Open source projects have a profound impact on society, yet many struggle to become financially sustainable and independent. We design financial solutions for open source projects. We envision a collaborative world with an abundance of financial models fostering open source values.
We care about both open source and financial values:
All our solutions are designed so that open source code remains 1. transparent and forkable (i.e. collaborative) and 2. free for hobbyists, small companies, nonprofits, and anyone who cannot afford to pay a fee — price should never stop anyone from building.
Financial solutions that respect open source values can profoundly impact society to become increasingly collaborative. This vision and our longing to help the many open source developers who struggle to make ends meet are what drives us.
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|Open Source | Open Core||✓||✓|
|Open Source | Dual Licensing||✓||✓||✓|
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|Open Source | Donations||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Open Source | Lsos Donation Fund||✓||✓||✓||✓|
The Lsos Donation Fund enables companies to easily donate to their open source dependencies: companies make a monthly donation while we take care of fairly distributing donations among the open source projects they use.
|Open Source | Lsos Basic||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
The Lsos Basic enables open source projects to set a fee that large companies pay.
It uses novel mechanisms to enforce the fee without leveraging copyright law — code remains MIT licensed.
Everything stays free for hobbyists, small companies, nonprofits, and anyone who cannot afford to pay a fee.
|Open Source | Lsos Commons||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
The Lsos Commons adds a license clause to open source projects in order to "stimulate" large companies to financially contribute to open source in a more substantial way than they do today.Although they are, from a legal perspective, forced to financially contribute, we tolerate and never sue the large companies who infringe the Lsos Commons license clause. Instead, we continuously remind large companies who forget to pay their fee, with kindness but insistence.
The fees paid by large companies allow us to remunerate open source developers with a salary comparable to the industry.
|Open Source | Lsos Growth||✓||✓||✓||✓|
The Lsos Growth adds a license clause enabling open source maintainers to set an arbitrary fee that large companies have to pay.
We enforce the fee by using novel techniques; unlike the Lsos Commons, we do not tolerate the infringement of the Lsos Growth license clause.
The Lsos Growth is able to accommodate the financial needs of even the most ambitious projects with hockey-stick growth.