I've been mentioning Larry Rosen's Open Software License (OSL) off and on over the last few weeks.
But today I decided to give OSL a deep dive in light of the failure of General Public License (GPL) version 3 to protect software developers from network distribution of their works and the success of the Common Public Attribution License (CPAL) in protecting these same developers by calling out network distribution.
The OSL works because, like the GPL, it's concerned with contributions, not credit (i.e., attribution). Ultimately, this is what a strong open-source license should provide. It's the best protection of freedom and, let's be frank, revenue.
The OSL is, in my opinion, one of the best licenses for the 21st century. Here's why.… Read more