Hi, I am interested in using Piwik in one of my projects but the FAQ has me confused about the GPL 3 Licence.
Heres a few lines from: piwik.org/faq/new-to-piwik/#faq_45
If you distribute a modified version of Piwik, or a software that includes Piwik as a module, or a website that includes Piwik as a service, you must give access to the code source and publish all the code under the GPL.
The above quote tells me I must give access to my code.
If your product, software, website is using Piwik but all your code stays within your company or server, you have the freedom to keep your code and not apply the GPL License to it. It is therefore allowed to propose Piwik as a service, or rebrand Piwik and sell it as a service to your customers. For example, you can change the header and footer to reflect your brand, change the colors, add new features on your Piwik. As long you don’t “distribute” or sell the product to anyone, you are respecting the GPL license.
The above quote tells me if im not selling Piwik itself I can keep my code.
This is so ambiguous and makes no sense to me…
I want to include Piwik as a module on a product I am building. I am not charging for the use of Piwik, I is only an additional tool that my users will want to use. I will instead be monetizing my product if the user perform specific actions not related to analytics. Am I required to release the source to my entire system?