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UNDERSTANDING
OPEN SOURCE LICENSES AND
GOVERNANCE
Jim Jagielski
@jimjag
AKA: How I learned to stop worrying and love FOSS
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Open Source Licensing and Governance

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The topics of Free Software/Open Source licensing and governance can be complex and confusing. This presentation provides for an easy and clear description of the hows and whys of both. Presented at the All Things Open 2016 Conference in Raleigh, NC

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Open Source Licensing and Governance

  1. 1. UNDERSTANDING OPEN SOURCE LICENSES AND GOVERNANCE Jim Jagielski @jimjag AKA: How I learned to stop worrying and love FOSS
  2. 2. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. All images property of their respective copyright holders ABOUT ME • Apache Software Foundation • Co-founder, Director, Member and Developer • Director • Outercurve, MARSEC-XL, OSSI, OSI (ex)… • Developer • Mega FOSS projects • IANAL • Sr. Director: Tech Fellows: Capital One
  3. 3. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. All images property of their respective copyright holders WHAT’S IN YOUR PROJECT?
  4. 4. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. All images property of their respective copyright holders GOVERNANCE/COMMUNITY
  5. 5. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. All images property of their respective copyright holders WALLED GARDEN
  6. 6. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. All images property of their respective copyright holders BDFL
  7. 7. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. All images property of their respective copyright holders MERITOCRACY
  8. 8. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. All images property of their respective copyright holders LICENSES
  9. 9. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. All images property of their respective copyright holders WHY? • Copyright is the default • Open Source is everywhere • The license determines use, re-use and distribution • Not understanding means risk
  10. 10. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. All images property of their respective copyright holders LICENSE GOALS • Ensure what parts remain open source • Maintain control over code and direction • Provide common implementation for standards • Build community or commercial marketplace • For most end-users, this is the sole touch-point
  11. 11. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. All images property of their respective copyright holders FREE SOFTWARE • “Free” as in “free speech” (not as in “free beer”, although free beer is good!) • Software freedom is a moral imperative. • Free Software Definition: • 4 basic freedoms must be maintained • Free Software ~== Open Source • F(L)OSS
  12. 12. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. All images property of their respective copyright holders OPEN SOURCE • For software to be Open Source, it must be under an OSI approved Open Source License • Open Source Definition: http://www.opensource.org/docs/osd • 10 criteria • At last count, over 60 exist • New Open Source licenses are very hard to get approved • There are really 3 main types
  13. 13. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. All images property of their respective copyright holders PROMISES
  14. 14. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. All images property of their respective copyright holders LET’S PRETEND ==
  15. 15. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. All images property of their respective copyright holders USE
  16. 16. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. All images property of their respective copyright holders MODIFY
  17. 17. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. All images property of their respective copyright holders SHARE
  18. 18. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. All images property of their respective copyright holders GIVE ME CREDIT Permissive: ALv2 MIT BSD
  19. 19. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. All images property of their respective copyright holders GIVE ME FIXES Weak Copyleft: EPL LGPL
  20. 20. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. All images property of their respective copyright holders GIVE ME EVERYTHING Strong Copyleft GPLv2 GPLv3 AGPL GPL GPL GPL GPL GPL GPL GPL GPL GPL GPL GPLGPL GPL GPL GPL
  21. 21. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. All images property of their respective copyright holders TAKE AWAYS • A license is a tool. There is no “always right” license • Take time to decide on the right license type • Changing licenses can be very difficult • Avoid “vanity” licenses • ALWAYS specify a license!
  22. 22. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. All images property of their respective copyright holders THANKS! • Jim Jagielski • @jimjag • http://www.jimjag.com/ • http://slideshare.net/jimjag/ • jimjag@gmail.com
  23. 23. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. All images property of their respective copyright holders COMMUNITY BUILDING
  24. 24. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. All images property of their respective copyright holders USE EMAIL LISTS
  25. 25. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. All images property of their respective copyright holders DRIVE CONSENSUS +1
  26. 26. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. All images property of their respective copyright holders NO POISONOUS PEOPLE
  27. 27. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. All images property of their respective copyright holders PLAY NICE, SHARE, HAVE FUN

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