Not every type of software will include a restrictive license. “Open source” software is any software that can be accessed, changed, used, and shared without charge. Open source software is the same as “free software.”
There is no need to obtain an individual license because the developers of the software have chosen to share it with the world without restrictions. Nonetheless, open source software still technically has a license; it is simply not very restrictive.
Open source software can be developed by anyone and must meet 10 specific criteria for it to be labelled “open source.”
Open source software allows developers the ability to learn and continue developing their own software by collaborating with others. Software sometimes starts out as open source in its early phases of development.
Open source software can be used for commercial purposes, and there is no way to restrict the utilization of the software. Developers also cannot control who uses the software and for what purpose, which is often a concern for those who may be using the software for illegal or unethical reasons.
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