"Open source licensing principles are almost always linked to
software development, and for good reason. The idea of open source
and free software licensing has met with great success in
connection with software: the very name open source refers to the
opening of software's source code so that it can be edited, copied,
"As discussed in part one of this article, open source
principles may be less readily applicable to documents and other
non-software works. Nonetheless, there are a number of licenses and
projects directed at applying open source and free software
licenses to such works..."
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