There are many many many Open Source Software licenses in the world: MIT, BSD, GPL, MPL, to name a few.
How do you keep yourself informed and your application tidy? What kind of sources do you use? How do you decide on the final license of your own OSS?
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When I need to quickly understand what a license means, I look it up on: TL;DR Legal
Here's the TL;DR of the MIT license: https://tldrlegal.com/license/mit-license
It breaks it down so at a glance it's easy to understand what you are allowed to do, not allowed to do, and how attribution works.
I'm a big advocate of open-source software, and believe that open-sourcing your work is an important way to give back to those that follow in your footsteps, an act of corporate stewardship.
Because I love open-source so much I used to use a lot of plugins and libraries and free-to-use snippets in my work, but after having worked for a number of companies who later sold their product (or themselves) to another company I've had to retroactively sign releases claiming that 100% of the work I did on the project was legal and all code is 'owned' by myself and the original company, and that I would personally take legal liability after making this statement so if there ever was a dispute about ownership of the code.
After signing those a few times I prefer to do clean-room implementations of ideas, and work mostly with my own code. I still believe in open-source, but for me the licenses make it tricky to work with a lot of OSS code.
For my own releases, I have been using MIT because it seems very liberal. In the future I might go full 'Public Domain' for stuff I release just so there's no possible confusion.
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Generally I just do everything MIT unless I'm forking something with a more "viral" license -- for example, back in the day a lot of Joomla plugins were GPLv3 (and they probably still are...), which requires anything made from them also to be GPLv3.
Anyways, MIT just simplifies everything, no thinking, no questions, etc.
I generally use Apache 2.0. I feel it's a pretty open one allowing you to use it for personal or commercial, while not necessarily requiring recontribution. The recontribution clause (a la GPL) is what stops most companies from using GPL packages. I fully believe it is very important for people to recontribute back to the community, but I also realize that we live in a real world and some code is proprietary and should not be exposed outside of the business, so forcing someone to just doesn't seem right
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