[License-discuss] Obtaining Open Source licence

Miles Fidelman mfidelman at meetinghouse.net
Wed Dec 18 13:34:34 UTC 2013

Tonima Ali wrote:
> Hi,
> I want to upload a software code as an opensource software and want to 
> use an open source licence for it. The software is called QT2Decoder, 
> it is an image processing software for post processing of MRI 
> specially designed for brain pathology.
> Can you guide me on how to get an open source licence for it?
Your question is unclear:

- if you're trying to USE software written by someone else, it's up to 
the author what license and other terms that they release under - you 
have to contact the copyright owner and negotiate if you want something 
other than their standard license

- if you're the author (as implied by "upload" and the currently empty 
sourceforge repository with what looks like your name attached) - YOU 
decide what license you release the code under, you don't have to "get" 
a license from anyone - if you're looking for the wording of common open 
source licenses (e.g., gpl, Apache) - you might look at:
For more information, you might look at:
http://www.gnu.org/licenses/ (biased toward GPL - but then, they pretty 
much invented open source licenses, so they're entitled"

Miles Fidelman

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice.
In practice, there is.   .... Yogi Berra

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