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If you are a software developer and have a project in place, one of the issues to be addressed is the license under which you publish. Will you close the code with a copyright? Or will walk on the path of Open Source? In that case, what license choose?
To help developers
undecided or uninformed GitHub has opened a page as a guide, ChooseaLicense, which, as its name suggests, invites you to choose an appropriate license to what you have in hand. And it is not doing so good practice (explained later why).
site mentioned as main menu offers three licenses most popular open source, MIT, Apache and GPL versions 2 and 3, as you can see in the picture below these lines (note, only translation via Google Translate to catch, to be understood at least the message, the website is in English).
Once you choose one, the next step is ‘papearse’ full license, of course. But what if you do not worth any of the three? How could it be otherwise, in this free software is no license to bore, and ChooseaLicense include a comparative table with some as LGPL, BSD, Mozilla or public domain.
While it may not interest you at all something as bureaucratic as the license and simply post your software in any site or try to sell it. It’s your right, but it is a good decision. If no license means that automatically apply copyright laws : You retain all rights to the source code and no one may reproduce, distribute or create derivative works of your work. Is that what you want?
copyright might seem that the default is the most convenient and direct, however, not exactly. In fact, the absence of license is detrimental to the business ecosystem of software, lack of control. So companies want no unlicensed software , and you lose a lot, a lot of money along the way.
On the latter can expand MuyComputerPRO information, in an article entitled simply Billions of dollars lost in unlicensed Open Source development , including computer graphics. Certainly the billions with the number “exact” 59,000 million of the wing.
any event, find and license your software. And if you care about these issues and not what others can do with your software, that’s what the MIT License.