How to choose an open source license

A presentation at Drupal MIDCamp in in Chicago, IL, USA by Michael Miles

Open source projects are unique in that they invite the world to use, improve and share them. No code is ever assumed to be “open-source”. As a pieces of creative work all code comes with an implicit copyright claim by the creator(s). If you want the code, software or framework you create to be open-source you need an open-source license. But with many types of open-source licenses to choose from, how do you select the “right one”?

This presentation walks through the values of creating open-source software and how to select which type of open-source license is right for your project. Attendees of this session will walk out with three fundamental lessons:

The value that open-source software provides to the world.

An understanding of the differences between the three(3) main types of open-source licenses available.

Steps to follow to select the right open-source license for your project.