[erlang-questions] Open source licenses, which one to choose

Jacob Torrey <>
Wed Apr 9 14:24:42 CEST 2008


The MIT license is very good if you want it to be 'business friendly' and
it's also very short and readable. It is OSI accepted and the text can be
found at http://www.opensource.org/licenses/mit-license.php

I choose that one for an Erlang project I'm working on so it will encourage
businesses to use and contribute.

My 2 cents,
Jacob

On Wed, Apr 9, 2008 at 5:48 AM, Alpár Jüttner <> wrote:

> You may also want to consider using the Boost license
> (http://boost.org/users/license.html ).
>
> It is essentially the same as the BSD license, but the Boost people
> asked for help from the Berkman Cernter for Internet & Sociely at
> Harvard Law School to create it. The result is a simple to read and
> understand license that represents good legal practice in every sense.
>
> Regards,
> Alpar
>
>
> On Tue, 2008-04-08 at 16:29 -0600, Brian Granger wrote:
> > Unless you want the protections that the GPL offers, I think the BSD
> > license is probably the best choice.  But, if you do go the GPL route,
> > I would recommend choosing GPLv2.
> >
> > Brian
> >
> > 2008/4/8 Robert Virding <>:
> > > Hello everyone,
> > >
> > > I will soon be releasing the next version of LFE (Lisp Flavoured
> Erlang).
> > > With the last version I got some flak for my "license" and I am now
> > > wondering which license to use? GPL seems common among other Erlang
> > > projects, but how does this fit together with the normal Erlang
> license? The
> > > Freebsd license is short enough so even I can understand but is it
> valid. I
> > > have no interest in selling* LFE or prohibiting its use, I just want
> to make
> > > sure I receive credit for my work and that no one "steals" it in that
> > > respect. I nice courteous we are using would also be nice, good for
> the ego.
> > >
> > > What do people think?
> > >
> > > Robert
> > >
> > > * As if anyone would buy it. :-)
> > >
> > >
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