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SPDX License List | Software Package Data Exchange (SPDX)
These are the identifiers recognized in NPM's 'package.json' files.
npm  package.json  opensource  license  licensing  packaging  reference 
9 weeks ago by kme
Java Future Release Notices | https://www.java.com/
Good job, Larry Ellison. Now everyone will be running insecure versions of Java forever, and you just wrote Java's death warrant in the process.
oracle  java  jdk  devel  licensing  updates 
march 2019 by kme
The myths of bioinformatics software | Bits of DNA | https://liorpachter.wordpress.com/
If you make your software free for commercial use, you are effectively creating a subsidy for companies, one that is funded by your university / your grants. You are a corporate hero! Congratulations! You have found a loophole for transferring scarce public money to the private sector. If you’ve licensed your software with BSD you’ve added another subsidy: a company using your software doesn’t have any reason to share their work with the academic community. There are two reasons why you might want to reconsider offering such subsidies. First, by denying yourself potential profits from sale of your software to industry, you are definitively removing any incentive for future development/maintenance of the software by yourself or future graduate students. Most bioinformatics software, when sold commercially, costs a few thousand dollars. This is a rounding error for companies developing cancer or other drugs at the cost of a billion dollars per drug and a tractable proposition even for startups, yet the money will make a real difference to you three years out from your Ph.D. when you’re earning a postdoc salary.
licensing  bioinformatics  devel  software  myths  debunked 
june 2018 by kme
VirtualBox VMs and Windows Vista license keys
Odd thing: booting from a Vista DVD in VirtualBox, I get asked for a license key; then, after entering a presumably valid one, I get an error about some file on the setup drive being missing or corrup...
windows  vista  licensing  licensekey  virtualbox  virtualizationandemulation  solution 
may 2017 by kme
Placing documents into the public domain
Many Germans incorrectly believe that copyrights cannot be abandoned. The actual situation in German law is that "Nutzungsrechte" (literally "usage rights") include the rights of copying, modification, distribution, etc.; these rights can be waived, as in other countries. "Urheberrechte" (literally "originator rights") include reputation rights and generally cannot be waived, but this protection against fraud, libel, etc. has nothing to do with whether something is in the public domain. Beware that many sources (including Google Translate) mistranslate "Urheberrecht" as "copyright"; this contributes to the common confusion among Germans on this topic.
copyright  licensing  publicdomain  openculture  reference  germany  legal 
december 2016 by kme
What It Means to Copyright a Website
If you’re a freelancer or business owner hired to create a specific work, you are considered the creator and retain all rights, unless you have a “work for hire” agreement with the client that grants them ownership of the work.
copyright  webdevel  devel  licensing  reference 
march 2016 by kme
Various Licenses and Comments about Them - GNU Project - Free Software Foundation
ISC License (#ISC)

This license is sometimes also known as the OpenBSD License. It is a lax, permissive free software license, and compatible with the GNU GPL.

This license does have an unfortunate wording choice: it provides recipients with "Permission to use, copy, modify, and/or distribute this software…" This is roughly the same language from the license of Pine that the University of Washington later claimed prohibited people from distributing modified versions of the software.

ISC has told us they do not share the University of Washington's interpretation, and we have every reason to believe them. Thus, there's no reason to avoid software released under this license. However, to help make sure this language cannot cause any trouble in the future, we encourage developers to choose a different license for their own works. The Expat License and FreeBSD License are similarly permissive and brief.
licensing  opensource  gpl  gnu  license  reference  devel 
march 2016 by kme
Why do people pick the MIT license over BSD, if BSD's "non-endorsement clause" is a good idea? - Programmers Stack Exchange


A friend of mine once pointed out that licenses tell you what the license authors were scared of.

If you're scared of having your name dragged through the mud, then the BSD license will seem better. If you're scared of having your software put into a proprietary piece of software, then the GPL will seem better. Whatever the license, the author chooses it because it protects them against what they are afraid of.

Different people have different concerns and so use different licenses.
licensing  opensource 
march 2016 by kme
Bug #102714 for DBI: Non-free license for DBI::FAQ
I fully agree. Until someone realizes, that DBI could be also used under Artistic-1.0 license. Well ... principiis obsta, (dum) sero medicina paratur cum mala per longas convaluere moras - It is too late to employ medicine when the evil has grown strong by inveterate habit.
licensing  debian  fedora  documentation  perl 
june 2015 by kme

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