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Inprise Developer News: The true meaning behind open source licenses

Oct 05, 1999, 03:43 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Juancarlo AƱez)

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"I develop software for a living, so my position regarding third-party software has always been pragmatic: consider the cost and evaluate how well each solution meets your requirements. Most open source software is licensed free of charge. But does software that is licensed for free really have zero cost?..."

"Paradoxically, one of the most restrictive licenses -- the GPL -- is very liberal about redistribution rights. Under the GPL, you can distribute the original work or its derivatives to whomever you like, as long as you make readily available the source to the original work, the modifications you obtained, and any modifications you made. Any licenses you give must also follow the GPL restrictions..."

"Some would argue that source licenses that restrict the use or the creation of derivative works are not really open source. This, however, is the most common form of licensing use in academia, which is driving the so-called open source movement and is a main provider of useful source code."

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