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OSL 3.0: A Better License for Open Source Software

Jan 09, 2008, 23:30 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Lawrence Rosen)

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"There are many ways to license open source software. Given the attention paid recently to the General Public License (GPL) and its latest version (GPLv3), you may be interested to know that there are other licenses that satisfy the principles of free and open source software without the confusion and polemics that surround the GPL. Other open source licenses have been approved by Open Source Initiative and adopted by commercial companies and by open source projects. Most of those other licenses are professionally written by lawyers to express clearly the licensing objectives of software copyright and patent owners and to ensure that they are valid and enforceable in all important jurisdictions.

"I wrote one of those licenses, the Open Software License. The third version of this license, OSL 3.0, was approved by Open Source Initiative in 2005. This article explains why it is a better license for software than the GPL..."

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