Examining open source software licenses through the creative commons licensing model

Kwei Jay Lin, Yi Hsuan Lin, Tung Mei Ko

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Research on Open Source Software
Subtitle of host publicationTechnological, Economic, and Social Perspectives
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9781591409991
StatePublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes


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