- 1 FAQ: Is it Legal to sell OpenOffice.org Software?
- 1.1 The Rules
- 1.2 Community Distributors
- 1.3 Detailed FAQs
- 1.3.1 I've just paid for OpenOffice.org and now I've discovered I could have downloaded it for free
- 1.3.2 I've just paid for OpenOffice.org and the seller hasn't sent me anything
- 1.3.3 I've just paid for XYZ Office (insert name) and it's really OpenOffice.org
- 1.3.4 I've just been ripped off by one of your Community Distributors
- 1.3.5 Isn't this all very unfair?
FAQ: Is it Legal to sell OpenOffice.org Software?
The short answer: Yes
OpenOffice.org software is licensed under LGPL free software licence. With certain restrictions, this means that people are free to sell the software on CD-ROM, via downloads, via eBay or any other way they choose, for whatever price people are willing to pay. The vendor is under no legal obligation to give any of the proceeds of sale to the OpenOffice.org Community.
This is provided for guidance only - if you want legal advice, please consult a qualified legal professional
Legally, sellers must:
- include a copy of the LGPL with the software
- state where the source code for OpenOffice.org may be obtained. They can provide this themselves or refer to http://www.openoffice.org
- obtain our permission before using our registered trademark OpenOffice.org on a commercial site
- obtain our permission before using our logo
- comply with any consumer rights legislation in the appropriate jurisdiction
We encourage reputable CD-ROM sellers to register with us as Community Distributors so we can list them on our website as a service to potential buyers. These Distributors provide a valuable service to customers who cannot download directly via the internet. Other Distributors may bundle in other software or services and provide genuine 'added-value' which customers are happy to pay for.
Before ordering from a Community Distributor, please check their CDs meet your requirements and you are happy their price is reasonable. As a last resort, the OpenOffice.org Marketing Project has an on-line store on Lulu which prints CD-ROMs on demand and generates income for OpenOffice.org. However, it should nearly always be possible to buy cheaper from a local Community Distributor who will produce in bulk and have lower shipping costs.
I've just paid for OpenOffice.org and now I've discovered I could have downloaded it for free
You may have a claim under local consumer rights legislation but it's unlikely. Sorry, we aren't lawyers.
I've just paid for OpenOffice.org and the seller hasn't sent me anything
You probably do have a claim under local consumer rights legislation. Again, we aren't lawyers.
I've just paid for XYZ Office (insert name) and it's really OpenOffice.org
As long as the vendor hasn't broken any of the rules, they aren't doing anything wrong.
I've just been ripped off by one of your Community Distributors
Please send full details to mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll see what we can do to help. However, OpenOffice.org does not endorse any of the Community Distributors nor do we guarantee the contents of the CDs they sell.
Isn't this all very unfair?
There can be situations where people charge a reasonable price for sending a CD or offering additional support. But we don't like it when people make use of our software as a means of ripping people off. We don't like it when people make use of what the Community has produced and don't donate anything back to the Community.
So please help us - tell everyone about OpenOffice.org. Encourage them to come directly to us. Share your copy of the software with them. The more people know about OpenOffice.org, then the fewer people there are for unscrupulous sellers to target.