Licensing issue on javascript virtualization

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kdkdk
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Licensing issue on javascript virtualization

Post by kdkdk » Sun Jan 05, 2020 12:24 pm

Hello everyone!

You might have heard of https://github.com/copy/v86 , which is an x86 virtualization in Javascript which allows ReactOS to be run online.
The way it works is it downloads an image of whatever operating system you'd like to run locally in the browsers memory.
I stitched a few things together and I have a small website/marketplace where you could legally play old games for which the licenses haven't expired. The revenue would just go to the original creators and to keep the site running.
I know that ReactOS is under a GPL license and as far as I know it would be legal to run commercial games on ReactOS, but this way an image running ReactOS is downloaded at the end of the user.
I'd like a quick heads up to see if this is ok or not before continuing on the project.

Thank you so much!

Edit: I should have probably posted this in the 'support' subforum.

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Re: Licensing issue on javascript virtualization

Post by ThFabba » Mon Jan 06, 2020 12:48 am

Yes, anyone is free to download and install a copy of ROS in their browser.
The GPL's most notable requirement is that if you distribute modified copies, you must also provide source code for them. Downloading or re-distributing an unmodified copy will not cause you any troubles.

kdkdk
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Re: Licensing issue on javascript virtualization

Post by kdkdk » Mon Jan 06, 2020 1:47 am

Even if money is charged for the games running on the copy (of which I only have the license and binaries, not the source code)? I just want to be clear.
Thank you,
Kevin

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Re: Licensing issue on javascript virtualization

Post by karlexceed » Mon Jan 06, 2020 5:18 pm

ReactOS's license doesn't care about other software that you might bundle with it - it doesn't cover those. They have their own licenses.

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