Open source license definition legal
Any document that attempts to specify open source
usage and distribution of software. These licenses are usually drafted by experts and are likely to be more legally sound than one a programmer could write. However, loopholes do exist.
Here is a non-exhaustive list of open source licenses:
1. Public Domain
- No license.
License - An early open source license
3. General Public License
(GPL) - The copyleft
license of the Free Software Foundation
. Used for GNU
software and much of Linux
4. Artistic License (http://my-opensource.org/Artistic.txt) Less restrictive than the GPL, permitted by Perl
in addition to the GPL.
5. Mozilla Public Licenses (http://mozilla.org/MPL/). (MPL, MozPL) and Netscape Public License (NPL).
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