Comparison of Open Source Licenses
There are a wide range of open source / free software licenses which are both popular and widely used. These licenses have much in common but differ from each other in subtle ways.
|MIT license||BSD License||Apache License||GNU License|
|Popular and widely used:||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|License type||Permissive||Permissive||Permissive||Strong Copyleft|
|Jurisdiction:||Not Specified||Not Specified||Not Specified||Not Specified|
|Grants patent rights||No||No||Yes||No|
|Patent retaliation clause||No||No||Yes||No|
|Specifies enhanced attribution||No||No||No||No|
|Addresses privacy loophole:||No||No||No||No|
|Includes ‘no promotion’ feature||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
- Why are there so many types of licenses?
- Who governs the licenses?
- How can you choose the license type that is best for you?
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Berkeley Software Distribution. (2014). Wikipedia. Retrieved from https://edtechbooks.org/-HVhd
MIT License. (2014). Open Source Initiative. Retrieved from https://edtechbooks.org/-Zxv
Apache License. (2014). apache.org. Retrieved from https://edtechbooks.org/-EQzq
License Differentiator. (2014). OSSWATCH. Retrieved from https://edtechbooks.org/-rVCG
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