I am building some software which I am storing on Github (public).

Is it possible to change the license so that I can sell my software at some later point in time, as long as no one has contributed to my project?

I am fine for people to see or use my code, but when it gets to a critical point I want to pull it from Github and just have my own product which I can do as I please.


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Yes and no.

If you change the license on Github, then anyone who grabs that copy of your software is bound to the new license. The caveat is that anyone who had previously grabbed a copy of your source code are bound to the old license.

If you have an idea of which license or restrictions you want to place, it would be better to do it now. It's less of a headache going from a restrictive license to a less-restrictive license than the other way around.

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