[Gllug] [Surrey] FOSS, GPL, BSD, LGPL

James Courtier-Dutton james.dutton at gmail.com
Fri Dec 9 14:23:39 UTC 2011

On 9 December 2011 12:18,  <robert.beattie at nokia.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
> Short notice, but can someone with good knowledge perhaps give a 15min talk at tomorrow's BaB on the various sw licences available.
> I've just read this article on The Reg and am completely confused.
> http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/12/08/open_source_windows_8_windows_store/
> Cheers,
> Bob.

sw licences are legal documents.
The only person who should be answering questions on sw licenses is
someone who has the proper legal qualification.

But the simple answer, is there is no problem using BSD and GPL
licenses until you try to distribute anything non-open source with

Then you have to start taking a view on what a "derivative work" is
and other phrases that can only me made sense of by a legal person,
and also only then in relation to a particular use in a particular
target country.

I like the GPL license because it inspires other people to
"contribute" instead of just "take, take, take".

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