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ROS commercial use or license problem

asked 2020-02-12 02:57:44 -0600

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Hi guys.

I am wondering is there any license or rights for ROS or the ROS industry to using in company for commercialy.

We want to sell some product programmed by ROS1.

Is there any problem, please let me know. If I have to pay the license, please just let me know.

thank you.

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I guess this is pretty much talked about and answered in #q341661 (check also the comments, even this one is targeting ROS2, but the principal is the same).

Short (not legally binding) answer: Yes, you can use "ROS1" in a commercial product given that you adhere to the license obligation of every single package of "ROS1" that you use (and actually, every single package that you have installed on the computing unit running ROS, so linux distro, etc....)

mgruhler gravatar imagemgruhler ( 2020-02-12 03:26:58 -0600 )edit

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answered 2020-02-12 03:26:36 -0600

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updated 2020-02-12 04:11:17 -0600

I am wondering is there any license or rights for ROS or the ROS industry to using in company for commercialy.

We want to sell some product programmed by ROS1.

Is there any problem, please let me know. If I have to pay the license, please just let me know.

While I understand why you post this question here (this is ROS Answers, after all), this is really not the venue for it.

We are not lawyers, and what you're asking sounds like something you would have to be sure about. As a legal matter, you'd want to do your due dilligence and hire a lawyer or some other form of legal counseling/assistance with experience with software licensing compliance.

As a general remark: software licensed with MIT, BSD or Apache-2 licenses is probably fine to distribute in your own product. Other licenses (ie: (L)GPL or custom licenses) will have different (typically more restrictive) requirements.

As we don't know what software you're actually using (ie: which packages), I believe this would be the best we can do here.

Again (and just to be extra clear): this does not constitute legal advice. I'm not a lawyer, nor am I otherwise qualified to give you any legal advice. Take my comment as just that, a casual comment about this subject.

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