[Discuss] free/open licenses could discourage participation just because they're unusual

Laura James lbjames at gmail.com
Mon May 5 07:13:17 UTC 2014

On 2 May 2014 19:35, Mario Gómez <mxgxw.alpha at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hello all,
> You'll also have to consider that, in general, for crypto libraries the
> culture behind their development is  "Don't roll your own
> implementations... Ever!"

This is a good point, because it's also good practice for licence
development: don't roll your own licence!  The reason you are choosing a
licence is to ensure that future reuse etc follows the practices you
choose.  The only way to guarantee this is to use a well understood
standard licence, where the legal interpretation of the licence is
hopefully understood and established.

By using a standard licence you also get the benefits of understood
compatibility (or not) with other licences, so that folks combining code
(or whatever) with various licence setups can understand the implications
for their resulting system.

Best regards,

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