Ok. First to all those who would say this should go to Lawyer exchange it is not necessarily so, because it’s directly linked to software and it’s usage. If it still is to be posted in Lawyer exchange, please say so in comments and I will remove the question.
So my company in the current state (recently created, early development) does not have a copyright OR a license.
From what I saw in BSD 3-clause defenition, it seems to be a copyright AND a license in one. I can see that anyone using our software if we publish it under new BSD can:
- Redistribute our software (source or binary) as long as it contains the license in it.
- Use our name or contributor name to gain money from the redistribution.
Does this mean they can technically change 1 line, not mention our name and get money from that?
The product is technically a game (there will be our animation at the start) but it COULD BE taken off since source code is available to all. What we technically would like is a license that has these features:
- Anyone can distribute it (source or binary) as long as they keep the license in.
- They can modify it only for personal needs and cannot distribute modified versions. They can however send us the modified version showing the changes and suggesting them.
- They can add “extensions” (similar to what firefox and/or skyrim has) using the tools we provide and distribute those under whatever license they want to.
Something similar to this was LGPL but after reading all of new BSD my head was already cracking open and I’m not sure I got everything LGPL implied.
So can anyone please suggest if BSD actually does do what we want it to, whether LGPL does or whether any other OSI approved licenses do that.