[License-discuss] license for code used for scientific results?

Bruce Perens bruce at perens.com
Mon Apr 30 16:34:35 UTC 2012

On 04/30/2012 08:36 AM, Kevin Hunter wrote:
> I'm not looking for responses along the lines of "you can't enforce it 
> so ignore it."  I'm very specifically focused on the licensing aspect.
Hi Kevin,

People who understand what they're doing won't generally write a license 
that can't be enforced because it makes them look stupid.

What you need is a contract, not a license. In general the Open Source 
licenses only deal with copyright, and you can't compel some action 
unrelated to copyright, like publication of research results, with a 
simple license.



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