MIT License

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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has their own version of an “as-is” software license.  This license grants permission to the user free of charge to use and reuse their material/software in any way they see fit.

Key Points

  • Permits reuse within proprietary software as long as copies of the licensed software include a copy of the MIT license terms and copyright notice.
  • Proprietary software stays proprietary.
  • Explicitly states the rights of the user.

Discussion Questions

  1. Why would a person choose the MIT license over BSD or GPL?
  2. How does the MIT License differentiate itself from BSD and GPL?

Additional Resources

Free Software Foundation (2014)

Berkeley Software Distribution (2014)