Do Open Source Software Licenses Have a Purpose?

Posted by khess on Aug 16, 2009 5:29 PM EDT
DaniWeb; By Ken Hess
Mail this story
Print this story

What do all these licenses do for you? That's the 64 license question. Today I'm pondering if the current open source model is still valid or if it's outdated. Do we need licensing for open source software? Do we need the GPL, LGPL, APL and all the other licenses that plague...er, grace us? If your software is free and open source, why bother with a license at all? The software writer owns the copyright so why put users or potential users through the paces of licensing? What exactly is to be gained by creating and enforcing a license for this kind of software?

Today I'm pondering if the current open source model is still valid or if it's outdated. Do we need licensing for open source software? Do we need the GPL, LGPL, APL and all the other licenses that plague...er, grace us? If your software is free and open source, why bother with a license at all? The software writer owns the copyright so why put users or potential users through the paces of licensing? What exactly is to be gained by creating and enforcing a license for this kind of software?

Full Story

  Nav
» Read more about: Story Type: News Story

« Return to the newswire homepage

Subject Topic Starter Replies Views Last Post
Before I waste time on writing one myself... tbuitenh 1 1,164 Aug 17, 2009 12:21 PM
I was hoping... techiem2 2 1,172 Aug 17, 2009 12:47 AM

You cannot post until you login.