A Short Guide to Licensing Open-Source Software

I am not an attorney or remotely trained in this in any way, shape or form. None of this is formal legal advice. That said, it isn’t illegal advice either – it’s just advice. Also, I live in Canada. While most of copyright law should be the same in most of the world, you might want to look into your country’s laws just in case. Take this entire post with a grain of sand.

Did you write some code? Good! Do you want to open-source it? Great!

Unfortunately, it isn’t that simple. I’d really like it to be, but it isn’t. There are two paths from code to release, proprietary and open-source, but both ways lead into a maze of twisty little passages, all alike. For the open-source option, I (and many, many others) can help. Continue reading “A Short Guide to Licensing Open-Source Software”