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Are 68 Open Source Licenses Enough? Or Too Many?

Feb 07, 2012, 12:04 (1 Talkback[s])
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"Why does the number of open source licenses matter? Compatibility. If your company?s code is distributed under The Apple Public Source License 2.0, is it compatible with code distributed under The Ricoh Source Code Public License?

"What if you downloaded code distributed under the Ricoh license, which includes this wording: ?The contents of this file are subject to the Ricoh Source Code Public License Version 1.0 (the ?License?); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at http://www.risource.org/RPL.? That URL is dead and gone. So, it seems, is the Ricoh license, although no license completely dies. There are surely some code snippets still out there somewhere that carry the Ricoh Source Code Public License Version 1.0, which means it is possible that someone, somewhere, will need to test its compatibility with, for example, the widely used Apache License."

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