Your voice was heard. A couple of weeks was too long to wait for unequivocal clarification of our licensing issues. I asked the team to make resolving the confusion our #1 priority and they have delivered.
As promised, I want to be fully transparent with you given some of the confusion between what’s “free” versus what’s “open source” and what you can or cannot do with the free (and open source) products.
We have made what we think are all the necessary changes to the App Explore license agreement to make it very, very clear between what’s open source and free, what you have to pay for, and we removed any ambiguous or onerous legalese.
I’m posting below the “redline” to the current agreement with our proposed changes so you can see them before we make them official. Our current plan is to make this version of the license (for App Explore package) become official on Wednesday, October 10, 2012.
I welcome your feedback. Please leave any in the comments of this post.
Non-lawyer changelog for the agreement:
- Made it very clear that Titanium SDK, Alloy, Titanium CLI are not specifically covered under the App Explore license agreement and are covered under the Apache Public License, version 2.
- Made it clear that the Titanium Studio product (which you download) is free to use under the App Explore license, but not open source.
- Cleaned up the license agreement to disambiguate the difference between the open source products and the non-open source products.
- Made it clear that you can fork any of the products under the Apache licenses and do what you want, provided you comply with that license.
- Made it clear that the apps that you build under the App Explore license have no financial obligation to Appcelerator.
- Made it clear that the apps that you build will not contain ads (unless you specifically grant us permission by using a module or another third-party ad service integrated into Titanium).
- Made it clear that we reserve the right to serve ads in Titanium Studio (for example, on the dashboard to advertise a popular module in the Marketplace).
- Made it clear that you can turn analytics off in your application at any time and clarified that you must comply with any applicable privacy laws depending on your own legal jurisdiction.
- Made it clear that under the agreement, we have no obligation to provide the licensee with support, indemnification or warranty.