My Licensing Wake-Up Call
The other day I got an email that really hit me on the head. It was titled “JOOLS, Y U NO SPECIFY A LICENSE?” and here’s how it read:
FYI, your Jools project on GitHub specifies no license. It looks like you intend it to be Open Source or Public Domain, but without specifying a license explicitly, the license is “all rights reserved, no reuse or redistribution allowed”.
Though I don’t mention the project or you by name, the lack of a license inspired this post: http://goo.gl/GeVje ;-)
Harsh, but I know I had it coming. From time to time I hear about license X or license Y, or see a post on HN about which license to use, but I never paid much attention. Licensing is a problem for people with successful projects, I thought. Who has time? My job is to build stuff!
Well, as it seems, not specifying a license can mean failure for your project. I thanked Jens for his email - all the while thinking how many people were in the same situation and didn’t send me an email? Oh man, This is bad. I went ahead and put up a LICENSE file in my repository right away (I chose the MIT license, for those interested).
Don’t let this happen to you. Got an open source project? License it today.Discuss this post at the comment section below.
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