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I have a number of projects, released with OS licenses. However, each time I’m about to release new project, I think once again about under what license to release it. So, today I decided to create small comparison table of most popular free licenses to simplify a process of licensing choose you all of us.
|License name||Can give my name for derived work?||Should derived work remains open source?||Can change license type for derived work?||Can sell derived work?|
|Apache License 2.0||yes||no||yes||yes|
|Common Development and Distribution License (CDDL)||yes||no||yes to compatible||yes|
|GNU General Public License 2.0 (GPLv2)||yes, but should mark changes||yes, only if published||yes to compatible or by owner agreement||yes|
|GNU Library General Public License (LGPL)||yes||same as in GPL, but can link compiled libraries as-is into non-open source software (please reference for more info)||yes for compatible||yes|
|Microsoft Public License (Ms-PL)||yes, but cannot use owner’s trademarks||no||no||yes|
|Microsoft Reciprocal License (Ms-RL)||yes, same as for Ms-PL||yes||no||yes|
|Mozilla Public License 1.1 (MPL)||yes||no||no||yes|
It’s unnecessary to mark, that all copyrights must retain in original and derived work. Also it’s good manner to notice about original authors of open source software also in derived binary work. So if you’re using my OSS in any of your work, please mark it Please pay attention, that except MIT and MS licenses, derived work cannot use authors’ names and origin for derived software promotions.
Another common question is about Creative Common attribution under which licensed all content in this blog. It is not really license. In spite of this, you can use this attribution to mark your work. CC is all about copyright of owner attributes in derived works, but not about distribution or restrictions of any kind.
Also neither of OS licenses provide responsibility or any kind of assurance for those, who use this software as a part of derived work or in binary format.
Have a nice day, be good people, release open software to push the industry forward and show the world what you worth.
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