source is a successful factor in software development these days. And
if companies are convinced about the usage of open source software or
libraries, at first sight it could be a successful way for developing
software in a very fast and cost-effective way.
But there are
legal disadvantages and problems when using open source projects or only
parts of projects in commercial software packages.
as an user of third-party controls, you should watch carefully what
vendors are saying (or not saying) about open source in their software
components. It is very important to understand what kind of license
obligations exist in your own source code.
With distributed and
offshore developer teams, it often requires open source management
processes to avoid surprises in the source code you are responsible for.
Before you decide whether you are using a third-party control, you should ask yourself the following questions:
Does the vendor indicate that open source is used?
In most cases, these vendors are publishing this information in the fine print of the license agreement (EULA)
If yes, do I have to publish my own software as open source as well?
than 50% of the open source projects are published under the GPL
license which require any software based on the component to be offered
under the same "open source" terms. Do you really want to publish your
How can I be sure that the open source parts in third-party controls doesn't violate any patents (now or in the future)?
Avoid legal problems by using trusted closed source components
at Text Control do not use any open source in our products. It is our
mission to provide professional, legally indisputable and high quality
software components. By using components from Text Control, you don't
need to care about any of the above problems or questions.
Feel free to contact us, if you have any questions about this important topic. We are very interested in helping you with this.
About TX Text Control:
TX Text Control
was originally released in 1991, since then more than 50,000 copies have been sold. Starting off as a single, small DLL, TX Text Control
has made its way through 16-bit DLL and VBX versions to today‘s
Enterprise edition with its .NET and ActiveX components. The recent
addition to the family, TX Text Control .NET Server
, offers all of TX Text Control
advanced word processing functionality in an easy-to-use server-side
.NET component. Customers benefit from these years of experience, large
user base, and at the same time, appreciate developing with a mature,
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