FPA General Code License
The FPA General Code License was originally created as a way to permissively license our software for all without having to deal with commercial entities 'asset-ripping' code from our open projects.
How is the FPA General Code License Open Source?
The FPA General Code License permits the use, modification, and distribution of code for personal and educational purposes. It also prohibits companies from using the code commercially without significant modification. These characteristics are consistent with the definition of open source, as they permit collaboration and reuse of code under specified constraints.
What does the license allow?
The license allows for anyone to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, or distribute the code in an educational or personal context. In a commercial context, users must substantially modify the code- prohibiting companies from copying code and selling it as their own on stores.
Can I modify it?
Yes! The license is designed so that copyright owners can input different conditions that software users must fulfill. But, we do recommend that you have a lawyer look at the document before use as we do not claim any legal responsibility.
Does it protect me?
The license includes a clause from the MIT license that protects the copyright owners by limiting liability and stating that the software is provided without warranty. This clause will limit liability as long as it is kept unmodified.
Copyright <YEAR> <COPYRIGHT HOLDER>
Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without limitation in the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, and/ or distribute copies of the Software in an educational or personal context, subject to the following conditions:
- The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.
Permission is granted to sell and/ or distribute copies of the Software in a commercial context, subject to the following conditions:
- Substantial changes: adding, removing, or modifying large parts, shall be developed in the Software. Reorganizing logic in the software does not warrant a substantial change.
THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.