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NewsFactor: Developer's Dilemma: Choosing an Open-Source License

Apr 16, 2003, 23:30 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Brockmeier)

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"After months of agonizing over strategy, a company finally releases its product under an open-source license. Then it gets really hairy.

"There are more than 40 licenses approved by the Open Source Initiative (OSI), and those are only the licenses that have been submitted and reviewed. Choosing the one that is right for a particular project can be a tough challenge.

"The term 'open source' gets bandied about quite a bit, and there is often a great deal of confusion over what constitutes an open-source license. Many marketeers have touted products as open source when, in reality, their terms of use were fairly restrictive..."

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