Examining Open Source Software Licenses through the Creative Commons Licensing Model

Examining Open Source Software Licenses through the Creative Commons Licensing Model

Kwei-Jay Lin (University of California, USA), Yi-Hsuan Lin (Creative Commons Taiwan Project, Taiwan) and Tung-Mei Ko (OSSF Project, Taiwan)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-060-8.ch174

Abstract

In this chapter, the authors present a novel perspective by using the Creative Commons (CC) licensing model to compare 10 commonly used OSS licenses. The authors also propose a license compatibility table to show that whether it is possible to combine OSS with CC-licensed open content in a creative work. By using the CC licensing concept to interpret OSS licenses, the authors hope that users can get a deeper understanding on the ideas and issues behind many of the OSS licenses. In addition, the authors hope that by means of this table, users can make a better decision on the license selection while combining open source with CC-licensed works.

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