Open-Source Project Inquiries

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Open-Source Project Inquiries

We focus on various open source projects developments. We are exploring the use of RTI Connext's API and header files for an open source project slated for GitHub release, but we do not hold a license for RTI Connext.
Our questions are as follows:

Unlicensed Publication: Is it permissible to publish code on GitHub that utilizes the public RTI Connext API, if we do not hold a license for RTI Connext?

Licensing Clarification and Distribution: If a specific RTI license is required, what type would be suitable for our projects? How would this affect the project's distribution on GitHub, and is it permissible to develop and publish the project, informing users that they need to purchase their own RTI Connext developer license to use it?

Open Source Project License Compatibility: What are the implications of using RTI Connext in a project that might be licensed under GPL or similar open source licenses? Are there compatibility issues or restrictions we should be aware of?

Compliance and Best Practices: We aim to comply with RTI standards and contribute positively to the community. What best practices should we follow for projects using RTI Connext, especially those without an existing license?

We appreciate your guidance in navigating these licensing concerns and look forward to your advice.
Thank you for your assistance.

 
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With respect to publishing code on GitHub that utilizes the public RTI Connext API, this is fine as long as you are not distributing any RTI Software.

With respect to your other questions: RTI offers a variety of license types (e.g., non-commercial, research, evaluation, commercial) and distribution models. We would have to understand more about your project to make a recommendation. To speak to someone at RTI, please email info@rti.com or submit our contact form.

Regards,
David

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Thank you David,
We've emailed info@rti.com for further guidance but haven't received a reply yet.
Could you kindly check and provide us with an update?