Software License breakdown

gpd_plate2[1] Always wonder what is the difference between the GPL, the Ms-PL, Creative Commons, and the MIT software licenses are?  Over at the Code Project, they have a extremely easy to understand breakdown of software licenses.

  • Provides copyright protection
  • Can be used in commercial applications
  • Bug fixes / extensions must be released to the public domain
  • Provides an explicit patent license
  • Can be used in closed source applications
  • Is a viral licence

In addition, Wikipedia has another great listing of software licenses

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