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Hello,
I am wondering whether it is legal to sell a product(a video series) teaching how to use free software. The software are Anvil Studio, Kompozer, and Gimp.

Thanks,
Jay
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  • Profile picture of the author Negotiator74
    The same thing as the many products that teach folks how to use Wordpress... Yes, your product/idea is completely legal and you have nothing to worry about.
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  • Profile picture of the author TheKeys
    100% legal my friend. Go out and enjoy!
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  • Profile picture of the author Nickolie0990
    As long as your not showing them how to use it for illegal activity's. After all if it is all legit, then I don't think they will mind you promoting them.
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  • Profile picture of the author Urban Rehabber
    Not only legal, as mentioned by others, but in fact an excellent way to establish credibility in the marketplace as an "expert" on the product and, by implication, on other related products/activities.

    I wouldn't worry too much about charging for your "contribution"; the marketplace will reward or ignore you as it deems appropriate. Conclusion? Give it a shot. If it doesn't accomplish what you want, you can always offer it free ("Previously sold for $XXX! ) as a lead generator.

    Good luck.
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  • Profile picture of the author thetrafficaddict
    Yes.

    You can easily make $5k-$10k a month teaching people how to use a popular software.
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  • Profile picture of the author kbaxter
    Actually, you can make a lot more than 10k per month.

    One of the better strategies is to JV with the product developer/company and become the 'officially endorsed training arm' of xyz software.

    They refer all clients to you.

    You put them into nifty marketing funnel.

    You sell your level 1,2,3,4 services to them.

    You kick back a bit to the company (like half)... truly win/win.

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  • Profile picture of the author badboy_Nick
    Originally Posted by Jay Malone View Post

    Hello,
    I am wondering whether it is legal to sell a product(a video series) teaching how to use free software. The software are Anvil Studio, Kompozer, and Gimp.

    Thanks,
    Jay
    Sure, you aren't selling FREE software you are selling INFORMATION on how to USE any type of software better. Big difference.
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  • Profile picture of the author Huggy
    It's certainly legal, and if you create some top products I'm sure that you will begin to earn a nice amount from it.
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  • Profile picture of the author neno
    I don't think there will be any problem in this. Go ahead and share your knowledge.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jay Malone
    Thanks everyone for your input. I was getting a little worried that what I'd be doing was illegal.
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  • Profile picture of the author jpattric2
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    I don't think anything illegal in doing that. Keep it up my friend..........:-)
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    There are tutorials on just about everything imaginable. It's legal and profitable.
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  • Profile picture of the author bgucor
    Its absolutely legal. It may even make the creator of the software happy.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ken Leatherman
    Wow! I had no idea we had so many practicing attorneys on the WF. I'm just so glad to know I can come here and get all this free legal advice.

    Sheesh! All you legal beagles must be making so much money you can do pro bono work for this warrior. :rolleyes: (the rolling of eyes is sarcastic in case anybody wants to know if it's legal)

    Joe I have no idea if what you are wanting to do is legal. However in my opinion...

    You might try checking with the open source software terms of service to help you reach your decision and get the peace of mind your looking for.

    I'm not trying to humiliate or challenge anyone that has posted in this thread. I'm simply trying to point out we all have to be careful when someone is asking if it's legal.

    What happens to poor Joe, because he listened to you and then somewhere buried in the terms of service, of the software, there is a clause against doing what he is asking about. Did any of you actually check to see if it is legal?

    If you did, good for you and perhaps the most help you could give the OP is the URL to the page where you found the information. Then he can make his own well informed decision based on factual information.

    Ken Leatherman

    The Old Geezer
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