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

John Cowan cowan at mercury.ccil.org
Mon Apr 30 18:23:50 UTC 2012

Tzeng, Nigel H. scripsit:

> IMHO you are better served to release under a permissive license and build
> a community that encourages sharing than attempt to force sharing.  

In general I agree, but having a mandatory-sharing license can actually
work to the advantage of investigators.  They can say to their bosses,
"Look, I can modify this code at a cost of $X, and we have to make the
modified version available.  Or I can develop my own code at a cost of
$Y >> $X.  You pick."

> Regarding your desire for an OSI approved license that meets your
> criteria...I pretty sure it doesn't exist.

Yes, it would violate the OSD's anti-discrimination rules.

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