Open Source Answers: Is publishing a page that contains Javascript considered redistribution?

Open Source Answers

By Philippe Ombredanne March 10, 2017

Open Source Answers

Is publishing a page that contains Javascript considered redistribution?

Open Source Stack Exchange is an open discussion site for users to ask and answer questions about the marketing, licensing, and development of open source projects. Philippe Ombredanne answers one question on Is publishing a page that contains Javascript considered redistribution?"

Many lawyers agree that: “JavaScript in web page is code redistributed to whoever loads this page in their browser.” A page that contains JavaScript is unambiguously redistribution and therefore invokes FLOSS licensing requirements for attribution and/or source code redistribution. Minified JavaScript code (in which the license requires source code redistribution) needs to have an accompanying un-minified version of code available for redistribution.

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About the author: Philippe Ombredanne

Philippe is one of the top users on the Open Source Stack Exchange board. He is an avid free, libre and open source software enthusiast, contributor and activist. He is the CTO at nexB and a contributor and committer on several FLOSS projects. Meet more of the nexB team here.

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