I have many questions and do not really know where to start
cowan at ccil.org
Mon Aug 25 07:10:55 UTC 2008
Daytona ePro scripsit:
> 3) I have concerns about being small. For instance I would be very
> unhappy if a company were to take the source code, improve upon it in
> house, and sell the modified code under a restrictive license where I do
> not have access to the source. This would essentially shut me out of my
> own code. I think I would rather melt my hard drive and let it be the
> greatest unpublished project in my own mind than see that scenario happen.
Then you definitely want a reciprocal license such as the GPL rather
than a permissive license.
> 4) I do not think this is an issue among licenses but I want to make
> sure I reserve the right monetize my own distribution or official
> technical support efforts.
That always remains your right as the copyright owner.
> 5) I do not understand how open source licenses impact future
> revisions. Do certain licenses assert every code modification is open
In general, it's bad to restrict people from making private code
modifications, unless your program is meant to be used server-side.
The GPL requires that if people distribute modified source code in source
or binary form, they must also distribute the source under the GPL;
but distribution is never *required*.
> Does the copy right holder have the right to modify a license
> at any time?
Yes, although it may be problematic to retract the rights of people who
are already acting on the license.
> 6) What do I do just pick one of the commons licenses, download, and
> implement it?
My personal recommendation is that you use the GPL version 3, which
contains instructions on applying it to your code.
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