Medicon Engineering Themes


Volume 4 Issue 4

A Chronicle of the Open-Source Software Licensing

Abhisek Hazra*
ICT & Services Group, Centre for Development of Advanced Computing, Kolkata, India
*Corresponding Author: Abhisek Hazra, ICT & Services Group, Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC)-Kolkata, India.

Published: March 13, 2023

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Open-source software has pumped up a revolutionary change in the way the software industry functions. But it has also increased the concerns related to software licensing issues, when we receive, make copies or distribute any software. Generally, a proprietary software license agreement clearly mentions about its transfer of rights to use, modify, copy, distribute or derivative works. But due to a variety of open license standards and their varied impact, sometimes confusion arises for volunteers/open source developers to choose the proper licensing for their software code. In this context, a clear understanding is necessary about the open source licensing issues for the FOSS developers, enthusiasts and volunteers [1].