Selecting an open source license
Stan P. van de Burgt
stan at dmo.com
Mon Sep 8 07:40:13 UTC 2003
At 11:18 AM -0700 9/7/03, Lawrence E. Rosen wrote:
>Stan van de Burgt asked:
>> My question: Is there a taxonomy of licenses, or better: a concise
>> set of questions to answer, in order to select the right OSI approved
> > license(s) for a project out of the 70+ present?
>You are somewhat exaggerating when you say there are "70+" licenses already.
>We've got a ways to go to make that target. Not that this is a target -- in
>fact, those of us who need to review and approve license submissions feel
>that it will be a fate worse than death.
:) You're right, I counted less than 50 (not counting older versions).
>Many licenses are submitted for single projects or companies. These
>licenses are often not worth copying and are listed on the OSI website only
>because it is important to know that software so licensed is really OSI
>Certified open source software. But don't use those licenses for your
>software. Select one of the general licenses. I've listed the major ones
>in this email.
>That narrows you down to six (6) licenses you can read and understand first.
>Not that the others are bad licenses. They're just not worth considering if
>this is your first go-round with open source licensing.
>Again, start by thinking about your own open source business model, then see
>if one of those six licenses will meet your needs.
>General counsel, Open Source Initiative
>lrosen at rosenlaw.com
>(C) Copyright 2003 Lawrence Rosen
>Licensed under the Open Software License version 2.0
Thanks, that's great: Then 3 Yes/No questions would suffice for these 6.
Although it would be great to have the extended version too, as some
of the single-project
licenses could be a good fit too.
Thanks for narrowing it down for me. This could be helpful too to
state on top of the licenses page of the web site.
Stan P. van de Burgt stan at dmo.com (PGP 0x853296C5)
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