
You can see him a product if you want.
> but I'll be paid for a service in delivering a solution
That's good too! :-P
> that he (and only him) will own and use inside his company with no
> redistribution outside of it.
He may redistribute it and sell it as well as relicense it.
>
> Can we consider that my client is modifying the product for its own
> purpose
Well, you're the one doing that.
> and I'm just helping him to do so (and he's paying me for that).
It doesn't matter who does it. It only matters to make the changes public.
> Is it compliant with the EPL ?
I believe so, but I'm not a lawyer.
>
> If not, what are my obligations and what can I do to help my client?
> Many thanks to those who will be able to answer my question!
> Seb
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