Open Source Licenses for Makers and Humans
The ideology of open source is simple: Share what you make, collaborate with others to improve it, and repeat. This started out in software, but has exploded into all areas of creativity. Hardware, art, music, and even culture are embracing the power of open source methods. The key to how all of this works lies in the licensing, and that is far from simple. Copyright, trademarks, and patents are leveraged in creative ways in the open source legal universe. The trick is to strike the right balance of protecting your legal rights and embracing openness. Thankfully, there are a lot of existing licenses for you to use! In this session, I will discuss how open source licenses work, help makers understand how to pick the correct licenses for their needs, and help humans understand what licenses mean (and how to comply with them).
Additional Supporting Materials
- How do copyrights, trademarks, and patents apply in the context of open source works?
- Why (and how) are open source hardware licenses different from open source software licenses?
- What do all of these legalese words mean in these licenses? They seem like English, but they don't make sense!
- Why should I bother with a license? Why shouldn't I just upload things to the internet and let people do whatever they want?
- How do I pick the right open source license for my work?
- Tom Callaway Red Hat
Tom Callaway Red Hat
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