hey, question about it.
if I take webkit or Sun's Openoffice and recombined them to make my own browser or office suit, am I allowed to sell it as my own?
Depends on the license. Open Source is not a license. Open Source just says you have access to the source code.
Open Source implies the software is bounded by an Open Source license.
If you can get someone to buy it, you're free to sell it.
If you read that Wikipedia page carefully, you'll realized that "Open Source" is NOT a license. It's a set of criterias that a product and its license must meet in order to be called "Open Source".
Therefore, whether you can "sell it as your own" still depends on the actual license of the product.
The better question is what is WebKit or OpenOffice licensed under?
By the way, just to add my two cents worth. "Open Source" is muddy because it seems to want software to be "financially free", while the FSF and GPL seems to want software to be "truely free", which is NOT "financially free". How they really mash together, it's hard to understand. My guess is that when you apply "Open Source" on top of GPL, you are just guarantee that the product you produce is "financially free" on the market. Perhaps GPL v3 is on the same path as well.
This muddiness is one reason I've backed GPL v2, but haven't bought into "Open Source" or GPL v3.
Like you said, the product and its license must meet the criteria set forth by the Open Source Definition to be called Open Source.
1. Free Redistribution
IANAL, but if it has a restriction that prevents you from selling, then it's not Open Source by definition.
From http://webkit.org :
WebKit is open source software with portions licensed under the LGPL and BSD licenses. Complete license and copyright information can be found within the code.
OpenOffice.org uses a single open-source license for the source code and a separate documentation license for most documents published on the website without the intention of being included in the product. The source-code license is the GNU Lesser General Public License. Effective OpenOffice.org 3.0 Beta, OpenOffice.org will use the LGPL v3. The document license is the Public Document License (PDL).
Just call it something else and sell it.
for instance, folks used webkit to write their own browser app for the iPhone and they're able to sell it.
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