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Can I use Apache License, Version 2.0 in my API?

Sunny Jain
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Joined: Jul 23, 2007
Posts: 433

Hi All,

I have created one API (jar) which I want to open source. I was hosting it then someone advised me to use some license. I googled it and found that I can apache License 2.0.

http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0

Can someone advise me if I can use this license in my API and distribute it freely?

Thanks and Regards,
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Lester Burnham
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Joined: Oct 14, 2008
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Yes, you can. Be sure to read http://www.apache.org/foundation/licence-FAQ.html, so you know the implications of it.

You may also want to check out other licenses, like the various GNU licenses: http://www.gnu.org/licenses/licenses.html.

The Lesser GPL is closest to the Apache license, while the GPL and Affero GPL are rather different. It's definitely something to think about - what do you want to achieve with your project, how would you like people to use it, etc.
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