Friday, March 10, 2006

Licensing Swil

I finished my term paper [pdf] for Professional Responsibilities (ethics in software development, Cal Poly CSC 300). Here's the abstract:

    Software developers have a gamut of options for software licensing. These options range from propriety to permissiveness, including many open source options. This article introduces the attributes and categories of common licenses and presents their strengths and weaknesses. There follows an analysis of how each license attribute and licensing model would serve the author, the public, and authors of derivative works. In particu- lar, this article addresses the licensing needs of a programming language called Swil. The article concludes that a dual licensing scheme including a commercial license and a viral free software license would provide the best compromise for all parties.

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