[Mono-list] ASP.net and Licensing

Martin Thwaites monoforum at my2cents.co.uk
Thu Nov 20 16:14:09 UTC 2014

Does this not cover it?


(Note, I'm not a legal expert so if you're concerned in anyway, get you
lawyer to look into it)

You've got to look at the individual libraries you're using though.  If
they are Mono libraries, chances are they are MIT/X11, so you're safe, and
we are more open that the microsoft licencing.  Give that it's a very, very
(add 20 or so more "very"s there) common framework to build websites, I'd
say that yes you can build a piece of commercial software with it.

That said, you would need to be more specific.  Using the libraries in .NET
or mono should not be a problem in terms of building a commercial website
without any acknowledgement in my opinion.  I've built major websites using
.NET and the ASP.NET framework (WebForms and MVC), and our legal department
never raised an eyebrow.

That said, is it not always nice to acknowledge people's hard work and give
credit where it's due?

Mono is NOT Xamarin.  Xamarin do something very specific with Mobile.
Xamarin's offerings use Mono under the hood, and therefore they commit any
changes/enhancements back to the mono project.  Anything on GitHub is not
owned by Xamarin (as I understand it, and check the licences if you're
unsure), therefore they cannot (nor would they want to) force you to buy a
licence to use them.

Hope that helps

On 20 November 2014 16:00, William Ivanski <william.ivanski at gmail.com>

> Great question, I would like to know that too.
> William Ivanski
> 2014-11-20 9:13 GMT-02:00 aleksit <aleksi.tanskanen at live.com>:
> Hey
>> What is licensing terms of ASP.net of mono ? Is they same than licenses of
>> mono ?
>> Can I do commercial software with it and if I can what kind of things I
>> need
>> to add with my project ? And what is the license terms if I host my
>> project
>> for customers ? Do I need to buy Xamarin license ?
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