Licensing under CC?

Dec 2, 2011 at 7:35 PM
Edited Dec 2, 2011 at 7:35 PM

Has there been any consideration of releasing this under an actual software license like MIT, Apache, or BSD? Creative Commons is a great license for many things, but software is not one of them.

Coordinator
Dec 6, 2011 at 8:46 AM

We chose CC with Attribution exactly because of the attribution aspect. I cannot claim that I fully understand any of the licenses you mentioned. What benefit would you have from having a different license?

Dec 6, 2011 at 1:54 PM

From a legal standpoint CC is ambiguous for software. Both MIT and BSD licenses (MIT text, BSD text), require attribution by including the license file with their embedded copyright and attribution notices. In the case of the website this would mean linking to the license somewhere like you would have to do under CC; in the case of a desktop application this would mean including the license file in the program directory. You can see the distinction is primarily a legal one, which is rather important with software.

Coordinator
Dec 12, 2011 at 9:25 AM

As long as you set a link from any public website back to the library you can use it however you want.