The GeoTools project is a member of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation; the foundation holds copyright for the project.
As an open source project GeoTools is made available to you using an open source (LGPL) license as described below.
A few select files have additional license:
GNU Lesser General Public License
The source code of the GeoTools library is distributed under the LGPL license:
GeoTools - The Open Source Java GIS Toolkit http://geotools.org (C) 2002-2011, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) This library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; version 2.1 of the License. This library is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU Lesser General Public License for more details.
The text of the license itself is included with the library as a “LICENSE” file. This license can be downloaded from the Free Software Foundation:
In addition several modules contain code made available to us under a different license:
This generated documentation is distributed using creative commons with attribution.
For details see http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
The original wiki documentation was distributed under the free documentation license:
Copyright (c) 2004-2011 Open Geospatial Foundation Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.1 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with the Invariant Sections being with no Invariant Sections, with the Front-Cover Texts being no Front-Cover Texts, and with the Back-Cover Texts being no Back-Cover Texts.
The source code examples cited in this documentation is made available to the public domain. This covers the source code in:
These examples are explicitly provided under a public domain license in order to allow you to cut and paste into your own application.:
GeoTools - The Open Source Java GIS Toolkit http://geotools.org (C) 2006-2013, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) This file is hereby placed into the Public Domain. This means anyone is free to do whatever they wish with this file. Use it well and enjoy!