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Everything You Need to Know About Software Copyright & Licensing-to-Share
The "licenseless" software trend does not help open source
By: Stephen Walli
Jun. 20, 2013 05:12 PM
It takes about two minutes each to read the Apache 2.0, Berkeley, and MIT licenses. Pick one. They are good enough for one of the most successful collaborations we have witnessed in the short history of software development, and for two institutions for higher learning recognized for their contributions to computer and software technology. These licenses were written by lawyers that understood software copyright law and liberally sharing software. Apache Software Foundation projects are powering the growing business ecosystems of cloud computing, and have successfully powered the rise of the web for 15 years. No lawyer you hire will do better.
If you live on GitHub, it will take you less time than reading this post to visit the appropriate OSI URL, copy the text, and paste it into a LICENSE file in the top of the tree with the appropriate minor edits for date and project name.
If you care about software freedom, then you are admitting you have already probably read more on the topic than the average developer, and can go refresh yourself on the excellent Free Software Foundation essays, re-read the GNU licenses, and choose appropriately.
If you are trying to "make money" from your software, then you are admitting
If you think you need an opinion on software patents, re-read the previous paragraph.
That's it. There's the two minute course. If you read quickly, it was over faster.
Any other discussion is window-dressing or whining, and just plain unprofessional if you write software for a living or for other people to use. If you want folks to use your software, license your work. Writers do it. Artists do it. Engineers and architects do it. So should you.
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