A Guide to Open Source Licenses


Learn how open source licenses work in this overview.

Open source licenses are important “whenever you engage with open source code, be it through usage, contribution or creation,” says B. Cameron Gain.

“The license set by the creator is crucial for respecting the intentions of both the creators and the contributor community, influencing aspects such as usage, commercialization, distribution, and other project attributes,” Gain says.

In this guide, Gain looks at:

  • How open source licenses work
  • How they differ from free software licenses
  • Noteworthy examples of license changes
  • What happens to the license when a repository is forked
  • Best License on which to build a business

Read more at The New Stack.



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