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Choosing a License

Posted in Uncategorized by Alok Kumar Pandey on July 25, 2010

Choosing a License

When choosing a license to apply to your project, if at all possible use an existing license instead of making up a new one. There are two reasons why existing licenses are better:


Familiarity. If you use one of the three or four most popular licenses, people won’t feel they have to read the legalese in order to use your code, because they’ll have already done so for that license a long time ago.

Quality. Unless you have a team of lawyers at your disposal, you are unlikely to come up with a legally solid license. The licenses mentioned here are the products of much thought and experience; unless your project has truly unusual needs, it is unlikely you would do better.

To apply one of these licenses to your project, see the section called “How to Apply a License to Your Software” in Chapter 2, Getting Started.

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