Open source license

<legal> Any document that attempts to specify open source usage and distribution of software.

These licenses are usually drafted by experts and are likely to be more legally sound than one a programmer could write.

However, loopholes do exist.

Here is a non-exhaustive list of open source licenses:

1. Public Domain - No license.

2. BSD License - An early open source license

3. General Public License (GPL) - The copyleft license of the Free Software Foundation.

Used for GNU software and much of Linux.

4. Artistic License ( Less restrictive than the GPL, permitted by Perl in addition to the GPL.

5. Mozilla Public Licenses ( (MPL, MozPL) and Netscape Public License (NPL).

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