Question by Sergio Fantasia: If I use an open source content management system in website for a private business, do I have to pay someone?
I am starting an a social networking-type sight targeting Chinese users. Are business model is based on businesses marketing to users of our social network. I am currently searching for freelancers to build the site for me. If they use an open source content management system or other open source frameworks in the site, will I run into legal problems or have to pay licensing fees to someone?
Answer by Fadwa
No you wont have any problems, open source content managers are free to use, i myself use Drupal.
The people who create the content and modules always give it free too, sometimes a site will ask for a donation but you do not have to do.
The only thing you have to make sure of is whatever content you use make sure it doesnt say you must include a link to their site etc.
Using a theme you must keep the authors name etc on it, its normally at the bottom, you can remove it but may face a few problems , its very rare that they know who is using their content anyway.
You should just have to pay the freelancers who create the site for you.
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