Everyone can use it! We don't care if you are academic, corporate, or government. BioPerl is licensed under the same terms as Perl itself, which means it is dually-licensed under either the Artistic or GPL licenses. The Perl Artistic License, or the GNU GPL covers all the legalese and what you can and can't do with the source code.
We do appreciate:
- You letting us know you sell or use a product that uses BioPerl. This helps us show people how useful our toolkit is. It also helps us if we seek funding from a government source, to identify the utility of the code to many different groups of users. Add your project and institution to our BioPerl Users page.
- If you fix bugs, please let us know about them. Because Bioperl is dual-licensed under the GPL or Artistic licenses, you can choose the Artistic license, which means that you are not required to submit the code fixes, but in the spirit of making a better product we hope you'll contribute back to the community any insight or code improvements.
- Please include the AUTHORS file and ascribe credit to the original BioPerl toolkit where appropriate.
- If you are an academic and you use the software, please cite the article. See the BioPerl publications for a list of papers which describe components in the toolkit.