We have a product that heavily relies on open source licenses like Apache 2.0, GPL etc.

Our product is a service that we host inhouse and our customers use (like Basecamp), like a Saas, so nobody would ever get the source code.

I know I have to include license notice of the used framework, but where exactly do include this notice? Do I put a special page IN the product? Should I include it in sales agreements? Or maybe just on a section on our product website?

  • Quick question: Is the software purely a SaaS? Just to make sure, there is no binary/executable ever being distributed to end users, right? Also, is the AGPL license ever used as part of your array of open source libraries? – Zizouz212 Feb 13 '16 at 16:16
  • You can compare it with Basecamp, there is a service online, hosted by us, and that's it. But actually, some customers have a small integration piece living on their server (binary) that does use some Microsoft packages. – Roger Far Feb 13 '16 at 16:53
  • Alright. So I can assume that there's no AGPL here, right? – Zizouz212 Feb 13 '16 at 17:42
  • No the only licenses we use are: Apache 2.0, BSD, MIT, MS, MS-PL. – Roger Far Feb 13 '16 at 18:44

What do you mean with "nobody would ever get the source code". If GPL is used it contaminates the product and further distributions of the product must be accompanied with the entire source code.

  • please feel free Zizouz212 – paul black Feb 13 '16 at 15:59
  • What do you mean? – Zizouz212 Feb 13 '16 at 16:00
  • you just said: nope. and saying nope is not really an explanatory answer. – paul black Feb 13 '16 at 16:02
  • It's doesn't "contaminate" anything. The OP said that the software will be used as a service, so nothing is technically distributed. Therefore, this answer as wrong. Have you read up the license? You may be confusing yourself with the AGPL. – Zizouz212 Feb 13 '16 at 16:04
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    Regardless, the answer isn't clear, it's not the best of quality, and you don't present very convincing arguments here. My down vote still remains. – Zizouz212 Feb 13 '16 at 16:15

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