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Saturday, November 5, 2011

Different licensing situations in software development - Part 6

In the previous post, I was writing about easy availability of various items (software licenses), and ended up with a listing of the different kinds of open source licenses (the various names of the open source licenses were written down). In this post, I will continue on the subject of open source licenses, as well as the difference between closed source licenses and open source licenses. And open source software is a slightly vague term, which is in fact, further explained into free software and open source software (with the difference between them being that free software focuses on getting the software without charge into the hands of the user, while open source means that the focus is on ensuring that people have access to the source of the software and can make changes).
Here is a listing of all the open source licenses:
Some of the terms used in the licensing debate cannot make sense unless you have read some explanations of them. For example, there is a term called "Copyleft". Copyleft is something that is very critical for makers of commercial software, since Copyleft not only insists that the software should be open source for anybody using that software, but if anybody uses the software and modifies it or extends it, these modified versions should also be made open source. So, if somebody uses that open source software, integrates it into their software, then the licenses compels them to release the modified version of the software as well. This restriction prevents most people who make commercial software to avoid the use of Copyleft software in their own software. If you are thinking of using Copyleft software, please be sure to check the exact terms of the license and also check with your legal team (most company legal teams I know are very hesitant in using copyleft software).
In Copyleft software, the initial owner of the software has not waived their rights, instead has ensured that there are some restrictions on the usage of that software in terms of commercial software. Read more at this Wiki:

Read more in the next post ..

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