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#1 2020-09-30 18:05:18

Registered: 2020-07-06
Posts: 52

[SOLVED] What Licenses are OSS Licenses Under?


I would like to know what licenses open-source licenses (e.g. GPL) are governed under.

Thank you for your time.

Last edited by Toad39 (2020-10-23 17:01:05)


#2 2020-09-30 18:12:52

From: Netherlands, Europe
Registered: 2005-10-04
Posts: 10,771

Re: [SOLVED] What Licenses are OSS Licenses Under?

Not sure what you mean, there's no central authority for open source licences.

The does try to keep track of things.
I think you'll find interesting / useful .

Disliking systemd intensely, but not satisfied with alternatives so focusing on taming systemd.

(A works at time B)  && (time C > time B ) ≠  (A works at time C)


#3 2020-09-30 18:33:10

Inspector Parrot
Registered: 2011-11-29
Posts: 28,042

Re: [SOLVED] What Licenses are OSS Licenses Under?

If you mean to ask whether the text of the license is licensed for specific (re)uses, then that will vary by license.  In many cases it's not relevant if the content of the license is short and formulaic (e.g., MIT, and BSD licenses) as they would never qualify as copyrightable material.  Longer licenses, such as the GPL, it's still questionable as the content could be argued to be comparable to a food recipe for which there is precendent of not being copyrightable, but the FSF certainly could assert ownership if you modified their license inappropriately.  And in the case of the GPL, they address this specifically:

Meanwhile the very start of the GPL states it's own copyright and license for reuse:

GPL v3 wrote:

Copyright (C) 2007 Free Software Foundation, Inc. <>
Everyone is permitted to copy and distribute verbatim copies
of this license document, but changing it is not allowed.

Last edited by Trilby (2020-09-30 18:39:41)

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