I've learned a fair amount about the various different software licensing models and what those models mean for my own software project. However, I'd like to make sure I understand as many of them as possible for making decisions on how to license my own software and in what scenarios I can safely use software under a licensing model.

Do you have a good recommendation for a book/site etc.. that has this information in one location?

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    This didn't help? It's the first hit on a Google search.developer.kde.org/documentation/licensing/licenses_summary.html What about it was confusing or incomplete?
    – S.Lott
    Commented Feb 1, 2011 at 0:26
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    Are you saying you didn't search?
    – S.Lott
    Commented Feb 1, 2011 at 0:52
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    Once again, thank you so much for being such a helpful member of the community.
    – Macy Abbey
    Commented Feb 1, 2011 at 1:05
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    @Macy Abbey: I'm asking a question, trying to understand your background on this topic. Refusing to answer makes it hard to provide an answer that's anything other than random.
    – S.Lott
    Commented Feb 1, 2011 at 2:33
  • @S.Lott If someone posts here, it's a fairly safe assumption that searching didn't yield a useful answer - it takes much longer to log on, write up a question, and post it, than to try a search. Commented Feb 1, 2011 at 5:54

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You may also find this site helpful:


There is a lot more on this site than on the other link posted.

However, all of this is for open source licenses. If you want to know more about software licenses in general, or for the legal ins and outs of commercial licenses then that is a very different matter. You need a lawyer for that. And a big bucket of money.


If you're finding some grey areas, you may do well to talk to an IP lawyer. Yes, that will cost money, but sometimes that can be money well spent.

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