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General discussion about K-Meleon.
[quote=snuz2] My understanding of the situation... Whether it's required or not, it is good etiquette to inform the authors that you will create a derivative work and follow any restrictions they may have, but if they restrict you in a way not included in the license, you do not have to follow that. It is also good etiquette and ethical to credit the sources of your derivative work along with yourself who created the modifications. It is not ethical to pass the whole thing off as your creation. Not saying that you intended that, but there have been problems with people relabelling Kmeleon and passing it off as their own in the past, for profit. That's why it's good to get everything straight with the authors first, so there won't be any ugly misunderstandings. On the other hand, if you make any changes, they are your resposibility, and you can not pass it off as Kmeleon either since the owners of the project have no control over you. But - you can add it to the list of unofficial versions of kmeleon, of which there are already many peacefully coexisting with the official version. As long as it's clear to users that it is mostly based on kmeleon and gives credit to the developers, while maintaining a separate identity, I think you are entitled and encouraged to make your own version. You can look at the unofficial versions already in existance for more guidance. The word "propreitary" has special meaning in commerce and software, essentially it conveys unique ownership and the right to profit from. I am guessing you really just want to make a special purpose, tweaked kmeleon and distribute it to your community. I don't believe the developers of this project get paid for the substantial work of creating it. So, even if it is legal, I don't think it is ethical to profit from your own version. Be nice if one of the devs would weigh in on this...[/quote]
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