From: Magnus <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: [PLUG] Which license?
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2003 07:28:02 -0400
On Friday, July 18, 2003, at 06:12 AM, Kam Salisbury wrote:
So, my question is, which license is more appropriate for something that
just open source?
I would suggest limiting your choices to two or three selections.
If you want to cast the broadest possible net, you can use the BSD license.
The BSD license gives the most possible freedom to the licensee where
they will be able to choose how to distribute derived works.
If you want to provide enduring openness of your code, even if that means
commercial entities might shy away from it (not always the case these days
though) you could consider the Gnu GPL.
Most of it boils down to what you want done with the derived works.
I want to retain my rights to the scripts creative idea
but whish others to maybe see it and say "Oh... so that is how you do
Either of the licenses mentioned above will relinquish much of your control
over the scripts, but still leave you with the copyright so you will
continue to get credited with the original work.
Well, hopefully anyway. I chose "free for non-commercial use" for now
I do not really know the various differences between all the choices. My
guess is that the BSD license fits my needs but I am not so sure. If
were to include my idea-concept-code in another project I would certainly
desire the nod of recognition if not some payola if it matured into a
None of the popular open source licenses will obligate the licensee to pay
you for using your code. Using a different license with the hopes that it
will give you more control over derived works will likely shoot your
creative works in the foot.
If you're really serious about this, and don't mind spending a little $$ up
front to get the right answer, I suggest giving Don Rosenberg a call at
Stromian Technologies. He's one of the most authoritative sources on
software licensing that you will find, and he is well versed on the
multitude of OSI-approved licenses out there.
Don's web site is at http://www.stromian.com/
If you want Don's advice on the cheap, he has a book out on the subject as
C. Magnus Hedemark
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