Which license should I use?

Every downloadable product on Distribly must include a license. If you don't have one already, or aren't sure which one you should use, this page will help you select the right license for your product. To get started, select your product type from the contents below.

Licenses for text

If you already have a license you want to use for your product, then add it as a Custom license.

1. Do you want to let buyers resell the product?
No - See the Personal Use Only license.
Yes - Go to question 2.

2. Do you want to let buyers sell the rights to the product?
No - See the Resell Rights license.
Yes - Go to question 3.

3. Do you want to let buyers modify the product?
No - See the Master Resell Rights license.
Yes - See the Private Label Rights license.

Licenses for software

If you already have a license you want to use for your product, then add it as a Custom license.

Free-to-use means the software can be run, copied, distributed, studied, or changed. Free-to-use software can also be given away at no cost, or sold for profit. If you only want to sell software that others can use, without letting them modify or resell, then you should use a proprietary license.

If your software includes documentation, then this also needs to be covered by your license. For free-to-use software, there are some documentation licenses mentioned below.

1. Is your software to be proprietary, or free-to-use software?
Proprietary - insert your own Custom license.
Free-to-use - Go to question 2.

2. Do you want the same license rights to be passed on in any modified versions of your software?
No - See the Apache license 2.0, Creative commons and other free licenses.
Yes - Go to question 3.

3. Is your software a library?
No - Go to question 4.
Yes - See the GNU Lesser General Public License.

4. Will your software be used over a network?
No - See the GNU General Public License.
Yes - See the GNU Affero General Public License.

Documentation for free-to-use software

The licenses mentioned below are for technical documentation, if you include a "Readme", or similar file, include the License Note For Other Files as well.

Technical documentation

1. Does your documentation contain more than a small amount of code?
No - See the GNU Free Documentation License.
Yes - See the GNU Free Documentation License for the documentation and the GNU General Public License for the code.

Licenses for images

If you already have a license you want to use for your product, then add it as a Custom license. Currently this is the only option available for images on Distribly.

Licenses for sound

Coming soon

Licenses for video

Coming soon

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