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Re: Licensing of Octave Scripts

From: David Grundberg
Subject: Re: Licensing of Octave Scripts
Date: Sat, 06 Feb 2010 12:07:40 +0100
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Judd Storrs skrev:
On Fri, Feb 5, 2010 at 6:22 PM, Trevor Law <address@hidden> wrote:
My name is Trevor Law and I'm looking to find out whether or not
Octave scripts that I might share must be released under the GPL.
Although I don't need them to be proprietary, the GPL is confusing for
a non-lawyer, and seems to require that I post the Octave source code
along with any script I post online, which seems unnecessarily

If you're having trouble understanding the GPL and its implications,
another option is to release your scripts under a simpler license that
is GPL-compatible such as the Modified BSD or MIT licenses. Even if
the entire work as a whole must be GPL, individual files and
components are only required to be GPL-compatible.

The Apache license is the preferred permissive license these days. Much better developer protection. Still, I think it would be better to license it under GPLv3+. The Apache, BSD or MIT licenses are permissive, they make it possible to create proprietary software out of free software. Which of course doesn't benefit the original contributor at all.


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