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n8n (a numeronym for “nodemation”) is a node-based workflow automation tool. The reason for the square quotes around “open source” is because it has a Commons Clause attached to its Apache 2.0 license, which means you can do anything you want with the source code except make money with it. Since n8n itself is built on open source tech such as TypeScript and Vue.js, this is a nice touch by the author in the FAQ:
As n8n itself depends on and uses a lot of other Open Source projects it is only fair and in our interest to also help them. So it is planed to contribute a certain percentage of revenue/profit every month to these projects. How much exactly is not decided yet.
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Commons Clause does allow packaging the software into a larger product that can be sold.
Jerod co-hosts The Changelog, crashes JS Party, and takes out the trash (his old code) once in awhile.
Has that been litigated?
It seems to me that “entirely or substantially” is open to enough interpretation that it is at the very least a legal gray area and most likely not worth the risk for most orgs.
I don’t know if it has been litigated. But the authors of Commons Clause outline this in their FAQ…
Further scenarios are outlined here
Clearly the new generation of open source developers need to be educated about GNU GPL, Apache, BSD/MIT, and Commons Clause
Anton Vladimirovich Viborniy
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