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Intellectual Property and Open Source by Van Lindberg

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Appendix B. Open Source License List

Open Source Licenses

The following licenses[8] have been certified as Open Source by the Open Source Initiative. The license categories are from the Open Source Initiative’s License Proliferation Committee report.

For a list of current licenses, see the following sites:

http://opensource.org/licenses/category
http:// opensource.org/licenses/alphabetical

We used statistics obtained from public sources to determine which licenses are widely used. We believed that there were a few licenses that, while not the most popular, were widely used within their communities and that these also belonged in this group.

Apache License, 2.0
New and Simplified BSD licenses
GNU General Public License (GPL)(version 2)
GNU Library or “Lesser” General Public License (LGPL) (version 2)
MIT license
Mozilla Public License 1.1 (MPL)
Common Development and Distribution License
Common Public License 1.0
Eclipse Public License

Special Purpose Licenses

Certain licensors, such as schools and the U.S. government, have specialized concerns, such as specialized rules for government copyrights. Licenses that were identified as meeting a special need were placed in this group.

Educational Community License
NASA Open Source Agreement 1.3
Open Group Test Suite License

Other/Miscellaneous Licenses

Adaptive Public License
Artistic License 2.0
Open Software License
Qt Public License (QPL)
zlib/libpng License

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