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What type of source code license do you prefer?   [Edit]

Survey period: 22 Nov 2004 to 28 Nov 2004

What license would you use for code you wish to share with the community? Note that all options except the first and last assume that you would maintain copyright of your code.

OptionVotes% 
Public domain. ie you claim no copyright17319.31
Copyleft license such as the GPL24627.46
Unrestricted use and redistribution22224.78
Unrestricted use, but with redistribution in compiled form only9410.49
Restricted use (eg educational) with unrestricted redistribution192.12
Restricted use (eg educational) with restricted redistribution293.24
Developers must pay to license your code9510.60
None of the above (please comment)182.01



 
GeneralAlso a "forever" license.. Pin
Rocky Moore28-Nov-04 18:04
Rocky Moore28-Nov-04 18:04 
GeneralCreative Commons licenses? Pin
xt128-Nov-04 9:02
xt128-Nov-04 9:02 
GeneralCurrently... Pin
diilbert27-Nov-04 18:18
diilbert27-Nov-04 18:18 
GeneralRe: Currently... Pin
peterchen28-Nov-04 2:30
peterchen28-Nov-04 2:30 
GeneralRe: Currently... Pin
diilbert28-Nov-04 7:47
diilbert28-Nov-04 7:47 
GeneralRe: Currently... Pin
peterchen28-Nov-04 12:17
peterchen28-Nov-04 12:17 
GeneralRe: Currently... Pin
diilbert30-Nov-04 14:57
diilbert30-Nov-04 14:57 
General"Modified BSD License" Pin
smrta26-Nov-04 7:31
smrta26-Nov-04 7:31 
GeneralRe: "Modified BSD License" Pin
Rocky Moore28-Nov-04 18:01
Rocky Moore28-Nov-04 18:01 
GeneralAny source submitted to CP... Pin
thowra26-Nov-04 3:55
thowra26-Nov-04 3:55 
GeneralRe: Any source submitted to CP... Pin
James R. Twine26-Nov-04 16:04
James R. Twine26-Nov-04 16:04 
GeneralLicense? Pin
USMCmaggot25-Nov-04 5:18
USMCmaggot25-Nov-04 5:18 
GeneralRe: License? Pin
vive_la_squeeze26-Nov-04 22:43
vive_la_squeeze26-Nov-04 22:43 
GeneralRe: License? Pin
vive_la_squeeze26-Nov-04 23:04
vive_la_squeeze26-Nov-04 23:04 
GeneralRe: License? Pin
USMCmaggot27-Nov-04 5:31
USMCmaggot27-Nov-04 5:31 
Generaltransfer of license -- another nightmare Pin
Marc Clifton24-Nov-04 2:26
mvaMarc Clifton24-Nov-04 2:26 
GeneralRe: transfer of license -- another nightmare Pin
James R. Twine24-Nov-04 3:18
James R. Twine24-Nov-04 3:18 
GeneralBorland once said Pin
peterchen24-Nov-04 10:11
peterchen24-Nov-04 10:11 
GeneralSimplistic Pin
Paul Watson25-Nov-04 4:49
sitebuilderPaul Watson25-Nov-04 4:49 
GeneralRe: Simplistic Pin
peterchen25-Nov-04 6:20
peterchen25-Nov-04 6:20 
GeneralAbout Time... Pin
James R. Twine23-Nov-04 12:44
James R. Twine23-Nov-04 12:44 
Well, I tried to bring this issue up a few times, and each time it seemed like no one was ready to discuss it intelligently.

Glad to see that it finally happened.

Now, my thoughts on this, for the few of you that would actually care, is that you, as the author and the person that actually DID all of the work, are the one to specify how it gets used. You should also be the one to specify if and how your work is to be acknowledged if/when it is used.

For example, if someone wrote a really nice image processing routine, they might be upset if someone used it with security camera software that followed around certain targets based on the color of their skin. Or if you wrote a pretty-damn-good spam-detection routine that nabbed 99% of all spam, you might be upset if a spam-tool author used it in their product to help their users author messages that are more likely to get through.

Also, if you use certain code in commercial products (as I do), you might want to prevent competitors from using it in their product. At the very least, most would want to be credited for your hard(?) work (even the GPL does this).

Some people would consider reasons like that reason enough not to share their code. But I believe in sharing, and once the licensing issue gets resolved here, I plan to start doing so again. (But until then I stick with my "Free Source Code License", which specifies how the code is to be used and how I am to be acknowledged if the code is used.)

When I use someone else's code, I contact them to ask if [1] I can use their code, and [2] how they would like to be credited, and I then [3] follow through. (They also get free licenses for the products.) I use myself as a metric for what I expect of others, so I would expect others to do the same (though this sets me up for disappointment more often than not).

Peace!

-=- James
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GeneralRe: About Time... Pin
Marc Clifton24-Nov-04 2:22
mvaMarc Clifton24-Nov-04 2:22 
GeneralRe: About Time... Pin
James R. Twine24-Nov-04 3:27
James R. Twine24-Nov-04 3:27 
GeneralRe: Open-source and documentation Pin
Marc Clifton23-Nov-04 2:18
mvaMarc Clifton23-Nov-04 2:18 
GeneralRe: Open-source and documentation Pin
WillemM23-Nov-04 5:20
WillemM23-Nov-04 5:20 

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