“Commons Clause” License Condition v1.0

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Quick Summary

The Commons Clause is a license condition used to commercialize Open Source Software.

This condition is often applied with a permissive Open Source license to effectively transition a software to a "source-available" licensing scheme, providing many of the same benefits of open source while still ensuring a business model to sustain the longevity of the project.

  • Can
  • Modify
    Describes the ability to modify the software and create derivatives.
  • Distribute
    Describes the ability to distribute original or modified (derivative) works.

  • Cannot
  • Commercial Use
    Describes the ability to use the software for commercial purposes.

  • Must
  • Include Copyright
    Describes whether the original copyright must be retained.
  • Include Notice
    Include a "NOTICE" file with attribution notes included.


Full License Text

The Software is provided to you by the Licensor under the License, as defined below, subject to the following condition.

Without limiting other conditions in the License, the grant of rights under the License will not include, and the License does not grant to you, the right to Sell the Software.

For purposes of the foregoing, “Sell” means practicing any or all of the rights granted to you under the License to provide to third parties, for a fee or other consideration (including without limitation fees for hosting or consulting/ support services related to the Software), a product or service whose value derives, entirely or substantially, from the functionality of the Software. Any license notice or attribution required by the License must also include this Commons Cause License Condition notice.

Software: [name software]

License: [i.e. Apache 2.0]

Licensor: [ABC company]


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