Can you really use open-source software for free?

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The principle of “open source” software is free redistribution and free access to the source code, which remains open to all users, enabling it to be read, modified and distributed by the public, and encouraging cooperation. Open source is part of the logic of innovation. It invites users to share their contributions, to make the product evolve, and thus encourages improvements.

However, the principle of freedom does not mean that open source software is free of rights. Some open source software services may even have to be paid for. Furthermore, open source software is also subject to copyright protection. As a result, it is imperative to read the often highly complex contractual terms and conditions of software to verify exactly what rights are given to users.

Diana Cunha Lopes / IP Lawyer